Manifest Your Destiny: The Power Of Being A Vessel

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Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20
Focus: You Are A Vessel
Quote: “We only have what we give.” Isabel Allende

Message:
Now that you have accepted your calling and are ready to pursue the life of a social entrepreneur loving the world with your God-given gift, get ready to clean up. Those that are chosen by God and are called to his purpose must understand that they are now a vessel of God. Within the designated scripture it states that “Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are NOT your own.” As a philanthropist you have to come to terms with the way you live and who you allow into your personal space. Although this scripture speaks of you being the property of God and to be mindful of who you share your body with the principle of the text holds a strong spiritual and social context as well.

When it comes to being a vessel you are made up into three different parts which includes your mind, body and soul. You are not your own property instead you belong to the Almighty and your existence is to represent his goodness and mercy all of the days of your life. The focus of this is to understand how much of a wonderful job it is to be made in the image of God and remind people of that daily. In order to truly embrace your job description you have to pay attention to the things you put in your body, where you allow your body to dwell and who has access to your body.

We are the property of God. Therefore, God is very protective of his property. He doesn’t want reckless people around his valuables. Think of yourself as God’s prize possession. Would you let just anyone hold you or be in charge of your safety for long periods of time? Only the trustworthy should be granted unsupervised access. The people that we come into contact with may have a direct effect on our thoughts, behaviors, ideas, passion and overall walk with God. This is why it is important to pay attention to who you surround yourself with. Pay attention to what habits are being encouraged within the presence of certain people and are such behaviors pleasing to God and his purpose for you? By outlining the good, the bad and even the ugly you’ll have a better understanding of the importance of being equally yoked.

This is a tough process to go through because it requires you to evaluate certain relationships. This is fundamental to the development of your social calling. In order to remain positive and in a Godly frame of mind you have to be mindful of the company you keep. I can remember a few months ago when I was structuring a youth retreat for some of my students, I was looking for input from my friends and associates and came across a lot of negative comments that started to discourage me. When you are told what to do by God you’re out of line for asking others what you should do and you’ve already received instructions. Lastly, its imperative to know that not everyone can comprehend the vision and plan God has given to you for you. The people I was asking input from weren’t able to see beyond their selfish needs and felt that a retreat focusing on self-enrichment instead of profit was seen as pointless. This effected my productivity and the event never happened. I forgot that I was a vessel of God chosen by God. I allowed people without a clear understanding of my God-given purpose pour their negativity into me and poison my purpose. God only knows how many lives were NOT changed because of my lack of follow through and willingness to let negativity surround me.

Assignment:
Write down who your closest friends are. Figure out who you spend the most time with and what you do during that time. Outline what is enriching about your interaction and what is not. Lastly figure out what you would need to do in order to make your relationship positive instead of toxic. If you can not find a way to avoid negativity then move on with love or do not share your journey with them at all.

 

 

 

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34 Comments

  1. Michael Stroupe

    April 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    This was awesome. Im enjoying this !

  2. Venice

    April 16, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    Yay Jessica !

  3. Mary

    April 16, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    Whenever you send out the mass text to check your blog I know its worth the break in my day. Youre an amazing writer cuz

  4. Shantelle Jones

    April 16, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    I see you’re really getting into this and I do not mind at all. We need more blogs like this instead of reading about RhiRhi snorting coke we can get closer to God. Hey use her Lawd!

  5. Mariah Paji

    April 16, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    You are an amazing mentor not just to me but to who ever reads your blog

  6. Paul

    April 16, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    How long will this Manidfest Your Destiny trend be going on Im really likeing it this may be what sets your blog apart

    • Jessica LaShawn

      April 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

      Right now it is to raise awareness for my upcoming book but it will be a staple within my blogging regimen. Thank YOU!

  7. Tattoo Houston

    April 16, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    Girl i was driving and had to pull over when i got the text to read this. I need this and it was on time. Im waiting for you to be in a pulpit shawty

  8. Genesis

    April 16, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    That assignment is going to tear up a lot of friendships. You ned to put a warning label on your assignments huh.

    • Jessica LaShawn

      April 16, 2015 at 4:02 pm

      I had to go through it before i published this so yeah!

  9. Bishop Howard

    April 16, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    Come On Somebody

  10. Tyler Green

    April 16, 2015 at 3:46 pm

    I went into a praise after reading this

    We are the property of God. Therefore, God is very protective of his property. He doesn’t want reckless people around his valuables. Think of yourself as God’s prize possession. Would you let just anyone hold you or be in charge of your safety for long periods of time? Only the trustworthy should be granted unsupervised access. The people that we come into contact with may have a direct effect on our thoughts, behaviors, ideas, passion and overall walk with God.

    Hey Now

  11. Anthony Harris

    April 16, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Are you going to collect an offering Sister LaShawn?

  12. Mrs Grand

    April 16, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Ok I see you start dating another preacher and you show off your first lady skills. I love this and you.

  13. NunYa

    April 16, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    You said leave a comment if you love me so im leaving a comment because I love you

    • Jessica LaShawn

      April 16, 2015 at 4:05 pm

      I wish I knew which one of my “slow” friends you are so I can harass you for posting this!

  14. Terrence

    April 16, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    What happens when god doesnt want you anymore

  15. Miguel

    April 16, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    Hurry up and drop this book chic! Every blog makes me anxious and you know what the bibe says about being anxious.

  16. Steven Collins

    April 16, 2015 at 3:51 pm

    Im curious. Where are you going with this focus on your blog? IS this your new direction or what?

    • Jessica LaShawn

      April 16, 2015 at 4:06 pm

      Its for the book! I will continue to do this afterwards.

  17. Rico

    April 16, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Preach to em ma’am. This is what’s up

  18. Meriem

    April 17, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Just finished the entire series so far and it was awesome! Thanks so much for being a “vessel”

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