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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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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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the FIRE of GOD

“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”)

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)