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YOU AND YOUR FUTURE
Imagine a tall ladder lean against a wall and (just as your life) in the process of climbing that ladder to a glorious destination designed for you by the Lord – your creator. How tragic would it be to struggle and climb to the top of the ladder against all odds only to find out that you placed the ladder against the wrong wall. What a great tragedy! Only one life to live and you missed it! God forbid you might say, Yes, indeed, may you never miss your future in Jesus name. However, securing a profitable future is more than positive thinking and negative rejection. Your destiny is a choice and not a chance. The task before you is ensuring that you position your ladder on the right wall and climbing the ladder to the top notwithstanding the challenges, obstacles and distractions on the way. You have only one life to live and you must not miss it.
God’s plan for you and all his children is to give us a glorious future. No matter whom you are, no matter your background, no matter where you come from, God has a great plan for you. God said: “For I know the thought I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).With this, we have confident assurance that God’s thought, God’s plan for us is a great and glorious future. Every one desires a glorious and profitable future but few eventually enjoy it though it’s God plan for his children. The question then is why? Why do people miss out of God’s glorious plan in spite of their desire? You do not earn a glorious future by mere desire. It is a choice not a chance. Many never take their future with seriousness. They toy and gamble with their today and thus inevitably move progressively towards a detestable and inglorious future. A good example is the Israelites. These were God’s people with great promises. God delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptian with great manifestation of his power. What was God’s plan for their future? God said it was “to bring them up from that land to a good and large land flowing with milk and honey…..” Exodus 3:8b. What a great promise. Yet, they carelessly lost out and perished in the wilderness. (1 Cor. 10:1-10) “This things happen to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come if you think you are standing, be careful that you don’t fall! ” (1Cor. 10:11-12).
Guard your life and future against destruction. You are born with a purpose. Yes, you have a glorious future and you must work tirelessly to secure it.
Preparing for a glorious future…“Where there is no vision, the people perish…”(Pro. 29:18a) Securing a future without regret and lamentation you must consider the two basic factor:
a. The divine factor- This is the sovereignty of God. His sovereign will is final. Wise plan and thorough preparation without God is failure. There is no future for a man without a personal relationship with God is creator. God owns the future. This is building your life on the solid rock. You must be born again and must be a disciple. Are you born again? Have you totally surrendered your life to him? Your relationship with God is the single most important factor of excellence in life and ministry. To secure a profitable future, you must know Him, love Him, believe Him and trust Him. (Prov. 21:31)
b. The Human Factor- our life is certainly secure in the hand of God. However, this is as long as we remain in His hand. You are empower by God to make or mar your future. “He has shown you, o man, what is good. And what does the LORD required of you?...” (Micah 6:8a). The future is closer than you think. It is tragic if your future comes before you prepare for it. Your tomorrow will be the product of your yesterday and more importantly what you make of your today.
There is a legend of an old wise man who is full of wisdom that he was able to answer any question, solve riddles and provides solution to every problem. This man used to move from one village to the other solving all manner of problems and answering all questions. However, there was a young man in one of the villages, who wondered what kind of a man is this old wise man, so he decided to make a fool of his wisdom. When the man came visiting as usual, the young man came forward with his question, folding his fingers with a life butterfly in his right hand palm. He asked, “Sir, is the butterfly in my hand dead or alive”? Purposing in his mind that, if he said is alive he would squeeze his palm and kill it before opening his finger and if he said it is dead he will release it alive! The wise man looking at the young man’s wisdom or perhaps his foolishness, looked directly at his face and pat him at his back and said to him; Young man, life or dead, it is in your hand!”
Beloved life or dead, your life is in your hand. God has placed the future in your hand. He has bestowed on you everything you need to be great and to have a glorious future. The future depends on how you handle it. Choices you have made and that you are making now will determine your fate tomorrow. Indeed, your life is in your hand and you can make or mar it, but be a wise builder (Matt 7:26), submit to your maker and he will direct your path

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