A Father’s Plans

A Father's Plans

Hlumelo Petros

My name is Hlumelo and I’m a Christian. Which means I believe in Jesus — right? I guess “yes” would be the appropriate answer as a Christian but truly speaking, “yes but to an extent” would probably be more honest.

Let me explain: one early morning, as I was preparing for an important meeting before leaving the house, I suddenly felt overwhelmed by disparity. I felt as if even though I had spent the night before preparing and going over my notes, I was not ready for the meeting, I was not positive about the outcome and I found myself not believing in my abilities. All at once, my self-esteem and confidence took a knock, anxiety set in and I was certain I wasn’t going to win the day or the meeting I had been up all night preparing for.

While shamelessly wallowing in self-pity, I heard God ask me “Why do you go about as if you are an illegitimate child?”. I had to pause and meditate over this question. How could I as someone who has been a believer for over 20 years still question myself or worse, the promises of God?

When we get saved, we accept and believe that Jesus is our Lord and Saviour. From the day we get saved, we are made new/“born” into a new life and we are now under the covering of the Lord, our Father — and as our Father, the Lord has made provision for us. Under His provisions we are made into heirs and inheritors of His Kingdom.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:11-13

Under our Father’s authority, we are taken care of, disciplined, blessed, covered. As people made in His image, we are conquerors, victorious and just like God had done when the Earth was formless- we are also able to speak life into existence. We do not carry a legacy of doubt.

Illegitimate children, however, are not able to walk confidently in those truths as they are not born again into the plans and promises of God. They have not accepted those plans and promises. We have and we should believe in those promises, walk confidently in them and believe that whatever challenges we may face God has promised and planned our victory. This week and forever more, walk in your legitimacy. Amen!


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