Purpose Unleashed

Destiny: Purpose Unleashed
 

God designed everything with purpose, including each of us. We're unique and original, with distinct abilities for carrying out His plans and purposes in the world around us. The key to success is understanding our purpose; once that happens, we'll begin to step into and fulfill our destiny. 

 

Base scripture: Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV) - "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."

 

You existed before you existed. You had a purpose from the very beginning.

  • You existed in God before you ever had form. God knew who you were before you were born.

  • God planned our existence and designed and equipped us around His purpose before we were ever conceived or given form.

  • He gave us identity. Example: "I knew you before I formed you in the womb..."

  • He gave us purpose. Example: "I appointed you a prophet to the nation..."

 

Success in life is dependent on us accomplishing purpose.

  • There is a sense of dissatisfaction that comes from being comfortable. Dissatisfaction with the status quo in our lives is healthy. It speaks of hunger for more than what has been or is being experienced.

  • God built into us everything we would need to fulfill our purpose. Potential is contained in us and has a voice. When we become dissatisfied, it's the potential in us is screaming for more. Our potential wants to be expressed.

  • Ephesians 2:10 - "We are His workmanship rooted in Christ Jesus for good works, which God has prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."

 

Purpose: Do you know why you're here? When we don't know our purpose, we'll misuse our life.

  • We pursue education, status, money, fun, etc. instead of purpose. Unless we discover purpose, we'll live lives characterized by function rather than passion.

  • Example: Mother Theresa knew her purpose. Financial rewards, etc. were no substitute for the accomplishment of purpose.

  • Most people live at about 6% of their potential; a genius at about 10%. We must make a demand on our potential and require things of our potential that will catapult us into new and exciting realms of living.

 

Identity: Do you know who you are?

  • God knew Jeremiah before he was conceived. He knew you, too! You were not accidental.

  • God created every person as an original. Original means first of its kind.

  • God made us unique. Unique means distinctive, the only one, and being without another like it.

  • We're unique, differentiated, and significant. When God made us, He never used that individual mold again. We must embrace our personal originality and uniqueness. If we don't, we'll take on the expressions of someone else's identity (Nike, Gucci, Apple, or peer pressure to behave and speak certain ways). When we do that, we compromise who we are, our purpose, and our ability to influence.

  • Living from purpose and identity positions us to be influencers. (Matt 5:16)

  • Jesus knew His purpose and fulfilled it (John 18:37). God didn't create us for empty living; He wants us to live out our purpose.

  • Be comfortable being unique and original.

 

God's design for our lives is that we be motivated by purpose.

  • We were born with greatness. We must discover and develop our purpose. What God designed for us, He put inside us. Birds don't take flyng lessons, dolphins don't take swimming lessons. What we need to fulfill our purpose is already in us.

  • We must think like God and look for what is not yet visible. Creation was inside God before He spoke it into existence. It just had to be made visible by Him. We are created like God. It's all in us; we just need to bring the invisible into the visible.

  • Faith is not the substance of things that don't exist; they just haven't been seen yet.

  • When I don't know my purpose, I run the risk of abusing my gift.

  • Example: Paul was a scholar, intellectually astute, and doctinally taught by Gamaliel, a leading Rabbi and Jewish scholar of those times. Paul was murdering Christians left and right for their beliefs. He didn't know his purpose, so he was abusing his gifting. When God revealed Himself to him in Acts 9, he recognized his purpose and began using his gifts for God. He wrote more than half of the New Testament, and was able to say at the end of his life that he had run his race to completion. He had exhausted his potential in accomplishng his purpose (2 Tim 4:7).

 

God's design for our lives is that we be equipped with talent and gifting.

  • Your gift is your source of significance (what makes us worthy of attention and importance). Example: Babe Ruth is known for baseball, nothing else. It was his gifting.

  • Only God can reveal to you your purpose; everyone else can only guess. Don't let others tell you what your purpose is and don't let them put limitations on you. Example: Jesus could do no mighty works in His home town because they had put limits on Him (Matt 13:58).

  • Don't confuse your gift with your job. Bill Gates' gift was in the middle of the IBM factory, and they didn't realize it.

  • The key to success is becoming a person of value which is demonstated through purpose.

 

God's design for our lives is that we be built on our identity.

  • Our identity is the liberator of purpose, not an inhibitor of potential.

  • Our gift in unity with our identity in Him releases potential.

  • John 15:5 - "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing."

  • Discoving who I am establishes the foundation on which I can walk out my purpose. When we move away from our identity, we compromise what God has for us.

 

God wants to liberate our potential so that He can be seen in the full expression of our lives. When we combine our purpose and identity in Him, we can place a demand on our potential and influence our world. Just like Paul, we can say at the end of our lives, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith."

 

 

Purpose Unleashed II: Living the End From the Beginning
 

Did you know that all of creation was actually completed in God before He ever spoke it into existence? When He spoke it forth, He simply brought it from the unseen realm into the seen realm, each part with its own unique purpose. We were no different. We each existed in Him until our conception brought us to life on planet earth. He has known our end from the beginning, and our purpose is within us waiting to be displayed to the world. 

 

Base scripture: Isaiah 46:9-10 (NIV) - "Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’"


All of creation was completed in God. When everything was complete in Him, He spoke it into existence and took from the unseen realm and made it visible.

  • God only initiates something in the visible realm after He has completed it in the unseen realm. God completes our lives first, and then He backs up and starts our life. When He starts our life, it is proof that it is already finished. The fact that we were born is evidence that there is something completed that we were born to start. The book on our life was written before we were ever conceived.

  • God's words to Jeremiah: "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." (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

  • Our future is actually God’s past. Everything that we are walking into, each new chapter of our lives, and every new encounter and challenge is a place that God has already been.

  • God doesn’t allow anything to start unless He has completed the end. This is why God doesn’t panic about anything; only we worry when we’re unsure about the outcome.

 

God uses challenges to direct us to our purpose.

  • Whatever situation we find ourselves in today, we are to use to discover how we are to have influence in directing the outcome. All too often this requires something of us that we are not capable of. God uses this situation for us to begin exploring the unseen realm where our future has been completed. Here we will discover His enabling, blessings and power. It’s called our potential in Him; and it’s designed to introduce us to the new me who is given identity from the unseen.

  • Example: Cell phones. Many people use cell phones to make calls, take calls and do the occasional text. We use three of the one hundred functions that it is capable of. We are utilizing only three percent of its potential. When situations demand an alarm clock or a flash light, we discover these when we explore the potential of the phone. If situations never preempted and created the need, we may never have initiated the exploration.

  • Example: David. When David confronted Goliath, he was the least qualified person on the battlefield (too young, no training, no armor, no experience). He was able to do this and gain victory because the truth that “the Greater One lived inside of him" and "He was greater than he that is in the world” was unseen potential that was made visible and influenced the outcome. Recognizing and walking into his purpose (killing Goliath) opened the door to his destiny (becoming king). Living from purpose opens the door to our destiny.

  • "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." (Eph.1:3 NKJV)

  • Everything we need to be successful was prepared before we were conceived, but it is hidden in heavenly places – in the unseen world.

  • He prepared what we would need before He conceived us. We started broke, but the moment He became our Lord and Savior, we got everything. As born again believers, we have access to the unseen world. God invites us to tap into this potential and use it to define who we are, how we see life, and how we influence our situations (purpose).

  • Paul said that in all things I am content; with plenty or nothing, because I know that my God will supply all of my needs according to His riches in the unseen world. (Phil. 4:10-13)

  • The challenge for many is recognizing and getting the stuff from the unseen into the seen.

  • Our blessings are not ahead of us; they are inside us (the kingdom).

 

Our future is already finished, and He has a plan to get us there.

  • “In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.” (Ephesians 1:11 NKJV)

  • We have been predestined – our destination has been set before the beginning, according to the plan. God preset our destination, and then backed up and started our life.

  • Our future is already finished, and He has a plan to get us there. Discovering purpose and walking into it (plan) leads to destiny.

 

Isaiah 46:10 says “…I set the end before the beginning and then I make known what is to come...” 

  • God has created our future and will tell us about it, but what He never tells us is the way, the journey. He doesn’t tell us this because we are at the beginning, and purpose fulfilled is what we are going to look like when we are finished. Between where we are now and where we end up is God’s plan - the journey - that is going to shape and mold us into who He intends for us to be.

  • Example: Joseph – his brothers took is coat and thought of killing him. He was thrown into a pit, sold into slavery, and falsely accused before ending up in jail (introduced him to purpose). It’s easy to get excited about being king, sitting on the throne, family bowing down, ruling… However, if God had told him about the plan, Joseph would have told God to keep his throne and his money – he would have preferred to stay as a shepherd boy.

  • When God starts with us, we look nothing like our future. We are not ready for our future (we don’t have the maturity, wisdom or experience), so God has to work out a route to prepare us for our future. The plan is not to keep you from your future; but to prepare you for your future. What our future demands is someone who is mature, established in His potential, wise and excellent – and when we begin, we are not that.

  • God directs our steps - He doesn’t tell us any more than the next step. Each step is going to invite us to discover a new dimension of purpose and require that we once again tap into potential to overcome. The things that fill our journey are not traps but training for destiny. We never grow in good times; pressure is the incubator of progress.

 

Our life and purpose is written in the spirit realm. It's necessary and incumbent on us to stay connected to God and rely on Him to guide us and help us gain spiritual insight into it. When we do, we'll be able to tap our potential and release our divine purpose on earth.

 

 

Your Future is not Ahead of You; It’s Inside of You
 

God has a good plan for our lives. He created us with purpose before we were ever born. We're living a story that's already been written by Him, but it's incumbent on us to connect with Him to discover our purpose and live our divine destiny. 

 

Base scriptures: 
Isaiah 46:9 (NASV) - “Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me.”

 

Ephesians 2:10 (Passion) - "We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!”


Only our Maker knows our purpose; everyone else is guessing.

  • God “declares the end from the beginning”; our destiny existed before our conception.

  • God's words to Jeremiah: "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." (Jeremiah 1:5 NIV)

  • We must stop looking for people to tell us our destiny and purpose. We find it in God.

  • Don’t look externally to others to give direction or definition to your gift. Instead, go internally where He will give you vision, where you’ll discover innovation and the impetus to take a voyage of discovery.

 

Our future is not ahead of us, but inside of us.

  • The book on our life has been written. Our destiny and purpose have been set in place and all the gifting and provision necessary for us to accomplish this currently exists in heavenly places; in the unseen realm – in the kingdom.

  • We must think like God does. The reason that God wants to change our thinking or renew our mind, is that He wants us to become people who live from the unseen realm. People who discover the potential that He invested within them and know how to take these things and make them visible. This is why faith is so important; it is the tool God has created to facilitate this transfer.

  • People are built to give expression to what is planted in their hearts. What is around us is not as important as what is inside of us. When we think from the natural it introduces us to self-awareness, anxiety, limitations and other characteristics that are fear-based. When we fill our heart with Kingdom truths, we are empowered with the potential to overcome and be victorious. This is what makes faith so powerful; it is acting on kingdom truth and living in the expectation that the empowering that goes with it will transform our situations.

 

Although God has predetermined our destiny and our purpose, the responsibility for fulfilling our future is governed by us. 

  • Example: As parents, Pastor Gavin and Sarah intend for Colton to attend college. They have a destiny for him (more knowledgeable, greater understanding, expanded capacity for potential, more fully rounded and mature); a purpose (he gains the full benefit of every class that he attends); a plan (build year and year until you complete your four-year degree); and full provision for the completion of this future (tuition, books, room and board). However, whether Colton decides to complete the plan that is laid out for him is up to him. If he skips class, parties, doesn’t study or attend classes, he will never realize what was prepared for him. Too many Christians squander what God has prepared for them because they fill their lives with people and stuff that add nothing to their purpose.

 

The Father has predetermined our success.

  • Jer 29:11 - "For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a future and a hope."

  • Not only does God have a future for us, but He has a plan to get us there. The problem is that we define success by fame, power, wealth or accolades. We may achieve these things without ever being successful. Success according to God is accomplishing our purpose. It is only in accomplishing purpose that we experience fulfilment.

  • When we think of success, we think about comfortable and easy. We struggle to imagine that part of God’s plan for our lives may include chapters that are uncomfortable; phases that may not be easy, but that are purpose driven. God’s plan prepares us for our future. Like Joseph, all too often when we are in the pit we ask: “Is this God?” Who we are right now is not yet what God needs us to be to embrace our destiny. He is going to grow, stretch, expand and equip us for our future.

  • Example: Joseph was sold off to passing tradesmen. It wasn’t welcomed, but it positioned him for purpose. Staying in his cushy life as the apple of his father’s eye, Joseph would probably have never left home and, therefore, never ended up in Egypt. But his destiny was in Egypt; either he had to move or God had to move him. Sold into slavery in Potiphar’s house taught him administrative, people, and budgeting skills – a microcosm of what it would be like to run a kingdom. Thrown into jail connected him with the cup-bearer, a connection that would elevate him from the bottom of society to the top. All unpleasant encounters, but chapters that expanded and grew him to step into his future.

 

God has predetermined our success but its fulfilment is based on our decisions.

  • Proverbs 23:7 - “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.”

  • The decisions that we make in life are going to reflect what is established in our heart. What is established in our heart determines how we live, the decisions we make, and what populates our future. This is the space where the truth “it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me” becomes a reality and is given expression. When Jesus’ nature is established in me, it directly influences my future. This is the place where I get “to know Him and power of His resurrection.” When I allow the truth of the kingdom to be established in my heart, it introduces me to a life of faith (where I live from the substance of a future that is hoped for, the evidence being my actions that are motivated by the truth that fills my heart). This is a place where I not only experience Him by deciding to follow His plan for my life, but I also encounter His power to influence my future.

  • God wants to refurbish and inspire our mindsets so that our future looks different to our past. He is focused on recreating our paradigm for reality.

 

Our decisions are part of the fruit of our lives. It isn’t possible to make good decisions when we have a bad tree planted in our life.

  • Example: God is creative and He intends for us to use the gifting that He has put in us to its full potential. He can encourage us to be brave and courageous, to take hold of opportunity and step into our future with confidence. However, even though we may in principle agree with this encouragement, if we have a tree of insecurity established in our heart, we will never decide to walk in that encouragement. Instead, we procrastinate and make excuses to stay in our place of safety.

  • When I see myself as being prosperous, I live in the expectation that all that I put my hand to will prosper (entrepreneurial business man). When I see myself as healthy, it affects what I eat, how I treat my body, how I manage stress, and how I use the power of the unseen to overcome sickness and disease.

  • Proverbs 3:5-6 - “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; know Him in all your ways, and He makes all your paths straight.”

  • What defines your “heart” (the Lord (kingdom, unseen world) or my understanding (natural, visible world))? How we see ourselves determines the future we walk into.

  • “Know him in all your ways” is deciding to go God’s way; to be purpose driven.


God is committed to our purpose and our destiny. We must spend time with Him, exploring what's inside of us and inquiring of Him our plans and purposes. Only He knows the end from the beginning and can lead us in the way we should go.

 

Purpose Unleashed, Part IV: The Power of Tomorrow
 

 Our lives are a canvas to showcase God's Kingdom. This is how He plans to reveal Himself to the world. As we walk in our purpose, we influence our generation so that they will recognize and glorify our Father. 

 

 

Base scripture: 
Matthew 5:16 (NKJV) - “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.”

 

Your life is a canvas to showcase the Kingdom. When you don’t fulfill your purpose, you from experiencing the Kingdom through you.generationyour deprive

  • Our purpose is designed to contribute to our generation. God’s intention is that accomplishing purpose leads to a testimony; recognizing and walking into purpose showcases kingdom realities to the world around us.

  • Example: When God meets Moses at the burning bush, He introduces Moses to his purpose for him. It is big and audacious. God never gives us an assignment that we can accomplish on our own; every purpose He gives us will require us depending on Him and His enabling. The first thing Moses does when God paints a vision of his purpose is to make an excuse as to why he can’t accomplish it. Many times, we do the same thing. We appraise our reality as opposed to tapping into our purpose. Purpose is within us and it contains all that we will require to get it fulfilled. Every introduction to purpose is an invitation to discover a part of our identity, enabling and provision in Him; an aspect that we will need to get established in so that we can fulfill our purpose and ultimately our destiny.

 

Purpose is discovered through the Holy Spirit.

  • In Matt 16:13-18, Jesus asked his disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” and He received a wide range of opinions. He then asked, "Who do you say that I am?”, to which Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of God." Jesus marvelled because it was the Holy Spirit through revelation who made Peter know this. There are some things hidden for us in the spirit, and we will never discover them in the natural. One of these is purpose. If we want to discover God’s purpose, we will only be able to do this through the Holy Spirit.

  • 1 Corinthians 2:9–10 - “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor has entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him. But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit."

  • “Eye has not seen” means you won’t discover what God has prepared for you by looking around you or listening to those who fill your world.

  • “…has not entered into the heart of man” means that His preparation is not invested in you; it’s in the spirit. And the only one who can reveal and deposit this into your spirit is the Holy Spirit.

 

His purpose will frustrate you until you discover it.

  • Proverbs 19:21 - "Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it's the Lord's purpose that will stand."

  • The original Hebrew word for ‘stand’ is the word ‘frustrate.' It means that we can walk into situations and immediately start making plans as to how we should move forward. But if we proceed without having discovered purpose, we will end up frustrated. Our purpose is who we are; it is our life, not an aspect of our life. Until we discover purpose and allow this to inform our decisions and our plans, we will be frustrated and find ourselves continually looking for ‘meaning’ in life. What we’re really searching for is purpose.

  • Purpose is more important than our plans because recognizing and walking into purpose is designed to introduce us to who He has called us to be. Our external challenges demand things of us that we may not be capable of. God uses these opportunities to introduce us to the potential He has invested in us; potential that is there to ensure that we walk out our purpose.

  • You only discover what God has for you by the Holy Spirit. He deposits it in your heart. Your heart is the greenhouse of your life. Whatever you plant into it will bloom and grow.

  • Our future is purpose that is still to be revealed. Purpose is the source of Destiny.

  • Example: In a puzzle, pieces represent purpose. Empty spaces frustrate us – they are looking for fulfillment and completion. The objective is to find and locate the purpose for each piece. The collection of puzzle pieces put together begins to color the end result; destiny is revealed through purpose.

  • The goal of life is not to become rich, but to be faithful to our calling. A successful man is not necessarily a rich man, but a fulfilled man.

 

Your past is dead, but your future is powerful! God is committed to the future He's placed in us, not our past.

  • Our past is dead. We cannot change it, but we can continue to give it life by talking about it and reliving it. When we drag the baggage of our past along with us, we become trapped and enslaved to it.

  • Baggage keeps you a victim because you’re at the mercy of how you think and feel. Reliving it gives baggage the power to influence your future. When you build a file cabinet of things you won’t forget, you haven’t actually forgiven.

  • Example:  When we have bad history with someone, unless we can both forgive and forget the past, it will always act as a negative filter through which we view them. Our attitudes and thoughts will be expressions of our history, and the result will be a future filled with actions and words that are rooted in past hurts and failures. We have become a victim of our past. We have allowed it to take root in our heart and we have given it the power of influence.

  • 1 John 1:9 - “If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

  • Jesus died not only to forgive our past, but so that we may live in our future. God intends that we deal with our past so that it has no influence on our future.

  • If we make a mistake or we sin, “confess your sin” – confess means to agree; if God says something is wrong, agree with Him. If we’re not honest, God cannot release us from it. When we deal with our past, we stop it influencing our future. The reason God forgives and forgets is that is prevents Him from ever viewing us through the filter of our past sins. He only sees us as righteous.

  • Stop looking backwards or forwards; stay focused on today and your purpose within. “Forgetting those things which are behind and pressing forward towards what lies ahead." (Phil 3:13-14)

  • Our future is powerful because we can influence and change it.

 

Spend your life around people who make your baby jump, who speak of vision and potential.

  • When a pregnant Mary met with Elizabeth, the baby inside Elizabeth’s womb leapt! Be around people who make your baby leap! Spend time around people who feed, encourage and give vision to your purpose.

  • Keep company with people who are also carrying a dream. Don't keep company with barren people who are trying to talk you out of your dream.

  • Show me who you fill your life with, and I’ll show you where you’re going.

 

The Holy Spirit knows everything about us, including God's plans and purposes. He fills our hearts with divine secrets meant just for us so that we can walk out our destiny. He will fill our lives with favor, order the paths of our steps, and connect us with people of vision and purpose. Stay connected to Him - He's the only one who will lead us in God's perfect will!

 

 

Purpose Unleashed, Part V:
Your Life Should Be an Adventure Not an Experiment

 

 

God is not boring, and He didn't create you to have a boring life! His plans for you are vast and powerful, and He intends for your life to be a great adventure. Because you're unique, your walk will not be like anyone else's. There will be times where you will have to blaze your own trail with Him and go where no man has gone before. Don't be afraid - just relax into the adventure! 

 

Base scripture: 
Psalm 139:16-18 (NIV) - "Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand— when I awake, I am still with you."

You're unique. Be comfortable and confident in who you are, and be courageous to seek out your unique future - it will be different from everyone else's.

  • Because you're unique, your purpose will be unique. Be brave to blaze your own trail and discover new territory.

  • You'll never discover your purpose following others; it's only found through relationship with God. Everything that we require to fulfill our destiny has been invested on the inside of us by the Father. Our goal is to discover the provisions necessary to fulfill our purpose.

  • What we plant into our thoughts determines who we are as people and what our futures look like. When we plant the Word of God, it transforms us and introduces us to God’s design for our lives. Too many people focus on changing their behaviors rather than their thoughts. We must be intentional about what informs our thinking because that will create our future.

  • Example: If you want to change the way your body looks, introduce a good exercise routine and change your diet. When you change what you put into your body, it results in a new you. All food carries with it the power to influence your body, but this power is hidden. All we see is a tasty glazed doughnut; however, masked beneath the surface are calories, fats, sodium and a mass of carbohydrates. In the same way, the thoughts we meditate on also mask a hidden power of influence. Behind the thoughts are things called fear or faith, anxiety or courage, sickness or health, need or provision. The thoughts that we allow to take root in our lives carry the power to liberate and free us, or keep us in a place where they steal, kill and destroy from us. Thoughts are ideas, and ideas are powerful. We choose what we decide to eat. No one ever found themselves eating a colossal doughnut and wondered how on earth it got into their mouth! You put it in! The point is that our choices are powerful, and we can be intentional about the quality of food that we put into our mouths. Guard your heart; don’t feed your thoughts a junk diet that will leave you sluggish and unhealthy. Be intentional about where you get your food (a quality diet of revelations doesn’t come through flesh and blood; it is only available through the Holy Spirit); don’t eat thoughts that don’t lead you into purpose.

 

What you think on will define your beliefs; what you believe will either introduce you to God’s design for your life, or keep you from it.

  • The thoughts we allow to take root in our lives are called beliefs; they become the foundation that forms our expectations and vision for our future.

  • Mark 9:23 says, “All things are possible to him who believes.“ Possibilities in life are limited by what we believe. To expand your possibilities, change what you believe. We change our beliefs by changing our thoughts; we change our thoughts by changing the source of our ideas.

  • God calls us to grow old, but never to grow up. We think of growing up as that place where we are ‘reasonable,’ ‘pragmatic,’ and ‘not a day-dreamer.’ But God calls us to recognize the power of potential; to identify that the power of our future is given form by what we believe.

  • Matthew 18:3 (The Passion) - “Learn this well: Unless you dramatically change your way of thinking and become teachable, and learn about heaven’s kingdom realm with the wide-eyed wonder of a child, you will never be able to enter in.”

  • In growing up, we have allowed too much cynical thinking to color our thoughts, and it has left us in a compromised position when it comes to living Kingdom truth. What we need is a thought detox; to engage in thought cleansing!

 

The door to freedom is knowledge; the key to knowledge is truth. What we don’t know can destroy us.

  • "My people are destroyed for a lack of knowledge." (Hosea 4:6)

  • Knowledge is not necessarily power because we can easily learn the wrong thing. There's nothing worse than someone who is zealous about the wrong thing (about something that's established in error). It leads to destruction.

  • Example: If I believe that the Holy Spirit has passed away, my Christian life will be devoid of revelation and power. Hitler swayed a nation with error, and it ended up as a tragedy for humankind.

 

Our greatest enemy is not sin. Our greatest enemy is not Satan. Our greatest enemy is ignorance.

  • Jesus has taken care of the sin and Satan problem; our responsibility is to get the knowledge necessary to partner with God so that we can discover our purpose, grab hold of the provisions necessary to fulfill it, and step out into our future in faith.

  • When we reject His knowledge, we are not able to represent Him. God’s ideas are designed to liberate us and introduce us to life of an extraordinary nature; we are to showcase the kingdom.

  • All we know is what we’ve learned. Learning can be intentional; however, staying ignorant is a choice. Everything we need is in the Word of God. It's a manual to discover His design for life,  our future, and the purpose of everything we engage in (marriage, parenting…).

  • Example: Every product comes with a manual from the manufacturer. The manual comes from the maker’s mind. When we read the manual, we are reading the mind of the maker. When we ignore the maker’s mind, we are experimenting. Getting into God’s Word together with the Holy Spirit opens to us God’s intentions and purpose for us. When we ignore His instruction, we end up experimenting to discover the answers we need to our greatest questions.

 

God's ideas come from revelation.

  • His ideas are truth, which is an aspect of His nature. Every time God reveals truth to us, He is revealing a part of Himself and introducing us to what life will look like when lived from this place.

  • Example: When He says, “Be holy as I am holy,” He is inviting us to discover wholeness and completion in Him. When we are incomplete, we are always looking for people and things to fill the deficit in our lives; we live as consumers. When we find wholeness in Him, our lives shift and we become people who influence our world; we become creative and productive – just like the Father.

  • When Father God speaks to us about our righteousness and forgiveness from sin, He is revealing what it is to live from a place where sin has no capacity to compromise relationship, my potential or my influence. He is showing us what it is to live like Him, not encumbered or limited by sin.

 

Everything God has for us is within Him. To the extent He is established in our thinking is the degree to which we can walk in power. Let's align our thinking with His so that we grab hold of the purpose for our lives and, in that, allow the full illumination of His heart and ways to emit out of us in everyday living.

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