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God-Intended Changes

Don Miller | 28 April 2020

God-inspired plans are alive. They are always moving forward, changing direction and finding unexpected opportunities. Fresh boldness is an often must.

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Look to God for creative motions which are always coming from Him. Seek His face, for He gives life to your heart. Then you’ll find Him in new closeness, and you’ll be His life to others…And you’ll find His greatest intentions. God’s best things come not as we drive ourselves and others, but as we walk on peaceful loving paths as Jesus did.

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Every good thing changes like a caterpillar until it attains its full glory. Every God-orchestration breathes and grows and moves for better. Like the caterpillar, roll well with God’s changes.

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If the banquet moves to the next room, go there! Even ants adjust for a moving meal.

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If at first it doesn’t work, cry out to your only Source. Get His wisdom–then charge ahead again!

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If a better way is spotted, go that way!

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As a mountain goat climbs a rocky gorge, it studies each next step and chooses the best way. If a step is not firm enough, it changes course. If a new opening for easy ascent is suddenly seen, it leaps at the opportunity. Study and analyze when you should. Carefully test each step. And leap when you should be leaping!

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Climb God’s opportunity mountains. Do His completely new things–unless you want to do the same things the rest of your life. God offers freshness, new explorations and beautifully different creativity. This results in better, wider fruitfulness. Blessed are the Joshua-courageous. God’s go-getters find God’s treasures for their families, their friends, beloved others, and themselves!

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In route, if you take a new step and it brings unexpected unhealthy stress, do the easy, sweet thing. CHANGE. Divide the load. Permanently delegate. You’ll find happy, refreshing places.

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If you step and find God’s Unexpected Beauty, that’s a most remarkable gift. Rejoice! Take time to be grateful. Express your gratitude to your Creator and your Father. He’ll take care of things as you do.

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If you knock and pray for doors to open, be calm and brave. Step, step, and step some more forward. What the Alpha and the Omega opens, He helps.

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John Bunyan sat at his seemingly boring little desk day-after-day in the Bedford jail. But it was there that he was taken on a wild unseen God-adventure and wrote the most impactful extra-Biblical book ever written. Pilgrim’s Progress became a God-intended journey of the heart for many–just as it was for him.

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When Paul found a new way to build better tents, he changed his techniques. Likewise, when he found better ways to meet people’s needs, he took the new and better paths here also.

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When Ruth found her Boaz, she took God’s counsel through her mother-in-law, Naomi. She then did things MUCH differently than she ever would have before…And did she score big! A direct line to David and Jesus was God’s infinitely larger destination!

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When Paul and Silas caught the Almighty’s desire that they rejoice and have a happy time in the miserable Philippi jail, the Shaker of all shakers unexpectedly showed up in a BIG way. They recognized His quick new opportunity and they brought the living Christ to a beloved little family. And, in the process, God wrote an exciting story that would encourage many to rejoice when things go south because God loves to show up when they do.

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God’s unexpected beauty comes as we follow His living leading. And, God-inspired revisions are always in His mind. They come when we don’t plod on past paths when He says it’s time for better and wiser ones.

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“Thus says the Lord, ‘Stand by the ways and see and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it; And you will find REST for your souls.’ ”–Jeremiah 6:16 Find God’s good ways in every context. There’s rest here…and fruit. YES!!

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©Don Miller, 2020.

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Image by u/Dmcgod. “Baby goat jumping between rocks, top of Mount Ellinor, Olympic Peninsula, WA USA.” Reddit

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