20 Mar Crafting Destinies
God’s purpose for our lives is defined by what God had in mind when He created us or formed us in our mother’s womb. The stories of bible characters help us see the interplay between God, the person and other external forces playing parts in the outcomes of their lives. God is not going to impose His plans or purposes on us and Satan will do anything to get us to do his bidding.
We also have choices that play a major deciding factor in what we do, say and eventually the outcomes of our lives. When tragedy strikes there is usually a cause, when good things happen we can also see a cause or a purpose for them. Our outcomes are not in the hands of chance, or Satan. We can cooperate with God to change future outcomes even if the past was simply not within our control or influence.
For example when Joseph was sold as a slave we do not see him as contributing directly to cause it to happen but the final outcome of his life pretty much was influenced by his decisions. The decision to forgive his brothers, to serve faithfully as a slave and maintain a relationship with God in the midst of slavery and hence pass his tests not to yield to the seductive overtures of the wife of his boss. All these were within his control and the right decisions he made positioned him to experience God’s plan and purpose in spite of his past!
People who have found themselves in serious conditions that had nothing to do with them can also turn their seeming handicap around with their attitudes and decisions in life. God has a great plan for your life. He sent His son, Jesus to set you free from bondage to sin and Satan and all that your past had on you. Your choices will play the determining factor in the outcomes of your life.
Inside every one of us lie untapped potential, around us are opportunities and ahead of us are possibilities!
What are we going to do?
There are 4 dimensions to our development in life: Wisdom (involves mental development) Stature (physical development) Favour with God (spiritual) and favour with men (social).
Luke 2:52 says Jesus increased in these areas.
1. WISDOM: This implies comprehensive insight, skill development and a right application of knowledge.
2. STATURE: This implies the development of the natural side of our humanity.
3. FAVOUR WITH GOD: This implies a life regulated by God’s Word wherein the spiritual habits as dictated by God are cultivated and we walk in favour with God doing His bidding.
4. FAVOUR WITH MAN: This represents the social side of things like building quality relationships and knowing how to generate the right influence in the lives of the people we meet.
Your future is loaded with possibilities; you are surrounded with opportunities and inside you lies untapped potential!