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God 's Original Intent
One of the biggest problems many people face today is not a lack of time, although they may think that’s the issue. Rather, it is the exhaustion and emptiness they feel—even after working hard and being involved in many activities and tasks—because they don’t have a clear direction in life or know what they really want to achieve.
When we don’t know our purpose, it is like trying to push against the heavy waves of the sea or like walking around aimlessly—we never get anywhere. I believe such a lack of purpose is the reason for the increasing number of suicides in the United States in recent years.1 When people don’t know what to live for, death can seem appealing to them. But when they take their own life, they go from human uncertainty into a spiritual realm that is unknown to them.
Sadly, a large percentage of men and women die without understanding why God created them or discovering their purpose on earth. When our lives lack meaning, time itself can become a difficult burden to carry. In contrast, those who know their purpose walk safely through life and are even pursued by success. When I refer to “success,” I do not necessarily mean achieving fame or becoming rich, especially since both of these conditions tend to occupy the lowest rungs on the happiness scale. True success comes from doing the will of God and fulfilling the purpose for which we were created. Everything else is extra.
Successful people conquer kingdoms, create nations, and shape history. History does not make them; on the contrary, they make history. Moses freed the Hebrews from slavery, defeating the Egyptian kingdom in the process, and established a new nation—Israel—shaping the course of God’s people in history. Jesus Christ, by dying on the cross and rising from the dead, overcame the kingdom of darkness, brought the kingdom of God to earth, and divided the history of humanity into two: before Christ and after Christ.
But it is not only great figures like Moses or Jesus who make their mark on history. When any person dares to think and live differently from the norm, obeying God and following His purposes, they will leave their own mark on the world. If you want to influence the history of your life and that of your family, your city, and even your nation, you have come to the right place. Created for Purpose will guide you in how to produce that kind of influence and change!
God Created Everything with Purpose
Every human being wants to know the purpose for their existence. In fact, there are four main questions that all we seek to answer for our lives: (1) “Who am I?” This is a question of identity. (2) “Where do I come from?” This is a question of origin. (3) “Why am I here?” This is a question of purpose. (4) “Where am I going?” This is a question of destiny. We will experience genuine happiness when we find the answers to these crucial questions. And the only one who can reveal the answers to us is our Creator.
People who lack purpose often do not understand or accept themselves, so they end up competing with those around them. They will try to imitate someone else’s appearance, seek to take the place that belongs to another, or attempt to steal the blessings that have been poured out on others. Such competition arises from a missing sense of identity and an ignorance of the fact that each individual has a distinct purpose in life. Those who do not know their purpose will always be insecure.
God has a purpose for everyone and everything He created. We can define purpose as “the original intent or reason for which something was created.” In the case of human beings, our purpose is the original intent of God—His determination and desire for us when He gave us life. When I refer to our “creation” by God, I am not talking primarily about our earthly birth, but rather our design by Him in eternity, outside of the kronos, or chronological time, that we function under in the world.
Thus, contrary to what many people think, life begins in heaven, not on earth. God designed us in heavenly places before we came to live on the earth. As He told the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). Since everything in God begins with His original intention, we were a fully formed idea in His mind before we ever received our physical bodies. Therefore, we can say that, before we are born, we already “are”—and we have already been given a unique purpose by our Creator.
Seeing things in this way, we must conclude that abortion is a sin, not only because it is the taking of a human life, but also because it is an attack on a divine purpose. No matter how many weeks or months a fetus has gestated, he or she is a person, has life, and was created by God with a purpose. Nobody has the right to truncate that divine purpose.
Purpose gives our lives significance because, once we follow it, we begin to make a difference in the world. Without purpose, our day-to-day life lacks meaning; it becomes merely the passage of time. In effect, those who live without knowing their purpose act irresponsibly because they do not know how to properly value their life, and they end up wasting it. This is the reason why many people are unhappy, dissatisfied, empty, unfocused, depressed, and alone.
Furthermore, God has given each human being a period of time to fulfill their purpose on earth. That is why it is necessary for us to understand and start to follow that purpose as soon as possible. We cannot waste time! We must live with a clear and defined mission for our lives. The Bible states, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1). It is time to discover your purpose and begin to achieve it!
The Breath of Life
In Genesis 1:26, God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” Then, in Genesis 2:7, we read, “The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.” God is a spiritual Being, and these verses affirm that man was first created as a spiritual being in His image, and then was given physical form out of the dust of the earth. It was only when God breathed His pneuma, or “breath,” of life, into the body made of dust that man was given physical life.
This shows us that, from the beginning of time, humanity has lived in two worlds: the spiritual and the physical. The spiritual world was as real as the natural world. The first human beings, Adam and Eve, maintained communion with God in the garden of Eden, which was the atmosphere of His presence. This communication took place through the spiritual part of their being.
The spiritual world is just as real now as it was then. The great difference between then and now is that, sometime after creation, the spirit of human beings died because of their sin, or rebellion against God. (See Genesis 3.) In a state of spiritual death, it is difficult for a person to access the original heavenly atmosphere for which they were created. That is why it was necessary for God’s Son Jesus to come to earth. The spirit of any person can only come alive again in Christ Jesus. (See, for example, Ephesians 2:5; Colossians 2:13.) He rescues us from the world of sin and enables us to live in the atmosphere of heaven, where we can have continual access to the Father and the realm of His Spirit.
God Establishes the End from the Beginning
To live according to our purpose, we must understand that God never does anything as merely a test or an experiment—that when He creates something, it is because He has already given it a purpose and knows exactly how His creation will respond. “[God] chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will” (Ephesians 1:4–5).
To grasp this passage, we first need to explore what it means to be “predestined." The original Greek word means “to determine beforehand” or “to ordain.” This idea indicates “to give an end or destiny to.” One’s destiny is guided by a series of invariable outcomes that lead a person to their goal or end. Therefore, “to predestine” someone is to establish their end from the beginning or to decree their destiny in advance. “For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things that are not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will do all My pleasure’” (Isaiah 46:9–10).
God predetermined when and how He would save human beings from sin and death—and the enemy, Satan, who opposes God, could not prevent that from happening. Jesus Christ, God’s Son—who is fully divine and fully human—died on the cross on a specific day in human history, according to the kronos time that governs the earth. However, in eternity, His life had already been delivered for the salvation of the entire human race. He is "the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” (Revelation 13:8). The Word of God declares that only by the work of the cross can we be “redeemed...from [our] aimless conduct...with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. He indeed was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for [us]” (1 Peter 1:18–20).
When the Scriptures say that we were predestined, they emphasize that God has a purpose for each one of us. We were created in eternity, in a spiritual environment, before the foundation of the world, to have an exclusive destiny previously traced in the mind of God. There are no coincidences in Him. Anything that He formed was first finished in His supernatural mind. He determines the purpose and then shapes the one who will fulfill it. We need to discover and live out the purpose He has for us. However, we must keep in mind that God has also given human beings free will. His ultimate plans for humanity will always come to pass. It is up to us whether we will participate in those plans or forfeit our place in them.
We exist because it is the supreme desire of God for us to be here. Most human beings believe that they exist to satisfy their own selfish desires, but in reality, we exist to satisfy and please God. God is not selfish, and His unconditional love seeks the good of all mankind. His plans for us are better than any personal desires we may have.
You Are Not an Accident
Let’s return to a Scripture passage concerning the life of Jeremiah that faithfully expresses the concept of purpose and predestination, as well as the prophetic role that Jeremiah would fulfill in the history of Israel: “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:4–5). The phrase “before I formed you in the womb I knew you” reveals that this occurred in eternity, outside of measured time. We have seen that the same was true in the life of Jesus, who was sent on a mission to earth from eternity. In Luke 4:43, Jesus talks about a central aspect of that eternal purpose: “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.” (See also Mark 1:38.)
No one arrives on earth unless their purpose is already determined in heaven. You are not an experiment or an accident; you are on earth because, in the mind of God, you are already a “finished product,” with a purpose and destiny. People may tell you that you are useless and will never be successful in life. The good news is that if you are here, it is because God created you, formed you, and gave you purpose. You are important to His plan!
Never accept other people’s negative opinions of you, because nobody knows a finished product better than the One who created it. Additionally, when you walk in God’s purpose, you can be assured that everything in your life is working for good: “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose” (Romans 8:28). God knows why and for what end He created you. If you search for it from your heart, He will reveal to you the purpose of your life, and you can begin to live it out.
In this regard, don’t allow the human circumstances of your birth to define you. You might have been born out of wedlock or from a prostitute’s womb. You might have been conceived against your mother’s will due to rape. Because humanity rebelled against God, we live in a fallen world. God is well aware of the circumstances under which each of us was conceived. Yet in His foreknowledge, He created us all with a purpose—a good purpose.
God created you in eternity and gave you a divine destiny. This may explain the course of certain events in your life. Perhaps you almost died in your mother’s womb, but you lived, against all odds. Perhaps you were diagnosed with a terminal illness, but you survived. It might be that you were abused, rejected, and mistreated, but you endured. You must realize that God’s adversary, the devil, always persecutes those who can ruin his evil plans. However, you are alive now because you have a great purpose, and God fights on your behalf.
Thus, eternally speaking, you are not the product of human invention. You were conceived due to a creative idea from God. No matter what your background, what you must do now is begin to walk through life with the assurance that if God began the work in you, He will finish it. (See Philippians 1:6.) If you don’t understand these truths, you will not be able to know or fulfill your purpose.
The Seed of Potential
Almost everything in creation begins in the form of a seed, and each seed represents a potential mature entity that can bear fruit. Furthermore, each fruit that is produced bears its own seeds, so that the original seed is multiplied exponentially. Although this is a natural process in creation, many men and women end their days without bearing fruit and multiplying their “seed.”
Like a seed, in order to give life, we must first die to ourselves before we can be reborn and multiply. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain” (John 12:24). We see this process in the life of Jesus, who had more followers and produced more miracles through those followers after He died and was resurrected than He had beforehand. His “seed” soon bore a multitude of fruit, and the numerous seeds from that fruit have spread throughout the world—and continue to multiply to this day.
Some people fail to produce fruit in their lives due to an ignorance of their potential. Others are selfish, not willing to go through the process that enables them to bear fruit—because there is a cost. Still others experience the enemy’s attack upon their purpose, and they don’t understand how to counteract it. Cemeteries are full of the remains of talented humans who went down to the grave carrying the wisdom they never shared, books or songs they never wrote, inventions they never created, medical breakthroughs they never made, and technology they never developed—good purposes that never saw the light of day.
You were not created just to breathe, eat, and pay bills. Nor were you created just to warm a chair in a church or be merely one of the crowd. You were created for greatness! Just as birds are designed to fly through the sky and fish to swim in the water, you were designed to live in a particular atmosphere—the very presence of God. You were not made for mediocrity; you were made for success. Do not let anything or anyone negate your unique identity. You are a child of God, created with a divine purpose in life. That is a truth that nobody can take from you!
The Divine Force of Purpose
While the purpose of every human being is born in heaven, it is essentially carried out on earth. Yet because our purpose originates in God, it is supernatural, and it has a divine force that drives it to fulfillment. How can we know God’s purpose for us on earth? How can we know our destiny? By divine revelation, which comes through developing intimacy with God and His Word.
In coming chapters, I will show you how to discern and fulfill the purpose that God has given you. But before we move on, I would like to guide you in two prayers. The first is to receive Jesus into your heart, because our very first purpose as human beings is to love and serve God. (See, for example, Matthew 22:36–38.) Please repeat this prayer out loud:
Heavenly Father, I recognize that I am a sinner and that my sin separates me from You. I believe that Jesus died for me on the cross and that God the Father raised Him from the dead. Today, I repent of all my sins and voluntarily confess Jesus as my Lord and Savior. I renounce any mind-set that is contrary to Your Word, as well as any agreement with the desires of the sinful nature and with the devil. Instead, I make a covenant with Jesus to love and serve Him. Lord, I ask You to enter my heart and change my life. If I died today, I know I would be in Your arms. Amen!
Now, repeat the following prayer with all of your heart, so that your purpose may be revealed:
Heavenly Father, I come before Your presence recognizing that I do not know the purpose for which You created me. I acknowledge that it has been difficult for me to submit to the process of dying to myself so that I can fulfill my destiny in You. Today, I surrender in faith, knowing that Your plans for me are better than any self-centered desires I may have. I ask that the Holy Spirit would reveal to me Your purpose for my life, and that You would give me the ability to let go of anything that is not good for me and doesn’t build me up. Now, I declare that I will be trained and processed by You, and that I will achieve my purpose in life. Please give me Your grace, Your discernment, and Your power to do great things in my generation. In the name of Jesus, amen!***
Testimonies of Finding and Fulfilling Purpose
No Greater Joy than Living in God’s Will
John Laffitte might have become an important NASA engineer, gone to space, and been recognized worldwide; however, he chose to fulfill God’s purpose for his life instead. For nearly a decade, he has helped thousands of people transform their lives, teaching the Word of God with revelation and demonstrating the supernaturality of God.
Growing up, I knew that everyone had a purpose, but I could not prove it. I did not know how to find it, and I did not know of anyone who could teach me. The only guides I had were my parents, and they always told me that I should do something for the good of humanity. At school, I realized that I was a good student, and it was easy for me to achieve good grades. I continually challenged myself with increasingly more difficult courses. I was a logical thinker, yet I was too shy to speak in front of people.
I decided to study aerospace engineering and become an astronaut, graduating from MIT and the University of Michigan. However, as I continued my studies, I had a supernatural encounter with God. The Lord placed in me a deep hunger for His Word, and I studied it continuously for three years. I did not know that He was preparing me for my purpose. I attended a church, and one day they prophesied that I had a call to teach the Word of God. While I listened to that, I still had my own plans.
After graduating, I returned to Miami and began to attend King Jesus Ministry. When Apostle Maldonado met me, he perceived from the Spirit that I had a call to teach the Word of God. Many doors and opportunities opened for me to teach the Word. At that time, I had an excellent job in engineering and good career opportunities. I made a request to be accepted into the NASA astronaut program, and I was far along in the selection process when God suddenly confirmed His will to me personally, telling me that I should stop those efforts in order to dedicate myself to fulfilling His purpose.
At King Jesus Ministry, I began to volunteer as an interpreter and had the opportunity to be close to a number of men and women of God. Many of them prophesied about my ministerial call. One day, my supervisor at work called me to his office to tell me that they wanted to promote me to vice president with a salary increase. At the same time, Apostle Maldonado asked me to work full-time with him in the ministry. It was time to make a decision: do I follow my own plans or those of God? In that process, I learned that God takes us to a place where we have to choose between doing our will or His.
I turned down the promotion, quit my job, and went to work at King Jesus Ministry. There, I was put in charge of the Supernatural Leadership Institute, and later, the University of the Supernatural Ministry (USM). Over the years, I have seen God move in many powerful ways; and today, we see people around the world moving in His supernatural power, thanks to the training we provide through the institute and university. For example, not long ago, a group of USM students and leaders from our campus in Bolivia went out to evangelize in the streets, demonstrating miracles, signs, and wonders. A young woman prayed for a man who was in a wheelchair in the middle of a plaza. To everyone’s amazement, the man got up from the chair, and started running and jumping. This man was very well known in that part of the city. Many people, including the police, gathered in the square because of the news. After seeing this miracle, another twenty people there accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
We have also seen God move in Chiapas, Mexico, thanks to the campus we have in Central America. After taking a course on prayer and being activated to pray for the sick, some of the students visited a hospital and prayed for a man who had been in a coma for fifteen days. The doctors gave no hope for his recovery. However, as the students prayed for this man, the power of God lifted him out of the coma. Shortly thereafter, he was taken out of intensive care and is now recovering. If I had not left my scientific career to dedicate myself to this ministry, I would not be seeing the wonders that God can do through someone who follows His purpose. I have already spent about nine years serving God fulltime, but it seems like I started just yesterday.
Now, I understand why God made me the way I am. Being so studious and logical has helped to make me a good teacher of the Word of God. Supernaturally, He removed all fear of speaking in public from me. Now, I can teach or preach in front of thousands of people, and do so with boldness. I can see the hand and blessing of God in my life and in my family. I am also seeing God’s supernatural provision, because my daughter received a full scholarship to study at Yale University. There is no greater joy than living in God’s purpose for our life. Today, I know that I have entered into my purpose, and I enjoy dedicating my life to helping others enter into theirs.
Called to Be a “Supernatural Doctor”
When Andrew Staiger entered medical school, he was full of doubts about whether he was right for his chosen field. However, he believed in his purpose and persevered. Today, he is one of the best orthopedic surgeons in the world. However, he refers to himself as a “supernatural doctor,” a man used by the Lord to rebuild people’s hands, while also bringing divine healing to God’s people through prayer.
Becoming a surgeon was an intense struggle for me. I went to several universities until I finished my residency at Southern Illinois University in Springfield, Illinois, which took me five more years. I felt that I should dedicate myself to orthopedic surgery, but I knew it was one of the most competitive specialties that a student can choose. Many times, I questioned God for guiding me to that particular field, and as other students made known their desire to pursue the same specialty, I wanted to switch to something else, but I felt that God did not want me to make a change. So, I continued, and, by the grace of God, I was accepted into a program at the University of Minnesota Medical School. Although this school was not my first choice, it turned out to be the best program for me. It went very well, and as a result, God allowed me to become a surgeon.
During my residency, I faced opposition. I felt persecuted for being a Christian. However, now that I look back on that time, I realize that this was a process in which God was teaching me to interact with my colleagues, to forgive, and not to walk in bitterness. Through this process, God continued to build me to be the surgeon that I am today. He has enabled me to heal people using natural medical means. I have been blessed to be considered one of the best surgeons, if not the best, in my area. However, I feel that this is not just for my benefit, but to help the people who the Lord brings me.
The most common problem a hand surgeon treats is carpal tunnel syndrome, a condition that can be very painful at night. It affects people’s use of their hands and functioning in different areas of daily life. Surgically relieving the pressure on the nerve can transform a person’s life, because it allows their hand to function normally again. Patients are very grateful. But there are others who come with serious injuries that require surgical correction. They have arthritis in their hands and arms and have suffered a lot of pain, and I know that I can help them. Even though I do so through a natural healing process, the healing still comes from God. Somehow, God is always working through me. I have also been able to see Him using me in a supernatural way.
My wife and I have had the privilege of accompanying Apostle Maldonado to Ethiopia three times for Supernatural Encounter meetings, and I have been able to witness many miracles, signs, and wonders. The first year, we basically served by reviewing testimonies, but I was able to see an amazing miracle in a man who had an injury to his forearm. His tendons and nerves had been cut, and he had lost a large part of the functioning of his hand. Someone prayed for him, and God restored total functioning to his hand. For me, as a hand surgeon, that was amazing!
On the second trip to Ethiopia, my wife and I were able to pray for people. What struck me most was seeing an old woman sitting on a bench in the middle of the crowd. I asked an interpreter to bring her to me. They brought her in a wheelchair, and I inquired if I could pray for her. She said she had a lot of pain in one leg that made it very difficult for her to stand up. So, I prayed for her through the interpreter. I could discern that an injury to her spine was causing the compression of a nerve. I prayed and asked God to release that nerve, and He did! The woman stood up from the wheelchair and began to walk and then dance, praising God with great joy on her face. I have seen the supernatural power of God move in an incredible way in these encounters. I believe that God did at least seventy miracles of healings and deliverances through us that day.
Because of my hunger for the supernatural, I have always been open to setting aside my natural ability and letting God do the work. Now, He has allowed us to open a House of Peace2 in our area. We have seen people with stage 4 cancer be healed by God after we prayed for them. I believe that when a healing occurs in the natural, it is because, in the supernatural, the afflicted area is already healthy. When we bring God to that process, everything accelerates and becomes more effective, so this has become part of my medical practice.
I still work with natural means, but the supernatural power of God manifests itself on every occasion. I see my patients get healed more quickly and suffer less postoperative pain. God is helping me to change the atmosphere in which I live, so that people can be transformed. So, I can truly say that I am a “supernatural doctor.” That is what God has called me to be, that is my purpose, and that is the area in which He has placed me. I am very grateful that God has brought me to Apostle Maldonado, a general of the end times, to be used by Him in this way. It has been a true blessing.
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