Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Whose Plans Are you Following?

Proverbs 19:21 "Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails."

Today I begin a short biography of missionary Paul Fleming who had too many things on his own agenda to listen to the Lord. This is from the Global Prayer Digest, from the US Center for World Missions.  It’s very easy to allow our plans and ambitions to get in the way of what the Lord really wants for us. Do you have any “non-negotiables” that can get in the way of the Lord’s first choice?  Pray that we will allow the Lord to be Lord over all aspects of our lives, so that His purpose will prevail. 
Pray that Christ followers will obey the great Commission of Jesus and be available to go into all the world and preach the gospel to unreached people groups. Not our will, but His will be done!

Paul Fleming loved sports, especially track. But his mother, Erma, never seemed to be very excited when he brought home his ribbons and trophies. When Paul asked, “Mom, don’t you care?” she replied, “Paul, there’s only one race I want you to win and that is the race for Jesus Christ.”
Paul was born in 1910, and accepted the Lord as his Savior when he was 10 or 11 years old at the Church of the Open Door in Los Angeles. Paul’s parents’ example guided his development before and after his conversion. His mom lived with a burning desire to see each of her four children living to reach a lost world. Mrs. Fleming often visited the neighbors, introducing them to the Lord. She could also be counted on in times of sickness and grief.
Through the evangelistic ministry of Paul Rader, a former football player and heavyweight prizefighter, Paul Fleming dedicated his life to the Lord. When Paul Rader suggested that he come to live and work with him in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Paul was thrilled. He wrote, “I was able to be with a man whom I became more and more convinced really loved the Lord and loved people.” He stayed in Rader’s home, helped raise chickens on the farm, and had charge of the boys’ work. After the thrill subsided, Fleming went back to California to work for Durkees Foods. But now, he was really miserable.

Pray that those people you know who are disobeying the Lord will be discontent until they change their ways.

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