“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the Lord: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the Lord ; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.”
Have you ever been in a state of constant persecution, trials, suffering, and setbacks: A state where no matter what you did or tried there just always seemed to be a big “NO” or “DENIED” standing right in front of you? Have you ever had the enemy confront you just when you had made it or thought you were about to make it to a breathing point: A point where you wouldn’t have to worry, stress, suffer anxiety attacks, or be hard pressed for a little while? Have you ever told the Lord “Yes” to His will, His way, and His plan for you life only to go through what appears to be a setback: Things appear to be going in the opposite direction of what He said and you saw your life to be? Believe it or not, many believers in Christ do not neither understand nor believe that it is possible for you to submit to God’s will for your life and experience the hardships or pain-ships mentioned above. They do not believe that God’s greatest tool for teaching is trial. So, this week’s topic of discussion is Purposed for Destiny!
When God gave me this title, I was a little confused by it due to it not making since to me. I’m used to having titles that flow in accordance with the general message that is being conveyed. That was not the case with this one. So, I went and researched what it means to be purposed. Being purposed is defined as the reason for which anything is done, created or exists. It continues by saying that it includes a fixed design, outcome, determination, and fixed intention in doing something. Next, I went and researched the word destiny. Destiny is defined as a predetermined course of events. It is also often defined as an invisible force controlling or pulling someone or something in a certain direction. Finally, it dawned on me. Purpose is what brings us into alignment with Destiny, so to be Purposed for Destiny is to understand that the entire reasoning for my existence is for a specific design that has been orchestrated to draw or pull me into an expected end for my life. I know some may be lost right now but I promise I’m going to bring this thing full circle by the time we reach the end.
In this thing that we call life, there are many different obstacles that we will face. Each obstacle is set in a designated place for a designed purpose: To test the endurance of those that comes along running their race for the prize. The key to successfully completing the race is to be able to understand the purpose of each obstacle you face. For instance, there are some obstacles that you will face that are designed to teach humility. Humility is that trait that everyone swears up and down the earth that they have but only few really understand what it means to possess it. Another obstacle that you will face is that of lack. I know what you’re thinking: All my bills are paid, food is on the table and stored in the refrigerator and pantry, savings account is stacked and ready to take action if needed, and I even have a rainy day fund. All that’s good and fine, but do you have character, integrity, wisdom, and understanding? Do you truly possess the faith that is the size of a mustard seed or do you have faith according to reality? One more obstacle that we face is that of loss. Can you handle losing something or someone that you truly valued or held very dearly to your heart? I know that one stung a little, and I promise I will get back to it in just a moment.
Truth be told there are many different obstacles that one can and will face in life, but it’s only to test and build your endurance for the race. Can I be honest with you all for a moment? This was exactly how I felt shortly after saying “Yes” to God and everything that He has planned for my life and the life of my family. I felt like I was under constant attack, the enemy was always laughing at my struggles, and don’t get me started on the many setbacks my family and I experienced. Oh yes, things had to be let go of, things were lost, and dreams were put on hold. We felt like the laughing stock of our family. We felt that the walls had closed in so much on us that we couldn’t breathe, yet we also learned a lot from this. We depended on family and some friends for some things, but God quickly showed us that the people we thought we could depend on were only able and allowed to do so much. In other words, he was teaching us from whom our help really comes from. We also learned who was truly for us and against us. Through it all, one thing we did was change our prayer. It was no longer Lord help us to get out of this; instead, our prayer became Lord what do you want us to learn from this?
There are many people who never learn from their experiences, but my prayer for all who comes into contact with this article is for you to understand one principle. That principle is this: Purpose will change the course of your life as you know it and set you on a path of alignment towards destiny. This path is not always going to be easy and filled with rainbows, but it will have hurdles, trials, and tribulations for one to endure. Nevertheless, once you are in alignment with your destiny everything that comes at you has been designated to come and is designed to teach you an important lesson. Now I told you all that I would come back to a point from earlier, can you handle losing someone or something that had significant value to you? This is perhaps the most important lesson that will be learned on this obstacle course. When you become involved in any race in the natural, one of the first things that you learn is that you win some and you lose some. In the spiritual it is slightly different: Along the way of running your race you will acquire some stuff and you will have to let go of some stuff. Can I go just a little bit further? Along the way of running your race you will acquire some people and you will have to let go of some people, including family, friends, and yes fr-enemies! Can you cut people off, or will your cutting people off cause you to go into depression for fear of being alone? Can you let that house, car, or even job go, or will your letting go of said items cause you to have panic attacks and settle in fear that God has forsaken you somehow? I better leave that alone.
Let’s get back to our passage of scripture for this article for a moment. In this passage, we love to quote how God has a plan for our life and how it involves us prospering and reaching an expected end, but how often do we look at the circumstances around this promise? God had allowed his people to be carried away as captives and exiled into an unfamiliar place. Despite their predicament, He sent instructions to them basically saying that although you are in exile and away from the land that I gave to you, still take the land and subdue it making it your own. Increase in number and in your planting of gardens, and pray for peace in the land that you may experience peace in your lives. The next part is perhaps my favorite part: He says do not listen to the false prophets that are among you or the dreams they try to feed you for they prophesy not according to my name.
Can I say it like I feel it? Although you may not be where you used to be or have what you used to have, do not focus your attention on that. Instead, make a home for yourself and cultivate it in the midst of your difficult situation. Also, do not listen to those around you claiming to be of God who speak falsely of God and the things that He have allowed concerning you. Just do what He has told you and just you wait and see (kick in verses 11-14) that in all the things you are facing God still has a plan for you. After you have searched for me with all your heart and learned that I am the necessity that is missing from your life, then I will come and prove myself to you as God. How? I will restore to you all the things that you have lost along the way. I will revive everything concerning you that seemed as if it were dead. I will position you and settle you into your designated place for my designed purpose to be fulfilled.
Can I give you the shout cue now? Shout I’m Purposed! You that are walking around with your head down wondering “Why me Lord?” Shout I’m Purposed! Why do I have to go through this trial and that trial, or this situation and that situation? Shout I’m Purposed! Why did I have to let go of my house and my cars? Shout I’m Purposed! Why did I have to experience the repossession, and why did I have to go through the foreclosure? Shout I’m Purposed! Why does it seem like my family turned their back on me, my friends are walking away from me, and everybody else are only speculating and plotting my demise? Shout I’m Purposed! Why does it seem like those who are supposed to love and support me seem to only lie and scandalize me? Shout I’m Purposed! Why is my entire life in disarray? Every time I try to move ahead, something comes to block my way. Every time I get a grip on one thing another one seems to slip away. Every time I seem like I’m making a comeback something else comes up and says “Not Today! Why me God, WHY ME?” It’s not because of you, rather it’s because YOU ARE PURPOSED!
All these hardships are your designated hurdles that are designed to help you grow into and understand not only your purpose but your destiny also. Instead of grumbling and complaining, start giving God the praise in spite of. We’ve got to change how we pray: Rather than asking God to remove the thorn in our side, ask him to humble us and take away our pride. Why? His grace is sufficient and His strength is made perfect in our weakness. His strength is what it’s going to take for us to get through this season. As I close this article out, I want to leave you with this small nugget: Destiny is a force to be reckoned with, but Purpose aligns your path. So, “lift up your heads oh ye gates and be ye lifted up ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty; The Lord mighty in battle” (Psalms 24:7-8). Be encouraged in this trying season that you may face, and know that weeping may endure for a night but I know that joy will come in the morning (Psalms 30:5). Above all, run the race that has been set before you with perseverance (patience) looking unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith (Hebrews 12:1-2), knowing that although we may feel shamed there is a greater reward for us to gain if we faint not. Keep pushing! Keep fighting! Keep praying! Keep believing! For soon, we will see the glory of the Lord. Through everything that you face in life remember that it is all serving a designed plan. What plan? The plan of being Purposed for Destiny! Give him praise somebody! Hallelujah!