Understanding Your Purpose
Saul the Pharisee tried to destory the church, but God had a plan for his life: In a way that seems right to Saul, he attempts to destroy the church. God’s plan, however, was to reveal His Son in Saul, guiding Saul into his true purpose: to preach Jesus to the Gentiles. When God revealed His purpose in creating Saul on the road to Damascus, Saul the Pharisee was translated into Paul the Apostle. The revelation he received caused a total about face that forever changed Saul’s life. God is no respector of person; He did it for Saul and He will do it for you. Taste and see that the Lord is good; in Him there is no darkness.
“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, ‘Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?’ And he said, ‘Who art thou, Lord?’ And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.’ And he trembling and astonished said, ‘Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?’ And the Lord said unto him, ‘Arise, and go into the city, and it shall be told thee what thou must do.’ And the men which journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice, but seeing no man. And Saul arose from the earth; and when his eyes were opened, he saw no man: but they led him by the hand, and brought him into Damascus. And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink” (Acts 9:3-9).
When we don’t know God’s plan for us, we are blind like Saul, completely ignorant of the most priceless information we shall ever seek—especially considering the high price under which we were redeemed. When we don’t know God’s plan for us, life is a series of experiments and the end is always the same: emptiness, unfulfillment, and abuse as we misuse our time, talents, and the people around us. The revelation Saul received from Jesus on the road to Damascus caused him to repent (have a change of mind, i.e., thinking, a change of heart, a turning to God) as Jesus commanded in Matthew 4:17. With his vision restored and his true mission clear, Paul was a new creature (a new creative act), a servant-leader for God. Paul was obedient, faithful, and successful following the guidance of the Holy Spirit in true fellowship with His Creator. He lined up with God’s purpose.
The four keys:
1) God gave you an eternal spirit with eternal potential.
2) Sin robbed you of that potential because you were born spiritually dead.
3) God redeemed your eternal potential through the death of Jesus Christ.
4) You are designed to live by faith.
For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the sea,” and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Mark 11:23
In Christ New Hope Ministry, Inc. © 2005 | Visit our main website at www.icnhm.org