Declare Your Intentions

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

─ Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV

We all have moments in time when we need to make a declaration. “This is where I stand.” “This is what I believe.” “This is where we’re going.” Joshua declared, “As for me and my house we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15). We need more of that today. We are being pushed and shoved into a mold of our society. The way we think, the way we act, the way we live is being challenged every day.

If we don’t choose to be intentional in a loving clarity of the rectitude of our intentions, we are going to get washed away. As believers today, we should be more convinced than ever of what our intentions are. High intentions are required to be a follower of Christ and be obedient to Him.

In Jeremiah 29, God made a declaration of intention toward you. He said, “I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” God’s intentions are unlike human intentions; He actually does them, because let’s face it, we all have good intentions. And we have intentions and sometimes they don’t work out, and that’s disappointing, and it’s hurtful, and it’s painful. We’ve all experienced that and some more than others. But we know when God makes a declaration of intention, He means it.

So, what are your intentions and will you declare them?

Today’s One Thing

This week take time to declare your intentions. Write a statement of declaration and declare it during your prayer time to God. Then read it aloud to someone you trust.

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