Remove “I” from Your Plans

I love today’s post from Voices Against the Grain guest blogger, Herbert Bowen, Jr. How many times have we/I pursued our own plans to find we’re going nowhere fast or things aren’t going as they should? Sometimes we pursue things we think we should be doing but we haven’t sought God for direction—He who knows us best. You may be a lean 6’2 though it doesn’t mean you’re destined to be a high-fashion runway model. However, God does have unique plans designed just for you. Ask Him first.  -Nicole

Proverbs 16:1 “We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.”  (Or, “To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the LORD comes the reply of the tongue.” –New International Version)

Herbert G. Bowen, VATG Guest Blogger

Herbert G. Bowen, VATG Guest Blogger

Oh Lord I try to walk, but I stumble. I create magnificent plans, but they never come to fruition. I am tired, but I find no rest. I stumble, I create, and I am tired, has anyone caught onto the destructive trend found within these statements? Well, it’s the use of the letter “I.” “I” is a tool that causes division and selfishness. “I” is what moves us away from God in search of an alternative route. Thus, how smooth is the road you have now begun to travel? Have you reached a destination of completion or success? Probably not because the answer is found within this scripture, FOR GOD GIVES US THE RIGHT ANSWER.

See, it’s the process that usually bears little resistance, or the process that falls right into your lap devoid of any contention, these processes once prayed on contain the holy seal of God. Therefore, seek and ye shall find the answer God is waiting to share with you. Amen

About Herbert G. Bowen, Jr.

Born in King of Prussia, Pa., Herbert G. Bowen Jr., accepted the Lord Jesus Christ at the tender age of 5. An active member of the Central Church of God in Charlotte, N.C. where he resides, Herbert serves as a youth/discussion group leader, where he has preached and taught Sunday school, as well  as Wednesday night service. In addition, he has preached at Second Baptist Church in Pottstown, Pa., Destiny City Church in Salisbury, N.C.  At his current age of 23, Herbert is the youngest board member on the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) Leadership Council, where he serves to lessen the costs of tuition for African American students. Moreover, Herbert serves on the PureHope advisory board, where his commitment to “wait until marriage” fits perfectly with PureHope’s mission to bring a Christian solution to an immoral culture.

Finally, Herbert through the will of God writes weekly devotionals to combat the decreasing morality in the 18-30 age group a.k.a., “the transition gap.” This is an effort to re-introduce Jesus Christ to this spiritually starved generation. His devotionals go out to 2,000+ people and continues to grow under the Lord’s watchful eye.  He is a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in Business Management. He provides business expertise to help others start their businesses.


Need Answers? Ask Jesus!

Dear Friends. I am happy to share with you a guest devotional from a great brother in Christ, Dracy Jenkins. His devotional reminds us WHO holds the answers in a world where people desperately seek relief in imperfect, flawed sources. I so loved his devotional that I’m sharing with you as an encouragement and reminder.  Thank you Dracy! God bless each of you.   -Nicole

“Christians must learn again what Christians have always known — how to live without immediate hopes in the world.” — T. R. Milford (author of  Foolishness to the Greeks, and Christian Decision in the Nuclear Age)

Dracy Jenkins, Devotional Writer

Dracy Jenkins, Devotional Writer

Philippians 3:6-7 NLT 6 Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. 7 If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

It seems like every news story, conversation or report is geared to strike fear and worry in our hearts.  The only way to guard against this is to have a little conversation with God. We can talk about many of the ills in this world, but can never solve them.  However, finding out what God says about the troubles of this world and His solution, is well worth the time to talk to the only ONE who has the answer.

Stop listening to Oprah or calling Dr. Phil.  Have yourself a little talk with Jesus.  I guarantee, you will cease from your worrying after you hear His voice tell you that He knows about your situation and that He is the answer.

We serve an awesome God.  No matter what is happening in our lives, nothing can change this fact, at least in my mind.  He’s done too much for me, forgiven me countless times, encouraged me and continues to love me.  If you take just a moment to think about it, He has done the same for you too.

Father, God, we thank you for being our loving protector, guide and friend. Thank you for your many blessings, seen and unseen.  Thank you for your yes, your no and your not now.  Thank you for knowing what we need, exactly when we need it and for keeping those things that we don’t need, away from us.  We give you glory and praise for your ever watchful eye over us.  Help us to be more faithful, loving, humble, compassionate and caring towards each other. And Father, help us to put our complete trust and confidence in you and only you.  We pray and ask this in Jesus name, amen.