THEME: PURPOSE REDEFINED
1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV
“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”
-Our Godly ordained purposes are backed by our gifts. These gifts are bestowed upon us according to the grace of God and reveal His divine pattern. It is possible that some people among us have lost their divine patterns and therefore experience a shift in their purposes. One could be employed but is frustrated, anointed but frustrated, studying but frustrated, married but frustrated, due to a deviation from one’s path. We are reminded that there is hope in God and we should cast all our cares and frustration unto Him, and following His divinely ordained pattern, and we will be victorious.
Discovery of one’s purpose in life begins from an awareness that we are called to worship God. The place of deep, intimate devotion lays the right foundation and framework for the development of the right atmospheric relationship with Christ. From this point on, we will develop the spiritual narrative and the environment to hear His voice in relation to his interest and plans for us. The development of the right spiritual foundation in the spirit, in terms of worship, devotion and relationship with God, enables us to cultivate the ability to hear the voice of God by knowing his mind, and, of course, to know how to respond in terms of what he says to us therefore a redefinition of purpose. Apostle Paul noted in Philippians 3:12, that he has already arrived at his goal, but he presses on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of him. We have confidence knowing that all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose (Romans 8:28). We need to build our confidence and courage in the Lord and walk in that vision and He will release the provision. God will make a way even where there seems to be no way. Even though we walk through the valley of the shadow of death we should fear for His rod and staff they comfort us. Those people and nations which plan evil against us, God thwarts their evil intentions, but His purposes stand (Psalms 33:10-11). We are called to look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, for endured the cross, scorn and it’s shame and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2). We are called to focus on God and leave behind evil habit and desire so that God may effectively work in us and through us. Further, we are reminded to keep pushing on lacking no zeal and keep our spiritual fervor, serving God (Romans 12:11).
Lord Almighty Father our Maker and Friend we love and adore You. We bless Your holy name and magnify You. We worship You with song and praise from the bottom of our hearts. We humbly ask You to guide us in the purposes that You have called us from the foundations of the world. May Your purposes for our lives be established in us in the name of Jesus. May You break the yoke of the enemy that may be working in us and against us. May You protect us and preserve us from all those who come to kill, steal and destroy. May You Lord redirect our steps and our paths where and when we are distrust or deceived. May You teach us to talk like You, think like You, see like You, serve like You and love like You do Jesus. May You bless our leaders and guide them in Your wisdom. May You bless us and keep us. May You make Your face to shine towards us and be gracious unto us. May You turn Your countenance towards us and give us peace. Amen
Further reading: Romans 12:4-8, 1 Corinthians 12:7-11