November 11, 2017, 7:36 PM

God's Plan Works

The following post is an article written several years ago by my dad, Milton Rhoads. Since that time, he has gone on to be with the Lord. He being dead yet speaketh.

My father and mother received the Holy Ghost and were baptized in Jesus’ name over seventy years ago.  This was the new birth experience as described by Jesus in John 3:5. As He was talking to a man named Nicodemus He said, “You must be born again.” He also said that unless a man is born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. You cannot get much plainer than that, can you? This is also what the apostles taught in the Book of Acts. When asked what must be done, Peter, standing with the eleven other apostles, said, “Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost” (Acts 2:38).

My parents embraced the gospel as taught by the apostles. They tried to pattern their lives after the original New Testament church. If I try to describe my parents, I would describe them as faithful. They were consistently faithful. They were faithful all the time.

Faithful means "keeping faith, constant, loyal, responsible, conscientious." As Jesus taught a parable on stewardship He said, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matthew 25:21). It is clear that God values faithfulness.

You might ask, “Faithful in what?”

  • Faithful in devotion to God. “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33).
  • Faithful in financial giving. “Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings” (Malachi 3:8).
  • Faithful in church attendance. “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching” (Hebrews 10:25).
  • Faithful in love for the church family and the ministry. “Let the elders that rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour in the word and doctrine” (I Timothy 5:17).
  • Faithful in providing for our families. “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel” (I Timothy 5:8).

God values faithfulness!

By having faithful parents to train and lead me, I had the best possible chance of being saved. Because of my parents’ teaching and being constantly exposed to the Word of God at home and in church, I knew I could not be saved without the baptism of the Holy Ghost. In 1952, at 12 years of age, I repented, was baptized in Jesus’ name, and received the gift of the Holy Ghost, evidenced by speaking in other tongues, just like they did in the Book of Acts.

Some people say the Holy Ghost is not for us today, but was only for the early church. Thank God, that is not true! I, most of my family, and hundreds of others that I have known through the years have received this wonderful gift. This is the new birth experience that Jesus talked about. Acts 2:39 says, “For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.” I am glad the Holy Ghost is for us today.

Besides salvation, there have been many benefits of following God’s plan:

  • I have had a happy, peaceful life following His plan. “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). “Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them” (Psalm 119:165).  
  • I have enjoyed being part of God’s family, the church. “We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death” (I John 3:14).
  • I have been healed and seen God heal others instantly. “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed” (I Peter 2:24). “And these signs shall follow them that believe…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:17–18).
  • I have had many prayers answered. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matthew 21:22).
  • God has provided all my needs. “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
  • I have never known the sorrow and pain of a broken home.
  • I have never been arrested or in prison.
  • I have never been a slave to cigarettes, alcohol, or drugs.
  • I have never been beaten or abused by drunken parents.

And the list goes on and on! There are so many benefits in following God’s plan. You see, God’s plan really works! I had all of these benefits because my parents decided to obey God’s plan.

The Bible is very clear about the law of sowing and reaping. You will reap what you sow! Many families pass on to the next generation a lifestyle of violence, adultery, drunkenness, drug abuse, and all manner of sin. The children have to suffer for the actions of the parents.

When you are born again, you receive a new nature and can break the traditions of disobedience that were passed on to you. By obeying the plan of God, you will have a happy life now and eternal life after this life is over. Your children will have a better chance of being saved when the father of the home is the spiritual leader as God planned. His plan works!