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Live On Purpose!

Loving Life's Journey

Now, maybe more than ever is the time to live with convictions in a world that seems to have lost its way. I would propose that finding your purpose in life is connected to your conviction, rather than the other way around. If we could look deeply into our heart of hearts, we could find our completed spiritual road map. Listen to what the Apostle Paul tells us about God’s plans long before we were even born. Note those four underlined phrases.

“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” (Eph 2:20)

What is your purpose?

How does a person uncover their purpose if they don’t know what it is? The answer may come from a small voice that tugs at your heart when you first awaken in the morning. No, its not the coffee pot! It softly whispers, “If only I could…” or “If money was no object, I would…” These questions are keys to unlock the treasure of a purpose filled life. Whatever inspires you to jump out of bed in the morning, whatever you are excited to spend time doing, or whatever you feel really passionate about probably has something to do with your purpose.

Purpose must be Awakened:

God has knit into your innermost being a set of blueprints that if you could read them, they would connect you to your dream. Awakening your purpose is about exploring and experiencing the way that God has knit you together. Who you were meant to be is never about who others are, its all about your understanding of how God made you.

The Goal:

The goal is to begin discovering your uniqueness, rather than how you fit into some arbitrary niche. Remind yourself that the felt reward of your purpose is to have a sense of satisfaction and confidence as you “walk in” or live out of your “good works”, as the Apostle Paul puts it. You must avoid measuring yourself by others, because you are not on a quest to become like anyone but you. The goal of life is all about becoming who God designed “you” to be! God really likes the real you.

Called to Bloom!

You are called to bloom, not create. God has already written upon your heart. You are called to release the glorious revelation of His plan. Its colorful, powerful and fruitful in all of its unique expressions… its you and its yours to give to the world. No one can release your purpose for you and another one just like it will never be seen again. So don’t hold back, shrink back or even look back… God wants you to live on purpose!

Bold As A Lion

“The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion.” (Prov. 28:1)

Jesus Christ has given me an inheritance of righteousness and I claim it as my own. I am the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Cor. 5:21) and I reign in life (Rom. 5:17). In fact, I’m bold as a lion, because of all that He has accomplished for me… and in me. The above verse tells us, “The righteous are bold as a lion”. Its walking in the revelation of a person’s right standing with God that makes them confident and bold as a lion. If you can accept the truth; that in Christ there is forgiveness for sin and right standing with God, then you too can have the boldness of a lion. By simple faith, you will never again need to fear your circumstances or look at someone else’s life and feel unworthy.

You can say, “I have the perfect righteousness of Jesus Christ credited to me by faith. I have cast aside my filthy rags for garments that are white as snow!”

It is time to stop struggling. If the devil comes to you and says, “You’re no good, you have no righteousness.” You can answer, “I know I am unworthy in myself! I have no righteousness, but I do have the righteousness of Jesus Christ. His Blood, shed for me has cleansed me from all sin! I’ve failed God; fallen from Glory, but I have an Advocate with the Father — Jesus Christ, The Righteous King of Glory!” Jesus was the spotless Lamb of God who died; yet was risen and still remains as our Great High Priest before the Throne of God making intercession for the Saints, declaring the sufficiency of His own sacrifice. He will return as the Lion of the Tribe of Judah. And we; as a People of Praise, shall rejoice with Him at His coming… knowing that we are like Him, bold as a lion in His righteousness.

Evil Days:

When you stand in the midst of evil, you will not have to tremble (1 Jn. 4:17-18). Stop thinking, “What have I to offer God? What did I do right or wrong?” No, you come bold as a lion to the Throne of Grace and find mercy and receive grace in the time of need (Heb. 4:16). Jesus has made all grace abound to you; so that in believing, you might have joy and boldness in your fellowship with God.

Freedom to do Good Works:

Living by faith and receiving the gift of righteousness, sets us free to walk in power and do good works. Good works done in fear bring no glory to God — they must flow out of a loving heart… a joyful heart. Walking in supernatural power is possible to those who have a revelation of their inheritance! Christ’s perfect righteousness has become our source of confidence… no more bondage to fear.

Its time to awaken the heart of the lion and move in faith- Courageous & Bold!

Building Altars

Scripture: “Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. While the earth remains, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease.” (Gen. 8:20-22)

Thought for Today: “Altars – in transition″

In our text we see the ultimate transitional moment in Noah’s experience with God. And what does Noah do – he builds an Altar! A Place of worship, prayer and surrender.

There emerges from any of our journeys 2 points of view. First God’s Big Picture …and… Second Our Perception. When you and I are about to enter a new season in our lives or ministries, there can be some transitional issues. Transition is simply the journey from point A to point B. Yet how well we move through transition has a lot to do with our focus.

Why Build an Altar?

Altars maintain our focus on God. God has called us His workmanship and has created us for good works (Eph. 2:10)… works that He will be faithful to complete if we allow it. I want to encourage the activity of building altars that please the heart of God. Not only is there a clear pattern of relationship with God, but supernatural power gets released from altar building.

3 Things Come from Building Altars:
1st) The soothing aroma pleases God!
2nd) We find ourselves in a place where we hear His heartbeat!
3rd) A fresh new day is embraced!

Altars Align the Heart:

Align your heart with Christ as you enter new seasons by building altars through prayer and fasting. Deepen your commitment, your covenant and your character by building altars that allow the Holy Spirit to show you God’s view of the season. While the Earth remains, there will be seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night. None of these things will cease, but all of them have the potential to become seasons of revival if you and I will focus our faith on God.

Altars give us an anchor… cling to Jesus and a fresh new day will emerge. (Eph. 3:7-16)

The Least of These

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’” (Mt. 25:37-40)

This was one of the last things that Jesus taught His disciples. Jesus identifies Himself with the least of these… He says I was hungry, I was thirsty, I was a stranger, I was naked, I was sick, I was in prison. We see it throughout the life of Jesus; He always had time for the least of these. He stopped a meeting to spend time with a broken woman who wanted to anoint His feet. He stopped along His journey to visit with a simple, outcast Samaritan woman. He even ignored the law regarding the Sabbath to heal a man who was born blind.

Revealing the Father’s Heartbeat:

In fact, the miracles of Jesus were designed to manifest the Father’s glory and love (Acts 10:38). He didn’t plan outreach events with the disciples in the same way we watch crusades promoted in our day. He just did what He saw the Father doing (Jn. 5:19), and that was reaching hurting people… loving the least, the lonely and the outcast. Jesus simply could not look upon the multitudes without compassion for them (Mt. 9:36 & 14:14). He identified with our pain and suffering, so that they could identify with His purpose (1 Jn. 3:8). His heart was so full of the love of the Father that He was driven to touch the leper and cast out the unclean spirit.

We must live the same way!

We should be so full of God’s love that rivers of living water flow from our hearts and change lives and atmospheres everywhere we go. This is what Jesus was referring to when He said, “freely you’ve received, freely give” (Mt. 10:8). His command to heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons and raise the dead… it was all for love. Freely we receive His love and freely we must pour it out! All of those actions are targeted on “the least of these”. The sick, the dying, the oppressed and the helpless are within our reach and they must be perceived as an invitation, not a frustration!

“Let your light so shine before men, that they might see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” (Mt. 5:16)

True Riches

Ugandan Children

Children of Uganda

“Command those who are rich in this present age not to be haughty, nor to trust in uncertain riches but in the Living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy. Let them do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to give, willing to share, storing up for themselves a good foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life.” (1 Tim. 6:17-19)

Trust in God!

We are warned that we cannot serve two masters… money or Christ, one of these will win our affections (Mt. 6:24). We must not allow our affections to be lured into captivity. When we invest ourselves in true riches; like the goodness of an upright heart or the power of an enduring testimony, then our wealth carries eternal significance. I often remind folks that we must take ownership of our heart in order to put our trust in God… it will not just happen naturally.   

This World’s Wealth:

The world will try to tell you that riches and wealth are defined by how much money you have in your pocket or how much stuff you can pack into your barns. The issue is not the amount, it is the allure. Recently, we have seen how money can be lost overnight. Businesses close their doors, homes enter foreclosure and real people find themselves hurting, because they trusted in an unstable economic system. Anyone who listens to the reports on Wall Street can see that the environment is changing every minute… and not for the better. 

Reliable Foundation:

The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy warning him to not trust in this World’s wealth. He told those who were wealthy not to be proud and arrogant nor to put their trust in their riches, because they cannot be relied upon. Instead he encouraged them to put their trust in God who provides all that we need (Phil 4:19). The goal is a reliable foundation!

Understanding Blessing:

Notice the issue is not the money as much as the trust. Trust is easily given when we understand our blessing in Christ. When anyone accepts Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior they are enriched with every spiritual blessing in Christ (Eph. 1:3). They are declared complete in Christ (Col. 2:10) which means they are capable of manifesting His character and power. In fact, the Apostle Paul refers to these spiritual blessings as “the unfathomable riches of Christ” (Eph. 3:8). Unfathomable means they are past finding out, unsearchable and beyond tracking down. The idea is that the believer’s blessings in Christ are too deep to measure and too great to be exhausted. But they are recognizable when invested in others. They are recognized as a good foundation for the time to come, when folks will need something of eternal value. What we must come to understand is that Christians are blessed… to be a blessing through the true riches of Christ!

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