5 Ways To Follow God’s Plan For Your Life

by Derek Hill on December 7, 2012 · Print Print · Email Email

Matthew 4:19b-20 says, “’Follow Me (Jesus) and I will make you fishers of men.’ Immediately they (Simon and Andrew) left their nets and followed Him.”  God has a plan for your life and mine.  Simon and Andrew’s life plan with Christ started right in that very verse.  How can you know what is God’s plan for your life?  The Bible is chalk full of truth and wisdom on how we all can follow God’s plan for us.  As always, let us look into the inspired Word of God, the Holy Bible, for concrete answers.

Trust in God’s Judgment

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)  This needs to be the first stepping stone in a believer’s journey.  God had a plan for you before you were even born. (Galatians 1:15)  As believers, we can follow God’s plan for us by believing that He has everything in control and His sovereignty will guide us exactly where He wants us to go.  Even right now, you did not arrive to read this article by accident.  God led you here, just as He will lead you on to other places whether it be a local/non-local mission, church function, soup kitchen, or homeless shelter.  There are so many places to shine God’s love which is why He has a plan set out for each one of us.  If God impresses compassion on you for someone else, then let the Holy Spirit guide you to help that person, whether it is praying for them, feeding them, clothing them or spreading the good news of salvation to them.

You Have a Skill Set

How can you know what is God’s plan for your life?

One great way to see what God has planned for your life is to look at the skills that you have been blessed with.  Exodus 35:30-35 has Moses speaking to Israel about specific men with specific skills that they were given by God to use for His glory.  God has blessed me musically, so I serve Him in the church worship team.  Do you like public speaking?  Maybe consider being a preacher.  Do you like hands-on activities?  Maybe consider missions or becoming a caretaker of the church.  If you aren’t already involved in your church, please consider the skills you have been given by God and see how you can benefit His kingdom.

Be in Prayer

Prayer is the way to stay connected with God through open communication.  If you don’t know what God’s plan is for you, ask Him in prayer.  “And this is the confidence that we have toward Him, that if we ask anything according to His will he hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14-15)  When you pray that “God’s will be done” in your life, God “will” always show you your next step in His plan.  1 Thessalonians 5:17 says to, “pray without ceasing.”  While trusting in God to lead us, it is important that we stay in contact with Him.  God still yearns for a relationship with us.  As we honor Him in prayer, He will guide us according to His will.

Be Intentional – Stay Committed – IN LOVE

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned but have not love I gain nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3)  You can be sure of one thing: God’s plan for you involves love.  You may be doing what the Holy Spirit has placed on your heart and mind, but if you are only active in your mind and leave your heart behind, then you are missing the point my friends.  Be active in God’s plan while loving those that you are in contact with.  Keep your heart engaged in every opportunity you have to do the Lord’s work.  “Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never ends” (1 Corinthians 13:7-8a)

Answer When God Calls

Any time that you see a need and you have the resources to provide, then answer the call.  If God has placed a burden on your heart to love children, please consider adoption or a children’s ministry.  If God has placed a burden on you to love the elderly, please consider helping out in retirement homes (they love carolers!) or helping the elderly at the grocery store with their bags.  If God has placed a burden on you to help feed the hungry, please consider serving in a soup kitchen or giving food items to a food drive.  There are so many places that all of us can serve.  When God calls, He is serious.  Matthew 25:35-40 says, “’For I (Jesus) was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’  Then the righteous will answer Him saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”  You see, my friends, that whenever you serve another person, you are also serving Christ and answering the call.  Matthew 25:41-46 says the exact opposite of the previous passage.  It tells of how those who reject the hungry, thirsty, naked, sick and in prison will also be rejected from entering heaven because rejecting another human being is also rejecting Christ, himself.  Please answer when God calls!!  Whenever you ignore His call, you are ignoring Him!  Whenever you listen and respond to His call, you are serving Him too!

Conclusion

These are only 5 of many ways that we can follow the plan that God has for us.  I hope and pray that if you don’t know what God is doing in your life right now that you will spend time faithfully in prayer, asking our Father what His will is for your life.  As always, I encourage you all to live a life worthy of the calling.  God bless you!

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Resources:

The Holy Bible, English Standard Version

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Benjamin Laurel December 7, 2012 at 9:11 am

Yes freind i love to read and study from the articles its very good to learn more thank you very much and God bless you.

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Derek December 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Thank you for being so kind. I consider it an honor to serve God in this way. God is so good! God bless you too!

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Paul Jansen December 7, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Thank-you Derek, what an Awesome article which I am sure will help all who read it and soak it in! God Bless You too!

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Derek December 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Thank you for your words of kindness, Paul. I really appreciate it. I am so thankful for all I have, including writing for WCWTK. God is very good all the time! God bless you and your loved ones too!

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Josh December 7, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Love your use of scripture throughout this article. Great job, brother.

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Derek December 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm

Thank you Josh. The Bible truly is the living Word! The scriptures come alive at me every time I read it. God bless you brother.

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Jack Wellman December 7, 2012 at 9:05 pm

Superb my brother. I believe that my greatest challenge is your first way and that is trusting God. I fail too many times at trusting Him when appearances look bad and it shows my sinful nature of depending upon myself too much. I know this is sin and why can I not trust Him more? (don’t answer that! LOL). If He can create the universe, why do I have a hard time when I look at my checkbook? Thanks brother for another teaching that I take to heart and badly need. Your such a blessing and gifted teacher and writer.

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Derek December 7, 2012 at 11:21 pm

Thank you Jack. We all do depend on ourselves more than we should. I am probably the worst one. You are right; if God created the whole universe, why do we have a hard time trusting Him? His love for us is truly amazing! It is hard to wrap my brain around just how patient He is with us. His forgiveness is never-ending. His love is overflowing. His mercy is always plentiful. Our God is AWESOME!!! God bless you brother! Thank you for your encouragement!

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Rabecca December 8, 2012 at 12:56 am

Thanks for this great article, I have a desire for children and I truly enjoy being in the childrens ministry. I just feel there’s more I can do in my life and my daily prayer is that God helps me to underrstand my purpose in this life.

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Derek December 8, 2012 at 9:58 am

Thank you Rabecca. Doing what you love for the kingdom is always a blessing to you and to those who are around you. Keep praying, if you feel like there is more for you. “Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) God bless you and your desire to impact the kingdom even more!

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Njah Gideon December 8, 2012 at 4:11 am

Thanks so much for this inspiration. Many at time we bypass these needies arround us, in our immediate environment and think that the only place to give and make our public show is in the church where we’ll be seen by men for applause. Even though it’s not bad to give in the church for the spread of the gospel, we also need to know that charity begins at home. Godbless you.

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Derek December 8, 2012 at 10:03 am

Thank you Njah. You reminded me of Matthew 5:5-6. “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” If we are going to church for applause, then we have missed the point. Thank you for a great reminder! God bless you!

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cecilia mawire December 12, 2012 at 3:28 am

This quite encouraging

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Derek Hill December 13, 2012 at 10:03 pm

Thank you so much Cecilia. God bless you and your loved ones!

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joe December 13, 2012 at 2:49 pm

My name is joe I love doing the work of God,my challenge is there this spirtual gift I needed in my ministry but is nt forth coming what do I do?

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Derek Hill December 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

Thank you for your comment Joe. If God has not given you a certain spiritual gift then I would suggest praying to Him about it. If God doesn’t give you the gift then you were not meant to have it brother. We are all given different gifts. I encourage you to seek a ministry that suits the talents and skills God has given you. When you travel the path the God plans out, you will reap a harvest for the kingdom!

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Shanay D. December 15, 2012 at 11:04 pm

Hey, first and foremost I would like to say this is a great article.
I’m writing you because I want to turn my life over to the Lord and I need help. May you help me please?

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Derek Hill December 16, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Hello Shanay. This is GREAT news!! I was excited when I read this! Turning your life over to God is quite simple. You must truly believe that Jesus Christ lived in Heaven and came down to earth to die on the cross for your sin and that His death was the redemption for your sin. If you believe in Christ and accept Him as the Lord and Savior of your life, then you are saved! Acts 2:38 says, “Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” So, repent of being a sinner (which is daily for all of us) and be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Baptism is a public confession saying to other witnesses that you do believe in Christ’s death, burial and resurrection for your sins. When you do this, you will receive the Holy Spirit, for it is promised in the verse above. Jesus says, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) I praise God for you and I am so grateful that you want to give your life to God. Not only am I excited but so are the angels in heaven. “There is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:10) God bless you Shanay!!

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Shanay Davis December 24, 2012 at 1:02 am

Thank you so much. I have alot more questions. How do I stop myself from giving into temptation? How do I pray for protection and guidance ? Etc

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Derek Hill December 24, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Great to hear from you again, Shanay. The best way to stop yourself from giving into temptation is to memorize scripture. When Satan is feeding you his lies, you can counter him with truth. Lets say that you are being tempted to steal money by Satan. A good verse to say back at him is Proverbs 10:2, which says, “Treasures gained by wickedness do not profit, but righteousness delivers from death.” Memorizing scripture will give you the ammunition that you need to counter the devil. In regards to praying for protection and guidance, I would simply ask God to protect you as you go about your day and while you sleep. Pray that God will lead you exactly where He wants you to go. Pray that God’s will be done in your life always. God bless you and your loved ones, and have a Very Merry Christmas :)

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Val February 19, 2013 at 9:40 pm

My name is val i have recently found god i dont know what he has in mind for me but reading your article has really helped thankyou

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Derek Hill February 20, 2013 at 3:41 pm

Thank you Val. I am so excited you have found God and I hope you have also chosen Jesus Christ to be your Savior and Lord. God rarely gives us the whole picture. He usually gives us one step at a time. Pray to God and ask Him to guide you where He wants you to go. God bless you and thank you for stopping by WCWTK.

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Tracy "tract" Brown June 18, 2013 at 2:02 pm

This really helped me. Thank you for being obedient to GOD. GOD bless you & your family.

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Derek Hill June 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Thank you so much Tracy! May God bless you and your family as well :) Thank you for stopping by WCWTK! God bless you!

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Ronda August 9, 2013 at 7:35 pm

Praise GOD. I’m going through alot right now & Derek your site is awesome. I really feel better after reading the great things you wrote as well as the comments. May GOD continue to BLESS you in every area of your life.

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Derek Hill August 9, 2013 at 9:58 pm

Thank you so much Ronda! I understand all about trials and I am going to pray for you. May God show you His will through the things you are going through right now. God bless you and thank you so much for stopping by our site!

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