Finding Purpose – Part 1

01edd52425868b1ebe513d30a2662382162aeaa9a5_00001I read a lot! I love reading. I love to research things and learn new things. I especially love to teach what I learn. I am a traditional reader. I prefer to read books in paper form. When I read, I jot down my thoughts, underline, highlight and stick post-it notes on the pages of the book.

In addition to Christian and Inspirational books, I read a lot of Management books as well. A couple years ago, I started reading biographies. If I had $1000 (one thousand dollars), I could spend it all on books and feel completely satisfied.

I love to read the bible. I have quite a number of bibles in different translations and I will be acquiring more.  There’s still a lot out there I don’t yet have. When I study the bible, I use “study bibles” but you know, the most interesting part for me is checking out verses in the different bible translations I have. I find that I get great understanding by doing so. In all your getting, get understanding, right? This helps!

Of course, the Holy Spirit is there to guide me, because sometimes, a bible verse may not be accurately translated by even the most popular translations. I always encourage people to buy bibles in different translations, as led by the Holy Spirit. And now, I am advising you to do the same! And use them! They are not to be displayed as home library decoration.

I read in the biography of E.W. Kenyon by Joe McIntyre, that his brother at some point during the start of his ministry said to him, the one who helps the people is the one who knows and preaches the Word of God.” That inspired me to delve deeper in my study of the bible. I believe that as the catalyst for growth and development, we women need to know the Word of God. We are here to help! Everyone of us have a people we have been sent to – no matter how small, how large, even if it is just one person – the knowledge of the Word of God will help us help them.

Have I read the bible from cover to cover? No, I haven’t! Have I tried to do so? Yes, I have? So, what happened? Why haven’t I still read the bible from cover to cover? I believe that the Lord works with each of us in very specific ways, depending on the purpose we are here in this life to fulfill. I believe that at very specific times in our lives, if we allow Him guide us, rather than be guided by principles, not only will we achieve more in our lives but we will focus on the relevant things. Please don’t misunderstand me, principles are great and important, but without the guidance of the Holy Spirit… (With every step you take, think about what he wants, and he will help you go the right way. Proverbs 3:6. ERV)

Not every word or story in the bible is relevant to me fulfilling my purpose, and so, the Holy Spirit is not going to be focusing my attention on them. Hun! Well, it is what I have discovered. There are a lot of passages I come across as I study but don’t quite have a full understanding of. Initially, I would try and try to understand those areas. I have even gone out to buy a new bible I thought would help me understand the passage, but still my understanding wouldn’t go deeper than I already had.

One day, I heard the voice of the Spirit of God within me say “Stop trying. Focus on where I open your understanding in.” You know, when you initially here such words, it’s hard to believe because God must most definitely want us to know everything in the bible, so, get thee behind me Satan.  Anyway, I knew it was His voice and so I believed and left those areas alone. I learnt from E.W. Kenyon that when I study, I should ask the Holy Spirit to open the bible up to me and make it a living thing in my spirit. I have found that it helps my focus as to areas to study in the bible.

It is most important for me to state here that I discovered my purpose from studying the bible. I had tried in the past to follow the steps written in books on how to discover one’s purpose, but I would get really confused with some of them because I couldn’t put my finger on exactly what I was called to do, out of the number of things I wanted to do. One day, in my cry to God to make me what He wants me to be, He opened some scriptures up to me in the bible that led me to my purpose.

More of how I discovered my purpose in my next post.

Did you find this read inspiring?  Have you discovered your purpose?  How do you study the bible?  Let me know! Leave a comment.

Reference: E.W. KENYON and His Message of Faith – The True Story by Joe McIntyre

Becoming YOUer – the best version of you

 

Welcome to the month of March!!

This month I want to begin focusing on finding purpose and the fruit of the Spirit.

There is a version of you that God sees. This version of you is the best version of you. It is the YOU that is living out her purpose. It is the YOU that puts on display, the fruit of the Spirit (But the fruit that the Spirit produces in a person’s life is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control… Galatians 5:22-23. ERV).

Which you are you right now? The YOU you would rather not be or the best version of you? Take some moments to think about it.

You will always be you! What I mean is that, the best version of you is not a different person. The best version of you is the you that is more you. As you grow in the best version of you, you are not less you. You are only YOUer. Let us move towards being more of who we truly are as we find purpose and develop the fruit of the Spirit this month.

Did you ever love reading? Do you love reading? Do you read? Most people who do not like to read become lazy or interested in reading the bible. They prefer for the bible to be taught them by someone else who reads it. But what we need to know is, that someone else will interpret the bible to us based on their understanding, which is inspired by their purpose.

No one person knows or understands everything in the bible. We understand only what the Holy Spirit reveals to us. And that depends on our purpose. It is the reason why there are different ministers to certain people, certain places, with a certain message to be delivered in a certain way. The person ministering the Word of God to you right now, may not be the person sent to you!

In other words, his/her message may not be unlocking the you that you are to be – the best version of you. Why does everyone else get blessed and record great testimonies from the message of this minister, but not you? Why are you struggling with experiencing victories, when you seem to be doing everything right? Of course, there may be other reasons, but I have come to discover that it most likely is because that minister is not your gift.

The bible speaks about the five-fold ministry gifts to men, in Philippians 4:11 (apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers). Gifts to men! Are you with the right gift? Which gift do you require now? As you study the bible, the Holy Spirit will lead you to your gift or lead your gift to you. The bible says in Romans 12:2 that, as we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, through the study of the word (2 Corinthians 3:18), we will be able to prove (our lives will align with) that which is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God for your life.

My questions for you today are:

  1. Are you living out your purpose?
  2. Are you being the best version of you?
  3. Do you read the bible constantly and intentionally?
  4. Are you being ministered to by your ministry gift?

Spend some time to ponder on these questions, honestly and humbly asking the Holy Spirit to guide you in answering them.

If you answer “Yes” in any of the questions: Wonderful! Keep that answer a “Yes”, and inspire others to also have a “Yes” answer. But if you answer “No” in any of the questions, you need to turn that “No” into a “Yes” by taking action now!

How do you take action?

  1. Make Jesus the Lord of your life. (So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking –around life – and place it before God as an offering… Romans 12:1. MSG).
  2. Start reading the bible with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Ask the Holy Spirit to open up the Word to you and make it a living thing in your spirit.  (Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2. MSG).
  3. Believe and do whatever the Holy Spirit leads you to do, knowing that He has empowered you to do it. (Yes, it is God who is working in you. He helps you want to do what pleases him, and he gives you the power to do it. Philippians 2:13. ERV).

Reference: “the ME I want to be” by John Ortberg.