Thursday, June 11, 2015

“Risikili” – Part 2 – Your eyes saw my substance, yet unformed.

“Risikili” – Part 2 – Your eyes saw my substance, yet unformed. 
(Read it, study it, know it, live it.) 

In my “Risikili” - Part 1 post, we considered questions dealing with God having a divine plan for each of us. We looked at Jeremiah 1:5, citing God’s plan for Jeremiah to be a prophet, when he was yet unborn.

We indicated that our own plan is shabby when compared to that of our Creator. We noted that even Satan has a plan− and we’re in it. We looked back at Eve, falling for the deceptive plan Satan devised for her. Then Adam followed suit. In falling for Satan’s plan, Adam and Eve forfeited the divine destiny God had planned for them. Mankind and the earth itself still suffer consequences resulting from their disobedience.   

Let’s look, for a moment, at the reality that Satan exists and is capable of wreaking havoc in our lives, capsizing God’s plan for us. Please know, it’s not my habit to talk much about or dwell on the devil. But when discussing God’s plan for an individual and in seeking to not miss it, he must be exposed, “lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices,” stated Jesus Himself (2 Corinthians 2:11). 

Satan is deceptive and is the father of lies (John 8:44). In John 10:10 Jesus talked about a thief wanting to deceive God’s people. Satan does much the same thing. Jesus said, “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”  Satan is a thief and the enemy of God. He hates and wants to destroy anything that God loves. Anyone who is the enemy of God is also the enemy of God’s sons and daughters. Satan hates God, therefore he hates those of us who are Christians. We can rest assured that he wants to steal us, if he can. If he can’t do that, then he wants to kill us. If that doesn’t work for him, he wants to destroy us.

When a person is born-again, he or she moves from Satan’s kingdom into God’s Kingdom and becomes a child of God rather than a child of the devil. If Satan cannot have a person’s soul, he then alters his plan from taking their soul to taking their life− that is to literally kill him/her or to rob him/her of the abundant life their Heavenly Father wants to give each of His children.

Satan also loves to rob a person of his or her testimony. That is to tempt and/or influence believers, hoping they’ll fail to walk in God’s ways, fall into sin, and consequently lose their godly influence on others. Their testimony is hindered or even destroyed and they're no longer an effective witness for Christ. We all know that it is much harder to regain a good reputation that has been damaged than it is to damage a clean reputation. A tarnished image can render an ineffective testimony.   

Before going further, let’s look at the definition of abundant, in Greek.  Strong’s #4053, “peissos,” means “Superabundant, excessive, over flowing, surplus.” Thayer’s Greek English Lexicon of the New Testament adds to Strong’s definition, “super added,” “beyond measure,” “exceedingly abundantly.”  WOW!  These are words that God plans and wants us to be able to use to describe our lives! The recipe for this life of abundance is to give our hearts and lives to Christ Jesus and then to know His Word and to do it− you know Risikili! God’s Word is given to us to light our way to and through the abundant life.   

I am not saying that being a believer immunizes one from problems and trials.  Jesus said: “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” (John 16:33). In other words, we're all guaranteed trials, but we believers have the hope and confidence that Christ, who dwells in us, has overcome them all. Therefore we have the means within to overcome all negatives that come our way. 
Remember, before we were born, God designed a plan for each of us. He gave His Word to show us the way and illuminate the path. As long as we do things His way that plan will unfold before our eyes and walk us right up to the gates of Heaven. At that moment, all trials, illnesses, hardships will be forgotten. For we will see Jesus face to face and unimaginable glory will be our reality for all eternity.   

Let’s pray together: Heavenly Father, please help me realize You really do have a plan for me− And it is for my good. As I spend time getting to know You, I’m confident You’ll reveal it to me and help me accomplish it. As I get to know You better, through prayer and reading and studying Your Word, I’ll trust You more and more. As I walk with Jesus, Your Son, my Savior, it will come to pass in my life. With a grateful heart, I pray in Jesus name − Amen. 

For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.

17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!  
Psalm 139:13-17 

Click on the link below to view Michael W. Smith recite Psalm 139
in one of his concerts. He then sings Thy Word.


  1. It's comforting to remember that even though Satan wants to throw everything he can at us to stop us and hinder us, God is greater and enables us to be overcomers. His plan for our lives can be accomplished, but we have to cooperate! The Word of God is definitely a powerful tool to refuse Satan's schemes and realize God's will for our lives. Thank you!

    1. Yes--- AMEN, Katy! In knowing God's Word we can be confident that greater is He who is in us than he who is in the world. 1 John 4:4 Thanks so much for your encouraging comment.

  2. Amen, Connie! Satan wants to destroy us but our Father is mighty in power. His Word is the Sword we use to overcome Satan's plans to destroy us. We need to carry it with us every moment!

    1. Yes, Sherry, we must be vigilant and always armed. It's so important for us to be assured that our weapons are greater than that of our enemy. Thanks for your comment.

  3. Satan's plans are always for our destruction, but God's plans are always for our good. We have an enemy, but we know our enemy was defeated at the cross. We need to live like the sons and daughters of the king God has declared we are--and that means rooting ourselves in his word. Great post!

    1. Amen, Leigh. It's so important for us to know these truths so we can be set free to live like children of the great King! Thanks for your comment!