I warmly welcome you to this edition of the program, Building on the ROCK with Pastor Murphy. This program is designed to empower you achieve your dreams in God through His Word. It is an honour to share the all powerful Word of God with you today. My name is Murphy Okpala. Today I will be discussing the topic, Living Out Your Destiny as part of a BotROCK Series on The Kingdom of God but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Israel and New Breed
Song Title: Say So
Scripture: Mathew 13:44-45
Hello, over the past 4 editions of BotROCK we have been discussing how to discover and fulfill your unique purpose or destiny in life, which is the Kingdom of God placed within you. It has really been exciting for me and I hope that it has been exciting and enlightening for you too. Please visit our website www.thecornerstoneministries.org to download and listen to the previous editions of the program for free!
Today we will be concluding this series by looking at the way of life in the Kingdom of God. We will be looking at some of the principles, practices and perspectives you need to adopt in order to give birth to the kingdom or destiny God has placed within you. I encourage you to adopt the mindset of the principles I’m about to share for they will guarantee your peace and success as you go through life.
In the parable of the sower and other seed related parables, Jesus pointed out one of the most important principles of the Kingdom you need to adopt as a lifestyle. This is the principle of process and timing, or you may know it as the seed principle. Everything in the kingdom of God works with this fundamental law.
There is time for everything and moving before the time can hurt you. For instance, God may have called you to be head a vital arm of a big company but he will take you through various processes and phases before you get there and if you don’t honor this process you may never fulfill your destiny.
Although God is all-powerful and can do all things, everything He does start small, then grows. And God honors this growth process. That is why God encourages you not to despise days of little beginnings.
Your destiny starts out as a seed or an idea but that idea needs to go through a process that requires time, hard work and patience for it to become a reality on the earth. This hardly ever happens overnight. The process that you go through to birth your destiny is as important to God as the destiny itself, because through it He refines you and makes you a better person! So you need to be faithful and learn patience if you want to succeed in God.
This leads me to the second point which is the principle of accountability. In every phase in the process of fulfilling your destiny, God commits not just an assignment but also gifts and resources for you to accomplish it. And to whom much is given much is also expected. The way you manage what has been committed to you in every phase of your Journey determines how far you’ll progress because God will require you to give an account of what you have done. This mindset will motivate you to put in 100% and be faithful in whatever your hands find to do. Imagine if Joseph had slept with Portifah’s wife, you may never have heard of Him today. God requires you to be faithful to Him first, and then to the people He places over you in every phase of your life.
[quote]In every phase in the process of fulfilling your destiny, God commits not just an assignment but also gifts and resources for you to accomplish it.[/quote]
The key to promotion in the kingdom of God is faithfulness and this is measured not just by your accomplishment but also by HOW you accomplished it. Faithfulness here refers to integrity in your affairs, good work ethics and commitment to excellence. Another important thing you need to know about faithfulness and accountability is that God rewards them abundantly. His reward is usually a double portion!
Another important principle in God’s system is equity and justice. It is based on this principle that God is a just judge. This also means that when you are conducting your affairs, you need to be fair in all your dealings with people. Applying the principles of equity and justice in your academics, career or business will help you cultivate the spirit of excellence. For instance if you are responsible for approving project bids in your organization, applying this principle will help you consistently approve bids by vendors that are competent and the results will be that projects in your organization will be known for high standards and that attracts value.
God is a God of excellence and as His child, He expects whatever you produce to be excellent too. If your products or service maintains the standard of excellence it attracts a premium and that means extra money in your pocket. Can you see how the principle of justice and equity can bring you much value? I believe the time is coming soon when Nigeria will be known as a country of equity and Justice and it will start with me and you listening to me.
The fourth principle to enjoying the Kingdom and fulfill your destiny is to recognize that there is much value in the kingdom or destiny God placed in you. I’ll simply call it the principle of Recognition. In two parables Jesus said that people sold ALL they had to purchase the Kingdom when they discovered it. This means the kingdom or destiny they discovered was worth much more than all they had! And the people in the parables were people of means, one was a collector of precious stones and the other a Landlord! In Mark chapter 10 Jesus said that if you give up anything for the sake of the kingdom or destiny placed within, you will receive a hundred fold returns. However you need to esteem the kingdom as that valuable before you can partake of it. For you to truly appreciate the value of the Kingdom you need to give up materialism and selfishness.
[quote]The key to promotion in the kingdom of God is faithfulness and this is measured not just by your accomplishment but also by HOW you accomplished it.[/quote]
The final principle we need to walk by if you want to successfully fulfill your destiny is the principle of mercy and forgiveness. Without God’s help you can do nothing and it is His mercy that allows you partake of His help. In your journey to fulfilling your destiny you will make many mistakes but God helps and protects you from them because of His mercy. However you need to know that God shows mercy to the merciful. The key to enjoying God’s mercy is to be merciful and forgiving to people around you.
As a Christian, you need to adopt the principle of mercy and forgiveness as you relate with people. Jesus said that if you don’t forgive your brother before asking God for anything you will most likely not receive that thing because everything we receive from God are products of His mercy. James said that Judgment without mercy will be shown to them that show no mercy. So if you need God’s help to fulfill destiny then you must be a person who is merciful and kind, & always eager to forgive.
As you develop the mindset of these principles and practice them in your life, you will be filled with goodness, peace and joy and that is the Kingdom of God.
BEFORE WE END OUR PROGRAM TODAY, I want to give you an opportunity to make Jesus Lord of your life. He wants to make Himself real to you if you will let Him. Say this simple prayer with me:
Jesus I know you are the son of God and you died for my sins. Today I give you my life, take me and change me. Be the Lord of my life. Thank you Lord, for I am now yours!
If you sincerely made that prayer from your heart, you are now a child of God and have started the journey of a fruitful life. Join a Bible believing Church that will help you grow in God. If you reside in Enugu city feel free to visit us at The Cornerstone Church, Trans-Ekulu, we will be glad to have you.
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