So many people today struggle with who they are. Maybe that’s you. Thoughts of insecurity, fear, and insignificance flood your mind. If asked what your purpose in life is, you probably would say I don’t know. The Bible tells us in 2 Timothy 1:9, who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. This tells us that with salvation we receive our calling and purpose. It’s made available to us the instant we become saved and it’s all held together by grace! What exactly is your calling? It’s our identity of who we are. And I love this verse so much because Paul is telling Timothy that the very moment he was saved he received calling. You don’t have to wait for your identity or for someone to validate who you are, your identity is found in Christ. With that, your purpose can be described as what you do with your calling. Your purpose can be seen from others, so simply put, your calling is who you are to God and your purpose is who you are to others. Your purpose, whatever it is, should lead other people to the kingdom. The great thing is all these things are held together by grace. So maybe your questioning if you have what it takes to fulfill your calling or purpose? And the answer is yes because God’s grace covers and gives you the ability for your calling and purpose. What’s even better is that nothing can separate you from your salvation and the love of God! The enemy will try hard to make you think otherwise because he knows that if he can keep you from your salvation then it keeps you from your calling, purpose, and God’s grace and in turn keeps you from taking people through that same cycle. So how do we walk this out and make sure that we continue this cycle?
- Realize who you are in God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made!
- Connect with the house of God. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish.
- You are here on purpose for a purpose. Your life will only be as impactful and as meaningful as the cause that you attach it to.
Friend, you are the right person, at the right place, at the right time.
We all have keys. Each key gives you different access to different things. Prayer can be the same way. There are different types of prayers that we can pray and each one gives you access to different things in the kingdom. Why do we need these different prayers? To stop and interrupt the enemies plan for our life! The enemy is actively working to stop the plans God has for your life. Prayer is the key that unlocks the door to faith. Let’s talk about the different types of prayers that we can pray to help us unlock those doors and have access to all the God has for us!
Prayer of Petition- Making our requests known to God. More times than not we talk more about the problem than the solution. Let the solution be more of the focus and just ask God and make known what you are wanting.
Intercessory Prayer- Praying on behalf of others and believing God for them. When someone asks for prayer we need to stand in the gap between Gods plan for their life and their current situation. Believe God for them!
Surrender Prayer- Letting God know you can’t do anything without Him. God tells us to cast our cares and anxiety to Him. But, He won’t take anything from us until you first give it to Him. True surrender is taking your hands off and trusting completely that God is doing what you can’t.
Prayer of Praise and Thanksgiving- Entering with the password thank you. How great is that! We don’t have to search for the password or do a reset, it’s that simple…Thank you! All that God has for you is through the password. Declare and thank God for what He has done and what He is about to do!
Prayer of Agreement- Agreeing in prayer with someone else. Link your faith with someone who believes with you! Be bold and ask someone to be in agreement with you for something you are believing for.
United Prayer- A body of believers coming to God and believing God for the same thing at the same time. You will see this prayer throughout churches and a large body of believers praying for something to see supernaturally happen in the natural.
Whatever prayer you are currently praying, I hope this leads you to the right key you are needing to unlock your faith! I’m standing in agreement with you believing that the best is yet to come!
What does success look like to you? Statistics show that 200 million Americans say that they want to write a book and 63% of people in their 20’s want to start a business, so what is stopping us? In 2 Corinthians 6:11-13 (msg) the Bible tells us, Dear, dear Corinthians, I can’t tell you how much I long for you to enter this wide-open, spacious life. We didn’t fence you in. The smallness you feel comes from within you. Your lives aren’t small, but you’re living them in a small way. I’m speaking as plainly as I can and with great affection. Open up your lives. Live openly and expansively! I love this verse so much because it’s letting us know that there is so much more with God than what we are currently experiencing. I believe that when we get to Heaven the saddest part for us all is not all the mistakes we made but the what could’ve beens had we just believed. Friend, I don’t know where you’re at in life as you read this but I want to declare over your life that God has more for you than whatever you are currently experiencing, good or bad. There is so much more! God’s plan will work if you put it to work, it’s only going to do as much for you as you give access to it. Don’t get complacent in a place where God never intended you to stay. We have to have steadfast patience and endurance through the process. So you want to have this patience, endurance, and become successful? Here are 7 habits that successful people do:
1. Be unapologetically yourself. You will never succeed at what God is calling you to do if you are trying to do it like someone else.
2. Don’t blame others. You will never be able to be victorious if you live your entire life being a victim to what other people have done to you.
3. Take responsibility for your happiness. A job or a circumstance or even a person can’t be responsible for how happy you are, only you can be.
4. Live your life outside of your comfort zone. You will never be successful if you only do the things that are comfortable and easy.
5. Practice gratitude daily. This helps reset your mind to focus on the things you have done right and what is good instead of focusing on what’s wrong or needs to be done.
6. Have daily spiritual practice. There is no greater thing that you can do than to connect with God through daily prayer.
7. Have clear goals and objectives. Define where you are wanting to go and know what the end goal is.
Whatever is on your heart, do it! God has much more in store for you than you can imagine. Start with these habits and start living your life in a big way!
A common question our church recently had is how do I grow my faith. I can assume this question is not just common in our church but most. In Romans 12:3 the Bible tells us, For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. How many of you can say you believe in something that you don’t necessarily know will come true? You may be saying to yourself, well not really, why would I do that? But in reality we do it daily. We go to a job and trust for a paycheck in two weeks when we don’t know what the finances of our company are. We buy a plane ticket, pack our bags, and drive to the airport without knowing if your ticket will work. I’ll take it a step farther with the holiday season coming, we believed in Santa up until who knows what age! I say all this to say that just as Romans says, every man is given a measure of faith. You HAVE faith, but where are you using it and how are you using it? I’ve just decided to make a decision in my life that I’m not going to give Santa Claus, my employer, and American Airlines the best of my faith. I’m giving it to God! Our faith can be a lot like a plant. If you took one home today from the store, it’s already rooted and planted in the pot but how it grows depends on what you do when you get home. The same is true with our faith, we get rooted and planted each time we read our bible, go to church, or watch a podcast but what you are doing with the other hours in your day determines whether your faith will grow and thrive. Your faith is as big or small as you want it to be and your are as close to God as you want to be. We can always grow in our faith, God’s plan for your life wasn’t just salvation. He wants you to grow in the things of God because there is more for you. Salvation is free but everything else you’re going to have to fight for. Now how do we do that and grow in our faith? We eat more and act more. Feed yourself the word and act on it more and your faith will grow greater and greater! If you want to change spiritually you have to change what your putting in and what your doing, and even unlearn some things! We need to change in order to see a change. You already have the faith and are made for things of great faith you just have to start eating more and acting more to see God show up in big ways! Cheering you on!
When you hear of a leper your first thought is probably not a hero. I want look in 2 Kings 7 with you about how a group of lepers could just be what we’ve been missing in our faith walk. In verse 1 the prophet Elisha issues a decree letting the people know that the famine would be lifted soon. People of course doubted because looking around even a miracle from God couldn’t seem to get them out of this. But God is a God of impossibilities being made possible. When God speaks a promise into your own life, are you choosing to step into fear or into faith? You can never define your life by what’s currently happening. Then in verses 3-4 the lepers bring a whole new perspective! What they are saying here is we have nothing to lose and everything to gain! But this can only happen by taking action. The same is true in our own lives, if God said it then you have to take a step towards it. True belief causes us to act. Stop being in a place of one day and someday. There were only four people who chose to believe the decree that day and act on it. Most of the time when God makes a promise we won’t understand it or it won’t make sense but if God said it we have to choose to believe it! We’ll never sow the seed that God’s called us to sew if we look at our circumstances and in that we’ll also never see the harvest. If we are always looking at circumstances to tell us how to act or what we are going to believe we will never reap the harvest God has promised. If God said it then believe it, you don’t need proof. Action is always the antidote for fear. Any time in your life that you are hopeless its because you are inactive in that area. Just imagine how those lepers felt walking into that city, they were taking action and no longer felt victim to their circumstance. And what a surprise they had waiting for them! Maybe your thinking you’ve messed up to much or there is no way God could use you for that promise but I want to declare over your life that God knows your limitations and He calls you anyways! Just like the lepers, people would of said otherwise but God chose them for the miracle! Don’t let fear hold you back. The moment you take that step of faith God starts to clear your path and you will be surprised to see all that you fear is not even there!
It’s time to take action, the blessings are waiting for you!