You Have Been Set Up

May He give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.”                                                                                                                                             Psalms 20:4

           Have you ever caught yourself thinking, There has to be more than life than just this!?” There are so many different periods of time in our lives that we are thinking just that.  In my religious days, I could never imagine God having something great planned for me; not only great but something important.  I, like many other people, had settled into a mindset of mediocrity.  A sure fire way to kill a dream is mediocrity. Mediocrity means to be mediocre which is defined as of only ordinary or moderate quality; neither good nor bad; barely adequate.” The only problem with that is that God doesn’t call us to be mediocre.  In 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV), Peter wrote that you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  You can’t be mediocre and be called to the royal priesthood.  

          God already has something big planned for your life.  He didn’t set you up to be the same, old, average Joe.  If He did choose you to be ordinary, He would not have created you with the gifts that are buried deep within you.  You may be wondering “what gifts?”   In Jeremiah 29:11, which is one of the most quoted verses in the Christian circle, we find the prophet was being spoken over, just as yourself, For I know the plans I have for you” says the Lord. “There are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. God did not say, “I have a plan for Suzy but not for you.  Sorry, you have the short end of the stick.  You get to sit in the last pew in heaven.  Don’t forget to bring your hanky.”  No!  God has a plan set up for you.  He has set you up to succeed! 

          Jeremiah was a young man at this time and he worried about what people thought of him being so young.  God wasn’t concerned about his youthfulness.  It was no surprise to God that Jeremiah was not qualified by man’s standards.  As a matter of fact, in 1 Corinthians 1:27, Paul wrote that [No] for God selected (deliberately chose) what in the world is foolish to put the wise to shame, and what the world calls weak to put the strong to shame.”   God is not impressed by Ph.D., MD, BA, MA, or whatever degree could fall into this category.  Peter was a fisherman, Matthew was a tax collector, David was a shepherd, Mary was just an average girl, and the list goes on.  God uses ordinary people to carry out his extraordinary plan.

       You may be wondering; how do I live this life of success?  God’s promises are “yes” and “amen.” In Psalms 37, we read that The Lord directs the steps of the godly.  Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.  Once I was young, and now I am old.  Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.” If you live a godly life, you will receive the direction of our Holy God and you will never lack. God already knows that you are going to fail, that’s where grace comes into play.  But many individuals misunderstand the word “lack” with being without money or things.  In Philippians 4, it says that God will meet ALL your needs. Are you on the streets?  Are you dying of starvation?  He is meeting your needs and He has birthed a plan in your heart.  He has prepared you for a time such as this.  He has begun the work and is faithful to complete it. He has set you up for success.

           God is not surprised by who He chose to do His work.  In the word, it talks about how God searched all over the face of the earth, looking for someone to do the work.  All you have to do is follow the word.  In the next few verses that you and I read, I want you to ask God to clear the air because so many have perverted this scripture, taken it out of context, and even have removed it from doctrine;

If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world.  You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God:  Your towns and your fields will be blessed.  Your children and your crops will be blessed. The offspring of your herds and flocks will be blessed.  Your fruit baskets and breadboards will be blessed.  Wherever you go and whatever you do, you will be blessed.  “The Lord will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!  “The Lord will guarantee a blessing on everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The Lord your God will bless you in the land he is giving you.  “If you obey the commands of the Lord your God and walk in his ways, the Lord will establish you as his holy people as he swore he would do.  Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the Lord, and they will stand in awe of you.   “The Lord will give you prosperity in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you, blessing you with many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops.   The Lord will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens and will bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them.  If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.  You must not turn away from any of the commands I am giving you today, nor follow after other gods and worship them. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 NLT

          Let’s focus on what Gods condition on being bless was.  He said that “if you fully obey.”  We are not created to occasionally obey the word of God.  Yes, we live by grace.  However, read it again.  If you fully obey….” We serve a God of unconditional love but of conditional blessings.  We are the same way for our children.  “If you obey, there will be more blessings.”  God is calling you and me to raise our standards of living and quit living a mediocre life.  I have heard time and time again; if you want to be a millionaire, study and do what millionaires do.  In other words, don’t take financial advice from a broke person.  

           I don’t think that it can be said enough that God has set you up to succeed.  Using His word, His principles, and prayer, you can and will succeed.

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