Don't Miss Your Purpose in Life
God gave each of us a mandate to fulfill; He qualifies you for that mandate, and He will guide you along the way, but mistakes could happen when you step out of the sphere of your assignment. I believe it's important to be intentional about having accuracy in fulfilling your purpose. There are a lot of people who have the gift of speaking and some will take matters into their own hands seeking connections and striving for a big platform. However, if God didn’t tell them that part of their mandate is to have a big platform and that’s what they're striving towards, then they would no longer be in alignment with God’s specific purpose for them and it leaves room for situations to occur that weren’t God’s intention. This is why it’s important to align the desires of your heart with God’s desires so that you can be accurate in your calling and avoid mistakes.
How do you avoid missing your mandate in life and making mistakes? For staters, you need the people around you! God will place people in your life who are attached to your purpose to help you fulfill what God desires for you. In the Bible, Moses was assigned to Israel, but Aaron was assigned to Moses. When I asked my mentor to mentor me, she prayed about it and said to me, “I feel like God doesn’t just want me to mentor you, but He wants to use me to get you to where He wants you to be.” It has been so evident that this is true; it’s her and the people that I met through her, who are helping me right now with what God wants me to do. Pay attention to who God sends your way.
You also need people who are your covering and to be under the authority of others. It doesn’t matter if you are a pastor, someone who speaks to thousands at crusades, or a well-known worship leader, you still need to have a covering. Every Shepard needs a Shepard. Why? It is a form of protection for you, to keep you in line, and to help guide you with wisdom when you may be making a wrong decision. It is also because walking alongside someone who is leading you can help you learn from the mistakes they made, like Timothy learning from Paul. You have to submit to authority and submit to the voice of the spirit for protection.
Another way to avoid mistakes and the thing that drives you towards submitting under authority is meekness. Psalm 25:9 tells us that God will guide the meek in judgment and teach them His way, not your way. There are times where God will guide you with specificity in His instruction (go here, go there, do this, do that); other times, His way of guiding you won't be so clear, it will be something that you have to learn through experience. There's other aspects of your mandate that He has to teach you. The catch? You have to be meek to be teachable. Matthew 5:5 says, "Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth."
God will do His part in your mandate; He’ll guide you, give you the anointing and the gifts you need, qualify you, give you divine relationships, and open the doors, but you play a role in following obedience. Your role is to pray for God's will to be done in your life and for Him to give you the desires of His heart from your life, rather than praying for your own fleshly desires.
This is beautiful...God wants to experience you in a specific way, to the way that He created you. Based on how the Holy Spirit deals with you there will be warnings and He will lead you. This is why you don’t have to be fearful, but it is wise to simply be watchful.
The instance of you making mistakes doesn't shock God. He already knows how long it will take for you to fulfill your calling and He plans for your mistakes. Again, you don’t need to be fearful of making mistakes. He gives you chances and enough time, so seize the time well and enjoy the journey!
Don’t let attacks from the enemy affect your obedience to God. There will be war in your life, you can’t escape it as a Christian because the devil wants to prevent you from fulfilling your purpose and from knowing your identity. It's his worst nightmare. If you’re being attacked, that’s a good thing because it means he’s threatened by you, keep pressing through my friend!
The last thing I’ll say is in regard to the story of Esther in the Bible. Her mandate was to save the entirety of all the Jews when Haman (the King's right hand man) wanted to destroy them all. At first, she was too scared to go to King Ahasuerus and plead to save the Jews because she knew that she would die if the King didn't call her to come. Mordecai (Esther's uncle), someone who was Esther's authority and was able to keep her accountable, told her, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
This changed Esther’s mindset and her response was to tell everyone to fast with her and she said that she will go to the king and if she dies, she dies. Because she followed obedience in her mandate, the Jews were saved and there were many other blessings. I wonder what would have happened had she said no. I don't believe that God would have let all His people die, perhaps He would have sent someone else; but what would have happened to Esther? My question to you is, what are you doing with your mandate?