What happens when things don’t turn out the way you planned them to turn out? I’ve heard that question asked again, over and over by members of the Body of Christ at all levels. This question will continue to circulate throughout the Body until the members of the Body come to grip with this one simple truth: things are not supposed to turn out the way that we planned them. This concept is left for those of the world who live their lives according to the ways of the world. Those that believe in their own strength to generate the outcomes that they seek. We who believe in God, and are members of the Body of Christ, must find a way each and every day to live by this one truth: we live in this world, but we are not of this world. It’s going to come down to asking yourself this one question. Can I stand to hit the reset button so that I can return to the original manufacturer settings for proper operation while here on earth.
It is not proper operation for the members of the Body to function with the expectation that things will turn out the way that they planned them. Matter of fact, it will serve you better to just place as one of your standards that you expect things to turn out much better than what a mere man of this world can plan. Matter of fact, you will want to place as another one of your standards the understanding that you really have not seen or heard what your manufacturer really has in store for you. This brings me back to that first question. What happens when things don’t turn out the way you planned them to turn out? Think about it from the perspective of the potter: the one who has the vision, and the plan to mold the clay to turn out the way he planned. The one requirement that the potter ask of the clay is that it be willing to be worked in whatever way that the potter chooses to work it. This brings me back to that second question. Can you stand to hit the reset button so that you can return to the original manufacturer’s settings to be worked in the way that you were originally created to be worked?
You know we can look back to the beginning of man at the plan that God had laid out for us to live by while here on earth. We were suppose to mainly dress and keep up the place, and everything would be just hunky-dory. Well, we know how that all turned out: they started listening to the sounds around them as do we today, and they began to sway from proper operation guidelines as so have we today, and they began to follow their own plans as so do we today. The one thing that remains consistent from the beginning with God’s creation of man, whether we fashion the old school man or the now updated new school man, is that things do not turn out hunky-dory for any man under God who decides to follow his own plans. The challenge with hitting the reset button is that the direction that you are currently headed in must come to the new fork in the road. There will be an exit ramp from your current direction that will lead you into a new on ramp to where you will need to be going. This is where you will begin to answer the question, can you stand to hit the reset button? When you hit that reset button, you will go back to the initial manufacturer settings of dressing and keeping up the place. You will no longer be calling the shots, but you will be working with the shots that are being called. Father will resume calling the shots, and redirecting you back into His successful plan that has been waiting for you. The resources, and directions from Father that you will be dressing and keeping up will take you to the place where He wants you to be. You will initially feel some friction from your reset: this friction will come from the change of following your own plans, back to the return of following Father’s plans. Now go ahead, and hit the reset button: stop, look, and listen before you move your feet, and expect the Father to escort you right onto that new ramp!!! It’s Fathertime.