Our last post was the highlights of the sermon ministered at the hangout. Read PURPOSE & PASSION; LIVING FOR GOD to catch up.
It’s been quite a journey, since the beginning of the year. I must confess while awaiting my next guest to send her response to the interview questions, I wasn’t sure of what to upload.
Today’s blog post is not a formal one, I’ll only be sharing my thoughts. I only desire to bring a word of encouragement to someone today.
WHAT SHALL SEPARATE US?
It’s one thing to have a strong conviction and believe in God. It’s another thing for that conviction to stand the test of time.
There are many obstacles and challenges designed to test our conviction and belief in Christ, but our reactions to the challenges determine the outcome.
Who shall ever separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or whatever nakedness, or danger, or sword? Romans 8:35
We’ve been talking about purpose and I’m sure you would agree the journey is not an easy one. I have had to ask myself that question over and over again.
There have been moments when I doubted if I heard God or understood his calling, if my convictions were real or mere suggestions.
But, let me bring to your notice, that whatever is of God will be opposed by challenges, circumstances, and challenges.
If you’ve never experienced opposition in this journey, then perhaps the devil has seen no reason to counter you.
Yet, will we allow these challenges to separate us from God’s assignment for us? Certainly Not!
JESUS, OUR PERFECT EXAMPLE
Our anchor scripture for the year talks about Jesus Christ. He is our perfect example and our model in all things.
You see if Jesus has walked this path and gone through these trials, and still yielded to God’s will, then it is possible for me.
We are learning this year, that just as Jesus Christ came to do as it was written of him, so does God’s desire that we fulfill his will for our lives. Yet, Jesus did not encounter a smooth ride.
Then I said, ‘Look, I have come to do your will, O God— as is written about me in the Scriptures.’” Hebrews 10:7
The greatest gift God gave to us was His son and the privilege to be restored to him. We have a High Priest that understands all we are going through.
Jesus remains our perfect example. Having read all the blog posts, all the books, and all the interviews, perhaps you are like me, asking God if all these will be worth it, perhaps you desire to be on the right track but you’re still not sure you have discovered it.
Maybe you are already tired of a journey you haven’t even started.
I bring you good news!
The desire to find the right track, and be rightfully aligned indicates progress on this journey to purpose fulfillment.
Today, it occurred to me that everything in my life is still part of God’s plan. One step leads to another. Even suffering is part of the plan.
Even though Jesus was God’s Son, he learned obedience from the things he suffered. Hebrews 5:8
Even though Christ was God’s Son, the firstborn, God’s very own, he suffered. Man would not consider that just, for Christ to have suffered.
But if Christ suffered and it was in this he learned obedience, how much more, we, the many Sons that now belong to him.
I SURRENDER ALL
Recently, I have raised questions in my heart. This journey of purpose, of living for God, of doing what he desires, requires the total submission, and surrender to God’s will.
Surrender means saying ‘yes’ before God asks the question. It means letting go before God requests it. It means staying there before God even tells you to sit.
To surrender is a decision we would have to make over and over in this journey of life. The more we surrender, the more we have to surrender.
There are different levels of submission and we would be required to pass them all. This becomes a sign of maturity and spiritual growth.
Just as life is in phases, the purpose of your life is made up of tasks that you would have to accomplish per time.
I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. Philippians 3:12
I can assure you that this journey that began this year is not just for you to learn from, but it’s a path I am currently walking on. I have had and I’m still undergoing my share of the dealings.
But my resolution remains that Christ is the ultimate. I have decided to see the end of this journey. I have decided not to run away or back out. I have decided to see the end of this phase.
It’s not an easy one, the year is still a long one, purpose fulfillment is still a long journey but as long as there’s a race to run, we will keep running till we attain it.
I believe all the posts have blessed you so far, please read, share and pass them on. But be encouraged, God is not through with you yet, He will perfect his work in you.
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