Living on Purpose!

There’s no one like you! You are “….fearfully and wonderfully made…”. (Psalm 39:14)

You were given a very specific set of qualities and skills that are unique. You are not a carbon copy!  When God created you He was intentional and had a clear purpose in mind.  The problem occurs when we try to determine what that purpose and plan could be.  I know frustrating right?!

Here are some ways you can come closer to understanding what is that THING. What is your purpose?

God wants you to enjoy the life He’s given you.

That’s right! God created all things for us to enjoy. Labor and toil are not to be the norm for the believer.  In fact, laboring by the sweat of your brow is actually part of the curse. Ooooh, yeah I said it…CURSE. Adam and Eve were removed from the Garden of Eden and instead of having everything provided for them or easily accessible to them they were now forced to work for everything the hard way; through labor and toil. Because of the But, Jesus redeemed us from the curse on the cross.  Isn’t that good news?! You now have a right to enjoy doing whatever it is you do.  It is actually part of the Blessing of the Lord.

God is always speaking.

The question is are we hearing Him? As children we learned to play pretend and we allowed our imaginations to run wild. I believe that God was giving us a glimpse into our future purpose and destiny. Encoded in our spiritual DNA is the blueprint for our destiny, However, life experiences often dull our ability to dream and we relegate to living in survival mode.

Listen to your heart!

What is it that makes your heart leap with excitement? What makes you happy? Complete this sentence. I feel most fulfilled when I am doing__________? This is important.  Often the THING that you could and may often do without pay is often tied to your purpose. Do you enjoy children? Does your heart ache for persons contemplating suicide? Do you volunteer to serve food in the homeless shelters? Search your heart for the answer. God is not trying to keep us in a state of limbo and uncertainty.  On the contrary.  His takes pleasure in seeing us do what He has created us to do. Imagine if the Wright Brothers worked all those years and spent countless amounts of money to create the airplane only to have it be used as a plant bed in a garden.  Maybe we can say that this could be considered abuse. Hmmm…using something or someone for what it was NOT created.

This is the your chance!

You only have this one life.  This is the life you’ve been given.  God has given us equal opportunity to be great. We have no excuse. Sure, we could sit around and create excuses for not living up to our potential but if those excuses were valid then there would never be a person to excel with those same dysfunctions. However, we know that is not true. Everyday people from every level of defeatism, race, financial  and other wack backgrounds have overcome and risen to high levels of achievement. This is your chance.

You can no longer wait for others to validate or approve you.

Know that God has approved you.  In fact, 2 Corinthians 1: 20 declare that “…All the promises of God are Yes and through him Amen. ”  What does that mean? It means that every blessing is available to us because of Christ.  We can no longer declare defeat.  We have been given access to the mind of Christ.  Therefore, our opportunities are limitless and can only be limited by us through unbelief.

Leap! You’ll be okay!

Christ has made it possible for us to never be defeated on a single score. So don’t trust in your ability trust Him. God through the Holy Spirit will speak thoughts, concepts and ideas to our heart, They may seem impossible to your mind at first. But, trust your heart.  You must not be afraid. If God shows it to you obey your heart….take the LEAP!  When you walk upon the waters just know that God will always sustain you.  You will triumph. You will find your life is more fulfilling and happy. Why? Because you will have found your purpose.

Much Love,

Alnita

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Tag Your’re It!

When we were children we would play a game called Tag.  The object of the game would be to tag your opponent and transfer the power for winning or losing over to them.  It was a game of transferred responsibility.  You didn’t want to be responsible for tagging individuals because the goal was to make it to base before they tagged you.  So, everyone is running wildly all over the place trying to escape being tagged. The problem is that now even though we are adults, we are still trying to avoid being tagged or being responsible. Man from the creation has sought to place blame or the responsibility for his or her actions on others. Remember, Adam, when questioned by God about who told them to eat from the tree Adam quickly replied, it was Eve’s fault.  The Hebrews, even after Moses lead them out of slavery, placed blame on Moses because they had to rely on an invisible God.  It is human nature to displace blame.

How many childhood memories do we all have of telling our parents that it was our siblings fault that something was broken? Well, if you were like me, you have many. (LOL)  But, our “Elder Brother” Jesus, took the blame for us. He volunteered to take the blame for every wrong committed by us all.  Wow! So, when Father God looks to place the blame for the mess we had made, we give him a pitifully sad look and from the back of the room, Jesus raises his hand to say, It was me! He takes the brunt of our punishment in pain, torment, loneliness and shame so that the Father could freely express His love for us. What an awesome love exchange! But that’s not all.

Yes, Jesus died in our place. Yes, Jesus took all our shame and guilt. But, there was also a great exchange.  He was tagged with our filthiness and He tagged us with all of His power and love.  Jesus, while on the Earth demonstrated His love in many miraculous ways. He was busy tagging others with the Father’s love and acceptance, so to speak.  After His death, burial, resurrection and His ascension back to Heaven He left us a mandate. So, in essence He tagged us.  So, tag…You’re it!  Jesus is now seated at the right of the Father in heaven and now it’s our turn.  He is officially at home base.  Yes, He will return but he has left us to carry out the Father’s business the business of tagging or touching others with His love.

Boy that sounds like a huge responsibility. But in that transfer not only did Jesus take our sin but He went us His Spirit to enable us to do all that the Father desires. So, start tagging someone with His amazing Love.  Let’s yield to the Father’s Will. So, Tag…You’re it! It’s your turn.

Much Love,

Alnita

“…A Dime if you tell me that you love me”

I remember my kindergarten years at Clarence Poe Elementary circa 1976, there was a little boy in my class named Kevin. He was so handsome and kind to me.  I can say that at the age of 7, I had a crush on him.  I would get “butterflies” in my stomach when he came into the classroom. When I came to school, I would make it
my goal to play with him on the playground or sit next to him during circle time. However, with everything good comes opposition.  You see, there were other little girls, just like me, competing for his attention. I began to measure myself against the others.  Some I considered to be prettier, or smarter.  This summation, however, didn’t deter me from my goal to get close to “the one I loved”, howbeit from afar…lol. So, I devised a plan.

Everyday my parents would give me money for lunch.  And As fate would have it, I had a bit left over.  So, on this particular day I decided this would be my chance! This would be the day that I would be the one chosen.  I reached in my pocket, and pulled out a dime. I whispered to him across the circle that we were seated in and asked him, ” Do you want a dime?”.  He said yes.  And for the first time, I felt noticed!  As I sit here writing this story so much emotion is welling up inside me because I remember that time so vividly.  Because, even though I had gotten his attention,  it didn’t last long.  I didn’t have extra money everyday to give him.  And it was on those days that I felt invisible and unimportant to him.  I didn’t have anything to give.

Isn’t that how we have operated so many times in our lives? We give what we may or may not have in hopes of getting attention or more specific,… love. This is even how we’ve been trained to operate with respect to our God. Religion has taught us that we have to get God’s attention.  He is so high above us and has more serious things to attend to that if we don’t come up to His high standards of performance, by either giving extreme amounts of time or money, we can easily be forgotten. Think about some of the songs many Believers sing in worship services all around the world like “Pass Me Not Oh Gentle Savior”. These lyrics express that we are so insignificant that we must beg for a sliver of the Father’s attention, “…while on others Thou art calling, do not pass me by”. We sing these songs as if our Heavenly Father has Dementia. I have even heard some preachers say that God doesn’t want to concern himself with the small issues because we can handle those. We had to have something big for Him to get involved.

I really believed that until I had a “light bulb” moment.  The Word began to be illuminated in me by Holy Spirit as it pertained to the relationship the father wanted to have with us, His children. Finally, I understood that God loved us so much that He sent a sacrifice that would forever dismantle the division that existed between Him and us.  Christ’s “finished work” on the cross made it possible for the Father to shower us with His unending, unconditional love. Before Christ, man would have to pay to be in His presence because  the “price of sin” was great. After Christ, our Heavenly Father was able to be lovingly attentive even about the little things like my food and clothing (Matt 6:30-31). Yeah, My Father is concerned about the clothes I wear and food I eat so much that He tells me not to be concerned because He’s already made provision. Isn’t that awesome!! He is a doting Father who always has time for me.

This should encourage you to take another look at how we respond to our Father. Do you feel insignificant? Do you feel like a burden? Well, I want you to read the scriptures again and I pray that the light of the Holy Spirit would flood your heart until you feel his overwhelming love for you and all your concerns. You are so important to Him that He, through Christ, has become one with the Believer and can never be separated. He guarantees He would never leave us. This is the mystery of Christ and the Church!! He is one with all who believe.

So, put away your loose change and walk in confidence knowing that your Heavenly Father loves you. Leap into His arms and rest.

Much Love,
Alnita Johnson

“Can’t touch this!”

Isaiah 10:27 says,”…And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.” If you read the NLT and the AMP version you will see that the word ‘anointing” is replaced with “fatness”. The AMP goes on to explain that it is the fatness (anointing) that prevents the yoke from going around our neck. WOW!! This is major revelation further proclaiming by the prophet Isaiah of the awesome work Christ’s sacrifice will make on all who believe in the finished work of Christ! Listen!! The yoke doesn’t even fit because of the largeness of Christ,The Anointed One! So then, bondage, as it were is only a learned mindset. Much like the elephant who was bound as a young calf and still believes that he is bound even though the largeness and fatness of his body alone would tear up the very foundation into which his rope is attached. I am declaring to you that bondage is a hoax. It is laughable to believe that anything is greater than our God. Our God is an Awesome God! Truly “… Greater is He who is within me than He that is in the World….” (I John 4:4) Se-Lah and then…..Dance!!!