Intention means a thing intended, an aim or plan.  It is something you mean to do, whether you follow through with the plan or not. 

Intentional means something done on purpose or deliberate. A determination to act in a certain way:  RESOLVE. What one intends to do or bring about. 

So many times, good intentions end up being only words with little meaning. I think we all at some speak intentions that never come to fruition. 

Think about it. We have all been guilty of saying things like “I’ll get back to you on that”, or “let’s have lunch next week. Or, I’ll call you”. Many of our good intentions get lost in the busyness of life. 

Or what about what we express to God? “I’ll spend more time in the Word”, or we sing “I surrender all” and don’t.  Intentions by themselves are fruitless unless we set the goal to accomplish what we intend to do. 

Goals are, by definition, the result or achievement toward which effort is directed.  There is action involved.  We must do something in order to reach our intended goal.  In other words, our intentions can become goals when we carry out what we intend to accomplish. 

There is no doubt about God’s intentions toward us.  God never spoke a any word that He did not intend to fulfill.

God’s intentions toward us is that we not only be saved, but to be completely whole according to His design.  The plan to redeem humanity required that His Son become the propitiation for sin. Jesus became one of us being fully human yet fully God. (Col. 2:9) He took on humanness yet carried the Spirit of God inside His mortal body.

1 John 2:1b-2 reads “But if you do sin, there is someone to plead for you before the Father.  He is Jesus Christ, the one who pleases God completely.  He takes away not only our sins but the sins of all the world.”  NLT  

God fully intends to bring whosoever calls on His Name into a full and abundant life and even have it more abundantly.   Jesus spoke that intention in John 10:10b.  The term abundant life refers to life in its abounding fulness of joy and strength for our spirit, soul, and body. 

Jesus knew His destiny from the beginning.  He knew that He alone could bring redemption to all.  He knew when it was time to fulfill His destiny on earth.

The NLT in Luke 9:51 says, “As the time drew near for Him to ascent to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.”  He knew what it would cost to become the Sacrificial Lamb of God for all our sin past, present, and future.  His intention was to go and complete the goal of God. Jerusalem was where He would be arrested, tried, beaten, and crucified and yet He headed straight toward His destiny.  

That beloved, is God’s intention for every one of us.  God has put forth His plan and it is now up to us.  Do we believe enough to intentionally embrace it?  Can we get past mindsets that have imprisoned up to live less than God’s intention to bring us into a relationship with Himself through what has already been provided by Jesus?

Before He ascended, He made sure anyone could have the indwelling Holy Spirit. He also said that He overcame the world.  Jesus showed us how to live, walk, and have our being in the Father just as He did. 

Our relationship with God must be personal and intimate way beyond an intellectual ascent.  We must intentionally pursue Him until we know that we know we are His and He is ours.  This is where the abundant life is birthed and begins to evolve into an intimate love relationship with our Heavenly Father.

~~~~From my ❤ to yours~~~~Andrea