Your purpose and destiny – Part 1
Bible Passage: Rom. 9:15-19
Purpose is the original intent of a manufacturer: it is the reason for a product. Every manufacturer has a purpose in mind before going into production. Purpose is the key to life, without it life has no meaning.
Destiny, on the other hand, is what you are ordained to be in life. It is your expected end as spelt out in Jer.1:5. Jeremiah, was to become a prophet. Matt 26:24 tells us God has written something for every man before he was born.
Psalm 40:7 “Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book [it is] written of me,”
For a man to successfully reach his destiny, it is expedient that he discovers his purpose. There are five crucial questions a man must ask himself if he is to fulfill his destiny. Such questions are; who am I? It refers to your destiny. Where am I from? It talks about your source or origin. Why am I here? It is talking about your purpose. What am I capable of doing? Talks about your gifting and finally, where am I going to? It refers to your destination.
These five (5) questions are interconnected somehow, and a good understanding of them all can usher a man confidently through life to his seat of destiny. Your gifting, for instance, paints a picture of your destiny, which often times matches your purpose. Knowing your purpose, therefore, makes your journey to destiny a smooth and fulfilled one.
Many people, unfortunately are living unfulfilled life. They derive no joy in what they are doing yet they find themselves doing it just to exist. The greatest tragedy in life is not death but life that failed to fulfill its purpose. When a man is not living in his purpose, life looks meaningless. It is likened to a rocking horse with so much motion yet no movement or progress made. 1 Cor. 9:26 describes it as one running aimlessly or beating the air. This is known as boxing of shadow without seeing who you are boxing.
Everything God created has purpose and a specific timing to stir. It is only man who seems not to understand his purpose. Where purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable. For instance, just as Refrigerator is used for cooling, so is the Microwave oven used for heating. Again, in Rom.9:17, we are told that Pharaoh was raised for God’s power to be displayed in dealing with him. Jesus was made manifest to destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8) and Jeremiah was born to be a prophet unto the nations. (Jer. 1:5)
There were men in the time of old who fulfilled their purpose, such as Joseph. In Gen. 50:20, Joseph was raised to save the nation Israel in time of famine. This could not be separated from his gifting of dreams and interpretation of dreams. As a young boy he passed through some horrible experiences in the pit, Potiphar’s house and prison but he landed safely in his place of destiny, at the palace where God used him to save the people from many years of a worldwide famine.
• O Lord, help me to discover my purpose in life.
• Father! Let all my hidden talents begin to manifest in Jesus name.
• Father! May I not leave this world unfulfilled.
• O Lord, let every spirit of shadow boxing in my life die today in Jesus name.
• Destiny killers of my father’s house, die in Jesus name.
Divine Touch Int’l Ministries, Warri, Delta State.