Deliver Yourself From the Rat Race. Determine Your Purpose. Fulfill Your Destiny

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Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. – 1 Corinthians 7:17

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. – Matthew 5:13 -16


What is the Rat Race?

According to Wikipedia, “A rat race is an endless, self-defeating, or pointless pursuit. It conjures up the image of lab rats racing through a maze to get the “cheese” much like society racing to get ahead financially.” It is a way of life in which people are caught up in a fiercely competitive struggle for wealth or power; an exhausting, usually competitive routine.

For me, I would like to say that a rat race is being caught up in the web of trying to make ends meet. It involves a lifestyle that barely gets by to sustain yourself, with little time for other more important things in life.

The problem with the rat race situation is that you never ever always have enough. For each season of your life, your needs are always more than your provisions, thereby leading you to be unhappy and worried about tomorrow most times.

Unintentionally, many of us have found ourselves trapped in a rat race situation. All that we are involved with right now revolves around our personal needs, and the more we work hard to have them met, the more we don’t meet them. There seems to be a race to work more, earn more, or you’ll not be able to pay your bills.

When you’re working, earning, living and struggling only to survive and pay your bills, then you’re trapped in a rat race. When all that matters to you is to handle your personal needs and take care of your family, live in a good house, drive a nice car, etc, then you are caught up in a rat race. When you are living for self only, you are trapped in a rat race. When your life is not according to purpose, you are trapped in a rat race.

Please note, there’s nothing wrong with working to get your needs met and having the best things of life in place. But life is definitely more than getting your needs met. Life and living is more than being able to feed your family and have more money.


The Purpose of Life

I have a mid-sized TV in my sitting room. As I look at it, I am reminded that the usefulness of that box lies in serving as a Television. Any day it decides to be used for sitting, then it has lost its usefulness. This is same with every other product in life.

Every product serves a specific purpose. Whenever a product is used for something other than what the maker created it for, the product has lost its usefulness. It will end up not benefiting its users and eventually discarded.

The purpose of life is to live for purpose.

Living for purpose is the only way to be free from the rat race situation.  That’s the only way to be free from worry and live a happy life.


Determine Your Purpose

Everything in life is designed and made with purpose. You are not an accident. We are reminded in Psalm 139 that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. When you define your power and discover your purpose, then your life takes on new meaning and direction.

More people wrestle with this one question than perhaps any other: “Why am I here?” Put another way, “What am I made to do?” We believe that each one of us has been uniquely made with purposes that you are uniquely designed to fulfill.

When we talk about purpose, we’re talking about what you can do to make an impact on others around you. We’re talking about a sense of calling and investing in a cause. Calling is when you have a sense of “I’m made for this!” It’s when you find the thing to do that makes you feel most alive. Cause is found when you’re able to say, “I’m moved to do something about this!”

Living on purpose is about investing your life in the things that matter most so that you live a life of mission and meaning. Purpose gives you a sense of direction and meaning.

I believe your purposes are revealed by God. These are the top five to help you Determine your Purpose:

  1. What does the world need?
  2. What am I made to do to help fill this need?
  3. What can I do to make a difference and leave a positive mark?
  4. What breaks my heart?
  5. What’s at risk if I don’t do what I am called to do?

In Acts 13:36, we read that David served God’s purposes and died. David accomplished the purpose God designed him to do. God has made you for a reason; He has anointed you to do marvelous and wonderful things. Let Him reveal those things to you so that the legacy you leave will be about Him and not about you.

Your purpose is ultimately something that frees you, challenges you, inspires you, and gives you a sense of mission and meaning.

When you determine your God-given purpose, your life starts to make more sense, and your legacy will be impactful.


Bible Verses On Purpose.

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth” (Exodus 9:16).

“I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted” (Job 42:2).

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

“The purposes of a person’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Proverbs 20:5).

“Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose” (Philippians 2:12-13).

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace” (2 Timothy 1:9).

 


Prayers to Discover and Realign Yourself to God’s Purpose.

Prayer 1:  To Embrace Your Purpose in Christ

“However, each one must live his life in the situation the Lord assigned when God called him. This is what I command in all the churches.” – 1 Corinthians 7:17

Thank You Father that I am Your child and that I have a citizenship laid up for me in the heaven, from which we await our coming Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Thank You that Your purpose for humanity is all tied up in Him, and that He is to be honored above all rule and authority.. power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come.

Thank You Father that You have put all things in subjection under His feet, and given Him as Head over all things to the Church, which is His body – the fullness of Him Who fills all in all.

Heavenly Father, as a part of that Body I pray that I may fulfill the work that You have purposed for me to do.

I thank You Father that Your will for my life is to transform me into the image and likeness of the Lord Jesus Christ and I pray that my life may reflect His grace and beauty in all I say and do.

I pray that I may willingly submit to the work of the Holy Spirit in my life – even on those occasions when I do not understand.. and ask that all that is of me may decrease and all that is of Christ may increase – until He is all in all in my life.. to Your praise and glory. This I ask in the name of Jesus,

Amen

Prayer 2: For a Life of Purpose.

“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began.” – 2 Timothy 1:9

Heavenly Father,

I thank You that Your perfect plans and purposes can never be frustrated and that You are working quietly in the background in order that Your divine will for my life continues to progress towards its ultimate goal, as year succeeds to year.

I praise You that You have given me life and made me a new creation in Christ.

Thank You Father, that You have a special purpose for my life too.

I pray O LORD, enable and equip me to fulfill the plan and purpose that You have for me to do and I ask that You would use each gift and every talent that You have graciously given to me, to Your praise and glory.

Help me to fulfill all that You would have me do in my life and may I be obedient to Your voice as I seek to carry out Your purpose for my life.

May I give thanks in all things and hearken to the voice of Your Holy Spirit and may I hold fast to that which is good and abstain from all forms of evil – knowing that this is Your will for my life… In Jesus name I pray,

Amen

Prayer 3: For A Purposed-Filled Life.

“For I know the plans I have for you”-[this is] the Lord’s declaration-“plans for [your] welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11

O LORD,

I know that you have a plan for each of our lives – and I understand that the main desire for every one of Your children is to know Jesus more and more and to live our life in a manner that is pleasing to You and exalts Your holy name.

Father I know that Paul reminded us that as Your children we are to know You.. and the power of Your resurrection and the fellowship in Your sufferings.. and I believe that the way we cope with the various difficulties and dangers, heartaches and sufferings, problems and pain, trials and temptations is connected to the fulfillment of the many plans that You have purposed for us, in our lives.

Help me I pray to face the challenges of life looking to Jesus and relying on His sufficient strength and grace. Help me not to repay evil for evil but to love my enemy, and to do good to those that despitefully use me.

Help me more and more to develop the fruit of the Spirit – and may an abundance of love and joy, peace and patience, kindness and goodness, faithfulness and self-control overflow from my life into the lives of all I meet – until Christ is formed in me and I live my life as unto Him.

May I reflect Your purpose in my life from this day forward to Your praise and glory – this I ask in the name of Jesus my Savior,

Amen

NOTE

1. Prayers Copied from : Knowing Jesus

2. Minor Article Excerpts from : Getoneword

Daniel C. Okpara is the author of numerous best-selling books, including, What Do You Have in Your House?, Parable of the Serpent, Pillars of Excellence in Life and Business, Take it By Force, Prayer Wave, and Many others. He is the founder of Better Life World Outreach Center, a non-denominational ministry dedicated to global evangelism and equipping of God's people to live a better life. He is also the founder of Breakthrough Prayers Foundation www.breakthroughprayers.org), an online portal leading people all over the world to encounter God and change their lives through prayer. He has authored over 50 books on business, prayer, relationship, and investment.

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