Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 16:9 We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.

Many of us are good planners. We are wired to be organized and like it when we have a clear sense of where we are going and how to get there. Many of us are just the opposite or fall somewhere in-between. Regardless of your make-up, we all need to understand this important truth.

We cannot control what is beyond our range of control. No one knows the future. No one knows how things are going to develop. No one can predetermined anything, regardless of how well things are planned out. Only the Lord knows what tomorrow will bring. He is in charge and what He has planned for us will happen.

Now, I am not saying that we are robots and have no say whatsoever in how we live. I believe the Lord gives us freedom to live and does not predetermine every move we make. I don’t know how it all fits together. I am not wise enough to know what part of our living the Lord takes control over. There is a mystery to this.

It is good for us to plan, but when we do we must always do so knowing that the Lord is in charge. His will will be done on earth as it is in heaven. When we live under His lordship over us His will for our lives will be done. We may not even realize it as it unfolds, but as we move forward we can look back and see where God has brought us from and led us through.

The Lord will not drag us forward, so we must submit to Him and let Him lead us where He knows we need to go. Trust in His wisdom. The Lord determines the steps His children take. If you need to change your plans in order to follow His plans for you, then do it. Our Father always knows best.

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About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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