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06 June 2014
GOD-TRACKING IS RESTING IN GOD'S PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE, NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS
Steve was stunned. His boss, Pete sat with hands clasped on the desk across from him, waiting for a response. "But I've given the best part of my working life to this job," Steve finally said.
"I know, Stave," said Pete, "But management has decided to close your section. There's nothing more I can do. You will receive a severance package, but I know it's difficult to be made redundant. But I believe God is in control."
Steve was working for a Christian missions agency. For the past 10 years he'd believed that it was God's plan for him to work behind the scenes in support of God's people out in the field, but now he walked away from Pete's office feeling dejected and empty. Walking back to his workstation Steve prayed, "Dear God, I have always acknowledged you in all my ways and trusted you to direct the outcome to all my endeavours, so I know this can only be according to your plan for my life. I believe you called me to this work so I trust you to watch over your calling on my life."
Scripture tells us that when God speaks his word always produces the results that he intends. When God calls a person to serve him (and we all serve God in every walk of life, not just the ministry) then he will watch over that calling to fulfil it. When God calls us into a job that we believe is his purpose for us and something happens to jeopardise that work then we can be assured that God will, nevertheless, guard that calling. As with Steve above, it was not up to him to safeguard his work but to rest in the fact that God would open the next door for him to continue fulfilling his calling. Because Steve had continually acknowledged the Lord, God was watching over Steve's calling. He had nothing to prove and nothing to defend. After all, Steve's work was not his own, but God's.
Perhaps you're in a similar situation today. It could be that someone has stripped you of your life's ambition; or it could be that you've been abandoned by someone you once trusted and you're feeling dejected and empty. If that is you then take a moment to acknowledge God's foreknowledge of this moment and surrender your fight to him; acknowledging God results in him directing your life's path. Therefore, come to Jesus and rest in his plan for you at this time. He will certainly open new and wonderful opportunities for you in ways you would never have imagined. God is watching over his perfect plan for you to perform it in his time. After all, your work is not your own, but God's.
After a time of faithful waiting and seeking the face of Jesus, Steve went on to pastor a growing church that began impacting his community in ways he would never have dreamed.
God-tracking is resting in God's plan for your life, no matter what happens.
God watch over you.
It's all in the Book
1 Corinthians 15:57-58
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Verse of the Week
The LORD said to me, "You have seen correctly, for I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled."
Quote of the Week A Sample of Dudley's Fave Quotes
"The purpose of your life is far greater than your own personal fulfilment, your peace of mind or even your happiness. It's far greater than your family, your career or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by his purpose and for his purpose." --- Rick Warren
Don't Give Up, Look Up! Look up and Fix Your Eyes on Jesus!
I come to you and lay down my burden, resting in your purposes for my life
"Father God I am feeling miserable and alone today. I have been rejected and overlooked in my work and relationships. I believe that you have called me to serve you in all that I do. Therefore, I acknowledge your knowledge of my situation and I continue to acknowledge you in every aspect of my life. I surrender my effort to defend my work and relationships to you. I believe that you will watch over and defend your word to me. I come to you and lay down my burden, resting in your purposes for my life. I trust you to fulfil your calling on my life, in your time. Amen."
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GodTracker and trACker owe their origins to an international Christian radio programme produced by Dudley Anderson called, OnTrack. Although OnTrack went off-air in 2005, trACker has continued to help people to track God's plans and purposes for their lives since July 2003.
Unless otherwise indicated all scripture references in this publication are taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, NIV Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.
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Dudley Anderson began writing for radio in 1994. Resident in the UK, he currently writes a weekly e-mail devotional called, GodTracker. Dudley is also senior leader and pastor of a church in the British West Midlands called, Cornerstone Family Church and a radio broadcaster.
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