“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21
Has God given you a promise that has yet to be fulfilled?
Faith is something that we all have. God has given each of us a measure (proportion) of faith to fulfill His purposes on earth.
When God knit you together in your mother’s womb, He had a distinct purpose and timing for your life. Psalm 139:13-14 He knew before the foundation of the world the time frame of your birth, and the time period in which your prophetic destiny would be fulfilled. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 You must choose whom you will serve so that your destiny will be guaranteed. Joshua 24:15
Your destiny has been provided for and has been made complete. You must have a desire to know God more intimately, embrace your calling and fulfill your destiny within the time frame He has established. We are His workmanship re-created in Him to do good works. “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!” Ephesians 2:10 TPT God prepared the church in advance for His glory.
Live on Purpose
“Listen, those of you who are boasting, “Today or tomorrow we’ll go to another city and spend some time and go into business and make heaps of profit!” But you don’t have a clue what tomorrow may bring. For your fleeting life is but a warm breath of air that is visible in the cold only for a moment and then vanishes! Instead you should say, “Our tomorrows are in the Lord’s hands and if he is willing we will live life to its fullest and do this or that.”” James 4:13-15 TPT
Those are sobering words! … Life is but a vapor, so make every day count with love, gratitude, acts of kindness and laughter, because we are not guaranteed tomorrow!
Ephesians 5:15-17 pretty much says it all, and it is one of my favorite passages of Scripture:
“Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is.”
This passage teaches us to:
- Be careful about our time and choices.
- Be an “on-purpose” person.
- Live a life worth living.
- Really think about what we are choosing to do and make wise decisions.
- Make the most of our time.
- Don’t let opportunities pass us by.
- Don’t be passive, vague, thoughtless and foolish.
- Know the will of God and grasp it firmly.
To be “on-purpose” saints, we must train ourselves to go through a thinking process each day so that we can focus on things that will bear good fruit. Each day God gives us an opportunity to fulfill our calling as His chosen people.
Start Your Day Right
I try to start my day talking with God and worship—asking for His help and guidance in all I do, submitting the day to Him, and spending time in His Word. This year I’m also making an effort to decree His Word over my life, my family, my community and nation, and His Church
David said in Psalm 5:3, At each and every sunrise you will hear my voice
as I prepare my sacrifice of prayer to you. Every morning I lay out the pieces of my life on the altar and wait for your fire to fall upon my heart.”
What is the morning sacrifice? Prayer and worship. Every morning, at about 9am, the first sacrifice was laid upon the altar in both the Tabernacle of Moses and later in the Temple of Solomon. The people of Israel gathered together to worship every morning at this time as the sacrifice was laid upon the altar and offered to the Lord. Wouldn’t it be amazing if the Body of Christ would purposefully do the same each day.
Plan Your Time
The world has a way of trying to force its attention and its priorities to our daily lives. Instead, take some time to plan your day. Look at the week, the month and the year ahead, and consider what you’d like to accomplish, where you need to be and what you have to do to get there.
It’s so important to really know where your times goes. Not every moment of our lives has to fit into a plan, but we will enjoy our lives more if we know that our time is spent on things with purpose and meaning. Dr. Cindy Trimm’s inspiring devotional Commanding Your Morning Daily Devotional: Unleash God’s Power in Your Life―Every Day of the Year gives you prayers and dynamic teaching that will empower your day. It will help you put meaning and purpose back into your life when you positively direct your thoughts, words, and actions toward the realization of your goals. She encourages the Body of Christ to begin each day by commanding your morning.
I also like to journal what I sense the Holy Spirit is speaking to me as I study God’s Word and read inspiring books that encourage and enlighten me on various spiritual topics.
God has made His Word available to help us make choices that will produce a life we can be proud of and enjoy. So get out there and enjoy it!