Oct 30, 2016 – Knowing God’s Plan For Your Life Part 2 – By Bishop Oyedepo
Last week, we began this two-part series with the understanding that every child of God has a glorious, enviable, royal, prosperous and mountain-top destiny in Christ Jesus. We also learnt that God’s plan for our lives is locked up in the Bible. All we need is to engage the ministry of the Holy Spirit and the power of the Blood of Jesus for continuous access.
Furthermore, we discovered that one of the scriptural pictures of our destiny in redemption is to walk in dominion over any life situation and circumstance. This week, we shall conclude this teaching by exploring more scriptural pictures of our Destiny in redemption, which are as follows:
- We are redeemed as priests and kings to reign on the earth: The Bible says: And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth (Revelation 5:9-10).
Every child of God has a royal destiny in redemption; however, it is by wisdom that kings reign. For instance, the Bible records that all the kings on the earth in the days of Solomon gathered to listen to his wisdom (1 Kings 4:34; Proverbs 8:15-16).
It is important to note that wisdom in the Kingdom is the application of the Word of God. As it is written: Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock (Matthew 7:24-25).
Thus, wisdom is putting God’s Word to work as a lifestyle. Our royal destiny will never be realised except we put God’s Word to work in our lives. It is walking in the light of scriptures that empower the believer for enthronement. Therefore, our destiny is absolutely at the mercy of our obedience to the instructions of scriptures (Deuteronomy 28:1; Psalms 27:8-9, 119:98; Isaiah 60:1-3).
2. We have been redeemed as stars to shine on the earth: We have been redeemed to so shine in this dark world so that people can glorify our Father in heaven. Jesus said: I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star (Revelation 22:16).
He also said: …As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you (John 20:21). Based on the above scriptures, everyone who is born again is redeemed a star after the order of Christ.
But, what does it take to shine?
And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever (Daniel 12:3).
Our shining demands that we engage in turning many to righteousness (soul-winning). No wonder the Bible says, he that winneth souls is wise. Supernatural wisdom is one of the key benefits of genuine engagement in Kingdom advancement, which includes engaging in Kingdom-focused prayers and reaching out to the lost with passion and love (soul-winning). This culminates in the making of stars. That means to emerge as stars, we must engage in tireless commitment, devotion and addiction to soul-winning (Proverbs 11:30; Ecclesiastes 8:1).
It is important to understand that soul-winning is not a gift or a calling; it is an instruction for everyone who is redeemed (John 15:16).
When we are ‘on the go’ in evangelism for Christ, we have committed Him to establish partnership with us, thereby making us more than conquerors. Remember the Bible says: He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed (Proverbs 13:20; see also Matthew 28:20; Mark 16:15-20).
When we are walking with Christ, Who is the wisdom and the power of God, we become supernaturally smarter than the circumstances of life. This launches us into the struggle-free realm of life and our dominion is unquestionable. That is, things others struggle with become a walkover for us as a result of our partnership with God (Psalms 114:1-3).
It is impossible to find a star in the Kingdom without passion for souls. Kingdom stars are soul hunters. As we all know, all sports stars are seasonal stars; as soon as the record is made, it is laid aside and forgotten. However, God-made stars don’t go down; for whatsoever the Lord doeth shall be forever (Proverbs 11:30; Ecclesiastes 3:14).
In conclusion, we must recognise that every destiny in the Kingdom is at the mercy of obedience. The pictures of our redemptive heritage are real but we must take responsibility by engaging the Word, to make them a reality. It is not enough to catch God’s vision for our lives from the Word, it is important to know what to do to realise it. Often times, the picture fails because we do not respond to what is required to make them manifest.
Our future places specific demands on our lives and until we subscribe to those demands, destiny is reduced to a daydream. This is why we must match every revelation of our redemptive picture from scripture with responsibility. When we see our redemptive picture and respond to its demands, we commit God to make it a reality. Therefore, receive grace to engage the Word of God as a lifestyle, thereby leading to the fulfilment of your glorious destiny in Jesus’ name! Remain ever Blessed! Are you born again? Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord? If you haven’t, you can do so as you say this prayer: “Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me of my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Deliver me from sin and satan to serve the Living God. Today, I accept You as my Lord and Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now I know I am born again!”
For further reading, please get my books: All You Need To Have All Your Needs Met, Exploring The Riches Of Redemption, Understanding Your Covenant Rights and Possessing Your Possession.
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., 7:35 a.m., 9:10 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 12:20 p.m. respectively.
I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria; or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280; or E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org