You Were Born To Win!
When God formed you, He placed
in you all of the necessary giftings, callings and talents
you would ever need to fulfill His glorious plan for your
life. He did not create you to sputter in life, stall, fall
short or to abort your mission.
Why do so many fail to fulfill their God-ordained destiny?
It Was One of The Worst Deals of My Life!
Years ago I went to an auto auction and purchased a vehicle
that appeared to be a great deal while I was bidding on it.
After winning the bid, I paid the cashier, jumped into my
car and drove no more than a quarter of a mile before I realized
what a major mistake I had just made. The brakes squealed
terribly and the clutch was dragging, but since I had bought
it “as is,” I was stuck. On the drive home, I
contemplated my next course of action.
If I tried to sale the car, I was
not going to recoup my money. I decided to take it to a mechanic
to get estimates on the repair costs. To my horror, the brakes
and clutch were not the only problems. The next morning there
was a puddle of oil sitting under the engine. The air conditioning
did not work and the sunroof and windshield leaked when it
rained. The total repair costs far exceeded the price I paid
for the vehicle. It was a hopeless no-win situation. Have
you ever felt like that, like your life was utterly hopeless?
You Are Not Like That Car -
You Were Chosen By God To Win!
Unfortunately, some people’s lives are just like that
car, filled with problem after problem and letdown after letdown.
You name it and most likely they have been through it: failed
relationships, failed marriages, financial catastrophes, failed
health, depression, bitter family feuds, frustration with
life, underpaid, underemployed, confused, bitter at the world
and mad at God. When the engineers designed that car, they
did not design it to burn oil, leak water, backfire or to
sputter along. God did not design you to be that way either.
Pay close attention to God’s awesome blueprint for your
John 15:16 AMP [Emphasis
You have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you and I have
appointed you [I have planted you], that you might go and
bear fruit and keep on bearing, and that your fruit may
be lasting [that it may remain, abide], so that whatever
you ask the Father in My Name [as presenting all that I
AM], He may give it to you.
Notice that He says, you did not choose Him but rather, it
was He, (the Lord God Almighty) Who chose you. He goes on
to say, “…and I, (the Lord God Almighty) have
appointed you [I have planted you]…” The King
James Version of that same verse reads, “Ye have not
chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you…”
To ordain means to conceive and to set in place. The Lord
reveals why you were conceived and for what purpose He set
you in place, “that you might go and bear fruit and
keep on bearing fruit, and that your fruit may be lasting…”
It is the immutable will of God that you bear fruit and keep
on bearing fruit and that your fruit remain. In other words,
“You Were Born To Win!” Not only did the Lord
choose you to bear fruit and keep on bearing fruit, He laid
out the necessary plans for you to fulfill His vision for
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the
LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans
to give you hope and a future.
Focus your attention on, “…I know the plans I
have for you, declares the Lord…” Drill this point
into your brain. The only plans God recognizes concerning
your life are His plans. He does not recognize your plans!
He will not even glance at your plans for your life. Read
that again because you do not want to end up like the mass
number of individuals who venture through life not realizing
they are ruining God’s glorious plans for their lives.
They opt to carve out their own plans, and the net result:
they end up working in fields in which they were never designed
to work. They take jobs they were not suited for. They date
people and get involved in relationships that are clearly
dead-end, and they marry people with whom they were unequally
yoked from the moment they said, “hello!”
How Most People Ruin God’s
Glorious Plan For Their Life
Remember the worthless vehicle I purchased? Did God know that
vehicle was a piece of junk? Sure He did! Did He warn me about
that vehicle? I must admit, yes, He did! Was God trying to
teach me a lesson using that pile of junk as His teaching
tool? Absolutely not! So what happened? I made a mistake,
missed His warning and as a result I made a bad decision.
I need to define a mistake. A mistake is an error or fault
resulting from defective judgment, deficient knowledge, or
carelessness. It means to misinterpret, to understand wrongly,
or to recognize or identify incorrectly.
Press pause and go back and read that again. Aside from committing
outright rebellion, that is how most people ruin God’s
glorious plans for their lives. They make bad decisions because
their judgment is defective or they misinterpreted the facts.
They act upon deficient knowledge or commit an act of carelessness.
They have a wrong understanding of the situation or they recognize
or identify a person or people incorrectly. What causes your
judgment to be defective? What causes you to have deficient
knowledge or to commit an act of carelessness? What causes
you to misinterpret the facts or to wrongly understand the
truth? There are seven primary reasons.
1. You Lack Godly Counsel,
(See Proverbs 11:14, Proverbs 15:22)
When it comes to the major issues of life such as: love, sex,
relationships, marriage, family matters, business, and career
related moves, godly counsel must be your standard. Proverbs
11:14 says, “…in the multitude of counselors
there is safety.” Time and time again, I have witnessed
Christians make moves without godly counsel. As a result they
sent their life into a downward spiral. I recall when a brother
in Christ, (I’ll call McNair) married his high school
sweetheart, (I’ll call her Miriam). They were both Christians.
They attended the same the church. She was on the praise and
worship team and he was on the ministry of helps team. On
the surface they appeared to be two peas in a pod, but Miriam
had a vicious mean streak. When she did not get her way, she
turned McNair’s life into a living nightmare. After
they married, he prayed, PRAYED and P-R-A-Y-E-D but Miriam’s
heart was not set on obeying God.
She adamantly refused to attend marital or pastoral counseling.
She denied having a problem even after she physically assaulted
her husband. One night, in another one of her fits of rage,
she told McNair she could kill him while he slept. After her
terroristic death threat, he packed his bags and left with
their little child. The couple divorced and McNair was granted
full custody of their child with his ex-wife receiving visitation
rights. For three years Miriam did not once attempt to see
her child! When she found out her ex-husband had remarried,
she quickly switched gears! She often showed up at his front
door demanding that McNair allow her unannounced visitations.
While Miriam sang on the praise and worship team, gave offerings,
and went to Sunday school, she used their child as a weapon
to drive a wedge between McNair and his new wife.
Was God trying to teach McNair some type of spiritual lesson
through his obviously cantankerous ex-wife? A thousand times,
NO! Was God trying to make McNair strong through the venomous
Miriam? Once again, NO! Those are the types of statements
made by babes in Christ and Believers who are unskilled in
the Word of righteousness, (See Hebrews 5:12-14). When McNair
contacted me seeking prayer and counseling on what to do,
he explained how he and his ex-wife had a make-up, break-up
relationship before they married. Their break-ups were always
centered around her volatile temper, but McNair married her
in spite of those clearly posted warning signs.
He had no idea, the Word of God commands us in Proverbs 22:24,
to: “Make no friendship with an angry man (or woman)
and with a furious man (or woman) thou shalt not go.”
The bottom line: He should have never married Miriam. He violated
the Word of God and made a friendship with an angry female.
Get clear on this point - McNair did that! Not GOD! All of
the pain his ex-wife caused him and is still causing him today,
could have been avoided. McNair has admitted that had he received
godly counsel and clearly understood the ramifications of
Miriam’s vicious temper and nasty attitude, he would
have never married her! In many cases, especially those related
to finances, marriage, and family, once a bad decision has
been made, you may have to suffer or live with the consequences
for the rest of your life!
2. You Don’t Know or
Follow God’s voice, (See John 10:3-5,27)
Not knowing and not following the Lord’s voice puts
a person at a major disadvantage in life. When the Holy Spirit
warns you, or attempts to lead you in a specific direction
and you don’t know or fail to follow His voice, you
will always miss the will of God. You need to know this critical
point. The Lord will always warn you when you are about to
make a bad decision that will prevent or hinder you from fulfilling
His plan for your life.
Whether you know His voice or follow His voice is your responsibility.
No one can know or follow God’s voice for you, not your
husband, wife, pastor, friend, mother, father, or anyone else.
You must know Him intimately for yourself. When I bought that
car at the auction, I had heard God’s voice. He warned
me not to bid on that car, but I was in such a rush to get
another vehicle that I did not follow His voice. Ultimately
I did not follow His plan for my life and I paid a big price.
3. You Allow Negative influences
In Your Life, (See I Corinthians 15:33)
The Amplified Bible of I Corinthians 15:33
reads, “Do not be so deceived and misled! Evil companionships
(communion, associations) corrupt and deprave good manners
and morals and character.” When you allow people with
negative influences, to remain in your life, they will eventually
distort your judgment or corrupt your ability to hear and
obey God. You are deceiving yourself if you think otherwise.
The Written Word of God makes it plain; ungodly friendships
and evil associations will cripple your walk with Christ and
negatively affect your decision-making.
4. You Don’t Bind The
Word of God in Your Heart, (See Proverbs 6:21-23)
There are certain things the Lord wants to
reveal to you concerning His plans for your life. The only
way He can do so is through the path of the Written Word of
God. There are no substitutes. In Proverbs 6:22, the Lord
reveals three things that happen as you bind the Word of God
upon your heart; (a) the Word will lead you and guide you,
(b) the Word will protect you while you sleep, and (c) the
Word will talk to you when you awake from your sleep.
Think about that for a moment. God, through His Written Word,
speaks directly to our hearts based on the Word we have sown
in our hearts. There are three things the Lord cannot say
to you or do for you if you have not sown His Word in your
heart. (a) He cannot direct your path, (b) He cannot protect
you while you sleep, and (c) He cannot speak to you when you
are awake. When you fail or refuse to bind the Word of God
in your heart, you completely thwart God’s plans for
5. You Lead a Prayerless Life,
(See I Corinthians 14:4-5,18 and Jude 20)
Prayer is to your heart, what maintenance
is to a vehicle. With each oil change, tire rotation, brake
pad change, tune-up, and engine inspection, you position your
vehicle to run smoothly, and more efficiently, and to continue
functioning properly. With regular preventive maintenance,
you are able to catch minor issues before they turn into major
mechanical problems or force you to experience a roadside
emergency. People who make bad decisions almost always live
They do not think about prayer until they are having an emergency.
By that time, it is usually too late. The damage is already
done. Consistent daily prayer should be a no-brainer. Prayer
keeps your spiritual battery charged up, keeps you sensitive
to the leading of the Holy Spirit, and prevents satan from
obstructing or distorting your view of God’s glorious
plans for your life.
6. You Live a Sinful Lifestyle,
(See Isaiah 59:2, Psalm 66:18)
When you allow sin to remain in your life,
you put up an impenetrable wall between you and the Lord.
He cannot cross the sin barrier and neither can you. Sin causes
God to hide His face from you and to renounce your prayers.
Some Christians don’t want to believe that truth but
it is just that, the Truth. It is the Truth of the Written
Word of God revealed throughout the Scriptures. Your sin will
separate you from God, (See Isaiah 64:7, Exodus 33:3, Judges
16:15-21 and John 9:31).
7. You Don’t Know Your
God-Given Purpose (II Timothy 1:9)
Myles Munroe made a profound statement years
ago when he said, “Where purpose is not known abuse
is inevitable.” When you do not know your God-given
purpose, you will abuse yourself. The word abuse is the combination
of the two English words (abnormal + use = abuse). It is abnormal
to tow a Sea Ray 340 Sundancer Sport Cruiser Boat with a Toyota
Corolla. Eventually, something in that car is going to break
down. Why? Because Toyota Corollas were not designed to pull
15,000 pound boats. When you do not find your God-given purpose,
you look just like the driver who is attempting to pull a
Sea Ray Sport Cruiser with his or her Toyota Corolla.
I once met a lady who worked three jobs, usually seven days
a week, from sun up to sun down, for almost eight years. She
habitually doodled, scribbling what she called ‘meaningless
drawings’ on paper. One day after selling one of her
‘meaningless drawings,’ she recognized what everyone
had already perceived. She was a gifted artist. She had worn
her body down working seven days a week because she did not
understand the gifts, callings, and talents the Lord put in
her before she was born. She eventually changed the name of
her ‘meaningless drawings’ to paintings, put them
on oil canvasses, and started selling them. The rest is history.
She has made a fortune selling her paintings internationally.
God gives everyone specific gifts, callings and talents for
the purpose of fulfilling His plans for their life. You are
born with them and it is your responsibility to find out what
they are, and then put them to use. How do you find what your
specific gifts, talents and callings are? Read my teaching
on the subject: How To Find Your God-Given Purpose. Once you
have properly addressed the seven areas that I just covered,
you will find and fulfill God’s glorious plans for your
life. Your life will not be one of futility, frustration,
or unfulfillment. Remember, you were born to win because the
Lord God Almighty chose you to be a winner!
II Corinthians 2:14
Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph
in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge
by us in every place.
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