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Living With a Purpose

And He who sent Me is with Me. The Father has not left Me alone, for I always do those things that please Him.” John 8:29 (NKJV)

Throughout Jesus’ earthly ministry we can see Him speaking about the kingdom of God—He proclaimed so clearly there could be no ambiguity in those who heard Him.  Jesus could speak passionately and effectively because He lived His life here on earth with a purpose firmly rooted within His heart, and that purpose was to do those things that please His father (John 8:28-29).

Those who opposed Jesus’ message and ministry also had a purpose within their hearts.  They were clearly set against God, even though they declared to be believers.  This rebellious spirit rooted in pride produced hard hearts, willful spirits, and self-righteous attitudes—all attributes of Satan (cf. Isa. 14:12-14).

Q:         So, what does it mean to purpose within our heart?

The word purpose can be defined as, “reason for existence,” “desired effect”, or “determination”  And we can use these three definitions in questions to define our purpose as well, by asking—

·      What is our reason for existence?

·      What is our desired effect (or outcome) for living our lives?

·      What are we determined to do?

We can see throughout the pages of Scriptures, many stories of men who answered all three of these questions—by how they lived their lives.  Their lives were a living testimony of what they purposed in their heart—both good and bad.  Some men willingly received what God had for them, including His word, His guidance, and His will, while others would not; choosing instead to remain stubbornly insistant on living the way they wanted to live—all because of pride.

Let’s face it, if we purpose within our heart to do something, then chances are we will end up doing it.  And if we don’t then we will in all unlikelihood not do it.  Jesus rightly said, wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Luke 12:34). 

If we are going to be victorious in our Christian walk, then we must purpose within our heart to fully surrender to our Lord, and submit to His perfect plan for our life.  And our submission should be out of our love for who He is, for what He had done, and for what He is going to do. 

I want to encourage you to mediate on these truths today.

STUDY QUESTION: According to John 8:29, what did Jesus always purpose to do within His heart?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find that wherever your treasure is, your heart is there also?

APPLICATION: Let’s purpose within our hearts to live our lives in a way that shows we truly love our Lord. 

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for purposing within Your heart to love us.  Thank You for giving us so many vital life lessons within Your word.  Help us to purpose within our hearts today to live for You alone.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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