"While In The Process, Hang On To The Plan"
by Pastor Val Egbudiwe Sep 14, 2008 3:07pm 2 Comments
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Jesus had a position planned and reserved for Him on God’s throne, but He had to pass through the cross with shame, pain and humiliation. I don’t know where you are headed to, but one thing I know is that God has a plan for you.
God is a Master Planner.
He is a Master Strategist.
He says in Jer. 29:11 that He knows his thoughts towards you. They are thoughts of peace to give you an expected end. God’s plan is to bless you, but that doesn’t mean He won’t correct you. This doesn’t mean He won’t deal with you and chastise you. Friend you are a child of God and the worst you can get is spanking. God is not in the business of killing His children.
Sometimes, it feels like chaos has broken out in your life but hear me today - there is nothing the enemy devices against you that God has not made a way of escape. Revelation 13:8 says the Lamb was slain from the foundation of the world. In other words from the very beginning, God had a plan of salvation even before the devil launched his attack. There’s nothing you are going through that God has not made a way of escape. In 1 Corinthians 10:13. God says that with the temptation he will make a way of escape. So it’s not something that took God by surprise.
THE FACT THAT YOU HAVE A PROBLEM IS A SIGN THAT YOU HAVE A PROMISE. The very fact that you have a problem means there is a solution. So when there’s a problem, God has already put together a solution. God has already made a way of escape while you are trying to figure out about the storm that has come upon you.
Friends! Focus on the solution! If you cannot be distracted by the problem and focus on the solution it’s a matter of time before God reveals to you the solution He had in place from the foundation of the world.
Jesus went to the cross and endured the same. The cross is the symbol of Christianity and a symbol of solution to Christians. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24. : If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”. He did not say take up the crown because he knows, that if you pick up the cross, the crown will take care of itself. Many people are carrying various kinds of crosses. You came in here today, well dressed, looking trendy and smelling good, but people do not know that beneath the good dress and cologne lies a great burden. They don’t realize you’re carrying a weight of burden and a responsibility. They don’t need to realize it, because if you are carrying a cross and carrying it well, people don’t even need to perceive that you are going through what you are going through. But God will bring you into a place like this, in His presence and speak to you through His Word dealing with what is in the inside of you.
Beloved! God does not put the promise before the process because He knows that if you don’t love Him enough to endure the process, you cannot have the promise. Jesus demonstrated the process when he went to the cross. The cross was not a surprise to Him. He knew when the soldiers were coming to get him. He prophesied about the cross and His death. When you are matured in the Lord, you always know that at some point in your life, you will face some kind of storm and attack and instead of fainting you say to yourself “ God is going to get some glory out of this!”
I don’t know about you but there are times in my life when I find myself in one huge attack and I wonder where God is in the whole thing. Then the though of what is on the other side of the attack will hit my head and as soon as I realize this, I say to myself ‘I got to make it to the other side to see what God has planned for me there’.
What process are you in today? The feeling of being forsaken is part of the process. Anybody can walk with God when His presence is manifest. The real challenge is to walk with God when it is not manifest. You may have the anointing dripping from your head, but you need faith when the presence is not felt; when you can’t feel God, where there’s no sign that God will come through. You need faith when you loose your job, when they’re about to take your house, when a loved one dies. You need faith!
Jesus felt the absence of God on the cross.
“ Eli, Eli lamasabachthani … my God, My God why has thou forsaken me”. Now let me tell you something. If Jesus got to the point when He said where is God, don’t sit there and tell me you got so much power that you never wondered and say God where are you in this hospital? Where are you in this business? God where are you when they’re taking my job? Where are you in this marriage? Where are you …?
My God why has thou forsaken me? This is the first time in the life of Jesus He called His Father God. Every other time He called Him Father. In the pain of this moment, He called Him God. He never felt Father.
Beloved, there’s no progress without a process. While in the process, hang on with the plan. Don’t give up.
I want to explain a bit what the process is.
The process is that time when you don’t have any type of benefit from either your past or your future. The process is in between places. A time when you don’t draw from what you used to draw from and you can’t draw from what you need to draw from. You are in the middle of the road; in the middle of becoming you’re evolving, in transition. This is process. Hang on with the plan. The devil will try to distract you while in process because he knows what’s on the other side. Don’t allow him. Hang on with the plan. It is in the process that you get the most serious attack of the devil but I tell you, if you don’t give up you will have the last laugh.
Hang on with the plan. God has so much confidence in his plan for your life. The plan of God assures and guarantees your destiny. Stay in the plan. As long as you hang on to the plan, nothing the enemy does can destroy you.
1 Peter 5:10
But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
After the process comes God’s settlement. Hang on to the plan. Don’t give up. Your miracle is on the way.
Jan 28, 2009 12:28pm
Oct 3, 2008 4:34am
I've come to realise that all the promises of God are true,just His grace to hold on that am praying for, i know that he that promised is able to do more exceedly more than we can imagine.