God has a specific purpose and plan for your life. And it’s not your decision, but your discovery…it is your responsibility to discover your God-appointed destiny. If you are frustrated in your current job or not finding fulfillment, it may be that you are not doing what you have been destined to do. The following ten questions can help you to locate your destiny and place you on the road to a life of fulfillment:
1. What is your heart’s deepest desire?
When you delight in serving and knowing God, He places desires within you that will lead you to your destiny (Psalm 37:4, AMP). When you seek God first, He will give you the physical and spiritual desires of your heart. Having desires that line up with the Word of God is part of your destiny. You are not being spiritual when you deny yourself the privilege of doing what you love to do. God will not make you do something that you don’t want to do.
2. What ignites your passion?
Passion is that zeal, intensity and excitement about things that are important to you. Jesus had so much passion for the sacredness of God’s house that it moved Him to action (John 2:15, Psalm 69:9). If something matters to you to the point that you are moved to take action, it may be the thing that God has called you to do (Proverbs 20:24).
3. What naturally flows out of you?
Whatever God has called you to do will feel right and natural when you do it. Although it may be complex for someone else, it will be simple for you.
4. Where do you produce good results?
Your destiny can be determined by the type of results you produce. The Word says that a tree is known by its fruit (Matthew 12:33). Never force yourself to pursue something that is not producing good results. The parable of the fig tree illustrates this point (Luke 13:6-9). If you are doing something that is not productive, you are going down the wrong path. The minimum amount of time you should allow to experience positive and consistent results is three years. The maximum amount of time is four years. Everything you need is wrapped up in your destiny. When you find it, it will automatically produce good results.
5. What is the witness of the Holy Spirit in your spirit?
When you find your destiny, the Holy Spirit will bear witness with your spirit (Romans 8:14; 16). He will fill your spirit with His peace, which serves as an umpire, letting you know what is safe or unsafe.
6. What do mature Christians see in you?
Maturity is not defined by how long an individual has been saved. A mature Christian is someone who makes choices that line up with the Word of God. Always seek wisdom from mature Christians (Proverbs 18:1). There is safety in the counsel of mature Christians (Proverbs 11:14). Never seek counsel from the ungodly (Psalm 1:1).
7. What career/ministry do you feel the peace of God about pursuing?
Don’t be afraid to volunteer your time. It is often when you volunteer that you will discover your destiny. Get spiritually employed in an area that interests you. When you find your destiny, you will also find peace. You will love doing what you’re doing so much that money becomes secondary (Philippians 4:7; Isaiah 26:3; Colossians 3:15).
8. What ideas, visions or dreams are impossible to get out of your mind?
Don’t deny the dreams or visions that you have. They came from the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:17). The spirit of a man is the candle of the Lord (Proverbs 20:27). The light or dream that has been turned on will not go away, because God put that dream in you.
9. To what can you give 100% of your life?
God will use all of your gifts, talents and emotions for the destiny He has for you. God did not give you a gift for you to ignore it. Be willing to lay down your life so that God can use it to help others (1 John 3:16).
10. What is it that you do so well that people are drawn to support your efforts?
Lack of support from those around you can—although not always—be an indicator that you are on the wrong path. When you are doing what you’ve been called to do, people can sense what you are trying to accomplish and many times they will get involved to help you (Acts 16:10).
Written by: Rev. Philip Hutchings | Lead Pastor at Higher Life Christian Centre