According to Merriam Webster’s dictionary, a manifesto is a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives or views of its issuer. It is a written statement describing the policies, goals, opinions and declarations of a person or group.
This book is a declaration by one purpose underdog, humbly written to represent other purpose underdogs. It is a declaration that we are more than what we appear to be, we are destined to overachieve and we are in good company.
Jesus declared his own manifesto and the statements therein happened—who and what he said he was actually manifested in earth (as it was in heaven). We see his manifesto in the many statements he made about himself. Some of these were “I Am” statements while others were less direct but just as profound. In writing this manifesto, we are following the example of our Lord Jesus who told us we have the ability to speak to mountains.
Interestingly enough, the words manifesto and manifest come from the same root word and support the truth that the words that we say frame our world. The invisible words we speak manifest visibly in the earth. Examine the following explanation of the two words by Merriam-Webster:
Manifesto is related to manifest…the adjective [manifest]…means "readily perceived by the senses" or "easily recognized." Both manifest and manifesto derive ultimately from the Latin noun manus ("hand") and -festus, a combining form that is related to the Latin adjective infestus, meaning "hostile." Something that is manifest is easy to perceive or recognize, and a manifesto is a statement in which someone makes his or her intentions or views easy for people to ascertain. [Emphasis added]
Webster is telling us that both words, manifest and manifesto come from a word meaning, “hand hostile.” Picture someone extending his or her hand to show you the way to your seat but doing it in an exaggerated, hostile manner so you dare not miss it. In the same way, a manifesto aggressively points you in the direction of its writer’s views and intentions—so you dare not miss them!
In other words, a manifesto puts things out there. It is like telling someone, “Talk to the hand!” which is an aggressive, “hand hostile” slang phrase and gesture meant to set the record straight, or just get the person out of your face. In writing this manifesto, we are saying, “If you have any questions about who we are or our intentions for our divine purpose, talk to the manifesto!” Every time Jesus told the self-righteous Pharisees, “I am,” he was telling them, “Talk to the hand. Talk to the works that I have done for they testify of me.”
Like Jesus, you and I have to speak something in order for it to happen. And God said, “let there be” and there was. (Genesis 1) We eat the fruit of what we say. How long will you allow others to impose an identity on you that is in disagreement with what the Father says about you? What are you saying about yourself?
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. (Proverbs 18:21, KJV)
Thus, this manifesto is a set of declarations, godly goals and views about ourselves as purpose underdogs. It (the manifesto) shall be established unto us—unto all that read with the eyes of faith, coming into agreement with the declarations herein.
Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways. (Job 22:28, KJV)
We do not identify as purpose underdogs because we think of ourselves as dogs. No. Rather, we recognize that we do not have the best education, the finest houses or cars or pedigree that comes from respected lineages or towns.
In this sense, the man Jesus was also a purpose underdog.
This is the Purpose Underdog’s manifesto.
It is a written statement declaring publicly the intentions, motives and views of one purpose underdog on behalf of others. It also describes the goals and opinions of purpose underdogs.
The “I Am” statements of Jesus, the manner in which he declared them and the role the Father played in bringing them into manifestation are its inspirations. It is grounded in the Word of God, and as such, will bring understanding and illumination to all who read its pages with faith.
Read on and be empowered to embrace your purpose like never before. From now on, tell your Pharisee-like naysayers to talk to the manifesto!
We believe; therefore, we speak and what we speak comes to pass. May this manifesto, written declarations, godly goals and views, come to pass in your life, in Jesus name. Amen.
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