Day 4 ~ Purpose Driven Life ~ Revisited ~ Every act now strikes a chord that will vibrate in eternity!

Day 4 ~ Made to Last Forever.

Every act now (in this world) strikes a chord that will vibrate in eternity!

Our skin bodies have a sell by date; our spirit bodies are eternal. The same God who fashioned the skin bodies in our mother’s womb engineered our spirit bodies to be our permanent dwelling. 2 Corinthians 5:1 (Mirror Bible)

There is this beautiful story I once heard. A man had been introduced to the word of God and he had to make a decision as to what to do. That night he was still worried about having to give up drink and all sorts of other things that would eventually not suit the lifestyle of a godly man.(*)

He went to bed still wrestling  with this problem. He dreamed that he was standing next to a wide field and needed to get to the other side. Crossing the centre of this field was a well-built stone wall. On the right of the dividing wall stood Jesus and many of the saints.  This part of the field belonged to God.

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On the left of the dividing wall stood the devil and his cohorts. The area on the left was occupied by the evil one.

The man decided that he did not want to choose sides and would not walk through either of the fields. So he got on top of the wall and started walking across. As he was walking the devil was urging him on and telling him he is doing a good job. Jesus on the other hand, was asking him to get off the wall and walk through the field on his side.

When the man was about halfway across the devil and his cohorts were cheering and very happy with his progress. The man got very upset and shouted at the devil that he was not choosing sides because he was in neither of the fields but on top of the wall.

The devil then retorted, “The top of the wall is my territory.”

The story ends with the man waking up and committing his life to Christ.

You see in this world there is absolutely no neutral territory.  You are either going to be with Christ or not?

A good friend of mine, Delroy, says that the scariest verse in the Bible for him is ; Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me,….” Matthew 7 : 21-23 (BSB)

(*) – Jesus said to them “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Matthew 11: 28-30 (BSB)

Additional resources can be found here: http://purposedriven.com/day4/

 

Day 3 ~ Purpose Driven Life – Revisited. Jesus is the door!

Day 3 ~ What drives your life?

No matter what drives your life you cannot shed it or change out of it if you do not use Jesus as the door to Gods perfect peace. Something I have been experiencing more and more is the contented and all-embracing Godly peace found in Christ.

In today’s message Rick examines what drives us. He raises things like, being driven or guided by something from our past, having been put down by a condescending father or mother. Believing and living lies from our past.

My first thought was we must be able to close the door on these inhibiting and disabling thoughts and manifestations. Jesus becomes and is the door. Firstly no matter what you bring to His already lacerated back you can add your crucifying acts. When you have presented your burdens and your malaligned work he bears it on the cross for you.

But the LORD was pleased To crush Him, putting Him to grief; If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand. As a result of the anguish of His soul, He will see it and be satisfied; By His knowledge the Righteous One, My Servant, will justify the many, As He will bear their iniquities.
Therefore, I will allot Him a portion with the great, And He will divide the booty with the strong; Because He poured out Himself to death, And was numbered with the transgressors; Yet He Himself bore the sin of many, And interceded for the transgressors. Isa 53:10-12  (NASB)

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Your freedom is complete in every respect because of Jesus the Christ. And in his own words So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.” John 8:36 (BSB)

Day 3 of The Purpose Driven Life online resources ; http://www.purposedriven.com/day3/

Now when you reach the end of day 3 in the book Rick closes with this verse “You, LORD, give perfect peace to those who keep their purpose firm and put their trust in you.” ISAIAH 26: 3 (TEV)

You were NOT put on earth to be remembered. You were put here to prepare for eternity. (PDL – Rick ©)

Day 2 ~ The Purpose Driven Life revisited. “He who began a good work in you will continue!”

Day 2 ~ Psa 138:8a  ~ The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me!

For I am confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will continue to perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus. {Philippians 1:6}  (BSB)

The 2nd day starts with this statement from Rick;

“YOU ARE NOT AN ACCIDENT. Your birth was no mistake or mishap, and your life is no fluke of nature. Your parents may not have planned you, but God did. He was not at all surprised by your birth. In fact, he expected it.” Psalm 138: 8a (NIV). (The Purpose Driven Life ~ Rick Warren)

You can find a complete Video for day 2 here : http://www.purposedriven.com/day2/

There is also a summary sheet for your perusal and consideration.

Driven but not stirred?  

2 Corinthians 5:20 “Therefore, you are ambassadors for Christ, as God is making his appeal to you and through you. You are implored on behalf of Christ: Be reconciled to God. God made him who knew no sin be sin  on your behalf so that in him you might become the righteousness  of God.” (Para) What an awesome responsibility and privilege.

As an ambassador of Christ, you should always be proclaiming the gospel of Christ, and only be using words where it is necessary. (Para – Francis of Assisi: “Preach the gospel. Use words if necessary.”)

You are in God’s center stage.

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Day 2 – We are our own inhibitors!

If we take any piece of technology today and look at the fine intricacies with which we are able to carry out design and bring that to fruition it would astound people who lived 2000 years ago. The cars we drive today have every single part in them engineered and designed to the finest detail. The parts all fit together, and “hey presto” you have a vehicle that is functional and quite amazing in its own right.

God is infinite,
God has infinite wisdom,
God is love,
and then just in a passing thought God has infinite resources.
If man is capable of building cars and all these other things, what would God be capable of?

Then why do we limit him? God’s limit and fences we build around his ability are caused by our inability to understand and our lack of knowledge.

Not only are you part of his creation, but the most astounding thing of all is you have been invited to be his child. There is no limit to what God will do to indwell you? God has given you the choice!

What an amazing sobering thought?

Day 1 ~ The Purpose Driven Life revisited. “It is only in God we discover our identity!”

Day 1 ~ If you want to discover your purpose in life, why not ask God, he created you.

Colossians 1 : 16 – 20.

16 For in Him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and firstborn from among the dead, so that in all things He may have preeminence. 19 For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him, 20 and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through the blood of His cross. (BSB)

The first day is all about who knows you best. We must remember that He knew us even before we were born. He created you.

You were created in the image of the almighty God (Gen 1:27).

In this day today I am going to go about meeting people who were created in the image of God.

From Rick’s pen;

It is not about you.

You have been and are Glorified (present tense) ;

Romans 8:29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren;
Rom 8:30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. (NASB)

Rick’s closing statement on this first day is that we should always remember that we must live like Christ for the Glorification of the Father.