LIVE WITH PURPOSE

Posted: July 9, 2012 in Books, Christianity, Education, Family, History, Life, Lifestyle, News, Parenting, Quotes, Uncategorized

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.”

– 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 NIV

Live with no regrets so you can live with purpose. Living in regret leaves you in the past, looking back, longing to change what is unalterable, or living out the fantasy of what will never be. Powerless to experience change, because your focus is on the past. Living with purpose allows us to look ahead and move forward into what will be, according to what God has prepared for us and promised us we would receive by following Him. In the book of Acts, Peter and John stepped into their destiny of becoming ministers of reconciliation, through faith in Jesus Christ, and their encounter with the man born crippled, at the gate called Beautiful, allowed them to share the ministry of grace God provided them with the crippled beggar (see Acts 3).

Peter and John were regarded as ordinary men, fishermen by trade. After they received the Holy Spirit, in the book of Acts (see Acts 2), they lived an extraordinary life affecting and influencing change for the advancement of God’s kingdom in the earth. They did not allow their denial and desertion of Jesus to prevent them from being used by God to display His splendor. God’s grace is sufficient for us  in our weaknesses. The man at the gate called Beautiful was born crippled, but his encounter with Peter and John transformed his condition. In the name of Jesus Christ, we are able to rise up from crippling circumstances and walk by the authority of His word and live victoriously by the anointing of His power at work in us by His Spirit.

God wants to use what is ordinary to do extraordinary things for His glory. No matter what we may have been born into, our status in life, or the current condition of our circumstances, even if we have fallen short of what Christ requires of us as Christians, we are still useful to God, through faith in Christ. Someone in our sphere of influence is in need of God’s comfort. Behind the scenes God is orchestrating events to position us to be a benefit and blessing to others. Let the authority and anointing of Jesus Christ flow in and through you to comfort others.

May God bless you and help you to allow the person, presence and power of His Spirit to work in and through you to benefit and bless others with His comfort as He comforts you and experience the fullness of life He came for us to have.

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