Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions? i.e., What should I do with my life? Why was I created? Perhaps you’ve wondered where your goals, ambitions, and dreams can take you. Or has anyone ever asked you this question, what do you want to be when you grow up? To discover who we are, we must begin with God for the revelation of our life’s purpose.
We have a God-given destiny. God determined our destiny before we were formed or born. He wrote about the days fashioned for us and their number in His book in heaven, i.e., what gifts we have, how long we will live, our kingdom purpose, etc. God created us, and everything begins in Him and finds its purpose in Him (Psalm 139:13 – 15; Isaiah 44:2a; Colossians 1:16; Acts 17:26). God created us with purpose, and grace is the power to carry it out and fulfill it. Whatever our calling is, we can do it by the grace God gives us (2 Timothy 1:9).
“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5
Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:4 – 6
The purpose of our lives is more significant than our fulfillment and happiness. God has a kingdom purpose for each of us. He places each of us in the body of Christ, where we are uniquely suited and needed, and uses the gifts, talents, and abilities that He has placed within us (Romans 12:4-8; 1 Corinthians 12:27; Ephesians 4:11-16).
The Holy Spirit is the giver of both natural and spiritual gifts (Genesis 1:26; Job 33:4; 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Hebrews 2:4). The Spirit can take the natural gifts and talents God created us with (i.e., for music, art, leadership, building, speaking, etc.), reveal them, direct them to His Glory and cause them to reach their full potential (e.g., Exodus 31:3-6). We are created in His image and have different gifts and skills that we are accountable for using to reflect His glory (Matthew 25:14-30).
All of our talents and abilities come from God, but it is up to us to choose how to use them, i.e., for good or evil, for ourselves or God. Our talents, skills, abilities, and passions can guide us into what God created us to do. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal them to you and show you how to use them for God’s glory. Even when we don’t fully realize our purpose yet, God directs us to take jobs and career paths for our training. The things you are doing right now are training you for your destiny. We are destined for the throne to rule and reign with Him, and He is preparing us now (Ephesians 1:18 – 23).
A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
As believers in Christ, we are to spiritually grow up to be mature Christians and become like Christ to influence and impact the world around us (2 Corinthians 3:18). We are not to remain like babies, but to mature through God’s Word, which renews our mind and by walking in the Spirit (Romans 12:2; 1 Corinthians 3:2; Colossians 3:10; Galatians 5:16).
The fastest way to renew our minds is to agree with God! That is humility. When we agree quickly with God about who He says we are, we will experience transformation and breakthrough. Declare His truth over your life! The renewing of our minds is a process. We need to know the truth to renew our minds (John 8:32). We become disciples then disciple-makers (John 8:31-32; Luke 6:40; 14:26-27; Matthew 28:19-20). We need to step into our kingdom’s royal identity as sons and daughters to disciple nations (Ephesians 3:17-19).
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy. 1 Peter 2:9 – 10
Our words or someone else’s words spoken over us, e.g., inner vows, negative words, and word curses, can determine our destiny because life and death are in the power of the tongue (Proverbs 18:21). Negative words based on lies, fear, insecurity, and rejection can keep us from walking in our destiny if we believe them, blocking and hindering our future. We can repent from believing these lies, being fearful or insecure, and allowing rejection into our hearts, followed by renouncing partnering with the enemy’s plans and speak and declare God’s truth over our lives.
For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
In his book “Accessing the Courts of Heaven,” Robert Henderson explains that God wants to see us fulfill our destiny recorded in His book in heaven, but we have an enemy, the devil, who wants to thwart it and stop God’s purposes in the earth. One of the ways he does this is through the operation of curses in our lives.
Curses are a spiritual force that can counteract, delay, or deny our destiny. We need to remove their legal right to afflict us in the courts of heaven (Hebrews 4:16), so we can walk in the freedom Christ died to give us (Galatians 3:13 – 14). We have the authority and power to enforce the verdict rendered on the cross (Luke 10:19).
We need to break any word and generational curses at work in our lives so we can walk in God’s Blessings and our destiny. We do this by asking forgiveness for ourselves and our ancestors (back to Adam), renouncing partnering with demonic spirits and commanding them to go in the name of Jesus and by His blood. It is by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony that we overcome the enemy. We can then command the generational Blessings to come upon us.
“And they overcame him by the blood of the lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” Revelation 12:11
God had an original intent for our destiny before we went through betrayal, trauma, pain, hurts, etc. We need to allow the Lord to bring healing to the wounds of our souls so we can walk in the fulness of our destiny. When there are continual disappointments and frustrations, it causes people to lose hope and stop dreaming. God wants us to dream with Him!
Benji Alexander, a minister from New Zealand, says this, “Destiny is what God saw when He unleashed His limitless power to dream the best for you.” There is nothing average about the call of God on your life (Ephesians 3:20). The ultimate call on our lives is to be passionately and unconditionally overwhelmed with God’s love!
When you dream with God, you must dream big. These are some questions we can ask ourselves. Who am I? What do I want? What are the authentic desires of my heart? Who would I be with? Where would I be? Who would I help?
What are you dreaming about? Who will these dreams impact and make the world a better place?
The enemy tries to steal, kill, and destroy our dreams (John 10:10). Dreams are like a seed that needs planting, watering, and nourishing to bring it to fruition. We need the Holy Spirit to help us dream again and follow His leading to bring it to pass.
It doesn’t matter where you are in life at this moment. Even if we have gotten sidetracked, waylaid, or stalled to move forward or walk in our destiny, we can start walking towards our destiny today. God handles the impossible and has many ways to get us back on the path (Matthew 19:26).
Jesus did all the hard part. We only need to say “Your will be done.” His yoke is easy and His burden is light. Just ask for forgiveness when you blow it and receive His will by faith. We don’t have to work our way back into His will.
We can expect to experience roadblocks and hindrances since the devil doesn’t want us to fulfill our destiny. Not everything is going to be smooth and seamless. But, if we choose to walk in our God-given destiny and follow the leading of the Holy Spirit, we will accomplish our purpose in life regardless of whatever roadblocks and hindrances arise. We have a covenant with God through the blood of Jesus Christ, and we need to stay in alignment with Him to keep on our destiny path. If we seek His kingdom, we’re not going to miss it (Matthew 6:33)!
Dream big with God. Allow Him to bring dead dreams to life. When you abide in Him, and His Words abide in you, He will give you the desires of your heart.
Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
“If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” John 15:7
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20 – 21
But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Heavenly Father, we ask you to bring resurrection life to dead or aborted dreams and restore lost and forgotten dreams that you have ordained for us to walk in. Bring new dreams, eyes to see what is in Your heart for us, and a unique capacity to dream with you! To look beyond the place where we are right now. Help us stay connected to Jesus Christ and keep moving forward into our destiny and advance Your kingdom. In the name of Jesus, Amen.
Note: All Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Henderson, Robert. (2017). Accessing The Courts of Heaven. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: Destiny Image® Publishers, Inc.
Warren, Rick. (2002). The Purpose Driven Life. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan. ™