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This month we've been reviewing some of the core principles that drive us at FAST. It's been a serious look at our purpose... This week's article looks at how important having a clear sense of purpose really is.

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Many of us recognize the need for more of the Spirit's power in our life. But we don't always know how to go about getting that power. I believe one key is understanding the close connection between a life of purpose and a life of power. That is, to enjoy more power, it's important to cultivate a deeper sense of purpose.

“To enjoy more power, it's important to cultivate a deeper sense of purpose.”

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And there's no better time to think about your purpose in life than in the weeks leading up to a fresh new year.

Two Parallel Prayers

I first noticed the connection between purpose and power when memorizing the two prayers opening up the books of Philippians and Colossians. Many of Paul's epistles begin with a prayer for the believers he was writing to, and I've made it a point over the years to memorize these prayers as guides to help me when praying for believers today. It's been a helpful practice.

Not only did I memorize them about the same time, the prayer is found in the exact same place in both books (verses 9-11 of chapter 1)--which is no doubt why they linked themselves together in my mind. Both prayers ask God to grant those believers a clearer sense of purpose.

In Philippians 1:9-119 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God., Paul prays they would abound "more and more in knowledge and in all judgment", and be able to "approve things that are excellent" as opposed to just good. It shows a clear burden that they grow in their sense of purpose.

Paul's prayer in Colossians 1:9-119 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; asks that they "might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding", in order for their lives to be pleasing to God, fruitful, and continually growing. Again, his prayer is that they would live lives of purpose.

In the first, Paul promises purpose will lead to "the fruits of righteousness". In the second, he promises purpose will lead us to "walk worthy of the Lord". Both are only possible through the reality of the indwelling Spirit. He doesn't pray for more of the Spirit, however, he prays for more purpose--knowing God's Spirit would be the inevitable result.

After reflecting on these verses many times, and praying through them often, I've come to the conclusion that being filled with purpose does indeed lead to being filled with the Spirit.

Other Examples

Once I made that connection, I began to see it in other places too. In Luke 24:49And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high., for example, the disciples were told to tarry in Jerusalem until they received power, so they could fulfill a specific purpose: that "repentance and remission of sins" should be preached among all nations (vs 47).

In Acts 1:8But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth., the real promise was that the disciples would be witnesses to the uttermost parts of the earth. The descent of the Holy Spirit was just the key to accomplishing that purpose.

In the days leading up to Pentecost, I suspect it was the enormity of the great commission that drove their prayers. They were burdened with the realization that all who "call on the name of the Lord" could be saved (Acts 2:21And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved.), so they plead for power to make that message clear.

In Acts 4:29And now, Lord, behold their threatenings: and grant unto thy servants, that with all boldness they may speak thy word,, just before the second outpouring of the Holy Spirit (vs 31), they didn't even ask for more of the Spirit--they asked for greater boldness to speak the word in the face of severe threats. Their purpose drove their prayers. And God blessed with an outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

“God has an almost incomprehensible longing to save the world, and He is looking everywhere for men and women willing to commit their lives to that purpose.”

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Conclusion

To put it differently, I don't believe God gives the Holy Spirit primarily for our own personal enjoyment and growth--though these are certainly outcomes of His presence in our life. Rather, God has an almost incomprehensible longing to save the world, and He is looking everywhere for men and women willing to commit their lives to that purpose. And when He sees that determination to engage, He eagerly grants whatever power is needed.

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. II Chronicles 16:9For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.


Perhaps more than focusing our prayers on requests for some kind of spiritual experience or blessing, we should spend more time like the apostle Paul--praying for a greater and stronger sense of purpose. Make it your goal to be filled with the knowledge of God's will for your life, and He will make sure you are filled with whatever measure of the Spirit you need to accomplish it.

As another year draws to an end, and we get ready to launch into the next, how is it with you? Is your life filled with a clear sense of God's purpose for your life? If it is, then trust Him to make the year ahead your best year yet!




Comments

Take a moment to reflect on your life. What is your motive for wanting more of the Holy Spirit? Is your life marked by a strong sense of purpose? What can we do to be more purpose filled?

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Posted by Laurie Wissink on 12/03/23 - Coach
Nice applications Rebecca!
Posted by Rebecca Gottfried on 12/02/23 - Coach
Here are some takeaways from this post:

Read and study Philippians 1:9-119 And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment; 10 That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ. 11 Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God. and Colossians 1:9-19 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding; 10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God; 11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; 12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: 13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: 14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: 16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: 17 And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; and meditate on this quote:

“Make it your goal to be filled with the knowledge of God's will for your life, and He will make sure you are filled with whatever measure of the Spirit you need to accomplish it."

Laurie Thank you for reposting that quote!

Posted by Laurie Wissink on 11/17/23 - Coach
This stood out to me "Make it your goal to be filled with the knowledge of God's will for your life, and He will make sure you are filled with whatever measure of the Spirit you need to accomplish it." Inspiring!

True Becca. We need His power to perform our purpose. The memo suggests the real issue is knowing what our purpose is. The power will be provided as we do God's will.
Posted by Becca Mayorga on 11/16/23 - Coach
I have in the past felt I needed the Holy Spirit for confidence in going out and sharing the gospel. But now I see I need His power to perform the purpose God has called me too. I pray I will become more confident what God calls me to do.
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/11/23 - Coach
Purpose and prayer go hand in hand. Glad this memo spoke to you Valerie!
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 05/11/23 - Coach
Dan,
You and Carlota give me a better focus for I need to do what God is calling me to do:pray. He will give me focus and equip me to fulfill His purpose.
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/28/23 - Coach
Yes, that's it exactly Carlota. The more we focus toward our goal, the more that goal comes into focus. And you are also right, once that goal becomes clear, our confidence will grow that God will make a way...
Posted by Carlota Belmo on 03/27/23
I can start with what I have. Then my purpose would be strengthened and clearer, while the power from the Holy Spirit is increasing more as I pray and work. When God called Moses, he made excuses that he couldn’t do it because of his speech impediment. Genesis 4:12-1312 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. 13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.   God ask us to trust Him, and He will make a way out of no way.
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/21/23 - Coach
That's an awesome testimony, and an amazing verse. You comment is very encouraging Lana! Let's keep pressing forward...
Posted by Lana Rose on 03/21/23
Just what I needed today! I have been figuring out what God's purpose for me is here in our church and community. Gives me lots of food for thought as I pray about reaching out.
Love II Chronicles 16:9For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.!
I want my heart perfect toward Him!
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/16/23 - Coach
Praise God Sam. Glad this was a help to you. I definitely see a strong sense of purpose in your life. The Holy Spirit is clearly working in you. Keep pressing on!
Posted by Shawnda McKnight on 03/16/23
Thank you, Dan! I was just feeling like I am not getting where I want to be with the Holy Spirit and my relationship with God and I read this!! It is right on time. I will add to my verse pack as the next verses I commit to memory with the verses from these classes. I will definitely pray for a clearer sense of purpose and more of it. I will ask for greater boldness as well to share my precious Saviour with friends and family. I really needed to read this! Thank you, God for speaking to me through Dan!
Posted by Dan Vis on 03/15/23 - Coach
Great verse Barbara! I definitely sense a singular focus in your life... :)
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 03/15/23
I want this in my life this year. Ephesians 6:19
And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/22/23 - Coach
I think you make a really good point Merilyn, that we need more of the Spirit in order to have that true sense of purpose. Of course the point of this memo, is that a sense of purpose (a commitment to mission) prepares the way for more of the Spirit's power in our life. Another one of those chicken or the egg problems. There are several along these lines in the Bible, I've noticed...

I guess it goes back to the difference between the presence and power of the Spirit. By cultivating the Spirits presence (as you describe), we arrive at purpose. When we commit to that, we are endowed with power. The growth of purpose is thus a kind of connecting link. Interesting!
Posted by Merilyn Aveling-Rowe on 02/21/23
What can we do?

To be Purpose filled has a prerequisite.
To be Spirit filled.

How?
By being consistent in waking early and interacting with God. In reading, memorisation and prayer.
As I do, my purpose each day becomes clearer.

Why? Because in order to be a Purpose filled light
I have to turn the power on!

When? For me, the time is early in the day.


I want that strong sense of purpose. So "now therefore perform the doing of it, that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also!"

It's one thing to recognise this: Another to do it.

In our new role here in this town, into which we've been catapulted head first, it's this determination to make first things first that will drive a Purpose filled life.

And this is where the battle (for me) takes place: Every morning... 🌅
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/16/23 - Coach
Amen, that's my constant prayer also Del Jeanne. I think this is actually a really important prayer, but it is evidence that we recognize our complete dependence on the Spirit of God to empower us. Sensing that dependence is so vital!
Posted by Del Jeanne Mathews on 01/15/23
I ask for the Holy Spirit's guidance every day, and in every worship/Bible study setting (personal or with others). I want to be doing God's will, not mine, at all times, and the Holy Spirit can be my guide to do that; and, of course, He can help me understand the Scriptures I am studying in the correct way, and show me how to apply them to my life.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/04/23 - Coach
Amen Robert! I'm sure God has put this desire in your heart, and He will be faithful to fulfil it as we persevere in seeking Him!
Posted by Robert Gonzales on 01/03/23
I want more of The Holy Spirit to have Christs character in me. I also want more of The Holy Spirit to be a powerful soul winning tool for Jesus.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/27/22 - Coach
Isn't that paradoxical Colette, that we get closer to Jesus by spending time with those who are not close to Him. Very strange, but I suspect it's true.    
Posted by Colette Guthrie on 12/24/22 - Coach
One thing we can do to be more purpose-filled is to spend time with people who are not well-connected to Jesus. Seeing their condition up close gives me a sense of urgency like none I've ever had. It's like hearing someone is sick versus visiting them in hospital and seeing them up close.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/19/22 - Coach
I'm not sure which will come first: the Holy Spirit leading to greater clarity of purpose, or a greater clarity of purpose leading to more of the Holy Spirit. :)

Either way, may the Lord grant both those things to you Carlota!
Posted by Carlota Belmo on 12/16/22
My motive for wanting more of the Holy Spirit is to be filled with the power and to discern what my purpose really is here on earth. To filled with the knowledge of knowing God’s will for my life. Thanks for sharing those parallel prayers, I will review the verses further .
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/10/22 - Coach
Those are great longings Daniel, for divine wisdom, to walk in harmony with that wisdom, and to allow it to produce fruit in our life. Good post! I may have a class on the Fruit of the Spirit in 2023... We'll see!

Yes, a life of purpose indeed Louise! To be "filled with the knowledge of His will..."
Posted by Daniel on 12/10/22
Motive: I seek the Holy Spirit for wisdom. Wisdom to discern the voice of God; Wisdom to discern God's will; Wisdom to know what to speak and when and how; Wisdom for action.
One purpose you have delineated for 2023 is "walk worthy of the Lord" and "the fruits of righteousness" and i think that is fulfilled (or partly) by seeking the fruit of the Spirit - Galatians 5:22-2322 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. ---- one of my goals for 2023.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/09/22 - Coach
That's a beautiful thought Sam, that the more Spirit-filled we are, the more joy will radiate out. And that will definitely affect our witness. Good post!
Posted by Shawnda McKnight on 12/08/22
I used to pass out literature door to door. I was always commented on my smile. I realized that I was living my purpose and I was in so much joy and in love with Christ just passing on information about Him and praying that someone would have a seed planted and possibly bloom into a Christian to share in that love and joy that I felt. I want more of the Holy Spirit so that I can live the life God wishes me to have. He wants all of us to have life more abundantly and that smile was showing on the outside what I felt on the inside. I was never turned away because of that smile. Some would even say that their intentions were to turn me away but when they encountered my smile they were interested in whatever I had to say. I want the Holy Spirit to lead and guide me into all righteousness and eventually to glory, bringing everyone with me who has encountered the smile.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/08/22 - Coach
I love the passion and longing for more of the Holy Spirit in both of your posts Barbara, Tonya. I honestly think that very longing for God is itself evidence the Holy Spirit is working. But let's keep pressing forward!!!
Posted by Tonya Anspach on 12/07/22
I want the Holy Spirit to fill me so that I have a Christ like love for all people that I come across in my life. I want to be more sensitive to their needs. To focus on what they are truly saying instead of what actually comes out of their mouths. If that makes sense. So many people are hurting which causes them to lash out in anger. If I could just step back and see them through God's eyes, it would go a long way in winning them to Christ.
Posted by Barbara E. LaRose on 12/07/22
Another heart touching post. I love these posts. Since retaking this class my heart has been so touched by the things that I’m learning. I long to be filled with the Holy Spirit so that I feel the Lords desire to raise up men and women to help Him in the work of savings souls. I have a purpose now and that is to continue to faithfully learn all I can from Fast Missions so that I am equipped to take what I’ve learned from the Disciples Wheel to my family, friends, acquaintances, community and look for opportunities to be able to witness for Jesus boldly and with glory. How wonderful that experience must have been for the disciples on the Day of Pentecost and yet how much more wonderful can it be for us on the day the Lord’s lightens the whole earth for the last time Just to think that we can be a part of that is really something. We, living in this last generation. In a world darkened by six thousand years of sin. Our minds so tiny, weak bodies from polluted water, air, food and stress it’s truly amazing the privilege of being a part of this work for Jesus. Let’s keep pressing onward and never look back. There is nothing good behind us we know that but before us is the privilege of reflecting Gods glory. Now that’s something to look forward to. Keeping my eyes on Jesus. 🙏
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/01/22 - Coach
Glad this was helpful Deanne! I'm finding myself a bit tired too--so much going on. But like you said, time to redouble our efforts! :)
Posted by Deanne Reinke on 11/30/22
at the end of the year I feel tired and it seems hard to be motivated, to put forth effort for REVIVAL. This article was a wake-up call to me. A stronger sense of purpose seems to imply that I need to WAKE-UP & get moving with more PURPOSE . Thank you for inspiring me!
Posted by Dan Vis on 11/29/22 - Coach
Praise God if FAST can help in some small way Robert. It really does requires a miracle of God to create the kind of change you are talking about, but fortunately God is in the miracle working business!
Posted by Robert Gonzales on 11/29/22
I want more of The Holy Spirit to have the character of Jesus. To die to selfishness and have Gods love in me. The FAST school I believe, helps us in seeing more of what Gods purpose is for us .
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/09/21 - Coach
Happy to help if I can John. Send me a private message if you want to do an article for June! :)
Posted by John Gilmore on 05/09/21
Thanks, Dan, for both the cautions and the encouragement! I see that I've work to do, and I'll get back with you after I've started to figure out what I can do in print form.
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/09/21 - Coach
Wow--that's a really nice list John. And I think you are right that there is not anything out there (that I know of) that really emphasizes these points. So a book idea seems worth pursuing to me.

Note three concerns though: books require a pretty big investment (time to write and money to print), it's hard to get published if you don't already have an audience, and it takes a lot of promotion to get a book out there, even with a great book. I can share more on these points privately if you wish.

If you want to take a stab at writing up a short article on this and giving it a test run here at FAST--I'd be open to publishing it in June as a Monday Memo. I'm hoping to do another community month, and I'm looking for articles!

So yes, I definitely think there's a lot of potential here! Let me know if putting together a memo interests you!
Posted by John Gilmore on 05/09/21
Dan, you ask about the other 4 M's? I won't say that this list is exhausive, but what I've found is:

Motive - I focused on the love of God which, as He saves us, becomes formed in our hearts and becomes our primary motivation.
Merit - We recognize that inherently only God is worthy of praise, yet His goal is to make us worthy, worthy of His commendation and to be in His company(Revelation 3:5He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.).
Method - Salvation is a multistep process, consisting of a combination of God's actions with ours, including a process of individual character development.
Measure - Our minds can only dimly envision the immensity of God's gift, as He gave all He could (an infinite gift) so that we could have eternity with Him. Likewise He calls us to give all that we are to His service.

Having finished the sermon series, I feel challenged to put it in book form. I'm sure that I've not read most of what has been written on the subject of salvation, but at least I'm not aware of it being approached this way. There was more that I might have shared from the pulpit, but for the lack of time. And then I also see this subject as central to our destiny yet sometimes misunderstood, having facets that are sometimes emphasized to the exclusion of others. Perhaps in print it might help more. Your counsel and prayers would be appreciated.
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/06/21 - Coach
Sounds like a great series John! I'm curious what the other 4 M's were. :)

Also appreciate the discussion about 2020 being possibly a call for God's people to refocus on their walk with God in preparation for what is coming next. Very possible (Qing), though I have my own thoughts about its cause/purpose. I resonate even more with your statement about crisis revealing character. It certainly has revealed some longstanding weaknesses in our own country that are disturbing.

Regardless, I think this is a good reminder to make the use of whatever opportunities we have to seek God. You're right that the final scenes seem much more imminent now...
Posted by John Gilmore on 05/06/21
Qing, Thank you and Amen.

I'm sure that everyone is further along on their journey, in one direction or another. I've heard it said that "crisis reveals character." I'm sure that's true. I'm also sure that crisis gives opportunity to develop character, either for good or for bad. So as crisis builds on crisis, characters will more rapidly be formed, transformed for One or deformed for the other, until every person shows well their allegiance. It may not be long now.

Maranatha
Posted by Qing Ling on 05/06/21 - Coach
John no doubt many were thinking the same as you've mentioned re the connection with Elijah, Moses and Jesus. 2020 and its "iso" periods were definitely opportunities for us to take time out with God. Almost halfway into Covid year #2, I wonder where everyone is up to in their Purpose-Seeking journey.....

May God anoint your lips and convict the hearts that hear your (His) message on mission. :)
Posted by John Gilmore on 05/06/21
As I'm preparing a sermon on mission (part 5 of a series, the 5 M's of Salvation), I see a lot of overlap with what you've written here on purpose.

Qing, re: "pause" and "reset" -- I was thinking of that, too, not long ago, in regard to the pandemic. Didn't God have many of His servants do just that? Moses spent 40 yrs raising sheep, Elijah spent time by the brook, Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness and Paul spent 3 yrs in Arabia. All of them had time for prayer, study and meditation, in preparation for service. We need it, too. And we certainly need it no less than they did as the last events begin to unfold.
Posted by Dan Vis on 05/05/21 - Coach
Thanks Valerie! I think that's an awesome application--to seek to be more intentional and deliberate in everything we do today. That really spoke to me too. Always room to become more purpose-filled, isn't there?
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 05/05/21 - Coach
Dan,

This is a power-filled memo. I intend to let the words: “ Being filled with purpose does indeed lead to being filled with the Spirit”, guide me today. Instead of going from one task, one meeting to the next, I pray for more evidence of His purpose in my life that I may receive more of His Spirit.
This is clearly a Spirit-filled memo. Praise God!
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/30/20 - Coach
Wow, "pause" was an appropriate word indeed. Not my nature to like to pause (life's always been a race against time to me), but I guess I needed one this year for whatever reason...

As for a common experience, I think in this country, people are more divided than ever before.
Posted by Qing Ling on 08/29/20 - Coach
Yup, sounds like the experience the whole world has had this year Dan. 2020 = reset and rewind
In a way its kinda cool how this pandemic has brought the world into a common experience.

I was just teasing about the closing paragraph of the article :)

"As another year draws to an end, and we get ready to launch into the next, how is it with you? Is your life filled with a clear sense of God's purpose for your life? If it is, then trust Him to make the year ahead your best year yet!"

in a way, we can choose to turn over a new leaf anytime of the year. So the question of revival and renewal of purpose is poignant always. I usually find sometime along mid year i find new words for my one word theme of the year. Because life is full of curve balls. But my word this year was PAUSE and it's turned out to be quite appropriate given lockdowns everywhere.
Posted by Dan Vis on 08/29/20 - Coach
Well actually, I haven't been thinking too much about 2021, yet Qing. I have my hands full right at the moment with a number of projects. I am praying 2021 will be a very different year though.

In our church, we decided to forego officer elections for next year, and just repeat the same officer list--because the pandemic hindered so many plans. Kind of as if 2020 was a wash, and we need to reset.

That's about how I feel about 2020. I had big plans at the start, but things didn't quite turn out like I expected. I guess I wasn't quite ready, really, so a reset sounds pretty good to me...
Posted by Qing Ling on 08/29/20 - Coach
Dan we just clicked over into the second half of 2020 and you're talking about gearing up for 2021 already? I suppose this year is a bit of a write-off due to covid basically deleting a lot of our plans. i'm just kidding, i know the last time you had this article out it was December - the actual end of a year. haha.
I am grateful for the prompt at this time to re-align my path with God's Purpose for my life though. Purpose is everything. I want more of the Holy Spirit because I know I can't fulfil God's plan for my life without His power.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/05/19 - Coach
Excellent post Sheri. I agree completely. Should probably work some of those ideas right into the article. Purpose does have a sanctifying influence, because the more committed we are to achieving something the less likely we are to do something that will sabotage our success, or neglect something essential. And if the mission is right, then those tendencies work in the right direction. Thanks for articulating that so well.
Posted by Sheri Trueblood on 12/05/19
I am thankful for this post, it has put into words things that I have thought, though I didn't see these scripture texts that connect purpose with Holy Spirit Power. Good food for thought, and texts to chew. I appreciate this and the counsel to pray for a knowledge of God's will and to pray this for others.

I know for my life, when I have a purpose or a mission it actually has had a sanctifying influence on me, because I don't want sin to get in the way of fulfilling God's perfect plan. Specifically, I didn't want my foolishness/sin to get in the way of someone's spiritual walk or them having an opportunity to know about God.

Over the years, John 17:19And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth. has helped to keep me, "I have sanctified myself, that others maybe sanctified." This is Jesus speaking, our Example. I can't sanctify myself, but I can pray an ask God to sanctify me, and then I have reason and choice to follow God's words and impressions. Looking back, times when I did not have a strong sense of purpose or times of "idleness", or not being involved in some kind of mission or project has been times when I grew weaker spiritually. Its kind of like David when the war was going on and he was at home idle and then got into trouble with Beersheba...
Posted by Floride Leonce on 12/04/19
Dan
You’ll find me there.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/04/19 - Coach
I'll look for you there! :)
Posted by Floride Leonce on 12/03/19
Thanks, Dan! I’m glad to be back too.
I think I will follow your advice and join the Rocket Goals class. That might help me see through and get me committed to whatever things God wants me to do.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/03/19 - Coach
Sometimes the Lord withdraws our desire for one thing, because He has something else in mind for us. But it's important Floride, to spend whatever time you need, to get clarity about what that other thing is, so we're always excited about something!

If you can, try taking our Rocket Goals class. It might stimulate some ideas on where God would have you put your focus right now. Good to see you back!
Posted by Floride Leonce on 12/02/19
Hi Dan, and thank you for this meaningful message!
I’ve been praying for the Holy Spirit for others to see Christ in me through words and actions. I believe that, once that happens, God can use me to accomplish whatever mission He wants me to accomplish for Him.
At the beginning of the year, I launched a small group ministry, which didn’t last too long. I lack the motivation to continue it and I feel like something is missing in me. Although my prayer ministry is till going on, I don’t feel as though I have this flame that should keep me going. So, I want more of the Holy Spirit to live the life of purpose for which I was called.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/02/19 - Coach
Nice summary of the main point in this article Rhona. I think the Lord wants to bring all of us to that understanding, but it kind of goes against the grain of our nature, doesn't it? I mean, the sin problem at its core revolves around a focus on self. And it's only gradually that God can help us break free from that, and to focus more on the life of heaven. But like you said, praise God He is so patient! :)
Posted by Rhona Brown on 12/02/19
I think that this is a very important message. The motives for more of the Holy Spirit in my life, has been more about self then the glory of God. I feel that the Lord has been working on me for a while to get me to this point. I rejoice that the Lord is so patient with me. Now my prayer will be to have a more defined purpose in my life.
Posted by Sue Gilmore on 12/22/17
I believe a key purpose for our lives is to reflect Jesus in character. That is m prayer--not merely to engage in working with Him, but living like Him--in my thoughts, words, in what I eat and drink--every part of me.
Posted by Fiona van Wyk on 12/10/17
How super that you enjoyed the Breakout Challenge, Carlota. I did too!
Posted by Carlota Belmo on 12/09/17
Yes Dan, this is my first ever Breakout Challenge and I love it!.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/09/17 - Coach
That's exactly why I posted this, Fiona. I do think we tend to have it backwards. You expressed it so clearly!

Praise God Carlota! Glad you found this helpful. And love the verse! Was it from our last Breakout Challenge?
Posted by Carlota Belmo on 12/08/17
Thanks Dan, this is what I have been asking for, I want to understand my purpose here, what is it that God wants of me. I think I now see the light, as I surrender to God and serve Him He will make the purpose visible to me, and then give me the power to execute my mission for Him. “Preserve me, O God for in Thee do I put my trust.” Psalms 16:1Preserve me, O God: for in thee do I put my trust.
Posted by Fiona van Wyk on 12/08/17
I am intrigued, Dan, about how you suggest exactly the opposite of what most people state : usually we are told that we need to pray for a greater measure of the Holy Spirit, and then we will be equipped for working for God. But no, you suggest just the opposite! That equipped with a purpose inspired by God, the Holy Spirit will be given so that we can accomplish that purpose. Very interesting! It makes sense. God guides and then empowers.
Posted by Dan Vis on 12/07/17 - Coach
Thank you everyone for your positive feedback! I think the Holy Spirit must be tugging on each of our hearts because HE wants us to live a life of purpose. He longs to pour out through us a river of love and grace to a suffering, dying world. But He needs channels willing to be used for that purpose. Let's step up and answer the call!
Posted by Nathaniel C Nwazue on 12/06/17
As I reflect on the purpose filled life, I desire that God may use me to reach many and lead them to the foot of the Cross. This is my purpose that each day of my life will be guided by the Holy Spirit. I have read this lesson three times and it gives me a good understanding of what a life of purpose is. thank you.
Posted by Lynie on 12/05/17
May God's Will be done in our life as we approach new year
and the time to come..
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 12/04/17 - Coach
Dan Vis,
This really gave me something to think about. I pray often for the Holy Spirit to use me. I ask for the latter rain because I want the power of God to combat the evil that assaults each of us on a daily basis. I want to be like Paul and Peter who were so faithful in their witnesses. Most of all, I want to love others like Christ loves me to win others for His Kingdom.
Posted by Darci Ziegler on 12/04/17
This was very good for me to think about. I have memorized one of these passages before and have prayed it for my children. I am going to do this again because they are teenagers now and need to have purpose in life as they decide what to do in the future. So do I as they are growing and someday leaving home what is my new purpose after all these years of them being my purpose?
Posted by Linda Elliott on 12/04/17
It's easy to get lost in the busyness of life without a focus on purpose. Thank you for sharing.
Posted by Marion Coppock on 12/04/17
We absolutely cannot be a Spirit-filled person without asking for the Holy Spirit to fill you each and every day. I like the "praying for greater purpose" It seems like Life is to busy that I often stay, I will go visit, call etc another day when I have more time.
Posted by Deanna Dekle on 12/04/17
Thank you for this emphasis. We need it.
Posted by John Gilmore on 12/04/17
I need the Holy Spirit to empower me to live for Jesus, both to know and to do His will. And so I pray, Lord, please help me and all of my FAST friend not just to know but also to fulfill your purpose this next year.
Posted by Cristina Bastos on 12/04/17
It is good to remember that I can do nothing, but Jesus does all that is needed, if I allow Him to use me as a tool. My purpose is to be an "ergonomic" tool that the Master uses free and perfectly in the work that He created me to do. For this I need the Spirit living in me, so all the glory is to our Wonderful God!
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/17/17 - Coach
You are very welcome Liza! Thank you for you inspiring and motivating thoughts...
Posted by Liza on 09/11/17
More of the Holy Spirit, less of me. More of Jesus, less of me. That God's purpose becomes mine and that in all my thoughts, plans, intents, desires, I am becoming a partaker of the divine nature, through the knowledge of Him who has called me to glory and virtue, that I am surrendering more of myself to be a vessel of use for the Master. Such a challenge because of my brokenness and impurity but such a blessing because of Him who transforms me into a vessel of glory. Blessed again, thank you for sharing this.
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/10/17 - Coach
Praise God Qing! Your words give such a clear picture of the real meaning of life. :)
Posted by Qing Ling on 09/09/17 - Coach
the things of this earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace...

Getting to know Jesus as a personal friend, our mission with Him will become clearer to us. And the clearer our purpose in life is, the more effective we will be in our calling in Life.

This memo has inspired me to dig deeper into my relationship with Jesus, so that His Great Commission drives my prayers the way it did the first evangelists.
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/09/17 - Coach
Great post, Nena, and a great prayer. :) I like your last sentence especially: "this is a search and seeking process , constant learning, continuous practice and prayer". Thanks for sharing!
Posted by Nena on 09/08/17
I want more of the motives of the Holy Spirit to hope that everything can be done according to the will of God. John 7:17-1817 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. 18 He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory: but he that seeketh his glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him. will you always remind me that I am acting to honor myself, or to glorify god? This will keep me praying for this. Philippians 1:9And this I pray, that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all judgment;, Psalms 81:10I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it., I think this is a search and seeking process , constant learning, continuous practice and prayer.
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/06/17 - Coach
I'm sure the Holy Spirit was leading your thoughts down those paths, Elizabeth. God has infinite creativity. I'm sure He will give you some amazing ideas...
Posted by Elizabeth on 09/06/17
Today I have been thinking about the needs around me and how God can use me to bring others to him. Especially in a secular paid workplace where I cannot really witness but the Holy Spirit definitely will empower me. thank you for sharing.
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/06/17 - Coach
Glad to see everyone enjoyed this week's post. Always an encouragement to hear people find these helpful! :)
Posted by Violeta Buckley on 09/05/17
Very inspiring article. Thanks Dan.
Posted by Floride Leonce on 09/04/17
Hi Dan,

Thank you for this wonderful article. It's very interesting. I usually pray for my relatives and friends tor them to understand and respond to the message of Christ, but I never thought about using Paul's prayer found in those passages. Now I know what to do.

Thanks again and many blessings!

Floride
Posted by Deanna Dekle on 09/04/17
I fully agree for I have had this experience. Thanks you Dan.
Posted by Barbara Davis on 09/04/17
This is one of the most inspiring memos I have read. Stopping to think about it, purpose is behind everything we do. Why we get up in the morning and go to bed at night, why we go to work, why we eat, what we wear,....This is powerful!
Posted by Laurie Wissink on 09/04/17 - Coach
I really appreciate these Monday Memos! They always get me to thinking and praying! Amen to the message for today!
Posted by Dan Vis on 09/04/17 - Coach
Thank you everyone for your kind words, and the inspiration it gives to see your commitment to live purpose-filled lives. I especially appreciated what Leslie wrote about Jesus, and how He is an example for us of commitment to a mission. What a privilege to be able to enter into and share in the very heart of Christ by being colaborers together with Him. It's an exciting thought.

Actually, I don't think we can ever fully know Christ until we do. Without that commitment there will always be aspects of His life that remain mysterious. I suspect this is part of what Paul was hinting at when he talked about "the fellowship of his sufferings" (Philippians 3:10That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;). Exciting thought, isn't it?
Posted by Debbie King on 09/04/17
I copy exactly what Lynn says above. Our children.   Our children.
Posted by Lynn on 09/04/17
I pray Paul's prayer in Colossians daily for my children. Gives me hope for their future. Thank you for sharing this morning. Felt the Holy Spirit as I was studying your words today.
Posted by Carole Bliss on 09/04/17
recently, I have been thinking about the importance to have a purpose filled life, one that will bring light to this world, and further HIS Kingdom. I don't want to go thru the motions, I want to know HE is pleased, and HIS people are seeing more of HIM.
What a blessing this class is.
Thank-you,
Carole
Posted by Valerie Wise Burrell on 09/04/17 - Coach
Dan,
This is one of the best Monday Memos yet! It excited me and energized me to see how much more the Spirit of God can use me for His purpose. The scriptures you used are encouraging. Thank you for letting God's Spirit use you to help us be more consistent and clear in our purpose for His Kingdom.
My motive in wanting the Holy Spirit is to be more bold for Christ like Paul was. I want to act on the ideas that God gives me in the moment and not hesitate due to fears of failure or rejection.
Posted by Noelle Kroneck on 09/04/17
I am a homeschooling mom. I want to have clear purpose so I can pass that on to my family, and they will be more prepared to live a life of purpose for Jesus.
Posted by Leslie Caza on 09/04/17
We are living in the perfect age for this message. People are longing to connect with someone authentic, with someone with answers to their needs. God is that Someone. Thank you Dan, for sharing this message over and over again. I need it. We are a church of sound doctrine , which I love, but it is tempting to take the easy way and feel that telling people the truth for them to take our leave is the substance of our mission for Christ.

When I look to Jesus, I see a man who labored long, and traveled far to see the needs of others and then show them that the Father had the answers and the power. Those prayers you shared remind us that God is the One working in hearts and we can be colaborers with Him. We are not alone in disciple making.

I was so encouraged by the verses you shared.I am in change mode in my outreach and see that the key to success is found in the message you shared today.
Posted by Marion Coppock on 09/04/17
Everyday we must ask for the filling of the Holy Spirit, as we cannot be victorious over self on our own.
Posted by Bill Hough on 09/04/17
It is the same as the health message, To be in the best physical, mental and spiritual condition to do our
utmost for Christ and His kingdom.
Posted by Liza on 03/25/17
Such a great study! I need more of the Holy Spirit in my life because I understand He makes me a better person in every way. Through the Holy Spirit in me, God works to give me a work, to share with others His love and prepare for His kingdom. Determining that time with God is the first priority every day will revive me and help me remember my purpose, which is to serve God, to bless others, to glorify Him.
Posted by Qing Ling on 02/13/17 - Coach
So much blessing from revisiting pages in FAST and reading comments from our international family. A taste of heaven, I'm sure.
I was really touched by the connection of Isaiah 43:7Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him., Pam, thank you!!
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/09/17 - Coach
Hi Lisa, glad this post could be a blessing to you. Sounds like God is really speaking to you. Praise God!

Pam, great connections there as well. I think Marieanne is right about the central focus on giving glory to God through our lives. And the verses you share highlighted that nicely.

What a great testimony Lionel. I'm sure you were a tremendous blessing to them. And I don't down it was divine providence. It's thrilling to be agents of heaven, isn't it?

And love the last sentence about not having to cross the sea but only see the cross. That's definitely a keeper!
Posted by Lionel on 02/07/17
I’m a bit late getting to this read this post, but I’m glad that I looked back. A timely reminder, Thanks, @Dan.

Having been spared death a number of times (another story, another time) I have come to believe that we have but one primary purpose and that is to share the Good News of the Cross, sometimes even using words! How awe-inspiring that God would entrust to us a work the angels would love to do (excepting that it is us who have a personal experience of redemption).

I recently met a Christian couple and their young children (from another denomination) who had advertised that they wished to give the bulk of their Christian books to a church library. As the librarian for our church library, I accepted their offer and visited them. As I journeyed for the visit, I prayed that they were not giving away their faith with their books.

As they shared their books they also shared that they were going overseas in two day’s time as missionaries to … wait for it … my own home town!

As we spoke together they shared some of their fears and anxieties about selling up and moving to a different country. As we discussed faith (and what it is and is not) I was able to reassure them of God’s love and watchcare. I knew that God would bless their obedience to His call, as they were amenable to counsel and learned from our discussion that Heaven is a free gift – that obedience is our ‘thank-you’ for what Jesus has already done rather than what we must do to earn salvation. While referring to me as a ‘Grandfather in the Faith’ they believed that our meeting was a providential Divine appointment.

At the close of my visit I asked if I could pray with them, entreating God’s blessings on their family and ministry. Even though we had just met, we prayed together like a family.

As I was leaving, I silently prayed for them again and thanked God for the opportunity to encourage them in their faith, grateful for the opportunity to witness anywhere, any time.

As I prayed, I could sense the Spirit convicting me that to witness you don’t need to CROSS the SEA, you just need to SEE the CROSS.
Posted by Pamela Kendall on 02/04/17
Marieanne thanks for your thoughts above. I have been wondering what my purpose is and your thoughts help to shed light on the subject.

Interestingly your thoughts enhance what I was reading this morning in connection with this weeks Journey/Survival Kit lesson "Looking to Jesus" One of the verses in the lesson was II Corinthians 3:18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. which lead me to Exodus 33:18-2018 And he said, I beseech thee, show me thy glory. 19 And he said, I will make all my goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the name of the LORD before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. 20 And he said, Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me, and live. and Exodus 34:5-75 And the LORD descended in the cloud, and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, 7 Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation. about when Moses asked God to show hm his glory and God responded by revealing his glorious character traits (merciful, gracious, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving).

As we behold God's glorious character we are changed into the SAME IMAGE from glory to glory II Corinthians 3:18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. . By beholding we reflect more and more clearly his image / his character and thus fulfill his purpose for us Isaiah 43:7Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him.
Posted by Lisa West on 02/03/17
Dan thanks for your Memo. I was studying this weeks lesson which is all about the Holy Spirit and just realized something that will change my mindset about the HS. It was quite an eye opener for me. Reading your Memo also helped me confirm what I just experienced. I will pray for a greater and stronger sense of purpose and definitely make it your goal to be filled with the knowledge of God's will. I do cling to Isaiah 41:9,10Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. . . . Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.. Thanks and Happy Sabbath
Posted by Fiona van Wyk on 02/02/17
These are all lovely thoughts here. I appreciated the quotes, Ian. Powerful words...

I am glad you liked the thoughts, Darla. :)
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/01/17 - Coach
Nice quotation Joy!
Posted by joy cavins on 02/01/17
This statement was in "Maranatha" on page 159.

...Oh, let it be seen, my brethren, that Jesus is abiding in the heart, sustaining, strengthening, comforting. It is your privilege to be endowed, from day to day, with a rich measure of His Holy Spirit, and to have broadened views of the importance and scope of the message we are proclaiming to the world. The Lord is willing to reveal to you wondrous things out of His law. Wait before Him with humility of heart. Pray most earnestly for an understanding of the times in which we live, for a fuller conception of His purpose, and for increased efficiency in soulsaving. {2SM 399.3}
Posted by Dan Vis on 02/01/17 - Coach
Thanks Qing! Always appreciate your enthusiasm. I see the point you were making now. :)
Posted by Suzi Woods on 01/31/17
I have appreciated every ones comments. They were thought provoking
Posted by Elizabeth on 01/31/17
Thanks everyone for sharing it seems really my prayer has to be the desire to know him and to accomplish his will. It is amazing that the Holy Spirit came down as the disciples prayed for boldness to preach the Word. In the secular UK work place where I am at the moment I pray God will give me boldness and wisdom to share his word.
Posted by Qing Ling on 01/31/17 - Coach
Dan,
This article clicks on lights, enhancing what you have written in the FSAT book about the latter rain resulting in FRUIT - people fully reflecting God's character around the world (the Global Light Bulb section - love that wording!) as well as the Lightning Rods section, where you quoted the same verse: II Chronicles 16:9For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.

It just makes so much sense - of course the outpouring of the HS is NOT mainly for our personal enjoyment (even though it will be a natural outcome, because abiding in Jesus ALWAYS brings true JOY)...
When we have the heart of Jesus, when we reflect His glory - lightening the earth with His glory (Revelation 18:1And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.) - our ONLY desire would be to serve Him. I heard a powerful sermon once that sin is a four letter word: S-E-L-F. so the opposite of sin is being other-centred, which is God-centred.
So then, when we seek to have more of God's Spirit, the ONLY end result can be self-LESSness. Which means we will then hunger and thirst to know GOD's Purpose for our lives, because suddenly everything we do will suddenly seem meaningless (Ecc 1:2) - why am I working in this job? why am I in this relationship? why am I so into this hobby? movie? game? person? what is my reason for being alive? - only in the light of "HOW CAN I SERVE GOD WHERE I AM" - will we again find meaning after realising that everything is meaningless in itself. Ecc 12:13 has always spoken powerfully to me from the moment I first read it as a young Christian.

Come to think of it... this article also then links into the deep truths we discover when we study lesson 4 in Survival Kit - Knowing God's Will ;)

Thanks for provoking my mind to click some more on this topic, Dan - It was a blessing to meditate some more on this. GOD IS GOOD!!
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/31/17 - Coach
Ian, thanks for sharing those quotes. Nice!

Marieanne, thanks for sharing your purpose so clearly. And thanks for living it out in our home every day! Love you.

Qing, I'm curious the connection you saw between this and the For Such a Time book. Got me wondering now!

Musa Sibisi, you are more than welcome. Your comment is exactly the point I was trying to make. Thanks for summing it up so perfectly!
Posted by Musa Sibisi on 01/31/17
Dan,thank you for admonition I never asked myself the purpose of wanting to be filled by Spirit. Sometimes we have selfish purpose, God is giving us His gift for His service. Help me God.
Posted by Sherry Olson on 01/31/17
Wow Ian, love both those quotes, really makes you pause and consider. Thank you everyone for the beautiful verses, have read all and memorized some, but reading them all like this, just brings things into a better focus!
Posted by Qing Ling on 01/31/17 - Coach
Marieanne, love your insights.
The verse that came to mind for me re this topic is John 3:30He must increase, but I must decrease.. More of Him and less of me!!!
God is so good to make this verse come alive for me in an experiential way.it's now in my heart and not just in my head.
Dan this memo raises some good points covered also in your book which I just finished reading: "For Such A Time" - such an eye opener and succinct as well. Highly recommend it to any Christian believer who wants to be prepared to meet our Good Lord when He comes!!! I gave a copy to my pastor too 😁 pls pray with me that it helps unleash our church's potential!
Posted by Marieanne on 01/31/17 - Coach
There were times in my life before I gave my life to Christ that I wondered, why was I created, and what is my purpose in this life? Then the Lord revealed to me one day in Isaiah 43:7Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. "Even every one that is called by my name: for I have created him for my glory. I have formed him; yea, I have made him" Then in I Corinthians 6:20For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. "For ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's." I Corinthians 10:31Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. He tells me "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God." God was showing me that His purpose for my life was to glorify my Creator and Redeemer. Recognizing this then helped me to seek His will in all that I do. I am not my own to do as I will, but to do the will of my Father in heaven. II Corinthians 3:18But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. "But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." I thank God for His Word that gives me guidance and direction and purpose in my life. My dream and longing is to have the mind of Christ Philippians 2:5Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: and to reflect His character and bring glory to His Holy Name.
Posted by Darla on 01/31/17
Fiona, thanks so much. I'll try to do this often enough to remember it :-)
Posted by Ian on 01/30/17
Another quote, this one from a sermon by Edward Thomas Vaughan (1772-1829):
"Examine yourselves. Do you not see at once, upon even a slight examination of yourselves, that you are yet far from being as fit as you would wish to be, for the presence of your Lord ? Would you not desire to know much more of Him ? to love Him much more ? to be much more like Him ? See how much remains, to fill up your remaining time; if centuries remained to you, instead of a few years, or possibly a few days. And look around you. See how many are still careless, whom you might help to warn ; how many are ignorant of God, whom you might help to instruct ; how many in distress, whom you might help to relieve. Set yourselves then to this work, my brethren; and you will feel that you have a business on hand, so weighty, and so urgent, that you will have little space left in your mind for anxiety about the things of this life. Mourning and joy ; buying and selling ; growing richer, and growing poorer; moving here, and moving there; nay even parting with this friend, or being brought nearer to another ; these will not then seem to you to be the great and engrossing
matters, which now they are apt to seem. In the midst of distraction, you will learn to be quiet, and patient, and without anxiety ; having the peace of God, because you can cast all your care upon Him."
Posted by Ian on 01/30/17
Here is something I came across recently inone of the sermons of Thomas Guthrie (1803-1873):
"We are not perfect; far from it! In imitating Christ how unlike is the fairest copy to the original! Still perfect freedom from sin, perfect obedience to the law, perfect harmony to the mind, perfect conformity to the image of God, are in the bond sealed with blood—in the prayer, "I will that those whom thou hast given me be with me where I am." Let not your souls, therefore, be cast down by past failures. Say with David, '" Why art thou cast down, 0 my soul, and why is my spirit disquieted within me; hope thou in God, for I shall yet praise him who is the health of my countenance, and ray God." Aim at perfection! Try it again, and again, and again! Every true, earnest, prayerful effort, will raise you higher and still higher on the Rock of Ages. Let every day see some work done; some battle fought; some good victory won. Rise every morning to start anew for heaven; and let every sun that sets, leave you a day's journey nearer home. Do the best you can; live the best you can; get all the good you ran; do all the good you can; do it at all times you can; do it to all men you can; do it in all the ways you can. And God working in you by his Spirit, both to will and to do of his good pleasure, you shall rise step by step upward to perfection; till, mounting as on eagle's wings, you arrive at the gates of glory; and in you a perfect heaven receives a perfect saint."
Posted by Eileen on 01/30/17
The sword of the Sprit is part of the whole armor of God, without it we are only partially clothed. I know that I need to be clothed with this armor because every day I am in the workplace there is a battle in my heart to refrain from being in situations where there is idle talk and bad language. I love my coworkers but I need God's help to know how to handle these situations when they arise.
Posted by Wendie Burnham on 01/30/17
I think one purpose for me doing this study is to have a good reason to get up every morning, to be like him, to finally know how to study and learn the Bible, to have my life matter to someone, and finally be able to be like Jesus.
Posted by Dan Vis on 01/30/17 - Coach
Great comments everyone! Glad to see the importance of purpose resonates with each of us. And like Becky, I believe it is time now more than ever that we live more focused lives. Purpose opens the way for power in our lives...
Posted by Fiona van Wyk on 01/30/17
This is a big topic, Dan - to have purpose, God's purposes in my life. Sometimes we get bogged down with all the necessaries to be done in our lives, and need time to ponder just what exactly God wants to do in our lives, just as Diana says. But perhaps God USES those necessaries to PREPARE us for His purpose - perhaps it is our training ground for something more in the future. What are we told? We have only this day - to be nice, helpful, kind, generous, etc. Tomorrow has not come yet - we only have today.

It is as you say, Dan, that instead of waiting for some wonderful experience tomorrow, the holy Spirit might be using us at just this time, to be Christ's hands and feet ...

I appreciated all your comments above.
Posted by Fiona van Wyk on 01/30/17
Darla - just click on the place where a photo would be put, if John Gilmore had one - the same spot where your photo is, and his ID will come up immediately in this message box. It needs the "@" sign just before it to tag him. Good try, though. Give it another go ... :) There must be no spaces between the "@" sign and the ID. I shall tag him for you this time, then you try it with someone else's ID ... We just need to KNOW what to do to get it right! Dan has made the tagging quite easy - but we need to know where to click! :)
cc. John
Posted by Deanna Dekle on 01/30/17
Thank you to all who posted. I agree with each one and am so happy to read the same from other!    May God bless. I'm just close to tears with joy.
Posted by Darla on 01/30/17
Obviously, copying and pasting John's ID did not tag him. I must be doing something wrong.
Posted by Darla on 01/30/17
JOHNGILMORE, "bloom where you are planted" really resonates with me. I pray for the Holy Spirit to fill me and use me as He wills.
Posted by Juliette on 01/30/17
Praying for the desire to spend time in prayer. Isn't that a paradox or something? 😂 Also praying for purpose in my prayer life. My kids and I have started a prayer list and pray for those on it every morning in family worship.
Posted by Nancy Brennan on 01/30/17
The study today speaks exactly to the reason that I decided to do The Journey. To learn how to fire up my church. It is the reaso that I asked othersr to partner with me.

And I second the statement by Becky. about hurting when I see souls. Housing to live apart from Jesus.   I have prayed that the Lord would help me to see others as He does. After asking Him over and over for that ' eye sight' , He opened my eyes but not only that, He opened my heart. I cry when I think of those who are choosing to be lose... e en complete strangers. If I, a sinful human can experience sorrow for others, I can't imagine the ache or pain of heartbreak that Jesus feels toward them. I don't want to know that I could have done more to work for the salvation of others. Oh how can I hurt my savior in such a way
Posted by Becky Rich on 01/30/17
My greatest desire is to hear my Savior say, "Well done, my daughter. Come Home with me," as I present to Him many precious souls snatched from the enemy. I can't bare the thought of so many souls for whom Jesus died losing the opportunity to spend eternity with Him.

I want to live a life pleasing to my Father in Heaven and bring joy to His heart as we walk and talk together. I want to be so filled with His presence that there is no room left for self. And I want to see our Lord return very soon. As I hear of the events happening these days in the United States I have no doubt Revelation 22:20He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. is being fulfilled in this very hour, and I want to be part of finishing God's work for each of His children.
Posted by John Gilmore on 01/30/17
Someone said "bloom where you are planted". I pray that I may blossom and bear fruit to His glory and to the blessing of those for whom He died. I have confidence in Him that as my roots work deep in His Word, as I absorb the sunshine of His love, and drink the rain of His Spirit, He will answer my prayer. Wherever He plants me, I will fulfill His purpose.
Posted by Fawna Sutton on 01/30/17
I pray God continues to show me His will as I work with people in my church and community and my children.
Posted by Julio Useche on 01/30/17
When I look at my own life, the times when I've been most joyful are those times when I knew I was doing the will of my Father in Heaven! That is because I was in sync with His purpose for my life. Discontentment and seeking of pleasure from any source other than God only brings emptiness and a longing for true fulfillment. I believe we find that true fulfillment when we find our purpose in God by committing our lives Him and to His will & purpose for us.
Posted by Diana Sexton on 01/30/17
Great advise to look to God for direction to a life of purpose. It is too easy to go through the motions of what we think we should do and lose sight of going beyond just the daily tasks we have assigned ourselves in the effort to draw close to God. We also want to be of use to God. And a spirit filled life will open opportunities to be used by God. May God grant each of us the desire and fill us with the Holy Spirit to find our purpose and then do what is needed.


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