Finding Our Purpose In Life

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In the world we live in today most people have the concept that life is all about “Me”. People are always looking for their purpose in life and trying to find what makes them feel fulfilled in this life. There are millions of self-help books to help us find who we are and how to feel fulfilled, but true self worth is not found in the “Me” concept but in who we are in Christ. Each person is individual with talents that the Lord has given us to help us fulfill who we are in His Kingdom.

We were made to glorify God and be part of His Kingdom. The Lord loves us, we were bought with a price. The Lord is our strength when we are weak, our hope in times of trouble and sorrow. There is no other like Him. He is the only one who can guide us into our purpose on this earth.

Let us discuss some signs we are not fulfilling our purpose and what the Word of God says about each of them.
Six signs you are not fulfilling your purpose in life and what the scriptures say about each one.
1. You constantly think about “Me” and everything you do centers around you and how it will affect you with little regard for how your actions or lack of actions will affect other people.
We were made to serve first God then others. Our first thought for each day should be “Lord what can I do for you today and how can I help others physically but most of all spiritually?”
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.”
Luke 6:30-38 “Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again. And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Galatians 5:13-14 “For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.”
Hebrews 5: 10-12 “For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
1 Peter 4:10 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
You lack joy and excitement. …

2. If you wake up every day filled with dread or with a feeling of boredom you’re probably not doing what you were meant to do. God has created you uniquely and has good things planned for you. One of the fruits of the Spirit is joy. Even though there will be difficult things you encounter that require patience and persistence, overall you should have a sense of joy and peace that fills your days, your work and your relationships.
Galatians 5:23-23  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law

3. You don’t feel much fulfillment in life/You feel something is lacking in your life.
If you go through your days experiencing little fulfillment, you may be wandering from your God-given purpose. Fulfillment comes from doing rewarding, meaningful, purposeful things. From a job that taps into your skills and passions. From a relationship that involves giving and receiving. From hobbies that are invigorating instead of mind-numbing. Yes, you’ll have to do certain things that are boring and unfulfilling, but if you’re life feels empty you probably need a change.
Psalms 16: 11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
Psalms 17:15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Psalms 37:4-9 Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.

4. You work so that you don’t have to work. …
You know the feeling of pointless work. You go to the work, clock in, do your job, then go home and collapse in front of the television. You work for the weekends and for retirement and you find no joy in what you accomplish.
Matthew 6:25-34
Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Ecclesiastes 8:15 says, “And I commend joy, for man has nothing better under the sun but to eat and drink and be joyful, for this will go with him in his toil through the days of his life that God has given him under the sun.”
Would you say that this kind of joy characterizes your life and work? If not, you may need to rethink where you’re headed in life.

5. You feel stuck or have no direction in life                                                                             If you desperately want a change but also feel totally stuck in your life, that’s almost certainly a sign that you’re not walking according to God’s purpose. Those who are stuck want to go in a particular direction but don’t know how to get there so they spin their wheels, feeling endlessly frustrated but unsure of how to make the frustration end. Do you feel trapped, or feel like your wondering around aimlessly?

6. Maybe you don’t know God’s purpose for your life or you constantly feel a sense of aimlessness. You feel as though you’re wandering from thing to thing without any forward progress. Nothing excites you and you don’t have any specific goals you’re working toward. All actions start in the mind and what we dwell on is what we will accomplish. So let you mind dwell on God, think on the good things of life.
Philippians 4:8 says, “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
As you think on the good things of God He will begin to show you direction in your life and give you a drive to accomplish His purpose for His kingdom.
Then,
GO TO GOD IN PRAYER.
Again, let’s start with the obvious. If you feel purposeless, ask God to give you wisdom and direction.
James 1:5 states, “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
That’s incredibly good news. God wants to give you a purpose. He wants to bestow divine wisdom on you. God is not holding out on you to make you miserable. He desires for you to have a joyful, ambitious, purposeful life. Ask God for purpose and wait faithfully for Him to give it to you.
DIG INTO GOD’S WORD. The primary way God speaks to us is through the Bible. This means that one of the first things you should do in your search for God’s purpose is to start digging into scripture. Now, you won’t find any verses that tell you to become a dance instructor or painter, but you will begin to understand the heart of God.
Psalm 119:105 says, “Thy word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” God’s word brings light to paths that otherwise seem dark. In the Bible you learn how to live wisely in God’s world, which is the first step toward finding your purpose.
DETERMINE YOUR GIFTS AND STRENGTHS.
God has given you very specific gifts and strengths. Maybe you’re a math whiz or a wise counselor. Maybe you have a mind for electronics or business. Maybe you’re great at organizing people and getting things done. God’s purpose for you probably involves the things you’re already good at.
DETERMINE YOUR PASSIONS AND WHAT MAKES YOU FEEL SATIFIED.
What is one thing you’re particularly passionate about? Really, this can be anything. Business, art, economics, alleviating poverty, whatever. If you could choose anything in life, what would you love to do?
Determining your passions often helps you figure out what God has called you to do. It’s often said that God works at the intersection of our gifts and our passions. Where do your gifts meet your passions? That may be God’s purpose for you.
ASK OTHERS TO PRAY WITH YOU FOR GOD TO SHOW YOU YOUR PURPOSE IN LIFE
SPEND TIME ALONE WITH GOD IN PRAYER AND STUDY OF HIS WORD.
TRUST THE LORD THAT HE WILL DIRECT YOUR PATH AS YOU LISTEN FOR HIS DIRECTION.
Psalms 23:2-3 “He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
You may feel confused, but God doesn’t, and he will show you your true direction of life if you will just put your faith in Him.

Are You A Good Person

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We all like for others to think we are a good person, and so many of us do wonderful things in life that help others but the truth is being a good person will not save us. Only by our accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior, asking Him to come into our heart to clean us up will we be saved and go to heaven. When we ask Christ into our hearts he will begin to clean us up and give us a new purpose in life. I pray each of you will ask the Lord Jesus Christ into you heart and allow Him to fill you with His Holy Spirit and His wonderful peace and love.

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Jeanette

This entry was posted on November 9, 2018. 2 Comments

From My Front Porch

From My Front Porch

From My Front Porch

From my front porch a day beginning

The joyous sound of the early birds singing

Through the early morning air their joyous songs are ringing

Upon my heart each note is clinging

 

From my front porch I hear laughter ring out

As my grandchildren greet each new day with a shout

Rocking chairs softly rocking on my front porch here

The joy of family is almost more than I can bear

 

From my front porch at end of the day

I’ve been blessed from above I can surely say

For my Lord has given me family to love

And a quiet place to hear from my father above

 

From my front porch I find His sweet peace

As from this world’s trials all worry does cease

So I just rocking and reading my dear Saviors word

As from my front porch His wondrous glory is heard

Written By Jeanette 

06/20/2016

This entry was posted on October 25, 2018. 3 Comments

Words of Encouragement

Words of Encouragement

The Lord loves us, and he promised He would never leave or forsake us. The Lord is our strength when we are weak, our hope in times of trouble and sorrow. He is our joy for each day. There is no other except Him in whom we can put our trust.

Please read these words of encouragement, print them off and keep them with you. When the weight of this world and its troubles try to overcome you get them out and read them and hold in your heart the promises of God.

Isaiah 43 1-7 But now thus saith the LORD that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth; Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.

Isaiah 44: 1-6 Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen: Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant; and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: And they shall spring up as among the grass, as willows by the water courses. One shall say, I am the LORD’S; and another shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD, and surname himself by the name of Israel. Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.

We are never alone for Jesus promised us He would never leave us.

John 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

Psalm 27:1 “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”

Deuteronomy 31:8 “It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”

Psalm 23:4 “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”

Job 5:11 “He sets on high those who are lowly, and those who mourn are lifted to safety.”

Lamentations 3:22-23 “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Psalm 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

2 Corinthians 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort.”

Psalm 119:76 “Let your steadfast love comfort me according to your promise to your servant.”

John 16:33 “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Psalm 139:11-12 “If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.”

Isaiah 49:13 “Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth; break forth, O mountains, into singing! For the Lord has comforted his people and will have compassion on his afflicted.”

Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”

Psalm 55:22 “Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.”

Romans 8:37-39 “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

God Bless, dear friends, may the Lord be with you today and always!

Jeanette

This entry was posted on October 23, 2018. 2 Comments

Gone But Never Forgotten

Hubert, Carolyn, Me

Tonight my brother entered his eternal rest. He is at peace now in the arms of Jesus: He has his new body with no more sorry no more pain just peace and joy in the presence our the Lord. He will be greatly missed by so many who loved him dearly but it’s not really goodbye, just see you later when we to get home. RIP my Hubie. I love you!
Rev. 21:3-5
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Psalm 138:2

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Psalm 138:2

I will bow down toward your holy temple and will praise your name for your love and your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things your name and your word.

Thoughts on Today’s Verse
For Christians, God’s temple is one of two related things: either the Christian’s body (1 Cor. 6:19-20) or the group of people who make up his Church (1 Cor. 3:16). Because of the flaws in people who make up our churches, many are hypercritical of their hypocrisy. But God’s Church is precious to him, and should be to us. Anyone who destroys his Church through division will be utterly destroyed. God’s faithfulness to his people is seen in his preservation of the Church through all the ravages and persecutions down through history and with his patience with the flawed people who are in his Church. But, God should always be the center of the Church and he alone is to be exalted. The Church is still to be governed by his Word and not our own will.

Prayer…
Holy and Almighty Father in heaven, Your steadfast love and faithfulness is revealed Father in your preservation of your Church through all the years of history. I will cherish your Church and do all I can to help it grow and mature to become more like Jesus. I recognize and accept that you and you alone are to be exalted above all other things and that church must never be more important than your will revealed in your word. Give me the courage to be true to you even if the church with whom I’m involved may not completely honor you. Let bow down before you and worship you Lord with a true and pure heart.Through Jesus I pray. Amen.

Living At Peace In A Stressful World

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Living At Peace In A Stressful World

A few Sundays ago I was sitting in my rocking chair on my front porch drinking my morning coffee before getting ready to leave for Sunday Church service. My dog Max lay at the top of the steps on the porch. Across the dirt road from where I live there stands a mighty, old oak tree that is probably three or four hundred years old. I’m sure it is at least four foot across. It has huge limbs that are as big as a large trees coming out on two sides. As I sat there drinking my coffee I heard a sound like an acorn dropping to the ground. The thought went through my mind that a squirrel was there and had dropped a nut to the ground. A few minutes later I heard the sound again but a little bit louder, then…

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