Preparing to Grow

God wants you to be your best—the person that He created you to be. But this can only happen if you prepare. How well you prepare determines how much you will grow.  It is your job to plan; it is God’s job to open doors and to bless you (Proverbs 16:9). Someone said that “Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.”

There are two kinds of preparation: involuntary preparation and voluntary preparation. Voluntary preparation is done out of one’s own initiative. Involuntary preparation happens because of the circumstances beyond one’s control. or example, you did not determine the family where you were born, or some of the events [good and bad] that have happened to you.

God says, “For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11). You can take advantage of all these circumstances to accomplish your dream. Every battle you face is designed to train, prepare and build your confidence.

  1. Before you reach your destination, you need to determine what your destination is in the first place. You need to ask yourself: “Where do I want to go? What is my dream or my destiny?” Your vision must be as clear as crystal if you really want to succeed.
  1. The second set of questions you need to ask is: “Where am I? What do I have?” The answer may be: I am jobless, I am a young single adult and searching, I am just out of a broken relationship, I have a job but it is not the kind I really enjoy, I am a student, etc. This is important because if you really want to go forward you need to identify what you are up against.
  1. Then there is the third set of questions you can ask: “What kind of resources do I need in order to accomplish my vision?” What do you need to get what you need? Who will be your mentors? You need to get people who are ahead of you. They will be your guides. The scriptures say that Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed (Proverbs 15:22). Make plans by seeking advice; if you wage war, obtain guidance (Proverbs 20:18). What knowledge do you need? Before you embark on the project or dream that God has given you, it is important to have working knowledge about it.It is not enough to have passion, zeal or anointing. As much as these things are needed in ministry, knowledge is very important. The Bible says that “If the ax is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success” (Ecclesiastes 10:10).

Remember that how well you prepare will determine how much you will succeed.

MEMORY VERSE

“For I know the plans I have for you…plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

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