Sermon Note – Shouts of Grace Center, Sunday, March 17, 2019.
Message taught by Rev. Dunamis Tunde Okunowo
To fulfill purpose there are steps we have to take and steps we have to avoid from taking if we have to fulfill purpose
Psalm 119:133 – order my steps in your word
1. Your steps into purpose are ordered in the word of God
The word of God is extremely important in the discovery of purpose for your life.
The word of God can keep you firm and keep you on the path of destiny.
When God is the one ordering your steps they will be established.
2. Right living is required for the fulfillment of your purpose, you cannot live carelessly, and you have to be deliberate.
Living and running away from sin and compromise has something to do with your purpose
God will order your steps and your stops, there are things you are supposed to do, and there are some things that you are not supposed to do. God will order them.
You cannot fulfil purpose in your strength, you are going to need God all the way.
Joseph and Samson are standard examples of how iniquity can stop purpose and how deciding for God and saying no to iniquity can get you into the place of destiny.
Every time you are on the path of purpose, iniquity, temptations, traps will come after you. The devil has an idea of your greatness (he is not omniscient, he just has experience).
The devil knows that fulfilling your purpose will advance God’s kingdom and that is what the devil does not want.
A reason people give for falling into the traps of the enemy is “what do I have to lose”
What you have to lose is not what you see now, but your future.
The more intense your trials are the more glorious your future is.
Learn to say NO because responsibilities in life will not be given you beyond your personal discipline.
You have to learn to stand your ground in life. Joseph refused to go to bed with Potiphar’s wife.
There are times that it looks like you lost when you are standing for God. Nobody looses in God.
There is no where you find yourself that God can’t take you out of it.
When you are trying to live right and you get punished for it, know that in God it is not a punishment but a set up for the place of destiny and purpose.
When you stand for God you are assured of victory.
3. Steps talk of process
Your first step is very important and each step you take means you are closer to your destination.
4. There are distractions to purpose – one major distraction of purpose is the word strife.
Strife hinders your prayers.
In fulfilling purpose you have to deal with people, people can stop you from fulfilling purpose (an example is Moses and the children of Israel).
You have to be careful about people
Most of the wrong steps you have taken in life are because of people – Wrong friends.
It is dangerous to listen to people on the same level with you, they will advise you based on what they know which is limited. This is why it is important to have a mentor.
Your relationship with people has to be from a spiritual point otherwise you will move from one offence to another and the goal is to frustrate your purpose.
The enemy sits down to strategize; you need to understand that nothing just happens.
Strife is so dangerous that it can scatter a church if allowed.
1 Samuel 16:14-19:23
14 – David behave himself “wisely”. He didn’t react based on what King Saul did.
It’s not everything that you try to avenge – Make sure you are done with revenge mentality
Romans 12:19 – God is saying don’t revenge, let me handle it
When someone does something terrible to you it is a set up from the devil to cause you to lose your joy.
When you feel slighted or cheated, the devil wants you to open the door for strife, learn to be adaptable and adjustable. Avoid strife as much as you can
There are two doors to strife
a. The door of our lips – your words, what you say
A careless or wrongly placed word out of your mouth can cause strife.
Watch what you say.
Strife is not a sin you sin alone, don’t let someone make you a refuse dump
b. The door of pride
Obadiah 1:3 – Pride deceives
5. Embrace your days of insignificance
We all have a glorious destiny
Learn never to despise your first steps, as little and insignificant those first steps are they are ordered.
The ordering of steps does not begin at the height of success.
Don’t despise beginning steps, David had to lead the sheep before he could lead the nation.
God does not start people from the top, it is only the grave that starts from the top is the grave
The best way to lead is to first become a follower, become humble.
Be humble, don’t be proud. Without humility you cannot be lifted.
Purpose is powerful.
2 Corinthians 4:17
Whatever you are going through you need to have the right attitude, it should not get you depressed.
Every lady must know how to perceive purpose if not she will go for the superficial.
- I will fulfill purpose, I will not be distracted.
- Father, show me great and mighty things about my life and destiny and purpose
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