PS. This is my last entry on Purpose and Destiny.
Purpose and Destiny:
BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET TO IT
Hebrews 4:6 ESV
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
We must have faith to do what we must do. It may seem impossible at times but Matthew 19: 26 NIV says Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Faith as the Bible states is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1) We have heard the saying “To see is to believe”. Faith is the opposite of that statement. With faith, we first have to first believe so we can see what we believe in. Faith is never forgetting nor letting go of what you believe in no matter what circumstance you are in. No matter how hopeless it may be, faith assures us and gives peace to believe that there is still hope. Faith assures us that God is still there for us.
So when believe in His plan, God can pave the way and do the rest for us. Do not do God’s work because He can do it best.
All we have to do is do what we do and believe that we can get to where we believe we will get to. Have faith.
And remember, FAITH IS NOW!
Purpose and Destiny:
BELIEVE IN HIS PLAN
Isaiah 46:10 New American Standard Bible
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
I believe that God has a STRATEGY for our lives. He has an ultimate power plan on how we can climb the mountains in our lives, overcoming all obstacles and achieving all the goals we have in our lives.
Before we even started thinking of what we are to do, God already had an end in mind for us. Even in the beginning, God already knew our end, our purpose in life and in that purpose He has set a strategy, a plan for us to accomplish.
This is God’s plan to those who believe:
Jeremiah 9:11 New Living Translation
For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.
God knows what He is doing. He is the God of ALL PLANS and His plans are always for a BETTER future and a hope for all of us.
The Bible says God is not a man that He should lie nor the son of man to repent, if He said it He will do it. (Numbers 23:19) This is our assurance that whatever plan He has for us, it will be DONE no matter what happens, no matter what we want to do.
Believe in His plan and you will be prospered. (Proverbs 15:6; 13:22) As 2 Chronicles 26:5, “… as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.” So as long as we seek the Lord He will never leave us nor forsake us.
I have heard countless ministers of the Lord say that God has us always in His hand it only when we VOLUNTARILY move out of His hand that we lose His blessing. He will never evict us from His presence yet He gave us the choice to choose whether we will stay or move out.
So what do we choose? Do we choose to stay in His plan? Or move out of His perfect will for us?
December 11, 2016
Job 12:10 TEV
“It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in his power.”
We all have dreams in life, a purpose we want to accomplish.
We all want to accomplish something, to be someone great, to be better than we were yesterday.
When we were children we wanted to grow up FAST! Back when in elementary, we wanted to go to high school and meets new friends. Then in high school, we wanted to go to college and learn new things. When at last we were in college, we wanted to graduate and earn our own money.
But then sometimes in our own job, we somehow wish we could go back to going to school where we easily get money through our allowance. Life felt easy back then.
As for me, I always thought growing up and doing these things would go just naturally, a course of nature, a flow of natural events. YET through the years of learning more of my faith in God, I have realized that IT IS NOT THAT EASY. Getting there is NEVER that easy.
Take for example a mountain climber. I have recently watched the movie entitles “Everest”, the true-to-life-story 2015 movie about a guide and his crew as they face obstacles in their mission to climb and reach the peak of Mt. Everest. In the movie, I saw and learned that a mountain climber sees his purpose is climbing the mountain at any cost. The climb is never that easy yet regardless of the obstacles, he does not put his goal aside until he reaches the peak of that mountain.
A climber said this, reaching the top is “… like reaching a goal, achieving a dream and figuring out that you can do anything that you set your mind to.”
So what is our dream? What have we set our mind to do?
What is the purpose of our lives?
what have I been doing with my life? Have a lived a meaningful life? Or wasted opportunities in my life?
Let me read what Rick Warren said in his book The Purpose Driven Life about the purpose of life,
“The purpose of your life is greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness. It’s far greater than your family, your career, or even your wildest dreams and ambitions. If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.”
So, before we can fully understand and be able to do the purpose for our lives, we should first understand that THESE THINGS START AND WILL BEGIN WITH GOD. EVERYTHING STARTS AND ENDS WITH GOD.
He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end of ANYTHING and EVERYTHING. (Revelations 1:8)
As the Bible says, Job 12:10 TEV
“It is God who directs the lives of his creatures; everyone’s life is in his power.”
December 14, 2016
“Set a fire down in my soul that I can’t contain, that I can’t control. I WANT MORE OF YOU GOD” (taken from the song “Set a Fire”)
Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you, when you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flames scorch you.
Yesterday (on our Night of Worship, a night set for praising and worshiping God through our singing) while we were singing our last worship song Set a Fire, I said to myself “I haven’t studied about the fire of God”. It was like when the false apostles tried to cast out demons in Jesus name, “I know Jesus and I know Paul but I do not know you” (Acts 19:15). In my case I would have said, “I have started to know God’s water (through the help of Ps. Randall’s book The River Rising and Ezekiel 41-43), I am learning to know God’s anointing, presence and glory (through the help of Evangelist Michael Livengood’s book The Glory Factor), but I do not know you, fire of God YET”. So I set my mind to study and learn more about the fire of God.
THEN with God’s timing, the preaching after the worship was about the FIRE of GOD. Wow! That is real proof that all things work together for good. (Romans 8:28)
Malachi 3: 2-3
2“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderers’ soap. 3He will sit as a refiner’s fire and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the Lord an offering of righteousness.
The fire of God is a refiner’s fire and a purifier of silver.
As the people called by God we are called to mature and edify ourselves for the work of the ministry. We are called to study and gain the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of God through studying of His Scriptures, through Prayer and Supplication, and through our daily experiences that becomes our testimonies. And testimonies come from TESTS. We cannot be called OVERCOMERS without first overcoming something, and we cannot be called SURVIVORS without surviving something. My point is we all have to go through something to gain something, we all have to go through the fire to become PURE.
Before can see the real beauty of any gold or silver, it has to be first refined and purified. And the only way it can be refined and purified is through FIRE. The FIRE will REMOVE all excess baggage to the gold and silver after its been mined and found. The fire will filter everything that does not really belong to the gold and silver. The fire will make the gold and silver REFINED and PURIFIED.
That is also true with us, we as represented by the gold and the silver need to go through the fire, through trial, testing, obstacles and challenges in life so that after going through it in a little while we will become REFINED and PURIFIED. Then we can be called to have a TESTIMONY, called to be OVERCOMERS and SURVIVORS.
Luke 4:29 [Jesus said,] “I came to send fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled!”
And who sent the fire? The fire is sent by God through Jesus. It is by the permission of God that we go through these tests as He did with Job. God had faith in Job so He allowed the enemy to come and tempt him to sin (Job 1:6-12; 2:1-7). And as Job’s reply to his wife our response should be the same “… Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” (Job 2: 10)
I believe that God gave the enemy permission to tempt Job because He knew Job is able to overcome it. For God never gives us anything that He knows we will not be able to overcome. (1 Corinthians 10:13) God gave us trials knowing that these testing of our faith produces patience. God gave us trials knowing that these trials are His way of making us perfect and complete, lacking nothing. (James 1:2-3)
June 29, 2016 (Wednesday)
Updated: July 7, 2016
Last Saturday I climbed one of the mango trees near our house to get some fruits. There were a lot of obstacles before I could get the fruit, but it was worth it.
First I had to get through the (circular home-made) chicken coop my mother placed between the branches on the trunk of the tree. My mother placed a chicken coop on the entrance of the tree because some of our neighbor kids would go their and get mangoes without our permission.
-This represents the first hand obstacles we face when we first decided to live our lives for the Lord. Before we could even get to the tree towards the fruit we want to get, we have to get through the obstacles of fear and doubt of even getting in with God, of low self-esteem, of feeling unworthy, and so on. Without getting through it, there is no going ahead. THERE ARE NO SHORTCUTS TO BLESSINGS.
-The revelation for me for this is that if you will not put fence on what is yours someone will come and steal it when you’re not looking. If you let your guard down, if you forgot to put on the FULL armor of God the enemy who is always watching will come and steal away what you have until you lose all your armor. (John 10:10; 1 Peter 5:8) You become a prey. So put on the full armor of God so we are able to STAND FIRM against the strategies of the enemy. (Ephesians 6:11)
When I got through the chicken coop, I had to find my way around the branches to find where the fruits were because all the fruit that within hands reach were already harvested by me and my companions at home before that day.
-There are things we can easily reach and get, do and achieve then it’s all done but there are things that’s hard to get, things that are not on within sight. Like for example, our degree we can simply study and then graduate to get a degree but our relationship with Lord is much deeper. Before we can build a relationship with God, we first have to dig deep because some things that are of God are not easily revealed to anyone. (Psalm 25:14) You have to have first RELATIONSHIP with God to know the things of God.
-We must guard our hearts, put also a “chicken coop” in it so not just anyone can come in, so no one can steal the seed that the Lord has planted in you. Place a barrier that would guard you against the enemy.
-ONLY THE STRONG can climb the tree. If you are weak, you cannot climb into the blessings God has planned for you. Strive to be strong in the Lord so that when these obstacles come your way, you are ready to receive it. This is because you cannot grow and bear fruit if you are not strong in the Lord. If you do not stand firm on His Word and you let yourself be swayed easily, the foundations you have built will fall apart. Then you have to begin again at the very beginning.
And though I found where that fruits were, I can’t easily get it because I can’t reach it by hand. So I would need a fruit-catcher to help me get to the fruit.
-As one of my friends pointed out (since I couldn’t find the word to describe it), that is when FAITH HELPERS come in. They help us get the fruits we want to see in our lives. Our pastors and leaders, our friends, the Word and the Holy Spirit are our faith-helpers. They help us get to where God wants us to be at and BE who God wants us to be.
The fruit-catcher I had had net on it that serves as its collection bag so that the fruit would not fall to the ground. I also had a “sako”(sack) bag with me to put all the fruits I have harvested so I could get as many fruits as I want. The fruit-catcher’s collection bag collects multiple times and places all its harvest on the “sako” (sack) bag.
-The fruit-catcher and the “sako” (sack) bag serve as WINESKIN. (Matthew 9:17) They serve as the wineskin by which we put all we have received from God. Without these two, the fruit we have harvested will fall and crack, it will be a wasted. A wasted fruit. It things we received are not taken care of they become nothing more like a rotten fruit. For it to be preserved and used in accordance to its use we must PROTECT and BE ON GUARD on what we receive. Or else the enemy will steal it away from us. (John 10:10)
So be on guard. (1 Corinthians 16:13)