Note to the reader: The following written guide is not a complete work. It is intended to accompany your viewing of the video so that you may better understand and receive the Word.
I was born with a veil over my face. Not a literal veil, but I turned blue for lack of air. The doctors were concerned I might have suffered brain damage.
My mother was told, and believed wholeheartedly, that such trauma at birth was a sign that “there is something for this baby to do.”
She used to tell me this story over and over, and as a result, I’ve always lived with an awareness that I was created for more than I have become.
Some years later I began to pray according to Jeremiah 33:3:
“Call to me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things, fenced in and hidden, which you do not know (do not distinguish and recognize, have knowledge and understand).”
Is there purpose in our lives beyond just “being a good Christian”? Does God have plan for us to do something very specific?
Could it be that he made us to fulfill a work that he prepared in advance for us to do?
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10.
“All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” – Psalm 139:16
God wrote down in a book the destiny and Kingdom purpose for each of our own lives.
“For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for his good pleasure.” – Philippians 2:13.
What is the predestined plan of God for my life? What is written in my book?
Sacrifice and offering You did not desire; My ears You have opened. Burnt offering and sin offering You did not require. Then I said, “Behold, I come; In the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do Your will, O my God, and Your law is within my heart.”
And your law is in my heart.
And so whatever is written in your book in heaven is written on your heart. If you want to discover what is in your book, look at what is in your heart.
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5
Before I knew you, I formed you.
That means that in eternity past you had a meeting with God. One of the reasons he sent you down to creation through a birthday, through a place in time, is to fulfill an assignment.
So what prevents us from fulfilling his fullness in our lives? Scripture tells us “Many are called yet few are chosen.”
The answer? An unbelieving heart caused by the “god of this world”, the one we are living in now.
I’m not talking about “unbelievers” but rather an unbelieving heart. That unbelieving heart can snuff out a GREAT plan by simply accepting a good plan.
The greatest slaves are the ones who don’t know they are!
“The god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving so that they might not see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” 2 Corinthians 4:4
Understanding your calling is a journey. Part of that journey is separating us from the ways of the world, pointing us to the ways of God (kingdom).
Personally, my calling is business. My calling is not the worry or stress that comes with business. I must constantly be reminded that He is responsible for the calling He has made us responsible for.
My business is not MY business, it is HIS business. It is His responsibility and concern, His to do with as He pleases. The instant we take matters into our own hands (doing things our way), we banish ourselves from the tree of life (the ability to hear God). We enter into our own strengths, works, and dependency.
In the world, little is accomplished without toil. But in His Kingdom, we are told “His burden is light”. Far more is accomplished with less effort in His kingdom purpose. When I venture back to my own self, my best is worst before God.
If a work is producing toil, we have either left the nest or entered into ungodly work. And we can also leave the nest in Godly work. When we leave God’s way, we begin to sow fig leaves.
When we are operating in the Kingdom, Things work for us. When we are operating in the world, we must work for things.
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified. – Romans 8:29-30
5 Things Paul Mentions here:
Paul told Timothy in 2nd Timothy 1:9 – “[God] who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began”
This means that when we find our purpose, we will also discover “grace”. That has been apportioned to us for that purpose. What we realize is that in this proposed activity, there is grace. A profound ability to do what we might consider impossible.
The two stages of “Foreknowledge” and “predestination” all occur before time began, They happened in the eternal realm of God, outside the Time realm.
The next stage is the “called” stage where we begin to get a glimpse of what we were made for. We begin discovering what is written in the books of heaven about us.
What is your vision?
Vision is God’s purpose in your life unveiled. It’s the “why” behind your place on the planet. God created you with a very specific purpose in mind.
Humility isn’t thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.
This is key to Kingdom thinking, and this key takes you upward. A man can only rise to the level of his weakest constraint, and this is the one factor that hinders, delays, and obstructs God’s plan, purpose, and blessing from flowing to His people.
When the proper foundation is laid, growth comes exponentially – the phenomenon of Kingdom growth. We don’t even understand how it is happening. We’ve ‘tapped into” a supernatural phenomenon (growth without effort).