One of the great cravings of our hearts is to discover our purpose, what we were put on earth to accomplish. An equally intense desire is to start moving toward the fulfillment of that purpose. As Christians, we believe that God, the creator, is the author of our purpose. We believe that as we seek Him, He will reveal our purpose to us. Fulfillment of our God-ordained purpose gives us a sense that we are living meaningful lives.
Discovering our purpose, however, is only half the equation. Discovering our purpose is like being given a picture of a destination with no map, no GPS assistance. Without step-by-step instructions, having a vision of the destination can be frustrating even depressing. The good news is that the same God who created us for His purpose helps guide us to it. He does this through the leading of the Holy Spirit. As we yield to the “unction” (1 John 2:20) of the Holy Spirit, His inner promptings, we will move successfully along the path of destiny. The Holy Spirit leads us towards the fulfillment of God’s purpose for our lives.
I have written two very helpful books on these subjects. The first book is entitled “You Should, Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny.” Its focus is on discovering your purpose. The title of the second book is “Finding Next, A Book of Divine Seasons.” Its focus is tapping into the leading and direction of God, through the Holy Spirit, during the seasons of life that we pass through en route to fulfilling our destiny.
(see excerpts of both books below)
“You Should, Distractions and Detours to Divine Destiny.”
The introduction sets up the whole premise of the book which is that we are all seeking our purpose, our reason to be and in the midst of that search we encounter people who have an opinion or advice about what we should do. That opinion is their “you should” for us. Depending on the person’s degree of influence over us that “you should” may sway us significantly in our decisions.
The fundamental premise of this book is that God has a unique purpose for you and you must go to Him to get clarity and direction. All the other voices, as they line-up with what God tells you are great compliments. When they don’t, they can become significant distractions, even obstacles to discerning and reaching the destiny that God had planned for you since the foundation of the world.
“Finding Next, A Book of Divine Seasons.”
“Finding Next” is a book about the divine seasons that you may pass through en route to fulfilling God’s destiny for your life.
… A season is a discernible period of time along the path of our life’s destiny in which actions must be taken—or refrained from— in order to keep us in line and on track with God’s divine plan and timetable for our lives. I believe what makes seasons divine is being in tune with the specific guidance, direction, and plan of action that God gives in a specific period in our lives.
… Many of us have heard portions of Ecclesiastes Chapter 3. Few of us, however, have taken the time to apply it in our lives. Further, most of us don’t consult God to ask Him whether it’s the right to time to build, to uproot, to hold on to something or to get rid of something. Most people just look around and perhaps ask around to gather information as they make decisions about their next steps, without regard to the notion of seasons. They certainly don’t consider their next steps in the context of a season, a divine period of time in which God might have specific guidance, direction, and a plan of action that they are supposed to be tuned into.
… Many people make life decisions based on past experiences, on observing the patterns of others, and even on astrological events, horoscopes. These types of things will never be an accurate prediction of an upcoming season in your life as you are pursuing the fulfillment of divine destiny.
Acts 17:26-28 (KJV) And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation; That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us: For in him we live, and move, and have our being.
Acts Chapter 17 makes it clear that God has plans for where we should live and how we should fulfill His purpose. We can find those plans if we seek God. Romans 8:14 (NKJV) says that one of the marks of sonship was the willingness to submit to the leading of God through the Holy Spirit. It says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.”
God has designed it such that our ultimate success in knowing what season we are in can only be achieved by seeking Him.
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