Friday, June 6, 2008

being intentional [+] Friday E-Devotion

Do you remember the TV character named Steve Urkel?  One of his favorite notable phrases was, "did I do that?"  It came in his ever so popular geek tone after an ill timed, unintentional action.
 
Far too often (confession time) we live by the seat of our pants, as the old saying goes.  Yes, following God means that we have to live by faith each day.  That means listening to the Holy Spirit, making adjustments and being creative (which at times seems totally irrational).  But we need to be intentional.  Being intentional does not mean we are not following God.  It means we want to make sure we do our best, plan to succeed and make our way to impact more and more people for Him.
 
God has always been intentional.  Last Sunday I told our church that nothing ever 'dawns' on God.  He already knows.  His work is the same way.  Think about it.
 
Psalm 33:11 (nlt) --- But the Lord's plans stand firm forever; his intentions can never be shaken.
 
Genesis 50:20 (nlt) --- You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
 
Even when our enemy Satan gets in the mix and intentionally seeks to hurt us, God intentionally uses it for His good and His purpose.  Being intentional is something we learn from successful people, God is one of those.
 
As we move into our ONE PRAYER series, I believe that church leaders need to be intentional about how we seek God and how we share with others.  Far too often, again, living an unintentional life or leading by coincidence is not going to have the greatest impact we want to have.  It is time to choose to be intentional about what we do with Jesus.
 
In seeking God, we are being intentional as we pray and fast preparing for the future.  We are being intentional when we spend time in the Bible and choose to be part of something in ministry or sharing our faith.  We are being intentional when we invite others to experience God with us at church or in our lives.  What do you think are the benefits of being intentional?
 
Proverbs 12:5 (nlt) --- The plans of the godly are just; (meaning that God uses them)
 
Proverbs 16:3 (nlt) --- Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
 
Ephesians 2:10 (nlt) --- For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
 
Colossians 4:5 (nlt) --- Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.
 
Remember the following truth as you prepare for an awesome weekend:
 
Romans 11:36 (nlt) --- For everything comes from him and exists by his power and is intended for his glory. All glory to him forever! Amen.
 
It is all about HIM!

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