Called To Do Good Works (Part 2)

by Rick

Today we continue our series entitled “Destiny’s Child – You Are Not a Mistake!”  We have been looking at Ephesians 2.  We will continue to flow in that vein.

(Eph 2:8-10 ERV)

8  I mean that you have been saved by grace because you believed. You did not save yourselves; it was a gift from God. 

9  You are not saved by the things you have done, so there is nothing to boast about. 

10  God has made us what we are. In Christ Jesus, God made us new people so that we would spend our lives doing the good things he had already planned for us to do.

So what does this mean for you today?  Let’s get into it:

1.  God predestined you.  

— A key aspect of walking with God and living by faith is knowing God has a plan for your life.  You are not a mistake.  

— There is a sovereign God who made predetermined plans for your existence.  If you truly believe this, you also have to believe that you were prewired for your purpose.  You were predisposed to your destiny, and you don’t even know it.  

—  Since you were predestined for God’s purpose, the only way you can discover your true self is to discover Jesus.  When you get the revelation of Jesus and who He is, you are then in a position to get a revelation of yourself and who God birthed you to be.  

— As you live your life, you discover things about yourself that seem natural to you.  Others struggle with these things, but you don’t because when you are doing what you were born to do, and while you are doing these things, you never feel more alive.  It’s like your purpose is the underlying fuel for your life’s passions and energy.

— You are born without an understanding of your purpose.  You were born ignorant of your divine assignment.  But as you attempt to live life with God, He begins to reveal TO You the things that were prepared FOR you but were concealed FROM you!  Once God does this, once He gives you glimpses of the future He planned for you, and you then spend the rest of your life becoming what He revealed.  

2.  God predestined you to do certain things, and when you come across those things, it will be like CALLING is CALLING you!

I will use David as an example to drive home this point.

— When you are called to address a problem, that problem will bother you in ways it does not to others.  Because they are not called to address it, you are!

— When you are called of God, He has ways of propelling you into your destiny.  David thought he was simply running an errand for his father the day he was thrust into the national spotlight.

— Goliath taunted Saul and the entire Israeli army twice a day for 40 days.  Saul’s army heard Goliath 80 times and did NOTHING about it.  David only heard the taunt ONCE, and he was ready to fight!  When you hear and see things from God’s perspective, He will highlight the problems you are anointed to fix.  There is something IN you that will PULL YOU towards your destiny.  

— When God anoints you to address a problem, the problem irritates you in ways it does not trouble others.  You will see the problem and be so bothered that you wonder why it does not bother others the same way.  The reason is that they are not anointed to address it the way you are.  The problem is part of YOUR destiny and not theirs!

— There are some problems in this world that you were born to address.  You are actually predisposed to these problems in ways that others are not.  So when you come across them, as David came across Goliath, something will RISE UP in you to the point where you will not be satisfied until you address it.  

3.  My prayer for you is that you discover your purpose by God’s Spirit.

— God is a spirit.  He gave you His Spirit so He can communicate with you spirit-to-spirit.  The Bible says, “We received God’s Spirit so that we can know all that God has given us” (1 Corinthians 2:12).  Did you catch that?  The Holy Spirit reveals what God already planned for us!

— In Ephesians 2:10, the Bible says that God wants us to spend our lives doing “the good things he had already planned for us to do”.  His plans are already done.  His work is already finished.  Our job is to discover what those plans are and to attempt them by faith.

— People ask me, “Rick, how do I know what God planned for my life?”  The answer was in 1 Corinthians 2:12.  Once again, the Bible says, “We received God’s Spirit so that we can know all that God has given us.”  God gave us His Spirit so that He can reveal His plans to us.  We must spend time with the Holy Spirit, so God can reveal what He planned, and when He does, we must then have the faith to accept and believe the plans, no matter how outlandish they seem.  

— If we believe God’s plans and we base our life on what we believe He is saying to us, then our life will become a life of faith.  This is what I call “The Grace Life!”  God speaks to us, we believe He already planned to do whatever He revealed by His unearned grace, and we then launch out to pursue those plans by faith, without being moved by what we see [down here] in this world.  This is how our faith taps into God’s grace, and we become the men/women we are called to be!

That’s enough for today.  On Monday, I will share some personal examples of how Ephesians 2:10 has played out in my life.

Declaration of Faith

Father, this is a season of LEVELING UP for me!  I LEVEL UP by pursuing my purpose all the days of my life.  You made plans for me before the world began.  You prewired me for my destiny.  As I live my life, there are problems that bother me that seemingly do not bother others.  That’s because I AM CALLED to address them.  You have anointed me to a specific purpose, and now my CALLING is CALLING me.  My DESTINY is PULLING me into my future.  It is the future You planned.  I am excited about it.  GREATER IS COMING FOR ME!  I declare this by faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

This is Today’s Word!  Apply it and Prosper.

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