The devil has no idea about your purpose so stop going to patronize stargazers, Pastor Roland Heavens @gospelaffairsng
The devil has no idea about your purpose so stop going to patronize stargazers, Pastor Roland Heavens
Pastor Roland Heavens an associate Pastor at the Living Faith Church made this known while teaching at the first edition of the online conference of Gospel Affairs Media Network happening on WhatsApp. The teaching which lasted for one hour thirty minutes, ended with questions and answer. Here is the excerpt from the teaching.
To begin with, I would love to say that the topic or subject of purpose has been well expounded, if not overemphasized. So it won’t be out of place to say virtually everyone in this platform has a fair knowledge of what purpose is.
However, according to the anchor scripture of this conference 1 Timothy 4:6 “If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained”.
Essentially my job is to remind us. So let’s start by reminding ourselves what purpose is and what purpose is not before we go into discovering purpose…
Naturally, I love knowing the exact meaning of words for a better understanding and easy communication. Now, according to the dictionary Purpose is
An original intend or an expected end, or how something was made to function…
According to Dr. Myles Munroe, Purpose is the original intended for creating a thing or a product…
Biblically, Purpose is God’s intention for creating and fashioning you. That is the reason for your existence.
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
Jeremiah 1:10 “See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant. 1:11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, Jeremiah, what seest thou? And I said I see a rod of an almond tree.”
That was God speaking to Jeremiah, making him understand that he had a purpose for creating him. So we serve the God of purpose according to Ecc. 3:1
Apostle Paul speaking in the Galatians 1:15 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, 1:16 To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood
Paul understood his purpose. He said God separated him and ordained him to preach his son among the heathen so Paul knew exactly what his purpose was. Jesus, our Savior came on purpose. Matthew 1:21
Some group of persons asked John the Baptist Who art thou? John told them in specific terms who he was and what his purpose was.
Now, having established what purpose is let’s quickly look into THE JOURNEY INTO PURPOSE (you may title it discovering purpose)
It was Martin Luther who said, “Any man who has not discovered his purpose for living is not fit to live”.
Myles Munroe added that “When the purpose of a thing is not known, abuse is inevitable”
No wonder we have so many Pastors who should be comedians, doctors, engineers wasting their time on the altar and making a mess of the gospel. No wonder we have so many lawyers who should be pastors, musicians etc. just wasting their time in the chambers…all because someone failed to discover their purpose…
Let me quickly note here that, one can become successful, yes very successful and “make it big in life even when they are doing what is not God’s purpose for their lives
But, the distinguishing factor is FULFILLMENT
Whatever you do or you are doing that does not give you a sense of fulfillment is not God’s purpose for you… You have to rethink
This is why one can be a banker, working and seeing cash every day and yet they still feel very poor and wants something more…one can be an oil worker receiving heavy salary yet is not satisfied because there is no fulfillment and some of them end up resigning.
Some even commit suicide… That shall not be your portion in the name of Jesus
That is because there is something God himself put inside of us called PURPOSE that is always seeking for expression…
The truth is NOTHING IS AS SATISFYING AS KNOWING GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE AND NOTHING CAN COMPENSATE FOR NOT KNOWING IT
PLEASE, BEWARE OF THE FOLLOWING ON YOUR WAY TO DISCOVERING YOUR PURPOSE…
- AMBITION: this is what you naturally feel like doing, what you want to do for yourself by yourself. The danger in ambition is that it does not have God’s backing…see 2 Samuel 15:16-18 Absalom had the ambition of been a king and so he planned to overthrow his father, David… Absalom didn’t live to see his ambition materialize…
- IMPRESSION: this is wanting or trying to become like those who may have impressed you in one way or the other. E.g. you want to be like your Dad who is a doctor…
- IMAGINATION: this is the act of image formation in your mind. E.g. some of us on this platform imagine themselves been senators and owing 56 cars like Dino Melaye😄
- Situations: circumstances of life could make one change the course and direction of their life without asking God what their purpose is. E.g. today we have a lot of pastors who joined ministry work because they are tired of looking for jobs…
Now how do I discover my purpose?
The journey into the discovery of purpose begins with a deep, heart seated desire to know what you are created for. …
Proverbs 18:1 through desire a man, having separated himself, seeketh and intermeddleth with all wisdom.
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
This is where THE PRAYER OF inquiry COMES IN. Then separate yourself from the crowd of life and ask God…
Jeremiah 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me when ye shall search for me with all your heart.
This is where THE PRAYER OF inquiry COMES IN, SO you ask God in prayers…
- Father, what is your plan for my life?
- Father, what exactly have you created me for?
- Father, what should I do with this life you gave me….?
- Father, what have you anointed me for, what have I been ordained for?
Jeremiah 33:3 said “Call unto me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things you do not know…”
So God is ever ready to show you either by an audible voice, the witness of the spirit, dream, and vision or by any other means he chooses to…
Deuteronomy 29:29 The secret things belong unto the LORD our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law.
The truth is your purpose is a secret only God knows of. The devil has no idea about your purpose so stop going to patronize stargazers
Habakkuk 2:1 I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer when I am reproved.
Ask God for prayers…
Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several abilities; and straightway took his journey.
None of us is born empty, whether you are born again or not you have some special talents that point to God’s purpose for your life. Discover them and seek mentorship…
Talent is God’s gift to us, what we do with it is our gift to God…
Maintain a studious life too. Daniel understood his purpose from the Book. Daniel 9:2
Question 1: Peradventure, my Father or mother did not discover their purpose, will that in anyway affect my purpose or will it hinder me from discovering my purpose
Pastor Roland: Not at all sir. Your Father’s purpose has got nothing to do with yours. Even though you share the same DNA you do not share the same purpose and ultimately that wouldn’t affect yours. You owe yourself the responsibility to ask God for your own purpose. We never heard who Paul’s Father was or what his purpose neither did we ever read of Jeremiah Father’s purpose but it didn’t stop them from discovering their…
Question 2: Another question here says “Can my passion be my purpose? Because the more I pray the more my passion grows, It’s like my prayer concerning my purpose is fuelling my passion??
Pastor Roland: Hmm. Yeahhh. Your passion could have a direct link to your purpose. Recall how Nehemiah always wanted to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem. In fact, the passion to see it happened affected him at his office as a cupbearer until the kind noticed it and eventually sent him to go and rebuild it. Even Saul, who later became Paul had a passion to protect God’s name which was why he was killing and persecuting Christians not knowing he was applying his passion wrongly. But here is the thing, you must be careful to make sure you are not been influenced by what you see in others. You know people can develop a passion for music just because of the fame another artist of the minister has in it. But it is always best to know whether your passion is stemmed out of your purpose
Question 3: You have already discovered your purpose but you are not getting all the support you needed and everything you planned is just not going as planned, you’ve prayed and it seems like God is not listening and you really feel like giving up….what is d next thing to do??
Pastor Roland: Don’t give up. Those who give up don’t go up. That is why you need mentorship from people who have succeeded and gone ahead of you in your line of purpose. The truth is whatever is from God will always attract challenges. Paul said ” for a great and effectual door is opened unto me but there are many adversaries “…but let me assure you that if it is coming from God then be sure that He will make a way, not immediately but eventually
Question 4: Can my talent be my purpose
Pastor Roland: Your talents are not exactly your purpose because you can have quite a number of talents at the same time. But talents, as I said earlier, could be pointers to your purpose. For instance, I personally, by the grace of God I have the gift and talent of talking in public (now, talking is an easy thing to do, but not so easy when you stand before people but I do it with ease. This could be because my purpose has to do with TALKING TO PEOPLE IN LARGE GROUPS
Question 5: Does comparing one person to another help the individual being compared find purpose especially the younger generation. And is there anything like right comparison? If YES how can we go about it in helping the younger generation find purpose?
Pastor Roland: Comparison is not good and the Bible warns against it. “the Bible said THEY THAT COMPARE themselves WITH OTHERS ARE NOT WISE”…SO, YES THERE IS COMPARISON. How do you overcome it? Stay focused on your purpose. Learn from others and apply their secrets to your purpose and keep succeeding. Don’t try to be like them. You are unique and original. Don’t become their copy. GET THE BOOK “YOU ARE ORIGINAL, DON’T DIE A COPY” written by John Mason
Question 6: You said some lawyers are supposed to be Pastor so they are wasting their time. The question is can a lawyer be a pastor or musician at the same time?
Pastor Roland: Well, I mean no disrespect to our learned colleagues. But the reality of the day is that we have people like that.
Now to the question, you can only be ONE THING God originally created you for and when you must have discovered it any other thing you do is a hobby. So we have people actually majoring in their hobbies and minoring in their God-ordained purpose. That is why it becomes expedient to ask God to show you
He ended the session by praying and recommending books for the participants