Jeremiah 29:11- 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.
Have you ever failed? The better question is have you ever failed and the doubted the plan of God for your life. You do something, knowingly or not, and later think “Well, I messed this up. That shot it all down. God won’t want to use me now.”
That is a lie of the devil!
The great deceiver wants you to get down on yourself. Once you’ve been saved, he can’t destroy your spirit, so he tries to destroy your faith. He wants you to think that anything you do that is wrong pushes you out from under God’s grace.
Now, when we sin (notice I said WHEN) we do need to get before the Father and confess that sin. We need to say “Lord that was wrong. Forgive me and give me the strength I need to stand against the devil when he attacks me with that again.”
Forgiveness is important, but it is also free. Sometimes we seem to forget that one important detail. We do something and, even though we know what the Bible says, we think that God either can’t or won’t forgive “that”
The Father knows that you will fail. He said in Proverbs 24:16 says that “though a righteous man falls seven times, he rises again”. We have hope even when we make mistakes.
Even more encouraging is it to know that God has a plan for you, and no matter how far down you may feel, He wants you to prosper. It is His will! We’ve read that He wants us to have hope, and a future, but when you’re in the pit of despair, crying out and not even sure if God is listening, it can be very hard to remain hopeful.
Just know that whatever you might go through, God’s best is waiting for you. It doesn’t matter how far or how hard you fall, He is there to pick you up and set you straight again.
If you feel like you are stuck in a rut and can’t get out, that God has stopped listening to you, I want you to pray this prayer out loud and know that He will NEVER leave you alone:
Father, here I am at the end of my rope. I can’t get any lower than I am now. I want to return to you, Lord. It is my desire to dwell in the secret place of the Most High. I won’t make any more excuse, Lord. I won’t try to limit Your power. I lay down my heart, weighted with sin and guilt and shame, and ask you to wash it all away.
I refuse to stay in this pit of despair, because You have a plan for my life. And I know that plan is a plan of prosperity, a plan of Hope. So here I am, dear Father. Broken and battered I come before you, and ask you to do a mighty work in me. Let your Holy Spirit fall.
Thank you Lord for hearing my pray. Thank you for restoring the joy of my salvation through the work Jesus did on the Cross. I give you praise and glory and honor and pray this in Jesus name, amen
Now spend five minutes praising God for bringing you up out of the pit. Even if you don’t “feel” it, know that God knows you heart, He knows your desire to know Him. And He is faithful.