The Plan

Isaiah 55:6-12

6 Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
12 For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

The purpose and plan of the Lord are beyond humanity’s comprehension. The Bible tells us in Philippians 2:5, “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
As we look at the scriptures above, we can truly see that God’s ways are higher than ours. The great mistake that the church has made is that we have not always adhered to the voice of the Lord. Paul lets us know that there are many voices in the earth, but the Holy Spirit says, “Today if you hear my voice harden not your heart as the forefathers did in the wilderness during the time of Moses” (paraphrase of Hebrews 3:7-9).

Here we sit at the brink of a supernatural movement that catapults us into the finality of time and history, leading us to the rapture of the church. Only God can get us ready for such a prophetic fulfillment. What is the plan? In Jeremiah 29:11-13, through the mouth of the prophet, the Lord explains what season we’re in and that our total allegiance should be to Christ alone. In Galatians 1, Paul lets us know that the only Gospel we are to believe is the one that proclaims Jesus Christ as Lord.

Unfortunately, the church has not been sober and vigilant over the last 50 years. Now God has us in a recovery mode so we can be healed. As we submit to 2 Chronicles 7:14, He relays that it’s time to seek His face, repent, and turn from our wicked ways. Now is the time for us to beseech Him for mercy and turn to Him again as He prepares us for the coming of the Bridegroom.  Matthew 25 shows us the urgency of this matter through the story of the five wise and five foolish virgins, which represent the church.

Today, it is imperative that you hear the voice of the Lord. For the prophetic echo is reverberating, resounding throughout the nations. The very words that Jesus our Christ spoke in Matthew 11:28 tell us to come unto Him. It is time for us to come in full surrender that we might be able to know that the plan of salvation is the ultimate plan of the ages. And we’re in it now.

I close with Proverbs 3:5-8

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
7 Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord, and depart from evil.
8 It shall be health to thy navel, and marrow to thy bones.

Bishop Michael Cole

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Danny - November 20th, 2020 at 1:02pm

Great post, Bishop Cole. Keep them coming. I really enjoy reading your blog.

jorgen j TOLLEFSON - January 24th, 2021 at 10:15am

Trust God above all else lean not unto thine own understanding .Pray continually live in Gods will. A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. a verse in proverbs 25/11 my Pop liked God bless you Your friend in Christ Jorgen