DESTINY-THE PERSPECTIVE OF FOCUS

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The scientific experiment of creating fire using Sun rays, a magnifying glass and paper has always fascinated me. As I pondered on this phenomenon; God began to teach me a spiritual principle.

The first thing we need to understand is that the magnifying glass must be concentrated on a specific spot long enough until the rays begin to burn the paper. Moving around the lens too much over the large surface of the paper will not yield the same results. The magic is in picking a specific and small spot on the paper and concentrating the sun rays on that area long enough.

See, you will never be fulfilled until you find your unique gift and purpose and optimizing and perfecting it for the glory of God. The problem with some of you is that you move around too much. You are a Jack of all trades but you have mastered nothing. In your effort to fit in you have neglected your calling and have not cultivated it enough through concentrated effort because you were after what the world deems to be prestigious.

The crux of this message is the importance of focus and concentrated effort as it relates to purpose and destiny.

You cannot be everything God created you to be and do everything He created you to do until you focus on Christ and His calling concerning your life. The enemy does not want you to fulfil your divine mandate and so he will send you all sorts of distractions to try and steer you away from your predestined path. So if you are not grounded and focused you will struggle to do the will of God.

An example of focus is being faithful to one man/woman. Infidelity is a lack of focus. You cannot build a long term/lifelong relationship if you flirt with everybody, if you are available to everybody. Building a relationship is like building a house, you cannot build accurately and meticulously if your attention is divided among other projects. A relationship flourishes only when there is focus.

Another example of focus is consistently doing what God mandated you to do even when you do not see immediate results or impact of your efforts. When we are faithful and consistent God uses our humble beginnings to sharpen our craft. A lot of people admire my writing proficiency yet I do not consider myself to be that good. What I do know however is that I have greatly improved along the years because I practice daily, I never stopped writing even when I did not have much of an audience. I realize that because I was consistent(focused) regardless of my circumstances; God used that attitude to polish my skill.

It takes time to fulfill a great destiny and so in order to fulfill it you need to be focused. You need to sacrifice short term gains for long term visions.

You need to practice your craft continuously and consistently even when you are in pain.

You need to cultivate a culture of consistency and excellence. You need to be self controlled and disciplined. Considering my earlier example about relationships. You cannot have the great marriage God wants you to have if you are weak and unrestrained. You cannot build a life long relationship if you go for everything that entices you.

Focus is not just blind action with no solid basis but rather it is an enlightened stance where we consider our destiny and purpose to be more important than our temporary inconveniences. Joseph exhibited his level of focus when he ran away from Potiphar’s wife who was trying to seduce him. Joseph had a powerful sense of destiny which he esteemed so highly that he was not prepared to risk it by giving in to weaknesses of the flesh. I believe he ran because he did not deny the fact that his flesh was weak.

The fact that you are set apart for a significant and great purpose does not mean that you are no longer human and are therefore exempted from temptations. God uses ordinary people who have weaknesses but He knows how to purify us that we may be fit for the master’s use if we can just submit to His will. He knows how to deal with our flesh so that we may learn to control our selves so that we may become vessels of honor to be used for His highest purposes.

When a camera lens is out of focus the image becomes blurred. When a talented person is not focused; the quality of their output is not that great. A new path that never existed is created in the woods when people consistently pass there. New neural pathways and reflexes are created in the nervous system when we do something repetitively. This is how new skills are learned and mastered.

The human anatomy(body) is a network of organs and systems working together and focused on the well being of the person. A business organization is a combination of different people and departments working together and focused on the overall objectives of one company.

Just as a business organization is a complex system of various functions working together toward a common goal; so is every aspect of your life a critical component of your ultimate destiny. Just as every part of the human body is vital to the optimal functioning of the human being; every aspect of your life is important as it relates to your destiny. When one part of the human body is dysfunctional; the whole body suffers. You can be very gifted and anointed but if your relationship life is unwell it can affect your ministry. You can be the most gifted singer/worshiper but if you are not focused in your finances you might not reach the heights God predestined you to reach.

God wants you to be prosperous in every area of your life. He wants you to be whole and content.

The point I am trying to make is that if you are not focused in some area of your life, that lack of focus may affect other areas of your life overwhelmingly including your ultimate destiny. In other words; lack of focus can have a ripple effect. A good example I can think of is of a minister of God who is not focused in their relationship because of lust. If this minister gives in to the temptation not only will they most likely lose their spouse but they will also lose respect and their dignity. They might lose church members, money, peace, reputation etc.

On the flip side, good focus can affect every area of your life positively in ways you never thought possible. For an example; when David focused on his faith in God and served Him faithfully, God empowered him to slay Goliath the giant. His entire life was changed by that victory and he found himself in the presence of kings. Because he was focused; his finances were improved, his love life improved, every area of his life was affected positively.

There is something God deposited inside of you that has the potential to change your whole life if you can just be focused by keeping your eyes on Christ, by being obedient to His leading consistently, by putting God first in everything you do, by not conforming to the patterns of this world but by being transformed by the renewing of your mind, by controlling your flesh and not giving in to temptation, by being faithful in serving where you are, by being consistent in practicing for your purpose, by worshiping God in spirit and in truth.

I tell you; focus will unlock your heavenly provision for your purpose. It is that simple. What you focus on becomes your reality.

Register for that course and cultivate the discipline to study. Write that book and keep your focus until you complete it. Start that business and focus by channeling your minimal resources and all your energy toward it. Fix your eyes on the prize. Allow me to close by borrowing from the Apostle;

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14).

TRUSTING THE TIMING OF YOUR LIFE

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In Romans 8:29; Paul reveals to us that God predestined believers to become like His Son. Jesus is therefore the firstborn amongst many sons and daughters of God who were chosen for the glory of the Father.

This connotes that we need to learn as much as possible from Jesus who is the captain of our salvation so that we may complete our own divine assignment just like He did.

Jesus lived very much on schedule. When His mother approached Him to help with the wine situation at the wedding; He was reluctant and told her that His hour had not yet come but He assisted anyway.On numerous occasions; He told some of the people He healed not to tell anyone about what He had done for them. There are many miracles He performed where He told the beneficiaries and the witnesses to keep the issue to themselves.

Jesus knew His purpose and He also knew that the Father had a specific schedule through which He was going to unfold His earthly destiny.

Jesus knew that if certain things happened too soon; they might have affected the bigger plan.

Since God has pre equipped us with seeds of greatness, it is easy for us to be tempted to want to walk into our purpose prematurely. We often experience situations that reveal a glimpse of the greatness within us only to go back to our mediocre environment as God continues to prepare us. This can be very frustrating especially when you don’t understand the fact that you are being prepared for purpose. You know that there is something great inside of you yet you find yourself in an environment that does not challenge you according to your potential. Can you imagine Moses having the potential to lead millions of Jews but having to lead sheep before God could call him. He did not know at the time that God was preparing him for something big. Some of you have such a big assignment ahead of you that far transcends your current situation. God has hidden you so well that it does not yet appear what you shall be.

The problem though is that we like comparing ourselves amongst ourselves. We have the tendency to use the success and progress of others as a general yardstick to measure our own progress or the lack thereof.

In 2 Corinthians 10:12 Paul writes;

“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise”.

According to Paul, it is not wise for us to compare ourselves amongst ourselves. This is so because our purpose is not the same and our schedules in God’s calendar are not the same also. God is a God of purpose and precise timing.

For an example; He strategically positioned Esther for the salvation of the Jews. She was raised up and placed at the right place at the right time to save her people.

When you are a child of destiny; progress in your life does not happen by your own schedule but by the Master’s schedule. This is because you were created and called according to His purpose not your own purpose.

You were set apart for His purpose which is why you cannot compare yourself to your peers. You need to therefore start trusting the timing of your own life because God is never early or late, He is always on time. As long as you submit to Him and allow Him to shape you into the vessel of honor He predestined for you to become then time should not concern you. Divine delays are part of the journey.

God is waiting for certain things to line up first before He can release you. Someone might still be accumulating your money. Someone might still be building your house. Did He not say that He will give you vineyards you did not plant and houses you did not build? So He may keep you in your tent until they are done building your house.

The problem you are called to fix is not yet full which is why God is holding you back until the appointed time. It may seem to you that you are running out of time but your God is the Eternal One. How can you tell the controller of time about time?

God made a covenant with Abraham and promised to certainly bless His seed. He also told Him that the reason that He will delay the blessing is because the sin of the Amorites had not reached its full measure.

I tell you God is going to show off through your life. He will be glorified through your life. He has reserved you for a powerful manifestation of His glory on earth. Don’t worry about who got there before you because this race is not for the swift nor the battle for the strong.

My mother has a lot of dinnerware and cutlery and as I was growing up; I noticed that there were certain dishes and cutlery sets that she reserved for special guests or events. She would throw a fit every time we tried to use these special items on ordinary days. I later realized that the reason why she had that attitude concerning those items was because of their value.

Cheap stuff is used for common purposes but expensive/valuable stuff is reserved for special purposes.

The reason why God has not released you to your destiny yet is because you have an expensive anointing. He has saved the best for last. He knows what He is doing. Rest in His all surpassing wisdom and watch Him blow your mind.

You are a VIP of heaven and God is about to give you VIP passes. He is about to take you through certain things quicker than normal. You will overtake some of the people you thought had left you behind. God can do for you in one year what it took others 10 years to achieve. It is not about the blessing but about your heart. There was a shorter route to the Promised Land but God led the Israelites through the way of the wilderness which was longer. He did this in order to deal with their hearts. He wanted them to know Him, for them to love Him more than they love the blessing. He wanted to teach them to honour Him first before everything else.

See, it is easy for God to establish you in the area if your purpose but He wants to build your character first so that you may not only possess your land but stay there. He wants you to first seek His kingdom and its righteousness before He can add everything else to your life.

1 Peter 5:10 says;

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.

I love this scripture. To establish is to set something on a firm or permanent basis. By the time God is done with you; you will be so deeply rooted that nothing will be able to uproot you from your purpose. It is when your roots are properly founded that you will begin to bear the quality fruit God predestined you to bear.

What I want you to take away from this message is this

Your purpose is uncommon and very unique and so the process leading up to its fulfillment will also be uncommon and unique. The order of success/progress according to the status quo is very similar for most people. For an example; you go to school, go to tertiary, get a job, by a car and a house, retire and die. But because you have a rare purpose to fulfill, God messed up that order in your life and designed for your a strange and painful path. If He allowed you to progress normally as per the status quo; you would not have developed the necessary traits for your purpose.

There is nothing wrong with you. You are just highly favored and set apart for a significant and unique purpose.To whom much is given much is required. The greater the calling the tougher the journey. Even in a secular sense, the tougher the course the more the related job pays.

Your time is near.

Those who had written you off are about to be dumbfounded, they are about to witness the power of your God. When Joseph was sold into slavery it looked like his brothers were better of than him yet it was the painful journey that placed him where he was destined to rule. The stone the builders rejected became the chief cornerstone.

Do not let the pressure of society make you feel like less of a person. They don’t know who you are but they are about to find out.

Some of this pressure is propagated by parents who compare their children to others. This is a painful thing for a child to go through but those parents also do not know what they are doing and so they must be forgiven. Their crushing is often born out of love and is not intentional. They too will learn something about the God of Israel through the child that has been crushed by the measuring tape of society.

DEATH FOR LIFE

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I love the seed analogy because therein lies a lot of profound truths about destiny and success. In this post I will be discussing the concept of agriculture from the perspective of a seed. The word agriculture is made up of the words ‘Agra’ which is vegetation and ‘culture’ which comes from the word cult. We know that a cult is an unorthodox or unusual spiritual group driven by passion for whatever the group believes in. Agriculture in other words means to grow something in an unorthodox fashion; it is to grow something in an unusual or unlikely environment. People who are pregnant with destiny have a way of growing in unusual places; they have a way of surviving in conditions where others can’t.

Since the beginning of time, the law of seed time and harvest time has been consistently maintained by the universe. It is a law that God put in place to ensure that there is pro creation which is why everything contains its seed within itself. Destiny is therefore concealed in a seed when it is planted. A seed can never reach its destiny unless it is planted. In the same light you can’t reach your destiny unless you are planted. Planting in this context might mean practicing your skills daily, going to school to study what you love, it might relate to dedication towards your dream and even unwavering focus. If you do something daily towards the attainment of your dream then you are planted. The fact that you were born at a particular time of history and in a particular geographic location also points to planting. Your life is not a mistake; you came here for a unique and divine purpose.

The process of being planted is not pleasant for the seed. This is because planting is very similar to burial. When a seed is planted it dies yet that is the only way through which it can become what it was created to be. As you walk towards your destiny there will come a time when you will feel like giving up because of the burial. This is a vital part of the process, so don’t abandon your mission at this point. A seed is so small when it is planted but is transformed into something bigger through the process of planting (burial). You may be feeling overwhelmed right now because of the many problems in your life that are on top of you but you have the power inside of you to rise above the ground. You are in a temporary state of dormancy and you will rise up again. The ground in which you are planted may be dark and you may not see where your life is going but you will once again see the light of day. Things will soon make more sense and your life will become more structured.

Planting is however not the final process if you want your seed to grow. After planting the seed, you have to water it. Watering a seed is like feeding it so that it may grow. This is when you invest even more time and energy into your dream. This is when your dream becomes the focal point of your existence. As the old saying goes “You get out what you put in”. The more of yourself you invest in your dream the more you will get out. There are no shortcuts to true success. You have to work on your craft until the world can’t ignore you anymore. Not only is it important to invest your time and energy towards your dream but you also need to put your money where your mouth is. Before anyone else can invest in your dream you have to invest in it first. Invest in your own education, buy that equipment, save for that venture capital. When a seed is watered it reaches a certain point where it breaks (germination). Watering your seed can be frustrating because you don’t know when your seed will germinate that is why it is so important to trust the timing of your life. You need to know that God’s timing is always perfect and that if you continue to faithfully water your seed, God who is the author of your story will take care of the rest at the right time. If you keep on watering your seed, a breaking point is inevitable. It is a scientific fact that everything has its own breaking point. If you keep on pushing, the walls of your limitations will eventually come down.

It is worth mentioning that the germination of the buried seed is in fact a violent process. The seed coat literally explodes because of the watering. From this, we can deduce that the more you put into your dream the more painful it will seem. Unlocking your destiny is a painful process but the temporary pain is nothing compared to the future glory you will experience if you continue watering your seed. As soon as the coat of the seed explodes, the little life inside of the seed begins to emerge which absorbs more water thus accelerating the growth. This happens until the little plant has enough strength to push through the ground and miraculously, we start seeing the little plant above the ground. What was once concealed for a long time is now revealed. If the farmer continues to feed the little plant even at this stage then the plant will grow and reach the heights of its ultimate potential.

Do not uproot yourself because you feel buried. Burial is a vital part of the process. Continue to water your seed. Believe in your dream and don’t compare yourself with anyone because our appointments in God’s calendar vary. Need I remind you also that God usually saves the best for last? Your time is coming.

NOT THIS FAR,JUST TO LEAVE ME!

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This is one of those articles I wrote spontaneously at the moment of inspiration.

Our unique pain and discomfort serves as a point of reference for us to relate to the pain of others. It is our own suffering that qualifies us to be effective mediums of divine teaching.

God allows a certain level of adversity to enter our lives to strengthen us and to ensure that we do not rest beneath our purpose. These attacks come with a lot of fear and uncertainty and we start doubting the legitimacy of our dream and wonder if we will ever survive to fulfill our highest calling.

Children of destiny have an inbuilt sense of purpose which they can’t easily explain. This sense of purpose and meaning does not go away no matter how hard they try to avoid it. How can it go away for the bible has declared that the gifts and callings of God are irrevocable? Even though Joseph in the biblical narrative was anointed and had a sense of destiny from an early age, the events leading up to the fulfillment of his purpose were painful and confusing. At some point, he was probably convinced that the dream he had as a child was just a whole lot of rubbish. The unfolding events of his life put him in a corner to a point where he felt hopeless, useless and unfulfilled. He was however not aware that everything was carefully orchestrated by God to lead him to his place of destiny. Despite the frustration, somehow the  hope within him kept him from giving up until his breakthrough came. Everything changed and somehow all the pain he went through was justified.

Another noteworthy biblical example is David. The bible takes time in documenting the many attempts of the adversary as represented by Saul to kill David (This is significant). No matter what Saul tried, somehow he could not kill the anointed king. Against all odds, David ascended to his predestined throne at the appointed time. At some point, David was convinced that Saul was going to kill him and he became fearful. The pursuit therefore became so much that David also felt that his anointing meant nothing after all. He started to doubt the prophetic word concerning his life. Jonathan even had to reassure him about the certainty of his divine appointment as king of Israel. Whatever you are scared of right now will not succeed because no weapon formed against you shall prosper until you become the king of the domain you were created for. Whatever you fear is there to push you to your place of purpose. It is meant to shake you off your comfort zone, to force you to look within and awaken the dormant giant inside of you. Whatever you fear is meant to cause you to ask questions about the reason for your existence so that you may not lose focus in a world of many influences. Even your stupid mistakes are not enough to cancel your predestined path because God will discipline you and mature you so that you may put away childish things lest you sabotage your purpose. Though it may seem overwhelming and hopeless right now, one thing will go right in your life and change everything. All you have lost will be restored manifold and you will smile again. The scales of life will balance and the amount of your smiles will eventually be as many as the amount of your many frowns. Whatever you were created to do you will do because your life story was written and sealed in advance. It is like fixed cricket match. The contrasts and the confusions in your life are like the problems the protagonist must fix in your favorite movie. Your troubles are what make the story interesting and fulfilling. It is the challenges and hardships that make success such a sweet thing. God is trusting you with so much trouble because you have the right specs in you to bear it. He has placed enough in you to deal with all your struggles. You have it in your to win.You need to shake off the feelings of being overwhelmed because you can handle whatever is being thrown at you. If God allowed it then you can handle it.

Allow me to close by reiterating the fact that nothing will harm you until you complete your divine mandate. Though you may walk in the valley of the shadow of death, you shall not fear because your Maker will keep you safe. He has an investment in you. Do not fear. He who has promised is faithful. God will finish what He started. He did not bring you this far to leave you. What you are afraid of is false evidence appearing real. (F E A R)

 

 

THE BAKER

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Does the cake know more than the baker?

Can the cake ever bake itself?

Maybe that is possible in another dimension where different rules of logic apply but not here.

In this world there is always a purposeful and greater mind behind an object of creation.

Allow me to employ this analogy of the baker and the cake to elucidate a point.  You are the cake and God is the Baker. I am often accused of putting God in everything I write but is He not the source of all life? Life makes no sense without the premise that there is a purposeful and intelligent mind behind what we call existence. Everything in its uniqueness was created to play a particular role in this movie of cosmic proportions.

Now the baker felt the need to bake a specific type of cake. Being a pro, He knew exactly which ingredients to use for this type of cake. God had something specific in mind when He created you. If He wanted something else He would have created it. You are therefore perfect as you are. Your strengths and weaknesses were designed to work together in balancing the masterpiece that you are. There is nothing missing so learn to appreciate yourself and embrace your uniqueness. Your so called flaws are there for a reason . Everything about you is the way He intended. A good baker knows exactly how much of each ingredient to put to get the desired product. Some things about your character may seem contradictory but everything is how it should be. You have the right mix of contradictions for you to be successful at what He created you to be.

Another important point is that the baker knows exactly how long the mix needs to stay in the heat. We usually ask God to take us out of the oven before time because we can’t wait to show the world what we can do. We fail to realize that He who initiated the process knows what He is doing and has accurately timed the process. He is not a man that He would miscalculate. God’s timing is always right. You will become useless if you force your way out of the oven too soon. You will not be consumable and you will not last because of your lack of depth.

This baker is a specialist and knows exactly where He is taking you. He is preparing you for a people and in due time will present you to them as a gift.

ENDURING SOMEONE ELSE’S SUCCESS

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One of the most painful things to do is to watch people close to you succeed while you remain stuck in one place. What is wrong with me that you are not blessing me Lord? Why is it so hard for me? Was I merely born to be a spectator and watch others succeed?
God is not a respecter of person’s but He deals with us differently. He knows what you can handle and maybe that is why He blesses others first because you have the strength to stay longer in the school of life to learn deeper truths . Don’t compare yourself then to others because your assignment is different from theirs. This is your journey. This is your unique path. It may be hard right now but one day the sun will shine on your life too and you will look back and smile.
Instead of wasting time trying to be like other people, ask God what He has put in you and what His plan is. You are uniquely created for a predetermined purpose. Only you can do what you have been assigned to do. Also don’t try to be rich in an area you are not gifted in because you saw others succeed in that area. You have to be yourself and look deep within yourself. What is it that sets you apart? There is something that you do so well, something that no one else can do like you do. That is your unique gift that will bring you to the presence of kings.

You have to be one mature individual to see God promote someone right next to you and not be envious. You can only do this if you know who you are and who God is. The revelation about your identity and ultimate destiny is what will see you through. It is this knowledge that will remind you that your time will surely come. If you feel rejected then it is a sign that God is working. It is a set up for a comeback. Let them talk down on you, don’t defend yourself. Let God be the one to speak for you and trust me He will. He will bring you up and establish you and many will not believe that it is you.

When you want to sharpen a knife you rub it against rough objects. Everyone knows that a sharp knife is more effective than a blunt one. God is sharpening you that is why you are going through so many rough patches. You are being rubbed against rough places because He wants you to be sharp and effective. Your blessing is not denied but it is delayed. The bigger the purpose, the longer the training. Remember though that God will raise you up so that you can bless others. It is not just about you.This thing is bigger than you. T.D Jakes says “It’s not about you boo boo”.

THE EMPLOYER’S OBLIGATION

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This often sounds cliché but it is worth reiterating. God can close doors no man can open and He can open doors no man can shut. When God says “yes” no one can say “no”.  As a child of destiny, everything you have achieved and will ever achieve is by grace. Now if you believe this then you must also believe that if God wants you to have something He will ensure that you get it. This is so because children of purpose are aligned with God’s purpose for their lives.

As your employer, God will ensure that you have what you need to carry out your mandate. He will fight for you and orchestrate events in your life so that everything is aligned for your benefit. He will ensure that the right breakthrough comes at the right time in order to move you to the next phase of the plan. An aspiring actor may struggle for years to break into the industry but if God says “it’s time” then indeed something miraculous will happen. God is taking you to the next level right now and nothing or no one can stop it. All you need to do is to embrace it and be grateful. Joseph was in prison and at some point he thought God forgot about him but as soon as he was ready, God caused someone to remember him. He had the potential all along but was not ready to rule until the Potter was done shaping him. The title of this post is called “The employer’s obligation” which I feel is a good analogy. God hired you and it is He who will ensure that you have everything you need to do your job as assigned. Jesus said; “Ye have not chosen me I have chosen you..”

God will make it happen because you have a job to do and it is not your job, it is His.