Monday, May 18, 2015

Pastor's Ponderings, May 18, 2015

What Stands Between You and Your Purpose?

The Miami Mass Choir sings, “What God has for me is for me.” This is very inspirational implying that what God has planned for us will come forth. But sometimes it does not seem to happen. What stops us from reaching our goals?  Is it our fear, our anxiety, past experiences, other people, or lack of self-esteem? 

The Bible is clear about God’s purpose for our lives, which is to bring Him praise and glory and to obey Him (Isaiah 43:7, Ecclesiastes 12:13). Paul asked the Galatians in the Bible, “Who hindered thee?” (Galatians 5:7).  He answered his question by saying anything that distracts us from His truth such as fear, doubt, or unbelief will hinder us from reaching God’s purpose in our lives (Galatians 5:9). 

He has already given us everything we need for a good life (2 Peter 1:3).  He says that we can do anything through Jesus (Philippians 4:13).  

What is your purpose?  What is His time line for you?  Redeem your time, make it count, fight the good fight, press toward His standard and declare that what God has for you is for you and you will not allow fear, doubt, or unbelief to get you to not obey God’s word and you will reach your purpose in Him.

Isaiah 43:7
New International Version (NIV)
everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made

Ecclesiastes 12:13
13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

Galatians 5:7, 9
Amplified Bible (AMP)
7 You were running the race nobly. Who has interfered in (hindered and stopped you from) your heeding and following the Truth?
9 A little leaven (a slight inclination to error, or a few false teachers) leavens the whole lump [it perverts the whole conception of faith or misleads the whole church].

2 Peter 1:3
New International Version (NIV)
His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Philippians 4:13
New International Version (NIV)
13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

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