What God Has For Me Is Mine!

In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory.” (Ephesians 1:11-12 NIV)

Currently I am in a transition in my career, my education, and my home. In addition, our family dynamics are also changing. I noticed as the transitions approached, I became worried about so many things. Which college should I pick? Will we have enough money to live? Where should we live? What about day care, pediatricians, and health insurance? I mean the list just went on and on until God reminded me of Ephesians 1:11. He reminded me, “Daughter, you are predestined for greatness. When I allow you to face trials or transitions, I know the ending and the beginning all at the same time, even before you came to me with your plans and desires.” In His word He called us PRE-DESTINED! By definition predestined means, an outcome or course of events have been determined in advance by divine will.

He tells us not to worry because He works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will…” (Ephesians 1:11 NIV).  He also said in Jeremiah, “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.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) Who can block God’s plan? No one. It can be hindered, interrupted, and agitated but it can NOT be blocked!

I did all of this planning and organizing for our family’s move to our new city, but God had to show me that what He has for me is far greater than my plan. “My plan” was for me to switch to the Doctorate Program in Microbiology, purchase our home (because “I” rationalized that we would be there at least 5 years), and live happily ever after. But since God already KNOWS the ending, I was cautious to hear His direction waited to actually see His plan unfold.  I am just in awe at how perfect it is. I’m continuing in Higher Education with my Doctorate in this field. I will be working part time and currently we will be in a short-term rental until my husband graduates. If you would have told me this last year I wouldn’t believe it, but it’s the best plan God could have provided. I can be home more with our family; I can volunteer in the community because my program is online; I can emotionally support my husband through school and nurture our daughter…ALL AT THE SAME TIME!

So when you go on your next job interview, walk in the boldness of knowing that if God wants you to have that job, it’s already yours. Prepare for greatness and perform accordingly. Paul reminds us in God’s word “In all things God works for the good of those who love him…” (Romans 8:28 NIV)

When you go on your next date, realize that if that man is to be your husband, God will make it so. You don’t have to do anything extra other than make yourself pleasing in God’s eyes. For His Word says, “But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

The next time you and your husband work on your family plan, realize that even if he makes a mistake in execution, God has it ALREADY worked out, even before the first step is taken. How do I know this? Because his wife has prayed that the Lord orders her husband’s steps. The prayer of a righteous man (or wife) is powerful and effective.” (James 5:16 NIV) HALLELUJAH!!

Dear Daddy,

Thank You for reminding me that what You have for me, no one can take it away. Help me to walk in that confidence. Also help me to be sensitive to Your directions for my life so that I may walk accordingly. When I have needs and desires that do not align with Your will, teach me how to rest in knowing that if I delight myself in You, You will give me the desires of my heart. (Psalm 37:4) In Jesus’ name, Amen!

Sistah Girl, every opportunity whether failure or victory is an opportunity to learn and grow. I EMPOWER you to walk in the faith that “what God has for you is for you, and you only.” In the same breath, what God does NOT have for you is NOT yours! Take the time today to listen to what God has for you and pray to Him that your steps are ordered by Him. “Trust in the Lord, with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV)

On the last day of Black Music Month, be empowered by “It is For Me” by the Miami Mass Choir:

As a professional, Mrs. Khalilah Burton is College Biology Instructor. She is also currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education in Higher Ed and Community College Leadership. Khalilah is passionate about her faith journey and uses this key scripture as her inspiration: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6.  She teaches Young Adult Bible Study and Sunday School and also serves as a guest speaker and panelist for various events for women and Christian empowerment.  Khalilah resides in Huntsville, Alabama with her wonderful husband Donald Burton, Jr. and their energetic three-year old daughter where they attend St. Luke Christian Church.

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18 thoughts on “What God Has For Me Is Mine!

  1. God always knows the end before we know the beginning. Always continue to trust and listen to God because He’ll never steer us wrong! Love you!

  2. Khalilah,

    Written so beautifully, loved every word and scripture!!!!…thank you for the reminder that we need not worry because God really does have it ALL worked out ALREADY. Just want to thank HIM right now for loving me so much that I don’t need to stress over certain situations going on. Thank you Father for the joyful faith in my heart!!!!! Ok, if I don’t quit it now I may start to shout “THANK YOU JESUS!!!!” at the office and my boss might call me in. (…and the part about going out on the next date and the potential husband….that one was for me, I got it Sister!! Duly noted!!) Praying that God continue to bless you with a beautiful mind, a healthy body, a creative spirit and lots of strength to carry out all that you want to accomplish. Stay blessed!!!! XOXO

  3. Kay, I love this. I have to tell myself this over and over and over again because I am definitely in a place where I am trying to plan things out but God keeps shifting the plan. Often I get upset when things dont turn out the way I would have expected them but then I realize that I wouldn’t be at this “best” place I am now if I had done things my way. Thanks for the great message.

  4. “What God has for you is for you, and you only.” In the same breath, what God does NOT have for you is NOT yours! <<<<<Now thats a tough cookie to swallow, especially for a control freak like me! But what Ive learned is most times the path that we really think is great is full of so much trouble and pain. If only we could just get it through our thick skulls that we have LIMITED vision. He's ALL seeing, ALL knowing, and ALL powerful!

    Thanks for sharing…and Congrats on all the major moves the Burtons are making!

  5. Amen!!! Khalilah. I have been going through several steps in order to be hired @ a new job & because I’ve had faith in God I definitely know he is going to make it happen. I have already set up my daughters schedule around my work schedule. God is so Great!!!!! I would like to say I love you ladies for sharing your experiences. It is really helping me in improving my relationship with God.

  6. “What God does not have for you is not yours” was such a bold but true statement. Many times in life we fight, sweat and cry over things that are not ours. I really needed this…..THANKS!!!

  7. I needed this so badly. I thank God for leading me to this message. I am bookmarking it as a favorite of mine. Oh thank you Jesus for this powerful word. May God continue to bless your words and your heart. It spoke to me directly. Amen. Thank you Father. Your wisdom is infinite. Thank you Lord.

  8. Reginald: thanks for the good word. keep up the good work in the Lord. the Lord speak that to me and i was looking to see it’s meaning and this really help me to trust more and to waite on him and his plans. thank again

  9. You ministered right to my heart :) I was laying in the bed crying because of worrying that my future husband would end up with someone else. But what God has for me, it is for me, if I keep the faith I dont have to worry .all the glory be to God our Father :)

  10. WOW! or better yet! HALLELUJAH! See Proverbs 3:6 was my devotion this morning, I too am at a time of transition and was listening to Gospel on youtube, the song what God has for me came into my mind, I had heard teh song before but decided that I didn’t really know what it meant so I googled, “What God has for me” and behold your testimony and supporting sciptures on your page. God is truly Awesome, I am at Awe and moved to tears as typing this how he never fails to lead and guide his children. May the Lord continue to direct your path as you continually seek and serve him!

    Gods Richest Blessings on your family-christina

  11. WOWZERS! I pray that this response and update finds all of you well and blessed. I have ALOT that has gone on since this initial post. I do not know where to begin.

    This post was written in Summer 2011. I was almost in tears re-reading this and your replies. Well well, in August of 2011 I began a doctoral program, in November my husband and I fould out that we were pregnant with our second child!!! I delivered her in Summer 2012. I am still in my program and I am excelling. I start on my dissertation work very soon. There are so many blessings that have come my way, you can type in my name (Khalilah Burton) in the Empowermoments Search to try and catch up, I have written about it.

    What’s amazing though is that we are at the end of this phase and this post reminded me of the begining. My husband is graduating in May (literally in about 2 weeks), I just accepted a position with a university in Orange Beach, AL in Administration (Only God can promote a work at home Mom to a Director at a University)! The testimony is so large I become overwhelmed daily just thinking about it. See our latest update here: http://empowermoments.org/2013/04/03/desperate/

    You all have blessed me beyond words today! Standing at the brink of yet another transition. YOU have reminded me of where God has brought me from and where he can take me.

    I LOVE YOU!!!
    Kay

  12. Thank you for posting this!!!! I googled “what God has for me is for me” and your blog came up. I really needed to read this. Even though you posted this about 4 years ago, the Word still rings true.

    Be Blessed!

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