(NKJV) In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind? (NLT) For the life of every living thing is in his hand, and the breath of every human being
Praise God! God has blessed us to see another year, oh, what a joy! Oh, what a feeling! The number nine represents divine will. As we begin 2019, God wants everyone to know that they have been called for a purpose. Over the next nine weeks leading us to Lent, we will learn more about God’s divine will for our lives and ways to step into it. This series will use nuggets from What on Earth am I here for? by Rick Warren.
I encourage you to share this series with all people. However, I caution you to know that being successful and living on and in purpose are not the same. God purposed you, so you must believe that God created you for a specific reason. You may be successful, meet your goals, have a financially flourishing life, and still miss your purpose. Thus, the very first step is knowing God and having a personal relationship with him. If you want to know what this looks like and have questions, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
Consider the following:
If you want to know why you were placed on this planet, you must begin with God, for God purposed us when we were born. Often times in life we ask ourselves self-centered questions — “What do I want to be? and What are my goals?” (p. 5). However, our scripture informs us that God holds and directs every creature on this earth, God has the breath and the life of every human being. Thus, if we want to understand God’s divine will for our life, if we want to know our purpose, then we must seek God first. As the Bible reminds us, God is Alpha — God is the beginning, God is also omniscient — God is all knowing, and God is agape — God is love. Therefore, since God loves us, knows everything, and purposed us from the beginning, then it is imperative that we seek God to obtain our divine will. Warren wrote it this way, “You exist only because God wills that you exist. You were made by God and for God—and until you understand that, life will never make sense. It is only in God that we discover our origin, our identity, our meaning, our purpose, our significance, and our destiny” (p. 5).
Over the next several weeks, we will explore with God these questions: 1) What does the Word say about purpose? 2) Why is it necessary to know our purpose? 3) Can your purpose be multifaceted? 4) How do you discover your purpose? 5) Once discovered, how do you confidently live in it?
Although you may have realizations about your career, find steps to achieve your dreams, and be on a trajectory for planning your life, the main goal is for you to discover your purpose. That way during Lent we will fast, pray and praise so we can live in our purpose. Always remember, God provides revelation and through His word, God will provide you answers.