4/25/2017 12:00:00 AM
Many of us are living life without a clear sense of our purpose. We can move in and out of the day simply to pay the bills or knock another item off our to do list. But the Good News of Jesus should influence every minute of our life. God has a plan and a purpose for us. In this new series, “What On Earth Am I Here For?” it’s time to prayerfully ask the Lord to reveal your God-given purpose.
This week, we’ll start by discovering our true identity. Here are three ideas to think about a you begin this journey:
1. Face Your Past
Our habits, actions and thoughts are deeply influenced by our history. This can include family relationships, broken marriages, or even the fallen culture we find ourselves in. In Judges 6:1-10 we read about how the oppression of the Midinaites had deeply impacted Gideon’s purpose.
Many of us often pass through difficult situations without realizing what impact they have on our lives. Ask the Lord to reveal to you what may have impacted your life this week and how you can face a possibly difficult past. This might also be a good time to share with a mentor so they can help you unpack some of these situations.
It’s also important to reflect on what has shaped you in a positive way and see how God has blessed you and been with you over time.
2. Believe In Your Destiny
When you discover where God is calling, you may feel scared of inadequate. When God called Gideon, he felt weak and scared. Gideon cries out to God, believing he is not strong enough, the Lord tells Gideon he sees him as a “Mighty Warrior.”
If you feel the same way Gideon did about where God is calling you, ask him to show you how he sees you and to step into the feelings of your inadequacies. God wants to see you free from doubt and a history that distorts who he’s called you to be. If God is sending you, you can’t fail.
When we worship the Lord, through song, dance and thanksgiving, it allows us to have a spiritual perspective on our life. By focusing our eyes on Him, we’re able to focus on God’s calling in our life. Worshiping takes away the anxieties and fears we have of our own inadequacies and fills us with the confidence to move forward in His plan, even if it seems scary.
Memorize the verse of the week: “He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29