Summary: God has made your destiny but He has given us the choice to fulfill it.
THEME- UNDERSTANDING LIFE PURPOSE
TOPIC- QUALITIES TO POSSESS FOR FULFILLING YOUR PURPOSE
INTRODUCTION- To have a fulfilled purpose for your life, one needs to be directed and counseled regularly because there are those who has gone before you that you need their wise advice to be successful in life. We will major on today’s topic using the account of Daniel in the bible. It is said that having a purpose is the difference between making a living and making a life.”
1) Goal Setting- Daniel 1:12-17,
Now, when you define your purpose, a purpose that shakes your heart and stirs your soul, that’s when conscious living begin. This subsequently helps you to set long- term goals that move you in the right direction (toward your purpose), in turn rippling out to your short-term goals, then action plans, then daily actions. A goal is a result that one is attempting to achieve. Daniel set a goal to be ten times more than others in the land of Babylon.
Self discipline preserves a destiny and moulds it into the form that God made it from the beginning. Despite the royal environment of Daniel he didn’t allow it to affect his decisions. Moses lost his destination because of indiscipline – Deuteronomy 3:25-29. Samson had is eyes plugged out because of indiscipline – Judges 16:19-21.
Prayer is a necessity in the fulfillment of your life purpose because it is not by your strength but you need supernatural assistance to be victorious over the evil spiritual powers. Daniel was a great leader but He didn’t relent in fervent prayers. He understood prayers as a daily meal to be taken which he did three times daily.
4) Persistence and focus- Hebrew 10:38-39
This is the absence of distraction. It is channeling your energy to a particular area of interest and absolute concentration. Daniel focused on his life purpose even in Babylon he ruled with many kings but was never distracted and he knew when it was time to return to their land – Daniel 9:1-2.
5) Faith – Hebrew 4:2, Heb 11:6, Dan 11:32
Do not fear is the message to hold on to in the journey to your success. Daniel and his brothers depended on their God- Daniel 3:16-18, Daniel 6:20-22. The fear of failure has eaten up so many destinies in this life. Lot’s wife was afraid of facing her tomorrow and she could not make it beyond what her eyes could see- Genesis 19:26.