All is in Divine Order (2)

All is in Divine Order (2)

While this may be an interesting observation and thought process, how do we apply it to our everyday lives?

May I suggest the following:

1. Notice a time or situation that may not appear to be in Divine Order or that doesn’t match with your preferences. Maybe it’s something as simple as rushing around to get yourself to work, then walking out to the car only to find one of your tires is flat?

2. How, you might ask, could a flat tire that’s going to make you late for work be in Divine Order? And that’s exactly what I invite you to do — ask this question of your Inner Guidance. See if you can ask it, not from a place of upset and frustration but with an authentic sense of curiosity. “Wow, this sure doesn’t look or feel to be in Divine Order. So, I’m curious, how might this be in Divine Order?

3. Then be open to receiving input. As possible answers come, check in to see which feel most empowering, and don’t be surprised if there’s more than one, since often Divine Order has multiple ways of serving.

Here are some possible responses to the above scenario: “This is God’s not so subtle way to suggest I slow down and pay more attention. The car was pulling to that side yesterday on the drive home. If I hadn’t been in such a rush, I’d known to check the tires. “This is God suggesting to me to learn to be more comfortable in reaching out for support from others. I know I could still make it to work on time by simply calling Joe to swing by and pick me up.

Now, the question is, “will I allow another to support me like that?” “This is Divine intervention suggesting to me that today is not a day to work. That I’ve been putting in a lot of overtime and it’s time for a bit of rest and rejuvenation time. I’ll go inside and call AAA to have the tire fixed and take one personal day for me. This way, I’ll be much more effective in my work upon returning.”

Remember, to look for which responses feel right, and that appear to point you to the ‘greater good of all concerned.’ Follow that guidance and see where it leads.

By Dr. Brad Swift

Meditation: Return to your rest, O my soul, For the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. – Psalm 116:7

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Understanding Purpose (5)

Understanding Purpose (5)

Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.
– Revelation 4:11

Generally, purpose can be explained in a threefold sense, namely the universal purpose, situational mission and individual assignment.

The universal purpose is that which is applicable to every human, irrespective of race, colour, societal status, exposure, education, vocation and so forth. The universal purpose of all humans is to worship and honour God. That is non-negotiable; it is the general duty of man, atheist or non-atheist. There is no differentiation in this particular mandate, although the way each individual goes about doing it could be different from person to person.

God created humans firstly for fellowship. Whilst the word fellowship may be considered in a loose term as a relationship between equals; however, in the equation of God and man, there is no equal. God is greater than the biggest, the richest, and the most powerful of men, since He created everyone. And He created all for His own pleasure.

By configuration, there is a void in every human that can only be filled by the Supernatural. People who don’t know the true God seek to fill theirs by worshipping non-God elements.

Discovering the universal purpose of worship is not far-fetched either, and does not require elaborate self-examination. It is inborn. Man will essentially worship something.

Now, in the right context, worship is beyond what is done in church or other spiritual gatherings, although that is an important part of it. Worship is all-encompassing and covers all aspects of life, including the way you live, the way you work, the way you do things, and the way you conduct yourself generally. That is why the Bible says, “Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).

Glorifying God is the first purpose of humankind.

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Understanding Purpose (4)

Understanding Purpose (4)

I applied my heart to know, to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things…
– Ecclesiastes 7:25

Still in continuation of our meditation on purpose, let us further consider some sublime thoughts on purpose and related matters from James Allen’s classic, As A Man Thinketh:

Only by much searching and mining are gold and diamonds obtained, and man can find every truth connected with his being, if he will dig deep into the mine of his soul.

Man is buffeted by circumstances as long as he believes himself to be the creature of outside conditions, but when he realizes that he is a creative power, and that he may command the hidden soil and seeds of his being; he then becomes the rightful master of himself.

Circumstance does not make the man; it reveals him to himself.

Until thought is linked with purpose there is no intelligent achievement.

Aimlessness is a vice.

They who have no central purpose in their life fall an easy prey to petty worries, fears, and self-pityings…which lead…to failure, unhappiness, and loss.

To put away aimlessness and weakness and t

o begin to think with purpose is to enter the ranks of those strong ones who recognize failure as one of the pathways to attainment. Who make all conditions serve them, and who think strongly, attempt fearlessly, and accomplish masterfully.

Purpose, energy, power to do, and all strong thoughts cease when doubt and fear creep in.

He who has conquered doubt and fear has conquered failure.

Thought allied fearlessly to purpose becomes a creative force. He who knows this is ready to become something higher and stronger…He who does this has become the conscious and intelligent wielder of his mental powers.

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Understanding Purpose (3)

Understanding Purpose (3)

I applied my heart to know, to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things…

– Ecclesiastes 7:25

We are still considering some pertinent factors about purpose:

8. It takes an accountability system to live and fulfil it: purpose blossoms when anchored on an accountability system. Having someone in your life who holds you accountable for your daily activities and pursuits will help you to stay on course in the fulfilment of your assignment.

9. It will give you a sense of fulfilment: the greatest fulfilment you can get is in knowing that you are making a difference as well as fulfilling your life purpose.

10. It helps you to identify your destiny partners: purpose is the best metric through which you can ascertain whom to marry, whom to be friendly with, whom to go into business with, whom to hire as workers, whom to submit to, and so on. As the Bible says, two persons cannot walk together except they agree. Knowing your purpose helps you to identify who is compatible with you, and who is not.

11. It is in the Word of God: your purpose is not far-fetched. It can be found in the Holy Bible, God’s manual for life. Any proclaimed purpose that has no root in the Bible is a mere personal agenda.

12. It takes God and His resources to fulfil it: there is no fulfilling your purpose outside the help and provision of God. Any purpose that you can conveniently afford to execute with your own resources is probably not big enough.

13. Your success is hinged on fulfilling it: to God, the fulfilment of your purpose is the real indicator of your success, not your bank account, asset, or networks.

14. It guides you to make the right choices and decisions in life: purpose is the best benchmark by which you could make choices and decisions.

15. It has been in you all along: your purpose is already wired into your DNA, merely awaiting discovery. It is not something you have to travel anywhere to discover. It is within you and it is crystallized in the Bible for your identification.

16. You might have been fulfilling it without knowing: you might have been fulfilling your purpose one way or the other, but without giving a name to it or knowing that is what you are doing.

17. You can make a career out of it: happy is the man or woman whose purpose synchs with his/her professional career or business. Your purpose can be the core of your professional pursuits, business or other commercial endeavours.

To be continued…

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Understanding Purpose (2)

Understanding Purpose (2)

I applied my heart to know, to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things…
– Ecclesiastes 7:25

In continuation of our meditation on Purpose, here are additional facts about purpose:

2. It is always people-centred: God-given purpose is usually focused on people. A purpose that is worth its name is premised on service to others in various ways, rather than pursuing own interest. In the equation of purpose, the self is usually non-existent. It is all about people; what you can do to serve them, help them, better them, encourage them, etc.

3. It has nothing to do with family background or standing in the society: everyone, old and young, noble and lowly born, clergy and laity are released on earth with a specific mandate. A purpose is not only for the rich, nor is it the sole prerogative of the poor or the idle.

4. It helps you to set your priorities in life: knowing your purpose will help you to determine what is really important, as against what is not. This will, therefore, help you to know the degree of importance you accord various activities based on their value returns in relation to your purpose.

5. It is your destiny: purpose is what is popularly called destiny. It is your assignment on earth. It is your mission. It is your essence. The extent of your fulfilling it is how much you have fulfilled destiny.

6. It helps you to make use of time: knowing your purpose in life is a major factor in helping you to manage your time more productively. A conscious acceptance and pursuit of your purpose will help you know what to spend more time on and, in contrast, what will constitute a waste or less productive use of your time.

7. God will require an account of stewardship from you on it: because nobody created or apportioned life assignment for him/herself, but God; He naturally would expect an account of how you fulfill the mandate He commissioned you to execute, which is your purpose. The extent of your success at it will determine how many crowns you are given.

To be continued…

You will succeed in Jesus Name!

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Understanding Purpose (1)

Understanding Purpose (1)

I applied my heart to know, to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things…
– Ecclesiastes 7:25

So many things have been said and written about Purpose, and this is justifiable because it is at the centre of everything in life. Most of the lives that are celebrated on account of their contributions to humanity are so renowned because the individuals involved have probably found purpose and lived, or are living, it.

Purpose is the reason for the existence of anything, and that applies to every human. Everything around is here because it is performing one function or the other, without such function, there would be no need for them. And the more function an item is able to perform, the greater its value in the eyes of its owner. The same principle applies to humans, we are all here for different reasons, and there are specific functions each of us is made to perform on earth.

God created us to execute certain assignments; hence, our existence. He did not create anyone merely for the fun of it, or just for the person to loaf around – to eat, work, play, sleep and eventually die. Each one of us was created with a specific mandate to fulfil. That is our purpose. The sad thing is that only a few individuals get to discover their purpose in life, and yet fewer people fulfil their own purpose before passing on.

Here are some facts about Purpose:

  1. It is the key to greatness: most great figures in classical and contemporary history were individuals who consciously discovered their purpose, or stumbled on it, and then went ahead to pursue it. However, there are many more individuals who also discovered and lived their purpose, but whose life or activities are not recorded in history. And this does not make them any less great than those whose stories are recorded. To people who knew the individuals in this second category, they would unanimously agree that they indeed lived a significant life, even if they are not universally known.

To be continued…

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