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Plans to Prosper

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

– Jeremiah 29:11

Jeremiah 29:11 is the most tattooed verse in the Bible. In fact, I’m confident that many of us who’ve spent time in church can recite this amazing promise by heart, and a lot of us would even call it our favorite verse. That said, it’s incredible how many Christians don’t truly believe what it says. It’s written in black and white that the Lord wants to prosper us, which means that He wants us to flourish, thrive, and be successful, yet we often doubt His goodness. Interestingly, God gave this promise to His covenant people, the Israelites, after they were exiled to Babylon. Though they were captured and carried away to a foreign land so things looked bleak, their Heavenly Father promised to make their lives rich and abundant, even in that strange place. If they would keep the faith and make the most of their situation, their future would be bright. Since God never changes, what was true then is equally as true today. Though many of us feel as if we’re living in a foreign land — especially with the political and social upheaval of the past year — the Lord invites us to rest in His presence, put confidence in His power, and believe that His love will lead us to a great tomorrow, regardless of what our circumstances say.

My friend, as you move ahead this year, tattoo the promise of Jeremiah 29:11 on the tablet of your heart. Even if you’re enduring hardship or you find yourself distressed by the condition of the world, remember who is in control. Your Savior holds every nation, people, and earthly power in His Hands, and His dominion is defined by justice. He cares deeply about the things that concern you, and His heart overflows with compassion and grace. Though circumstances look uncertain, the Lord invites you to settle your spirit in His sufficiency and build your life on the sure and solid foundation of His unshakable love. Expect divine prosperity to reign in the kingdom of your heart this year, and your future will become a fountain of peace that springs up and blesses others.

Prayer


Jesus, help me to believe that you want to prosper me, and empower me to cling to your promises when circumstances say otherwise.

Reflection


Does understanding the context of Jeremiah 29:11 make it more potent? What does it teach you about trusting despite difficult circumstances?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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