Scripture of Thought: Romans 8: 14-17, 28-30
All of us who come into this world are here for a purpose and our purposes are different. Before we come out of the womb so many plans are made for us. Our parents formulate their plans to make everything successful. As parents create their plans God himself also has a plan which we call the divine plan. Isn’t it nice to know that someone was making plans for us? Are we not all special? Tell someone I am special and you are special. Naturally parent can never know the purpose or the destiny of the child coming into this world except God gives them revelation either through dreams, vision and angelic visitation.
In the Bible Mary was told who she was carrying in her womb when she was visited by the angel Gabriel. (Luke 1:31 kjv) “Thou shall conceive in thy womb and bring forth a son and thou shall call his name Jesus
In verse 32 the angel said 1 He shall be great 2 He shall be call the son of the highest 3 The Lord shall give him the throne of David. In verse 33 his kingdom shall have no end.
So Mary had received knowledge of who Jesus would become.
Samson’s Mother was told of the purpose of her son (Judges 13: 4-5) by an angel. The angel stated that she would conceive and bear a son and no razor shall come on his head for the child is a Naz’a-rite unto God from the womb to the day of his death. Samson also shall deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines. The mother was given specific instruction neither to drink strong drink or anything from the vine nor to eat anything unclean.
So we see that God can download insight or revelation for our lives to our parent so our lives can be guided in a specific way (who he foreknow he predestinate)
Individually as we come in contact with Jesus Christ and begin to walk in the Spirit, God will reveal things about our lives that gives us insight into the purposes and will he had ordained for us.
One day God told Jeremiah, before he was formed in his mother’s belly God knew him and before he come out of the womb God sanctify him and ordained him to be a prophet unto the nations.
We have talk about examples of people from scriptures that had divine intervention so they could know their purpose. We can see from the Bible in Romans 8 God’s formula for us, on how he process our destiny.
1 He foreknows us– He knows everything about us before our parent even know each other. He knows the character and background of the family tree we would be born into and the influence we would get.
2 HE predestinates us to be conform into the image of his Son- Now because He knows us and all that we will experience he pre-plans our lives or plan our lives before we are born. He allow our live to be coined a certain way so we gain certain experience so he can use us in his divine plan. Moses grew us in the house of Pharaoh God allow him to learn the strategies of Egypt he was also in a position where could become the next king of Egypt. This tells me that Moses could have gained some top secret knowledge. People can be born into a broken family and GOD can rearrange peoples life he can send other people into our live to help direct us to our purpose. From the negative we can learn to make right choice that can also lead us into his divine purpose. Rahab the harlot who hid the spies when they came to Jericho to spy out the land (Joshua 2) God knew this woman would be in a position to lie to protect the spies. She playing a role in GOD divine purpose is a perfect opportunity for her life to be transformed
Achieving our purpose also comes with challenges
For us to achieve our destiny we will have to expect challenges. While God has plans for us the devil is making plans as well. So many of us our dreams and aspirations are messed up because of attacks of the devil some way or the other. That is why Jesus said come unto me all ye who are labored and I will give you rest. Our fight to achieve our purpose is a spiritual one and we cannot win with physical weapon. We have to war against principalities and powers evil forces that come to derail us to throw us off track. David who was anointed to be king, before he could reach the throne he had to be running for his life. The devil wants to kill us to abort the purposes of God. When Jesus was going to be born Herod wanted to kill him so Herod decided to kill all the children from two years of age and under. Herod destroyed many purposes, a lot of destiny was wasted many doctors, lawyer, builders, teacher, ministers of the gospel, chef and farmers went to the grave from a very tender age. When there is going to be a blessing or a break through the devil will try hinder it. When the Israelites were near the time to leave Egypt the new Pharaoh rose up and despise Israel, but a deliverer was coming on the scene. This Pharaoh decided to kill all the male child when they were about to be born. So the devil try in every way possible to stop our purpose.
Many people experience sickness that could have killed them if it wasn’t for God intervention. A lot of people experience poverty which cause setback to their purpose in life. God the on time deliverer can heal the afflicted, lift the beggar out of the dung hill, break the power of setbacks and transform lives to bring His purposes to pass, he only need our obedience. Some women experience abuse when they were young and they become promiscuous some even become harlot because of life challenges. Did you know that Rahab the harlot of Jericho in the book of Joshua 2 help to secure the spies. She knew that Jericho was going to be destroyed she had the spies making her a promise to her. In verse 4 the woman took the two spies and hid them. For her good deed in Joshua 6: 22 Joshua told the two spies to go into the house of the harlot and bring out the woman and all she have. Did you know that this woman became the mother of Boaz the same Boaz who marry Ruth. Ruth a descendant of Moab an enemy to Israel, because of her faithfulness changed her destiny and walked into her purpose. She became the mother of Obed and Obed was the father of Jessie and Jessie was the father of David and the lineage continue to JESUS CHRIST. Rahab was bound up in sin but GOD who foreknew her had a predestine plan. The devil at times thought he has control over her but GOD knows how to work in our lives and justify us and get the glory out of us. “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 5:1)
In Mark 5 the man who lives in the tomb crying and cutting himself was bounded up by demons and his destiny was tied up. Jesus Christ decided one day to go over to where he was to set him free. When Jesus was on the boat there arose a great storm and Jesus was asleep after a full day preaching. This wind storm was a contrary one. It wasn’t operating according to the will of God so Jesus had to rise up and rebuke the wind and the Bible said there was a great calm Question? Who cause the storm? If it was God then Jesus would be rebuking God and his work. Therefore this storm was from the devil. Many times there are contrary winds blowing in our lives to afflict and destroy us but we have to rise up and rebuke these contrary situation so the we can achieve our purpose.
Satan distorts governmental decisions which in turn create negative impact on society. When there seems to be loss of hope people start make choice contrary to their destiny. Some people after falling from grace are make it back by the help of God while other lives are cut short when they are out of line with their purpose.
Our prayer today is, Lord show us the way. Order our steps according to your designed purpose. Show us what you would want us to become and let it be seal with your peace.