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PURSUIT OF PURPOSE

Have you ever heard the saying that you can know something by knowing what it is not? This is the elimination method of inquiry.Presumably you have heard about the trial and error way of doing things! 

This is based on pure chance called probability!
PURPOSE in a sense doesn’t work by elimination or probability. 

Purpose is an essence, a reason, a cause for something, the quiddity of existence. It is what drives you, what motivates you and the very core basis of your life. 

Life is too short to be spent trying to ply different routes in search of the best, it is very short to live without purpose. 

…”If a man knows not what harbor he seeks, every wind is the right wind”… 

Living without purpose is like sailing without a compass, two things are like to happen : first you will never get to your destination and secondly you will arrive at a place you never intended.

The most important aspect of purpose is this: Nobody can attain purpose without God. In the discovery of God you get to understand that ever thing revolves around Him. 

Your passion, talents, skills, intellect, race, status, exposure, experience, aptitude, likes, dislikes are carefully selected by God which he intends them to fit into his eternal plan for one lives. 

One may live a hundred years and die with fame, yet he didn’t fulfil purpose because he mistook career for purpose. 

What you love doing is not purpose per say but they lead you to the path of discovering the essential. 

How to find your purpose

                THE HOW OF PURPOSE

A Major question on purpose is usually How do I discover purpose? In totality, no one is able to know everything about his purpose, rather you can be in a path that either leads you there or not. Jesus said “I am the way, the truth and the life”. 

God guides our path to his will for our lives.

1. if you want to discover purpose, do the right thing. Doing the wrong thing in most cases takes us away from what we are to do. For instance, how can you develop passion for healthcare without taking your health classes serious? With the discovery of purpose comes a conscientious decision to do what’s right no matter the situation. 

2. Channel your passion, talent and skills to the right thing. This will eventually take you to the purpose. Only people who are busy can discover purpose. 

3. The secret purpose lies in your daily agenda. Purpose is never futuristic, it is in the now? What you do now must have a link with how ur future will be. 

Live the future you envision today. Don’t wait for that future, act it today. 

4. Dedicate yourself and your resources to a cause of service for humanity. This is very important, first we are meant to serve God and then serve men. If what you are is just borne out of selfishness then you are yet to discover purpose. Your purpose must serve your creator and the needs of men. 

5. Walk with God and stay focused. 
See you at the top 
– co-published with permission from a good friend of mine “PLUTO“. 

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Not What You’d Expect 

Text :- Ephesians 3:20 GNB “To him who by means of his power working in us is able to do so much more than we can ever ask for, or even think of:”

The Unexpected package

Have ‭‭you ever prayed and believe God for something… that came eventually but not in the form or package you were expecting? Most times in life God blesses us with things we really need not things we just want.

Peter heals a lame man at the beautiful gate

Take a look at the life of the beggar at the beautiful gate in Acts 3:1-10 GNB. On seeing Peter and John the beggar looked on them with high expectations for what he wanted of them which was money but God who’s all knowing, through the Holy Spirit ministered to the apostles what the beggar really needed which was far more valuable than money because if it were money he needed Peter would just pray and God by some divine intervention provide the money for him that’ll certainly in the long run get exhausted and he’ll return again to the temple to beg. But by the grace of God he was granted a whole new package not what he was expecting – the ability to walk again which was worth more that just change he was expecting. 

Let me use my life as an example of receiving something from God in a way that totally beats my very own expectations. 

After high school I enrolled for an examination that if you passed you’ll be given an admission to any university of your choice. So after much prayers, commitment to study and with so much expectations I sat for the exam. In the examination hall I sat besides a lad who was engaging in examination malpractice and his tools were legit, I mean, like literally the same with the examination questions. The examination hall was quite free you could do whatever you want and this lad offered to be of assistance to me by sharing his malpractice tools with me    (you could imagine the very tempting scenery) of which I bluntly refused saying to myself “I am a child of God, why would I an accomplice to cheating?” After the examination I waited patiently for the result in faith and with high expectations. The result finally came – oh boy, it was nothing near my expectation I was way way lower than the expected cut-off mark that’d have qualified me for the university of my choice. In fact I lost faith, hope and my life was like a totally trainwreck. I began to doubt the existence of God, I’ll be so angry during prayers, devotions and I’m like I’m I even doing here God’s not real, He doesn’t answer prayers I’m just wasting time here. See the lad who cheated he must have passed splendidly nobody cares how you did it they just wanna see the results. Well, I came to be and I confessed and repented of all the hate and believed God was working in ways I couldn’t see. All this time of having hate for God, denial and regrets I didn’t know God was preparing a whole new package for me in a completely different way not what I’d have expected. That same year I got info about a federal scholarship to study abroad and I applied. I reluctantly went for the examination and I passed, went for an interview – passed, went for medical and other procedures I passed splendidly. Everything was just going smoothly. I studied marine engineering at the Arab Academy for Science Technology & Maritime Transport. Today I’m a marine engineer STCW ’78 certified. Now my unexpected package was this, God so elevated me amongst my peers and those who saw me as a failure. He took me to a height they never imagined to attain. If I had cheated and definitely would have passed that examination I’d have missed out on God’s perfect plans for my life. I’d be happy leaving the good life but not the God-life. It didn’t come the way or at the time I expected. 


God doesn’t always do things as we expect Him to. Though we don’t have to look for odd ways to serve Him, He sometimes uses unusual and peculiar methods to do His works. He uses various ways to guide us and confirm His directions for our lives. 

I pray that God guide us into the right occupation, opportunities and relationships as we live our everyday lives in Jesus name. Amen!

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THE “AVAILABLE” AND THE “READY”

Have you walked into your favourite restaurant so famished, and with a particular delicacy in mind which can give the hunger a perfect satisfaction, but to your disappointment, your chef tells you it still being prepared, in other words food is not “ready“. Now you’re left with no choice but to wait a little longer or you could simply order something else, “the available“. You are not patient enough to wait, the hunger presses even more it just becomes unbearable, you loose control and fall for the “available” and you say to yourself… well, it’s worth it (settling for less)

This applies to our daily lives, our career, our marriages, our relationship, our Christian life, our family etc. The restaurant (favorite) is the place we get whatever we need in life (God), the food signifies what things we need in life, hunger is the challenges we face that makes us limit our decision and take the available.
We settle for the “available” rather than wait patiently for God’s appointed time to give us what we actually need – the “ready”. 


You want that kind of relationship your friend is into now, you want that marriage now, you want that job now, that education now, all my friends are married or are in a relationship now and we want one too, all my mates have graduated, why is mine always different. And then you tend to indulge in whatever available means to satisfy that urge at all cost. 

I will tell you why yours is different, God wants you to prepare yourself for what he is preparing for you, he wants you to be “ready” when its “ready” to achieve this he wants you to have patience, faith, prayer and fellowship to wait for the potter to make our vessels ” ready” and perfect. Jeremiah‬ ‭18:1-6‬ ‭GNB‬‬

We want what we see now because it will satisfy our flesh, because it what everyone is doing or has, because the society sees it right to be good, because we think opportunities come but once. So we wanna go get it before we even think twice if that very desire was in accordance to the will of God. After all they say, “Heaven helps those who helped themselves.” when in fact, in this generation heaven actually helps those who cannot help themselves. 

We loose guidance, focus, target and begin to wander away in dryness, emptiness, unfulfilled, and dead.

(proverbs 23: 26) “Pay close attention, son, and let my life be your example.”    Proverbs‬ ‭23:26‬ ‭GNB‬‬ 

Are you ready to give God your heart to guide, are you ready to observe his ways to make the right choices or decisions?

Are you ready to persevere for it to be “ready”, or you will just have the “available”?. 

Perseverance is the key to being a faithful Christian. God not giving you what you prayed for immediately doesn’t mean He’s wicked or He doesn’t hear prayers. He’s making you wait to build you so you could be fully grounded in the things of God. He’s got a wide perspective of your yesterday, the now, and your tomorrow. Having this perspective, He knows that if He grants you that request it’ll pull you away from Him, so He’s gonna just make you wait till you’ve learnt to totally depend on Him (Perseverance). Remember He promise to give you an expected end and His words are Ye and Amen. 

I urge everyone of us to always persevere in times of lack or in times of expectations. God loves us. He said anything we whisper in his ear, that He’ll do for us. In the same vein he doesn’t want us to get lost in our pursuit for happiness, riches and every other heart desires rather He wants us to wait for the “READY” and not settle for “THE AVAILABLE”. 

No wonder‭‭ David said in Psalms‬ ‭37:7‬ ‭GNB, “Be patient and wait for the LORD to act; don’t be worried about those who prosper or those who succeed in their evil plans.”

Persevere and wait until God’s time to grant you your heart desires, don’t be in a hurry to accept the available that often comes with one said problems or the other and they never last. 

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength…  Isaiah 40:31 KJV

I pray God gives you the strength to always wait on Him. God bless you!

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COMMIT 

(Commit oneself to), (Be committed to)

Def :- Be dedicated to something., resolve to remain in an emotional relationship with someone. 

To be committed to something – in this world of confusion, uncertainty and disbelief as Christian we’re to fully ourselves to God, His ways and His word. We cannot continue to live a double standard lifestyle. It’s distasteful to God

It’s either you commit to God or you commit to sin. As the popular saying goes “if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for everything” you can’t stand for what you’re not committed to

Joshua 15:24 says, …then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Now that’s an example of total commitment. You can’t say you’re committed to God when today you’re in this sin, and then you realized and confessed, cool! But the next, you’re back to the same sinful lifestylelike a dog going back to its vomit (Prov 26:11). 

You’ll discover that when we commit to God – having a relationship with Him, it becomes evident in our lives, our personal behaviors and our relationships with others. Literally in the world today, unbelievers don’t have to read a bible to get converted. I mean, how could they even understand without the Holyspirit to guide them? They tend to read our lives, find out what we’re committed to, observe how we applied this commitment into our everyday lives. Giving them a thorough understanding of who we really are and what we stand for and then giving them a change of heart to come into repentance and thus giving God the glory. 
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PAPER PLANES

Every now and then we’re often faced with setbacks, trials and temptations because you chose to lead a godly lifestyle that makes you wish you could just fly away to someplace far from all of these setbacks. It could be at school, amongst peers or even in the home. In the scripture, 1 Thessalonians‬ ‭3:1-7‬ ‭GNB‬‬ studying the life of Paul and the early Christian we got a crystal clear understanding that suffering and setbacks are an inevitable part of a Christian life. All that matters is your attitude towards whatever situation it may be.

Instead of just giving up hope, packing up and flying to your imaginary universe on paper planes ✈️, we should stand our ground and face whatever trials our adversary the devil throws our way. Roar at them because we have hope and believe on the one true and loving father – GOD. 

Most times God keeps quiet when we’re faced by these setbacks, not because He hates us or He doesn’t care. He uses every trial and temptations we face to refine you for His glory.

Therefore, as believers (godly youths) whenever we’re faced by trials, setbacks, lack etc. don’t give up on God for He said in His word, Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint“.

So shun every paper plane you think is going to carry you away to someplace far from whatever situation you’re going through. In fact you were made for a time such as that – giving all glory to God for he cares for you. Trust in the Lord and wait on Him.

Tough times never last, but tough people do – Robert H. Schuller

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SAY NO

Now, this is a masterpiece from someone I love and respect so much. she’s been a source of inspiration. She’s an herald of God’s kingdom to this generation – Princess Peace thank you so much.

Text: ‭‭Romans‬ ‭8:3‬ ‭GNB, ‭‭Titus‬ ‭2:11-12‬ ‭GNB‬‬

 

And sin whispers to
our minds thus:
let’s take that money no one will know or care how you got it. Imagine the stuffs  you could purchase with it, remember those shoes, that new hairdo, don’t forget the party with that girl/boy etc.
with this you can afford everything you need.
SAY NO

See that fine, sexy girl/boy.
imagine the feeling with him/her in bed.
oh that enticing sensation. It’s normal everyone is doing it, try it, just this once.
SAY NO

Why should you say the whole thing as it was, why not change some things, remove this one, add that one, just don’t say the truth nobody will know just a small lie it’s  no big deal.
SAY NO

Why are you wasting time
reading or studying, it just stressful studying right!? Beside it too boring
You could cheat you know, after all “cheating is fun, only when you get caught it’s a crime”.
SAY NO

Seeing him/ her in his/her fancy shoes, clothes, house,car etc.
It will be good to have them all.
people will call you big boy/big girl
you will be the top classy boy / girl
you must do all it takes to have it all.
SAY NO

Let’s learn to say no to the voice of sin
our flesh is always hungry for sin and the more we feed it with sin it hungers for more but when you stop saying YES
and continuously say NO thereby starving the flesh of these lustful desires and in turn feeding your spirit and once it’s being starved it suffers
malnutrition, hunger and dies.
And the spirit takes over controlling all
may. May God empower us with divine strength and ability of self discipline, to be able to say NO to sin.