Sermon Note – Shouts of Grace Center, 3rd March 2019
a) God is a God of purpose. Isaiah 46:10-11
He doesn’t create anything anyhow, everything he create has a purpose
Everything is predetermined.
Your environment, friends, siblings, family etc all have a purpose for being attached to you.
Stop envying someone who was born outside the country and identify with God’s purpose for your life
If a person who lives in a remote village without opportunity finds purpose he will become better and greater than someone in a city who has not found purpose. It’s not about environment first of all.
Change does not start outside, it starts inside, we have the grace and strength to alter our environment and not for our environment to influence us
Isaiah 46:10 – God declares the end from the beginning.
God had made the gift of Jesus available even before the first man came
(The lamb was slain from the foundation of the world)
Don’t leave your life to “FATE”, give your life to Jesus, identify with him and walk with Him, He will help you align to what he has written about your life in the volume of the books.
The more aligned you are to God’s purpose for your life, the more prosperous you will be.
God’s is very detailed; He has carved out a purpose for you even before your parents ever met.
Vs 11 – If you cooperate with God, He will do what He has purposed in your life.
b) God created everything with a purpose.
Everything you see around you, humans, animals e.t.c. was created with a purpose
You are not here by mistake.
c) Not every purpose is known to us.
Most people don’t know their purpose, some think they know, but they don’t
Ephesians 1:17 – our understanding has eyes and Apostle Paul was praying that the eyes of our understanding will be enlightened that we may know the hope of his calling i.e. that is we might discover purpose
Philippians 3:12 – He says there is a progressive revelation of the purpose of God for your life.
The purpose of God that you know might just be a timely little aspect of your purpose for this season, so you need to keep discovering.
God has planned out everything, and sometimes you think you know it, but you don’t have an idea. This is why you have to keep on being with God.
God will never reveal all of your purpose to you at once. This is because it will scare you; you might not believe it and you might not go back to God again if you know everything about your purpose.
God will reveal a little bit of your purpose that you need for that specific time. He will also show you the end of it.
HE shows us the end, so that the discouragements we might face now will not discourage us eg like Joseph his dreams of his brothers bowing served as an encouragement even when his brothers sold him. Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before Him (Hebrews 12:2).
Don’t put pressure on anybody, put your pressure on God, when your time comes, like Joseph nobody will forget you.
When it got to the chapter of Joseph’s life that he should be a prime minister, he was remembered.
Always live ready, so that opportunity can meet with preparation.
Every time you pray in the Holy Ghost you are living ready, keep on praying, keep on fasting. Joseph didn’t first go and pray when they called him to come and interpret the dream.
d) Where purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable.
If you know the purpose of God for your life, there are some sins you will quit forever.
This is why we have to find out purpose.
Samson unlike Joseph did not understand God’s purpose for his life, that was why he kept following women.
The course you studied may or may not have anything to do with your purpose.
Your purpose is your major source of income. It is where your prosperity lies.
Find out your purpose and develop yourself
It is through your purpose that your name will go all over the world – I will make your name great, this happens through your purpose
Lord, I want to discover my purpose, I want to find out why I am here.
Sunday, 3rd March 2019
Topic: Principles of Purpose Part 1
Ministering: Pastor Dunamis Okunowo
Venue: Shouts Of Grace Center
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