Monthly Archives: September 2014

How to Find Your Purpose

Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT)

For I know the plans I have for you,” says theLord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

There are over 100 verses in the Bible on purpose and even more books written on the topic – both secular and biblical. However, since I’m a Christian, and since the Lord gave me the following topic last Sunday when I was asked to deliver the message at Antioch Reformation Ministry, I’m going to stick with scripture and what the Lord shared with me on how to find your purpose.

  1. Ask God
    • He is the one that puts your purpose in you as we see in the above scripture as well as Jeremiah 1:5
    • God never fails and will fulfill his purposes for you if you let him – Psalm 138:8, Romans 8:28, Job 22:21 (too many to list so see Additional Resource below)
  2. Passion
    • Many purposeful and successful people list this in their “story of success”
    • The last moments of Jesus’ life are commonly called “His Passion” or the “Passion of Christ” – the word in Greek actually means “to suffer” or put another way  “something that is a burden” – we know also that in the end Christ fulfilled his purpose on earth and scored the greatest victory for all mankind
    • Find the thing that is heavy on your heart, a burden that you must do; that when you do it, your adrenaline and motivation rise
  3. Decisions
    • Make careful decisions that take you in the direction of your purpose and keep you in the will of God – Daniel 1:8
    • The best way to make careful decisions is to be lead by the Holy Spirit – Acts 19:21
    • In John 4:4 it says that Jesus needed to go through Samaria – why? Because he was lead by the spirit and there were people to impact which leads us into the last point
  4. People
    • Ultimately your purpose will either need or impact people – John 4:39-42
    • Don’t be afraid to connect and share your purpose/vision with people – Habakkuk 2:2

To get clarity on all of the above and to move into your purpose, it’s important to pray and pray regularly. As often as you make decisions…pray.

Additional Resource: 97 Bible verses related to purpose

Prayer: God, you are the one who gives purpose and therefore I ask that you reveal to me, through the Spirit, my purpose. Help me to reflect on my past and see how you’ve been guiding me into my purpose. Show me in my dreams or day visions, whisper in my ear, speak, for your servant is listening. Connect me with those whom you’ve aligned with my purpose. Show me those who you have purposed for me to impact. Amen.

 

You’re Not Christian

Acts 11:25-26

(25) Then departed Barnabas to Tarsus, for to seek Saul:
(26) And when he had found him, he brought him unto Antioch. And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.

While in meditation on the weekend of September 13 the Lord spoke to me these words, “are you sure you’re a Christian?” And then I thought for a second, if I’m not Christian, then what am I?

The Lord then reminded me of the scripture above and how a year or so ago I had heard that the term Christian wasn’t something the disciples called themselves, but was a derogatory term used by those in the world. The disciples gladly accepted the intended insult, because it associated them and their character with that of Christ. Something for which they were not ashamed. (Romans 1:16)

But that was then and them, and this is now and me, so I reflected on myself and whether the same would be said of me. Do others see me as a Christian? I’m not sure…I know I tell people I am, but would they come to that conclusion on their own? Hmmmmm?

I wanted to be sure so I searched the scriptures and here are some things that I found:

  • Only disciples were called Christians (see above)
  • Not all believers are disciples (Acts 5:12-14)
  • Christians (disciples) preach the gospel and God honours their preaching with signs and wonders (Acts 5:15-16)
  • Christians aren’t afraid to suffer and are not ashamed of the gospel (1 Peter 4:16)

Keep in mind that we’re all in the process, at various stages, in the timeline of walking out our beliefs, so don’t feel condemned. Rather, strive even more to hit the mark and come into the fullness of the image of Christ. Allow God’s word to have its full course in your life.

Prayer: Father, I desire to be more like you and your dear son. I desire to make my life count for your name’s sake. Give me the strength, patience and endurance to finish the race as Paul did. Lord as I go forth as a witness in word and deed, honour your gospel with signs and wonders. Amen.

Back to School!

2 Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

As I reflected on what today’s message would be the Lord took me to my favourite scripture as noted above. The significance of this scripture cannot be overstated, especially with the world in such turmoil today.

Now more than ever it’s vital that we know what we believe and whose approval we’re vying for.

There are many deceivers in the world and in the “church”. Some such deceivers are calling themselves the “returned Christ” while at the same time saying they’re the anti-Christ. This is one of the more obvious deceptions as “anti” means against and the bible is clear that the anti-Christ is against Christ. It’s not possible to be the returning King while at the same time being the anti-Christ (the devil). Yet many people are following falsehoods like this to the point of having 666 tattooed onto their bodies (I’ll do a message on 666 soon – leave me a comment if you’re interested in what the Lord showed me).

I’m sure I  don’t need to remind you of all the conflict and confusion in the middle-east, the Ebola outbreak and the various natural phenomenon happening around the world…even our summer was affected (tongue-in-cheek – JK – just kidding – sort of).

In any event, let us press into God’s Word more and pray as we send our children back to schools that are filled with God haters and lovers of self.

Prayer: Father as the children of this great nation of Canada head back to school, protect them and keep them safe as the devil is roaming about seeking whom he may devour. May the Christians in their classrooms identify and speak out against falsehood and declare your truth to their peers. May we as parents lead by example to study and know your truth. Empower us with your Holy Spirit to stand up and defend the gospel. In Jesus’ name. Amen.