God's Plan for You

God sowed three great seed-bearing seeds" into this planet. The first seed was the seed of His own breath invested in a mound of dirt He had carefully formed with His own hands. The result was the creation of an eternal creature named Adam, made in God's own image and after His likeness. You are directly descended from that first man and father.

The second and greatest "seed-bearing seed" God ever planted was Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son. God sent His Son in the form of a baby born to a virgin, and He "planted" His Son, the living Word, in the earth. God did this knowing that His divine seed-bearing Seed was destined to be replanted in the earth in "death" and would rise again to produce a harvest of sons and daughters for eternity.

The third "seed-bearing seed" God planted can be traced to the first two seeds, but I'll track it back to the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended on the 120 in the upper room in Jerusalem as God promised. In that moment, the Holy Spirit descended and filled those believers with the abiding, indwelling presence of God, and the Church of Jesus Christ was born. God was doing a new thing; a fresh bud bloomed in the midst of man's spiritual desert. (See Isaiah 43:18-19.)

You are the fruit of God's sowing and reaping since the beginning of time. You are a child of God, destined and ordained to rule and reign through Christ. He has given you the keys of the kingdom and the power of dominion through His Word. Now what happens?

Just before Jesus took His last breath on the cross, He said to the Father, "It is finished" (John 19:30). He meant what He said. His part was completed; now it was time to pass the spiritual baton to His spiritual offspring.

In His last moments on earth, Jesus looked at the men who had followed Him to the cross and beyond and said, "All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye…." (Matthew 28:18, 19). In other words, Jesus said, "It's up to you now. I've done my part. You do yours!" He expects—He believes—you will follow in His footsteps and do the work of the ministry in the earth. Jesus not only was the living Word incarnate but also a preacher of the Word, a teacher of the Word, a speaker of the Word, a believer of the Word, and—above all—a doer of the Word. What are you?

Everything Jesus said, did and was—everything about Him—was literally wrapped up in God's eternal Word. His life was a living illustration of His response to satan's temptation. Jesus' steps each day fully conformed to the messianic prophecies revealed in the law and the prophets. He spent time alone with His Father, sometimes praying all night long to receive a fresh rhema, or living word, from heaven to guide His steps and actions on earth the following day. Can you say the same thing about your lives?

For good reasons, Jesus is called the author and pioneer of our faith. He went to great lengths to willingly lay down the powers and privileges of His divinity while on the earth to show us how we, as ordinary men and women, can live according to God's plan for man in this life.

God's plan for man is laid out for us in black and white in the body of the Scriptures. He even went so far as to personally demonstrate the God kind of life in the flesh through the life, ministry, sacrificial death, and resurrection of Jesus.

His Word provides clear guidelines for our marriages, our families, our friendships and our reason for living. He has revealed every trick in satan's worn-out book, and He gave us supernatural weapons and authority to overcome the enemy at every turn. He purchased our freedom with His own life, and He purchased our healing with His own blood.

Once again, we find ourselves in the garden, faced with a choice. We can choose to follow God's plan and have it all or we can follow our own plan and lose it all. Every time I study God's Word and realize how vast His provisions and promises, I remember the statements Moses made to the remnant children of Israel just before they crossed the Jordan:

“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them. ” Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Despite their many flaws and failures, God used the Israelites to deliver the Messiah to a lost world. Now He wants to use you, as the Church of Jesus Christ, to cause His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. It is time to follow God's plan with boldness, turning neither to the left nor to the right. This is the time to go forth with a miracle in our mouths and the creative force of faith in our hearts and do great exploits for our God in our generation.

This article is written by Bishop Keith A. Butler

In his signature line-by-line style, Bishop Keith A. Butler travels the world teaching the Word of God without compromise. Bishop Butler is dedicated to teaching believers how to live their faith. He is the founder of Word of Faith International Christian Center and the Senior Pastor of faith4life churches in Round Rock and Dallas, Texas.

As Bishop, he oversees 14 ministry operations in the United States. Bishop Butler has also established several international ministry works. The Word of Faith Ministerial Alliance is a fellowship of ministers and Christian leaders who have received Bishop Butler as their spiritual father and/or mentor. Through its companion website, faithleaders.com, ministers and Christian leaders can find valuable resources to aid them in their ministry callings.

Bishop Butler has a nationally televised program on the Golden Eagle Broadcasting Network called “Live your Faith”.He is the author of over 24 books with such titles as Living Life on Top, The Art of Prayer, God’s Not Mad at You and God’s Plan for Man. With the support of his lovely wife, Pastor Deborah L. Butler, and their children: Pastor Andre Butler and wife Tiffany Butler (granddaughters Alexis, Angela, & April), Pastor MiChelle, and Minister Kristina Butler Bishop Butler continues to plant churches worldwide.