Throughout my years of seeking purpose, I would often lose focus forgetting one very important element. Actually, I forgot the most important of all: God.
In my desperation to find what in the world I was here to do and why, I would become sidetracked. I should have been praising the One who created me for unique purpose and instead of asking, “Why am I here, God?” I should have been asking, “How do I accomplish what I’m here to do, God?”
Once you grab onto the truth I was speaking about yesterday, then the “why am I here?” part of the equation no longer needs solved. The truth of His love fills you with the promise of purpose and then it becomes a question of asking, “How will I walk in my purpose, Lord?” How will I fulfill it?”
You’re here because you’ve been called to do kingdom work, you’ve been created to serve the most High God, you were born to love and be loved. And, you have been part of His plan from the beginning. His design is to give you son-ship in the kingdom of Christ that the power of the living God might work through you. This means that you were born to be His child, and when you made the decision to accept Jesus as Savior, and submit your will to His, then the Holy Spirit was able to work in you and the power of Christ come alive in you. At that moment the renewing of your faith made you a new creation and your purpose was activated. As Peter said, “You are a chosen generation and have been called out of darkness into light.” You have a stake in the kingdom because it’s your inheritance. He is your inheritance. You are His child.
Some think that after making a commitment to Christ that life will be easy and the path clear. Not so, in fact, quite the opposite. You will, without doubt, encounter suffering, and through those difficult times you must fight to submit your soul to your spirit. We were designed to be spirit led people and when Adam and Eve ate from that detestable tree, they became soul led. They became people who gave in to their minds, emotions, and wills. There’s a great book on this subject by author Dutch Sheets entitled, “Becoming Who You Are.” I highly recommend it.
When Jesus came to die for us, He gave us strength and power that through Him we could once again be spirit led people. He died so that we could finally defeat the enemy, who wants nothing more than to trap us by whispering lies and manipulation of God’s word. When this happens, love and grace can easily become distorted.
It’s time to untangle lies and live your purpose. Today!
I mentioned yesterday that we were going to search one more place in the word to find proof of our purpose. Before we end today, let’s turn to Psalm 139: 1-18. Will you please read it out loud?
O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up;
You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, but behold, O Lord, You know it altogether. 5 You have hedged me behind and before, and laid Your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain it. 7 Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? 8 If I ascend into heaven, You are there;
If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning,
And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; 12 Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. 13 For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.17 How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.
This brings more comfort to me than I can ever express in words. I hope it also brings peace to you. It is my prayer that you will no longer deny having purpose from the beginning.
Today’s homework is to post your favorite verses from this passage of scripture to Facebook with the hashtag #ActivatingYourPurpose. If you look closely at the photo above, you can see that mine is verse 16. By taking part in this exercise, you can be part of helping someone else realize they have purpose through the encouragement of the Word of God. I can’t wait to see which verses encourage you most.
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