Identifying Points of Purpose

Philippians 2:13 (KJV) 13For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Philippians 2:13 (TMSG) 13That energy is God’s energy, an energy deep within you, God himself willing and working at what will give him the most pleasure.

Introduction:
As we saw in our last post that God can place something in us that can point us to our purpose. PASSION is a key word when it comes to purpose, because oftentimes God places a passion for his cause inside us. It can be disguised by certain emotions of passion such as ANGER and ANGER can be misdirected. When we don’t seek God in how to display our anger and how we can use it to Glorify him and direct it properly, it can cause us problems initially the way that it did with Moses and Saul (later called the Apostle Paul). Let’s talk about other emotions or feelings that can be God induced that will point us toward our purpose. This is a continuation from our last post.

(h.) BURDEN (or Sorrow): something that is carried : LOAD,RESPONSIBILITY

Nehemiah 1:1-4 (KJV)
1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace,
2 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and certain men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning
Jerusalem.
3 And they said unto me, The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach: the wall of Jerusalem also is broken down, and the
gates thereof are burned with fire.
4 And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven, Nehemiah’s passion was properly directed. He heard Jerusalem wasn’t rebuilt and it stirred something on the inside of him that caused him to WANT TO ACT.

(J.) JESUS GIVES US THE PERFECT ROAD MAP TO FINDING OUR
PURPOSE. Here are some of the things that he said:

(1.) Luke 2:49 (KJV)
49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?

(2.) John 4:34 (KJV) 34Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.

(3.) Luke 22:42 (KJV) 42Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.

(4.) John 18:37 (ESV) 37Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”

Point # 1: Purpose is something after discovering it, you are willing to Give your life for, like Jesus, Paul, Moses, Nehemiah,

Point # 2: Purpose always starts with God and his will or purpose
Point # 3: To discover your purpose, you must CONNECT with your Creator
Point #4: FORGET ABOUT TITLES, POSITIONS, AND TIME
Point # 5: So what am I talking about?  Purpose is discovered through RELATIONSHIP (A state of connectedness between people (especially an emotional connection) AND COMMUNION (Fellowship; communion; to live with; to share; to be in union, in partnership, in a bound fellowship; to be closely bound together; to have a close, mutual relationship. BY THAT I MEAN A RELATIONSHIP & COMMUNION WITH GOD HIMSELF.

Practical Application as it pertains to you and your relationship with God It means to be so closely bound together that there is open and mutual sharing: what one has belongs to the other. The point is clear: there is no such fellowship or union between light and darkness. On the contrary, light and darkness are mutually exclusive, of different natures entirely. They cannot coexist.

Spritual Gifts

Sermon by Pastor Melvin Bell
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Spiritual gifts seem to be a mystery to a lot of believers; however, God has given each born again believer a spiritual gift to benefit the local Body and the Body of Christ at large. Paul addressed spiritual gifts several places in scripture, we will begin our study in Romans 12:1-8. The following are notes from a series of messages entitled “Spiritual Gifts Revealed”! This is the first session. I hope that these notes are a benefit to you. I would love to hear your comments and questions.

Romans 12:1-8 (KJV)

1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.
4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: (office means FUNCTION)
5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

 (1.) WHAT IS A SPIRITUAL GIFT?

 Charisma: Gifts, ability. It means the very special ability given to the believer byGod!  

 

(2.) WHO HAS SPIRITUAL GIFTS? Romans 12: 3-6

 Every Born Again Believer has a Spiritual Gift!  (Vs. 3 to EVERY MAN; 1 Cor. 12:7 given to every man)

 

(3.) HOW DO YOU GET A SPIRITUAL GIFT?

 It comes from God; it is not a natural talent. The believer could not have attained nor secured the ability himself. It is a spiritual gift that is given by the Spirit of God .

 

(4.) WHAT MAKES SPIRITUALS GIFTS EFFECTIVE? Romans 12:1-8 )

 (a.)  PURITY of Life! Vs. 1-2

(b.)  A MIND that is SUBMITTED to God in its THINKING! Vs. 2

(c.)   Knowing WHO you are, but also knowing WHY and WHOSE you are! Vs. 3 the Why is because of God; the “whose” is that you belong to God. Think “Soberly” means to be in your right mind. Tie this in to 1Cor. 12 – “the foot can’t say to the hand….”

(d.)  Understanding the VALUE of EVERY GIFT and not just your own! Vs. 4-5 (vs. 3 leads into this in not thinking of yourself more highly than you should). Tie in 1 Cor. 12 – “….I have no need of you”.

(e.)   Understand that you were GIVEN the gift; you didn’t obtain it on your own and it’s TO BENEFIT OTHERS! Vs. 6; 1 Cor. 12:7

(f.)   Love must be the MOTIVATION for the use of your Spiritual Gifts! 1 Corinthians 13:1-3