God has set goals for each of our lives. In fact, He recorded them in a book before time began.
"You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was
recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day
had passed" (Psalm 139:16, NLT).
That is phenomenal! Did you know a book was written about
you? It's not just famous people who are featured in biographies. Your
story is in a book, too, and the Author is none other than God. He
wrote that book before you were conceived in your mother's womb. What a
staggering thought—every moment of your life is recorded in that book.
"For we are God's [own] handiwork (His workmanship),
recreated 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]" (Ephesians 2:10, AMP).
God planned your paths beforehand, but notice that Paul writes "that we should walk in them." It doesn't say "that we would walk
in them." There is a huge difference. Free will comes into effect here
because fulfilling these assignments isn't automatic. We have to
cooperate in our labor.
God has set the goals, but it's up to us to discover
through prayer, reading His Word, and other spiritual means what's
recorded for our lives. Then by His grace we fulfill them. For this
reason Paul prays: "Since the day we heard about you, we have not
stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge
of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray
this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may
please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in
the knowledge of God," (Colossians 1:9–10, NIV)
Knowing God's will for our lives gives us the ability to
always please Him. However, it is not inevitable. God has set
extraordinary goals for us, and they will not be accomplished without
prayer, faith and fervent labor.
Your life is unique, special and by no means an accident.
No one is common or menial. We all were created for a unique path that
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