Proverbs 16:9 - God Is Sovereign!
Proverbs 16:9: God Is Sovereign!
Proverbs 16:9 (NIV) In his heart a man plans his course, but the
LORD determines his steps.
Power For Your Goals
Proverbs 16:9 says, We plan the way we want to live, but
only God makes us able to live it (The Message).
You get to plan the way you want to live, but only God gives
you the power and energy to actually experience transformation. Why?
Because God provides the three things you must have to reach your goal
and change your life.
1. You need Gods Spirit to empower you.
You need Gods help to make changes you cant make on
your own. Its not based on willpower. Its based on Gods
power. Its not based on trying. Its based on trusting.
Zechariah 4:6 says, You will not succeed by your own
strength or by your own power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord
2. You need Gods Word to guide you.
The Bible is the owners manual for life. The more you read
it, study it, memorize it, and meditate on it, the more successful
and fulfilled youre going to be in life.
When Joshua was given the great dream of taking over the
Promised Land - a goal that would take him the rest of his life - God
spoke these words to him: This book of the law shall not depart
from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that
you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for
then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have
success (Joshua 1:8 NASB).
3. You need Gods people to support you.
You will not be able to reach your goals on your own. It
takes a team to fulfill a dream!
A crowd cant support you, but a small group can. The
people in your small group know when youre sick, when youre
having a tough time, when you need a break. You can share your goals
and successes and failures, and they will rejoice with you and
encourage you to keep going. Youre going to need that when you make the
right kind of goals and pursue them wholeheartedly.
Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, By yourself youre unprotected.
With a friend you can face the worst. Can you round up a third? A
three-stranded rope isnt easily snapped (The Message). [Daily Devotional
by Rick Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/]
Trust Me enough to spend ample time with Me, pushing back the
demands of the day. Refuse to feel guilty about something that is so
pleasing to Me, the King of the universe. Because I am omnipotent, I am
able to bend time and events in your favor. You will find that you
can accomplish more in less time, after you have given yourself to
Me in rich communion. Also, as you align yourself with My
perspective, you can sort out what is important and what is not.
Don't fall into the trap of being constantly on the go. Many,
many things people do in My Name have no value in My kingdom. To
avoid doing meaningless works, stay in continual communication with
Me. I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I
will counsel you with My eye upon you. (Luke 10:41, 42; Psalm 32:8)
[Jesus Calling by Sarah Young]
I am with you and for you. When you decide on a course of
action that is in line with My will, nothing in heaven or on earth can
stop you. You may encounter many obstacles as you move toward your
goal, but don't be discouraged - never give up! With My help, you can
overcome any obstacle. Do not expect an easy path as you journey hand in
hand with Me, but do remember that I, your very-present Helper, am
Much, much stress results from your wanting to make things
happen before their times have come. One of the main ways I assert My
sovereignty is in the timing of events. If you want to stay close to Me and
do things My way, ask Me to show you the path forward moment by
moment. Instead of dashing headlong toward your goal, let Me set the
pace. Slow down, and enjoy the journey in My Presence. (Rom. 8:31;
Psa. 46:1-3; Luke 1:37) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young]
It is good that you recognize your weakness. That keeps you
looking to Me, your Strength. Abundant life is not necessarily health
and wealth; it is living in continual dependence on Me. Instead of
trying to fit this day into a preconceived mold, relax and be on the
lookout for what I am doing. This mind-set will free you to enjoy Me and
to find what I have planned for you to do. This is far better than
trying to make things go according to your own plan.
Don't take yourself so seriously. Lighten up and laugh with
Me. You have Me on your side, so what are you worried about? I can
equip you to do absolutely, anything, as long as it is My will. The
more difficult your day, the more I yearn to help you. Anxiety wraps
you up in yourself, trapping you in your own thoughts. When you look
to Me and whisper My Name, you break free and receive My help.
Focus on Me, and you will find Peace in My Presence. (Phi. 4:13; Pro.
17:22) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young]
LINK FOR FURTHER STUDY ON THIS PASSAGE
LINKS WORTH CHECKING OUT
Most Important Decision in Life:
A Man without Equal by Bill Bright:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NiVa7UoruIo [old, but one of the best]
Importance of Choice:
http://creationhealth.com/CREATION-Health/Choice [click on video]
Seeking God Made Real: http://vimeo.com/31489782
Prayer Made Real: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tc8VdMV26VE
Musical Devotional On Christian Living:
Medical Seminar on Healthful Living by David DeRose, MD, MPH:
LINKS FOR BIBLE STUDIES
Lifting Up Jesus Bible Studies: http://www.liftingupjesus.net/
Amazing Facts Bible Studies:
Discover Bible Studies: http://studies.itiswritten.com/discover/
Glow Tract Video Bible Studies: http://www.bibleresearch.info/
LINKS FOR BIBLE PROPHECY SEMINARS
The Last Day of Prophecy by Pastor Doug Batchelor:
Restoring The Power by John Bradshaw:
Prophecies Decoded by Pastor Ron Clouzet:
Last Day Prophecy: His Other Sheep by Pastor Gerald Babanezhad: