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He knows the Plans He has for you !

Posted by appolus on September 8, 2008

When I was 19 I found myself in a jail cell (not the first time I had been arrested) I was very drunk and trying to sleep with one very thin blanket. Then this person was brought in and thrown in the next cell to me. She screamed the whole way, what she was going to do to the cops and so on. Even after they had locked the door, she continued screaming obscenities and threatening violence. I knew it was going to be a long night. Ironically, this crazy girl( a well know lesbian and drug dealer) stayed in the same project as me so we shared a taxi back to our neighborhood the next morning.

HE KNOWS THE PLANS HE HAS FOR YOU

In Jeremiah 29:11 The Lord says……………

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 upon 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. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.

When I was 19 I found myself in a jail cell (not the first time I had been arrested) I was very drunk and trying to sleep with one very thin blanket. Then this person was brought in and thrown in the next cell to me. She screamed the whole way, what she was going to do to the cops and so on. Even after they had locked the door, she continued screaming obscenities and threatening violence. I knew it was going to be a long night. Ironically, this crazy girl( a well know lesbian and drug dealer) stayed in the same project as me so we shared a taxi back to our neighborhood the next morning.

This drunkenness was a way of life for me. I grew up in a working class society where drunkenness was a right of passage. I very much admired men who could consume copious amounts of alcohol and still continue to drink. My highest ambition was to become just like them. For the most part I achieved my goals.In a couple of desperate moves, I moved my family to London and then to America and finally, at the age of 26, having being married almost ten years, I came to Jesus and He changed me completely. I had been saved for about 4 years, when the Lord, completely out of the blue, said “I want you to go home and share the Gospel.”

 

After many miracles, we sold everything and moved back to Scotland. I got involved with a small Pentecostal church and various outreaches. I was able to share my testimony in the local prison. My brother, who is in prison then, and still is as I write this, warned me not to mention his name. I think having a brother as a Christian would kinda ruin his ” street cred.”

Of course I mentioned my brothers name every time I spoke to the men which opened many doors for me with these guys.

There was one outreach I was looking forward to very much. We had hired a small building right in the heart of the project I had lived in for 7 years. It was known and still is known as “The Strone.” This name would strike fear into most Scottish people as it was probably the most notorious government housing project in Scotland. For a long time it was also a “no-go ,” area for the police.

We would hold meetings in this little building every Saturday night for six weeks. In between we would go round the doors posting flyers and speaking to people. I would show up every Saturday night, and every Saturday night there would be a pretty good turnout of Christians. Now don’t get me wrong, I love to fellowship but the whole point of this outreach was to, well, reach out to the unsaved. On the fifth Saturday afternoon my mother and grandmother were visiting, my grandmother being in a wheelchair. I told my mom that I would drive Grandma home as I was not going to the meeting that night. I told her it was pretty pointless as only Christians showed up.

The meeting started at 7. At four that afternoon the Holy Spirit whispered to my heart “I want you at the meeting tonight.” I told my mother and she said that she would take Grandma home.

I walked into the meeting that night and looked around, all Christians. Not only that, it was a young noisy worship band that I really did not care for. I stood with my eyes closed, thinking how much noise these young people were making. All of a sudden the Holy Spirit fell. A heavy holiness from the Lord had quieted the young band and suddenly He was in charge and His presence was everywhere. I heard some noise in front of me. Someone had come in and sat right in front of me. This person had their head shaved all the way in and I could see the tattoos on their neck. I felt compelled to reach my hand out and pray for the person who was obviously not a Christian. I could now see that is was a female. Her shoulders started to convulse as she sobbed. I could see she was fighting to control her sobbing. Then a young Christian girl came over and put her arms around her. As soon as she touched the unsaved woman, she jumped to her feet and literally ran from the building.

Before I knew what I was doing, I jumped to my feet and ran after her. There was three set of double doors and I caught up with her at the last set. It was only then that I realized who she was. It was the screaming girl that had shared the next cell to me all those years ago. Her name was Susan. I said to her very gently “Do you remember me Susan.” Susan came from a notorious family who everyone knew. She said she remembered me. She also said that she knew she was to meet someone here this night. I explained to her how Jesus had completely changed my life and that there was a different way to live. She listened carefully and than asked “what do I do now?” I told her that we could go back in and that she could give her heart to the Lord. We walked through the first and then the second double doors. As we got to the third she began to tremble. Here was this woman, who could take on and beat most men I knew, terrified of walking down the aisle. I took her arm and told her that I would walk down with her. She walked forward and was gloriously saved.

I believe with all my heart that the major reason that my wife and I went all the way to Scotland for a year was for the saving of Susan. Can you imagine a God that would go to enormous lengths to save someone that society did not care in the least for? I can see the Lord looking down, twelve years previous to a drunken screaming woman, and a hopeless drunk guy and thinking to Himself ” I know the plans I have for you,” “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon 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. I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.”

The Lord has delivered Susan and I from captivity. Perhaps you have a family member or friend or loved one that seems to be in a hopeless situation, you may even have given up all hope for that person. Yet Our Lord is Hope itself. Hope is the wellspring that all of our joy flows from. We have two choices in this life, even as a Christian, we can live in hope or we can despair. Hope gives birth to joy and to life and to strength. It is because I am in Christ that my hope springs eternal. It is awesome to know that our Heavenly Father is willing to go to enormous lengths to fulfill His plans.

Psalm 139

You hem me in–behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,

even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”

even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

6 Responses to “He knows the Plans He has for you !”

  1. Chanin said

    Frank, thank you for sharing this. I also read your testimony this past weekend- so amazing what God has done in your life! In Christ, Chanin

  2. appolus said

    Hi Chanin…thanks for dropping by. I am so glad that you were blessed by the testimony. It is still a wonder to me what the Lord has done in my life. He has transformed it from the inside out. When I think of my brother and sister, both “hopeless,” (there is always hope when Christ is involved) drug addicts, I know the life that I would have led. Jesus reached into the gutters of life and He pulled me out. My very existence is all due to Him and I am at a loss to know “why me.” I certainly did not deserve anything. All I know is the Love of God and the sacrifice of Jesus has enabled me to overcome what would otherwise be insermountable obstacles. As I sai in one of my poems(you can find them hear by searching “my poems of coming into His presence”) ….”I can do nothing more but stand in awe and sing of His glory and Grace………..brother Frank

  3. another beggar said

    appolus- Can you please tell me what translation of Jeremiah 29:11-14 you used in this post?

  4. appolus said

    Hi , thanks for dropping by. This particular translation if from the NIV (New International Version)……Frank

  5. peggy rickard said

    Thankyou for this testimony. I have 8 children and 7 of them I considered HOPELESS. I am starting to get that touch of faith back by reading this. I have lived a long hard life at my 53 years. Started out as an abusive one and has continued down throgh the years. I desire the miracles for me and my children that you got. I did have a miracle-me and my youngest child who is 13 were baptized into Jesus name last year in a creek in Ky. He and I now moved back to the Indian reserve we left 2 years ago. I don’t know why I would be here except to pray for the salvation and be a help to my kid’s who are abusive to me. Sometimes I don’t even know how to pray for this tangled web. I will for sure keep on this site and see what God has to tell me.

    • appolus said

      Hi Peggy, Praise God for you and your son. I identify with what you are talking about when it come to a tangled web. And you have rightly identified that it is beyond all human help. Right now you have to be strong for your youngest child. You will find you strength in Him. He says to us Matthew 11:28-29 (ASV)
      28 Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
      29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
      In my own family and extended family I have learned , and this may sound strange to some, to have a certain emotional detachment. This is not an unfeeling position, but, to me, it is a Spiritual position. I will explain it like this. If you are overwhlemed by your family and you “go down with the ship,” so to speak then what hope for your family then? You must find your strenght in Him and hand your older children over to the Lord. The burden is to heavy for you to carry but the Lord is well able. Peggy, there is also a Scripture, and I have found it to be life in my own life, that says “Put on a garment of praise for a spirit of heaviness.” You undoubtedly have a heaviness and a weariness of spirit. Now, to “put on” implies action from us. Go seek out a place to worship Him, to magnify Him. It can be with other believers or just the privacy of your own place. Put on a tape or recording or whatever and begin to praise Him in yout heart for what He has done for you and your young son. Become a source of light in your family Peggy. Christ in you is their only hope so therefore you have to be strong in Him, and that comes by surrendering yout family into His hands. If they get in trouble or drunk or drugged up, then do not pass judgement on them. They are surviving as they know how. Their only hope is to find Jesus. And Christ is in you sister. Its a hard path for sure, a very narrow one, but in Christ you can not only survive but walk in hope and yes, in Joy. Its a miracle that this is possible but it is. The key is to find joy in the midst of your circumstances. Psalm 23 says that “He prepares a table before us in the presence of our enemies.” This means that although we are surrounded by darkness, and enemies that hate us and would destroy us, we can still feast in the presence of the living God. God bless you sister, I will be praying for you…………brother Frank

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