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Thursday, July 21, 2011

Live with Purpose

Live with Purpose

 

1 Corinthians 15:58

Life without purpose is vanity. Webster’s definition of purpose is “something set up as an object or end to be attained.” Christians ought to be people with purpose. We are all purposed to seek the kingdom of God, which is His righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (see Romans 14:17)

 

Today is an opportunity to willfully and deliberately seek God with the intent to know Him better than we knew Him yesterday. Today we can deliberately move forward with the intent to accomplish good things for the kingdom.

 

Stay on Course

 

Proverbs 4:25-27

Jesus knew what His purpose was. He disciplined Himself to stay on course, living His life to fulfill that purpose for which He came. As Christians, we need to follow in His steps and focus on our purpose. We were bought with a price to live our lives in such a way that we become the salt of the earth, the light of the world (see Matthew 5).

 

We are to lay down our selfish, self-centered life-styles, and gear our lives toward doing something for the betterment of someone else. Then we will experience that “joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1 Peter 1:8).

 

Keep Alert

 

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In Ephesians 6:10 God’s word teaches, “Be strong in the Lord [be empowered through your union with Him]; draw your strength from Him [that strength which His boundless might provides].” We are to put on God’s armor so we won’t be deceived by the devil. Verse 16 says, “lift up over all the [covering] shield of saving faith, upon which you can quench all the flaming missiles of the wicked [one].”

 

In verse 18 we are told to “pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty.  To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people)”.

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