Friends: The following word from a dear lady in my wife’s prayer circle is the reason this link began.
The Power of Purpose -Cathy Beckom-
We have all had to walk through those difficult times in our lives when we were not sure of God’s purpose in what we were going through. We could not see how He would bring us through it, not to mention how He would work it out for our good and for His glory. Yet, we can look back and see that He did just that so many times. We finally have to come to the place of surrender to God’s will. That was the prayer that Jesus prayed after His intense battle in the Garden of Gethsemane. He asked His Father to let the cup pass from Him if possible, but then prayed, “Father, not my will, but Thine be done.” Instead of holding on to our will and desire, we have to yield to God’s will and purpose. We don’t always know what that purpose is, so we have to trust Him enough to be willing to release the situation into His hands.
I remember something that a dear friend, Charlotte Torango, said several years ago. I was listening to a CD of a service in which she was sharing the word and she made the statement, “Sometimes God’s purpose is greater than our faith.” I have thought about that often since then. I have come to understand more of what she meant as I realized that the purpose of God for my life was the overriding factor in my coming through a recent battle. He also had a specific purpose for what I was going through. So I am learning the “power of purpose” and wanted to share my thoughts with you.
I heard Pastor T.D. Jakes say, “Your purpose is greater than your pain.” Sometimes the pain is great because the purpose is great. Often the purpose has to be birthed through the pain and intercession. There is tremendous power in God’s purpose. It carries us through those times when our will wants to give up. It will also carry us through when our faith can’t. I will attempt to explain what I mean by this.
Faith is necessary to live the Christian life. Hebrews 10:38 (KJV) says, “The just shall live by faith…” Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) says, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Romans 12:3 (KJV) tells us that, “God has given every man “the” measure of faith.” The Amplified says, “God has apportioned to each a “degree” of faith [and a purpose designed for service].” Hebrews 13 speaks of our forerunners who did exploits by faith. He has also given gifts of faith. (1 Corinthians 12:9) So we know the power of faith and the absolute necessity of it in our walk with God. However, I have come to understand the “power of God’s purpose” in our lives is greater than we have realized. I believe that is because it is about “Him” and not “us.” So often we talk about “our” faith, but when we talk about purpose, we are taken out of the picture and the focus is on Him.
How do we use our faith? As we mature in Christ, we come to know that faith is not so much about speaking to our mountains to be removed, but trusting in the purpose of God for our lives to be fulfilled as we face the mountains. Faith has matured into trust, and belief has matured into knowing. Of course, we continue to have faith in God’s word and His promises and always will. But we must also have faith in His purpose and plan for us, and that He will bring it to pass in His way and time as we commit and yield to Him. We have to allow God to use all we have been through to bring purpose out of it for us and for others and to glorify Himself through our sufferings and difficulties. It isn’t faith or purpose, but our faith in alignment with God’s purpose.
Ephesians 1:5 (AmpC) says, “For He foreordained us (destined us, planned in love for us) to be adopted (revealed) as His own children through Jesus Christ, in accordance with the purpose of His will [because it pleased Him and was His kind intent].”
Ephesians 1:11 (AmpC) says, “In Him we also were made [God’s] heritage (portion) and we obtained an inheritance; for we had been foreordained (chosen and appointed beforehand) in accordance with His purpose, Who works out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of His [own] will.”
2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV), “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.”
You can see from just these few scriptures alone that God created us according to His own will and purpose and for a purpose. Everything created has usefulness and a purpose. The word “purpose” in 2 Timothy 1:9 is the Greek prosthesis which means: a setting forth of a thing; intention. From the Dictionary, the word means: the reason for which anything exists or is done or made; an intended or desired result; aim; determination; resolution; fixed intention in doing something.
Isaiah 14:24 (AmpC) says, “The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, "Surely, as I have thought and planned, so it shall come to pass, and as I have purposed, so it shall stand.” The word “purposed” in this passage is Hebrew ya’ ats which means to determine, devise, guide, plan.
Isaiah 46:11 (NKJ) says, “Indeed I have spoken it; I will also bring it to pass. I have purposed it; I will also do it.” Purpose in this scripture is Hebrew yatsar which means to be formed, fashioned, pre-determined, pre-ordained.
If we have been foreordained, chosen and appointed before we were ever sent into this earth according to His purpose, then doesn’t it make sense that His purpose would be a guiding force in our lives? Would He abandon His purpose for us that He Himself chose? No, I don’t think so. That is why it is so important that we allow His Spirit to work in us to help us discover God’s purpose and enable us to walk in that purpose. Along our journey, we may go through things that we cannot see any purpose in it at all, but our Father knows what is needed in order to bring us into the fulfillment of His purpose in our lives and into the fullness of Christ.
Seeing the magnitude of His purpose, then we must ask ourselves, “What is my purpose? What is the purpose in being alive? Many people struggle with this question and never find an answer, because they are looking for the answer in the material realm and not in the spiritual. We’re all searching for something in life. Whether you want to call it significance, purpose, meaning or something else, there is an innate desire in each of us for our life to matter — to have significance and purpose. But I am speaking of something greater than “our” desire for meaning and purpose. I am speaking of “God’s” desire for us. His purpose for us is so much greater than we could ever imagine for ourselves.
What is the point of living without a purpose? We are going through the motions of a life, but it is empty and unfulfilling. Purpose gives us direction and motivation. Why do we get up in the mornings? God has created the world and mankind with a specific purpose in mind. In fact, He does nothing without a purpose. Finding our purpose gives us a reason for getting up every day, going through the mundane of life, and gives us something to which we can attach our faith, will and determination. Why are we here? What does God want us to do and be in the earth? It is always greater than just the natural life that we live. It is greater than what we think we can do or see within ourselves. God sees beyond the natural and knows the reason He created us and sent us into this earth. Finding our purpose and surrendering to it takes us through the developmental process. It empowers us to run the race and to go the distance until we arrive at our destination.
Former first lady Barbara Pierce Bush passed away recently. One of the best things I heard about her, and there were many, was that she believed you should live with a purpose. When asked to attend certain events or speak at various gatherings, she would ask “for what purpose” before she would accept the engagement. We should be asking the same regarding all that we do in this life. Purpose is a powerful, guiding force. It gets you up in the morning, carries you when you would rather not go, and leaves you with a legacy of knowing that you made a difference in this life and the hereafter.
We can’t ever discount the power of God’s purpose in our lives. Purpose can be greater than faith because it was initiated by God even before we ever came into the earth and were given our “measure of faith.” Belief, faith and confidence in God’s purpose for us are more important than the amount of faith we have. God is always working behind the scenes to put the pieces in place in our lives to bring about His purpose for us. When we are in a season of trials and our faith seems weak, God is still working according to His purpose for us. If our faith doesn’t give us what we are seeking, we need to be still and trust Him completely and know that something greater is being worked out in our lives. Not only must we have faith, but a “purpose to serve.”
Regardless of what we are going through, remember that Romans 8:28 (AmpC) says: “We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.” This scripture gives us such assurance that He is our Sovereign God who is in control, that we are called according to His purpose, and that He works ALL things for our good and His glory as we walk the “walk of faith” on this earth.
The timing of God is connected to the purpose of God. He orders our steps and controls our times. So our submission to His Sovereignty can give us a peace and relieve the daily struggle with which we wrestle so often. It can eliminate the questions of “Why God? When God? How God?” May He bring us into that place of personal surrender which leads to peace. Ecclesiastes 3:11 (AmpC), “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He also has planted eternity in men’s hearts and minds [a divinely implanted sense of a purpose working through the ages which nothing under the sun but God alone can satisfy], yet so that men cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end.”
Ecclesiastes 3:1 (KJV) says, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.” As Psalm 31:15 tells us, “our times are in His hands.” There is a time for the fulfillment of His ultimate purpose for our lives but there are incremental fulfillments of His purpose in every situation we face. Ecclesiastes 8:6 (AmpC), “For every purpose and matter has its [right] time and judgment….” If we can learn to trust Him in all things, we can enter into a rest that “He hath done all things well.” (Mark 7:37)
Proverbs 19:21 (Amp) says: “Many plans are in a man’s mind, but it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).”
Ephesians 1:12 (AmpC), “So that we who first hoped in Christ [who first put our confidence in Him have been destined and appointed to] live for the praise of His glory!” I believe we are all called to live out this scripture in every purpose in which we are involved. Is there a greater purpose than this?
In the end, this scripture in Ephesians 2:10 (TPT) will be our testimony: “We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it! Amen!
Blessings to you all.