God’s greatest aspiration is for you to have a personal relationship with Him though Jesus. The moment you made the decision to receive God’s forgiveness, you were ready to fulfill His plan for your life. You have a purpose – and that purpose comes from the primary way God speaks to us – through the Bible. Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. – Psalm 119:105                                           The beauty of God’s Word is it never goes dry. The more you enhance your relationship with Him, the more insight you will gain into how He operates, thus leading to a clear vision for your life.  Without the Word, you can never have clear vision, consequently never fulfilling the ultimate plan He has for you.  The Bible teaches us how to live wisely, a necessary step toward finding your purpose. Don’t let evil sink in
Neglecting scripture can also lead to evil feeling normal, sometimes without even realizing it, leading to missed opportunities God had planned for you in the process. Then we will no longer be infants, tossed back and forth by the waves, and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming. – Ephesians 4:14 But if you will not listen, my soul will weep in secret for your pride; my eyes will weep bitterly and run down with tears, because the Lord’s flock has been taken captive – Jeremiah 13:17 Pastor Keith told us not to let the enemy into our hearts in last week’s message. Although we don’t intend to do so, this is easy to do, especially without the Word as guidance.  I use to let fear and doubt run my life. It wasn’t until I dove into the Bible on a regular basis that I was able to see the enemy’s lies and realize my God trounces over him. I often bring up my struggles in these weekly blogs not to say “look at me,” but instead to showcase the power of His Word. Our minds are renewed when we read the Bible. My once fearful thoughts transformed to those that honor Him. By finding your purpose, you will honor Him. Finding Your Purpose
Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. – Psalm 37:4 No matter what you’re going through or what has happened to you, you are a creation of God.  Many times I hear people doubt themselves, or believe the lie that they were not meant to do good. God has a plan for you – you have a purpose! For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do – Ephesians 2:10. So, what’s your purpose? If you find yourself struggling finding your purpose, there’s a solution: figure out your passion. It’s your passion that will lead you into your purpose. Ask yourself, what ignites you? What truly excites and drives you? If you could do anything you wanted, what would it be?  Pastor Keith posed these questions to me one evening over coffee. I expressed my desire to write. By answering these questions, this blog was born. Now, I am using a passion of mine (the written word) for a purpose – to spread His Word weekly.  Your vision and your passion are all in Christ!  As a child of God, He has already instilled amazing gifts on the inside of you. What are you good at? Where do your gifts meet your passions? A great example of someone who figured out what they stood for is Paul (formerly Saul). Check out Philippians 3:7-9: “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” Here, we see scripture erupting with Paul’s passion for his calling. He was more than happy to throw away all he had attained in order to know Christ! So powerful! There is a blueprint for your life that nobody else can fulfill. Trust God to empower you and lead you where He wants you to go.