Oct 23, 2016 – Sunday Inspiration: Knowing God’s Plan For Your Life
From scriptures, we recognise that by redemption, every child of God is a child of destiny. This is we are predestinated to share same order of life with Christ and the end product of our predestination is glorification (2 Peter 1:3; Romans 8:29-30).
We also discover that we have a glorious, enviable, royal, prosperous and mountain-top destiny in Christ. Therefore, as children of God, we are not permitted to live as destitutes. However, every destiny in the Kingdom is vision limited. That is, vision is the spiritual access to our glorious destiny (Matthew 5:14-16).
It is important to also understand that the Bible (God’s Word) is a Book of visions. That is, God’s Word is the custodian of God’s master plan (vision) for His people. As it is written: And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned (Isaiah 29:11-12).
We must also understand that God’s Word is the spiritual mirror that reveals who we are in Christ. That is why the Word admonishes: But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass: For he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he was. But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed (James 1:22-25).
That means, we must take covenant responsibility to translate the picture we see in the mirror of the Word into reality.
Furthermore, the Word shows us what redemption has made of us. For instance, by redemption, we possess greater potentials than all the Old Testament saints. As it is written: Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he (Matthew 11:11; see also Matthew 12:42).
In addition, the Word shows us our content, what we can do through Christ and how to do them. It is written: For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure (Philippians 2:13; see also John 14:12; Philippians 4:13).
It is also written: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises (Hebrews 6:12; see also Ecclesiastes 10:15).
From the above, it is very clear 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.
Let’s examine some pictures of our destiny in redemption
v We are redeemed to walk in dominion: ‘Dominion’ simply means living above life’s situations and circumstances. At creation, man was ordained for dominion after the order of God. After God created man, He said: …Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth (Genesis 1:28).
However, man lost his dominion to sin but Christ died to restore it to us by the mystery of righteousness. Thus, every child of God is redeemed to walk in dominion by staying on top of life situations and circumstances.
Moreover, at redemption, we were raised up together with Christ and made to sit together with Him in heavenly places. That is, redemption is our translation from the earthly realm to the heavenly realm, which is located far above where all principalities, powers and circumstances of life dwell (Ephesians 1:20-21, 2:6).
However, we must understand that the secret behind our dominion is walking in the revelation of the truth. As it is written: Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee. And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising (Isaiah 60:1-3).
Just as natural light has unquestionable dominion over natural darkness, likewise, spiritual light has unquestionable dominion over spiritual darkness. Thus, walking in the light of scriptures establishes our dominion on the earth. It is applied revelation as discovered from the Word that establishes our dominion over all life situations and circumstances. This is because God upholds all things by the Word of His power and our dominion is function of our depth of God’s Word. Therefore, the deeper our insight, the higher our level of dominion (Psalms 110:2; John 1:1-5; Hebrews 1:3). However, access to the living Word that guarantees our dominion begins with being born again. 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!”
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