God does not have formulas, God is not a fortune teller or psychic, God is not a genie to rub a lamp for a wish, God does not have shortcuts!
God is patient and wants to teach us the lessons of life through patience and prayer.
One of the most misquoted verses and taken out of context verses is in the book of Jeremiah:
This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 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. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. I will be found by you,” says the Lord . “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.” Jeremiah 29:10-14 NLT
Notice, that God allowed Israel to stay captive for 70 years. He allowed them to be captured and taken into exile under king Nebuchadnezzar. God promises to bring them back home again out of Babylon. God offers them hope and a future. Here’s the key God gave them a promise, but He said it will not be easy. “If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me”. V.13
Have you ever lost something like your car keys or wallet, purse, etc.? You have to leave, but can’t because you need what you lost before you leave. The word ‘LOOK’ means to search diligently with everything you’ve got. You become desperate and search with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. This is how God the Father wants us to seek Him. Not in a lazy slothful way or I will get to it later type of attitude. Does God have a purpose and a plan for you and this nation? Absolutely. He wants what is best for you but it may not always be easy.
Patience and waiting is not always easy, but well worth it especially when God promises you an answer. Look to the Lord for He is not only your hope, He is your everything!
“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. In those days when you pray, I will listen”. Jeremiah 29:11-12 NLT
Have a wonderful weekend my friend and trust God for His promise for your life.
Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region.
The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey.
Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own.
My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’.
God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth.
I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others.
There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more
I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more
I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better!
“But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version
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