LIVING ON PURPOSE Part Two

Let’s start with a few truths taken directly from Scripture.

Truth number one….Our Father God, who created us, is a loving God. His love is pure, unconditional and real. So real and pure that Scripture says that God is Love and Love is God.

Psalm 86:15 “But Lord, your nurturing love is tender and gentle. You are slow to get angry yet so swift to show your faithful love. You are full of abounding grace and truth.” (TPT)

1 Chronicles 16:34 “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good
and his loyal love endures.” (NET)

1 John 4:8 “The one who doesn’t love has yet to know God, for God is love.” (TPT)        

Truth number two…Because He is pure, unconditional love, He desires that we have meaningful, well adjusted, purposeful, healthy in mind and body, abundant lives.

 John 10:10  “A thief has only one thing in mind—he wants to steal, slaughter, and destroy. But I have come to give you everything in abundance, more than you expect—life in its fullness until you overflow!” (TPT)

 James 1:17 “But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow.” (TLB)

Truth number three….We are commanded to share His pure love and acceptance with everyone who crosses our path. And if we are in a relationship with Him, Holy Spirit lives in us. So His love shines through us to others.

Matthew 22:39b You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (ESV)

Dr. Caroline Leaf, a Christian Neuroscientist teaches that we were created for love. We are wired for love.

Even through all the natural seasons of life, we can always show His love to others. I really believe that is our main purpose. In all this talk about purpose, that’s our main purpose.

As children we go to school. Then we either go to college or jump right into work. Both are new seasons with new experiences in life. We might remain single or get married, another new season. If we get married we may have children, that’s a new season of focus on raising children. Then they may leave home, and marry and we may be blessed with grandchildren, great grandchildren, etc.

But even in all these seasons of life, we can still know and exercise our life purpose. Again, our main purpose is sharing God’s love with others, that’s the message of the Gospel. That’s the message of John 3:16.

Next time we will look at different ways we can use our gifts and talents to share God’s love. Stay tuned!

LIVING ON PURPOSE Part One

In all the ages since Adam and Eve, and through all the world’s belief systems, humans have asked this question: What is our purpose here on earth? Why are we here? What are we supposed to accomplish while in this physical body? How do we know which path to take to accomplish the purpose He has set for us?

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Ecclesiastes was written by a man most scholars believe was Solomon. Solomon goes on and on with questions about why are we even here on earth and he looks at the many trials and tribulations we experience. He asks questions and more questions, almost to a point of whining. However, he does point out that we need to recognize that God will guide us through the tough times and He will provide all we need to get through. Actually, He has already provided everything we need to get through life.

There have been many Bible Studies and Christian books written which take a look at this question from many different perspectives.

But I’d like to share my thoughts and perspective. I believe our purpose was hard-wired by our Creator before we were even conceived.

“You saw who you created me to be before I became me! Before I’d ever seen the light of day, the number of days you planned for me were already recorded in your book.” Psalm 139:16 TPT

“We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!” Ephesians 2:10 TPT

Sometimes life challenges cause us to forget who we were created to be. A build up of heart wounds and trapped emotions keep us from hearing the truth of who we are from our Father.

Next we will look at a few truths taken directly from Scripture. Stay tuned!

You Are A Masterpiece

One of my favorite verses is Ephesians 2:10. Actually, I have a couple of favorites because, through His Word, God reveals to us how special we are to Him.

I think the Amplified version says it best:
“For we are His workmanship [His own master work, a work of art], created in Christ Jesus [reborn from above—spiritually transformed, renewed, ready to be used] for good works, which God prepared [for us] beforehand [taking paths which He set], so that we would walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us]”
Our Father, God, created us as His best creation. He created us for work He had planned for us from before we were born. Never forget you have value. You have a destiny here on earth. He wants us to do those good works whether we are 20 or 60 or 100 years old.

Think about this and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Next week I’ll talk about how we can connect with our Father to figure out WHAT our assigned destiny is and how to walk in that.