WELCOME TO DOING PLANNING TOGETHER
Intro-note: Did you see that video on my last post, Counseling? It is called “Do you hear me now?” By Bishop T.D. Jakes at the Lakewood Church in Houston. What a powerful message and delivery! Be sure to see the whole thing (50 minutes).
What are the plans God has for us?
He is now in our present, so how can he help make our present better unless he shows us a little of what his plans are for us. You know, something like getting a revelation when we are caught up into praise and worship, the heavenly place, or heavenlies is the place of vision that can show us direction to trust in going, and purpose to trust in doing. . .
“For I know the plans I have for you says the LORD (ADONAI), . . .” The Amplified says it best:
“For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.” (Jeremiah 29:11)
Professor Lawrence O. Richards wrote in his Expository Dictionary of Bible Words (Zondervan, 1985, page 510) about purpose: “God’s sovereignty is affirmed in both OT and NT. An important New Testament aspect of this affirmation is found in the repeated emphasis on that which God has purposed, planned, and decreed.”
. . .”Then you will call upon Me, and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear and heed you.” (Jeremiah 29:12)
“Two Greek words, prothesis and boule’ are particularly significant. Prothesis means “a plan” or “a resolve”, denoting a decision that has been made. The NIV renders the word “purpose” in four of the twelve places where it appears in the NT.” (Romans 8:28, 9:11; Ephesians 1:11, 3:11)
. . . (Jeremiah 29:13) “Then you will seek Me, inquire for, and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.” (Deuteronomy 4:29,30)
The next Greek word is a stronger term that shows God’s fixed purpose (will) which is unchangeable by anyone’s action or behavior. The force of the Greek word boule’, is strong in the four places refering to God, and weak in the three places refering to human purpose. (Luke 7:30 Θ, Acts 2:23 Φ, 4:28 Φ, 13:36 Θ, 20:27 Θ, Ephesians 1:11 Φ, Hebrews 6:17 Φ) Take the time to look at each of these references. There is a hard-link (Φ) between God’s purposes and his plans for us. They are the same and they are unchangeable. But the soft-link (Θ) between man’s purposes and God’s plans are not always the same. Somehow, man’s purposes can fail and have to be reworked.
Is there a reason to bring the two purposes together?
Did you read Ephesians 3:11? Click on it, read it here in the Amplified Version:
“This is in accordance with the terms of the eternal and timeless purpose which He has realized and carried into effect in [the person of] Christ Jesus our Lord,” (My emphasis)
Now let’s turn to a more extensive indication of the increasing differences between God’s will and man’s will. I am refering to this year’s industrial skills-gap report. Manufacturing companies are reporting less and less employees with the skills to do the physical processes of production. See the 2011 Skills Gap Report by the Manufacturing Institute of Washington DC:
Just how bad is this report?
This shows us through several charts how there is a direction away from a balance in employment figures. Figure 6 shows 45% critical shortage of machinists, craftsmen, operators, distributers, and technicians. Figure 2 shows the area of most difficulty due to work force as 51% shortage of maintaining production levels consistent with customer demands. And it is getting worse.
Figure 3 shows there is 74% shortage of workforce segments that had a negative impact upon (your) company’s ability to expand operation or improve productivity. (And it is getting worse.)
“When manufacturers were asked what they expected over the next 3-to-5 years, 69% expected the availability of skilled production workers to worsen. Manufacturers also expect a greater challenge in hiring engineers, with 45% of companies expecting fewer qualified applicants.” (Ibid.)
This is saying it is going to get worse before it gets better. What can be done to fix this in our economy? Is it government? Is it a change of heart of the rich people? Our study on planning here is revealing there has been a whole lot of human (limited) planning going on. Is it not time to go back to God to learn his plan, finally? And how can God’s plan be made to turn this around?
I have found an interesting study that seems to be making some headway. There is this ‘Opportunity’ with TechMission which is saying it will connect resources with needs. And only God can do this in our hearts.
A Ten Year Plan For The Largest (Global) Social Network
Can we begin to think that in ten years how this vision for the Body of Christ to begin to use technology to gather the wealth of the world and be trusted to make distribution to all needs of food, shelter, clothing? The resources of volunteer workers is the initial answer. Bringing back the retired skilled workers to train up all those called to work with their hands. And do it right.
This means putting God’s plan to work in our family, in our community, in our state, in our nation. We will come to a point of no return. Like getting so far in debt as a nation, as a state, as a community, as a family, that there are no physical ways to pay our debts and remain solvent. We will become slaves to the world economy. The end-times are here. And the only plan that will work is God’s plan for us. Don’t you see this?
“The largest social network in the world is the global Christian community, and our goal is to use technology to match these resources to needs.” (TechMission.com)
City Vision Colleges, and the TechMission Volunteer Corps are organizations that will be tasked to get knowledge of God’s plan into the workers and once established, begin to produce employees to fill the skills gap, and recover the economy on a global scale in ten years.
The global formula seems simple enough:
Global Christians provide 18.17 trillion dollars, with the combined budget of Christian Organizations at 390 billion dollars, and the value of volunteer worker of faith-based workforce at 51.8 billion dollars. This will produce hundreds of millions of dollars for the poor through the tens of millions of web visitors and millions of volunteers.
God’s plan according to His will is the only sensible way our nation can be made to become a global economy as God has promised. But this takes a massive change of hearts. Repentance is key. But nothing is impossible with God. (Oh don’t worry, God is a perfect gentleman, he will never twist anyone’s arm to do this. He may just take our hedge of protection away. . .)
700 million dollars in resources are needed to transform our indebted nation into solvency with the global economy. It is miraculous in its concept because it will require supernatural capability. People will have to want to please God more than themselves.
This will take planning on a global scale.
But it can be done with a little help from the heavenlies. God has done everything he can do with his only Son who paid the price for our spiritual redemption. Now that we are saved (delivered), we can get our heads together and depend more fully on God and His servants to work this plan for us all.
Our government has failed. God’s servants in the Corporate Body of Christ (Messiah) alone can be trusted to fix our world. We have the power over the destructive forces that have caused our dilemma.
I am personally thankful to have written this blog for planning purposes. My work for God will depend upon His plan. Our fellowship is growing. There is a reason. More people are hearing the appeal of the Gospel. Our hearts are being changed. New plans result from regenerated souls. There is hope, but it is found only in using Covenant principles. All for the glory of our Father God, in Jesus (Yeshua) our Lord (Adonai). Amen.
Video: GOD’S PLAN YouTube