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A Strong Sense of Purpose

Posted By at Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is stayed on You!

Knowing your purpose gives real meaning to your life. This is why people read their horoscopes and try doubtful and questionable methods like astrology, psychic reading and other demonic means to discover it.  

A friend of mine, who has now gone on to be with the Lord, was a powerful minister for the things of God; he used to say that people were reading their horrible scopes.

When your life has a strong purpose you can bear almost any situation. Without knowing your strong purpose nothing is tolerable. Life is difficult and even senseless sometimes.

Isaiah complained in Isaiah 49:4  "Then I said, ‘I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for nothing and in vain; yet surely my just reward is with the Lord, and my work with my God."

Job cried in Job 7:16  "I give up; I am tired of living. Leave me alone. My life makes no sense".

Bernie Siegel is an American writer and retired pediatric surgeon and has written about the relationship between the patient and the healing process. He is known for his best-selling book Love, Medicine and Miracles.

Dr. Siegel found that he could predict which of his cancer patients were most likely to survive by asking, "Do you want to live to be 100?"

Those with a deep sense of purpose, who answered "Yes!" were the ones who would live through the sickness and survive.

So having a strong purpose simplifies life. It defines what you do and what you don't do. It becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which are not.

Without a strong purpose you've no real foundation on which to base your decisions, allocate your time and use your resources. You tend to make choices based on circumstances, pressures and your mood at that moment. When you don't know your purpose you try to do too much, and that causes stress and conflict. It's impossible to do everything people want you to do; God gave you just enough time to do His will. If you can't get it all done, you're trying to do more than He intended you to do.

A strong purpose makes your lifestyle simpler and your schedule more manageable, and that all leads to peace of mind.

A strong sense of purpose will do a number of things in your life:

Motivate you:

Jeremiah 9:23-24 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, let not the mighty man glory in his might, nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight,” says the Lord.

Will keep your priorities straight:

Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

Develop your potential:

Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall. But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint!

Isaiah 41:10 Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

Give you ability to live in the present:

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.

Help you evaluate your progress:

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Colossians 3:1-4 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.

Norman

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Are You Content?

Posted By at Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 

Paul said in Phil 4:12 I have learned the secret of being content.

Sometimes contentment just means:

  1. Learning to be happy with less.

A high-power executive decided to spend a few days in a monastery. "I hope your stay is a blessed one," said the monk who showed him to his cell. "If you need anything let us know. We'll teach you how to live without it."

Happiness is not getting what you want, it's enjoying what God's given you.

Paul said he had learned to be content Phil 4:12-13 "Whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."

     2. Reminding yourself things could be worse.

Snoopy the dog was lying in his dog house one Thanksgiving Day, mumbling about being stuck with dog food while all those humans got to be inside with the turkey and gravy and pumpkin pie. "Of course, it could have been worse," he finally thought, "I could have been born a turkey."

Reminding yourself, "It could be worse" can be a powerful developer of contentment.

     3. Understanding that what you need is Spiritual.

In Col 3:5 Paul says to "beware of greed, which is idolatry."

Our problem isn't just that we want more, it's that the condition which underlies all our wanting is that we really want and need God. As Saint Augustine said, "Our hearts will never rest, until they rest in Thee."

Why would God let us feel at home when this world is not our home?

Our dissatisfaction, if we let it, can sharpen our spiritual hunger and cause us to pray as Matthew 6:10 says: "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven."

Norman
 

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Your Mouth Exercises Control

Posted By at Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue…

Matthew 12:37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

Your mouth is actually the control centre for your life.

Neurosurgeons have said that the speech centre in the brain exercises dominion over the whole central nervous system. This is a recent discovery. That you can cause different parts of the body to respond with stimuli to corresponding parts of the human brain. But when the speech centre is stimulated, the whole central nervous system responds.

This means that when anyone says, “I am so weak,” the speech centre sends out the message to the whole body to prepare to be weak.

This is the reason God said in Joel 3:10 “Let the weak say, I am strong."

Matthew 12:37 The Message Bible “Words are powerful; take them seriously. Words can be your salvation. Words can also be your damnation.”

Proverbs 6:2 You are snared by the words of your mouth you are taken by the words of your mouth.

Many people are held hostage by their words; they are prisoners of words.

Proverbs 6:2 Jerusalem Bible “...through words of yours you have been entrapped.”

The Basic English Version says “...the sayings of your lips have overcome you.”

James 3 says your tongue determines the direction and destiny of your life in the same way the rudder on a great ship steers it wherever the captain wants to go.

Jesus won the war of words with the devil in Matthew 4.

You're a believer in the Word of God. You must speak what you believe for victory to be yours.

The confession of your lips that grows out of faith in your heart, will absolutely defeat the adversary in every combat. That means Satan cannot win if you will hold fast to your confession and allow your words to register on your spirit.

This new discovery by medical science may seem to be exciting but the Bible has revealed this fact for thousands of years ago. Medical science is finally finding out what the Bible says has been true all these years!

Be blessed with the rest of your week.

Norman
 

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Open Your Eyes

Posted By at Wednesday, April 08, 2015

 

Paul prayed for the church in Ephesians 1:18 when he said, "I pray: That the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints."

When you face the problem or the crisis it's easy to lose your perspective. It happened to some of Jesus' disciples on the Emmaus Road. They were discouraged about His death it says in Luke 24:15-16 The Message Bible "They were going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their… questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who He was."

The problem is when you take your eyes off Jesus you begin to feel helpless about things; you lose your sense of purpose and vision.

Many people say, when facing a major crisis, that they tend to be the kind of person whose vision becomes blurred and their perceptions are shot, that their contemplations one-sided and they shut out the very people who can help them; just like these two disciples. Their vision was blurred about the very person who was walking with them and talking to them. The One whose death they were mourning was really alive but they didn't realize it because their focus was on the wrong thing. They were more concerned about His death than His promise to rise again from the dead.

Luke 24:30-31 Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight.

Everything changed the minute they recognized Him. When they recognized Him they didn't need to see Him physically, they needed to believe without seeing.

Within the hour they were on their way back to Jerusalem. There these two told the others how Jesus had appeared to them as they were walking along the road and how later they had recognized Him as He was breaking the bread.

It continues in vs. 33-35 So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

Notice the words "within the hour". In an instant they went from fear to courage, from pain to joy, and from despair to hope. That's the story of Easter. No matter how bad things may appear to be, when you set your eyes on Jesus He will fill you with hope.

That's why Paul writes: in Ephesians 1:18 That the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.

The problem many Christians face is this, they are concentrating too much on their sickness or their problem instead of concentrating on His promise of healing and deliverance. So open your spiritual eyes and see the answer instead of the problem.

Be blessed with the rest of your week.

Norman
 

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Not Ashamed Because God's Word Works

Posted By at Wednesday, April 01, 2015

 

Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

There are some people who are in a position right now where they're saying, "Lord, you know I believe your Word, but it doesn't seem to be working. I have been hearing about healing for a long time, yet for some reason I don't seem to get it. What is wrong?"

Sometimes the answer may just be a simple adjustment in your believing.

Romans 1:16 says, "... it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth ..." When you say "Lord, I believe" what "I" do you mean? Is it your mind, or are you talking about your spirit?

Let's look closer at what Paul says in the aforementioned verse of Scripture in that regard.

First of all, Paul says, "I am not ashamed of the Gospel."

Why? Because the Gospel is the power of God! So, we could say that the Word of God is the power. The Word is the power unto salvation for everybody that believes it.

Look at Romans 1:16 in the Amplified Bible: For I am not ashamed of the Gospel (good news) of Christ, for it is God's power working unto salvation [for deliverance from eternal death] to everyone who believes with a personal trust and a confident surrender and firm reliance, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.

The Word of God is God's power working. The Word is working. So hold onto that thought.

In Acts 20:32 we see what Paul says about the Word of God. "And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified."

He handed them over to the Word of God's grace, because the Word was able to build them up, and give them an inheritance.

We know that our spirit man, just like physical body has to be fed. Just as you put food in your physical body for strength, you need to put spiritual food in your spirit man for spiritual strength. When you are meditating on the Word of God your spirit man is getting built up. The Word is able to build you up.

Then Paul also says "the Word is able to give you an inheritance." Jesus left us a will that defines what our inheritance is. It is the New Testament. In it you will find many things that we've inherited. There is financial blessing. The terms of which are good measure pressed down, shaken together and running over.

That is what you can read in Jesus' will. Another part of our inheritance is physical health for our body.

Also, we've got soundness of mind and safety. We are preserved because of our inheritance. Our inheritance is prosperity in every area of life. We obtain it all by meditating in the Word of God, because the Word is the power that brings God's blessings into our life.

Have a wonderful Easter and enjoy all the blessings it brings.

Norman

Let me just add a BIG THANK YOU to all of you who sent me birthday greetings and gifts on Monday for my 72nd birthday.