Living to fulfil Divine Purpose as sermonized by Barrister Iboro Ben
Becoming what God created you to be was the theme of yesterday’s message the first sermon of the year by pastor Iboro, the shepherd of Deeper Life Campus Fellowship, Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state. Opening passage which was drawn from Jeremiah 1v 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” showed God’s intention for Jeremiahs life, you’ve got yours, discover it
PATHWAYS TO DISCOVERING DIVINE PURPOSE
1. Divine encounter. We all need encounter of one sort or the other, the earlier the better he stressed amongst others, the greatest of which is salvation. Biblical examples of divine encounter include Genesis 12v 1,2; Matthew 1v17 notice God “makes” calling them “come ye after me”
2. Divine partnership. Psalm 73v24. There is need to be guided continually by Gods counsel
3. Dedicated prayers also through revelations, dreams, doubtless intuition Genesis 37v1-2
PATHETIC DESTRUCTION OF DIVINE PURPOSE
Discovering God’s purpose is just a means to an end, it’s not the end. So many distractions pop-up along life’s journey to dissuade us from following God’s revealed purpose for our lives.
Using Samson as a case study few of the pathway that destroy lives include: he was distracted judges 14:1; uncontrolled passion distracted him. Take not there are more distractions than concentration in our world today-the movies, peer-pressure, etc.; he became disloyal judges 13:5; he drew back James 1:14, when one misuses God’s grace on his life there is a great tendency to draw back; he declined in his commitment Proverb 7:25; he derailed judges 16:1 and finally he departed from his purpose 1 Timothy 4:1, Judges 16:30. He destroyed his wife.
A question that comes to mind is what if Samson fulfilled his destiny? That will have been a plus to the nation of Israel (i.e. the destruction of the philistine nation)
PURPOSEFUL DECISION TO FULFIL DIVINE MANDATE
There is no fulfilment of goals or life’s purpose without determination. After discovering God’s purpose for our lives, it is imperative to
(i) Refuse to be distracted from life’s purpose for our lives Acts 20:24
(ii) confirm every step you take from God Isaiah Isaiah 30:21
(iii) stay close to God and be attentive to God for further instructions.
Remember God’s revelation comes in pieces and not at an instant so stay close to him by purposing in your heart to do what God says Numb 23:18; decide to cling to God till death Ruth 1:16
Have a rewarding 2017 ahead as you fulfil God’s purpose for your life.
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