GOD HAS PREPARED great things for those who love Him. But we must desire those things to receive them. God also has great plans for every one of us. How do we receive those plans and walk in them? He has revealed them to us by His Spirit. (1 Cor. 2:9–10).
The best way to discover God’s plans for us is through reading and meditating on His Word. That’s because God’s Wordcontains God’s plan. Another way is through prayer. We must pray out God’s plans for our lives. We must ask, “God, what is Your plan? I don’t want my plan or anyone else’s; I want Yours.”
Often we try to formulate our own plan and then ask God to bless it. But God wants us to say, “Not my will, Lord, but Yours be done. I won’t ask You to bless my plan, Lord. Instead, give me Your plan, because I know that Yours will be blessed.”
It is most important to me to have God’s power and anointing on my life. Without His power working in me, I wouldn’t be able to do anything. Each time I preach or speak, I say, “God, I can’t do anything in my own strength. So if You don’t show up, I’m in trouble.” When I’m busy about His plan for my life, He always shows up!
"When I’m busy about His plan for my life, He always shows up!"
God has a plan for your life. Whether His plan for you is in the workplace, in ministry, in the home, or wherever—when you are busy about His plan, you will have His power and anointing for every task.
When you’re full of the power and anointing of God, you will do and say things by the unction of the Holy Ghost that will surprise you and others around you. People will look at you and wonder, “Who is that?”
God wants to take you to a new place spiritually, molding and shaping you into someone you’ve never been before.
About 20 years ago I began preaching more after my father-in-law, Kenneth E. Hagin, passed on. Those who had known me for a while noticed that I was acting differently—like someone they’d never seen before. Sometimes they looked at me and asked, “Who is that woman?” The Holy Ghost had gotten hold of me!
And the Holy Ghost wants to get hold of you! In these last days, God is going to use men and women who are full of His power and anointing—people who are busy about His plan for their lives.
How do we receive God’s plan and His power and anointing to carry it out? Through spending time in prayer.
Ephesians chapter 6 tells us to pray at all times. It also tells us to put on the whole armor of God. We have to do both if we want to successfully carry out God’s plan for our lives.
EPHESIANS 6:11–12, 18
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. . . .
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Often we don’t put on the whole armor of God as verse 11 commands. But it’s the whole armor that enables us to “stand against the wiles of the devil.” Sometimes we wonder why things happen the way they do. Often it’s because we have put on only a part of the armor. Wearing part of the armor may help some, but wearing only part isn’t fully obeying what the Word says to do. The Lord has instructed us to put on the whole armor of God in order to stand against the wiles of the devil.
Why do we need the armor of God in order to stand against the devil? Because “we wrestle not against flesh and blood” (v. 12). If we wrestled against flesh and blood, we could all take karate or something like that, and we’d have it made! We could load up with natural weapons and win any battle. But our battles are not natural!
Now you may think you have some battles in the natural. But the Bible says there is a great battle being fought in the spirit world, and you need the armor of God in order to stand!
In addition, we must “pray always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit” (v. 18). As Christians, we have been called to a lifestyle of prayer.
The Word has admonished us to pray always. Too many people view prayer as simply a means for calling upon their heavenly “butler” or “lifeguard.” They’ll say, “God, give me this. I need that.” Or, “God, save me from this mess! Help me!” God does bless us and rescue us, but He has so much more in store for us in prayer. Through prayer, we can discover His plan for our lives and receive the power and anointing to accomplish it.
John 14:13−14 says, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.” I don’t know about you, but I am ready to ask! I am ready to ask for God’s plan for my life. I’m ready to ask for His power and anointing to be manifested!
It’s time for us to commit to the Lord, saying, “Not my will, but Thine be done. Heavenly Father, whatever You want me to do, I’m going to do it with all my might. I’ll be faithful to what You’ve asked me to do. And I’m asking for Your power and anointing to be demonstrated in my life.”
We have a big job to do for the Lord. And He’s strengthening us for the task ahead. The task ahead of you is not greater than the power within you. When you get into some tough spots—and you will—be sure to put on the whole armor of God. And remember, “Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4).
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