Updated: Dec 27, 2022
In this series, You Got What It Takes, we explored the various definitions of the word call. In these discussions, the ultimate aim was to allow you to explore: 1) what you call yourself; 2) what you allow others to call you; 3) what destiny you are going to call into your existence. This third strategic point concludes this series with My Resolution, a declaration (call) which determines your destiny, where you want to be by the end of another year.
Life, like nature, works in seasons, or cycles. In nature, many cultures (groups of people with like mind and ways of living) experience the seasons of winter, spring, summer, and autumn. Others experience two natural seasons: rainy followed by extremely hot and dry (no rain), again to return to rainy season. There are signs that show us when a season is about to end and a new one to begin. Life is the same way. Seasons will change to help you change for the better.
Physiologically, your body changes from the innocence of a new-born babe into child-like curiosity into puberty with all its ups and downs as your climb into adolescence, a season to getting to know yourself and your life’s purpose, or assignment. Your season is meant to modify what’s good in you and to prune (cut away, destroy) whatever character is hindering you from making it to your desired destination.
In a mathematics equation, there are two elements working together. Firstly, there is a PROBLEM (troubling matter or situation). Secondly, there is a SOLUTION, an end to the problem that brings peace and stability = perfection.
The process of transforming a problem into a solution is the action taken or what is known as TO SOLVE a problem. The equation looks like this:
PROBLEM (trouble) + SOLVE (an active process of searching for and finding the answer, explanation for, or means of effectively dealing with the trouble) = SOLUTION (the end of the trouble, where perfection is found)
In life, we constantly face the UNKNOWN. We do not know what lies ahead of us each day. We shall call the unknown a MYSTERY. Just like in mathematics, there are two elements working together. Firstly, there is the UNKNOWN (or mystery). Secondly, there is a RESOLUTION, an end to the mystery that brings peace and stability = perfection.
The process of converting a mystery into a resolution is the action take or what is known as TO RESOLVE a mystery. The equation looks like this:
UNKNOWN (mystery) + RESOLVE (an active process of converting something abstract—what you do not experience currently—into something tangible or real) = RESOLUTION (the end of the mystery, the unknowing, or uncertainty, where perfection is found)
RESOLUTION requires making a firm decision to do or not to do something in order to make your UNKNOWN (mystery or uncertainty) become KNOWN, or real.
Perfection can be defined in many ways according to the culture of a people. Biblically, perfection, in Hebrew means entire, complete, full, without blemish (Genesis 17:1). The Greek word found in Matthew 5:48 translated “perfect” means finished, complete, having reached its end (and implies being fully grown or mature). Perfection resides in Holiness – what is right (blameless) and pleasing to God.
The goal of life—that which all humankind seeks is the state of PERFECTION. To get there, we must RESOLVE what we hope for into RESOLUTION--that which we actually experience on earth called life. In other words, what are you going to do and what are you going to stop doing (resolve) in order to make your dreams about your future come true? Live your reality as your DESTINY. Your life-goal is to live what you were created for. That is your destiny.
1. You can only reach your destination with holiness as your guiding principal. Your Father is holy. Holiness is the supreme power of the entire universe. If you want to live your destiny and remain in it successfully, live a life pleasing to your Father (Leviticus 20:26; Deuteronomy 23:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16).
2. You must get in agreement with God, your Creator (Amos 3:3). Do you know what God wants to do in you and through you? Draw closer to God, talk to Him, ask, seek, and knock (pray) until you get the revelation.
3. Your Resolution(s) must be declared verbally: The power of the spoken word creates or destroys (Proverbs 18:21). And God said, “Let there be ….; and it was so. And He saw that, “It was good (perfect).”
4. Your Resolution(s) should be declared on paper: If the spoken word is so potent as to root out, pull down, destroy and throw down, as well as to build and to plant (Jeremiah 1:10); how much more so is the written word as it is sealed in ink to be a reminder to you to read aloud every day of the year?
As you prepare your resolution(s), do not make long lists and then fail fulfilling the majority of them. Instead ask yourself, “What am I going to do this year to live toward completing my destiny?” There are five (5) areas you should carefully ponder/meditate on:
a. RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD: This year, I will . . . . Think about getting closer to the Lord though the reading of His Word, fellowshipping with a Bible-doing congregation, talking with God like a best friend who loves you more than you love yourself.
b. RELATIONSHIP WITH SELF: This year, I will . . . . Take care of yourself. Eat right, eat healthy.
Rest adequately, exercise, think good thoughts about yourself. Do what is right for you to achieve your life-goal. Avoid comparing yourself with others. You are special.
c. FAMILY LIFE: This year, I will . . . . Discover the value inside every member of your family, even in those who may trouble you in ways which do not value who you are. Love hard. Put 1 Corinthians 13 into practice and live the rewards.
d. WORK / ASSIGNMENT / MINISTRY: This year, I will . . . . See and appreciate the glory of your
calling, who you are meant to be. Each day do one thing that your calling requires you to do.
e. RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHERS: This year, I will . . . . Everybody needs somebody to help them on this journey called life. Open your heart to those around you; and you will come to learn that the right people (not all people) are waiting for you to talk to them, share time with them, share your vision (what you see as your destiny) with them. The Lord works through other people to help you along your way to your destination.
Also ask yourself, “What am I not going to do this year?” Identify the thoughts, words, behaviours, or actions that get you nowhere. Declare them out of your life just as Jesus taught us how to remove mountains (Mark 11:23). Identify the mountains in your life and declare them removed with the Word of God. (1 John 4:4; 5:4)
a. Lack (poverty or financial distress)
b. Sickness (physically, emotionally, spiritually)
c. Matters of Contention (anything or anyone that tries to block your walk toward your destiny)
5. Walk with God into your Destiny:
a. (2 Corinthians 5:7): Firstly, because there is so much trouble in the world, you may not see you are living your destiny. Do not be distracted. Hold God’s hand and keep walking on earth as it is in heaven.
b. (Isaiah 54:10): Secondly, God removes every mountain in your life, seals His covenant of peace with you, and has everlasting mercy (bigger than your mistakes) on you.
c. (Psalm 138:8): Finally, realize that you are the work of God’s own hands. Therefore, He will lead you to that place we all seek: the end of trouble and uncertainty to a perfect state of peace and stability.
Let’s wrap up this series, You Got What It Takes
Some folks believe Destiny is something you struggle to reach for a lifetime, and, when you believe everything to be perfect, then you die and go to heaven. This notion is far from the truth. The Lord’s Prayer says … Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).
Your destiny is tied to your words, thoughts, and actions. If you want this coming year to be a year of your perfection, you’ve got to believe in the power of your authority as a Christian. You’ve got to RESOLVE in your spirit that God cares about you (Jer. 29:11), that He is always with you, and that, when times get hard, or seasons change, He will carry you through. Remember (think on this) that God loves you, and He wants the best for you. But He cannot make you want, or will, the best for yourself.
There is permissive will (human-centered) and perfect will (God-centered). When you DECIDE to remain in the center of God’s perfect will, you have reached your destination, and experience the life of perfection.
It’s not by might, it’s not by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord . . . these mountains are now removed.
DECLARE out loud:
MAY THE GOD OF ALL GRACE, WHO CALLED [ME] TO HIS ETERNAL GLORY BY CHRIST JESUS, . . . , PERFECT, ESTABLISH, STRENGTHEN, AND SETTLE [ME] this year, in Jesus’ name, Amen. (Read 1 Peter 5:10. The “suffering” is part of the process of the transformation and conversion you go through to reach the peace, stability, and certainty of who you are, what you are to do, and where you are supposed to be).
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