Fulfilling God’s Plan for Your Life (Part 2)

Fulfilling Gods Plan

Welcome back to our look at “Fulfilling God’s Plan for Your Life.” If you missed part one, feel free to take the time to read that before we continue on today. Fulfilling God’s Plan for Your Life (Part 1)

In Part 1, we focused on taking the time to get to know who God is for us as individuals.  And this is very important.  We can’t just skim over that and keep going.  It was God who not only created us but he also created the plan that he has for our lives.  Let us not be like the person who said “Lord, Lord.” But I pray that from this point on, we would all make a personal convenant with God to get to know him a little bit more in this beautiful journey called life that we are all apart of.

Now before we continue with today’s thought, I want to share a very important thought and it’s tied to what we just mentioned.  Are you ready? Ok, here it is: The Proof of Desire is PURSUIT! I hope if there is one thing you get out of today’s blog, it’s that.  If you say you really want to fulfill God’s plan for your life…then the proof of that desire inside of you will be you pursuing it.  I’m sorry to tell you…but the plan of God isn’t just going to fall on your lap.  It’s not going to be found in a fortune cookie and you won’t be able to ask someone else to discover your plan for you.  You have to do something about it.

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Now, I just want to take the time to share a portion of God’s word (Don’t you just love God’s word? There’s nothing like it!) with you today and then you can continue on with your day. We’re going to glean from the book of Matthew 7:24-27:

 “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

It’s important that we take the time to listen to the things that God is telling us.  It’s a sad thing when christians no longer hear the voice of God in their lives.  They begin to learn how to minimize the convictions in their lives.  In this story, God is telling you and I how to build our lives.  Our house is our lives.  And the house that we build will not only affect our lives but those around us as well.  I pray you understand just how important you are and just how much you matter in the eyes of God.  He loves you so much.  As a matter of fact, there’s nothing you could do to make God love you any more or any less.  He’s crazy about you and he wants to use your life for his honor and glory.


Your life is very important…so it’s important that we use the right tools to build the life that God has called us to live.  Just like a builder needs the right tools for each project he is given, it’s the same with you and I as well.  We have to learn how to build our house (life) on the rock (Jesus). When we do that, come what may come…but at the end of it all, we’ll still be standing and going forward accomplishing all that God has set out before us.

When we don’t take the time to build our lives according to the plan that God has, scripture is clear about what will take place, “it fell with a great crash.” Some versions say that it will “collapse.” Maybe you’ve seen this in your own life or in a loved ones life…where they experienced a crash. A crash takes place when the foundation is weak. It’s the foundation that holds up any structure.  Our foundation as christians is the word or God & prayer.  Those are the things we need constantly in our lives to be able to build a foundation that will last the test of time. Once a crash takes place, it can cause destruction and this is where other people could feel the aftershocks of the pain.  Too many christians today don’t take the time to build the right foundation in their lives and have grown up crooked or have allowed the effects of compromise (pet sins that sometimes turn into transgression and then iniquity) to cause gaps in their foundation. Give it enough time…and a crash is waiting to happen.

I believe you don’t want that kind of life or you wouldn’t be taking the time to read this.  Choose to be the wise man or woman that builds their house (life) on the rock. Take time to check your foundation today.  Allow the holy spirit to check your spiritual foundation to see if everything is in order. Be open to any adjustments you might need to make in your own life to avoid a collapse that would not only affect you but those close to you as well. Believe me, you won’t regret it!


Fulfilling God’s Plan for Your Life

Fulfilling Gods Plan

God has a plan for your life!  I’ll say it again…God has a plan for your life! Now let me just ask you a few questions before we get started today.  Do you know that God has a plan for you life? Most people would actually agree with that question. Next question: Do you know what God’s plan is for your life?  Now that one isn’t so easy to answer for some.  Many would agree that they know there is a plan for their life but not everyone knows what that plan is.  Now for the final question: Are you fulfilling God’s plan for your life?  It’s one thing to know there is a plan, even another to know what it is…but in order for you to be able to be effective & fruitful, you have to take steps toward fulfilling that plan.

The plan God has for your life is great! And if you give it some time…it’ll affect not just your life but the lives of those around you.  I’m reminded of the plan that God gave Pastor Sonny Arguinzoni…to reach “Treasures out of Darkness.” It was from that calling that a world-wide movement formed, known as Victory Outreach International.  The mission (or you could say ‘plan’) is:

Victory Outreach is an international, church-oriented Christian ministry called to the task of evangelizing and discipling the hurting people of the world, with the message of hope and plan of Jesus Christ. This call involves a commitment to plant and develop churches, rehabilitation homes and training centers, in strategic cities of the world. Victory Outreach inspires and instills within people the desire to fulfill their potential in life with a sense of dignity, belonging, and destiny. Victory Outreach works cooperatively with others of mutual purpose in accomplishing the task before us.

It’s so awesome to see that “Treasures out of Darkness” are still being reached to this very day. That’s the kind of God that we serve! He has a plan so big for your life that it’ll affect not just you but those around you.  That’s exactly how I feel when I think about the plan he has given Victory Outreach Whittier. We call it the “Vision of the House.”

  1. We’re called to be a Strong, Growing Thriving Church (Holy Ghost Hospital & University)
  2. We’re a Ministering Church
  3. We’re a Sending Church
  4. We’re called to Possess the Land

You might be saying…”that’s great! But what about me?” That’s where we’ll turn a corner right now.  This has everything to do with your life too.  The plan that God had for Victory Outreach International & Victory Outreach Whittier didn’t happen overnight.  It took some time.  Are you taking the time to build what God has given you?


In Matthew 7:21, the bible says “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” It’s very important that we take the time to understand what God is saying right here (in the next blog, we’ll talk about how the proof of desire is pursuit, meaning we have to do our part).  He mentions ‘Lord’ twice.  And many times throughout scripture, things are repeated to get our attention.  And right here in this verse, I believe the Holy Spirit is trying to get our attention.  If you’ve taken the time to read this blog today, I believe the Holy Spirit is trying to get your attention.  He’s trying to speak to you and deposit something life-changing.  

The first ‘Lord’ was an acknowledgement of his authority.  That’s so important because God should be the supreme authority in our lives.  He should be the one that we allow to sit on the throne of our heart.  This is so important for us to catch because we could so easily read through scripture and miss what the Holy Spirit is trying to tell us.  

The author goes deeper and says it a second time which not only acknowledged the authority that he had in his life but also it was also saying that ‘you know me.’ We have to learn to listen to what God is telling us.  Even right now…I don’t know where you’re at in your walk with God but I know that he wants to speak to your life.  He has great things for you.  He wants to share so much with you.  We just have to allow him to not only be the authority in our lives but we have to get to know him as well.  If we don’t do that, we’ll never be able to listen to what he is telling us and discover the amazing plan he has for our lives.  

There are so many more things for us to get into when it comes to the plan of God within our lives but I’ll leave you with that thought for today: are you taking the time to get to know him? Not just letting him be an authority in your life but the one you talk to on a regular basis. I pray right now that God would begin a new work in your life and that you would go from strength to strength. I pray that you would allow God’s word to begin to do something brand new and begin to take root like never before. Allow God to do what he wants in your life and you will never regret it.  Remember, God has a great plan for your life…just give it a little time and you’ll see!

Positioning Yourself to Receive all that God has for Your Life: Part 3

PositioningBlog (WEB) Today we’re going to jump into the third step in positioning ourselves to receive all that God has for our lives.  If you missed the previous two blogs, take some time to read them before continuing on.

Positioning Yourself to Receive all that God has for Your Life: Part 1

Positioning Yourself to Receive all that God has for Your Life: Part 2

The third step to keep in mind when we talk about positioning ourselves is: Repentance should lead to change, open to change & open to grow.


“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” – 2 Corinthians 7:10

We have to constantly take time to evaluate our lives before God.  We never should come to a point in our lives where we stop being grateful for where God brought us out of.  It is only by His grace & mercy that we are here today.  I still wake up to this day saying, “Lord, be merciful to me a sinner. Lord, I thank you that you’re still merciful to this filthy animal.” I say filthy animal…because that’s exactly what I’d be without God.  I never want to get to a point in my life where I think I’ve arrived.  Or where I begin to get comfortable and start to live a mediocre life.  I want to become all that God has created me to be and accomplish all the great things that He has set out for me to accomplish in my lifetime.  And i believe because you are taking the time to read this…that’s exactly how you feel too!

I love this portion of scripture where Paul is writing to the church of Corinth.  He is warning them and us today that we should never get to a point where we sear our conscious.  We should have a repentance evident in our life that brings about salvation (in other words…a life that will lead to revelation or understanding).  And what is that understanding? In simple terms for you and I…sin brings pain.  How many times have you touched the iron in your life before finally realizing “it’s hot, don’t touch it?” Today I want to have a little heart to heart with you and ask you, is there anything in your life where the Holy Spirit is requiring repentance for?


“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12

Paul again is speaking to a group of people who have taken the liberty to compare themselves with themselves.  Have you ever known someone to do this?  They were pretty much saying, “the measurement of greatest is me…” Now let me go just a little bit further, have you ever been guilty of this? When we’re stubborn or we get to a point where we stop or prevent the holy spirit from changing us..then we run the danger of being like the people from Corinth and we begin to compare ourselves with ourselves. If there’s not real repentance in our lives…there won’t be change because we won’t be open for change.  We’ll think we’re right.  And if we continue down that route we could end up like the adulterous woman in proverbs:

“This is the way of an adulterous woman:     She eats and wipes her mouth     and says, ‘I’ve done nothing wrong.’”Proverbs 30:20


Before we end today…take time to answer this really honest question.  Am I growing?  To add to that question…are you growing in the areas that you need to grow in?  I’ve had to come to this crossroads in my walk with God many times…and in the end, I am responsible for my own growth.  No one else can do it for me and I can’t do it for you.  Are you taking time in your life to really think about the areas that the Holy Spirit is trying to adjust in your life?  Are you allowing Him access into your life? I want to encourage you today to really look at your life and ask the Holy Spirit to begin to reveal to you the areas in your life that He needs to work on in order for you to be more like Jesus.  Isn’t that our goal above everything? To be more like Jesus.

Here’s a starting list of things to begin to evaluate in your life (I’m sure you can add more.  But take time to ask, “where do I need to grow?”)





-Enlargement of Your Spirit




Positioning Yourself to Receive all that God has for Your Life (Part 2)

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Today we’re going to jump into the second step in positioning ourselves to receive all that God has for our lives.  If you missed the first step, take some time to read that before continuing on.

Positioning Yourself to Receive all that God has for Your Life (Part 1)

The second step to keep in mind when we talk about positioning ourselves is: Responding to the Will of God.


God has a perfect will for your life.  God actually took the time to write out your story.  Another version says:

Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth;
    all the stages of my life were spread out before you,
The days of my life all prepared
    before I’d even lived one day.

Since God took the time to make and create a unique being like you, he cares about your future.  He wants to see you fulfill the potential he put inside of you. There is a special purpose for you to fulfill.  Most people live in one of the following: the permissible will of God, the pleasing will of God or the perfect will of God.  If you were to take a second and think about that in your own life right now…where would you place yourself in that scale?  By the end of this blog, it is my prayer that you would respond to the will of God within your own life.  How you respond to God, will determine the blessings that will begin to overflow or stop flowing within your life.


I like the way James says it: (James 4:13-17)

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”

He opens up with “listen.” James is trying to tell us to pay attention.  He’s saying “look…it’s ok to plan. You have to have some kind of plan for your life. But a true believer thinks ‘God this is what I have planned…but what do you think?'” Have you ever had someone (maybe a friend, co worker or relative) come up to you and tell you about all the great plans they have lined up for their life or summer? If you’re like me, then you probably just listen politely and say ‘ok.’ There’s not really much you can say to someone that already has plans to go away for a few weeks when they’ve already got the time off work, made arrangements for a baby-sitter, bought the plane tickets, booked a hotel and a rental car…all you can really say at that point is “have a great time.” The sad thing is that many people tend to do the same thing to God.  They come to God and say “here God…check out my plan! It’s a great plan, huh? Can you just bless it? I’ve put a lot of thought into it. I’ve considered all the options and yeah it’s a great plan.” Sad thing is they’re not considering, “what do you think God?”

Has there ever been a situation in your life where you’ve said, “what was I thinking?” That’s the problem…we weren’t thinking.  We have to keep God in the center of everything we do.  That’s how we should respond to his will.  We’re only going to know his will if we keep Him in control.  Now I understand how hard that can be for fellow control freaks out there.  I had my own struggles with that myself.  But let me ask you, can’t you trust God? If he can run the universe…don’t you think he could run your life?  If he is able to sustain every living thing with consistency…don’t you think he is able to sustain you?  If you trust Him enough to take you to a place you’ve never seen (heaven)…don’t you think you can trust Him to pick out your mate?  How long will it take for us to get it that God knows more?  There could be situations that God has allowed to get your attention…but it doesn’t always have to be that way when you learn how to respond to God’s will.  Don’t be like Jonah and run. Why take the long way? Why take the detour?  Why take the stubborn route? God knows best!

Today, if we are humble and honest enough, we’ll acknowledge God in all our plans. Only God can put us in the right places at the right times that will begin to allow His blessings to overflow in our lives. I pray that you would begin to take some time right now and let God speak to you about how He would want you to respond to the different things that are taking place in your life right now.

7 Things to Help You Accomplish Your Dreams (Part 2)

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If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

What’s your dream?  Have you been giving it some more thought lately? Have you been asking God to speak to you? Have you written it down? Let’s quickly review the first two things that we talked about in the last blog “7 Things to Help You Accomplish Your Dreams“:

  1. Define Your Dream (Write it Down)
  2. Divine Dreams require patience (Trust God’s Clock)

Today we’re going to jump into the third thing that will help us accomplish our dreams: Divine Dreams are often birthed from PAIN/Trials…


From the very beginning of today’s blog I want to let you know that God has a purpose for your life…and he has a purpose for everything that happens in your life because of that great purpose he has for you to fulfill.  You have to know that everything that happens in your life has first passed through the filter of God’s love.  God knows what he is doing and he knows what he has to do to get our attention.

I want to direct your attention to the book of James, chapter 1 for a second.  This is actually a very interesting chapter that uses 4 imperatives in the first chapter.  It just so happens to be the only book in the new testament that uses 4 imperatives in the first chapter.  These are actually commands, not suggestions that God is giving us. You’re probably thinking…”what does that mean?” Well, I’m glad you asked.  This means…that God is trying to get our attention in using 4 of them in this chapter.

As we see in the book of James, you and I should “Consider” it pure joy whenever we face trials of many kinds. That word “consider” means to evaluate.  We have to come to a place where we begin to ask God…”what are you trying to show me?” All this is taking place to test us.  Everything is testedor it ain’t true.  It’s when we’re tested when the real us comes out.  It’s easy to say we’re ok when everything is going great: the bills are paid, the kids are obedient, the car isn’t acting up, traffic always goes your way and…well, you get the picture. It’s easy to have joy when we’re on the mountain top.  But let’s flip that around.  Are you still joyful when you don’t know how the rent is going to get paid? Are you still joyful when the kids are acting up? Are you still joyful when extra bills pop up, you & your spouse can’t seem to see eye to eye, the car is in and out of the shop, your dog doesn’t like you and….I’ll stop there for now.  We need to consider it pure joy…


Matthew 5:45 says, “…for He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.” My question to you though is, “how do you respond when trials and pain hit your life?” You’re outlook will determine your outcome so choose carefully.  We’re a lot like a tea bag…we’re worthless without being put into hot water.  That hot water can represent the pain and trials that God allows us to go through in our lives.  How do you respond? Do you complain? Do you long for the pain to go away? Do you say, “God…when is this going to end?” Oh…that just caused you to be dipped one more time. “I can’t stand her.” (one more dip) “Why now?” (one more dip) “This guy talks too much.” (one more dip) “It was her fault God…” (one more dip)

God knows what he’s doing. He’s building you into a spiritual giant. We shouldn’t long for the comfort & ease (represented by cold water) of life. We’re going to go through some things…but we all will.  And the next time you look at your Mickey Mouse problem…don’t worry because they’re going to get bigger. I like the way one person put it…”Whoever God will use greatly…he will first wound deeply.”

Take some time today to evaluate your life. You know the areas. You know the flaws. You have to guard the ointment in your life.  If you want a greater anointing….then you have to guard it well.  Why? Because flies will be attracted. That’s symbolic of the enemy trying to come into our lives. We have to guard what God has done. He’ll take us from a piece of coal…and turn us into a diamond.  Whatever pain you have experienced…it has brought you to where you are today. And you are not weaker because of it…but stronger. And I’d dare to say that pain [labor pain] was just a sign of a dream that’s about to be birthed in your life.

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