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A Heavenly Strategic Planning Session

Letting go of my plan for my life was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I figured if I turned my life over to the Lord, He would wreck it and I would end up as a missionary in some unknown foreign country in a jungle filled with snakes and all kinds of creepy crawly things. It has been far from anything like that.

I live a life I could have never imagined possible. All of what has happened the last 15 years of walking with the Lord has His hand on it. From ministering as a chaplain at the races to ministering through the marketplace with our business, there is no mistaking the path He has chosen for me.

What I learned is once I surrender my will, He sets me on the path that He choose for me based on the true desires of my heart. Desires that He put there for His purpose for my lives. Yes, there is a grand plan, it’s only a matter of us being brave enough to accept His will and walk in it. Much easier said than done.

Where do you find yourself today? Do you love the path of your life or are you wanting something different? If you do not know what to do, start spending time with our Father. Seek Him and all things will be revealed.

A Heavenly Strategic Planning Session
by Os Hillman

“And the Lord said, ‘Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?’ One suggested this, and another that. – 1 Kings 22:20

There are few times we get a glimpse of what goes on in Heaven. Here is one instance when the angels were conferring with the Lord about the judgment of King Ahab for his sin and who was going to set up Ahab for this judgment.

If God wanted to use you to impact your world for Jesus Christ, what circumstances would have to be created in order for you to respond to His call? Would prospering you materially encourage you to this end? Would a major change in what you are presently doing be necessary? What would your response be should God and the angels conclude that the only way to move you into a position of fulfilling God’s purposes was to remove some things that might be very dear to you? Would you agree with their plan if you knew this would be the only way you would achieve the purposes for which God made you? Hard questions, aren’t they?

This is the very thing God does in many who have been called for a special mission. Moses had to be stripped of his royal position in the family of Egypt and sit in the desert for 40 years. The apostle Paul had to be knocked off his horse, blinded, and receive a personal visitation from Jesus. The 12 disciples had to leave their jobs for three years to follow Christ. Imagine what kind of disruption this had on their lives. There are many examples of God bringing major upheaval in the lives of those He called for His purposes. Why?

The reason is that we do not seek God with a whole heart in times of prosperity and comfort. Prosperity and comfort tend to breed complacency and satisfaction. It is rare to find the man or woman who seeks God with a whole heart who does so simply from a grateful heart. We often must have pain or crisis to motivate us. Eventually, that crisis bridges us to a new calling, and we embrace that calling if we are open to the Holy Spirit’s work in us. We can actually thank God for the change that was required to get us to this place, but it is not without anguish of heart.

Would you be willing to sit in the strategic planning session for your life and agree with the plans God has for your life? Could you give God complete freedom to implement that plan, no matter the cost? Ask God to give you the grace and trust in His love for you to say “yes.”

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