Study 2: God’s Plan For Us

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Study 2: God’s Plan For Us

It is an impersonal world and all too often we create God in our image and assume that He is an impersonal God who is not interested in us at all. Nothing could be further from the truth.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

These are His words. They should be enough to convince us. He is, after all, God. But we also live in a world of skepticism. To many, talk is cheap and actions speak louder than words. Well, God’s actions speak very loud and are very clear. And, we need go no further than the first book of the Bible to see them clearly demonstrated in the account of our creation.

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1. God took special care when he created man and woman. He made us different than everything else that He created. According to the following verse from the Bible, we are different because we are created in God’s image.

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” (Genesis 1:26)

2. According to the following verse from the Bible, the common characteristic of everything that God created was that it was good.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31)

3. As the following verse from the Bible shows, it was common in the beginning for God to walk in fellowship amongst His creation.

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day. (Genesis 3:8)

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According to His original blueprint, God’s plan for us was flawless. We were, after all, created in His image. This characteristic distinguished us from everything else that He created. A characteristic that we shared with everything else that He created was that we were good. This means that not only were we good, but everything that He created for our enjoyment was also good. There was nothing that was not good. In the beginning, God also interacted with man personally. He walked among His creation, indicating a level of fellowship and intimacy that has not been matched since. All these things (created in His image, created good and fellowship with God) evidence a caring and loving relationship that our Heavenly Father had planned for us.

God is love. We love because He first loved us. (1 John 4:16, 19)

Father’s Love Letter

My Child…
You may not know Me, but I know everything about you…Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up…Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all your ways…Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered…Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in My image…Genesis 1:27
In Me you live and move and have your being…Acts 17:28
For you are My offspring…Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived…Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation…Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days were written in My book…Psalm 139-15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live…Acts 17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made…Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother’s womb…Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born…Psalm 71:6
I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know Me…John 8:41-44
I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love…1 John 4:16
And it is My desire to lavish love on you…1 John 3:1
Simply because you are My child and I am your Father…1 John 3:1
I offer you more than your earthly father ever could…Matthew 7:11
For I am the perfect Father…Matthew 5:48
Every good gift that you receive is from My hand…James 1:17
For I am your provider and I meet all your needs…Matthew 6:31-33
My plan for your future has always been filled with hope…Jeremiah 29:11
Because I love you with an everlasting love…Jeremiah 31:3
My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore…Psalm 139:17-18
And I rejoice over you with singing…Zephaniah 3:17
I will never stop doing good to you…Jeremiah 32:40
For you are My treasured possession…Exodus 19:5
I desire to establish you with all My heart and all My soul…Jeremiah 32:41
And I want to show you great and marvelous things…Jeremiah 33:3
If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me…Deuteronomy 4:29
Delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart…Psalm 37:4
For it is I who gave you those desires…Philippians 2:13
I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine…Ephesians 3:20
For I am your great encourager…2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles…2 Corinthians 1:3-4
When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you…Psalm 34:18
As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to My heart…Isaiah 40:11
One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes…Revelation 21:3-4
And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth…Revelation 21:3-4
I am your Father, and I love you even as I love My Son Jesus…John 17:23
For in Jesus, My love for you is revealed…John 17:26
He is the exact representation of My being…Hebrews 1:3
He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you…Romans 8:31
And to tell you that I am not counting your sins…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled…2 Corinthians 5:18-19
His death was the ultimate expression of My love for you…1 John 4:10
I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love…Romans 8:31-32
If you receive the gift of My Son Jesus, you receive Me…1 John 2:23
And nothing will ever separate you from My love again…Romans 8:38-39
Come home and I will throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen…Luke 15:7
I have always been Father, and will always be Father…Ephesians 3:14-15
My question is…Will you be my child?…John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you…Luke 15:11-32

Love, Your Dad, Almighty God (1)

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Next Up – Our Problem.

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  1. Barry Adams, Father’s Love Letter, (Copyright 1999). Visit the interactive website at http://www.FathersLoveLetter.com.

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