Thursday, August 9, 2018

Life's Purpose & God's Love

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 The Lord has a purpose for your life, to be a witness to the truth.

  Then, Pilot 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. - John 18:37

  We are put on this earth to worship and glorify God. When we are saved, he gives us both purpose and the desire, led by the Holy Spirit to bear witness to the truth. For Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life.

  We are called to witness to those who don't know God or at some point in their life chose not to follow him.

  The Lord will fulfill his purpose for. me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands. -Psalm 138:8

  God's purpose for my life will be fulfilled when I go out and be his hands and feet to witness to others that God has put into my life. God puts people in your life for a reason (purpose). People don't come into your life on accident. Find out why God put those people in your life, he put them there on purpose.

  Sometimes our purpose isn't to witness but to be prophesied to or to prophesy if it's our individual calling. Other times, we could be going through a test. God wants to see what our reactions will be in certain situations. But, our number one purpose in life is to be a witness.
  The Lord has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble. -Proverbs 16:4

  God has a purpose for everything he has made. Everyone and everything has its purpose on earth. Good days and bad days, when we are sick or healthy, when we stay home or go out-- everything that happens is for a reason.

  Jesus made a covenant with David and promised to give a lamp to him and his sons forever, so when Jehoram reigned in Judah and did what was evil in the sight of the Lord, the Lord wasn't willing to destroy the house of David. Instead, the Lord put a plague on Jehoram, all of Judah, his wife, and his sons except Jehoahaz.

The purpose of keeping Jehoazaz alive was so that he could reign in his father's place and continue with the Lord's promise to David. (Story found in 2 Chronicles 21)

  For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations. -Psalm 100:5

  As you read in 2 Chronicles, you'll see that the Lord's love does indeed endure forever and his faithfulness to David has lasted into all generations. The Lord fulfills his promises and shows his steadfast love.

  The Lord is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. The Lord is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. -Psalm 145:8-9

  The Lord let Jehoram reign for 8years. Jehoram was evil and didn't walk in the way of the Lord like his fathers. He led the people of Jerusalem into sin. The Lord was gracious and merciful not to destroy the house of David. He showed his mercy by letting his youngest son reign in his place instead of letting the Philistines and Arabians kill him like they killed Jehoram's other sons. The Lord could have let David's generations die there, but the Lord kept his promise to David and showed mercy to Jehoahaz.

  The Lord has a purpose for everyone. Don't go through life thinking you're here for nothing. Your life has a purpose and a meaning. The Lord's purpose is good and he loves you.


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