This is a fallen world and all of us are born into a world of sin--disobedience. It takes a new birth for us to discover our divine purpose. Not something of our own design or making, but His purpose, for which we were created. The Lord Jesus made that very clear when He spoke to the religious ruler: Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
“What do you mean?” exclaimed Nicodemus. “How can an old man go back into his mother’s womb and be born again?”
Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.
There are many people who have a purpose and are on an assignment, but the question is "what is the purpose and who gave the assignment?". Some even claim it is a divine purpose, but if it is not the Lord God's will for your life, it isn't divine. What mankind does on this earth is of a temporary nature. Building tall buildings, setting sports records, producing blockbuster movies, building financial empires, are all temporary. Read what King Solomon says: I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.”
But I found that this, too, was meaningless. So I said, “Laughter is silly. What good does it do to seek pleasure?”
After much thought, I decided to cheer myself with wine. And while still seeking wisdom, I clutched at foolishness. In this way, I tried to experience the only happiness most people find during their brief life in this world.
I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards. I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. I also owned large herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who had lived in Jerusalem before me. I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire!
So I became greater than all who had lived in Jerusalem before me, and my wisdom never failed me. Anything I wanted, I would take. I denied myself no pleasure. I even found great pleasure in hard work, a reward for all my labors. But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless—like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.
When you fail to discover your divine purpose for your life, you fall prey to other people's ideas and their agenda. There is nothing more depressing than a hopeless view of this life. That is a viewpoint that is shared by countless people in this life. The Lord God's purpose is the basis of His creation. The Lord God's Constitution teaches us that He does everything in union with a purpose in His heart. There is always a reason--a purpose for everything God does. The Lord frustrates the plans of the nations and thwarts all their schemes. But the Lord’s plans stand firm forever; His intentions can never be shaken. What joy for the nation whose God is the Lord, whose people He has chosen as His inheritance.
Earlier in the creation records, the constitution tells us that the Lord God not only created things by speaking them into existence, but also gave each creation a purpose. Therefore everything has a God-given purpose and assignment. Take a look at the sky. It was created to separate the water above its expanse from the water beneath it. Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.”
So how do you discover His divine purpose for your life? Stay focused on His Word and spend time communing with Him in prayer. Ambassador James stated it like this: So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.
You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail.
It takes a transformed mind to understand the purpose that He has for your life. It takes total submission to the will of the Governor--the Holy Spirit. Body, soul and spirit have to be in submission to His leading. And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Be transformed by changing the way you think or "by the renewing of your mind". That is a process and it is also a principle for discovering your purpose, your divine purpose in this life. If your mind is filled with the world and all it's noise and clutter, you will never be able to see that divine purpose. Clear out the clutter in your mind and fill it with His Word and you will see clearly again!
Keep this in mind, the Lord God perseveres in His purpose for mankind. He still yearns to be our Father and to have us to choose to be His loving and faithful children. The Lord Jesus is His plan to restore His children to His loving embrace. His purpose is to destroy the works of the enemy. Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God.
Remember, King David served the Lord God's purpose, not his own. “For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell asleep, was buried with his fathers, and saw corruption" NKJV The Lord God has created everything with a purpose and your closer walk with Him will lead you to discover your purpose.
Remember, your faith in His Word is your greatest asset in His Kingdom.
John 3:3-5 Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Psalm 33:10-12 Genesis 1:6-8
James 4:7-8 Proverbs 19:21 Romans 12:1-2 1 John 3:7-10
All NLT except where noted.
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