Updated: Jun 17, 2021
Welcome to the 7 Keys to Purpose blog series. This post will cover week 5 out of a 6-week series. In case you missed it, last week we dived into how to use provision to unlock purpose. Below you will find the 7 Keys and a summary of each week's topic. Week 5 is all about preparation, so let's get started with this God-given key.
Key 5: Preparation
You will have a season of preparation. Your purpose will get you through to the next level God has prepared for you.
I'm excited to dive into this week's key because, to be honest preparation is where God has had me this season. God has given me the ability to sense (preceive) my next season before I actually step into it. These last few weeks for me have been crucial preparation for the shift that is coming. I have learned to trust the process even if I do not understand, and lean on his strength when I feel weak. You too can have this level of awareness if you embrace the significance of preparation.
God will always prepare you for your purpose. Do not doubt the season you are in. God has not forgotten about you, trust his timing and perfect plan for your life. God gives good things and often is preparing you for something better than you expect. Preparation always meets opportunity. Preparation is another way to step into destiny.
"Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin." Zechariah 4:10 (NLT)
"And let us not be weary in well-doing; for in due season we shall reap if we faint not." Galatians 6:9 (KJV)
Preparation is defined as the action or process of making ready or being made ready for use or consideration. I have broken down 7 ways God uses preparation for a purpose, for he is doing great work in you. "I am sure that God who began the good work in you will keep on working in you until the day Jesus Christ comes again." Philippians 1:6 (NLV)
Other Ways Preparation is Used (Tips)
1. Preparation for seasons
I am not talking about the seasons of Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Though we alternate seasons and have cycles every 3 months that often cause us to prepare differently. In this sense, I'm talking about a spiritual time span in which God allows you to mature for a purpose beyond what we can see. A spiritual season can take days, weeks, months, or even years depending on what God is preparing you for. An example would be like building the foundations to a strong house, the building of a new home could take anywhere from 6 to 9 months before you can actually move into your home. But yet you know that it is being prepared for you to receive something new.
2. Preparation for moments
There are what I like to call "God moments". God truly uses every minute of our lives to show us signs, wonders and can work miracles. God wants to be in our minute by minute, he cares about the details even down to the hairs on your head. "And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows." Luke 12:7 (NLT) At this moment if you're reading this blog it's for a purpose and not by accident. I believe God aligns our life with what we need at the moment, nothing is too big or too small for our God.
3. Preparation for hours
How are you using your time? There can be a purpose in time management. God knows what's on your plate, but is everything you're doing according to his purpose? Could it be that you have taken on unnecessary tasks or overloaded yourself? Go to God and ask for the wisdom to prioritize and balance the things that are important. If you currently don't have time for God, your health, and your family I would recommend taking an hour today to look at how you're spending your time. There is more than enough time to do the things God has called you to do.
4. Preparation for Days
God is expanding your capacity to receive the blessing. He is teaching you through the Holy Spirit giving you guidance and instruction day by day. However, he is also a gracious and patient God. You have a choice to be obedient. Seek him daily for direction and he will give you peace. "For length of days, and long life and peace they will add to you." Proverbs 3:2 (NKJV)
5. Preparation for weeks
God restores and makes brand new. This restoring process can take weeks for you to realize. God is covering you and giving you a new image. He starts by building your self-esteem. You will need confidence and authority; a "Christ identity" in him so you are not looking to others for validation to do the purpose he has called you to do. Weeks also gives you time to grow in The Word of God and be equipped. God will also send you places, people, and give you promises to stand on during this time. God will lead you to those who can help your journey. Provision and resources sometimes will take a step in faith but trust everything is coming together.
6. Preparation for months
It takes months to get you in optimal health. Endurance will be needed to accomplish any purpose. Sometimes God knows you're not ready in your mind, and/or body so he gives you time to get your emotions together, rest in him, learn to rely on him, and get your self-control in order. Your health is so important, wellness is needed for the purpose to be completed.
7. Preparation for Years
No one likes to think about waiting years to achieve a goal or heart's desire. However, the truth is we must allow ourselves room to grow. No tree becomes tall and strong overnight. Also, some of the healthiest, long-lasting trees have deep roots that took years to grow but the tree is still standing hundreds of years later. Allow yourself to become deep-rooted so that you can withstand life challenges and despite challenges still thrive. "And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither, and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Psalm 1:3 (KJV)
When you know God is for you then it doesn't matter what season you're in, you will allow yourself to be prepared. God wants you to enjoy the journey so make sure to have fun in your preparation season. Like a beautiful butterfly, it must go from a caterpillar into a hiding place, emerge anew, and learn to spread its wings and fly. No matter if you're having a bad day and need to take a moment to pray there's purpose in that. Whether you're believing God for maybe a family member who does not know Jesus to become saved, or thinking about eternity God is in every detail of our lives. He is our creator, he wants to be there, he is divinely orchestrating everything to be for your good, trust him. We have a purpose in him and we can always expect a season of preparation to come. Which of these 7 ways to activate preparation are you committed to trying this week to unlock more purpose in your life?
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Upcoming Series Topics and Keys to Purpose below:
Week 1- Prayer
Week 2- Praise
Week 3- Perception
Week 4- Provision
Week 5- Preparation
Week 6- Promises and Profession
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