The Following Are 7 Ways To Thwart God’s Plan for Your Life:
1. Complaining. Be mindful not to complain about your present circumstance or present station in life. As Joyce Meyer has said, “Those that complain, remain.” Don’t be like the children of Israel whose complaining and ungrateful attitude caused it to take 40 years for their children (and not the original bunch) to inherit the promise land.
2. Not maintaining a consistent prayer life. We all want God’s plan for our lives, yet if we don’t take the time to seek Him in prayer on a consistent, daily basis then we’re not giving God an opportunity to reveal it to us. Lots of times, with the things of God He reveals in steps, or stages. Every step of obedience is a step closer to your destiny, yet if you haven’t taken the time to hear from Him you won’t know which way to go next.
3. Losing focus and giving in to distractions. We all have wants and we all have desires. Don’t allow the opposite sex to become a distraction for you, and don’t place his desires over God’s desires. Don’t make him a god over you; know that if the person you’re with doesn’t cause you to grow in your relationship with God and encourage you in your purpose, then he may very well be a distraction. Pray about it; and pray about him.
(Proverbs 3:6; Romans 1:25)
4. Obeying man’s advice and not God’s. Every good idea is not a ‘God’ idea. Folks are full of ideas and opinions, but if it’s not from God, it won’t work. Instead, seek God’s counsel regarding your purpose and the proper steps to take. Man’s counsel should only confirm what God has already placed in your heart concerning you or what He has called you to do. The manufacturer created you with a plan in mind, and only the Creator can tell the creation the purpose for which he was created. (Proverbs 28:26, Proverbs 2:6)
5. Following and being led by “signs.” In other words, you say to yourself, “If this works out then it must be God, if it doesn’t work out this way and in this timeframe then it must not be God.” Whatever God tells you to do, do it and it will work – period. It will prosper and propel you further in your calling. God doesn’t operate on our timetable. If you pray and ask God, not just for the purpose but also the plan, then no matter how long it may take and no matter what obstacles you may bump into along the way, continue forward and continue pressing because in the end your purpose and calling will speak and not lie. (Habakkuk 2:3; John 16:33, Matthew 16:4)
6. Relying on your own wisdom and not God’s. In other words, following your plan for your life and not God’s. God’s plan doesn’t always make sense to the natural eye, but the end result is always worth it. How do you know if your plan is from God? It lines up with God’s Word and promotes God’s agenda which is ultimately kingdom building.
(2 Corinthians 5:7, James 3:17, James 1:5)
7. Sin and disobedience. Walking in sin stops the hand of God on our lives. God knows us more than we know ourselves, and He knows when we’re taking advantage of Him and using His grace as a credit card (i.e. “sin now, repent later”). Thank God that when we miss it, we can call on His grace and He will cleanse us white as snow (1 John 1:9), yet oftentimes sin has natural consequences which may slow down the manifestation of God’s purpose for our lives (such as, again, with the children of Israel) or cause us to produce an Ishmael instead of Isaac (i.e. the substitute instead of the promise). God reveals His secrets to those who reverentially fear Him, not those who willfully and mindfully set out to sin and expect God to bless their mess and manifest their God ordained destiny. (Psalm 25:14)Kim Brooks, author of bestselling novels, She That Findeth, He\'s Fine...But is He Saved? and more. www.kimontheweb.com