2022: Discover Your Life Purpose

There’s nothing more fulfilling than knowing the reason you came into this world and dedicating yourself to your mission. This is what it means to live by destiny. Everyone who is born into this world comes with a specific assignment and life purpose. Jesus knew his.

Standing before Pilate, he declared, “In fact, the reason I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth” (John 18:37, NIV). Like Jesus, everyone has a right to know their life purpose. Living by destiny is the best and the most satisfying way to live.

As we welcome a new year, I’d like to talk to you about “Discover Your Life Purpose.”

A lot of people either miss their destiny or fulfill it partially. Two factors account for this.

The first and the most important factor is the lack of spiritual awareness on the part of their parents. Children’s first contact with the world is through their parents. Therefore, when parents are spiritually awake, they can detect a child’s destiny at an early stage. Information about a child’s life purpose is already available at conception. Equipped with this information, parents can provide appropriate guidance for the child to succeed.

Unfortunately, in our modern world, when couples are expecting, they seem more interested in the child’s gender, height, weight, eye color, and so forth. The child’s life purpose is the last thing on their mind. Hence, children are left to navigate the complex issues of life through trial and error, without the aid of divine revelation. Inevitably, a lot of opportunities are missed.

By contrast, the ancients were more spiritually sensitive to the destiny of the babies they carried. Take, for example, Rebecca. Like most pregnant woman, she too felt the kicking of her babies. But unlike most women, she sensed there was a deeper story behind the constant kicking. She therefore consulted with God.

Only then was it revealed that she was carrying two nations in her womb, and that the firstborn would serve the younger. Armed with this revelation, Rebecca positioned herself strategically, played her cards well, protected Jacob, and made sure Jacob didn’t miss his destiny. Imagine what would have happened if Rebecca wasn’t spiritually sensitive to the movement of her babies. You can find the story in Genesis 25:21-23; 27:1-46.

Behind every Jacob, there’s a Rebecca. Behind every child of destiny, there’s almost always a parent who saw greatness in the child.

The second factor has to do with social programming. In our modern society, everything is neatly packaged. Your job is to fit in the matrix. For instance, shortly after you’re born, you’re plugged into ‘the system’ where you’re told what to think and what not to think. You’re expected to complete elementary school, go to high school, then college. The next step is to find employment, pay your taxes, buy a house, get married, make babies, grow old, retire, then die. In such an environment, it’ll take courage to pursue your purpose, especially if your purpose challenges the status quo.

When you feel empty, unhappy, or if you feel life is a grind, it’s usually a sign that you’re living a life that wasn’t meant for you. The fact that certain life choices are good for one person doesn’t mean the same choices will be good for you.

Your choices in life should be based, not on what everyone else is doing, but on what aligns best with your specific life purpose. If you don’t know the reason you came to this planet, how can you live a meaningful life?

Today, I want you to know that you can, and should, find out the reason you came into this world. It’s your right to know. If you’re unsure of your life purpose, let 2022 be the year you discover it. Ask God for your life purpose to be revealed to you. If you want to talk to someone who is more spiritually adept at dealing with these situations, that’s fine too.

Discovering your life purpose will give you a whole new way of approaching life. It’ll fill you with unimaginable energy and passion. Regardless of the circumstances of your birth, you’re not here by accident. You’re here for a reason, a good reason.

If you’re a parent reading this, give to your children the sense of destiny you didn’t get in your childhood. As Whitney Houston said in her song, Greatest Love of All, “Show them [children] all the beauty they possess inside.”

Let 2022 be your year of self-discovery. Find your purpose. Find true fulfillment by doing what you were sent to do.

In love & light

Ogoe

TRUST YOUR STAR

Often, trusting others feels easier than trusting yourself. There’s a reason for this. As we grow up, much of our education, formal as well as informal, prepares us to trust people and systems outside of ourselves.

We’re raised to trust the news, the government, the church, the school system, the health system, friends, and family. We’re raised to look outside ourselves for answers. But, while you’re trained to trust almost everyone and everything around you, rarely will you be taught the critical truth: Trusting yourself before all others is the key to fulfilling your destiny.

I’d like to talk to you today about “Trust Your Star.”

When Jesus was born, certain men from the East became aware of it through the guidance of his star. Following the star, they made it to Jerusalem safely. Upon arrival, however, they began to ask around as to the location of the child.

When Herod got wind of it, he set in motion an elaborate scheme to destroy the child or whoever he deemed a threat to his throne. The entire story can be found in Matthew 2:1-13. There’s an important lesson here I wish to highlight.

The wise men did not need to ask others for the child’s whereabout. The star that guided them in the East could have led them straight to Jesus. Involving all of Jerusalem, especially Herod, was a mistake, one that proved costly. Interestingly, as soon as they left Herod’s presence, the star from the east reappeared, leading them to Jesus.

Sometimes, you can go about seeking guidance from too many people. In the process, you neglect the guidance of your inner star. Talking to too many people about your journey will only confuse you and attract negative attention.

Like the men from the East, everyone in life is on a journey. The specifics of the journey differ from person to person. But, no matter where your journey calls you, you have a star from God that guides you. Therefore, learning to trust your star is crucial to your success.

Your star is not in the sky. Your star is a part of you. It’s the voice and the light of God in you.

You don’t have to go through Herod to get to your destination. You don’t need outside opinions to know where you need to go or what you need to do. You were never meant to receive your guidance from outside sources.

Fulfilling your destiny requires you to trust your God-given internal guiding star above all external suggestions.

Understand, your journey is yours to undertake. Your dream is yours to pursue. Your calling is yours to answer. No one understands your journey better than you do.

When you stop depending on people for guidance, your inner star will appear to guide you.

Remember, your deepest joy in life will come from knowing, trusting, and following your star. Look within and find the guidance you need. Trust your star.

In light & love

Ogoe

Why Was Jesus Born of A Virgin?

One of the most important Christian doctrines is the virgin birth, the belief that Jesus, unlike the rest of us, was born of a virgin, Mary, the husband of Joseph. Over the centuries, thousands of books have been written about this doctrine. Central to the Christian tradition, this belief is included in the Nicene Creed. Should any Christian have the misfortune of denying this doctrine, he or she would be considered a heretic.

My aim is neither to argue for nor against the validity of the doctrine. My interest lies in something more profound, something spiritual and revelatory which seems to have escaped the Church’s attention. I therefore want to share with you the real reason Jesus was born of a virgin. Regardless of your religious background, you can draw from this reflection valuable spiritual insight for your personal growth.

Let us start by getting one thing out of the way. Most people think Jesus was born of a virgin to show how different he was from the rest of us. But that misses the point. Neither the Father nor Jesus had any intention of the kind.

On the contrary, Jesus wanted us to know we are like him, and he is like us. This was his goal all along. He knew all people are made in the image and likeness of God. He knew, too, that this image is spiritual, perfect, and immutable. Unfortunately, most people operate from an incorrect self-image.

Jesus’s mission, then, was to show us how to think and act as God’s likeness. The details of his life, including the virgin birth, are not meant to suggest that he belongs to a different class of God’s likeness. God’s likeness is the same across the board, whether it’s Jesus, you, or the self-proclaimed atheist.

When God looks at us, He is literally looking at Himself, because we are His reflection and image.

Now, to the question, “Why was Jesus born of a virgin?” We will respond to this question with an equally important question: How was Adam born and who was his parent? Adam, according to the Bible, is the first human. Understanding Adam’s origin holds the key to understanding why Jesus was born of a virgin.

One thing is clear about Adam. He had no human parent. The only parent he knew was God, who is pure spirit. God alone was Adam’s mother (father). This point is crucial. Recognizing God as his only parent, Adam understood that his origin was divine, not human. He knew he was pure spirit, just like his father (mother). No mortal (i.e., flesh and blood) could qualify as Adam’s true parent.

At this point, we must emphasize that God intended the truth of Adam to be the truth of every man and woman, because everyone is ‘Adam’ in his or her own right. The ‘Adamic ideal’ lives in us all. This means our origin is divine, not human. God is the true parent of us all. The biggest mistake humans can make is to forget our divine birth and Who our true parent is.

Those we commonly refer to as our parents are, strictly speaking, temporary custodians of God’s children. This is what Jesus meant when he said, “Do not call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father, He who is in heaven.” (Matthew 23:9, NKJV). Most people don’t know what to make of this Scripture, because it upsets conventional, unspiritual thinking. Yet, Jesus meant every word of it. The master was pointing the world back to the beginning when Adam knew God alone as his parent.

Jesus entered this world to reinstate the Adam ideal which had for so long been neglected by so many people. Hence, the Bible calls him the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). His mission was to reveal to all people their divine origin.

Everything about his life pointed to this. For example, whenever he spoke of his parent, he was referring, not to Joseph or Mary, but to God. He even got into trouble for it: “Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He [Jesus] not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God” (John 5:18, NKJV).

When Jesus was born of a virgin, it sent a strong, clear message. His origin was exclusively divine. God was his true parent, not Joseph or Mary. And he made sure everyone knew that. The real reason Jesus chose to be born of a virgin was to eliminate all confusion about his (and our) divine origin.

The virgin birth of Jesus is the virgin birth of everyone. Here, the idea of a ‘virgin’ represents a spiritual state of consciousness in which mortals are stripped of their supposed ability to procreate. In this ‘virgin’ state, God is acknowledged as the sole, universal Parent, Agent, and Giver of life. There’s no room, then, for mortals to boast about having brought life into this world.

What we term procreation is a misnomer. No mortal ever procreates anyone. To have a child is a privilege, not a right. It’s a favor, not the reward for our effort. Moreover, it is not we who choose the child. It is the child, rather, who chooses to join us. Those we call babies are, in fact, sovereign children of God who come to us as our guests. We don’t make guests. We receive and welcome them.

In addition to the virgin birth, there’s another fact about Jesus which sheds more light on the current subject. The Gospel according to Luke gives us an account of Jesus’s genealogy. The account starts with Joseph (the supposed father of Jesus) and traces the genealogy all the way to Adam.

Interestingly, Luke does not stop with Adam, the first man. In fact, the last line of the genealogy reads, “the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God” (Luke 3:38). The common theme is sonship. At the very end of the genealogy is God. This means one thing. Together with Jesus, our lineage is divine, not human; spiritual, not material. We trace our ancestry, not to a mortal parent, but to Infinite Spirit, God. The genealogy of Jesus is the genealogy of every man and woman.

In sum, where you trace your origin determines your identity, and your identity shapes your destiny. If you trace your origin to a mortal (biological) parent, you’ll suffer the fate of mortals: limitation, confusion, and decay. If, however, you trace your origin to a Divine Father (Mother), as Jesus did (as we all should), you’ll reap the fruit of divinity: endless peace, harmony, and vitality.

A change in origin is a change in destiny.

To know yourself as emanating, not from a mortal parent, but from eternal Spirit, is the end of mortal slavery and the beginning of heavenly bliss. Adjust your self-image today. Embrace your divine origin.

Love & Light

Ogoe

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Chosen in Love, Driven by His Holiness

Daily Devotion | Day 304

“He [God] chose us in Him [Christ] before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love” (Ephesians 1:4, NKJV).

Why are you in this world? What’s your life purpose? Why were you born the day you were born? Why are you a Christian and not an atheist? I hope today’s message helps you to reflect deeply on the above questions.

Your destiny gives you purpose and direction. If you know your destiny it means you know your destination. And, knowing your destination will guide you to make choices that agree with the known destination. Fortunately for us Christians, the Father has revealed to us our destiny and life purpose. This destiny provides the framework within which all our choices (should) fit. You will find our destiny stated in different ways throughout the Bible.

But today, we’ll look at what Paul said in Ephesians 1:4. The passage is an excellent, succinct description of the Father’s plan for us. As children of the Father, it’s important that we know our destiny and be guided by it.

God chose us before the foundation of the world. This choice, we’re told, occurred before the world was created. Pause for a moment and think about that. Imagine what it means to be on God’s mind from all eternity. God knew you, chose you and planned a great life for you long before the universe existed.

Paul adds an important detail about God’s choice. He says, God chose us in Christ. This means God has planned that your life should be as glorious as the life of His Son. When God looks at you, He sees you in His Son. In a sense, when you see Jesus, you’ve seen you because you are in Him. And when Jesus looks at you, He sees Himself in you because He is in you. Listen to Jesus in His own words, “At that day you will know that I am in My Fatherand you in Meand I in you” (John 14:20). What an amazing life!!!

Next (and this is crucial), Paul tells us the purpose for which God chose us on Christ: “that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.”

Holiness is the quintessential attribute of God. The Bible spares no effort to emphasize this point. At the time Isaiah received his call to be a prophet, he saw a vision of seraphim crying out, “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts” (Isaiah 6:3). In the Book of Revelation, John too, saw a vision of heaven in which the four living creatures “do not rest day or night, saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come” (4:8). Not surprisingly, we’re told, “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

Our purpose in life is to be holy and without blame to the glory of God. This means God wants us to be as He is.  He wants us to be essentially God-like in our being and in our conduct. Is this possible? Yes, it is. Anyone who affirms the contrary is either willfully ignorant of the Scriptures or is lying.

We’ve been given all the grace and ‘tools’ we need to answer our calling and to fulfill our purpose. The Holy Spirit Himself testifies to this in 2 Peter 1:3, “His [God’s] divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” If we don’t live holy lives, God is not to blame. Nor is Adam. But rather, it is we who have chosen to go our own way. 

Remember who you are. Remember your destiny. And fulfill your calling, in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

For further study1 Peter 1:1-25

Your Words Shape Your Destiny

Daily Devotion | Day 280

“But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:36-37, NKJV).

Human beings are unique among God’s creation. Part of our uniqueness is that we are creatures of speech. We possess the ability to form words and create language out of these words. Our words are the expression of our inner self. You are your words. That is, by your words you reveal who you are. In the spiritual realm there is no such thing as ‘meaningless’ words. Every word from your mouth has consequences even if you don’t intend there to be consequences. Therefore, words are not neutral. To borrow a term from the world of electricity, words carry a charge. They carry a positive charge or a negative charge.

The point is, in the spiritual realm words carry consequences. Intention is important, but it is not required. What matters is that you are speaking and you mean to speak. We’ve been miseducated about words. This explains why people say things and assume that their words are ‘nothing.’ It also explains why people say a lot of things followed by, “I was just joking;” “I was kidding.”

You may have noticed a pattern in the Bible, the book God has given for your instruction. You will find all kinds of stories in the Bible. One thing you will not find is a line intended to be a joke. Take every man of God in the Bible. Take Jesus and the Apostles. Jesus didn’t say one thing He meant as a joke. This doesn’t mean He was not an interesting Person. On the contrary, He was very charismatic. But people were attracted to Him, not because He was a comedian, but because of His authority (Matthew 7:28-29). You don’t need to crack jokes to be an interesting person. What you need is magnetic authority through purity of life.

Pay attention to what Jesus is saying in today’s opening Scripture passage. According to Him, on judgment day people will give account of every idle word they’ve spoken. By “idle word,” He means a word that in of itself is useless. He didn’t say people will give account of some idle words. No, He says “every idle word.” If your words didn’t matter, you wouldn’t be required to give an account of them. If your words didn’t carry any consequences, there would be no need for judgment.

Your words shape your destiny.

After saying this, Jesus adds another statement. He says, “by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” Your words can cause you to be justified or condemned. This means your words influence your destinyThrough your words you have a say in your destiny. You can use your words to your advantage or you can use them to your disadvantage. Jesus has done His part by teaching you the truth about words. What you do with His teaching is up to you. The choice is yours.

But I encourage you to choose life. Speak wholesome words for your own sake. Use your tongue to your advantage. A well-trained tongue is a well-trained soul. And, a well-trained soul is a healthy soul.

BlessingMay the favor of God be your shield in all your ways. Amen.

For further studyLuke 19:20-23; Ephesians 4:17-32; 5:1-21