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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!

Vitality of Words

Is there anything “normal” about the spiritual realm?

The Kingdom of God should feel normal to the believing heart! Yet, when measured by human reasoning, its beyond comprehension. One law remains consistent in both the spiritual world and the natural world… All things; material and spiritual, are held together by the Word of God’s power (Heb 1:3). To say it another way; God sustains all things by using words that are released from His world- Heaven, into ours- Earth.

God sustains all things by using words!

For God, words are powerful and essential; like the connective tissue, the glue between two very different worlds. They are creative packages that hold His logic and purposes for life as He would want us to enjoy it… abundant and fruitful. He spoke the worlds into existence (Gen 1:3), He calls those things that are not as though they are (Rom 4:17) and He watches over His word to perform it (Jer 1:12). No matter how we perceive life’s experiences, His goal is for our good and not evil (Jer 29:11). In redemption, He has sent forth His Word to heal, forgive and revive the broken.

”The Word became flesh and made His dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and Truth” (Jn 1:14).

Our faith grows out of hearing the words of God, believing, knowing and experiencing the Word of God. Jesus explained, “The Spirit gives life, My words are spirit and they are life” (Jn 6:63). We all must come to the realization that as we live in agreement with God’s Word, all will go well.

God’s words are Spirit and Life!

David said, “Your words are a lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Ps 119:105). Solomon encourages us to hear the Father’s voice, “My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to My words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and they are health to a man’s whole body” (Prov 4:20-23). What David and Solomon were saying, Jesus makes very clear when He faces the devil, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4). Abiding in those words offers us the greatest freedom, because His words are Truth (Jn 8:31-32) from God’s perspective.

Followers of God

“Therefore be followers of God as dear children. And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.” (Eph. 5:2)

To become a follower of God – we must love! The first dimension of understanding love is to become aware that you cannot give what you do not have. God’s love is from God not from ourselves… therefore it must be received to be given (1 Cor. 13). We do this as we walk in faith and see spiritually, finding ways to embrace God’s love for ourselves. We love because He first loved us (Rom. 5:8).

God’s Love Overcomes Fear:

Fear drives our need for self-preservation, our need to prove and to promote ourselves. We are trying to preserve our own life. A true vision of God’s love will overcome our fears. The “fear of the Lord” is the beginning of wisdom and understanding. God’s love overcomes the need to be In control! The need to prove, promote, and preserve our own life is a poverty spirit that destroys our sense of safety and security in all of our relationships. Fear is a spirit (2 Tim. 1:7) that has not come from God. It aims to intimidate and terrorize so we live producing its fruit… selfishness, anger, pride and lust. We become like Lucifer; wanting to exalt ourselves to the position of god, when we allow fears to rule our lives. Wanting to be “in control” can become like a drug. We learn subtle ways of getting what we want. We slip into counterfeit spiritual authority and manipulation, which the Bible calls witchcraft. God’s love overcomes the fruit of fear, by first transforming the heart so that it has the potential to see spiritually. Seeing and embracing a revelation of the love of God will break the power of fear.

5 Truths about God’s Love:

  1. God’s love preserves life. We are kept by the very power of God, a power generated by His love.
  2. God’s love overcomes rejection, the wounds and corruption of sin.
  3. God’s love is the provision and the promise of abundant blessing.
  4. God’s love sustains life by the supply of the Holy Spirit.
  5. God’s love removes all that would separate us from Him, because fellowship is love’s objective.

God is Good and His love is fresh and embracing every time I meditate upon it. Because He is the Lord Most High; He is above only and below no one, His love causes me to sense His triumph in everything I do. He is transcendent and radiant in His Glory. He speaks and acts in order to release His good pleasure. He gives, invites, cares and celebrates our delight in His love. He carries our burdens and establishes His Promises. He has not left me as an orphan or fatherless in any way. He is My Comfort and My Stronghold in the storms that come. He infuses my path with light, strengthens my soul with His counsel, and refreshes my heart with His abiding Presence. This is the life of love and I am captured at the thought of Him… My King – Jesus!

Let Me Tell of His Love…

His love energizes, motivates action and releases the true life of God. His love sets us free. It heals, because He is healing. It binds up wounds, because He has been wounded. It renews our thinking, because His thoughts toward us are all good. Love covers our sin, because mercy is clothing us with the rich robe of Christ’s righteousness. It restores a right heart within us, because God creates in us a brand new heart. His love is pure, peaceable, powerful, more powerful than death itself. He has reached out to connect with us in words, with eyes, with touch and the fragrance of grace. His love is the energy of communion. It is completely sufficient, holy and clean. It is selfless, given by sacrifice and poured out like a waterfall. It has been shed abroad to reach the least or the greatest of humanity. It transforms us. It conforms us into the image of true Son-ship. It enables us to take on, not only the Name, but the nature of Jesus Christ.

God’s Love is Visible!

The love of God embraced, is like the ocean that overwhelms or the river that reaches to the lowest place. And when released into our world, it becomes a tangible anointing. God loves us tangibly and so it becomes our beauty when it is seen on us. Therefore, the anointing which you have received of God abides in you and it instructs (1 Jn. 2:27). It abides in us- as we abide in Him. Love enables us to behold Him and become what we have been embraced by. God has lavished His love upon us and enabled us to be called the sons of God (1 Jn. 3:1). God’s love causes us to live. We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love! We are enabled to love our brothers as He has loved us (1 Jn. 3:10-14). We esteem others as greater than ourselves and forgive our enemies as God has forgiven us. These are the marks that prove His love abides in us, that we love in word and deed and that we see as the Heavenly Father sees… in giving ourselves away.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (Jn. 3:16)

Kingdom Effectiveness

But Simon Peter answered and said to Jesus, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” (Lk. 5:5)

I have come to understand that “toil” is the labor of one man, but partnership is the labor of the Kingdom! A Kingdom Partnership is an alliance birthed in the heart of the Father to fulfill His ‘now’ agenda… with supernatural purpose and momentum. It is dominion issues and kingdom alliances that influence future realities, both good and bad. Partners offer Kingdom effectiveness by understand the value of accountability and spiritual timing. In fact, when they have the anointing of the Holy Spirit on them, they can make the impossible, possible. Kingdom Partnerships get results and have supernatural outcomes… advancement and increase. In a Kingdom Partnership we can watch our lives move from struggling into effectiveness. My friend, Pastor Jimmy Wandera calls it moving at the “Pace of God”!

Kingdom Partnerships Reach the Harvest:

I believe this is the generation, whereby we are going to see significant Kingdom advancement as partners come together under God’s direction! The “superstar” mentality is not going to accomplish the end-time agenda on God’s heart. So it must come to an end in order to transform the nations. A gathering of friends, without personal agendas to fulfill; will shift the spiritual atmosphere that has so polluted the nature of evangelism and discipleship. We are a chosen and royal fellowship that must be known by love, rather than denominational structure or doctrinal purity. We can hold on to the main themes, without losing those with differing methods.

Jesus Displays Partnership:

In Luke 5, Jesus used Peter’s boat as a makeshift platform… to talk to the crowds who gathered to hear Him. When He finished speaking, Jesus instructed Peter to let down his nets for a catch of fish. To Peter’s astonishment, the nets began to fill to overflowing. He and his partner quickly called out to other partners on the shore to come and assist. All night the boats had been out fishing without any results. Now, it was going to take the two boats together to gather the harvest of fish.

A Partnership Forms Relationships:

  • A relational connection between two people.
  • A formal strategic partnership with shared goals.
  • An affiliation of two people or groups with like spiritual DNA.
  • They may connect across nations or across movements.

A Partnership is Powerful:

There is no limit to the creativity and design of our Heavenly Father. In the Bible we read of partnerships between people who God brought together for His purposes. Think of Joshua and Caleb, Deborah and Barak, Ruth and Naomi, or Paul and Timothy. Alliances and partnerships are so powerful, that there are warnings throughout Scripture against God’s people forming the wrong alliances (Isa. 30:1, 2 Cor. 6:14).

A Partnership Involves the Exchange and Sharing of Resources:

Partners complete each other, each providing resources and opportunities that the other does not have alone. As a result, God’s work can be accomplished. The Apostle Paul’s relationship with the Church in Philippi is one example of a Kingdom partnership. Just listen to the investment of Paul’s heart. “In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil. 1:3-4). Paul speaks with passionate tones of the rich joy he felt in the work of advancing the Gospel of Christ with their help. Other translations say, ‘participation’ or ‘fellowship’. The Greek word used here for “partnership” is koinonia which speaks of a spiritual unity of heart. They did more than just share together… they brought pleasure to God’s heart!

Notice, the 3 Ways that the Church at Philippi Partnered with the Apostle Paul:

First Through Prayer: “…for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance” (Phil 1:19).

Second in Sending People to Assist: “But I think it is necessary to send back to you Epaphroditus, my brother, fellow worker and fellow soldier, who is also your messenger, whom you sent to take care of my needs” (Phil 2:25).

Third By Supplying Provision: “Moreover, as you Philippians know, in the early days of your acquaintance with the gospel, when I set out from Macedonia, not one church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving, except you only; for even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent me aid again and again when I was in need” (Phil. 4:15-18).

The Benefits of Partnership:

The benefits of partnership seem obvious when we recognize the fact that, we “all” need help, material needs and prayer. However, the Church at Philippi did not just give, they also received the blessings of partnering with God. The Apostle Paul was quick to point out some of the rewards to the Philippian Church.

1. They Shared in the Gospel… the harvest and transforming of nations! The Kingdom of God was advanced “because of… partnership in the gospel from the first day until now” (Phil 1:5). Paul knew he was not alone in his work. He had a partnership going, and the Philippian Church were co-laborers with him for the glory of God. They had the present satisfaction of knowing that they were engaged in the work of Paul’s Apostolic ministry. As partners, they were current participants in the rewards of the harvest and in the future, receivers of the spiritual rewards laid up in heaven.

2. They Experienced the Joy of Being an Answer to Prayer… “For I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. (Phil. 1:19)

3. They were Positioned to Receive from God… “Not that I desire your gifts; what I desire is that more be credited to your account… And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:17-19)(2 Cor. 9:7-14).

4. They Shared in God’s Grace and Anointing… “It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart; for whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me” (Phil. 1:7). Paul tells the Philippians that they are not only partners in the gospel, but they are also sharing in the grace of God with him. To this wise Apostle, God’s grace not only meant God’s undeserved favor, but it also meant His enabling power (2 Cor 12:9) and his ministry anointing and calling (Eph. 3:7-8). By sharing with Paul in his ministry through prayer, people and financial resources, the Church was also sharing in the anointing and calling that was on Paul’s life.

RevivalHut Ministry wants to offer you the benefits of sharing with us to advance the Gospel of the Kingdom – all across the Nations! Go to the Apostolic Training Center page and see what God is doing to raise up leaders and stir the fires of revival in Africa, India and Central America!

The Ingathering

“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field.”  (Luke 10:2)

Jesus said to His disciples that there were fields before them that were ripe for gathering, but one problem would hinder their harvest… few workers! Three things are pointed out by Jesus, that if those disciples would begin doing them, they would see some amazing results.

1st - See What Jesus Sees:

So many disciples have no clue that the world is waiting for their witness. They cannot see the fields in which they live. They cannot perceive anyone wanting what they offer and they find themselves paralyzed by fear when asked to share their faith. We must become equipped with a vision of the fields Jesus sees and has placed us in! Hungry people are filling their lives with alternative lifestyles and they need to be presented with a clear message of spiritual truth.

Embrace a vision for the lost, the lonely and hurting around you. God’s love and the cross of Jesus are motivating forces, but we must feel what the Holy Spirit is speaking into our hearts. The fields, His field is ripe for harvest and you are an Ambassador for Christ, carrying His message. You and I are designed to carry heaven’s atmosphere into our earthly sphere of influence. Our behavior and lifestyle are dictated by how we see. So today ask God to give you a vision for the harvest and a perception of how deeply His field needs your voice.

2nd – Prayer: Work the Field

Jesus expects us to ask, seek, knock and keep on knocking (Mt. 7:7-8). Through prayer, God will position people around you and your co-workers, loved ones and friends. At significant times; in God’s timing, workers will come with a word from heaven to witness of Jesus. But know also, that the very act of asking is as powerful as the act of speaking.

Notice that in the next breath He said, “Go… I am sending you” (Lk. 10:3). If we are praying for workers; we must also be prepared to be workers, to speak when the opportunity arises. You are not only looking for God to answer your prayer, but you a waiting before God to be the answer to someone elses prayers. Jesus is Lord of the harvest… you and I must be faithful to the harvest in prayer and witness. Work the field!

3rd – Lean on God:

This cannot be emphasized enough! The subtle truths we often forget are that these are His fields and He is the Lord of the harvest. He knows how to reach people, how to gather them and how to keep them. Reliance upon God is essential in everything we do, say and believe (Prov. 3:5-6). We must speak to God in faith… and be careful with what we see in the natural or hear on the “grapevine” – we must look to Jesus with our eye on His Word. There are no gimmicks to lead someone to Christ, and there are no superstars with fancy degrees. Just simple people, with a tesimony and a vision to be used by God. Impact is made when an authentic voice with an experience shares their relationship in Christ with others.

Remind yourself that God is wanting to include you in this adventure of a lifetime… the ingathering of the harvest.

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