Your Steps are Definitely Ordered by the Lord!
By Lalenunat Jones
You ever look back over your life and realize that where you are today was structured, ordered, and organized by God’s sovereignty? What do I mean by this? So much of what you have done, your experiences, where you have gone – including your failures and your successes, have developed and prepared you into who and where you are. All of these things have worked together for your good – to bring you to your Jeremiah 29:11 expected end.
The word of the Lord, through Jeremiah the prophet, to the Israelites that had been taken into Babylonian captivity by King Nebuchadnezzar was that after a period of time, He would return them to their home.:
“For thus saith the LORD, that after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.”
I’m sure we can agree that being in captivity is far from a desired thing. I can’t image that even one person would desire to be taken captive, away from family and home, and be forced to live and serve in a strange and uncomfortable place. Yet, we have all been there – maybe not physically but mentally. We may have made decisions and choices that have taken us captive in our minds, away from our better judgement, and away from our God designed purpose. Yet even in this captivity, God shows himself sovereign in that He does not forget about us. You see, the word of the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah, after telling us that we will be brought out of captivity, goes on to say that God Himself has plans for our lives.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
In the Amplified Classic it reads:
“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
So, I recently a significant Facebook memory pop up. It was a post from a conference I had attended in 2012 – a Katie Souza Expected End Ministries conference! There in the picture was Katie Souza and I, hugging and smiling. Looking back at the picture, we really looked kind of funny. The picture was snapped right as I was blinking so my eyes were shut, and for Katie, it had been the end of a full day of ministry, so Katie was all tuckered out. But, the amazing part is this. Read the caption from my picture:
“God and His sovereignty! Who would have known in 2012, God’s plan for this connection right here? He used Katie’s ministry to get me through the single most challenging period of my life – got my soul healed of the wounding and pain. But we didn’t know that the entire time, He in His sovereignty was grooming me to come alongside Katie Souza and her Ministry, not just as a financial partner, but as her Business Manager. Only God! He’s so good.”
For eight years I felt an increasingly strong drive to attend as many Katie Souza events as I could and had a yearning deep in my heart be with her ministry team. I used to think, “I just need to go and be with people who really care about me. I need to be with Katie’s team.” I felt so much love from the team and eventually felt more at home there than anywhere else. Little did I know, that pull in my heart was literally my purpose rising up.
But it wasn’t just this heartfelt connection and eight years of attending KSM events that prepared me for where I am today. The sum total of every former job working in customer service, coaching and development, teaching, and leadership, trainings, schooling in Business Leadership and Education, and even the fact that I had already purchased and deeply studied every Katie Souza teaching I could get my hands on made me well versed in each teaching and I learned how to apply steps to get healing of so many wounds from past failures and generational issues. All of this and more prepared me to stand firmly and serve here where God has placed me, beside Katie as I manage Katie Souza Ministries.
“And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.”
If you feel like you have arrived and are just where the Lord wants you, know that He takes us from glory to glory, so the Lord is yet ordering your steps. If you are in a place that is uncomfortable or feel you are not fully flowing and operating in a place that is pleasing to God – don’t quit! Hang in there, seek the Lord and trust His sovereignty over your life, and be encouraged that He is faithful to complete the work that He has begun in you.
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