Off the shelf people

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By Dave Henning / February 19, 2017

“But God doesn’t produce off the shelf people.  Each person has been custom designed by His loving, sovereign hand.”- Dr. Tony Evans

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”- Proverbs 3:5

As Dr. Tony Evans continues his Introduction (“What is Destiny?”) to Detours, he explains what it means to “find God.”  Pastor Evans means “to get close to God and know God’s heart. ”  Also, to “find God” means recognizing God’s voice more than anyone else’s in your life.

Therefore, as you obey and serve the Lord, He makes His purpose for you crystal clear.  God doesn’t engage you in a game of hide-and-seek.  Rather, the Lord simply wants you to seek Him first.

However, you negatively affect others when you fail to live out your purpose.  Dr. Evans explains:

“We are all interconnected in God’s kingdom, and that’s why it’s critical that we all make seeking God and living out our purpose an important thing to do.  Not just for others but also because it will benefit you.”

Hence, when we find the strength to keep going when circumstances dictate most people give up, we know we’re fulfilling our purpose.   Yet, we must guard against demanding our will, and in the process missing out on God’s perfect destiny for us.

We tend to want the tangible- wanting what we want, know, and see.  But, God created us for so much more and desires to teach us what that is.  In order for God to do that, we need to let go of our plans and our will.

In conclusion, to become God’s masterpiece, He must sanctify you.  He makes you more like Jesus Christ.  To accomplish this, God often places detours in your life.  In Chapter 1, Dr. Evans discusses the connection between detours and destiny.

Today’s question: What Bible verses enable you to avoid seeing yourself or others as off the shelf people?  Please share.

Tomorrow’s blog: the latest Short Meditation- “A child’s heart, but a grown-up’s head”

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