Tuesday & Wednesday, February 2 & 3, 2010
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment I
(What Are You Trying to Do?)
Pastor George M. Matthews, II
A. God has a preordained life assignment for every person.
Jeremiah 1:5-10 5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
1. Your spirit never ages (verse 5).
2. You exist in the spirit realm before manifestation in the natural realm (verse 5).
3. God gives Jeremiah his specific assignment in verse 10.
4. Just as Jeremiah, God has ordained a specific purpose for your life.
5. Faith is required to bring your purpose into fruition.
B. Faith is necessary to accomplish your life’s assignment
St. Mark 11:22 22And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.
1. Having faith in God is twofold:
– Faith in God – my belief that He is – Hebrews 11:6 6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
2. Faith in God believes that God, although invisible, exists; this is necessary to carry out your life’s assignment.
– Faith of God – is my speaking to the mountain the Word of God – St. Mark 11:23 23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
-An appointment, a placement, a putting, a specific place, a position, a spot, your exact location, a fixation, an installation, to narrow down, to put one’s finger on
B. Scriptural examples of the assignment concept
1. St. John 15:16 16Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
a. Your life’s assignment is what God has chosen for you.
b. When you understand the ordained order of your life’s assignment:
2. You will be productive (Grace – that spiritual intangible is on your life and the results can be seen like the wind. As the velocity of the wind increases, you see the impact)
3. Your fruit will remain
4. You have power with God
C. When you do not understand your life’s assignment:
1. You will be unproductive
2. Your fruit will not remain
3. You will not have influence with God
4. Ephesians 4:11-13 11And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
a. Everyone is not ordained for the same purpose. God has already pre-charted your success in life.
b. There is a degree of perfection that comes when you are in your assigned place.
A. Literal examples of assignment
1. A fish has been assigned to water. Out of its assigned place, the fish looks quirky, does not thrive and eventually will die. This is true even though the fish has the ability to swim anywhere – salt water or fresh water.
(God has ordained you to function in a certain place – are you in that assigned place)?
2. Pineapples have been ordained to grow in a certain climate or environment.
-The success of an assignment is impacted by several factors:
Who (for example, a fish and a water lily both are in water). In other words, you can get thrown off if you are looking at other believers.
What (are you the fish or the plant)
Where (have you been called to fresh water or salt water)
When (you can only function in your season and God ordains the season)
B. Identifying the timing of your assignment
1. You remain in or on an assignment until the sender or the giver of the assignment concludes it or the provision runs out.
2. Scriptural example of the timing of an assignment
– I Kings 17:1-9 1And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the LORD God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word. 2And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 3Get thee hence, and turn thee eastward, and hide thyself by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 4And it shall be, that thou shalt drink of the brook; and I have commanded the ravens to feed thee there. 5So he went and did according unto the word of the LORD: for he went and dwelt by the brook Cherith, that is before Jordan. 6And the ravens brought him bread and flesh in the morning, and bread and flesh in the evening; and he drank of the brook. 7And it came to pass after a while, that the brook dried up, because there had been no rain in the land. 8And the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, 9Arise, get thee to Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there: behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain thee.
a. To function in your assignment, you need the Word of the Lord (what did God tell you to do)?
b. The Word of the Lord is specific and in His specificity is your effectiveness.
c. God will rework the very nature of a thing when you are functioning according to purpose:
1. The nature of a raven is scavenous. The raven is rewired from being a taker to a giver.
2. The raven sustains Elijah there – in his assigned place.
d. Your provisions are only at your assigned place.
1. You can go hungry when you are not there – in your assigned place.
2. The raven was instructed to bring Elijah food only at the assigned place.
e. You can only activate the provisions of God when you obey His instructions.
1. Until you show up with ‘went and did’, the raven (those God has spoken to) cannot bring you provisions.
f. The Word of the Lord (in verses 1, 2, 5, 8) will help you uncover and discover your assigned place.
1. Your assignment must be driven by the Word of the Lord.
2. Again, the provisions are in your prepared place.
g. A lack of provisions is an indication it’s time to change assignments.
1. God has already prepared an open door when it is time to move.
2. This is the place of the commanded blessing:
– Psalm 133:1-3 1Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
When you are in your assigned place, the blessing of the Lord is commanded to meet you THERE.
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