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3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Purpose

We all have a calling and a unique specific purpose that God has assigned us to here on this earth. We are not here just by chance or to roam about the earth aimlessly without reason or purpose. If you don’t know, let me be the one to tell you that God has a purpose for your life! God is very intentional in ALL that He does and we shouldn’t think for one second that our being created and born into this world is without intention as well. The bible tells us in Psalm 139 that He formed us in our mother’s womb and intricately knitted our very being together forming what He determined to be a perfect masterpiece. He then plucked you and I into this realm of today, this day and age, these times… for specific purposes. You know, if He wanted He could’ve saved you for year 3017 or brought you about into the early 1800s, but He didn’t. He has intentions for your life for such a time as now and He created you uniquely to be the only one who could fulfill His mission the way He had intended well before you were ever even created. He created you and I to partner with Him from here on earth to accomplish something so huge in the natural and the supernatural, that we could never in our human minds even begin to comprehend! We get to partner with God, the creator of all things, our heavenly Father! To me this whole concept is very weighty! It means I’m being held accountable for something super important and the one holding me accountable is God. He’s basically said, I created you, I made you perfectly great, I’ve put everything in you that you need to accomplish my plans for all of eternity inside of you, and now I need you to walk it all out in relationship with me and in trusting me all the way so that you can experience all that I have for you and most importantly so that my will on earth can be accomplished through you!

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Eph. 2:10

However, the problem then lies in believing God and taking seriously the commission that has been laid before us.  Often times we start off excited about the calling and purpose God has for us once we’ve heard from Him, and then we fall into the dark pit of sabotaging our purpose. When I say “sabotaging our purpose” I am saying that we can actually miss God and His purpose for your life. With every calling and purpose God has “processes” and “tests” that we must go through and they require humility and surrender. A humility to remain in those uncomfortable seasons and places that God has us in as we go through the process; and a surrendering to the lessons He’s teaching and the stretching that will grow your faith and trust in Him. Unfortunately, we often resist this process even when we know that it’s God dealing with us. We want to wake up one day and be fully operational in the call without having to go through anything. This isn’t how it typically works. The testings and processes prepare us for the call which then increases the perseverance, faith, strength and anointing that will be necessary for the journey.

Many people know that there is a calling on their lives and God has even validated it for them many times over, however they keep sabotaging their purpose by working against what God is trying to do in their lives. So they wander about in life feeling unfulfilled and wonder and ask God, “when God when?” Meanwhile God is trying to take them through a process of refinement as He is leading them right to their purpose, but they continue to sabotage their way out of their purpose and move in the opposite direction in which God is trying to lead them. 

Could this be you? Maybe God has spoken to your heart about something He wants you to do but you haven’t yet been released into the full operation of that calling. One reason could be that you are sabotaging your purpose while God is trying to work some things out in you so that He can launch you into the very area/space He called you to.

Three Ways In Which You May Be Sabotaging Your Purpose:

  • Operating in insecurity. Whenever we operate in insecurity it exposes the fact that we do not know or understand our true identity in Christ. When we operate in insecurity we compare ourselves to others and where they’re at in their process. We question what God is doing in our own lives and even begin to doubt Him. We focus on our inabilities and all the things that actually should be disqualifying. However the truth is that although we may naturally be disqualified for a work and may lack knowledge, ability and skill, but if God calls us to something, He has then qualified us for that thing and He will be the one to supernaturally equip us and provide every single thing that we will need to fulfill that calling including ability, skill, connections, contacts, money, etc. So as part of the process that He has us in we must learn to walk in the security of who we are as His children, full of grace and love, knowing and being confident that “He who began a good work in you will perfect and complete it.” We have absolutely no need to be insecure and we don’t have the time! Remember because of the Spirit of God living inside of you (the same Spirit/power that raised Christ from the dead), you are mighty, strong and equipped to do all the things God has created you to do and to be everything He’s made you to be. Walk in the fullness of this truth and you will be well on your way!

“I am convinced and confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will continue to perfect and complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.” Phil 1:6

  • Constantly comparing your life and your process to others. It’s impossible to move forward into our purpose and calling when we’re so busy looking to the left and to the right. It’s super important that we stay focused and look up to the Son, Jesus, who will direct your path even when things do not make sense. In today’s society of social media it’s so easy to compare our lives and where we’re at in our process with where others are at, which then can lead to us minimizing what God is doing our lives. Comparison is the thief of joy as said by Theodore Roosevelt, and I will add that comparison is also the thief of destiny! We’ll never reach our destiny if we are constantly comparing ourselves to others. What God has for you is for you; so where you’re at today in your process is for you and is leading you towards your purpose as you follow His leading and surrender to the process. What God has is for you and you will not miss out on anything. 

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5

  • Compromise. When you have a calling upon your life you really have no room for compromise. The temptation of compromise is the enemy’s strategy to ensure that you miss the things that God has for you. We see it in the life of Samson and Solomon as a couple of examples. How did these great men that were incredibly gifted by God fall so hard? Compromise. Who knows what more they could’ve done in their lives if they did not cut the favor of God short by compromising their purpose. Compromise will snatch your security, identity and purpose right from underneath you. We cannot compromise and dabble in the things of world and must be people of high integrity living and working as unto the Lord. As i write this I am reminded of a time a few years ago when I almost fell into great compromise. It was a tempting situation where I was about to enter into a relationship that I knew I had no business being in. I had been single for years and though I loved that season of my life and God was growing me and doing wonderful things in my life, I had a moment of weakness. It would’ve been an unequally yoked relationship however it had a grip on me and I was willing to compromise. I had lost sight of where God was taking me and the vision He had given me. BUT because of accountability (my Pastor’s wife) that I had in my life, eye-opening truth was spoken to me and I thank God that I listened and obeyed! It was a moment where God showed me that I was about to literally forfeit everything He had for me in just a few short months. Don’t you know, four months later my now husband (a pastor and an amazing man of God) and I started courting, and then one year and two months later we got married and then almost exactly one year after our wedding we found out we were having twins! Today we have three-month old precious twins!! I am walking in my calling today as a momma who gets to raise two sweet babies who are one day going to be disciples of Christ, soul winners and world changers for the Kingdom of Heaven! Gosh, how many of us give in to compromise and temptation and cut short the blessings of God?! In this case I almost did, but easily, easily, easily could’ve fallen hard!! Do not miss what God is wanting to do in your life. Surround yourself with people of God and have accountability in your life, someone or people who can speak truth into your life when you need it so that you don’t miss it! Accountability is also extra important so that you may know and be able to check that you’re headed in the right direction whether in business or relationship decisions. 

“Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord. Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths.” Psalm 119:1-3


In His love,

May Dobbins

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  1. DeniseOctober 10, 2017 Reply
    Wow, wow, mike drop! POWERFUL TRUTH in here!!!!

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