RIGHT PLACE “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.” Acts 17:26 Taken from Jentezen Franklin’s book, “Right People, Right Place, Right Plan”. Proper Placement • Sometimes God can place us right where he wants us, but it is then up to us to follow through with what we are supposed to do. Other times we don’t allow God to place us where he wants us. We then miss what God has preappointed for us. • One of God’s primary purposes for your life is proper placement. Being in the right place at the right time is an important key to discovering God’s will for your life. • When we do our own thing we miss the place that God wants us to be. • God has the proper placement for your life. God had a place he created for Adam and Eve, the garden. He had them where he wanted them to be, but they decided to do things different than what God had planned. • You can be in the place God’s wants you to be in, but still make the wrong choices like Adam and Eve. It’s all about following God and including him in your whole life! Find out what God’s assignment is for you. • You will have to spend time travailing in prayer (Romans 8:2627) 26 In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. 27 And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God fasting, and reading God’s word to find out what that assignment and place are. • Paul wrote, “God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased” 1 Corinthians 12:18 • God comes to you right where you are and gives you a purpose, a mission, and a place. PROPER PLACEMENT PROFOUNDLY AFFECTS YOUR FUTURE IN SIX WAYS: • 1. It releases supernatural provisions in your life. • 2. It provides protection. • 3. It demands the death of pride. • 4. It is often preceded by a season of discomfort. • 5. It prevents exposure to sinful situations and temptations you would encounter if improperly placed. • 6. It can help you to avoid future problems. SUPERNATURAL PROVISIONS • 1 Kings 17:2-4 describes supernatural provision: 2 Then the word of the LORD came to Elijah: 3 “Leave here, turn eastward and hide in the Kerith Ravine, east of the Jordan. 4 You will drink from the brook, and I have directed the ravens to supply you with food there.” • During a famine, God gave Elijah clear instruction, saying, in effect, “Go to Cherith. I have commanded the ravens to feed you there. God told Elijah that if he moved to the right place, supernatural provision would show up. Divine supply follows divine placement. If Elijah had went any other place, then the ravens would not have fed him. • God holds your place of supernatural provision ----- God has a “there” for you. • Just about the time that Elijah thought that he had God all figured out, suddenly the brook dried up and the ravens stopped bringing food. • God allowed the brook to dry up to drive Elijah back to his source. We are to seek God’s face not his hand. We want a handout and God wants a face-off. • God gave Elijah a new plan, 1 Kings 17:9, 9 “Go at once to Zarephath in the region of Sidon and stay there. I have directed a widow there to supply you with food.” • Discern the place of blessings for your life. • If God says I will bless you “there”, and you insist on staying “here”, then you’re going to miss His provision. Everything was dependent on Elijah being in the right location. • Sometimes, the place God has for you won’t appear to be a place of blessing. • In Exodus 33:21, God said to Moses, “Here is a place by Me, and you shall stand on the rock.” God has a place reserved for you on the rock. If you move there, God will supernaturally provide all you need to do His will. PROTECTION • A wrong place is any place where you know your Christian walk is compromised. • When Adam and Eve were with God, Satan never showed up. He approached Eve when she was absent from God’s presence. • As long as Peter stayed near Jesus’s side, he was strong in faith --- absent from His presence --- he denied Christ three times. • Job • There is protection in His presence. Don’t stray too far from the body of Christ, which is the church, or you’ll become easy prey for the enemy. PRIDE • Proper placement demands the death of pride. Pride is one of the main obstacles blocking your move to the right place. Swelling up with pride allows you to say “I’m not doing that” • Elijah was a great and mighty man of God. He had called down fire from Heaven and it killed 450 prophets of Baal. • When instructed to seek help from the widow in 1 Kings, He could have said, “I’m not going to lower myself by asking for help from that woman.” But he didn’t allow pride to keep him from the right place. DISCOMFORT • Getting to the right place can often be preceded by a season of discomfort. • Until your misery factor exceeds your fear factor, you won’t change. • When a mother eagle wants her eaglets to learn how to fly, she begins to tear up the nest. She removes the animal fur to expose the briars and thorns. Suddenly the nest isn’t such a comfortable place anymore, so the eaglets swiftly desire to stretch their wings and learn to soar. • You’ll never soar if you’re too comfortable. You will never change what you are willing to tolerate. PREVENTS EXPOSURE TO SINFUL SITUATIONS • Being in the right place can also prevent exposure to sinful situations and temptations. • The first words that God spoke to Adam after he sinned referred to Adam’s location. “Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, `Where are you?`” Genesis 3:9 • Adam’s sin drove him away from the place specifically prepared for him. • Lot was the nephew of Abram, but he left his uncle and moved to Sodom. Lot saw an opportunity to get rich and moved to Sodom. Eventually he lost his wife in the process because he wasn’t where he was supposed to be. FUTURE PROBLEMS • Living within the proper placement of God can make all the difference between a life of blessing and a life of sorrow. • Life won’t always be fine and dandy, but having the right people in your life, being in the right place, and following God’s plan can help avert many potential problems in life. • How do you find that right place? If you have sin in your life, repent. Pray for God’s forgiveness and divine direction. • Psalm 92:13 says, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” • Get yourself grounded and rooted in church and God’s word. • The prodigal son finally realized that he was in the wrong place, living in a pigpen, when he said, “I will arise and go to my father.” Luke 15:18. He was saying, in effect, “I’m leaving the wrong place and going back to the right place. • Don’t wait until you’re in the pigpen to realize that you’re in the wrong place. • Pray for God’s guidance. You are not asking God for something that he knows nothing of. Acts 17:26 says, “And he has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings. • God has assigned a place for you and has set a time for you to be there. • Jentezen Franklin writes that he believes you are safer fighting in a war within the will of God than spending a day at the beach outside the will of God. • If God closes one door, he will open another one But don’t linger out in the hall too long. • “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord.” Psalm 37:23 • Learn to listen to your inner voice of discernment. God has a Sea World assignment for you. • People are counting on you to be sensitive enough to shine His light into their darkness.