Maybe you’ve heard this before: Jesus’ plans are always better. But that doesn’t always mean they’re easier, does it? Darren from We Are Messengers tells of the time Jesus asked him to give up a job and home that he loved with no backup plan… and the crazy things that happened when he did!

 

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Is it time to ditch your pride and recognize that His plans and His purpose are greater than anything you could think up? If so, read on and be encouraged. You are part of a much bigger story with a much better ending than you can imagine!

Luke 9:23-26, 57-62

Then he said to the crowd, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to hang on to your life, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for my sake, you will save it. And what do you benefit if you gain the whole world but are yourself lost or destroyed? If anyone is ashamed of me and my message, the Son of Man will be ashamed of that person when he returns in his glory and in the glory of the Father and the holy angels…

As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.”

But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.”

He said to another person, “Come, follow me.”

The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.”

But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.”

Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.”

But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.”

Tap here to finish Luke 9 from the Immerse Bible!

Note: If you’ve read the Bible before, you may notice there are no chapter or verse marks in today’s reading. We got this idea from the Immerse Bible. They’ve taken the entire story of Jesus and stripped it of all distractions – this way it’s a more relaxed read. Like you’re reading a beautiful story. You should check it out! 

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Scott
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Great thought provoking message. And a great reminder that God’s ways are better, but not always easier. Thanks for sharing.

WAY-FM

So true, Scott, but I liked how Darren said that following Jesus leads me closer into His arms. This was a great study today, wasn’t it?!

Judy
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I always doubt myself. I often wonder if I ignore His voice and Have become used to that. But there have been some really significant moments when I have listened to Him and the result was incredible (even in the awkward moments). His plans are definitely greater. Iit takes discipline and obedience to stay in His presence.

Elizabeth18
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Your words could have been mine. Your ‘awkward moments’ statement particularly resonate. 🙂 Thank you for sharing.

WAY-FM

Jesus proves Himself many times in those “awkward” moments. So glad for His faithfulness!

WAY-FM

Sometimes Jesus whispers; sometimes He shouts. I pray for you & me, Judy, that we always have ears to hear, & then to put our hand to the plow & not look back. Jesus isn’t there!!

Andie
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Thank you so much for this message. I actually started a family young and was very disappointed because , when I was in a season of trying to figure out my purpose in life, sleeping on my mom’s couch with no job, I began my relationship with my husband, only months later found out I was pregnant, and for being someone so involved in the church, I was a wreck even more then than I was before. Fast forward to now, my husband and I have raised a beautiful, powerful little girl who is going on 5 years old and… Read more »
Dianne Lavenson
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Wow! Well said!

WAY-FM

Beautiful testimony, Andie. Thanks so much for sharing! I bet you have awesome prayers for the wonderful family God has given you.

Eunice Awoniyi
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Thanks so much for sharing. I love the song “Magnify.” I never get tired of it. This devo speaks so much to me. Long story short, I am a recent college graduate, and I was working in a very hostile environment. The staff and my manager were difficult to work with, dand I didn’t see myself doing the job long term. I felt stuck because the job gave me some security. I was trying to stay for a year and find something else while I had a job, but the Lord pulled me out when I had nothing else in… Read more »
WAY-FM

Wow, Eunice. It sounds like you have learned how to throw your excuses away, and trust Christ completely! What a blessing for Him you must be at your job.

Member
Thankful for the message! A little over a year ago I left my carreer as a firefighter of 14 years to move back to my home town and take over a family business. After moving my family of 4 and working for 3 months my father sold the business without telling me.. I am now back to work at my old job, thankful I was able to get my job back; however I am commuting 6 hours to work. We cannot afford to move back to Denver where we once lived… My wife and I made this move thinking this… Read more »
WAY-FM

Now, that’s something to pray for, Ryan! Post it on our Prayer Wall & we’ll all join in. That commute sounds crazy, but watch Jesus do some crazy things in it. He never wastes time.

Member

Courage is walking by faith even in the presence of fear! Praise GOD!!

WAY-FM

And it sure does help knowing that Jesus is with us as our Shepherd-Leader, doesn’t it CarrieAnn?

Elizabeth18
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While being a counselor at a Christian summer camp, God called me to teach. I finished my degree and worked some difficult positions in education doing my best to be a light for Jesus. After 15 years I became disabled. God provided in the form of long-term disability. Now I wait for what Jesus has next for my life. Or perhaps I am in it right now. Either way I am in His hands.

WAY-FM

I love your servant’s heart, Elizabeth. Thanks for your teaching today!

Dianne Lavenson
Member

Thank you! I needed to hear that today!

WAY-FM

Isn’t it amazing how God always has something for us in His Word, Dianne? It’s great to have so many people sharing their hearts in this series.

Katie
Member

Been praying recently about where God needs me right now and this was definitely an encouragement and something he is trying to teach me!

WAY-FM

Praying that you know where to “plow” right now. Through our faithfulness, He always produces a rich harvest!

Jstnthrgal
Member

Very thought provoking. I think what I struggle with most is knowing if it is God telling me to do something or just an idea that is popping into my head because of something I heard or watched.

WAY-FM

Day #10’s study will help on that point. It’s good to have wise friends, who can give me Godly counsel.

Member

Praise God! Such truth. His plans in His time.

WAY-FM

And just like the servant at the plow, His plans always produce good, rich crops!

ravyn1019
Member

One thing I’ve noticed through this chapter and the last chapter, is that Jesus tells people not to tell others about a miracle he has performed or who He is. I’m really confused by this, because I thought He’d want others to rejoice and proclaim to other people that the Son of God is dwelling among them. Am I interpreting this incorrectly? Does anyone have any insight as to why He says this?

WAY-FM

Yes, He does want people to rejoice & proclaim, but just like with the feeding of the 5K in John 6, most want the immediate “food”, but they don’t want to give their entire lives to Him. Belief is a heart matter. Miracles are not for show, but to confirm that He is the Messiah promised by God, so that people will believe in Him & have everlasting life. It’s always a spiritual work [John 3].

Member

Amazing story!

Member

Awesome testimony

Sally Patasky
Member

All I can say is, “WOW”! 🙂

WAY-FM

Darren always hits it right on. He is a real man of God.

Paula Cannon
Guest

WOW! This touched my heart.Thank you

Laura
Guest

As someone who has taken a “leap of faith” several times in my life, I love this message. It’s easy to say that we trust in the Lord to meet all of our needs, but quite difficult to actually take that leap. Great story Darren and look at the work you get to do… singing praises to our King!

WAY-FM

If we are leaping, He always has a safety net, doesn’t he, Laura? The safest place is to be in His will doing His work.

Taira Mauck
Guest

But how do you know when it is God speaking and not the one who wants us to go astray? How do you know you have picked up the right message? What if you are wrong?

WAY-FM

I think the real context of this is that there are many things God tells us is His will that we make excuses not to do. But on the other things like jobs, relationships, financial decisions, 1] we follow His Word first; 2] we seek counsel from trusted, Godly people; 3] we continue to invest time in prayer & 4] we take more time to do these 3 things before we make the decision.

Member
I have been struggling a lot lately with leaning on God and trusting him through all of my hardships. I’m almost scared of letting go and letting Him take control of my life. I feel like as humans we want to take control of our own lives ourselves and for me it just sometimes feels like a better option. However this definitely helped me focus on letting go and learning that only good can come out of trusting Him. I have had anorexia for 2 years now and it has been a constant battle for me. I want to control… Read more »
WAY-FM

Thanks Noelle for sharing. Jesus knows how to encourage us along the way & reward us after we are tested. I find His faithfulness comforting.

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