Accessing Divine Plans For Our Lives
By David Oyedepo
Welcome to another impactful week. I hope you were blessed by last week’s teaching. May God engrace us to unveil our heritage in Christ through His Word, in Jesus’ precious name! Today, we shall focus on Unlocking Divine Plans for our Lives!
From scriptures, we discover that our glorious destinies begin with the discovery of His divine plan. The Bible says: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11). In other words, God is saying, “I have defined your end; come and locate it. I have defined where you belong; come and find it” Understand that every true plan is accompanied with fearlessness. That is, it is devoid of fear, doubt and anxieties.
How then, do we Discover Divine Plans for our Lives?
Through Heavenly Vision: By heavenly vision, I mean God speaking to us directly. Prophet Habakkuk showed us how to receive a heavenly vision when he said: 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. And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry (Habakkuk 2:1-3). For instance, the Liberation Mandate of our Commission, Living Faith Church Worldwide, was delivered through a heavenly vision. However, before that encounter, I had always thought I would remain in the ‘helps ministry’ where I could sponsor God’s Kingdom through giving and service but God had something else in store for me. In the same way, God can speak to anyone in the Kingdom.
By Recognition of the Burning Passion Within us: In this context, passion means what turns us on. Mike Murdock once said ‘Your passion, in most cases, is a pointer to the problem you are created to solve’ David had no vision whatsoever; however, he could not stand the assault of Goliath against the army of the Lord. With passion, he went after Goliath and by the death of Goliath, he was enthroned. (1 Samuel 17:23-51). Also, Nehemiah had neither vision nor revelation but he was restless about the state of Israel. His passion was a pointer to his assignment (Nehemiah 1:3-6).
Through Our Innate Talents: The Bible says: A man’s gift maketh room for him, and bringeth him before great men (Proverbs 18:16). In the parable of the talents, we saw how the nobleman gave talents to each of His servants and told them to do business with them until His return (Luke 19:11-20). That means there are certain divine investments in us that are capable of engaging us productively and maximally until Jesus returns. Thus, we must identify God’s gifts in our lives and maximally trade with them so they do not lie fallow.
In conclusion, without a vision from heaven, a burning passion, or identification of the gifts of God in us, we may never know where we belong. However, it is not enough to know where we belong; we must endeavour to put our best into it in order to actualise God’s plan for our lives. No matter where we belong, it is expedient that we invest in it, because that is what will determine our ultimate rating in life.
However, this cannot be actualised until we are born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer:
Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus, for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
For further reading, please get my books: In pursuit of Vision, Following The Path Of The Eagle, The Breakthrough Power of Vision and Understanding Divine Direction. I invite you to come and fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have five services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1:20 p.m. respectively.
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