The Path to Purpose: Discipleship and Spiritual Guidance

You do not need to have a supernatural encounter in order to know your purpose. You do not need to hear a voice from the spirit realm. A search for supernatural experiences is not only nonsensical. It is also unbiblical. There is no biblical evidence to support the idea that hearing a voice of God is the way to discover purpose. If you are not discipled, and matured in spiritual things. You do not have the might to take on a divine assignment. The path to a purposeful life begins with proper discipleship. You will grow and succeed in your calling as you follow the one God has sent to you.

A study of the bible reveals that special, supernatural encounters with God are not the place where purpose is found. Jesus did not go fasting in the wilderness, to find his purpose. Moses did not discover his purpose at the burning bush. He was already determined to free the children of Israel from slavery. This is because his mother (a Levite), groomed him. The burning bush was a place of commissioning, where he was commissioned to do what he already knew he wanted to do. Isaiah was already prophesying before the divine encounter recorded in Isaiah 6. You recall that after Paul’s supernatural conversion in Acts 9, he was still led by the Spirit to connect with a human being (Ananias) in Damascus.

Nobody in the bible “discovered” their purpose after intense fasting and prayer. If you want to grow into your purpose, it is not by embarking on a spiritual journey. It is by humbling yourself at the feet of a spiritual guide. The road to purpose is simple and clear. Follow the instruction of Jesus. John 6:28-29 (ESV) says, “Then they said to him, “What must we do, to be doing the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” If you want to do the works of purpose; the works of him that sent Jesus. You must believe in the person, a human being, that God has sent to you.

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