GOD OF PURPOSE- 11/02/2014
Yesterday’s message was titled “MEET ME ON THE MOUNTAIN”. Today’s message is titled “GOD OF PURPOSE” as given by Pastor E. A. Adeboye in Open Heavens Devotional (Adeboye, 2014). In today’s message, we have been asked to memorise Ephesians 1:11 “In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being Predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.” and read Proverbs 3:5-7. Our Bible in one year for today has been taken from Isaiah 30:13-3§:24 and Psalm 36 (Adeboye, 2014).
The message is quoted below for our usual discussion:
“Our God is a God of purpose. He created man for a purpose. He declared His purpose for man even before creating him in His own image. The Bible in Genesis 1 :26 says,
"And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. “
Therefore, know that you were born for a purpose; you are not an accident, even if your parents were no longer expecting children at the point they had you, just like it happened in my own case. It could even be that you're a child out of wedlock. Notwithstanding all these, the fact that you came and you survived despite all the forces against you, and that you became exposed to the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, shows that God has you uppermost in His heart. You got this far because He was’ behind the scene working out His purpose for your life. So don't let the devil deceive and rob you of your glorious destiny. Remember, Solomon was a product of a relationship founded on adultery and intrigue that resulted in the murder of his mother's husband.
The true children of God were chosen from the foundation of the world (Ephesians 1:4-5). He chose us for different purposes. We should seek out His purpose and rest in Him while He brings it to pass. Moses, who was chosen for a great purpose by God, jumped ahead in his own self-counsel to begin the deliverance of his people. The result was a forty year wait in the wilderness. Do not jump ahead of God, stay close to His heartbeat in the place of meditation. Hear what will have you do per time. Knowing and walking in God’s purpose for your life brings a level of confidence that makes YOU exude calmness in the midst of the storm. This was the case with Paul in Acts27:23-25
“For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose lam, and whom l serve, Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee. Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me”
Know that there is a purpose for you, discover what that Purpose as and pursue it with all your might. God will help you in Jesus Name.”
Today’s action point is to praise God for whom He has made you to be; you are fearfully and wonderfully made with a purpose to fulfill
God bless you as you contribute to today’s discussion.
Adeboye, E. A. (2014) Open Heavens: A Guide to Close Fellowship with God, Volume 14, 2014. Nigeria: Open Heavens Media Limited.