Do you know that God has a plan and a purpose for your life? While it may seem at times we are just passing through this life, enjoying time spent on the mountain and suffering through dry spells in the valley, there is order to what may appear to be a chaotic life. We are all here for the purpose that God planned long before we were born. “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” (Jeremiah 29:11). We will always have struggles in our lives, but I have noticed that many of my struggles have served a purpose. They have served to bring me closer to God and to other Christ followers. When we learn to trust God, we have confidence in His ability to get us through any situation. Remember, our situation should not to be our main focus. Rather we should fix our eyes on the Lord Almighty who is with us through our situation.
Twenty years ago, I never dreamed I would move to Panama to serve in the mission field. I still sometimes wonder how in the world did I ever get here, but God directed my steps and guided my path. God gave me a heart for the people in Panama. Last week, my husband Bob and I had the opportunity to serve on the Comarca with God’s Eyes, an organization we worked alongside. We spent two days in Cerro Puerco (Pig Mountain) ministering to 193 of our Ngobe brothers and sisters. This was the first time we have served with God’s Eyes in an area with no electric service. Altogether, we dispensed a total of 260 pairs of prescription, sun, and reading glasses. Four cases of new bibles were given away and folks were still asking for more when we ran out! Through the power of the Holy Spirit, our prayer and ministry team had the privilege of leading at least 30 new souls into the Kingdom of God, with others renewing their commitments to Him. All glory to King Jesus! By God’s grace we get the privilege doing these kinds of things regularly.
You don’t have to move to a foreign country for God to have a plan and a purpose for your life. He will use you where you are right now. There are ministry opportunities all around — you don’t have to look far to find family, friends, neighbors and coworkers in need of Jesus. When we trust a God and allow the Holy Spirit to work through us in all circumstances — God will work all things for good!
Scripture references from NIV unless otherwise noted.
Based on God Uses People to Fulfill His Plans on October 6th, 2018 - Watch Sermon