Finding Purpose – Part 2

Finally!! Part 2 of Finding Purpose is out!

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If you want to know the purpose of a thing, who do you go to? You go to the creator of that thing. Only the creator can tell you why he created it, what he created it for and the functionality of the thing.

If however, you get the information from somebody else, that person either obtained the information from the creator in person, or read the creator’s manual. The person could also just be assuming based on his/her use of something similar. In this case, the abuse (abnormal use) of the thing is inevitable.

It is the same with us humans. There is a purpose for mankind. There is a purpose for the creation of YOU in particular, and only your creator, GOD can tell you your true purpose. Getting this knowledge from anywhere else will surely result in the abuse (abnormal use) of your gifts and talents (your functionality). Your gifts and talents are given to you to fulfil your purpose.

For a very long time, I felt very unfulfilled with my life. I knew my life had a purpose and I even had an idea of what it was but I just couldn’t get myself to begin living it. I tried to learn from many different books but with some of them, I was even more confused because most of them would ask me what me loved to do. Problem was, I loved to do quite a few things. Which one exactly is it?

When I just couldn’t take it anymore, I sat down with my bibles (I like to study with different translations of the bible), iPad, notebook and pencils, and then I said “Father God, I need to know. I need to know. Open my life up to me. Show me who exactly I am. Holy Spirit, the Bible says you will lead me into all truth. Lead me into the truth of who I am. I am ready to know.” That began a very beautiful journey of discovery.

I discovered that the Lord had been waiting for me to discover me. He needed me to know who I am more than I ever wanted to know. The whole of creation is waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God. If the sons of God do not know who they are, what are they manifesting?

Until you know exactly what purpose you have been created for, you will not be able to affect your world with your light. You will not be able to eliminate the darkness in your world; God has given you solutions in your purpose to eliminate the darkness in the world around you.

Where exactly do I go to study in the bible to find out my purpose? You’re probably thinking. Well, the bible lets us know that as He is, so are we in this world. The question is “How is He?” Those were the thoughts that came to me.

I felt inspired in my spirit to go to the beginning, Genesis, to begin answering the question. I acted like I had never known God and was learning about Him for the first time. And oh my! What a discovery! As I began from Genesis 1, the Holy Spirit began to open up different passages to me.

I came out of that quest with a mission statement for my life; to inspire and empower others live fulfilled lives. And now, I help others discover their purpose using their creator’s manual (the Bible) with the very present help of the Spirit of the creator, the Holy Spirit, leading them into the truth of who they are.

I am a firm believer that the discovery of your purpose is the discovery of your money, your wealth. So, get ready for when you discover your purpose, you will surely discover your wealth.

More on your purpose and your wealth in my next post.

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Finding Purpose – Part 1

01edd52425868b1ebe513d30a2662382162aeaa9a5_00001I read a lot! I love reading. I love to research things and learn new things. I especially love to teach what I learn. I am a traditional reader. I prefer to read books in paper form. When I read, I jot down my thoughts, underline, highlight and stick post-it notes on the pages of the book.

In addition to Christian and Inspirational books, I read a lot of Management books as well. A couple years ago, I started reading biographies. If I had $1000 (one thousand dollars), I could spend it all on books and feel completely satisfied.

I love to read the bible. I have quite a number of bibles in different translations and I will be acquiring more.  There’s still a lot out there I don’t yet have. When I study the bible, I use “study bibles” but you know, the most interesting part for me is checking out verses in the different bible translations I have. I find that I get great understanding by doing so. In all your getting, get understanding, right? This helps!

Of course, the Holy Spirit is there to guide me, because sometimes, a bible verse may not be accurately translated by even the most popular translations. I always encourage people to buy bibles in different translations, as led by the Holy Spirit. And now, I am advising you to do the same! And use them! They are not to be displayed as home library decoration.

I read in the biography of E.W. Kenyon by Joe McIntyre, that his brother at some point during the start of his ministry said to him, the one who helps the people is the one who knows and preaches the Word of God.” That inspired me to delve deeper in my study of the bible. I believe that as the catalyst for growth and development, we women need to know the Word of God. We are here to help! Everyone of us have a people we have been sent to – no matter how small, how large, even if it is just one person – the knowledge of the Word of God will help us help them.

Have I read the bible from cover to cover? No, I haven’t! Have I tried to do so? Yes, I have? So, what happened? Why haven’t I still read the bible from cover to cover? I believe that the Lord works with each of us in very specific ways, depending on the purpose we are here in this life to fulfill. I believe that at very specific times in our lives, if we allow Him guide us, rather than be guided by principles, not only will we achieve more in our lives but we will focus on the relevant things. Please don’t misunderstand me, principles are great and important, but without the guidance of the Holy Spirit… (With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. Proverbs 3:6. ERV)

Not every word or story in the bible is relevant to me fulfilling my purpose, and so, the Holy Spirit is not going to be focusing my attention on them. Hun! Well, it is what I have discovered. There are a lot of passages I come across as I study but don’t quite have a full understanding of. Initially, I would try and try to understand those areas. I have even gone out to buy a new bible I thought would help me understand the passage, but still my understanding wouldn’t go deeper than I already had.

One day, I heard the voice of the Spirit of God within me say “Stop trying. Focus on where I open your understanding in.” You know, when you initially here such words, it’s hard to believe because God must most definitely want us to know everything in the bible, so, get thee behind me Satan.  Anyway, I knew it was His voice and so I believed and left those areas alone. I learnt from E.W. Kenyon that when I study, I should ask the Holy Spirit to open the bible up to me and make it a living thing in my spirit. I have found that it helps my focus as to areas to study in the bible.

It is most important for me to state here that I discovered my purpose from studying the bible. I had tried in the past to follow the steps written in books on how to discover one’s purpose, but I would get really confused with some of them because I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I was called to do, out of the number of things I wanted to do. One day, in my cry to God to make me what He wants me to be, He opened some scriptures up to me in the bible that led me to my purpose.

More of how I discovered my purpose in my next post.

Did you find this read inspiring?  Have you discovered your purpose?  How do you study the bible?  Let me know! Leave a comment.

Reference: E.W. KENYON and His Message of Faith – The True Story by Joe McIntyre

Becoming YOUer – the best version of you

 

Welcome to the month of March!!

This month I want to begin focusing on finding purpose and the fruit of the Spirit.

There is a version of you that God sees. This version of you is the best version of you. It is the YOU that is living out her purpose. It is the YOU that puts on display, the fruit of the Spirit (But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control… Galatians 5:22-23. ERV).

Which you are you right now? The YOU you would rather not be or the best version of you? Take some moments to think about it.

You will always be you! What I mean is that, the best version of you is not a different person. The best version of you is the you that is more you. As you grow in the best version of you, you are not less you. You are only YOUer. Let us move towards being more of who we truly are as we find purpose and develop the fruit of the Spirit this month.

Did you ever love reading? Do you love reading? Do you read? Most people who do not like to read become lazy or interested in reading the bible. They prefer for the bible to be taught them by someone else who reads it. But what we need to know is, that someone else will interpret the bible to us based on their understanding, which is inspired by their purpose.

No one person knows or understands everything in the bible. We understand only what the Holy Spirit reveals to us. And that depends on our purpose. It is the reason why there are different ministers to certain people, certain places, with a certain message to be delivered in a certain way. The person ministering the Word of God to you right now, may not be the person sent to you!

In other words, his/her message may not be unlocking the you that you are to be – the best version of you. Why does everyone else get blessed and record great testimonies from the message of this minister, but not you? Why are you struggling with experiencing victories, when you seem to be doing everything right? Of course, there may be other reasons, but I have come to discover that it most likely is because that minister is not your gift.

The bible speaks about the five-fold ministry gifts to men, in Philippians 4:11 (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers). Gifts to men! Are you with the right gift? Which gift do you require now? As you study the bible, the Holy Spirit will lead you to your gift or lead your gift to you. The bible says in Romans 12:2 that, as we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, through the study of the word (2 Corinthians 3:18), we will be able to prove (our lives will align with) that which is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God for your life.

My questions for you today are:

  1. Are you living out your purpose?
  2. Are you being the best version of you?
  3. Do you read the bible constantly and intentionally?
  4. Are you being ministered to by your ministry gift?

Spend some time to ponder on these questions, honestly and humbly asking the Holy Spirit to guide you in answering them.

If you answer “Yes” in any of the questions: Wonderful! Keep that answer a “Yes”, and inspire others to also have a “Yes” answer. But if you answer “No” in any of the questions, you need to turn that “No” into a “Yes” by taking action now!

How do you take action?

  1. Make Jesus the Lord of your life. (So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking –around life – and place it before God as an offering… Romans 12:1. MSG).
  2. Start reading the bible with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to open up the Word to you and make it a living thing in your spirit.  (Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2. MSG).
  3. Believe and do whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to do, knowing that He has empowered you to do it. (Yes, it is God who is working in you. He helps you want to do what pleases him, and he gives you the power to do it. Philippians 2:13. ERV).

Reference: “the ME I want to be” by John Ortberg.

Only Believe

When God began speaking to me about OWF, He gave me a Word. He said there would be a positioning for fulfillment. This was in 2008. Then He gave me Luke 1:45 and 37. I like the way the Amplified bible (AMP) translates these verses:

And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord. For with God nothing is ever impossible and no word from God shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment. Luke 1:45,37. AMP

Mary was visited by the angel Gabriel. He told her that she was going to have a son who would be the savior of the world.   He started by telling her in verse 30, not to be afraid because she has found grace (free, spontaneous, absolute favour and loving-kindness (according to the AMP)) with God. Then he told her that she would become pregnant and will give birth to a son. It is important we note that he first said to her “fear not…” before he delivered his message to her.

I believe what he was really saying to her was ‘receive the love of God!’ The bible says in 1 John 4: 18 that perfect love casts out all fear. Fear hinders us from experiencing the love of God. Fear stops us from dreaming. Fear stops us from seeing possibilities. Fear stops us from getting pregnant. And when we get pregnant, fear stops us from giving birth to our dreams. The angel gave Mary a purpose. He gave her something to begin to dream about, but before he could plant the seed, the ground had to be prepared and ready to accept the seed.

Mary wondered how she could become pregnant when… well, you know women don’t just get pregnant without nothing happening with a man. Mary had never had the intimate relationship with a man that produces a baby. She was engaged to be married to Joseph at the time. Notice what the angel told her when she expressed her thoughts of the coming to pass of this wonderful information. The angel told her in verse 34 that the Holy Spirit will come upon her and the power of God will overshadow her and bring it to pass. And she believed.

Then, the angel told her of Elizabeth’s pregnancy. Elizabeth was in her old age and she had been barren. He added in verse 37 that with God nothing shall be impossible of fulfillment and no word from God shall be without power.  Why did he tell her of Elizabeth, someone that she knew? I believe it was to confirm to her the possibilities with believing a Word from God and the power of God.

When Mary met with Elizabeth later on, Elizabeth, referring to Mary exclaimed “And blessed (happy, to be envied) is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of the things that were spoken to her from the Lord.”

With OWF community, the Lord is using a Sister to confirm to another Sister (through the great and beautiful victories He shall give her), the possibilities with believing a Word from God and His power to make any seemingly impossible thing possible. He said to me that through OWF, He is raising women who will birth the seemingly impossible as they believe the words He speaks to them.

So, what Word has the Lord said to you? That Word, whether you found it in the bible, it came to you by revelation, it came by the Word of knowledge or from a thought. Just like Elizabeth who was barren, you may be thinking that it would never come to pass (it is dead) because it was given to you a very long time ago. God is saying to you today “Blessed are you who has believed, for there would surely be a fulfillment of the things that I spoke to you… for with Me, nothing is ever impossible and no Word from Me shall be without power or impossible of fulfillment.” Just as He did not need a physical man to get Mary pregnant, He only needs for you to BELIEVE! The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of His presence will overshadow you and birth your testimonies!

Dear Sister, “fear not!” because the Lord is present with you, and He will watch over His Word to perform it in your life, just as He did for Mary and Elizabeth. So, be a part of our community, let us inspire and empower each other to believe God and see His Word come to pass in our lives.

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For real, do you know…

At the start of the journey of the discovery of my purpose, I fell in love with a song by Diana Ross that opens with “Do you know where you are going to.”  It is so inspiring to me. As I continue on my journey I sing the song to myself from time to time.  It forces me to examine where I am at that moment and measure it against my purpose, so I can make the right changes if required.

I sing just the chorus though, which is actually all I need, plus I made a slight change to it.  It goes like this: “Do you know where you’re going to, do you like the things that life is showing you, where are you going to, do you know?  Do you get what you’re hoping for, when you look around you there are no open doors, what are you hoping for, do you know?”  I may not exactly know Diana Ross’ thoughts behind the meaning of the song, but I’ll explain what these words mean to me.

Think about what you are doing.  Think about where you are in your life.  Are you satisfied?  Are you confident of where your life is taking you?  Does everything seem alright in your life to onlookers but in your quiet moments you snuggle up in a corner, in frustration wishing your life could change by some miracle or wishing it would end?  Do you cry out for help in your bedroom when no one else is watching?  Where is your life headed, do you know?  Are you happy with what you see ahead in your future?

What about what you are hoping for, do you get it?

Have you heard that hope keeps one alive?  What you are hoping for is not what you say. What you are hoping for is what you believe, it’s what you think and eventually, it’s what controls your life, what manifests in your life. Do you say you are hoping for a great future but looking around you there’s no joy or peace, no open doors to lead you into that great future?

By open doors I don’t just mean that you have the manifestation of what you are hoping for, it could just be that you have the peace, assurance, confidence that everything is working out just fine.  It could be that even if physically, things are still not as you want them to be, in your heart you can see a bright light all around you or a glimpse of light that assures you that everything’s going to be just fine.

This means you trust the Lord so much that you remain fulfilled no matter what.  You are just so fulfilled and happy with your life because you know exactly where you are headed.  Therefore, you can just as Paul did, boldly declare that you have learnt to be content in all things.

Just take a while to look into what you are really hoping for.  In other words, what do you really believe about your future?  You may be very fearful of the future, very unsure of the future. You may just really believe that there is no hope for your future because you have made so many mistakes in the past or experienced a lot of disappointments, or someone told you you’ll never amount to anything good. Listen, you cannot separate what you believe from what you hope for.  The direction of your believing determines the direction of your hope.

I want you to never forget this “You give what you believe the power to control your life.”

If your believing is right, your hoping will be right and when you look around you there’ll be open doors.  You may like what you say you’re hoping for but does what you believe align with what you say you’re hoping for?  If you are not getting what you say you are hoping for (you are not seeing the open doors), then it’s time to examine what you really believe.

If what you are hoping for does not align with what you believe, no matter how confidently you try to talk about what you are hoping for, there will always be this thought in your heart wishing that you actually believed what you’re saying or you will be fearfully praying in your heart for what you are saying to come to pass. So, what do you really believe?

Dear Sister, ask yourself what you really believe concerning your life.  Write down your belief.  Are you doing that confidently?  Are you even able to write down anything?  Are there any negative thoughts?  I have been there and out.  I want to help you.

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Mirror Image

Can I ask you to do a quick exercise? I can? Great! Thank you!

Look into a mirror and introduce yourself to you.

Do you know that not everybody can do this? “Why not?” You’re probably asking. I’ll tell you! Not everybody can do this because some people do not like who they see when they look into a mirror. The mirror is an object that reflects light without diffusing it so that it will give back a clear image of anything placed in front of it.

When some people look in a mirror, they avoid looking into their eyes because, it is when you look into your eyes that you see your true self. You see beyond the physical, you into your soul, into your spirit. If you do not like “YOU” you will not like what you see when you look into a mirror even if you are extremely gorgeous.

What image do you see when you look into a mirror?

People have different reasons why they don’t like themselves. For some people, it is because of a habit they have not been able to break away from. For some people, it is the way their body is shaped. For some, it is their size. For some, it is the thoughts that people just don’t like them. There are many different reasons for this. Whatever it is, the truth is that it is all in the mind. If you change your thinking about yourself, you will change your life.

At some point in my life, I didn’t like who I saw in the mirror. I felt like God had blessed me with great dreams and I couldn’t bring them to pass. I was either procrastinating or trying too hard and nothing was happening. I had experienced some disappointments, especially in my business that I became afraid to try again. I became scared of myself. It was almost like I couldn’t trust myself and I began to feel that God couldn’t trust me. I got myself in debt, which was one of the hardest things for me to deal with. One day, I discovered that whatever it is we believe, we give that thing the power to control our lives. It was as though my heart popped open when I discovered that, and I could clearly see God’s love for me. I knew I had to work on what I believed concerning myself. It wasn’t a difficult task because I had the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to help me.

I have had the opportunity to counsel a number of women and one thing I usually pick is that no matter what they say the challenge is, the nutshell is that there has been an attack on their minds, which has brought fear into their lives. They had tried in their own strength and in their way to change their lives but there was no change, they found themselves going round in circles. It would amaze you just how many women don’t think much of themselves. They may look like everything’s going on just fine but that’s not true. They weep in silence. As women how can we help to build a better world if we see ourselves as less than who we really are.

If you are going to change the way your life is going, you must change your thoughts concerning yourself. If you’re going to change your thoughts concerning yourself, you must change what you believe about yourself. If you’re going to change what you believe about yourself, you must go after and receive the right information, the Word of God. As we see God in the Word, see who He is, we begin to see ourselves, who we really are.

And all of us, as with unveiled face, [because we] continued to behold [in the Word of God] as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are constantly being transfigured into His very own image in ever increasing splendor and from one degree of glory to another; [for this comes] from the Lord [Who is] the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18. AMP.

Don’t change yourselves to be like the people of this world, but let God change you inside with a new way of thinking. Then you will be able to understand and accept what God wants for you. You will be able to know what is good and pleasing to him and what is perfect. Romans 12:2. ERV.

If at this point in your life, you are unable to look at your image in the mirror without disliking what you see, it is time to change it with God’s word. You have work to do (growth and development of your world). So, let’s get bold, strong, confident and loving ourselves. Start by meditating on the verses of the bible above.

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#ThankfulMe. #ThankfulThru2015

I entered into 2015 very excited because the Lord had told me that 2015 will be a year of Thanksgiving for me.  Now, if it is going to be a year of Thanksgiving, it means there will be victories to thank God for.  Yayy!!

Well… victories means there will be challenges to overcome. Uhh!!  Why can’t we just have the victories without the challenges.  Bright side!  As a woman after God’s own heart, I know from James 1:2-4 to count it all joy when there is a challenge because it is a testing of my faith, and the testing of my faith makes me mature and complete so that I do not lack anything. (Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4. NIV). 

The bible also says in 1 Thessalonians 5:18, that we should give thanks in all circumstances because it is the will of God for us in Christ Jesus.  (Whatever happens, always be thankful. This is how God wants you to live. ERV).

Always be thankful means be thankful for ALL things – whether they look good or bad.  This reminds me of Romans 8:28.  (And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28. NLT).

I decided to consciously look out for opportunities to be thankful everyday of 2015 and it has been amazing!!  Thankfulness produces victories and more victories!  I had a need and was thankful I had the need, because it meant the supply was around the corner and true to my thankfulness (if there’s a phrase like that), the supply came!  I even feel and look younger!  A thankful heart is a merry heart, and a merry heart does good like medicine.  (A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones. Proverbs 17:22. KJV).

So, can I challenge you, dear Sister, to be thankful everyday of 2015 no matter what?  Will you join #ThankfulMe and be #ThankfulThru2015?  Yes?

Great!  Leave a comment telling what you are thankful for right now.

If you are pressed for time and are unable to type what you’re thankful for, just use the hashtag #ThankfulMe.

And… here we go!

Hey Ladies! I am so excited to be writing this blog.  I have a lot to say!

I came to a conclusion sometime in 2013 that my purpose in life is to live a life of fulfillment.  Well then, that probably sounds selfish… but wait till I tell you what I mean.  Fulfillment to me is living out one’s purpose for existence in this life, and my purpose for existence is to inspire and empower others to live fulfilled lives.  The fulfilled life is a full, rich and satisfying life that overflows to others.  In the book of John 10:10, Jesus said that He came so that we might have not just life but a more abundant life; the Amplified bible calls it a full, rich and satisfying life till it overflows.

The Word of God is life!  I love to teach it and so, I study it very deeply.  I really do enjoy studying the Word.  It has changed my life – still changing!  God’s Word is complete with everything we need in this life, we only need to know it.  I am so grateful to the Lord for giving me this great privilege to teach His Word to others that they may live the life He purchased for them and called them to live.

The Word of God is light and this light is our life (In Him was life, and the Life was the Light of men. John 1:4. Amplified).  If the light is our life, then our life is light.  Therefore, we will have a fuller, richer and more satisfying life as more and more light comes into us by the Word (the entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple. Psalms 119:130. Amplified) because we will clearly discover and walk in the blessings that have been given to us by grace, as well as make the impact God has predestined for us to make.

As we discover these blessings here, the power of God working in us will help us develop the faith, trust, strength and character we need to walk in them (take advantage of them) and truly enjoy life.

Are we ready to get discovering and get developing and get enjoying?  Alright!  Let’s get seeking after the Kingdom of God and allow all other things add to us naturally (actually supernaturally).  And I mean ALL things: peace, joy, happiness, wealth, answered prayers, fulfillment… including those shoes you’ve always wanted.  Yayy!

I have a lot planned for onewomanfulfilled (OWF).  We will be learning the bible so we can live on purpose.  We will be addressing issues women face that hinder them from flourishing as they should.  We will be dressing the woman up, keeping her looking fresh and beautiful through our tips and discussions on fashion, beauty, style, fitness and healthy eating.  We will be helping her fulfill her role as wife and mother with our articles and discusions on the family.  We will be helping her create and run successful businesses as well as equip her with strategies to thrive at her job.  My!  I am geared up and ready to inspire and empower women live fulfilled lives.

And… here we go!

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