Isn't that true? We think it will
NEVER happen to us! The Bible says, "The ways of a man are
right in our own eyes, but the end there of is destruction.
I had tried to plan my life - without much thought about God
and His plans for my life, and I failed miserably. I soon
found out that:
Everyone is in the
University of hard knocks, learning that
life is not worth living without
I finally put my life back in God's
hands many years ago, and began searching for a new vision
for my life. There was a song that was popular at that time
that you may know. "I have decided
to follow Jesus, . . . no
turning back, no turning back."
The words of that song took root in
my heart and I decided whatever it cost, no matter how hard
it was, I would take my children, go to church and see if
what I heard about God's word was really true. Could it
actually work for me? Could God give me a purpose for my
life? Could He use me? Could He restore some value to my
I found out that GOD is a God
of Purpose! He doesn't do anything without a purpose. He is
a creator, and whenever a creator creates something, He has
a purpose in his mind for his creation! There is a reason in
the mind of the creator why a thing has to be
In other words, when God created
You and Me there was a reason for our
birth. You were not born just because your mother and
father decided to have a baby. God was in the whole creation
process - planning for you to be here. He had a purpose
in mind for you to fulfill when you were
You see, God is a God of purpose
and God is dedicated to His purpose - Not to your plans.
Proverbs 19:21 says, "There are many plans in a man's heart,
nevertheless the counsel (or purpose) of the
Lord, that shall stand."
We can make all the plans we want,
but it is God's purposes that will prevail. So it is very
important that we make our plans according to God's
If you do not know your purpose you
will have tremendous difficulty making decisions. If you
don't know your purpose in life you may end up
fulfilling someone else's purpose or vision for your life,
instead of God's Vision for your life. Your parents, your
pastor, your friend - they may all have an idea of what you
should do with your life.
I had been a Christian for 5
years and had just stepped out and began to believe that God
could use me. I had organized a teacher training workshop
and prepared a short teaching on "How to Lead a Child to the
Lord". It went pretty well and I was encouraged as we sat
down to lunch.
Across the table from me was a very
sophisticated woman who smiled and politely asked me; "Naomi, how long has it been since your husband
I had to look at her and say, "My
husband did not die - I am divorced". As I spoke those words
her whole countenance changed, and I could tell that
everything I had just said totally lost it's value
because of my marital status.
My heart sank, and I lost
Proverbs 13:12 says, "Hope deferred
makes the heart sick ..." and my heart was sick. It was so
cruel to give me hope and let me think that maybe God could
use me, when I could see in that woman's eyes that God would
never use me because of my miserable failure!
Maybe you've been there. Maybe
you've done something so bad - been a complete failure -
messed up your life, and you've decided that even if God
could forgive you, He would never use you!
That's how I felt, so I
desperately asked God to restore my hope. I found a Bible
verse that did just that. in Habakuk 2:2,3 it
"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."
I decided to believe God's word and
trust that the "Purpose" God had for my life would come to
pass - eventually!
None of us want to feel as if our
life is in vain. Each of us want a significant part in the
divine program of God. We all want to feel that there is a
purpose for us being here.
When you know your purpose
in life - no one can frighten you. Purpose protects you from
Through the many years that I have
walked with the Lord, I have had MANY different ministries -
many opportunities to serve the body of Christ. It was
only when I began to understand my Purpose that I had
confidence! This is such an important truth!
Your gift will never be
exercised without confidence!
I began in a church of 70 people
and when I left that church, 10 years later, there were
5,000 people attending. I started on a search to find my
purpose in life. Along the way I worked in the nursery,
developed Children's programs, served as Director of
Christian Education, headed up Children's Church, designed
and implemented Kid's Camp.
But that was only part of God's
purpose for my life!
I was hired to manage the Christian
Bookstore at the church, designed teacher training programs,
and then moved into Women's Ministries. In 1984 we
incorporated Mohr Ministries, and in 1989 began Women Alive!
I only say this to let you know
that any place along the way I could have stopped the
process. I could have become fearful; this is too hard;
maybe I'll fail; people might be against me. How about
How many times have YOU thought
about giving up? On your marriage, your children, your
education, your job, your dreams?
Others may stop you
temporarily - but only
you can stop yourself
Your life is NOT an accident. Your
birth is a sign that there is something for you to do.
That's why you were born. Before the foundations of the
world you were chosen to be holy. When you decided to
Live Holy, you were just getting back to God's
original plan for your life!
I'm praying that God will give you
a sense of destiny. A sense of destiny eliminates fear.
Jesus knew His destiny. He said . . ."for this cause came I
into the world".
What is your destiny. What is your
purpose in life? What has God asked you to do and what was
Many people fail because
they did NOT know how
close they were to Victory when
they gave up!
Don't give up! Remember God
qualifies His products to fulfill their purpose. He does not
call the equipped - but He equips the called! You can be
confident if God has called you, He will equip you to fulfill
If you are looking to find
God's purpose for your life here are some keys!
7 KEYS to finding a vision
for your life!
1. Your purpose is something you
want to do? God is not going to make you do
something that you hate. You will want to do your
2. Your purpose is closely
linked to the desires of your heart. The things you
enjoy are a key to what your purpose is.
3. Your natural talents are
directly related to your purpose. The things that you
are naturally good at, that are easy for you,
are directly related to your purpose.
4. You have exactly what you
need to fulfill your purpose. God made sure when He
created you that He invested you with all the skills you
need to fulfill your purpose.
5. You don't need to be rewarded
to do your purpose. You love it so much you would do it
for no pay -no reward - you enjoy it!
6. Your purpose has phases. When
you find God's purpose for your life, there are phases to
get you there. God sees the big picture and He knows
there are steps you must take to reach the eventual purpose
of your life. Don't get weary because it seems to take a
7. You've got to know God's
purpose so you don't stay in your phases. I loved
working in the Nursery, Sunday School, Kids Camp, and the
Bookstore, but I had to be willing to let go of those things
(phases) in order to step into God's ultimate place of
service for me!
I want to encourage you to desire
God's purpose, His vision for your life, above
God is far more concerned
with our becoming like
Jesus Christ in our character
then He is with
our doing good works to further
Perhaps you have set aside your
vision. I'm going to ask you to pick it back
up. Maybe you've had a vision, but there are things
that have stopped you from embracing that vision. Maybe
people have hurt you, betrayed you, disappointed you. Maybe
it's a lot harder then you thought it would be to live for
Maybe you've been through a
divorce, been widowed, or been terribly hurt by those who
were supposed to love you. I want us to recommit ourselves
to forgive them and free God to work in our
Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for loving me. Thank you
that you have a purpose for creating me - just as I am.
Right now I decide to forgive those people who have
misunderstood me, mistreated me, and hurt me. I purpose to
cooperate with you God. I give you permission to complete
the work you've begun in my life. I desire to become all you
planned for me to be. Thank you Lord, Amen!
Father, I agree with each one
praying this prayer. I ask you Lord to give them a fresh
vision for their life. Would you cover them with your love,
and paint upon the billboard of their mind the purpose YOU
have for their life. I ask you Lord to give them clarity of
purpose, purity of heart and motives, and I release the JOY
of the Lord into their life!
Thank you Lord, Amen!
At Mohr Ministries we have a
vision! To touch women and men for Jesus Christ. Our desire
is that you find and fulfill the exciting plan He has for
your life. Developing your gifts and finding a place of
service will be the most exciting discovery of your
Don't give up - God is not
finished with you yet!
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