Understanding God’s Plan For Me From His Book! By Bishop David Oyedepo
Topic: Understanding God’s Plan For Me From His Book!
Welcome to June! I believe we all had great time in the Word regarding our success right in Christ and what we must do to realise its full delivery. My prayer is that we shall put our diverse findings to work, so as to emerge as living testimonies of this great mystery, in Jesus’ name! Today, we shall focus on: Understanding God’s Plan for Me from His Book!
From scriptures, we discover that the only book containing the plans of God for the redeemed is the Bible. Therefore, the Bible is God’s manual for His product– man. It is an expression of the mind and consequently, the thoughts of God towards His creatures. According to scripture, God says: For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11).
Then, if God has plans for us in the Bible, we need to see them by searching them out. Therefore, to see or understand them, we need vision. The Bible says: Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he(Proverbs 29:18).This implies that vision is one of the most vital forces in the journey of life, that is, it is one of the requirements for a successful life journey.
The question now is, ‘What is vision?’ Vision is the unfolding of God’s plan for our lives (Jeremiah 1:5, 29:11). Until one accesses God’s plan for his/her life, it remains an adventure in frustration (Proverbs 29:18). Therefore, the journey to a world of outstanding success begins with understanding God’s plan (Isaiah 48:17-21).
Our disregard for the content of the Book will keep us wandering about in the wilderness of life. To pose to be smarter than what the Book says is to end up a captive. For it is written: And the vision of all is become unto you as the words of a book that is sealed, which men deliver to one that is learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I cannot; for it is sealed: And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned (Isaiah 29:11-12). The truth is, until we are saved, the seal is not removed.
The Bible is the mirror of life (James 1:22-25). It shows us what we are, what we have and what we can do. It is God’s prophetic agenda for the redeemed. It is God’s thoughts and purpose in print and He unveils them time and again, to whosoever is interested. If we want to make something good out of our lives, we have to take the Word of God more importantly than our necessary food.
As it is written: This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success (Joshua 1:8).
But, What Does His Plan for Me in His Book Look Like?
1. By Redemption, We are Redeemed to Walk in Dominion: Redemption has repositioned us for dominion. Thus, we are not to be harassed by the wicked forces of life. The Bible says: And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6); and where is this heavenly place? Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come(Ephesians 1:20-21). The heavenly places are far above the domain or territory of principalities and powers.
I got this revelation of my repositioning in 1979 from the ministry of Wigglesworth and I got so intoxicated. Redemption has ordained us to walk in dominion because: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever (Genesis 13:15).
2. We Have Been Redeemed as Priests and Kings to Reign on the Earth: As it is written: And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth (Revelation 5:9-10). So, every seed of Abraham is either a king or a nation because Christ has redeemed us from the curse of slavery (Galatians 3:13-14).
3. We are Redeemed to Be a Blessing and not a Burden to Our World: God sworn a blessing on Abraham saying: And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice (Genesis 22:18). As the seeds of Abraham, we are automatically partakers of the sworn blessings. For it is written: And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise (Galatians 3:29).
In conclusion, we must understand that God’s plan for every man only becomes accessible after one is born again. Are you born again? If you are not, this is an opportunity to do so. Simply say the following prayer: Lord Jesus, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins. Cleanse me with Your precious Blood. Today, I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You Jesus for saving me! Now, I know I am born again!
For further reading, please get my books: Understanding Vision, Understanding Divine Direction, In Pursuit of Vision and The Breakthrough Power of Vision. I invite you to fellowship with us at the Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, the covenant home of Winners. We have four services on Sundays, holding at 6:00 a.m., 7:50 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. respectively.
I know this teaching has blessed you. Write and share your testimony with me through: Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, P.M.B. 21688, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria or call 01-4548070, 01-4548280 or E-mail: [email protected], Facebook: www.facebook.com/davidoyedepoministries/, Twitter: @DavidOyedepoMin.
Bishop David O. Oyedepo is a Nigerian Christian author, architect, preacher, and the founder and presiding bishop of the mega church, Living Faith Church Worldwide, also known as Winners’ Chapel