For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. – Eph 2:10
GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES!!
GOD does not make mistakes! He is powerful, perfect, and most of all, intentional! Nothing GOD does or allows is by accident. YOU are not an accident! YOUR BIRTH was intended by GOD from the beginning of creation and he knew you before you were formed in your Mother's womb. He planned the family you would be born in, the community you would grow up in, the schools you would attend, the people you would meet, etc. There is nothing that has taken GOD by surprise and whether those circumstances are good or bad, they are for a purpose that only YOU can fulfill!! Because GOD does not make mistakes!
If you feel your life is bad, sometimes, you may wonder why you were born. You may wonder why GOD chose you or allowed you to be born into a certain situation or to go through a certain experience. The answer lies in you. There must be something GREAT that GOD intends for you to do because you have gone through those situations or are still going through those situations. And because you have survived and are still alive and looking for GOOD and GOD in your existence, it says a lot about you and your destiny! You must be a warrior! You must be strong and brave and have a spirit of steel that will not allow you to give up. All of that makes you special because out of great adversity comes great character and purpose.
Does GOD want us to be in situations where we are constantly sick, hurt or abused or molested or bullied? Absolutely not and GOD always makes a way of escape when those trials come. There is always a choice to be made. When we find ourselves in those situations, we can seek help through resources GOD provides for us whether it is to take the risk and tell someone else what we are going through so that we can find solutions, to seek help from a friend or teacher or counselor or social worker or a local church or shelter. Just like GOD wants to bless us, you have another entity out there that wants to hurt us because we are GOD's loving creation. The Word of GOD states that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy. That can be through any of those above trials I mentioned. BUT GOD uses his plans to make us stronger and to build character in us so that no matter what we go through, as a survivor, we can use those experiences to help someone else then survive.
Look at GOD himself and the fact he allowed his only son, JESUS, to be born as flesh and to walk this life with pain and strife as well. In the end, JESUS didn't give up though he got discouraged and sometimes, like we all do, wanted to quit. He looked to GOD to give him strength and courage to do the right thing and to make it through in times of great adversity or pressure. As a result, we have life and a way of escape from the enemy and his plans for us of pain that leads the way to death.
GOD didn’t only make you, us, a part of his family. He has planned things for us to do and our experiences and background train us specifically for this purpose. The things that God has planned for us are good!!! No matter how things have started in your life, there is always an opportunity that he grants us to make a situation or our lives better. God created you and he loves you and made you with special gifts and abilities to help others. What is your purpose and destiny? What has GOD placed in you to use to make the world a better place? What skill or gift or talent do you have that can be used to positively make a difference? EVERYONE has something special and unique about them and you are no different! We each have a role to fulfill and YOU ARE SPECIAL AND UNIQUE AND IMPORTANT TOO!
Since you have been made very special with unique talents and gifts, don’t let fear or adversity stop you from stepping out and doing the things God has called you to do.
Prayer: Ask God to show you what those things are and be willing to be used by Him. If you stay open, seek GOD by asking him and praying to him about what he wants you to do, he will bless you and answer those questions. Because God wants to use YOU, yes YOU, to do GREAT THINGS!
Today's Challenge: You’re created for greatness! Step out and do the things God has called you to do.
"He who walks with the wise grows wise." Proverbs 13:20
A true friend never gets in your way unless you start going down. - Anonymous
WHAT SOUR PATCH KIDS TEACH US ABOUT FRIENDSHIPS
Sour Patch Kids candy are one of the best foods on the planet! Whoever created them was a genius. From the sour sweet taste to the shape, Sour Patch Kids are just plain awesome. Did you realize that Sour Patch can teach you about friendships?
One great thing about Sour Patch Kids is that there isn’t just one flavor to choose from. There are tons of flavors. There are Strawberry, Lemon, Raspberry, and Sour Apple just to name a few. Just like Sour Patch, there are tons of varieties of friendships. Some are really deep and will last a lifetime. Others are just fun and last for a school year. No matter what, friends should be a positive part of your life. They should want the best for you and encourage you and keep you focused. True friends don't do things to hurt you or try to convince you to do wrong. If you have any people like that in your life, they are not friends.
Look around you and analyze your friendships. Are they good or bad? If they are good for you, that friendship should make your life better. If they are bad for you, you will be able to see how your life has taken bad turns since you started hanging around them. If you have a bad friendship, you have to slowly separate yourself from that person. Don't worry that you will not get more friends. You will have an opportunity to meet more new people in your lifetime through school, sports, church, youth clubs, activities, and the list goes on. If you have a good friend that believes in you and encourages you to do the right things, things that will make your life better, value that friendship. You have to be a friend to keep good friends and that means caring about that person too and supporting him or her. Friendships take time to develop. Don’t become discouraged if it takes you a bit to find some true friends in your life.
We all have a best friend that can compare to no other - GOD. Know that GOD is always there. He is a friend that will never leave you. If you need to talk, get things off of your
shoulders, you can go to GOD. He’s always ready to listen and bring you comfort. Just like you build other friendships, you have to build your friendship with GOD too by praying everyday and spending time reading his WORD. Even reading this devotional is spending time with GOD and showing yourself a friend of GOD's too.
Just like Sour Patch Kids, friendships are an awesome part of life. They both bring lots of flavor and fun to our lives. And always remember, GOD's friendship lasts forever.