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PURPOSE and DESTINY

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NEVER GIVE UP!

Purpose and Destiny:

NEVER GIVE UP!

 

Romans 8:28 proclaims,

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV).

A mountain climber said this,

“Climbing a mountain is the furthest thing from easy. Long stretches of constant vertical climbing can be the most exhausting and hardest thing you do. Not only the physical difficulties but also the mental difficulties will also test you… You will learn to never give up; to know that the reward will be worth the work it takes. It may take you several months, attempts and hours but you will take the time and you can achieve the climb. Once you make it you will realize what all the fuss is about.”

While another said

“Climbing captures the allure and mystery of life for me…. there is the challenge of taking a step on a steep slope knowing that a mistake could be deadly but the next step will be rewarding.”

Never give up! Persevere.

God knows what we are going through. God knows what to do but He will not stop us from moving forward, from moving upward. As the saying goes, “The teacher is quiet during the test”. We must not stop praising God because in the process we take a step closer to the peak where we really want to go, where God is waiting.

As for me, I have learned that the process is never that easy. Sometimes, you will feel happy and content and sometimes you feel bad and want to quit. When I passed the board exam (in 2014) we as a batch were half-hearted whether to rejoice or feel bad. We just finished a long way of reviewing and hard work. The waiting was excruciating. Then came the results.

We wanted to rejoice because we had 2 classmates who topped in the national examination and to be sad because one of us failed in the exam. Because of this experience, I came to a point to question why this happened. Why? Why her? She’s a Christian. She loves the Lord and she prays. And I thought surely God was on her side as He did with us who passed but why? What happened? Well this is the answer I got,

“God has a plan. He has a purpose for doing this. He wants to prove a point to her and to you her fellow believers. God wants to see her survive and move forward because despite it all God still holds the TRUMP card. He is still in control and this experience is going to make her stronger as a person and as a child of God” (May 07, 2014)

I believe she was placed in that situation where the Lord took her to a place where none of us could go. But as Romans 8:28 proclaims, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (NIV) I believe this experience worked out for good not just for her but also to us her fellow believers. To us who realized that God can take us to different roads yet still reach the same location. The RIGHT location.

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STAY FOCUSED

Purpose and Destiny:

STAY FOCUSED

Colossians 3:1 ISV

Therefore, if you have been raised with the Messiah, keep focusing on the things that are above, where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God.

 

We must not let anything else distract us for if we do we fall and fail. So stay focused and take courage from the Word of God. Arnette, who summited Everest on his fourth attempt in 2011 said this: Climbing a mountain “…brings into focus what’s important to you,” … “There are a thousand reasons to turn around and only one to keep going. You really have to focus on the one reason that’s most important and unique to you.

“It forces you to look deep inside yourself and figure out if you really have the … toughness to push when you want to stop,” he added. “When you come home, you realize you are able to face a wall and overcome that wall.”

There will be many as there are already many things that want to steal our focus in life. But as Paul’s letter to the Colossians says, if we have already claimed to have been redeemed and saved by the blood, we must know where to put our focus. We must know what our priority should be. We must focus on God.

Yes, there will be many walls, there will be many attacks and there will be many hurts but one thing we are assured of that greater is the suffering, the greater the reward and blessing from God. And as was testified even mountain climbers acknowledge this in their endeavor, they recognize that facing a wall and being able to overcome it is a great gain. All the pain and suffering you had to go through just to be able to overcome has been paid off when you reach your destination.

1 Corinthians 10:13 (New American Standard Bible)says that “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.”

And God never wastes these experience, this temptation that we have overtaken. For in the test comes the testimony, in the mess comes the message. Out of this pain will come deliverance. Joseph himself said, “you meant evil against me but God meant it for good…” It may have happened for a wrong or bad purpose but God will turn that wrong beginning into a message and into a testimony that will glorify His name.

As part of my testimony, I believe this will speak out to those who had started wrong and thought it was enough. So before really having a deep relationship with God my motivation for living and fighting depression was because, as I said in my journal, “I do not want to be like her. I do not want to end up like her who let depression take over her life which made her kill herself and her unborn child” (dated April 18, 2016).

I have greatly grieved the death of this distant cousin but her life became my motivation. So whenever I felt depressed and unwanted and unloved, I remember her. I remembered how her life was wasted because of that thought of people despising her because of what she was going through. I thought of how selfish her decision was of taking her own life. And it made me rethink of the bad things I wanted to do myself.

But that was then.

My focus was on the wrong reasons. Now I know Jesus and what sacrifice He truly did for me on the cross and it became my motivation. And His Word assures me that I have a purpose, my life is here for a purpose and I have something to fulfill that no one else can fill the gap. I am unique and loved and is continually loved by God. So, I no longer have the right to take my life away nor waste it for it is no longer mine but His to use for His glory.

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BELIEVE THAT WE CAN GET TO IT

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!

 

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BELIEVE IN HIS PLAN

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?

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KNOW YOUR CALLING AND STAY ON YOUR CALLING

December 14, 2016

 

Purpose and Destiny:

KNOW YOUR CALLING AND STAY ON YOUR CALLING

Ephesians 4:1-3 ESV

therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

 

STORY/ TESTIMONY: I remember a pastor, a called apostle of the Lord who ran away from his calling, a Pastor S. He knew his calling as God revealed it to him when he was a teenager. God revealed it to him and everyone knew what he was supposed to become.

But he went away from this God-given calling. He had let himself go away from his God-given destiny. So for more or less than 10 years he became an addict to the point that he would steal from his mother who eventually lost her house because of his addiction. Eventually he got convicted of drug use. In short he lived a life of misery. Until his late 20s when he had an encounter with God and God turned his life around.

A woman of God said this, “When Satan sees you, he sees DESTINY, not for who or where we are now but on who we are about to become, where we are about to go and what we are about to have.”

We go through what we go through because of the destiny coming up ahead of us. I believe that Satan knew Ps. S’s destiny, his calling in life and he also knew the potential he has in crippling the plan of the enemy for man. The enemy knew he has a God-ordained ministry and he was to do signs and wonders for the glory of God so because of that he did all he could to stop that from happening.

The enemy tried so hard to stop him from accomplishing his destiny as a pastor and he was able to accomplish it for 10 years yet because God has a purpose for his life God intervened and made a way for him to realize his errors and go back to God.

So, I believe with ALL my heart that NO MATTER WHAT HAPPENS, GOD’S PLAN WILL ALWAYS HAPPEN.

Now Ps. S goes around the world testifying of what God has done and is continually doing in his life and his ministry.

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This is a warning and a reminder to us all that life is not a simple thing to trifle with. Our lives are precious before the site of God. The Father gave up His Son for this life. Jesus died on the cross for this life. The Holy Spirit came for this life.

This life is not given to us to simply waste on trivial things. This life is given to us to BY HIS PURPOSE and FOR HIS PURPOSE.

We must make this our very purpose: to live and die for God.

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PURPOSE and DESTINY

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.7

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.”

 

 

Edited

December 14, 2016

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