By 2011, I had begun to ask myself serious questions about life and to seek God for a perspective of my journey here on earth.
During my youth service somewhere in Benue State, I began to wonder, ‘After service, what next?’ I had worked my Place of Primary Assignment (P.P.A) to a secondary school because I was drawn to teenagers and I wanted to spend time with them rather than serve in a law firm as my profession would have required. I have no regrets. I enjoyed every time I spent there. The question however lingered after I completed my youth service. ‘What was the next line of action?’
At a point, I thought, probably God wanted me to start a secondary school. At another time, I felt I was called into full-time teens ministry but after a while, I became drawn to writing stories and reaching out to young adults. I was confused.
All those years, I carried out career and personality tests again and again. It left me more confused. For several months too, I searched online, hoping I’d get clues to discovering God’s plan for my life.
Maybe you have asked similar questions too. You may be at a point where you don’t know what your life is about or probably you don’t find fulfilment in the career path you have chosen and it is already making you feel depressed. Just so you know, I have been there too.
It took a while for me to find purpose but right now, I’m not in doubt about what I want to do with my life. What I seek at this point is a better understanding of the call of God on my life.
Come along as we explore God’s Word on this issue trusting that from this moment, you will gain clarity into the assignment for which you have been called.
…For what man knoweth the things of the spirit save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, save the Spirit of God. 1 Corinthians 2:11.
This is the key scripture for today. It has become one of my favourite verses of the Bible in recent times. From this I hope to draw certain points that may help you understand God’s plan for your life as a believer
1. For every believer saved by grace, God wants to be involved in every area of our lives. We are his workmanship created in Christ Jesus unto good works. He has prepared the pathway for us and the blueprint of our journey through life. If you don’t know this. Please do now.
Let’s get one basic fact straight. It is very possible to be outside God’s purpose and still have material prosperity and fame. Those have never been the criteria for success under God’s agenda. Hard work and diligence are natural principles that produce results.
However, you will never be fulfilled even after you have these things while you are walking outside God’s plan. Except the flesh has so dominated your mind and carnality has set in, you will be restless and uncomfortable because as believers we are wired to walk in the plan God has set out for us.
2. Only the Holy Spirit has access to this blueprint. Not your Pastor or your father or your friends. True, they can be used by the Holy Spirit to help you discover God’s purpose, but their role should be to confirm and not to determine your assignment in life.
When a Pastor or your Mentor tells you something he thinks God wants you to do, as powerful and anointed as he may be, it is your responsibility to make your findings. We all have same access to the Holy Spirit. If you are not at peace with it, it is best not to pursue that path. Instead find out exactly what things God has prepared for you which only the Holy Spirit can reveal.
This verse settles it.
But God has revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yea, the deep things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:10.
Until you build an intimate relationship with the Holy Spirit, you will remain confused, jumping from one person to another to give you answers. In short, If you must know the mind of God, it can only be by the Spirit of God.
3. One secret that has worked for me in discovering God’s plan for my life is that, I focused more on growing in my knowledge of Jesus. I wasn’t concentrating on ‘God, what is your plan?’ rather my focus was, ‘Jesus, can I know you more?’ This is because one of the major functions of the Holy Spirit is to reveal Jesus to us.
…Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come… he shall glorify me: he shall receive of mine and shall shew it unto you. John 16: 14.
Spending time growing in your knowledge of Jesus is the sweetest way to finding your purpose.
But who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
When the mind of Christ rather than that of the flesh dominates, you’ll discover that you’ll begin to think God’s thoughts and to understand the things God wants you to pursue.
How can you, in practical terms, discover God’s plan for your lives?
1 Pray in the Spirit regularly.
He that prays in the Spirit speaks to God and he speaks mysteries. I can’t begin to explain how beneficial it is to pray in tongues. There are deep revelations I have received when I did this. From revelations on what to write, decisions to take, things to avoid, many times they have come when I spent time praying in the Spirit.
Pray in tongues as you walk down your street, in the kitchen, in the morning, at night. At first, it may seem a daunting task, but the more you keep at it, the more you will be drawn to praying in the Spirit. It is as you connect in the place of the Spirit that certain things will be revealed to you.
2 Renew your mind with the Word.
If you don’t have time for the Word, forget it, you cannot know what God has in mind for you. Jumping from one seminar to another conference trying to get answers will not solve this. You’ll have to create time to feed on God’s Word.
...Be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may be able to prove what is that good, acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2.
Because our flesh is built to be hostile against God, even when we have discovered purpose, we must remain submitted to God. The flesh will always lust after the Spirit. Renewing your mind helps to keep your flesh in subjection.
3 Practice obedience to the little perceptions you receive.
It takes practice to recognize the leading of the Holy Spirit. Like a child learning to walk, sometimes you may make mistakes when you do things you thought you were being led to do and then later discover you were wrong. It happens. But there are certain major decisions that shouldn’t be a trial and error affair.
By learning to listen and obey in little things, you will become familiar when major issues come across your way. From choosing a life partner to career decisions, you can get it right. So take small steps. Learn to listen on little issues. You’ll find yourself gaining clarity into the bigger picture.
4. Recognize how the inward witness communicates to your mind
In my own experience, I have noticed different ways through which my mind receives what the Spirit seeks to pass across. I have also garnered knowledge from anointed ministers of God on how they were led by the Spirit of God. There are times the leading of the Spirit could come as a burden in my heart so much that it seems impossible to shake it off. The more I prayed about it, the stronger it stayed. At other times, it comes by visual perceptions. Like pictures or movie playing in my mind.
A deep sense of peace is another way of recognising that God is leading you to pursue a career or say Yes to a proposal. There is a knowing on your inside that you may not be able to explain.
Sometimes, It could come as thoughts especially as you renew your mind with the Word.
5. Be ready to let go of your plans for his will.
If you keep looking at fame or money, it will be difficult to walk in God’s plan. You will always have an excuse not to make a move. Be ready to let go of your plans as you seek to know God’s mind. We are made for his glory and not for our self fulfilment. It is all about him.
Trust God every step of the way. The more you see yourself drawing towards his plan, the more you should trust in his ability to guide you. Even when you make mistakes, trust that your mistakes will be used to enhance your understanding of his plan.
I believe if you diligently put these things to practice, you’ll find yourself walking in accordance with the plan of God for your life.
Nothing brings greater satisfaction than doing the will of God.
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest- Edward Henry Bickersteth.