LIVING ON PURPOSE Written by Chris (momof9)
In Dan 1:8 we find ..
Da 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.
My pastor preached on this subject not long ago, He first pointed out the fact that Daniel had character that he was most likely taught from his youth (take note MOM) ... I thought about how it is easier when taught from a child and although it would be HARDER as an adult .. it can be done AMEN ... Ladies let's PURPOSE to serve the Lord ..
Character he said very simply was a routine of right living -- another words living this way on purpose .. by habit!
Ladies, if we really want to serve the Lord day in and day out (and don't we all amen?) we need to plan our routine and in time when we purpose to follow through it will be come natural .. One of the first things we have to do is break bad habits! We need to get our Spiritual life organized.
I mean think about this .. we spend how much time preparing our house for visitors? how about how much time we spend before a mirror making ourselves presentable? what about with meals? the list can go on and on .. Shouldn't we put as much... NO more time into preparing to meet the day with the LORD by our side?
Next pastor brought out the verse ..
1Th 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole [b]spirit and soul and body[/b] be [b]preserved[/b] blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Purpose with our spirit, soul and body .. here we go ..
Let's start with our Spirit ..
Yes, we hear over and over again ... read your Bible . but do you? Or do you start out good, maybe a couple days and then slack off? There is no set amount you need to read .. but consider this .. if you are about to face a tough day .. you will need to read more .. we need to read our Bibles EVERY day ladies!!!! It puts our spirits under subjection, you don't have to live with a bad spirit .. do you see yourself in these adjectives? Cranky, overreactions, complaining spirit, etc? .. Purpose through the reading and instruction of God's Word .. to renew your spirit within you !!!! It will change your life! ..
The old man doesn't play fair .. he plays to win!!!!! we find in Ps 86:3 that Daily prayer! .. It was a ritual in his life .. consider evening, morning and at noon. That doesn't have to be on your knees constantly but in a state of prayer .. it will help you to PURPOSE to reply to situations and to walk in the Spirit!!!
Pastor said an addict is someone who no longer is in control of their life. Daily Consecration !!!!! The Bible says a LIVING SACRIFICE! in Romans 12, Consecrate your control center to the Lord!! He even suggested that we sing a song a day .. consider
Ps 72:15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised.
In Lu 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
DAILY!! .. see that? why do we need to do this over and over again anew each day? Obviously because we keep putting it down!
Ro 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Be on the lookout .. study to be cautious, Set a watch!!! Ask God daily for warnings, so that sin will have no place in your life.
Consider Romans 8! Our body ladies are NOT saved!!! IT is going to take some gusto to witness, subject our hearts to preaching, reading our Bibles, submission to the authority over us, praying, going to church and so much more!!!!
We need to teach our body to be compelled!!! Because all the body cares about is ITSELF!
And remember! anybody can be used of God to be a blessing .. Be an encourager !!!!!
I hope this blessed you as much as it did me .. I want nothing more than to Serve the Lord with my WHOLE Heart, body soul and spirit!!! how about you?