Hello blessed people of God,
I thought I would add/conclude a little on the topic of purpose. In this topic is where one of the biggest deceptions lie in the church, preventing genuine believers from walking in higher depths of the life in Jesus Christ and experiencing deeper depths of His tangible love which He eagerly wants to pour out in us.(this note may be considered as long, it is because I wanted to explain this misunderstood concept in brief detail :-0). I am praying that if any of us including myself are not walking in the revelation of His word…He will deliver us at the entrance of His word! Also that anyone who has decided not to read this email due to length will consider the eternal value of God’s word! Please read and may the Lord bless you in Jesus name! AMEN
Purpose? What is my purpose??How can I fullfill my purpose??
28 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. 29 For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son.
My bold interpretation is that our purpose is to be conformed to the image of His son. Dictionaries suggest that the word conformed means ‘to correspond with’ or ‘to act in accordance’. Our lives as christians is for the heavens, the earth and everything beneath the earth, to witness OUR lives being changed by the power of God (Eph 3.8-11..according to the eternal purpose‘). Please note that this is a life long process until Jesus comes back. Before I go on…..
I pray in the name of Jesus Christ, that our hope and our source of drive for ministry/our walk with God/career/ our LIFE, would come from the desire for Jesus alone(with no strings attached and not for what we can get/gain/achieve)…. Our zeal from the ‘desire to be used’ will not carry us in our walk, but our selfless pursuit of knowing Him surely will!!! Rather than trials making us stronger they could cause us to continue to struggle in our walk with the Lord, if we do not yeild to Him, walking in His truth, because deep down the ‘desire to be used’ is usualy linked with desire for power/wealth/honor/false sense of security/self confidence/temporary emotional highs(walking in the flesh), the very things which are against the nature of the life Jesus lived and God can never deliver our flesh from the enemy/attack but its our spirit He so desires to empower. We all get through because of His mercy and grace, but He does not want us to walk without confidence in Him..which is poured out from heaven and not something we can cloth on like a garment or just say we have. Our level of Confidence comes from the level of revelation we have of who He is. The revelation of ‘who God is’ tangibly strengthens us in our situations. Many of us qoute the scripture regarding God never allowing temptations to come our way that we cannot bare and He will make a way of escape…well those who seek Him to know Him dwell in Him…ie our place of escape is in Him…The name of the Lord is strong tower….those who dwell in the secret place of the most high shall abide in the shadow of the almighty….The men of God sought God’s face because they realised that He is all they needed. (Please read Heb 11)
But we cannot move in this depth of spiritual living in Christ if we are still in the flesh.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery,[c] fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders,[d] drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
2 Tim 3.2-5(Paul speaking to Timothy about the future of people found in the church)
2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power.
1 Tim 6.3-6
3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not consent to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which accords with godliness, 4 he is proud, knowing nothing, but is obsessed with disputes and arguments over words, from which come envy, strife, reviling, evil suspicions, 5 useless wranglings[a] of men of corrupt minds and destitute of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. From such withdraw yourself.[b]
6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain
1 Tim 6.7-10
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain[c] we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
“This I say, therefore, and testify in the Lord, that you should no longer walk as the rest of[a] the Gentiles walk (question is..how do the christians walk differently to the gentiles? Is it not by walking after the desires of the Spirit rather than the flesh!), in the futility of their mind, 18 having their understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God, because of the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart; 19 who, being past feeling, have given themselves over to lewdness, to work all uncleanness with greediness.”
..etc. But He that desires Jesus…just to know Him, to be at His feet, desiring so earnestly to be changed into His likeness recieves grace. because such are the people that James spoke of who humble themselves before the Lord receiving grace.(James 4.6).
Someone will say but my brother…. my big desire to be used is not based on selfish desires but I desire the Lord to be glorified and do what He wants. Then I would reply..then if truly we desire to be used, we don’t need to wait…everyday is a day to fulfill purpose and walk as Jesus did……AND THERES MORE MORE MORE THAN ENOUGH WORK TO DO….
Somebody who desires Jesus above all recieves more grace to be in Him and dwell in Him. This means that while everyone else is praying ‘God help me to fullfil purpose/show me my purpose’…God will make every day of your life stand for purpose because His Spirit dwells in you with a daily agenda for the building of God’s Kingdom. He will not only show you your purpose, but reveal to you what He is doing round the world and open our eyes to the last hour deceptions which are everywhere, especially in the church. But God will deliver us in Jesus name! AMEN
People who desire to know Jesus alone slowly see a change in their actions and the unction of God’s hand upon his/hers life. Then the word of God is no longer just written but is living and present in our life. The more God becomes our only desire we realise that our prayers change, our reasoning changes and God begins to manifest the desires He places in our hearts. His word(truth) must first abide(live) in you for Him to manifest Himself without limitation.(John 15.7). This is what the word means when it speaks of delighting yourself in the Lord. This ties in with ‘1 John 5.14’ of asking according to His will…its only His word in us that causes us to pray in line with His will, not our carnal desires. God is not carnal and can never put His word aside for our agenda. He doesn’t need our advice or desires for His kingdom (its all been written from Genesis to Revelation)..Jesus will build it…so as we desire Him we allow Jesus to enter and walk through us….AND BUILD BUILD BUILD!!!
Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart.
Love(‘..God is love’) can not be conqured/mastered in the time we spend here on earth…so if we find we are waiting for something it means we are already being disobedient in the great commision of love!
37 Jesus said to him, “ ‘You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’[d] 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Some of us have been blessed with the gift of encouragement, some of use the gift of giving, along with that, the mandate of the church is to preach the gospel. As we seek Jesus…JUST TO KNOW HIM…He will give us more than enough to do because He begins to share His burdens with us. He has many things to speak to us about…so much that pen and paper would not be able to take down…
Again I say…..Someone who delights in the Lord, placing their hunger for God above everything else…is immediately empowered by the Lord through hope. So works are almost uncontrollable. In fact Jeremiah made a decision in his mind that he would not preach….but the Lords word was inside him like fire and he could not help but preach(Jer 20.7-9). The truth is, the closer we walk with God, a pure refined selfless desire for God to be glorifed comes forth and transcends beyond every other desire that wages against us.
Somebody who dwells in the presence of the Lord, experiences Jehovah in a new way daily and is constantly hearing the Lord through His word. Moses saw the Lord in the form of fire one time…but then another time saw Him as a great dark cloud..the same God…but Moses found grace before the Lord and the Lord blessed Him by revealing His goodness(ex 33.7-23) but we have recieved grace through Jesus Christ (Heb 4.16).
Joseph’s destination was to be 2nd in command, ruler over the nation. But as he was faithful in the small God used him whever he was. In potiphers house he was ruler over the house, even in the prison he was made ruler of the prison house.
David was placed in charge of the sheep by his father and when a bear came to take on of them…David slew the bear. No wonder He had confidence against goliath because God had already trained him and he was faithful in the small. The Apostles where sent out two by two to preach the word by themselves, when they recieved the holy Spirit, they were already trained by their past experience.
If we ever find ourselves neglecting the small and desiring the greater things first, self seeking is always present and may the Lord deliver us in Jesus name!!
WHATEVER GOD IS CALLING YOU TO DO IN THE FUTURE, YOU SHOULD BE WALKING IN NOW!!!If we are walking in the spirit/purpose. of God.
The truth of it all is we cannot give what we do not have and our focus should be on the giver. This is what Paul describes as the mind-set of a ‘MATURE’ believer!
7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ….15 Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you. 16 Nevertheless, to the degree that we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule,[b] let us be of the same mind.
2 Cor 5.14-15
14 For the love of Christ compels us, because we judge thus: that if One died for all, then all died; 15 and He died for all, that those who live should live no longer for themselves, but for Him who died for them and rose again.
The scripture says He ‘seeks’ those who will worship Him in Spirit and in truth(John 4.23-24), meaning that not EVERYBODY will choose to seek Him beyond the comfortablity and confines of the building on sunday/traditions of men. But there are a generation of those who seek Him and by His Grace…We are privilidged to be given the choice to be part of that generation and our hope is that we will be!!! AMEN
The Lord desires that we would love Him with EVERYTHING we have, with no strings attached (only God can do this, but when we desire Him to). For in this place….God can now BLESS us with the life that is in Him flowing into and through us. When we begin to drink of His water….we are never satisfied…and the truth begins to become our delight even when we see areas of our lives that does not match it! Jesus is ever satisfying. Insecurities and loneliness begins to depart because we experience more and more that we are..‘complete in Him, who is the head of all principality and power’ (col 2.10).
2 as You have given Him authority over all flesh, that He should[a] give eternal life to as many as You have given Him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.
When we see Him in the midst of our situation we are CHANGED! Only those who sit at His feet can see clearly the face of Jehovah! (2 Cor 3.18)
Now let us begin to persue Him like never before…Only Moses at the time of God’s visitation upon mount Sinai (Ex 20) had the grace to dwell in the depths of the presence of the Lord, but now we have been given the grace through Jesus Christ to boldy come before Him and see His face..to know Him! More grace is poured for us to run even more when we behold Him!!
He who speaks from himself seeks his own glory; but He who seeks the glory of the One who sent Him is true, and no unrighteousness is in Him.
7 And there is no one who calls on Your name,
Who stirs himself up to take hold of You;
For You have hidden Your face from us,
And have consumed us because of our iniquities.
The LORD looks down from heaven upon the children of men, To see if there are any who understand…..who seek God.
1 Peter 1.13
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
In summary.. His words are Spirit and they are life…Yes it is not easy, it is difficult! But the more we desire Him and move in obedience, the more we become strengthened in our faith in Him, not wavering but walking with an increasingly greater level of conviction of who God is and how much we need Him(Romans 4.20-22). In other words the dispensation of His love is poured out in our hearts in greater measures as a result of us seeking Him to know Him. This in essence makes it easier and more exciting as our confidence in Him grows.JESUS
Lord I pray that that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,
and that18 the eyes of your understanding[a] being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,(Eph 1.17-18)..Lord as we begin to pursue even more, we pray that You will above all draw us closer to you,walk through us, helping us walk rightly before you. AMEN
So as we wake up, let us not stir ourselves in works, but rather stir ourselves up in Him, delighting in our God and our unquenchable pursuit to know Him. As we delight in Him, His purposes shall surely come to pass. AMEN
Thank you for taking time to read and the Lord will continue to bless you with all glory going to Him. 🙂
Love you all!!!