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Purposeful Inspiration

My way of sharing interesting points of scripture that I see as I read the bible. Also, this blog is a true expression of my opinions, thoughts, and emotions. I might provide tips on various topics every now and then and also articles written by others that I am inspired to share. My wish is to bless, motivate, encourage, or inspire at least one person to be who God wants them to be.

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Christianity

Anything concerning God

Don’t Entertain the Devil

Thoughts of a Tired Heart

Watch “Seeking God before Starting Friendships” on YouTube

Watch “Tests vs Examinations” on YouTube

At times God tests our willingness to be obedient to him.  He tries us to see if we will do as he has commanded.  I must admit, I have failed my most recent test because I never realised it as being test. So when Jehovah told me to pray for my future husband, I started but stopped after a week because I thought it was pointless. 

I didn’t realise that it was a test. Do you realise that you are being tested by Jehovah? If we realise what Jehovah is doing in our lives, we’ll learn to understand his plans for us. But after all the tests, there will be an examination. If we learn from the tests, we will pass the exam. However, if we fail the tests, it’s not a surety that we’ll pass the exam because we’ll only prove to Jehovah that we cannot be trusted to do as he has requested. 
Watch the video for a biblical example based on Exodus 16 and 19. 

Gift vs Purpose

At times we wander around with our gifts.  We make the mistake of believing that our gifts are our purpose. A gift, in my definition, is something we are given by the God to use to fulfill our purpose.  While purpose is defined as the reason some one/thing exists or was created (Merriam-Webster). 

Joseph had the gift of interpretation.  However, interpreting dreams was never his purpose.  His purpose was to save his family from dying during 7 years of severe famine.  That was his purpose and he used his gift to help him accomplish that purpose. (Read about Joseph in Genesis 37-49).

Jesus had all the gifts: healing, prophecy, working of miracles, and word of knowledge to name a few.  But healing the sick and turning water into wine was never his purpose.  His purpose was to die for our sins so that we could have life.  (Read about Jesus in one of or all four books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John). 

Not knowing what gifts you possess does not mean you don’t have a purpose. 

We have 2 core purposes:

1. To serve God (Ecclesiastes 12:13 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man’s all.)

2. To spread the Gospel (Matthew 28:19-20 – Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.)

What is confusing most persons is how we’ll fulfill these purposes.  Some persons confuse the gift for their purpose and because of this, they feel purposeless.  

I believe that it is not possible for us to truly fulfill our purpose if we do not use our gifts.   While we are all mandated, by Jesus, to spread the Gospel, we won’t all do it in the same manner.   Some persons are gifted to teach, preach, be evangelists, heal,  give, and serve (1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12).

One of my gifts is to teach.  I could not fulfill my purpose if I tried to heal persons.    I would be doing an injustice to myself and to others.   What we need to do, is identify our gifts so that we can work on fulfilling the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19-20. 

How do you identify your gifts? 
1. You can do so by getting involved in your local church and never say no to an opportunity to serve as this will help you to realise what you are able to do naturally without exerting much effort.
2. Seeking a mentor to guide you spiritually and help you nurture your gift or gifts.
3. Pray and ask God to reveal your gifts to you.
4. Study the word and the gifts as you won’t be able to effectively use your gifts if you do not know how they are used.
5. Live holy, drop the sin that so easily affects you, and build a relationship with God. Why should God reveal your gifts if you’re not living a life to please him?

Your gift is not your purpose. Don’t confuse the two to be the same. We are gifted to help us accomplish our purpose. We all have the same purpose.

Biblical and Worldly Proverbs about the Lips/Talking

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My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings. Proverbs 4:20 KJV
We all want to hear God speak to us,  but  how often do we read the words He has already spoken?

Reality check: you can’t hear His audible voice if you don’t think His written voice is important.

By: Krystelle Scott (Nia Klasik)

How to UNCOVER God’s Word:

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ASK – ask God to connect with you here. In prayer, start by slowing down, inviting God to be present. Begin with focus and openness to see what God has for you.

READ – read the selected section of Scripture slowly. Take note of the words and phrases that intrigue you, reading them a second time if necessary.

REFLECT – reflect on what grabs you. What connections do you see at this point in your life? How might God be speaking to you through these words? Stop long enough to let this take root and thank God for engaging you.

RESPOND – respond to the Scripture. Speak directly to God about what’s on your mind and heart. Look for ways to live out what you’ve uncovered – individually and with your church. And look for ways to bring what you have discovered to others.

Taken from a devotional on the Bible app.

Lovest thou me?

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So then when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea Lord; thou knowest that I love thee…. (John 21:15)

On the evening when Jesus kept the Passover feast with his disciples  Peter had ardently professed his love for the Lord (Matthew 26). Following that great declaration, Peter’s love for the Lord weakened considerably when he denied him three times (Matthew 26). Now the Lord is giving Peter the opportunity to once again profess his love. With all my being, I am convinced that this question, “Lovest thou me” is tremendously important and most applicable to you and I today.

The faithful child of God is not one who has just merely been  baptized although that is essential (1 Peter 3:21) or just a person who attends worship services on the Lord’s day and then lives the rest of the week as if there were no Christ (Romans 12:2). God’s child is one whose religion is in his heart and life every day because he/she loves Jesus deeply with all their being. This love is not a shallow emotional thing with some kind of hollow profession (Prov. 3:5, Mark 12:30-31). This love is one that is active (1 Cor. 15:58). It is a love evidenced by a complete obedience to the will of the Lord (John 14:15, 1 John 5:3). If we dare answer as Peter, “Lord you know I love you” then we are going to give to him the best we have to give. So often it seems that God gets the crumbs, the leftovers. Many spend their days, using their time and talents in pursuit of fame, fortune, success in life and popularity. Wealth is used to acquire things or to satisfy craving for amusements and recreation. Then once a week, maybe twice even, attend a worship service and say, “Lord this is what is left of my life, it is yours.”

Serving God with a deep, abiding love will bring to us comfort, peace and joy untold even when our feeble frame is sore troubled (Psalms 100:2, Phil. 4:6-7, Isa. 12:2-3, Col. 1:9-11).  Today, if we are not willing to give our Lord the best of our lives, then we are not ready to one day meet him on that far away strand.

Lovest thou me? What a profound, thought provoking question for our consideration. Tell me, how will you answer this soul searching question?

Charles Hicks

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