I think we all want to walk in the purposes of God and fulfill His plans for us. Psalm 139:16 says, “Your eyes saw my unformed substance and in your book, all the days of my life were written before there was one of them”. It’s so exciting to think that all of our days were planned and written before they even began!
He encourages us in Ephesians 2:10: “For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [a]re-created in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].”
It’s such a great comfort, when called to the marketplace, to know that the plans He has for you, were formed at the beginning of time. Now we’re just walking in them, with the leading of the Holy Spirit, which is so exciting.
Acts 13:36, tells us - “For David, after he had served God’s will and purpose and counsel in his own generation, fell asleep [in death] and was buried among his forefathers, and he did see corruption and undergo putrefaction and dissolution [of the grave]”.
Like David, we all want to walk in, and fulfill the purposes of God in our life, and for our own generation as well.
As we walk in those purposes, with the counsel of the Lord, He speaks to us with words of hope and promise, He sets out His purposes before us, He lays out the plans, draws the right people around, and encourages us to birth it and to bathe it all in prayer!
I know that we all want to know that whatever we are doing with and for the Lord is a God idea, not just a good idea. A good idea can bring forth some fruit for the kingdom, but a God idea brings forth 100-fold blessing. When we are meeting with a client, we are always looking for the God-birthed dreams that He has planned for them to do together. We find those God-birthed seeds contained in the promises of God. His promises are the beginning of what He would have us do. We have those promises both corporately: the logos word: the promises of God for the whole body, but then there are the personal promises, the rhema word: the stake in the ground, the plumb line that we can go back to when the storm comes, or when doubt comes, so we can ask, “What did God say? What did He say about what He planned ahead of time for us?” That can be a place of contention because sometimes we hear the enemy asking, “Did God really say that?” That’s the same temptation that Eve faced. Understanding and knowing the promises of God over your life is very important because you can stake yourself to those promises moving forward. That becomes a strength, and a place to return to in the midst of the temptation or doubt, fear or unbelief.
Once we’ve heard from heaven on the matter, we can obey. Jesus saw what the Father was doing and saying, and He walked in the fullness of what was in His Father’s heart for Him. So it’s so important to have those promises as a place of beginning.
Contained with the promises of God are the purposes. The “Why” question. What is the purpose of what God has given us? To change culture or mindsets? To take care of people? To raise finances? To show the Father’s heart of God to others? To bring healing to people in spirit, soul or body? God is purposeful; all He does, He does with purpose. Primarily, God has planned for you and He to be together and to have a relationship. You are a son and a daughter and He loves you, but contained within that relationship, there will also be a purpose. That purpose is the fruit, or the outpouring of your life together.
Once you have the promises of God and then you know the purposes of God contained within the promises, you are ready to begin to work with the Holy Spirit to figure out the plans He has for you. He has individual, personal and specific plans for each of us.
Jeremiah 29:11: For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.
Whatever He calls you to do, and for all that He desires, there is a plan. God is a wise Master Builder, and He always has a plan. God has a plan both for His people and against His enemies. He has not left us as orphans, nor is it HHHis intention to let us wander in the wilderness. He has a plan: one we can follow easily as we hear and obey.
Psalm 81:11-14: “But My people would not hearken to My voice, and Israel would have none of Me. So I gave them up to their own hearts’ lust and let them go after their own stubborn will, that they might follow their own counsels. Oh, that My people would listen to Me, that Israel would walk in My ways! Speedily then I would subdue their enemies and turn My hand against their adversaries.”
So often we make our own plan, or walk in our own ways, and then we wonder why we suffer various attacks or why things don’t work out the way we thought. But God, who has gone ahead of us, knows what He wants to accomplish through us, and He knows what roadblocks we are going to face. He has a perfect plan to circumvent that every time, if only we would listen. Often He will show us the end before the beginning, so that we know where we are going. When we know what’s up ahead, we can ask, “Where do we want to be in 1 year or 5 years?” etc., so we can figure out what the next natural step would be to get there.
For example, we have clients who are rich in prophetic promises. Let’s say a client has a word from God over his/her life that billions of dollars will come into his/her hands to steward for the kingdom, and that’s is wonderful. We celebrate that and all that will mean for them and for the Kingdom. But one questions to ask may be “Do you have experience in handling large amounts of money?” If not, then perhaps beginning now with training in that area, getting coaching or mentoring, learning the promises and the pitfalls of stewarding large amounts of money may be a good idea and a good place to begin.
As we walk with Him in that perfect peace, in His presence, we know that the steps we are taking are steps toward something specific—steps that are toward the promise He has given you—toward the fulfillment of the plan and not away from it. So you begin working with the Holy Spirit, to work toward the way you want to go, and ask yourself, “What could be the next logical step to get there?” We know that He will lead us step by step.
If we look at building plans or blueprints, the most important part is the foundation. However high you need to build will dictate how deep and wide the foundation needs to be. If God is prophesying something large in your life, you can be guaranteed that He will spend a lot of time working on the foundation. That can be frustrating because the foundation building isn’t always all that interesting. Often times there is a lot of mud and rubble to be removed, slippery sand replaced with solid concrete – something that will endure.
If you would walk by a high-rise building that’s going up, you would see that the builders cover it when they are working on the foundation and it seems like forever that it is hidden. All of a sudden out of now where the first few floors appear and it goes quite quickly after that! If you are building 60 stories high, you need to dig deep to support it. So many of us are in the foundation stages, and it seems that nothing is happening, but God is doing a deep work in your life because He wants to build high and because what He builds, He wants to last.
Sometimes He wants us to tear down an old, faulty foundation so that He can build something strong and sure.
Jeremiah 1:10: See, I have this day appointed you to the oversight of the nations and of the kingdoms to root out and pull down, to destroy and to overthrow, to build and to plant.
Whatever is in your life that should not be, He has anointed you to pull it up, overthrow the works of the enemy and agree with heaven for the perfect planting of the Lord. What He has appointed you to do, He has anointed you to do. Often we know that He has called us to build, and we have a sense of our mandate, we understand the purpose, understand the plan, but we often go ahead of the Lord and seek to build on a faulty foundation: unforgiveness, prayerlessness, wounds from the past, offences, bitterness, judgments, vows, etc. The enemy waits for the opportune time when he can pull it all down.
If the foundation can’t hold the weight of what God wants to do, it is in danger of crumbling. When we let God build, He will take His time, lay a solid foundation of who we are, in our understanding of sonship, and will lay a foundation that will last for generations. He is a wise Master Builder.
Once you have the promise of God, and you know the purpose of God, and you understand the plans of God, and the foundation is set, and it’s secure, you can begin to call forth the people He has chosen for you to co-labour with, to help you build and to be a support as you build. It’s important to build a good support team around you—those whom God will give you to walk with you, partner with you and help you to succeed.
In the natural, some people in your support team could be your accountant, lawyer, web designer, communications expert, technical skills personnel, or administrator—those He has purposed to walk with you as you fulfill the mandate He has given you. You can begin to pray for them and call them forth. It is exciting to work with a client beginning a new venture because all the people they are meant to impact, and all the people they are to walk with are already out there.
We begin to pray with them and by faith, all over the world, we ask God to bring those connections together. Building the support team in the natural is important.
There is also a support team in the spirit: people you can trust, who can examine the foundation, who can give you wisdom and insight.
Proverbs 11:14: Where no wise guidance is, the people fall, but in the multitude of counselors there is safety.
Having people in your life that you trust, who can agree with your vision, is important. Maybe these people can give you prophetic insight or show you the next step, making sure the compass is pointed in the right direction. Building a team in both the natural and the spirit is important, so that you don’t feel alone but have strength around you.
Lastly is the prayer. The prayer goes ahead of you and prepares the way. If you have a team around you who can go ahead of you, break up the ground and prepare the soil for planting, a team of people who can agree with heaven for the will of God to come to pass over your life and contend for the words that God has spoken over your life, is very important. As we’re told in Isaiah 62, to stand on the promises of God until they come to pass. Building this team is important so that you can see His mandate come to pass. It’s important to build a strong team around you of people you can walk with—wise counsel in the natural and the spirit—and prayer is important part of that.
When you are building a prayer team around you, you want to look for people who can pray strategically with informed, targeted intercession—having people who have been trained and know how to pray in agreement with heaven—who pray in a healthy way. Praying for God’s will and God’s best.
Levels and layers of prayer are good as well.
First, there is no greater authority in prayer than yourself. The most vibrant part of your prayer life is between you and God. That’s where the promises come. If you get a prophetic word from someone, it should be a confirmation of what God has already spoken in your heart because you and He are the most important part of the equation, and everything else is added after that. So the most important part of prayer is your own prayer life between you and God. Not program based prayer, but presence based prayer – all things born out of the intimacy that you and He have together.
Then you might cultivate layers of prayer within your family, your church, a pastor, friends, or anyone you can cultivate to pray generally around you.
It’s good to have a specific group of people or company of people who know how to pray and love to pray, to pray with you and for you for all that you are doing. Again, it’s a kind of prayer that prepares the way. It goes ahead and alongside. We like to compare this to the air force going ahead of the ground troops. You are on the ground, but oftentimes, the people who don’t have the air force to go ahead of them, get the direct hits, like the tip of the arrow, hitting every wall and every obstacle because they don’t have anyone going ahead of them, like an air force team who can prepare the way.
The air force team can see way ahead of you, so they can offer insight and wisdom for things they are seeing in the distance. They build a wall of prayer around you. I often use the analogy of the stone wall, in front of you, made up of many stones. The waves may hit the wall, and instead of knocking you over, you just feel a splash from the water. These walls are important, so that you don’t take a direct hit and grow weary in the well-doing. The waves still come, but you are ready, shored up, protected and prepared!
That is the goal of a healthy prayer team—they want to serve you and serve the kingdom, praying so that you don’t feel alone, and so that you have people contending for you and agreeing with heaven, believing and agreeing for God’s best for you.
So you have the promises of God, you are walking in the purposes of God, you are fulfilling the plans of God, you are surrounded by an amazing team of people that God has sent you, and you are bathing it all in prayer. I say, how can you go wrong? Everything is in place for you to fulfill God’s purpose over your life.
I think the most important thing to remember in this is that God is for you: He is committed to you, contending with you, and He wants to see His kingdom come and His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. He wants to see the full manifestation in your life of all He has promised in your sphere of influence right here on earth. He has planned it from the beginning of time. He has gone ahead, mapped out the plan and filled the path with promise. Then He comes behind you; His glory is your rearguard. He is so pleased in you because you are walking with Him and you have committed to walk that journey with Him, and He has committed to walk it with you. He has you in His heart and it is impossible to fail!