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1 Samuel 13:14 Authority Over Purpose: God has Chosen You, Go Forth

1 Samuel 13:14 (ESV)
14 But now your kingdom shall not continue. The Lord has sought out a man after his own heart, and the Lord has commanded him to be prince[a] over his people, because you have not kept what the Lord commanded you.”

As we approach Resurrection Sunday, we are going to dive deeper into how God wants us to have authority over our purpose. Purpose is defined as “the reason for which something is done or created or for which something exists,” and as Christians we are created to serve God. Today, we will focus on the first step, which is having authority over our purpose. Having authority over our purpose is opening and mirroring our heart after God’s. Before receiving an assignment from the Lord, God is examining our hearts to see if it’s like His. In Matthew 6:21, it states that “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In our society, we have made idols like money, fame, or power our treasure, but God wants His Word and His people to be our treasure. For example, David is highlighted for his love of God, which is why God trusted him to be a Shepard. God knew he could trust and guide him towards his larger purpose: to lead a nation.  

Consider the following:
In a recent sermon by Pastor Michael Todd of Transformation Church, he asked his congregation if they were experiencing a heart attack due to things such as unforgiveness, selfishness, or hate which may be clotting their arteries. He discussed how God can’t bless us if we first do not renew our minds and open our hearts to the Lord. We might have a stained past like Solomon, confined to gender roles like Esther, or born into a lower status like David. However, in God’s eyes God sees past the exterior and goes by 1 Samuel 16:7 which states:7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

If you are looking to gain authority over your purpose here is a short prayer you can save over the next three weeks: God, please give me authority over my purpose. I bind up every false idol, fear, or doubt. I cover my purpose with your blood. I believe that my purpose will be revealed to me and activated to do your work in your name. God, I believe in your power and I know that with your will I can walk on water. Amen.  

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