“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day” (Genesis 1:1).
You cannot learn who you are or why you exist, until you know and truly understand who God is, I mean who He really is – God of the universe, God of love, God of purpose. God did not need to create the universe. He made a choice to create the universe because He loves you. God is love and you are a reflection of His love. When He said, “let there be light,” He opened up the heavens and illuminated His love creating an environment and creating you to fulfill the purpose and plan He has for you.
God’s creation of the universe and His creation of you; should impart the following:
Originality – He is the source from which you have been formed, when He created you, He broke the mold, there is no one like Him, there is no one like you. You were created in His image and likeness.
Distinction – He is in a realm all by himself. He may be imitated, but He can never be duplicated. As with you, you have to remember you are in a class all by yourself. You are set apart, a chosen generation. He separated you from darkness, protected you from the evil spirits of the world because He loves you.
Value – He is worthy and you are worthy. Recognize that you matter. You were born on purpose, with purpose, for purpose.
Prominence – He stands out above all the rest. He is the light in the midst of darkness. You stand out because He has created you to be the light in the midst of darkness. Come out of the dark places, NO MORE negativity, guilt, shame and condemnation. You are the light!
In the G.A.P.
- In your own words, what does it mean to be the light?
- In what ways are you the light?
- In what ways or areas in your life, do you need to remove negativity, fear, guilt, shame or condemnation, keeping you from being the light?
Decree and Declare that “I am the light and I will shine my light for the world to see, as my God has done for me! I will let go of the negativity, fear, guilt, shame, condemnation, for they no longer bound me. I am loosed from darkness, because I am the light and my God loves me! I AM the LIGHT!”
Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for creating me to be the light. As day fills the earth, continue to fill me with your Holy light. May my life mirror my love for you. May I seek to fulfill purpose according to your will. Allow my light to shine upon those in dark places. Use me Lord to ignite the hearts and minds of those lost without you! I ask this in your precious Son, Jesus’ name, AMEN.
Your PURPOSE to PROSPER!
Are you down and Out of Pursuit of your Purpose? You are NOT alone! There are many just like you! More than likely, you think you are already walking in your purpose. Maybe? Are you doing what you love to do? Are you helping others while doing what you do? Is God getting all the glory? Probably not….
You may be thinking that your purpose is attached to what you love to do. Not really. Because I love to sing, cook, shop, decorate, but none of these things are my purpose. Most of these things I do while alone, and/or for myself. I also, love to teach, write, talk, help others ….NOW we are talking! All of these attributes led me right into my purpose and I didn’t even know it, in fact I was running from them all, BUT GOD!
One thing I want to tell you right off the bat, is YOUR PURPOSE IS NOT ABOUT YOU! It’s not. Your purpose is about God’s plan for you. The only part you play is discovering what IT is, living it out and prospering in it. You may say, well, it IS about me….NO IT IS NOT! See, God has put purpose on the inside of you, that is a done deal. Your pursuit of purpose begins when you acknowledge that it is on the inside of you, you just need to birth what’s on the inside. This means you have to KNOW what it is…
It took years to discover my purpose. I want to share with you 5 things that helped me in my pursuit of purpose…
1. Step out of your comfort zone. This was difficult at first. But I was willing to try new things that I had always dreamed of doing, but at one point never thought I would. You have to be willing to “get out of the boat” and transform your norm. If it doesn’t work, at least you tried. But if it does, you are one step closer.
2. Wait for God’s timing. Now, there may be many things you want to do, but as they say, “timing is everything.” God will not show you or release you to do everything at once. Why? Because you may run scared. God is a very strategic God and everything has it’s divine order. He knows what is best for you and He will show you when He thinks you are ready! When He says MOVE you move, when He says stay, you stay and keep praying because waiting is so hard to do (believe me I know)…:-)
3. Everything that is good is not from God. You have to use wisdom and discernment when embarking on your journey to find your purpose. It is not to be taken lightly, so don’t. You will only frustrate yourself when you take on things that have nothing to do with what God is trying to do in you and through you. Learn how to say NO to people, situations and things that are not productive in your life. God will only bring to you people and present situations that will add value to your life!
4. TURN OFF the noise. Do not allow outside influences dictate to you what you should be doing. This is just as bad as allowing them to talk you out of something. Just because they think you should, doesn’t mean you should. Or just because it worked for them, doesn’t mean it will work for you. Their pursuit of purpose is between them and God, just as yours is between you and God.
5. STAND. Decide that no matter what, you will NEVER give up or give in. Be relentless and resilient in discovering your purpose because it’s on the inside of you. Surrender your will to God’s will. I did and as they say the rest is HERstory! You are a part of that! As you pursue your purpose, you may encounter some detours along the way. That is okay. As long as you allow God to be your compass, He will steer you on the path called PURPOSE that leads to your Divine Destiny! Just know that YOUR PURPOSE, whatever it is shall and will PROSPER!
Igniting Vision, Unleashing Purpose, Birthing what’s on the inside of you!
Women from all over the country are embarking on a journey to not only discover their purpose, but to prosper in their purpose! I truly believe this will change the lives of those who participate and those that will witness the transformation of these women who committed to prosper in their purpose!
Won’t you join us?
Beginning on March 1, 2013, we are embarking on a spiritual journey to prosper in our purpose. The 40 Day PURPOSE TO PROSPER SPIRITUAL FAST is NOT a challenge, competition, or contest, it is a FAST.
What is the Objective of this 40 Day PURPOSE to PROSPER SPIRITUAL FAST?
The purpose is to remove ourselves from the negative influences of this world and to place our focus on God, our relationship with Him, His will and the purpose and plan He has for our lives.
RESULT of the FAST
At the end of this 40 Day PURPOSE TO PROSPER FAST, you should have a clearer understanding as to the purpose and plan that God has for you and be ready to BIRTH WHAT’S ON THE INSIDE OF YOU!
Register TODAY and embark on a journey of YOUR LIFE! YOUR PURPOSE PROSPERS!!!
You should know that discovering your purpose is pretty important. Hundreds and thousands of books have been written, coaches have been coaching about it (including myself), and speakers are hosting seminars, workshops all promoting purpose. So, YES, it is pretty important.
I don’t want to focus on discovering your purpose, I want to focus on what you should be doing with it and that is you should be prospering in your purpose! Before I share my “Top 10 Reasons” why you don’t, I want to break down what it means to prosper. The world’s definition (Webster-Miriam dictionary) defines prosper as “to succeed in an enterprise or activity; achieve economic success, or to become strong and flourishing.” Many of you know that I am a Woman of God, so, YES, I AM going there. The KJV dictionary defines prosper as “ to be successful; to succeed; to grow or increase; to thrive; to make gain.” I think you get the picture. The key to prospering is to know, grow, and sow! So, why aren’t you? Allow me to share what I believe….NO, this is what I know (from my own personal experiences).
1. You DON’T KNOW It
There are many of you who are merely existing. You are not living out your fullest potential in life. What are you waiting for? Who are you waiting for? Don’t say God, because honestly, He is waiting on YOU! God wants you to prosper (3 John 1:2), and not just financially (more about this later). What does it mean to gain the whole world (and all the riches) and lose your soul? (Matthew 16:26) You may not be rich in material possessions (according to the world’s definition), which is temporal (2 Corinthians 4:18) but to know your purpose (what’s on the inside of you) and to PROSPER in it, is eternal!
2. You DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY you have It
You think it is okay to keep doing the same things over and over, getting the same results and wondering why you are not making any progress. This is because you truly DON’T understand why you have a purpose. You were born with purpose, on purpose, for purpose. Jeremiah 1:5, “God knew you before you were formed in your mother’s womb (on purpose) . Like Jeremiah, God made you to be a prophet to the nations (with purpose). “He knows the plans He has for you to prosper you (for purpose) and not to harm you and to give you an expected end” Jeremiah 29:11. Need I say more?
3. You DOUBT It
You know your purpose, but you second guess yourself. You know it because it has always been on the inside of you. It didn’t get there by chance, accident or happenstance. God placed purpose on the inside of you, but because you don’t see the immediate results, you feel it is not your purpose. You know its your purpose, when what you do has an impact on the lives of others. You know its your purpose when you feel at peace with what you are doing. You know its your purpose, when God gets all of the glory. It’s in there, DON’T DOUBT IT!
4. You let others TALK YOU OUT of It
You are hanging around negative people who have yet to discover their purpose, let alone prosper in it, so they don’t want you to prosper in yours. Remember, you have it on the inside of you! And guess what? They see it, too! Just because they chose not to do anything with theirs, doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. As they say, “misery loves company.” Remove yourself from those negative influences in your life. As prophetess Madea said, “you can do bad all by yourself,” you can talk your own self in or out of anything. You don’t need to be around negative people who cannot help you RELATE, ELEVATE, OR help to ACTIVATE what’s on the inside of you!
5. You allow your PAST mistakes and failures to keep you from It
Ok, so we all fall down, but you have to learn to get back up again. You have to learn to stand in the midst of the rain, the storms and even through the fire. Don’t look at your hiccups as failures, look at them as learning experiences. When something does not go the way you expected it to, ask God, “what is it that you want me to learn from this?” When you open your heart and mind to learning new things, you open the window of opportunity to grow, when you grow, you sow and when you sow, your are prospering in your purpose!
6. You IGNORE It
Others can see it, you can see, but you ignore it. I’ve done it. I talk about in my book, Give it Up, Turn it Loose: A Woman’s Journey from Dominion to Deliverance, how I used to “dumb down” and didn’t always display my God-given talents and abilities. I used to think that people were using me, but the reality is, they saw my potential, they saw the purpose on the inside of me, long before I did. (You will have to purchase the book to find out why and how ) Learn to appreciate those around you, who recognize your true potential and the gifts on the inside of you. God sent them as a gift, open it up and embrace it!
7. You FEAR It
With change comes responsibility. This is why you won’t explore it, you are AFRAID of change and with purpose you are constantly evolving into it. This is very scary for a lot of people. You may fear the unknown, failing, succeeding, rejection and with all of these comes a responsibility to walk by faith. It is YOUR responsibility to embrace ALL that God has for you because He did put it on the inside of you!
8. You FOLLOW the herd to get It
YEP! Did this too! I start following anybody who was successful and tried to do what they did because I was not sure of what God wanted for me. It is so easy to get caught up when you don’t know who you are. Don’t allow your identity in Christ to enter into the world crisis. I have said this before, and I will say it again, “I used to say, I know I am walking in my purpose, when I see so many walking in theirs.” I now say, “I AM PROSPERING in my purpose because they are prospering in theirs.” Purpose is God’s gift that keeps on giving!
9. You DON’T get help to discover It
SHAME ON YOU! Why would you not want to get help. Please don’t say God is all the help you need! If this were true, why would He create people on purpose, with purpose and for purpose? Let’s be transparent and honest here. God wants us to put HIM first (Matthew 6:33), so that we can inherit His righteousness. YOU NEED PEOPLE to HELP YOU!! The sooner you get It, the sooner you will GET IT!
10. You DON’T Pray about It
Have you ever just asked God to show you your purpose? Have you just asked Him to show you how He wants to really use you? OR do you do your own thing? I want to challenge you to go to God in prayer and ask Him to reveal your purpose and place people in your life to help you “Birth what’s on the inside of You!”