THE GREAT DISCOVERY 4
Excerpts of Pastor Idowu Iluyomade's Message on Sunday, February 25, 2018
GOD’S ORDAINED PLAN AND PURPOSE
Our theme for this year is fulfilling purpose in destiny. Purpose has been defined as your personal goals, plans and ambition towards which all your efforts are directed, whilst destiny is the original, eternal purpose for your life as ordained by God and written in His book before you were born. Psalm 139:15-16 (NLT) says, "You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed." Jeremiah 1:5 (NLT) also says, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations." For Jeremiah, he had his own plans but God's perfect plan for him was to be a prophet to the nations.
The problem is that most times, our pursuits, goals and plans can be different from God's ultimate plan and purpose for our lives; and as such, one can reach his personal goals of becoming a raving success by world's standards with a sense of achievement; but still miss one’s life purpose, thereby not fulfilling our God-given destiny. There has to be an alignment with your plans or goals and God's perfect plan for your life. It is important for you to discover your purpose and ensure that before you meet with God, you align yourself with His own plan and purpose for your life.
From Scriptures, we see that Esther, an orphaned slave girl had an ambition to be a queen. She contested in a beauty pageant and God granted her favour - she achieved her goal and moved from living in a hut to living in the palace. She thought the position of being a queen was an end to itself, not knowing that according to God's plan, it was a means to an end. When a problem arose and the Jews in the land were to be exterminated, her uncle, Mordecai requested that she speak to the king on their behalf. At first, Esther hesitated as she had not seen the king for days and would have to be summoned by him before appearing before him. Mordecai wore sackcloth and when Esther heard of it, she sent clothes to him, forgetting what it meant when a Jew wears a sackcloth (Esther 4:4). Mordecai had to remind her that she was made queen for such time as this (Esther 4:13-14). Esther then re-aligned her personal goals with God's ultimate purpose for her life and God ensured the king honoured her request. God destroyed all the enemies of the Jews and cancelled the sentence of death on the Jews. Her being elevated to the status of a queen was a means to an end and not an end in itself. In life, many people are rich and blessed by God, not for them to use the blessings for themselves and their families alone, but they are blessed for a reason. Your being blessed is for you to fulfil the Kingdom Agenda. Your life should be profitable to God and bring honour and Glory to Him. Someone needs to hear your testimony, you need to use the gift God has blessed you with so that the Body of Christ can be edified.
On the other hand, the rich fool in Luke 12:20-21 did not align his purpose with God's ultimate plan for his life. Everything seemed to be going on well for him but he was self-centered; he amassed great wealth and was not rich towards God. God visited him one night and told him that his life was not profitable unto Him; he lost his life that night. My prayer is that this will not be your portion in Jesus name.
First Step to the Great Discovery
It is so important for you to discover the ultimate plan and purpose of God for your life. The question is, how do you discover the ultimate plan and purpose of God for your life? You should be worried if you don't know yet. Jesus at the age of 12 knew His life's purpose; He went about His father's business. Some people can get into their life's purpose early, while some can get into it late - Moses knew his purpose at 80. The most important thing is that before you die, you must know the reason God has sent you to this world so that you can fulfil destiny. The key to discovering your life's purpose is to have an encounter with God. It does not have to be dramatic, but it should be orchestrated by God.
If you want to know the reason God has sent you to this world, you need to ask Him, He is your Creator. We are born by His purpose and for His purpose (Colossians 1:16 [MSG]). God's plan and purpose for you predates your conception. He planned your life before you existed and He did it without your input. Indeed, you can choose your career, spouse, hobbies, friends; but you cannot choose your purpose because it was written in God's Book before you were born. Focusing on self will never reveal life's purpose. If you want to know the reason God sent you to this world, ask the Inventor about the invention. Discovery of purpose can only start with the One that created you. Once you know your life's purpose, it motivates you, gives you focus and produces passion (Philippians 3:13-14). Even when you experience down times, you will know that all things will work together for your good because you are called according to His purpose (Isaiah 3:10, Psalm 16:6, Romans 8:28).
“We are born by His purpose and for His purpose” QUOTATION
God can reveal His purpose for your life through dreams, visions, counsel, mentors, etc. Your life has to start and end with God so that you won't live a wasted life. In 1 Samuel 9:3, we see that King Saul discovered his life's purpose when he went in search of his father's ass which had gone missing, and he was advised to see a seer. He went and at the meeting, Saul was anointed king. Here, we learn that God works in mysterious ways, His wonders to perform. If Saul was not obedient to his father, he would have missed it.
REMEMBER YOUR CREATOR
Psalm 39:4 tells us that life is brief. We are not in this world forever. Life is like vapour, hence, you need to know God's ultimate plan for your life. God will ask you two questions when you meet Him. He would ask, what did you do with Jesus? And, what did you do with the gifts I blessed you with? The choice is yours. Ecclesiastes 12:1 KJV says "Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them." Think about your life, don't live a wasted life. You can be an achiever in this world but have nothing to show for it in eternity. The only thing that follows you when you die is your works (Revelations 13:14). What are your good works? What are you doing with your life?
In conclusion, there is no way you can discover your life's purpose if you don't have a relationship with Jesus Christ - He is the Way, Truth and Life. He knows the way, He is the way and He can direct you. If you are living in sin, surrender your life to Jesus Christ and accept Him as your personal LORD and Saviour. If you are willing to repent of your sins and surrender your life to Jesus Christ, then pray this prayer right now: LORD Jesus, I come to You right now, I know I am a sinner, please forgive my sins. With my mouth, I confess that Jesus, from today, I accept You as my personal LORD and Saviour. I plead the Blood of Jesus to cleanse me of all my sins, write my name in the Book of Life, reveal Your plan and purpose for me and to me, fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and teach me on the path to walk in Jesus Mighty Name.
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