Chapter 16 - Your Purpose

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As I stated in the last chapter, God created everything with a purpose. The trees produce oxygen so that every living thing can breathe, bees and butterflies pollinate flowers so that they can reproduce, and humans, well, humans were created for a combination of different things.

So, why did God put you here? What is your purpose?

First, let's talk about some things that God tells us in his word about purpose. Today, we'll be looking at verses from Galatians 5, Ecclesiastes 8, James 1, Proverbs 11, and Jeremiah 29.

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.

- When you are living within God's purpose for your life, you discover the fruit of the Spirit.

But how do you find that purpose?

Let's go to the next few passages and dig deeper into God's word to find out.

James 1:5 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

Lacking your purpose in life? Ask God! He wants you to know your purpose and make the most of it.

Before I get any further into my point, I'd like for you to meditate on this scripture. What does it mean to you, and what does it have to do with your purpose and how to find it?

Proverbs 11:14 Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

So, what do these verses mean to you?

Proverbs 11:14 tells us that we need to accept others into our lives, as they might help us to discover our purpose. Those counsellors? They are none other than your friends, who help you through many things. Are they a bad influence on your life? (Fake, using you, bullying you, etc.) Stop hanging around them! I know that it's easier said than done, but with continuous withdrawal you should be able to steer clear from them and the trouble that they bring into your life.

On the contrary, Jeremiah 29:11 is reassuring us that God knows. He knows! He knows the plans that he has for your life, as well as the purpose you serve! Isn't that great, just knowing that he knows?

Oh, and I almost forgot.

Your God given purpose will never be one that doesn't glorify God.

Don't let Satan's lies deceive you, no matter how easy they are to believe.

Without further ado, I'll now tell you how you can discover your purpose.

1. Pray. I cannot stress enough how important it is to pray to God about not only your purpose, but about anything else that life may throw your way.

2. Read God's word and understand it. Can't understand a passage of scripture? No problem! Join a bible study group, or find a bible "study buddy." As your partner and you may have different views on what a certain passage means, it helps both of you to comprehend the meaning when you communicate and come to a conclusion that makes sense.

3. What are your passions? What are you interested in? These questions shouldn't be too difficult to answer. Do you have dreams of being a doctor? An archeologist? Are you interested in music? Maybe you like to cook? Use these and discover why you're here. God didn't give you those passions and interests for no reason.

4. What are you good at? What are your strengths? Maybe you're good at math, or perhaps you are someone that many come to for help with their problems because you are an easy person to talk to. Whatever the case may be, you must decide how you will use these gifts and your passions.

I hope that this chapter has brought you to a closer walk with God as you discover your purpose.

Need to talk, have any questions or suggestions for future chapters? My inbox is always open! God bless!

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