KNOWING AND FULFILLING GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE

BIBLE STUDY
TOPIC: KNOWING AND FULFILLING GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
TEXT: JEREMIAH 29:11-14
INTRODUCTION
Knowing your purpose in life can be one of the most elusive things in life and very difficult to define. For many, knowing their purpose means being successful. It may seem that when you reach the place you have defined as success, it was not success at all. When this life is over, we will find that success is simply the fulfilling of God’s plans for your life. Ultimately, success for the Christians is fulfilling God’s plan for our lives and when this life is over, hearing "well done my good and faithful servant".

HOW TO KNOW GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
(JOSEPH (GEN. 37:5-9) AND DANIEL (DAN. 1:8,6))
Here are some of the ways by which one can know God’s purpose for his life :-
SEEK GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART (1 KINGS 8:61): For you to know the purpose of God for your life, you need to seek Him with all your heart by following and keeping His commands.
PRAY MUCH ABOUT IT TILL IT IS REVEALED TO YOU (1 CHRONICLES 4:10): Only the prayer life will invite God’s presence and God’s will brings an anointing. It is through knowing God in prayer that He is able to touch man’s condition and give wonderful divine revelations.
INDENTIFY YOUR GIFTS (PROVERBS 18:16): To accomplish the purpose of God in your life, God gives that will help you. So identify your gifts and talents to identify the purpose of God for your life. To identify your gifts and talents, (a) identify those things you are interested in, (b) the things you would naturally do with ease (c) the things you do with the purpose of God for one’s life. (1 Sam. 17:38-40).
THINK DEEP (DANIEL 1:8): To fulfill one’s purpose, you need to think deeper than your mates.

SOME TIPS TO FULFILLING YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE (1 SAMUEL 17:26-50)
1. Don’t underestimate your potential (vs 32-37)

2. Never throw away an idea just because it seems impossible to you. Give it a chance (vs 38)

3. Never underestimate the value of an idea. Every positive idea has within it the potential for success if it is managed properly (vs 33)

4. There is nothing wrong with every good idea. Therefore never reject an idea because you won’t get the credit! God can do tremendous things through the person who doesn’t care about who get the credit (vs 37)

5. When you are committed to serving, God is committed to blessing you (vs 37)

6. Never give up believing for it is your faith that will give you the breakthrough you need (vs 37a)

7.There are those who add to your life, and there are those who subtract from it. Pay attention to those who add to you (vs 28-30)

8. God does not relate with a man except on the basis of a covenant. Pay attention to your covenant with God and make sure that you are faithful to it (vs 45-47)

9. You need good-willed people to get to where you are going. Learn to nurture and keep relationships that are clean and rewarding (vs 37)

10. Respect other people’s feelings and your feelings will be respected (vs 31)

11. Take a step (vs 40,48-49)

CONCLUSION
For the divine purpose of God to be fulfilled in your life, take note of the things that run through your mind, the things that give you concern, the likely contribution that God wants you to make to the society. Everyone is created to contribute something to the society. The scripture says "you are the salt of the earth, but if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by man (Matthew 5:13 NIV).

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR POTENTIAL 4.

There are many selves within you
that lie dormant, untapped and unused.
God is always looking for what is not yet visible. He expects to find
inside each person and thing He created more than is evident on the
outside. On the other hand, man is often satisfied with what he has—
or at least if not satisfied, he thinks there is nothing better. Thus he settles for what he has.
Therein lies the tragedy of life. The minute we begin to settle down
and be satisfied with what we have, we lose the possibility of revealing
what is really inside us. Too often we die without exploring the gifts,
abilities, and successes that lay hidden within us. Our thoughts, ideas, and possibilities are not used. We fail to realize the vast potential that is stored within us. We are like batteries in a radio that is never played—our potential is wasted.
SUPPOSE…
Suppose Shakespeare had died before he wrote his poems and
plays—the potential of Macbeth would have been buried. Suppose
Michelangelo had died before he painted the Sistine Chapel or DaVinci the Mona Lisa—the beauty of their paintings would have been lost.
Suppose Mozart had died with all that music in his bosom.
Suppose Moses had died before he saw the burning bush…Paul
before he met Jesus on the Damascus Road…Abraham before Isaac was born. How different the pages of Scripture and history would be.
Suppose Martin Luther had died without writing the thesis…Charles
Wesley without penning the hymns…John Wycliffe without translating the Bible into English. How different the history of the Church might have been.
Can you imagine how many great works of art, music, and literature
are buried in the graveyard near your house? Can you imagine how many
solutions to the problems we face today are buried with someone you knew? People die without getting out their full potential. They fail to use all that was stored in them for the benefit of the world.
DON’T DIE WITH MY THINGS!
I wonder what would have happened if your father had died before you were conceived or your mother before you were born. What would the world have lost if you had not been born? What will the world lack because you fail to live out your potential? Will you carry songs, books, inventions, cures, or discoveries to your grave?
What would the world have lost
if you had not been born?
Our teens are committing suicide. I wonder who they were supposed to be and what they were supposed to do that we will never know. Have we lost some great leaders? Was your grandchild’s professor or another Martin Luther King among them?
As the time for His crucifixion drew near, Jesus spoke of the potential principle in terms of His life. He compared Himself to a kernel of
wheat that falls into the ground and dies (John 12:23-24). A kernel of
wheat, when planted, yields many more kernels. Within Jesus was the
potential to bring millions of people to God. Thank God Herod didn’t
succeed when he tried to wipe out Jesus. If he had, Jesus would have
died before He could offer Himself as our atonement. His great purpose in life would have been wasted. The seed of His life was much more than His disciples could see. That one seed had the potential to give life to many.
There was a time early in his ministry when the apostle Paul said, “I’d like to leave.” Though he preferred to die and be with Christ, he knew his purpose in life had not been completely fulfilled. There was
yet much fruitful labor for him to do. It was necessary for the Church
that he continue to live. Thank God Paul did not die. The benefit of his wisdom would have been lost to the early Church and to us. His potential to write Colossians and Ephesians may have been forfeited.
Later, near his death, Paul wrote: “Timothy, I’ve run the race.
I’ve finished the course. I’ve kept the faith. I’ve done the work. My
award awaits me. I’m ready to die. Keep working after I’m gone” (see
2 Timothy 4:5-7). Everything in life has the potential to fulfill its
purpose. People who die without achieving their full potential rob their generation of their latent ability. Many have robbed me—they’ve also robbed you. To die with ability is irresponsible.
Perhaps you are wasting your life doing nothing with all you have.
God packaged some things in you for the good of the world—use them.
We will never know the wealth God planted in you until you bring it
up. There’s always something in you that we haven’t yet seen because
that’s the way God thinks. Release your ability before you die. Use the
power and strength within you for the good of yourself and others. I
believe there are books, songs, art works, businesses, poems, inventions, and investments in you that God intended for my children to
enjoy. Don’t give up until you have lived out the full extent of your
potential, because you have no right to die with my things. Don’t rob the
next generation of the wealth, treasure, and tremendous gifts buried deep within you.
If you want to succeed, strike out on new paths.
Don’t travel the worn paths of accepted success.
No man can climb beyond the limitations of his own
belief.
Every day sends to the grave obscure men and
women whom fear prevented from realizing their true and full potential.
Failure is not the absence of success. Failure is the
neglect of trying.
What you see is not all there is. There is something
in everything. What you have done is no longer your potential.
Potential is what you can do but have not yet done.
PRINCIPLES
God created everything with potential.
Nothing in life is instant.
Everything in life has the potential
to fulfill its purpose.
Don’t be satisfied with what you now are.
Don’t die without using your full potential.
The greatest threat to progress is your last successful accomplishment.

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR POTENTIAL 3

THE POTENTIAL PRINCIPLE
To simplify this concept let us look at one of the most powerful
elements in nature…the seed. If I held a seed in my hand and asked
you, “What do I have in my hand?” what would you say? Perhaps
you would answer what seems to be the obvious…a seed. However,
if you understand the nature of a seed, your answer would be fact but
not truth.
The truth is I hold a forest in my hand. Why? Because in every seed
there is a tree, and in every tree there is fruit or flowers with seeds in
them. And these seeds also have trees that have fruit that have
seeds…that have trees that have fruit that have seeds, etc. In essence,
what you see is not all there is. That is potential. Not what is, but what
could be.
God created everything with potential, including you. He placed the
seed of each thing within itself (Genesis 1:12), and planted within
each person or thing He created the ability to be much more than it is
at any one moment. Thus, everything in life has potential.

NOTHING IS INSTANT

Nothing in life is instant. People think miracles are instant, but they
really are not. They are just a process that has been sped up. Nothing God created is instant, because God does not operate in the instant. He is a God of the potential principle. Everything begins as potential. He did not create a ready-made human race—the earth was not given an instant population. God made one person—not a million people. He started with one seed. Then from that one He created another. Then He said to those seeds, “Bless you (that means, ‘You have My permission’). Be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.” In Adam, God gave the earth a seed with the potential of one…one
hundred…one thousand…one million…. The five billion people on
the earth today were in that one man’s loins. God knew that in Adam and Eve there were enough people to fill the earth. That’s the way God works. He knows the potential principle because He introduced it. It is Him.

DON’T SETTLE FOR WHAT YOU HAVE
Potential is always present, waiting to be exposed. It demands that you never settle for what you have accomplished. One of the greatest
enemies of your potential is success. God wants you to maximize the potential He has given to you. You are not yet what you are supposed to be—though you may be pleased with what you now are. Don’t accept your present state in life as final, because it is just that, a state. Don’t be satisfied with your last accomplishment, because there are many accomplishments yet to be perfected. Since you are full of potential, you should not be the same person next year that you are this year. Never accept success as a lifestyle—it is but a phase. Never accept an accomplishment as the end—it is but a mark in the process. Because you are God’s offspring, there are many selves within you that lie dormant, untapped and unused. Your primary problem is that you do not think like God does.

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WHAT BROUGHT FAILURE IN ACADEMICS

The word ‘FEAR’ brings to mind screaming at a scary movie, sky diving or statistically one of the biggest fears—public speaking. But I’m talking about a different kind of fear. It’s the fear that is often hidden—the fear deep inside that makes us choose the status quo over a change that we know is needed. This fear keeps us from moving forward, making the right decision or even helping ourselves.
So how does fear show up? It’s alive and well every day if we can see it. At work and in careers, fear can look like:
*. Not speaking up with an idea because you might look stupid
*. Never asking for advice or help because you it will look like you don’t have the answers
*. Staying at the same company too long because the uncertainty is worse
*. Not wanting to call attention to yourself because it’s safer to blend in
*. Avoiding a recommendation that you know your boss won’t agree with
*. Avoiding something new because you don’t understand it.
The acronyms for the word ”FEAR”
F-False
E-Evidence
A-Appear
R-Real

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APPLY WISDOM

Daily Manna:

TEXT: EXODUS 18:13-27

Key verse:
“Hearken now unto my voice, I will give thee counsel, and God shall be with thee: Be thou for the people to God-ward, that thou mayest bring the causes unto God” (Exodus 18:19).

We take so much on ourselves, such that it is a miracle in itself that many of us do not break down often. We see ourselves as champions or superstars and come to the inexplicable conclusion that we alone are capable of handling things. In the process, however, we often create more problems than we tend to solve. Moses thought he was doing a great job as he sat daily from morning to evening, judging the cases brought to him by the Israelites in the wilderness. He didn’t know any other way to handle the matters they brought to him, and thought it was his sole responsibility to personally attend to their needs. But his father-in-law, Jethro, came on a visit and promptly told him: “The thing that thou doest is not good”.

But not stopping at mere criticisms, Jethro advised that Moses learn how to delegate responsibilities to other “able men such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness”. Their role was to handle the small issues affecting the people in sets of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens, respectively. Only the difficult and delicate matters would be brought to Moses. This way, the assignment God had given him would be easier as he shared the burdens of leadership with others.

Quite promptly, Moses, heeding the advice of his father-in-law, chose other capable men and assigned tasks to them at different levels, thereby lightening the burden of his work both on himself and on the people of Israel.

It is not a mark of effectiveness to concentrate responsibilities on oneself. If anything, we run the risk of failing to live up to the expectations both of those who gave us the assignment and those we lead. We must never get to a point where we begin to think that without us, nothing can be done well. When we take so much on ourselves, we risk burning out. Worse still, we become ineffective and therefore, unsuited for the responsibility given to us.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Wisdom is the principal thing… and with all thy getting get understanding.”

The Bible IN ONE YEAR: PSALM 19-23

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