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 Purpose By Design as part of the Series on Following GOD! but before we go on with the discussion let’s listen to this lovely song.
Artist: Fred Hammond
Song Title: Everything
Scripture: Ephesians 2:10
Some years ago I listened to and was captivated by Fred Hammonds Album titles ‘Purpose by Design’, the songs where simply lovely and I must say spirit-filled. I really loved the song “Everything”. Two lines in the song intrigue me whenever I remember the song. They are “my future and my destiny” and “lighting my path to guide my feet”. These two lines capture two essential components of following Jesus I will be discussing today.
- The first is that God has a specific path he has prepared for you to walk in and He designed you for that path.
- The second point we would discuss is that Jesus has walked that path on your behalf, so He knows the directions you are to take.
Your Identity. Your Purpose. Your Destiny. Your Pathway.
You must have heard it several times that God made you unique and He has a path and destiny for you to walk in and achieve. No matter how much this sounds like a cliché, it is actually very true. You are uniquely created by God to fulfill a purpose in His heart and your fulfillment in life will come from walking in that unique path God has predestined for you.
Once, I was meditating on the word of God and it occurred to me that God has already planned out my life before I was born so my work is to discover that path and walk in it. Ephesians 2:10 says that you are God’s workmanship or handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for good works he prepared before hand for you to walk in. God has prepared your path before hand and that path is the best and the most rewarding path for you. He has set out the kind of life you are to live here on earth and designed you uniquely for that path. This is the path to your true destiny.
The thing is that God knows this path but you do not start out knowing it. So you have to discover the path for you to walk in it. The key to discovering and walking in this path is following Jesus.
Jesus Has Already Walked Down Your Path Before!
This brings me to the second point; Jesus has walked this path for you so He knows every junction and turn you need to make as you journey through life.
No matter how smart you are, you can never figure out what God placed you on the earth for and the path you need to take.
That’s what Jesus meant when He said that narrow is the way that leads to life but broad is the way that leads to destruction. Because the right path for you is narrow and the wrong path broad, your natural tendency is to take the wrong path because it is easier to identify. Proverbs puts it like this “there is a way that seems right to man but the end of it is destruction. As a matter of fact there are many ways that readily occur to you, they seem good but the end might just lead to destruction. That is why you need to make Jesus the Lord of your life and trust Him to lead you every step of the way.
Jesus knows you more than you know yourself.
He knows your strengths and your weakness and because He loves you, you will be satisfied with Him leading you in life.
Jesus As Your Guide, Step By Step
You also need to understand how to follow Jesus’ leadings. The second line that captures this point in the song everything is lighting my path to guide my feet. That is exactly how Jesus leads.
[quote]Jesus does not send you on an errand and stays back while you go off. He actually walks with you because He knows that even if He describes the path to you from the onset you will still miss the road.[/quote]
So He follows you step by step, lighting your path and guiding your feet.
When you are on your path following Jesus, looking far ahead, you will only see darkness, but as you go closer you will see clearer, because Jesus lights your path one step at a time. So your best bet is to walk with Him.
Up-close & Personal With Jesus -The Living Word!
I HEAR YOU ASKING, HOW WILL JESUS LIGHT MY PATH? Psalm 199:105 says God’s word is a lamp for your feet and light to your path. In Psalm 199:130 it went on to say that the entrance of God’s word into your heart gives you light and understanding.
In other words, Jesus gives you revelation from the Bible to guide you on your path. This simply means that the basic way to follow Jesus and walk in your God given destiny is to give the word of God first place in your life. You should spend time reading your Bible, listening to Bible-based messages like this one and reading books. As you do this, Jesus will speak to you personally.
Stop Seeking Prophets; Follow JESUS!
Let me say this here. Jesus wants to guide you personally. He died on the Cross to give you direct access to God.
In the new covenant, prophets are Not equipped to give accurate guidance for your personal life.
Once in a while, Jesus will permit them to give you instructions but that is simply abnormal because Jesus wants to lead you personally through the Bible. If you have a habit of going to prophets or ministries for direction, I encourage you strongly to stop it. There are many strong prophets such as Isaiah and Micah in the Bible that will give you direction. With all the money you have spent, your situation only gets better for a while then goes worse. This is because Jesus wants you to follow Him and not a prophet.
In summary, God has a unique path for you, a unique destiny and you cannot discover it with your mind, only Jesus can lead you in that path. So you need to constantly and consistently look to Jesus who is the author and finisher of your faith. This means that Jesus is your future and destiny. He is willing to light your path to destiny and guide your steps.
Trust me, when you walk in the paths of God following Jesus, God will make you a symbol of His love, power and grace to the people around you. You will thoroughly be an ambassador for Jesus wherever God has placed you.
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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