Assigned Purpose

You know that there is one; there is something that you are supposed to do, but you aren’t certain what that something is.

That something is called purpose, but what exactly is your purpose and How can I be certain that you have purpose? Well, for starters, you are here. You were created. You were born.

I was listening to a message from Bishop T. D. Jakes. He said something that resonated with me.

He said: “You cannot reassign purpose.”

Can I tell you how many times I have tried to reassign something – even today as I sit with and sit on something that I KNOW is God-given?

A beautiful phenomenon of which you had no involvement and no control over, presented you as a gift to a woman and a man who you identify as your mom and dad.

At the root of who you are- the very core of your existence, lies a predetermined path for your life and the ONLY way to be certain of what that path (purpose) looks like, is to seek the Purpose-Giver. That would be God.

This is probably why most of us are uncertain of our purpose. We do not seek God. We seek other voices and ask them what do they see in us. Truth be told, a person cannot clearly see what they did not place in you.

A person may recognize a gift or an ability – but unless it is revealed to them, they cannot tell you your purpose. Your passions, the things you like to do, may provide a glimpse into your purpose – but at the heart of God and why He created you- sits your purpose.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I encourage you (and myself) to seek the heart of God. At the heart of God lies His purpose that He has for you. If you seek His heart, you will see His hand guide you throughout life, for the fulfillment of your purpose.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs‬ ‭3:6‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

And if you stay in God’s will, you will never see His hand removed from your life.

Inadmissible

Past mistakes.

Fear.

Lack of resources.

Feelings of worthlessness.

Doubt.

Credit score.

The Rejection.

The criticism.

Hurt, anger, and frustration.

It’s all inadmissible.

These things are inadmissible- they are incapable of being allowed to prevent you from fulfilling your purpose. There is no excuse. It’s time to be intentional.

The Righteous Judge has made the final decision. His statement reads as such:

“God isn’t a man that he would lie, or a human being that he would change his mind. Has he ever spoken and not done it, or promised and not fulfilled it? I received a blessing, and he blessed. I can’t take it back.” Numbers 23:19-20 CEB

“The smallest family will become a thousand people, and the tiniest group will become a mighty nation. At the right time, I, the Lord, will make it happen.” Isaiah 60:22 NLT

Your case is dismissed.

  • Keep pressing.
  • Keep praying.
  • Keep trusting.
  • Keep growing.

Now go be great!

Get back up again

When a child is learning how to walk, or ride a bike, the child falls repeatedly. We as adults, provide encouragement to get back up again. Our cheers center around softening the blow. We let the child know that it is okay to fall. We clap and cheer saying: “yay. It’s okay. Good job. Keep going. You can do it.”

As we get older, if we fall in a relationship, on our job, in our walk as believers, we hear negative comments: “I knew it. She reaped what she showed…his dad was like that too. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.”

Something has got to change. If we are to demonstrate the love of God, we must do what He says. The word of God says:

Brothers and sisters, if a person is caught doing something wrong, you who are spiritual should restore someone like this with a spirit of gentleness. Watch out for yourselves so you won’t be tempted too.” Galatians 6:1 CEB

Restore and watch. Restore means to bring one back to their original state. While you are restoring, make sure you are watching and praying as well. If we restore and watch, we will not have time to judge and condemn.

One day, you’ll need a helping hand as well.

To you who feel as if you have fallen, be like that child. Be relentless in getting back up. Do not quit. Do not give up. You may cry. It may hurt, but quitting should not be an option. The fall gives you the strength to stand. The fall helps to remind you where you came from. The fall helps you to remember how you overcame.

Take hold to the support and encouragement of your brothers and sisters and get up!

Help someone get up and then lift them up.

Come Close

Happy Friday!

On this morning I have been thinking about how we are to have a deeper and closer relationship with our Savior. Oftentimes, we seek to know Him spiritually, just as close as the disciples did, who physically walked with Him in this Earth. We seek to know Jesus and to hear Him; to see His power manifested in and through our lives. There is one simple statement the word of God has given us to get ever so close to Him. We seek for such deeper revelation and it is all so clear:

“Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” James‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭NIV‬‬

On this morning, I have made a simple decree. I have asked the Holy Spirit to make my request known. I ask that He utters these words as only He can and that He would take my groaning, and translate it into His, with groaning only He understands. It is simple as this:

Come closer to us, as we come closer to you.

As you journey throughout your day today, join me throughout the day, in your heart, in your mind, in your whisper…”come closer to us, as we come closer to you.”

Oh Jesus, as I come closer to you, I am pulling off anything that prevents me from reaching you. I pull off fear, doubt, unforgiveness, slothfulness, worry. When I come close to you, I ask that you wrap your arms around me and that your Spirit, from your embrace, overtakes my soul.

Come closer to us, as we come closer to you.

Under Pressure

Even the biggest and brightest diamond is flawed; but that flaw does not distort its beauty nor prevent it from shining through the deepest and darkest environments.

We must not allow our present circumstances and emotions to prevent the fulfillment of our purpose. Just because you know your purpose does not imply that you no longer have to go through the process. In fact, it is the process- the stretching, pulling, and tugging that assists you with reaching the fulfillment of your purpose; ask the diamond. No pressure, no diamond.

Matthew 5:16

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

This Christmas

  • Try having a conversation on a phone without phone service. 
  • Try starting a vehicle without an engine. 
  • Try using a microwave without electricity.
  • You can try, but they won’t function as promised. It is impossible!

Try living life without a true relationship with Jesus, and you experience no peace.

You may say: “That is not true. When I was doing this or was (is) with that person…or when I see these celebrities with thus  and so, they have peace.” The presence of things give an illusion of peace. Our physical eye gravitate towards the environment we live in. What we see primarily is a worldly perspective, especially around this time of the year. For some, it does not seem like the holidays if we are unable to shower friends and loved ones with gifts.

While gifts are great and are an act of love and kindness, the inability to give what we desire should not affect our mood. We are in this world, but not of it. The peace the world depicts is counterfeit peace.

Just as it is impossible to properly chew food without teeth, is impossible for us to believe that we can have peace and joy without the Lord, when they originate from Him.

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.” ‭‭John‬ ‭14:27‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If we allow the peace of God to rule in our hearts, then we become publishers of peace. 

Let me share a few examples. 

If you’re always launching missiles with your tongue, being rash with your mouth, and others view your approach as being “direct” and “real,” that’s not real. As we say- that’s not “real talk.” That’s foolish- and by this attitude, you’re not a peacemaker. You’re becoming a peace breaker, and you are forfeiting your blessing. 

“Blessed are the peacemakers, For they shall be called sons of God.” ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭5:9‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

If your efforts lead to tension, arguments, disagreements, attitudes, divisions- then your attitude produces chaos and your life cannot be peaceful, when Jesus told us to make every effort to do what leads to peace.

Our resolutions and solutions to issues should be directed towards a peaceful outcome. That is what pursuit of peace looks like. 

“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.” Psalms‬ ‭34:14‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

There are some instances where a person will not desire to be peaceful, that should not prevent you from doing your utmost to reflect the image of Christ. 

“If it is possible, as much as depends on you, live peaceably with all men.” Romans‬ ‭12:18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

We have an obligation to “let the peace of God rule” in their hearts (Colossians 3:15).

This means we have the choice either to trust God or to rely on ourselves. 

What choices will you make which truly leads to a quiet and peaceable life?

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.” ‭‭James‬ ‭3:17-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Peace on Earth came by way of Jesus. That is a gift that is unattainable without Him. Let us remember what life is about.

A Piece of the Puzzle

For those who are facing struggles this holiday season, I empathize with you. June of last year, my mother unexpectedly passed away at the young age of 61. Being an only child and having no relationship with my earthly father, because he does not want one, I was numb to life. I was in disbelief. See The Lord- said to draw near to him and he would draw near to me and I knew that I needed to, in order to receive comfort, because he is the God of all comfort…BUT I could  not move.

I didn’t want to pick up my bible. I didn’t want to go to church because my momma sat next to me on the pew. Here I am…a mother with 5 children, the wife of a pastor, business woman – what was I going to do? I hid my tears from my children so they wouldn’t cry. Some days I cried to sleep. Other days we smiled and laughed about things Nanna would do and say; Some days I fell in the arms of my husband with no words and just cried. Many days, I picked up the phone to call my momma, only to realize that she would not answer.

Have you ever put together a puzzle with a lot of tiny pieces? it was so big you took a piece and someone else took the other pieces to work on it. Once you finished your pieces, you would connect them to make the puzzle complete.

The outside of box the puzzle comes in gives a visual of what the puzzle would like once done, but you still have to go through the process of sorting through the pieces, picking them up, maneuvering them in different angles, placing them where they would seem to be a perfect fit; but what happens if you are missing a piece of the puzzle?

Maybe the person who is working on it, needed it for their portion but That missing puzzle piece still does not change what the appearance of the puzzle should look like.

It still should look like the image on the box, right?

The loss of my mother is like that missing puzzle piece. I cannot hear her voice or her laugh but she is not missing. Although my life has a physical missing piece -this does not change the fact that I still must carry out my purpose. It does not change the fact that I have a family to care for.

My pain was affecting my perspective and so I had to change my perspective.

Pain affects your ability to reason and to think clearly. It affects your perspective on life.

The missing pieces of my life’s puzzle are not missing. It was just time to connect a portion of my pieces to God’s puzzle pieces. God simply needed a piece of my puzzle on the section of the puzzle HE is working on.  And his puzzle, just so happens to be that of a building fitly framed and joined together.

The missing piece to YOUR life’s puzzle is not missing either. There’s just a piece of the puzzle that you can’t see because you are not responsible for putting it together.

I encourage you on today to continue to push through. Cry when you need to and how long you need to. Then, After you’re done, go wipe your face, and finish working on the piece of the puzzle God gave you. You have a purpose to fulfill. You got some stuff to do. You may be snorting, snotting and crying while you’re doing it but keep doing it. God’s strength is made perfect through our weaknesses.

  • Maybe you loss a job. It’ll be fine. That job did not fit your piece of the puzzle.
  • Perhaps you lost a loved one. That’s okay – that person was needed to aid in completing God’s big puzzle.
  • Maybe the relationship ended abruptly. It’ll be okay! You are a part of the puzzle that is creating the head; maybe that person was a part of the tail. There was no connection. he or she had to be moved to the correct location in the puzzle.

As we prepare for the Christmas holidays and a new year, I encourage you to seek peace and pursue it. Change your perspective. Find the good in every challenge, trial, heartbreak, misunderstanding, and negative situation. There is good. Because God is good.

The enemy desires to distort the image God has of you and the visual he created for the huge masterpiece of a puzzle- a view that the enemy can’t even see.

The green pastures you desire in 2019 require a completely different mindset than what you carried in 2018.

Your greatest hurt will be your greatest ministry. There are some things you can only learn in a storm. Be careful what you say about yourself and to yourself because yourself is listening. There is power in your words Change the narrative.

Start saying:

  • I will get through this.
  • I may cry, but I will get up, and keep it moving.
  • I will be frustrated but then I will cast my cares on the Lord because HE cares.

Remember…even those most challenging puzzles have a solution. Just because you are missing a piece, does not mean that it is lost. God has it in the palm of his hand.