PURPOSE TWO: YOU WERE PLANNED FOR GOD’S PLEASURE.

CHAPTER EIGHT: PLANNED FOR GOD’S PLEASURE.

“You were planned for GOD’S pleasure.”

GOD did not need you to create you, but He chose to create you for His benefit, His Glory, His purpose and His delight.

Bringing enjoyment to GOD, living for His pleasure, is the first purpose of your life. Bringing pleasure to GOD is called “worship.” Worship is a lifestyle. Worship is far more than music.

  • Anything you do that brings pleasure to GOD is the act of worship.
  • Worship is not for your benefit.
  • Worship is not a part of your life: it is your life!

This is the secret to a lifestyle of worship- Doing everything as if you were doing it for JESUS.

This is what real worship is all about- falling in love with JESUS.

DAY EIGHT… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: I was planned for GOD’S pleasure. VERSE TO REMEMBER: Psalm 149:4a. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: What common task could I start doing, as if I were doing it directly for JESUS?🤔🤔🤔

CHAPTER SEVEN: THE REASON FOR EVERYTHING.

“It’s all for Him.”

The ultimate goal of the universe is to show the Glory of GOD. Without GOD’S Glory, there would be nothing. What is the Glory of GOD? It is who GOD is. Where is the Glory of GOD? Just look around.

Living for GOD’S Glory is the greatest achievement we can accomplish with our lives. Creation reveals our Creator’s Glory. GOD’S Glory is best seen in JESUS CHRIST.

We are commanded to recognize His Glory, Honor His Glory, declare His Glory, praise His Glory, reflect His Glory, and live for His Glory.

HOW CAN YOU BRING GLORY TO GOD?

  1. We bring GOD Glory by worshipping Him. John Piper notes, “GOD is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
  2. We bring GOD Glory by loving other believers. It is your responsibility to learn how to love as GOD does, because GOD is love and it honours Him.
  3. We bring GOD Glory by becoming like CHRIST. Spiritual maturity is becoming like JESUS in the way you act, feel and think.
  4. We bring GOD Glory by serving others with our gifts.
  5. We bring GOD Glory by telling others about Him. When everything in creation fulfills its purpose,it brings Glory to GOD.

WHAT WILL YOU LIVE FOR?

DAY SEVEN… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: It’s all for Him. VERSE TO REMEMBER: Romans 11:36. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: Where in my daily routine can I become more aware of GOD’S Glory? 🤔🤔🤔 “JESUS will give you everything you need to live for Him.”

CHAPTER SIX: LIFE IS A TEMPORARY ASSIGNMENT.

Life on earth is a temporary assignment.

To make the best use of your life, you must never forget these two truths:

  1. Compared to eternity, life is extremely brief.
  2. Earth is only a temporary residence.

You won’t be here, long so don’t get too attached. Your identity is in eternity and your homeland is Heaven. The fact that earth is not our ultimate home explains why, as followers of JESUS, we experience difficulty, sorrow, and rejection in this world.

We’re not completely happy here because we’re not supposed to be! Earth- is not our final home; we were created for something much better.

“Eternal values, not temporal ones, should become the deciding factors of my decisions.” “All that is not eternal is eternally useless.” – C.S. Lewis.

  • Your time on earth is not the complete story of your life. You must wait until Heaven for the rest of the chapters.
  • It takes faith to live on earth as a foreigner.

When life gets tough, when you are overwhelmed with doubt or when you wonder if living for CHRIST is worth the effort, remember that you are not home yet. At death, you won’t leave home, you’ll go home.

DAY SIX… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: This world is not my home. VERSE TO REMEMBER: 2nd Corinthians 4:18. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: How should the fact that life on earth is just a temporary assignment change the way I am living right now?🤔🤔🤔

CHAPTER FIVE: SEEING LIFE FROM GOD’S VIEW.

“We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” – Anais Nin.

The way you see your life, shapes your life. How you define your life determines your destiny.

One of the best ways to understand people is to ask them, ‘How do you see your life?’

Your unspoken life metaphor influences your life more than you realize. Romans 12:2. The Bible offers three metaphors that teach us God’s view of life: Life is a test, Life is a trust and Life is a temporary assignment.

LIFE ON EARTH IS A TEST.

  • Character is both developed and revealed by tests and all of life is a test. You are always being tested.
  • A very important test is how you act when you can’t feel God’s Presence in your life.
  • When you understand that life is a test, you realize that nothing is insignificant in your life.
  • 1st Corinthians 10:14, James 1:12.

LIFE ON EARTH IS A TRUST.

  • We are stewards of whatever GOD gives us.
  • Everything we enjoy is to be treated as a trust that GOD has placed in our hands.
  • If you treat everything as a trust, GOD promises three rewards in eternity: I) GOD’S affirmation. II) GOD’S promotion. III) Celebration.

Life is a test and a trust and the more GOD gives you, the more responsible He expects you to be.

DAY FIVE… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: Life is a test and a trust. VERSE TO REMEMBER: Luke 16:10a. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: What has happened to me recently that I now realize was a test from God? What are the greatest matters God has entrusted to me?

CHAPTER FOUR: MADE TO LAST FOREVER.

“Surely, GOD would not have created such a being as man to exist only for a day! No, no, man was made for immortality.” – Abraham Lincoln.

Life on earth is just the dress rehearsal before the real production. This life is preparation for the next. You were made to last forever. You have an inborn instinct that longs for eternity/immortality. While life on earth offers many choices, eternity offers only two: heaven or hell. Your relationship to GOD on earth will determine your relationship with Him in eternity. Death is not your termination but your transition into eternity, so there are eternal consequences to everything you do on earth.

Every act of your life strikes some chord that will vibrate in eternity. The closer you live to GOD, the smaller everything appears. To make the most of your life, you must keep the vision of eternity continually in your mind and the value of it in my heart. GOD has a purpose for your life on earth,but it doesn’t end here. When you live in light of eternity, your values change. The deeds of this life are the Destiny of the next. “It ought to be the business of everyday to prepare for our final day.” – Matthew Henry.

DAY FOUR… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: There’s more to life than just here and now. VERSE TO REMEMBER: 1st John 2:17. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: Since I was made to last forever, what is the one thing I should stop doing and the one thing I should start doing today? 🤔🤔🤔

CHAPTER THREE: WHAT DRIVES YOUR LIFE?

Thomas Carlyle said “The man without a purpose is like a ship without a rudder- a waif, a nothing, a no man.”

Everyone’s life is driven by something. What is the driving force of your life?🤔🤔🤔

THE FIVE MOST COMMON THINGS THAT DRIVE PEOPLE.

  • Many people are driven by guilt.
  • Many people are driven by resentment and anger.
  • Many people are driven by fear.
  • Many people are driven by materialism.
  • Many people are driven by the need for approval.

I don’t know all the keys to success,but one key to failure is to try to please everyone. Without purpose, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction and events without meaning. Without purpose life is trivial, petty and pointless.

THE BENEFITS OF PURPOSE-DRIVEN LIFE.

  1. Knowing your purpose gives meaning to your life. The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without purpose.
  2. Knowing your purpose simplifies your life. Purpose driven living leads to a simpler life style and a saner schedule. It also leads to peace of mind.
  3. Knowing your purpose focuses your life. You become effective by being selective. The power of focusing can be seen in light. If you want your life to have impact, focus it!
  4. Knowing your purpose motivates your life. Purpose always produces passion. Nothing energizes like a clear purpose.
  5. Knowing your purpose prepares you for eternity. Living to create an earthly legacy is a shortsighted goal. A wiser use of time is to build an eternal legacy. You weren’t put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity.

DAY THREE… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE. POINT TO PONDER: Living on purpose is the path to peace. VERSE TO REMEMBER: Isaiah 26:3. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: What would my family and friends say is the driving force of my life? What do I want it to be?

CHAPTER TWO: “YOU ARE NOT AN ACCIDENT.”

“GOD doesn’t play dice.” -Albert Einstein.

You are not an accident! Psalm 139(Read through).

GOD prescribed every single detail of your body. Because GOD made you for a reason, He also decided when you would be born and how long you would live. GOD also planned where you would be born and where you would live for His purpose. Your race and nationality are no accident.

Nothing in your life is arbitrary. It’s all for a purpose. Most amazing, GOD decided how you would be born. GOD never does anything accidentally and He never makes mistakes. GOD was thinking of you even before He made the world.

We are the focus of His love and the most valuable of all His creation. You were created as a special object of GOD’S love! GOD made you so He could love you.

If there was no GOD, we would all be “accidents,” the result of astronomical random chance in the universe. But there’s a GOD who made you for a reason and your life has profound meaning!

We discover that meaning and purpose only when we make GOD the reference point of our lives. Romans 12:3.

You look like you for a reason. You are who you are for a reason, you’ve been formed by the Master’s Rod. You are who you are because there’s a GOD!

DAY TWO… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE.

POINT TO PONDER: I am not an accident. VERSE TO REMEMBER: Isaiah 44:2. QUESTION TO CONSIDER: I know that GOD uniquely created me. What areas of my personality, background, and physical appearance am I struggling to accept?

PURPOSE ONE”WHAT ON EARTH AM I HERE FOR?”

CHAPTER ONE: IT ALL STARTS WITH GOD.

Unless you assume a GOD,the question of life’s purpose is meaningless.

If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with GOD. You were born by His purpose and for His purpose.

You cannot arrive at your life’s purpose by starting with a focus on yourself. You must begin with GOD, your Creator. You were made by GOD and for GOD- and until you understand that, life will never make sense.

HOW, THEN, DO YOU DISCOVER THE PURPOSE YOU WERE CREATED FOR? You have only two options: 1. Speculation (make random guesses). 2. Revelation (Ask GOD).

GOD is not just the starting point of your life; He is the source of it. To discover your purpose in life, you must turn to God’s Word, not the world’s wisdom.

THREE INSIGHTS INTO YOUR PURPOSE. 1. Discover your identity and purpose through a relationship with JESUS CHRIST. 2. GOD was thinking of you long before you ever thought about Him. He planned it before you existed, without your input! 3. The purpose of your life fits into a much larger, cosmic purpose that GOD has designed for Eternity.

“Without GOD life makes no sense.”

DAY ONE… THINKING ABOUT MY PURPOSE.

POINT TO PONDER: It’s not about me. VERSE TO REMEMBER: Colossians 1:16(b). QUESTION TO CONSIDER: In spite of all the advertising around me, how can I remind myself that life is really about living for GOD, not myself?🤔🤔🤔

THE BIG QUESTION

“WHO AM I?”

DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE? DO I KNOW WHO I AM?

Recently, I have been reminiscing on the awareness of we humans as GOD’S special creatures. How fearful and wonderful He made us and how the Mighty One is so mindful of us, watching over us day and night.

And I pondered on the day I fully got to know who I am truly. Oh!!! The joy that filled my soul and spirit!!! I gained new confidence and new hope and faith. I gained purpose and meaning to life. I became so sure of the future our Creator had for me.

“Do you know who you are?” Have you found new hope, faith, and confidence in the future God has for you? I hope you do know who you are and have found it too!!!

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to merely exist… I want to live life to the fullest and be fulfilled.

And I join Aryme Thompson who said in the ‘Overcomer’ to say: I am created by God. He designed me, so I am not a mistake. His Son died for me, just so I could be forgiven. He picked me to be His own, so I am chosen. He redeemed me, so I am wanted. He showed me Grace, just so I could be saved. He has a future for me, because He loves me. So I don’t wonder anymore… I AM A CHILD OF GOD!!!

Join me, for the next twenty days as we go on a voyage to purpose discovery reviewing the book “Purpose Driven Life” by Rick Warren. I hope you follow, learn, enjoy and put to use all that you receive from this book. Thank You!!!

MAGNIFIED YOUR DESIRES?

BELLITTED YOUR BLESSINGS?

What has been your age long desires?                                        Have they become a reality?                                    Or have you been and are you still thankful for the blessings you had and still have in your life?

Living in this beautiful world has made us as humans have alot of desires. We crave for so many things. Sometimes, even things beyond what life has to offer.

I am not against it. I have deep desires also. Is it for riches? Is it for honour and prestige? Or is it for love and acceptability?                             Whatever it is you desire or crave for, isn’t wrong in anyway, but are you thankful for the past blessings that has brought you to your present and are you grateful for your present blessings which will take you to your future?

James H. Taylor said, “Do you count your blessings or do you think your blessings don’t count?”         Our desires cause us to forget our present blessings and we make them not to count.

Arnold Glasow said, “If we could forget our troubles as easily as we forget our blessings, how different things would be.”                    If we could remember more of the blessings in our lives, thinking less of our desires, what we have or don’t have… how wonderful things would be.

It is part of us that we aspire to be more than our present status. Yes…it is right to desire progress in and for every facet of life. I don’t know about you… but I will never forget the blessings of Peace,Joy and Sound health and say with Eimer G. Letterman, “LORD,help me to remember to thank You for WHAT I DO HAVE rather than petition you of what I don’t have.”

Minimize your desires and magnify your blessings.