Being Who God Created You to Be

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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There Are Things To Forget (Part 1)

Anyone desirous of making lasting progress in life, there are many things that must be forgotten, many retrogressive bridges that must be burnt, and many emotional shackles that must be untangled. Failure to do this will not only hinder the flow of God’s blessings into an individual’s life but can also wreak untold havoc on his or her body and soul.
Consider the Israelites. The reason many of them could not enter the Promised Land of rest and abundance (despite God’s numerous promises to them) was their failure to loosen themselves from the memory of their lifestyle in the land of bondage. Exodus 16:2-3 says to them, “And the whole congregation of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness; and the children of Israel said unto them, would God we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, where we sat  by the flesh pots, and when we did eat bread to the full…” Again in Numbers 11:4-6 we are told, “…and the children of Israel also wept again, and said, who shall give us flesh to eat? We remember the fish, which we did eat in Egypt freely; the cucumbers, and the melons, and the leeks, and the onions, and the garlic; but now our soul is dried ay: there is nothing at all, beside this manna, before our eyes.”
Discontent, restlessness and murmuring became a permanent feature of their lives because they wouldn’t let go of the past and hold on to the promises of God for their present and future lives. Lot’s wife also missed the purpose of God for her life when she refused to forget the attractions of Sodom. Her inability to forget the past made her lose her life untimely (Genesis 19:17-26).

Reader, for you to get the best from the Lord for the rest of your life, there are things you must forget.
Forget and forsake your past sins: remembering and living in past sins will damn your soul in hell. There is no pleasure in sin; it is all deceit of the enemy of your soul and this is very dangerous for you. God is loving and merciful, he is calling you today to repent and forsake your sins. He is ready to accept you. It is your sins that God hates. As you drop your sins in repentance and answer His call, He will not cast your away. Proverbs 28:13 says, “he that covereth his sons shall not prosper: but whoso confsseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” If however you have already repented of your past sins and made restitutions where necessary, then you must not all Satan, the accuser of the brethren, continue torment you with guilt and condemnation. No matter how far you had gone in sinning , you are cleansed and justified by the blood of Jesus and god sees you as an entirely new creature (Romans 8:1; 2Corinthians 5:17). Don’t listen to the whispers of the devil; hold on to the unchanging promises of your heavenly Father.
Forget your past failures. Don’t live on past failures. Don’t mediate on them. Put them behind you and press forward for a new thing. Make your past failure stepping stones to your success. Remember that many people that are celebrated as champions today had at one time or the other recorded failures in their lives but refused to be failures themselves. Rather, they used their past failures to brighten their present and future.
Forget your past regrets. What are those past actions of yours that bring regret to you? Get rid of them because no amount of regrets can undo the past. Instead, pray earnestly and the Lord will turn things around for good for you. The Psalmist testified of God’s ability in this regard when he said, “Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me this gladness” (Psalm 30:11). If you will let go of past blunders and let God have his way in you, soon this will be your own testimony too!
Forget your past disappointments. Repent of your past trust in men, riches and possessions and accept that it’s natural to face disappointment from any angle in life-apart from God. No wonder David prayed to God in Psalms 60:11, “Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.” (Psalm 118:8). Lay all your burdens upon God and he will give you all the desires of your heart.
Forget all past offences and hurts: don’t keep records of offences-it will affect your relationship with God and men and will damage your health. Are there some people who have offended you and you hold their offences looking for ways to revenge? Remember God’s word says in Matthew 6:15 “But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses”. Forgive your spouse, children, neighbours, colleagues, boss in the office and even your subordinates. No matter the enormity of the wrong done to you, make up your mind to obey God and He will give you the grace to let go, and He will also heal your hurts and aches.

To be continued…

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Eternity

Do you know that you will outlive the sun? Do you know that when the earth and the stars have all passed away, you will just be beginning you endless day-a time without end? Once you are born, you will never cease to live, you will live forever. You will be alive eternally. Eternity has no end. This is solemn and fearful truth

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Suppose it were possible to tie a rope from the earth to the sun, and ant wee to go there and return on this rope; when the ant has done that a hundred times, only a small fraction of eternity would have passed. Suppose a small boy were to empty an ocean using a cup; the time it will take the boy to do so is a very tiny part of eternity. If it were possible to gather all the books that have ever been written in all fields of human endeavor and in all languages, and a student were to read them all one by one; the time the student will spend reading all the books will only amount to a minute fraction of eternity. If a grain of sand represents one day, all the sand on the sea shore will represent only a small, negligible part of eternity! If a bird went to sharpen its beak once a year at a mountain, when the bird levels the mountain this way, only an insignificant part of eternity would have passed.
ETERNITY! In short, eternity is the life-time of the never dying God. And you will be alive eternally. You will live for eternity, just as God is alive eternally. Once born, a person remains consciously alive forever.

Eternity does not terminate at the time of death; death is just another wrung on the ladder of eternity. It is only a gateway t eternity-eternity in heaven or in hell. There is “the resurrection of life and there is “the resurrection of damnation.” This may surprise you. I pray it does. Every sinner will end up in eternal hell and every saint will go into eternal heaven. You will live forever in heaven or hell.
There is no neutral place; there is nothing like purgatory. Jesus never mentioned anything or anywhere like that. You may say, “I am on the fence.” No! There is no fence. You are either a Christian or sinner. You are either on the narrow way to heaven or on the broad way that leads straight to hell; you will ether live with God forever in heaven or live with Satan in hell forever. These are stark realities you must face.
“Choose you this day” where do you want to spend eternity? You can only answer with an action. Neglect its message and warning. Postpone your day of repentance and continue in sin.  Then, you would have answered the question.
Eternity in hell is sure for every sinner who refuses to repent. “Choose you this day.” Where will you spend eternity, in heaven with God? Then you must repent NOW. “He that covereth his sins SHALL NOT PROPSPER: but whose confsseth and forsaketh them SHALL HAVE MERCY” (Proverbs 28:13). “Seek ye the LORD…let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him RETURN unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him…he will abundantly pardon” (Isaiah 55:6-7).
You must seek the Lord. How? By praying, asking for the forgiveness of all our sins. Donot hide or cover any of them. God sees you and he says you CANNOT, and will not prosper if you hide your sins now. Repentance and confession of your sins now. Repentance and confession of your sins will make you a recipient of mercy, pardon and blessings from God. Confess your sins, forsake them and turn to God because

life with God in Christ is an endless hope; life without Go I sin is a hopeless end.

Do you want the abundant life that Christ gives? God is ready to give it to you now as you repeat this simple prayer:
“Almighty God, I pray in Jesus’ name that you look down with mercy on me. A guilty sinner. Forgive my sins of….. (Name them one by one, don’t hide any). I promise, through your grave and help, never to go back into them again.
Please make me your child now and cleanse me from all sins. I give my life to Jesus Christ and accept him now s my personal Lord and savior. Thank you, o God, for I believe you have answered my prayer. In Jesus’ name I have prayed. Amen.”

Do this now as urgently as correctly as you carry out a doctor’s instruction. Turn away from all sins and decide in your heart never t go back to them. Tell God to cleanse you. He will answer immediately if you pray with faith in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He will change your life and set your feet on the path of godliness and righteousness. Then eternity with God I heaven will be yours.

Remember,
Life with God Christ is an endless hope.
Life without God in sin is a hopeless end.

Source: Tracts of Life ‘Eternity”

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