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Walking the path to your purpose

10846337_10203187423746321_5228810459576158689_nSomething you often hear from Christians is: What is my purpose? We often struggle with our purpose because we have an idea of what we want to do with our lives. From the time we’re children under the age of 10, many of us have dreams of what we wanna be when we grow up. On into high school and college, we’ll take classes and pick majors that line up with what we feel we wanna do. We do things that line up with our will. But all of that should change once we turn our lives over to Christ.

Don’t get me wrong. There’s nothing wrong with pursuing your dreams, and scripture tells us that God will give us the desires of our hearts (Psalms 37:4), as long as it’s within His will (1 John 5:14). But as far as our purpose in concerned, as Christians, it should always be according to what God would have us to do.

The trouble we have is walking the path to our purpose. We all seem to want the purpose, but not the process that comes with living it. Even when following our dreams, there can be steps that we have to take that aren’t necessarily glamorous, but necessary in order to achieve what it is that we desire. The same is true with our purpose. There are times when God sends us through some things on our way to that purpose. It’s so easy to look up during these times and feel lost and confused, as if we’re not on track with what we’re supposed to do. This is where our faith is supposed to kick in.

When the children of Israel were led out of Egypt by Moses, there was a destiny awaiting them in Canaan. But in order to get to that destiny, they had to cross a river and spend some time in the wilderness. They had to overcome an obstacle and then go through years of preparation (which included some people and some habits dying off) in order to reach their promise. What this means is that in order to reach what God has promised for us, we sometimes have to be in uncomfortable situations. Situations where it seems as if there’s no progress or growth, but if we continue to walk the path ordered by God, we will eventually receive His promise.

Part of getting to our purpose is doing what God has ordered us to do right now. Even if it’s not what we want to do, it may be essential to what God wants us to do. At issue is the fact that we’re more focused on the finish than we are on the race. There are times when we’re doing things that seem to be (according to our understanding) a waste of time. However, it may in fact be those things that will lead us to our purpose. We get frustrated because we don’t know all of the steps to our purpose. Only God knows that. So when we feel we’re lost, we could very well be on track. It may not be comfortable, but necessary. The only way to find comfort during this time is to surrender our will to God’s will and trust Him along the journey.

If I may share my testimony, I started writing in my teenage years in high school. I started out writing poems and short stories. I was also a musician, playing in the school orchestra and dabbling in other instruments like guitar and piano. My plan was to put my gift of poetry and music together and become a professional musician. After graduation, I enrolled myself in a college for creative students and began taking music theory. As far as I was concerned, I was on my way!

A few years after that, however, I found myself in broadcast school, learning radio and television production. My mother, recognizing my love for music, thought I might make a great deejay and brought me some information on the school. However, I fell in love with and excelled at television production, so after graduation, I went that route instead. I still had dreams of fame, but now as a television producer/director.

After working in that industry for 7 years, I felt writing calling me again, so I began writing my first book. In the midst of doing that, I started making music on my computer. Though signs were there, and even the call on my life from God had come (with me running from it), I had no plans to become a minister. That was my ordained purpose from God, given to me from the time I was in my mother’s womb, but I couldn’t see it because, as far as my eyes were concerned, the path I was on said anything but minister.

PhotoGrid_1432925643414Fast forward to today, and it’s all clear to me now. I’m now the author of 6 books, the last three spiritual in nature, and references to God and His Word are all throughout the first three. I now host a weekly radio broadcast where I can use the training I received in broadcast school. The theme music for my broadcast was something I created on my computer 13 years before I ever had a radio broadcast. It was something I created for my personal enjoyment, never knowing how it would ever figure in ministry down the road. I’m now using my editing skills from my video background to create YouTube videos (we’ve only scratched the surface with this).

When God finally called me into the ministry, He begin to open up my understanding as to why I had gone down all of these different roads in life. I thought I was gonna be famous, but He wanted me to preach His Word. The ministry that He has called me to is unique. It’s not just a ministry for the pulpit or to be used only inside the church walls. For this specific time, in a very specific way, God prepared me for a very unique ministry. I didn’t understand the plan or the purpose, but I walked every road He told me to walk. For that reason, I’m able to do ministry exactly as He’s called me to.

Scripture tells us that the steps of a good man are ordered by The Lord (Psalms 37:23). If there’s anything I want anyone reading this to remember, it is the fact that there will be times when you’re walking certain roads in life and it will seem as if you have no clue of why you’re doing what you’re doing. It will seem as if what you’re doing is fruitless. I’m here to tell you that if you’ve given your life to Christ, you are what the scripture calls a “good man” (or woman). This means that God has ordered your steps. This means that just because you don’t know where you are, it doesn’t mean that God doesn’t know where you are. He won’t order your steps without mapping out your path. You must surrender your will (what you had planned for your life) to His will (what God has ordered for your life).

If we are servants of God, then we must come to understand that a servant has no will. A servant’s desire is to do the will of his master. In this case, we are all bound by Romans 8:28, which states that we are called to God’s purpose, not our own. Once you accept that, then you’ll truly know the difference between being lost and being uncomfortable. And when you’re living according to God’s purpose, there can be no greater definition to your life.

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What are you really carrying into 2015?

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As we close out the old year and head for the new one, I’m seeing a lot of posts on social media and hearing a lot of talk from people about showing some people something in 2015 (usually a perceived hater or someone that they don’t like). Here’s what’s interesting about that: In order for us to show someone “something”, we would have to pray for their downfall (because God reveals our successes in His own way). Most times, we want to prove something to people in authority or people we perceive to be above us, whether they deserve to be above us or not. But in order to prove it to the point that they’d actually care, the person we’re proving it to would have to suffer loss. In this scenario or mindset, if they’re to see your elevation, they’d have to be beneath you. However, there’s a catch to this manner of thinking.

Successful people don’t really worry that much about other people’s success. They’re too focused on what they’re doing to try and “prove” anything. They’ve already proven it. And know that success is relative. To some, it’s money and possessions. To others, it’s a happy and healthy family. To some, it’s a great relationship with God. And there are still yet some that see having all of these elements as success. Either way, to truly be successful and be right with God, we can never wish for our success in someone else’s failure.

To take this a step further into the spiritual, blessed people are so busy basking in God’s blessings, grace and mercy, they have no reason to wish ill on anyone in order to feel more blessed. They realize that such an attitude can cancel out God’s blessings. I know that Scripture tells us that God will make our enemies our footstools, but we need perspective. Everyone that disagrees with you or won’t do what you want them to isn’t necessarily an enemy, and thus, God won’t make them your footstools. Some disagreements are just that. Disagreements. We don’t have to use these small differences as an emotional launching pad into the next year. Your desire to be a better you for the upcoming year should have nothing to do with proving anything to anyone other than you.

Scripture also tells us that it is the prayers of a righteous man that availeth much (James 5:16). What that means is that you must be righteous in your prayers to receive God’s blessings in their fullness. You can’t go into 2015 or any day in any other year with so much animosity towards your fellow man that you wish failure upon them in order to be elevated. This is the enemy’s plan to keep us at odds with one another. Once we know who we’re fighting, we can stop fighting one another. Once we realize that no matter who’s against us, God is for us (Romans 8:31), we’ll realize that it isn’t worth it to wish ill on one another. Just know that God can’t be for you if you’re against another one of His children. He can only be for you when you know who your real enemy is (Ephesians 6:12)!

We simply need to walk with God into the next day and the next year. Let Him do the promotion and demotion. Let Him do the planting and removing of people from your garden. And most of all, if you have ill will toward your fellow man, ask Him to remove it, not for 2015, but ask Him to do it right now!

The lesson here is that it’s alright to wanna come up, but you should never want for your come up to be at the expense of someone else’s downfall, whether it be through your actions or your wishing. We often list the things that we claim we’re not carrying into the New Year, and all the while, if we have this “I’ll show them” mindset, we’re carrying anger, bitterness, grudges, and a spirit of revenge. We want to destroy others because we feel destroyed by the fact that certain relationships didn’t work out. However, Scripture also tells us that when we set traps for other people, whether physical or spiritual, we are actually setting those traps for ourselves (Psalms 35:7-8). Something to keep in mind as we plot emotional revenge on the people that we feel have wronged us in 2014.

What God has for you really is for you, and He doesn’t have to downgrade anyone to upgrade you. Just a reminder in case you see yourself coming up in the next year, but you also see your “enemies” climbing too. Don’t be confused. God’s got enough for all of us.

So we know who you’re rooting for in 2015. The question is, who are you rooting against, and how do you expect God to bless that mindset?

Read an excerpt from the new book “An Understanding with God”

Author Rev. Kelly R. Jackson has released his latest work, “An Understanding with God: Developing a relationship with God on His terms”. Below, you can read an excerpt from this inspired wok. To purchase your copy, check the links below!BookCoverPreview

No room for grown folks

Part of the struggle is due to the fact that we often apply a worldly view to spiritual things. For example, the world tells us that after a certain age, we’re grown. In fact, even the Bible tells us that there’s a certain point in one’s life where they should leave home and begin their own family (Genesis 2:24, Matthew 19:4-6). It seems to be saying that at some point, you have to be grown and on your own. While it may seem that the Bible is backing up a fleshly perspective, let’s examine that further.

While the world will tell you that you’re grown and on your own, it also tells you that you don’t have to submit to anyone when you’ve reached that state. The world teaches us that we only need to submit to earthly authorities, such as law enforcement, bosses on the job, and so on. And even in some of those instances, the world will teach you how to circumvent the rules.

However, that isn’t the case with God’s Word. While the Bible does tell mankind that there is a point in life when we are to leave home, there is never a point in the Bible where we’re told that we no longer need God’s authority or to ignore Him when we disagree with what He’s telling us. In fact, the only time we are to ignore earthly “authorities” is when it goes against God’s Word and His authority. At all times, Christians are to be submissive to God’s will, His authority, His Word and His way.

The issue here is that grown folks feel the need to do grown folks things. They don’t feel the need to submit to anyone else’s way, will or direction unless they agree with it. So when it comes to leaning to God’s understanding and not our own, we must become as little children because children are dependent upon their parents or some other authority figure for guidance.

I’ve often stating while teaching that God doesn’t have any grown children, and if anyone within the body of Christ feels as if they’re grown, they should stop asking for things from their parent God. Grown folks take care of themselves without assistance. So even if you’re praying to God to move in someone else’s heart so that you might have favor, you’re not grown! When you run into trouble, you’re still calling on Daddy. And if you’re a Christian, you ought to be alright with that.

Being childlike is to be humble. Again, it is to be under the direction of someone else. It is to be dependent upon someone else’s understanding and not your own. Consider Matthew 18:1-4. I had the pleasure of preaching from this text on Youth Day at my home church some time ago. I used two subjects, one for the youth and one for the “grown folks”. My subject for the youth was “If God be for you, who can be against you?” However, my subject for the “grown folks” was “Stay in a child’s place”. Let’s examine the text.

18:1-2 – 1 At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?

2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them (KJV)

Right away, we have grown folks questioning Jesus about positions. Who will be the greatest? Who will head all of the auxiliaries? Who’s going to be the pastor’s right hand man? Who’s gonna have the best seat in Heaven? Knowing their hearts, Jesus not only begins teaching humility, He uses a visual aide. And because I believe that nothing should be added to the Word of God or taken away from it (Revelation 22:18-19), as I read this text, I see nothing that states that there was any hesitation on the part of the child to come to Jesus when called. The child simply came to Jesus. How many of us have such obedience in our spirit? How many of us can simply, humbly and willingly follow the direction of Jesus?

18:3-4 – 3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except you be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven

4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven (KJV)

Here, Jesus addresses an “I’m grown” spirit and tells the disciples that they must be converted and become childlike in order to be great in Heaven. So we must consider the attributes of the child in this text: little, obedient and humble. If we are really God’s children, we should all assume these attributes. We must shrink in order to be elevated. Doing this will enable us to follow God’s lead and lean on His understanding, while turning away from our own.

Book description

One of the greatest challenges facing today’s Christian is the silencing of our own voices in favor of listening to God’s. This challenge is felt in the everyday life of the Christian, as well as how we have begun to operate and conduct ourselves within the church as a whole. With “An Understanding with God: Developing a relationship with God on His terms”, Rev. Kelly R. Jackson offers a practical guide to resisting the desire to do things your own way, while allowing God to lead and guide you. Based on Proverbs 3:5-7, “An Understanding with God” is a powerful statement for spiritual living both within and outside of the church, delivered in a manner that Christians at any stage of their walk with Christ can receive and apply to their lives.

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