For I know the plans I have for you

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 NIV

The Lord has created each and every one of us with plans and purposes.  As we come to know Him intimately He reveals the plans He has for us progressively.  He will reveal a little at a time and as we grow in Him He places within us different desires that will lead and guide our lives.  When we give our hearts to Christ our lives are no longer our own.  They belong fully to the Lord.

The difference between a child of God and a child of the world is that those who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ have the Lord’s hand upon our lives.  He orders every step and has designed our lives in such a way that we continue to grow in maturity.  The opportunity to become a child of God is simply based upon us placing our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.  It is only through the blood of Jesus that our sins are washed away and we are declared righteous.  This is the only way we are able to draw near to the Lord.

There are some who will claim that everyone is a child of God, but the problem with this is that it is simply a lie.  Only those who have placed their faith in Jesus Christ are children of God.  All those who are still in sin are a child of the world and are separated from God.  It is not until we place our faith in Jesus Christ that we are truly born again and become a child of God.

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