Our purpose is not a point or a fixed position where we will one day arrive. Instead, our purpose is in our daily journey with God, and as we live each day, journeying with Him, He will move us to accomplish certain things that are all part of His plan and purpose for us.
We will not fulfill our purpose by solely focusing on a specific goal, and working hard to fulfill that goal. We will only find and fulfill our purpose as we journey with the Lord, and while on the journey He will continually lead us and present opportunities to us for us to accomplish, and for us to enjoy.
- Choose To Enjoy Each Step in Your Journey
Romans 14:17, NIV – For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
Even when we don’t understand all that God is doing, we need to choose to trust Him, and enjoy the journey. This is the key to freeing our heart and mind of unnecessary burdens and worries.
- Choose To Know the Father on Your Journey
John 17:3, NIV – Now this is eternal life: that they may know you. the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.
God’s purpose for our life is directly tied to our relationship with Him in this life. Our purpose FOR the Lord cannot be separated from our purpose IN the Lord. HE is our purpose, and He is our companion ON our journey to purpose.
- Choose To Obey the Father on Your Journey
Genesis 12:1, NIV – The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you.”
Day by day, as we live out our love for God by actively believing and obeying, our path and direction will become clearer. And at each step, we will be asked again to obey Him, and step out in faith for the next step.
- Choose to Focus on Your Journey, Not Someone Else’s Journey
Hebrews 12:1, NIV – “… let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.“
We should focus on our journey with God, for in it is our purpose. We should not try to copy or judge another person’s journey. We need to simply focus on our journey.
- Choose To Live For God’s Approval, Not Someone Else’s Approval
1 Thessalonians 2:4, NIV – “On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, who tests our hearts.”
2 Timothy 2:15, NIV – “Do your best to present yourself to God as one [who has already been] approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed …”
We are to speak, to minister, and to live as those who have been approved by God. If we want to be in God’s perfect will for our life, we cannot be someone who lives for the approval of others.
- Choose to Accept Opposition as A Confirmation of The Father’s Will
1 Corinthians 16:8-9, NIV – “(8) But I will stay on at Ephesus until Pentecost, (9) because a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.”
Fulfilling our purpose and reaching a new level with God often means facing new opposition from the enemy. Opposition should never been seen as a sign from God to quit. It should be seen as a sign to pray, and seek clarity concerning God’s will.
- Choose To Persevere Through the Opposition
James 1:2-4, NIV – (2) Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, (3) because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. (4) Perseverance must finish its work so that. you may be mature and complete. not lacking anything.
Trials will come, and when they come, we will either break-through, or break-down. Perseverance is the God-given resource to help us break-through. Maturity and full resources only comes through perseverance.
- Choose To Remember From Where Your Source of Victory Comes
1 Corinthians 15:57, NIV – “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 John 4:4, NIV – “You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
When seasons of difficulty come from the enemy, seasons of strength and promotion come from the Lord!
The devil isn’t going to roll out the red carpet just because we decided to do something great for God. However, as we choose to allow God to be our source, the red carpet of the blood of Christ becomes our path to victory through every challenge.
- Choose To Keep the Eight Commitments
- I commit to enjoy each step in my journey.
- I commit to know the Father on my journey.
- I commit to obey the Father on my journey.
- I commit to focus on my journey, not on someone else’s journey.
- I commit to live for God’s approval, not someone else’s approval.
- I commit to accept opposition as a confirmation of the Fathers will.
- I commit to persevere through the opposition.
- I commit to remember from where my source of victory comes.
Through the two seminars “Discovering Your Purpose”, Part I and Part II, you are going to be given the tools you need to discover what is your purpose in life, what path you need to be on, and how to get to where you need to go. That’s what “Purpose” is all about. Purpose is not just knowing what you should be doing, but also being able to “picture” what you should be doing, knowing what steps to take to get there, and being able to monitor your progress to make sure that you stay on track.