Purpose that Transforms

In the previous scripture we see that Apostle Paul had gone on a journey and on this journey Paul was able to discover his God given purpose. On this journey, Paul’s life was totally transformed. His life was transformed by God’s purpose for him. I believe that if we pursue God that we can also take this journey and discover God’s purpose for our lives and truly be transformed. Let’s see what it takes.

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Definition of Purpose: Readers digest oxford complete word finder purpose is a thing intended; the reason for which something is done or made. The GREEK meaning is: A deliberate intention; A deliberate Design

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SEVEN THINGS YOU MUST UNDERSTAND ABOUT GOD’S PURPOSE

(1.) OFTENTIMS GOD’S PURPOSE IS DISCOVERED THRU STRUGGLE! Acts 9:10-16 Paul’s struggle

(2.) GOD SAVED US FOR HIS PURPOSE! 2 Timothy 1:9

(3.) GOD CALLED US AND GAVE US AN INVITATION TO JOIN HIM IN HIS WORK! 2 Timothy 1:9 Matthew 22:14 (read whole parable 1-14 if needed)

(4.) GOD’S CALLING IS HOLY OR PURE AND WE SHOULD HANDLE IT THAT WAY! 2 Timothy 1:9

(5.) WE DON’T DESERVE WHAT HE’S CALLED US TO! 2 Timothy 1:9

(6.) HIS PURPOSE IS MOST IMPORTANT ABOVE ALL ELSE! 2 Timothy 1:9

(7.) GOD SET YOUR PURPOSE IN CHRIST BEFORE YOU WERE BORN! 2 Timothy 1:9

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Why is it important to understand His purpose? IT’S THE ONLY WAY TO TRUE FULFILLMENT IN THIS LIFE! Purpose is the source of fulfillment.  Purpose gives life meaning. Phil. 3:12 apprehend what Christ apprehended me for.

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HOW DOES GOD TRANSFORM A MAN OR WOMAN BY HIS PURPOSE?

A. God kills or BREAKS you: what do I mean? Your flesh. Because we are living in ourselves and the flesh can’t please or fulfill the purpose of God. Example: Jesus (Luke 4:1-14, Mat. 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13); Paul: 2 Cor.12:7-10(1-6): What is God’s method of killing you? He often uses trouble
(suffering) to get you in a place of obedience: Christ learned obedience thru the things that he suffered. Then he teaches you how to overcome the trouble (John 16:33, 1John 5:4)

B. EXAMPLES OF GOD BREAKING: MOSES; JOSEPH- hated by his brothers, sold into slavery, potipher’s wife accuses him & sent to prison; ABRAHAM: Gen. 12- causes to leave family, famine, makes promise & takes long time & then kill the promise, PAUL

C. Why does God want to BREAK you (your flesh)? SO THAT YOU CAN COME TO THE END OF YOURSELF AND HE CAN FORM THE IMAGE OF HIS SON IN YOU: Romans 8:29; 2 Cor. 3:12-18,

D. 1 peter 4:12 strange trial. GOD USES THEM TO BREAK YOU & IT WONT KILL YOU BUT IT WILL BUILD YOU! BUILD YOU HOW: IT BUILDS YOU TO BE WHAT AND WHO GOD NEEDS YOU TO BE TO FULFILL HIS PURPOSE.

E. After God Builds you to fulfill his purpose, then HIS purpose DRIVES you: Acts 20:17-24

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