We say it all the time – “God has a plan.” “GOD HAS A PLAN!”

  • A disturbing life situation occurs and we respond – “God has a plan.”
  • A young person goes home to be with Jesus. – “God has a plan.”
  • A situation doesn’t turn out as we prayed. – “God has a plan.”

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Claim It and Believe It


Quoting this fact and believing this fact are two different things. We know what scripture tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 ~

💞 The Message Version says, I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

💞 The Christian Standard Bible says, For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your well-being, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

💞 And, the New International Version puts it this way, For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


This is a promise.
We can claim it.
We can stand on it.
We can trust it.



God does not lie and His promises are true. Time spent in His word, to see His promises fulfilled, is key to developing our faith. Listen to this prophecy in Isaiah 9:6. The fulfillment of the coming of our Savior, Christ Jesus.

💞 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.




Where’s the Depth?

If we are honest, many times the statement, “God has a plan,” is just that, a statement. We want to help another person to be relieved of their worry. We may even be trying to convince ourselves.


To get it from our heads, where we intellectually know it,
to our hearts, where we fully believe it,
requires effort on our part.



Don’t get me wrong! The Holy Spirit transforms our hearts. He is the source of our ability to gain understanding that transforms our unbelief. We have no ability to do this on our own.

The effort we have to give is seeking Him. Praying for Him to replace our unbelief. Praying for sensitivity to His conviction so we aren’t fooling ourselves.

If we neglect sincere effort to delve deeper, which involves actively listening to the Holy Spirit in order to grasp the true significance of this statement, we fail to honor God and we hinder the growth of our faith.




You Can’t Give Away What You Don’t Have

You’ve no doubt heard the quote,

You can’t give away what you don’t have. ~ Wayne W. Dyer

This is a common saying in recovery circles. It’s applies here as well. We need to deepen our own faith in order to help others deepen theirs.

We must believe God, not just be in a habit of saying a very common scripture response when things go wrong or don’t turn out as was hoped and prayed for.

Recently, I had a client say she has begun asking herself, “what would I do if I trusted God in this situation?” Excellent!

This question is all about believing God; not just knowing what He says. Knowledge is required, but knowledge is not faith in and of itself.


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Pause to Pray, Ponder, & Journal

  • Are you fooling yourself with hidden unbelief in God’s promises?
  • Are you trying to give away what you don’t have?
  • What petition will you bring to God?



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