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Created with a Purpose

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Created with a Purpose

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We are all created on purpose; for a purpose, and with a purpose. For me, I know I am created on purpose but struggled with knowing my purpose. Prior to beginning my internship at Ocean’s Edge, I took the Destiny Assessment, which is an inventory on what God is doing in people’s lives. It couples personalty tests with spiritual gifts to help discover God’s fingerprint on your life.

Finding your purpose

Throughout our lives, others tell us who we are and what we are like. Some statements are truthful and encouraging. So we let these words ignite us like a sparkler, bringing security only a few minutes. Meanwhile, the lies are stored. They take root, hold us, and ultimately shape us. The Destiny Assessment aids in discovering your spiritual gifts, in doing so, the lies are destroyed as God’s truth about you is revealed. Who you truly are in His eyes and what you were created to do.

“and having put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” (Colossians 3:10)

My purpose

I was eager to learn these truths. The Destiny Assessment revealed that I am an “inspiring benefactor”; aware of what is happening around and constantly responding to the needs and wants of others. I have a strong belief and confidence in the potential of others. I am a natural encourager, inspiring leader, and facilitator. These are the truths of my natural personality, being brought to light while destroying any lies about myself that consumed me.

My top spiritual gifts are teaching, leadership, and mercy. My greatest areas of victory are in my gift of teaching coupled with my gift of knowledge; along with my gift of leading, coupled with mercy. God created me with a purpose. I may not know exactly what career I will pursue or where I will live but I now know the truth about who I am. I am a child of God, created by God to teach others about Him, to lead others to Him, and to see and meet the needs around me.

Destiny Assessment Introduction

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Destiny Assessment: Before You Start

The Destiny Assessment exists to help you discover the unique purpose for which God created you. We are going to use this guide as a tool to facilitate discussions as we encourage each other to use our specific giftings as we glorify God and aim to be a blessing to the world. To take full advantage of the process, let’s take some time to cover our meeting with prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to lead our conversation.

Be Still & Know I Am God (PS 46:10)

The God of the Universe created each of us uniquely and for a distinct purpose. This means that we all have a divine destiny, but if that is our focus we are missing the main point. The key to experiencing life in abundance is all about who God is. The reason why is very simple, we are made in His image! In Genesis 1:27, it states “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them;  male and female he created them.”

Destiny Assessment IntroductionSurprisingly, self-confidence is not the answer to living out our destiny with excellence. Ego is a distraction. This explains why John the Baptist says that Jesus “must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30). In his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer states “It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate. If we would bring back spiritual power to our lives, we must begin to think of God more nearly as He is”.

If our divine destiny is nothing else, it is spiritual. To be truly vibrant in this life, we must first address our own picture of God. What we believe about God will affect everything in our lives, so it is important to recognize that God’s character is not defined by humans. When we take this step of faith and submit our perception of Him to what He has revealed to us in the Bible, the result is liberating. The perception through which we view God can either lift our expectations about the meaning of life to heroic possibilities or mute our destiny completely. The higher our view of God the more we will understand the potential of our divine calling.

What God Has Prepared  | Destiny Assessment

As it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2: 9-13, 16)

Personal Application and Destiny Assessment Discussion

Before you dive into the results of your Destiny Assessment you want to make sure your heart in in the right place.  Begin with prayer and take some time to inventory what your lives say about who you believe God to be.  Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to a fuller understanding and appreciation of God.  Use the following summary of the divine attribute as a guide to compare your view of God to what He has revealed about Himself. Journal or Share your first impressions. (Later, you can take all the time you need to soak in these incredible truths about God and how they can be better reflected in your life.  Make sure you record your personal process.)

Divine AttributesThe divine attributes from A. W. Tozer’s, Knowledge of the Holy

  • God Incomprehensible: Our minds cannot conceive an image of God that comes close to the reality of His majesty. Our intellect cannot perceive God’s greatness and our deepest understanding will always come short as it strives to perceive the whole of God’s character.  (Ez. 1, Rom. 11:33)
  • The Holy Trinity: There is one true God, who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They express different but equal characteristics of who God is and they share the same will.  (Father- Gen. 1:1; Son- Col. 1:16; Holy Spirit- Job 26:13, Ps. 104:30)
  • The Self-existence of God:  God has no origin, source, cause, starting point or beginning.  He is and always has been eternal and unchangeable in His word as well as in His nature.  (Ex. 3:14)
  • The Self-Sufficiency of God: God does not need anything or anyone to exist, be adequate, complete, faithful or true to all His promises.  (Jn. 5:26, Is. 40:28)
  • The eternity of God: God exists completely out of time and is unaffected by it.  He is everlasting and His kingdom is eternal (Dt. 32:40, Ps. 90:2-4, 2 Peter 3:8)
  • God’s Infinitude: God is limitless, immeasurably large and great. (Ps. 145:3, Is .46:5, Job 5:9)
  • The immutability of God: God is perfect and will never fail to be completely flawless.  He is and always was the one and only eternal God. (Heb. 13:8, Mal. 3:6, Ps. 102:25-27)
  • The Divine Omniscience: God is all knowing and has no need to learn or discover new things. His knowledge is perfect and does not change. (Ps. 147:5, 1 Jn. 3:20, Ps 139:1-6)
  • The wisdom of God: God has infinite understanding and flawless precision.  He sees everything in focus and in proper relation to each other.  (1 Cor. 1:25, Jam. 3:17, Rom. 11:33-36)
  • The Omnipotence of God: Nothing is too hard for God.  His power is infinite without restrain or limit. (Eph. 1: 18-21, Is. 14:27, Mt. 19:26, Gen. 18:14)
  • The Divine Transcendence: God exists and is exalted far above and apart from the material world.  (Gen. 1: 1-31, Is. 55:8-9, Is 40:22, Ps. 95:3-5)
  • God’s Omnipresence: God is always present everywhere simultaneously. (Ps. 139:7-10, Jer 23:24)
  • The Faithfulness of God: God is always loyal to His word, character and promises. (Ps. 86:15, Ps. 119:90, Dt. 7:9)
  • The Goodness of God: God is the standard of being moral, virtuous, kind, honest, truthful, righteousness. (Mk. 10:18, Rom. 2:4, Ps. 145:9, Ps. 86:5)
  • The Justice of God: As the all-powerful ruler, God has the right to judge both heart and conduct.  He is impartial, perfect and always conforming to truth, fact and reason. (Job 34:12, Ps. 9:7-8, Col. 3:25, Rev. 20:12-13)
  • The Mercy of God: The goodness and kindness of God is offered to us despite our guilt because He is forgiving, compassionate, kind, sympathetic, and benevolent. (Tit. 3:4-5, Pet. 1:3-4, Eph. 2: 4-7)
  • The Grace of God– God bestows His blessing, favor, benefits and salvation abundantly as a gift so that we are fully equipped to walk in righteous and do His will.  (2 Cor. 12:8-9, Heb. 4:16, Jn. 1:14, Acts 4:33)
  • The Love of God– God is the definition of love.  He is pure, casts out fear and brings peace.  His love has no beginning, no end and no limit.  It is incomprehensibly vast and bottomless.  It is given freely and sacrificially.  (Jn. 3:16, Rom. 5:8, 1 Jn. 4:7-8, Ps. 86:15)
  • The Holiness of God– God is morally excellent, infinitely perfect in righteousness, purity and goodness. He is our standard. (1 Pet. 1:16, Hab. 1:13, 1 Sam. 2:2, Ex. 15:11, Is. 15:11)
  • The Sovereignty of God– He rules His entire creation without limit.  He is all knowing, all powerful and free to do as He wills, anywhere, at any time in every single detail without interference. (Col. 1:16-17, Ps. 24:1-2, 1 Chr. 29:11-12, Job 42:2, Prov. 16:4)

Misconceptions, Misunderstandings & Misrepresentations

Position the attitude of your heart to humbly receive God’s correction and encouragement. Allow Him to help uncover anything that is holding you back for a fuller understanding of His character. (If it’s is helpful, use the following definitions) 

  • Misconceptions- a view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding
  • Misunderstandings– a failure to understand something correctly
  • Misrepresentations- the action or offense of giving a false or misleading account of the nature of something

Your Personal Experience With God

Destiny Assessment IntroductionTake the next few minutes to journal or share your story. (If it’s is helpful, use the following outline)

  • Start by: Identify an attribute of God that your story most highlights (If it’s helpful, use the previous list as a resource). For example, “My story demonstrates how God’s power and love is greater than my circumstances.”
  • Before you received Christ: How did you live and think?
  • The Gift: How did you receive Christ?
  • The Change: After you received Christ, what changes took place? Describe your personal relationship with God.
  • Today, God is calling me to: How are you applying what you have learned?

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Destiny Assessment Training

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by Justin Nunes, | AIM Passport Short-Term Missionary | Destiny Assessment Training

A Desk, Wi-Fi & Espresso Machine

This past week, I spent most of the week in a Remax office. “A Remax office, why? Are you not in Costa Rica serving the community? Are you not supposed to be supporting local ministries? Why would you spend so many hours in a place of business? You could do that back home and make money for your future.” Let me answer your questions.
I spent this past week at Hannah Fletcher’s Remax office, the founder and leader of Ocean’s Edge Ministries. The purpose for my time in her office had nothing to do with real estate. Rather it had everything to do with editing and fine-tuning project Hannah has been developing for years – the Divine Destiny Assessment. Her office was simply a conduit for our work; it had all of the tangibles we needed, a desk, Wi-Fi and an espresso machine, listed in increasing order of importance.

The Divine Destiny Assessment

This assessment is similar in function to any personality assessment you may have taken previously, such as the Myers-Briggs test. In contrast, the Divine Destiny Assessment differs markedly in purpose. The purpose, stated or inherent, of most personality tests is to define, group, and categorize the various personalities that God has created, and through this method, better understand the world in which we live.

The Divine Destiny Assessment flows from a distinct perspective. Instead of observing the world, discovering how God created it and applying it to our lives, this assessment starts with what The Lord says about the world and its people in the Bible, then applies His truth to our lives and the world. Through His Spirit, God has gifted Hannah to create a unique method to apply our individual and distinct personalities.

The Spiritual Gifts

The Bible defines the spiritual gifts that God has given us. Some of these are innate, or motivational, by nature and largely define our overall personality. Some gifts grow with spiritual maturity as we nurture our faith. Finally, some gifts are enhanced by God at specific times to accomplish a task or goal to which we have been called. Each individual’s unique combination of these gifts comprise his or her personality. The Divine Destiny Assessment seeks to gauge each person’s composition of these gifts, then encourage him or her to be confident in those gifts that are strongest and cultivate those that are weakest in their personality.

As I worked with Hannah to develop the Destiny Assessment training material, I grew immensely in my understanding of the spiritual gifts, as well as how they apply to people and relationships. We discussed how the specific make up God gave me applies to my passions and to my relationships with others. She gently made it very evident that I still have plenty of room for growth, as we all do, and helped me create tangible and attainable goals to strive for. As Hannah taught me about my personality composition, she also instructed me in the way she encourages others to grow through this assessment. Together, along with a lovely teammate named Ashley, we created the first final draft of the Divine Destiny Assessment teaching guide.

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Destiny Assessment Training

The following weekend, women from El Salvador and the northernmost province of Costa Rica arrived to Jacó for a leadership conference. We used this teaching guide and our newfound expertise in part to help these women grow in their understanding of the Destiny Assessment Training Program which is basically mobilizing others to use their spiritual gifts. It was an awesome and irreplaceable experience to come full circle in a week. From learning and growing through Hannah to teaching and seeing growth in these women, it was an amazing experience to be involved in. I am excited to continue to invest and further develop the Divine Destiny Assessment with Hannah, and to encourage others to pursue their divine personality through this assessment. We all can become the people that God created us to be, but we first need to submit to Him everything that we are. This assessment is a big step in the right direction. #DivineDestinyDevotedPaths

Guidance Spiritual Gifts 

Leader | Leadership | Apostle | Wisdom | Pastor | Shepherd

Communication Spiritual Gifts

Encourager | Exhortation | Faith | Evangelist | Teacher

Navigation Spiritual Gifts

Administrator | Prophet | Knowledge | Discernment

Support Spiritual Gifts

Service | Helps | Giver | Intercessor | Prayer | Mercy

Other Spiritual Gifts

Artistry | Hospitality | Music–Vocal | Music–Instrumental | Skilled Crafts | Writing Service Ideas |

Other Helpful Spiritual Gift Informational Links:

Destiny Assessment Introduction

Spiritual Gift Clusters and Gift Definitions

Service Ideas for each Spiritual Gifts

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