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Misplacing the Heart of God

Do not misplace yourself. God has no need for acts of self-will to prove the integrity of your faith. Many people place themselves in such a position that they misplace the heart of God in the plan. Do not choose your course of action by the way that will best display your spiritual ability.

It is not always the need that promotes the plan. Israel needed Elijah and yet the plan of God was for him to go to the house of the widow of Zarephath for a year. Had he chosen the place of obvious need according to his sight and the opinion of others, he would have removed himself from the plan of God.

After Jesus Christ was kissed by Judas in his betrayal (Luke 22:47-48), Peter’s retaliation would seem to be a zealous act of defense (Luke 22:50; John 18:10), and yet it removed him from the heart of God. His purpose for striking the servant was to free Christ, thus removing Him from the Father’s plan. Jesus touched the man’s ear and healed him (Luke 22:51). The three Hebrew boys could have chosen compromise with the king in hopes that his mind would change eventually (Daniel 3). Many people stay in a place of compromise so they can be used by God when in fact they lose the power of convicting life when they fail to obey God when He called them to another place. They never lose their salvation, but they lose the experiential power to express redeeming life.

Carl H. Stevens

Carl H. Stevens

(1929-2008) pastored and established thriving churches and Bible colleges in Maine, Massachusetts, and Maryland. He also helped pioneer Christian talk radio through Telephone Time and the Grace Hour and authored nearly 500 books and booklets. See also the Carl H Stevens Memorial Site
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