9 A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps.
Isaiah 48:17 (New King James Version)
17 Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“ I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go."
If you have been walking with God for awhile you know a truth about your walk with Him. When you walk with God there are no coincidences. Everything that happens to you has a specific purpose, and every encounter you have is part of His plan. These are "divine appointments", situations that He has arranged in advance for you. So why do these things happen? What purpose do they have?
When you accepted the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ's death on the cross for your sins, something supernatural occurred in your life. Your confession of those sins, and your surrender to God, not only cleansed you from your wrongdoing, and redeemed you for eternity, but it opened your spirit to allow the Holy Spirit to reside in you. The Spirit of God took up residence inside of you.
No this may sound a little creepy, but it is a very powerful truth. A sure test of this is what happens to you after you are "saved". Things that you once thought were "no big deal" in your life, suddenly cause you to feel guilty. In fact the more you continue the behavior the worse you feel, until you finally cry out in confession to God and again seek His forgiveness. Although you were forgiven at the time of your conversion, this continual confession keeps you walking in obedience to God.
The Spirit has a big job; it is His job to conform you to the image of Jesus Christ. In other words, He works on the inside and with things on the outside, to direct your life to become more like Jesus. That is what these "divine appointments" are all about; God places people in our lives by working through their lives, to serve His purposes and make us more like Him.
When we follow God's direction, continually seeking His guidance, and walking in obedience to where He is taking us, we will accomplish great things for Him. Not that God needs it, but in our service to Him we will live abundant and joyful lives, as we look forward to eternity with Him. Those we encounter along the way will benefit in seeing what a life in Christ is all about.
The reality of this truth should make you aware that no one that you meet is by chance; there are no coincidences. It is a divine appointment, arranged by God, for the benefit of His eternal kingdom. Make sure that everyone you meet knows that Jesus Christ set up the appointment.
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