Summary: Twelve principles to guide your future
A. WHEN YOU FEEL CUT OFF FROM GOD
1. When you can’t reach God, you question Him, “Has God forgotten to be kind? Has He slammed the door on His compassion?” (Ps. 77:9, NLT). “O Israel, how can you say the Lord does see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your prayers?” (Is. 40: 2, NLT).
a. Israel cries out in captivity. Their sins got them in trouble.
b. You cry out because of trouble with family, physical. Your sins got you there, now what?
2. When does God forsake His children?
“Yet Jerusalem says, ‘The Lord has deserted us; the Lord has forgotten us. Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands’” (Is. 49:14-16, NLT).
a. Can a mother forsake a nursing baby? No!
b. God cannot deny His promise or His nature. God loves you.
3. What is important about the hand? It works, protects, feeds, cares, etc.
a. The hand is the extension of your heart, it does what the heart and head tell it to do. God’s hand tells it what to do.
b. You are engraved (tattooed) on God’s hand. What is a tattoo?
c. People tattoo names that are important to them on their bodies; name reminds, name gives identity, name is always there, permanent.
B. WHY WILL GOD HEAR ISRAEL?
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11, NLT).
1. God has a plan for your life. It is best for you to be accomplished in the best possible way, to carry out His will, and give glory to Him.
2. What is a plan?
Plan – French, foundation, level ground, to plant, to fix in place. (1) A drawing, diagram, (2) A top of horizon view, (3) A large scale map, (4) A method to achieve an end, (5) A customary method of doing something, (6) Detained information about a program, (7) A goal, aim, etc., (8) Orderly arrangement of plans of an overall design. ~Webster
a. What do we know about God’s plan? “It is good and acceptable, and pleasing will of God” (Rom. 12:2, NKJV).
b. What is promised about God’s plan for you? “Plans for good and not for disaster” (Jer. 29:11). God’s plans calls for discipline to learn to walk, but never promising you won’t fall down as you learn.
c. Discipline is hard, hurting, sweaty, repetitive, including shut doors and opened ones.
d. What does God’s plan do for you? “To give you a future and a hope” (Jer. 29:11, NKJV).
Hope – ME, akin to hoffen, to plan a fulfillment. (1) To cherish a desire with expectation, (2) Archaic trust to bring to pass, (3) strong desire, (4) belief in fulfillment, (5) someone or something on which desires are centered. ~Webster
e. What are the mechanics of hope (God’s plan for you)? (1) Based on scriptures, (2) nourished by prayer, (3) yielded, (4) fueled by circumstances, (5) based on one’s physical and spiritual gifts, (6) guided by God’s previous working in your life.