Living a life of purpose
Synopsis of Bible Study 01/08/13
Delivered by Bishop Walker
Anchor Text: Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
This is season where everyone wants to know what their purpose is (the new year).
2 keys to purpose
- Know that your purpose existed before you got here
- Know that your purpose is in the mind of the creator
When God made the world he stepped out onto nothing and made something. The point is God had already purposed the nothing before he stepped out into the nothing and He made it something. We were then created for a purpose.
I . Created for purpose
We have a spiritual birthmark- Genesis 1:26-28 (NKJV) 26 Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all[a] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” – We are made in the image of God. God’s personality and DNA has then been placed our lives. This means, people should be able to look at you and know that you belong to God, just like they are able to look at you and see that you belong to your parents.
You must also take your dominion in the earth. You can’t fulfill purpose without dominion and authority. No matter what happened in your life before you got here, know that you are not an accident. You had nothing to do with how you got here. You were made by God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made. God made sure he prepared us for purpose before he delivered us onto the showroom floor. Ex- Like a Saturn or Nissan car, the parts and components are put together and planned for a specific purpose in mind, before being delivered to the showroom floor. These cars were designed for the purpose of driving. You wouldn’t buy a car without tires or windows on it, would you? Like this, God has madue us for a specific purpose to fulfill and our makeup is designed with purpose in mind. This means we don’t have to add anything to ourselves. We are perfect he way we are. God didn’t put you out and say, “batteries not included!” You are perfect for you purpose.
Jeremiah 1:5 (NKJV) says 5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.”- God says, you existed before you got here. This doesn’t mean you had a former life. It simply means that you were in the mind of the maker. In other words, you existed. Your existence was on God’s mind. God knew you, because he had you on his mind.
If I existed, then I had a choice to exist on the earth or live in the earth. If you just exist on the earth, you are just moving from place to place with no purpose and no kind of life. When you on the other hand live, you do what you were intended to do and live like you are supposed to live. Life (living) is all about purpose. You have to know that when you are in purpose, you will never work another day in your life.
Isaiah 44:22 (NKJV) says 22 I have blotted out, like a thick cloud, your transgressions,
And like a cloud, your sins. Return to Me, for I have redeemed you.” – God was incubating you in eternity. Your 9 months inside your mother really wasn’t your incubation period. God did this before he put you into your mother’s womb. God was orchestrating things before you even got here!
II. Purpose is found in God
Colossians 1:16 (NKJV) 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. – Everything that God created has its purposes in God. Everything God creates, it has a purpose. If we were to ask you “What is the purpose of water?” you could give 50 reasons for this. If we were to ask you “what is the purpose of grass?”, several theories would come up about this too, but when it comes to knowing our purpose, we can’t name it. Isn’t that interesting?
When you understand purpose, then you know that God aims you towards something. In otherwords, there is that amazing thing God wants you to do. It is out there! The question is then raised, “How do we know it is out there?”
We know it is out there, because:
a. It is not free from persecution – Persecution is the devils attempt not to let what God has in you, come to fruition. You got to then not whine over your persecution. You got to know that if you are going through persecution, then the devil must be nervous about what God has for your life! What is it, that is inside of you, that makes the devil so nervous?
When you walk in purpose, you can’t be nervous. You got to just walk in it.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 (NKJV) 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— – Persecutions come to children of God, but we don’t respond to it. We don’t allow ourselves to be broken. We know that what’s in us us is greater than what is after us and what is happening to us. We have to the a blessed assurance.
III. We have blessed assurance
John 16:33 (NKJV) 33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will[a] have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”- You don’t have to worry about whats coming, because Jesus has already over come it. The devil is already defeated. Look at the things you have already over come. Jesus died at Calvary and over come it, so you have to know that since there is nothing greater than Calvary, you can overcome it! Ex- When a boxer knocks out another boxer, the crowd doesn’t ask you to go and knock them out again. Why is this? It is because the opponent has already been defeated! Just like this, years ago, Jesus already overcome the devil. Why then would he do it again? The devil is already been defeated!
IV. There is power in purpose
The people you hang around can speak a lot about your purpose. Everything God created, besides us, has an 8th sense about boundaries that could potentially kill them. Ex-A gazelle never goes up to lions, because the gazelle knows it could be lunch. The rodent doesn’t goes up to the rattlesnake, because he knows he would be lunch. The antelope doesn’t go up to the crocodile, because he knows it could be lunch. Everything God creates respects boundaries between life and death, except us. God’s greatest creation (us) will come close to stuff that could potentially kill us, because we are so intrigued. We are like a deer running up to a lion with onlookers trying to warn us by yelling, noooo!
Isn’t it amazing the curiosity we have! The more dangerous it is, the more intrigued we become!
Your purpose will be truncated with repeating this flirt with danger.
Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV) says
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper. – Planted by anointing that is flowing, it will be growing. – In this season, God don’t want you with stuff that will make you wither away. You ought 2014 to be the year that you prosper.
V. Fulfilling purpose, pleases God
Matthew 3:17 (NKJV) – 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”- You have to be in the right place at the right time. Lots of times we miss a blessing, because we are not in the right place. Ex – The palm tree is a beautiful thing, but who plants a palm tree in Connecticut? This would be a good thing in a bad place. If you are not positioned where God wants you to be, you will not grow.
Timing is is everything concerning your purpose. Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV) says 3 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: John 2:4 (NKJV) says 4 Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.”- Jesus knew when it was his time to walk in purpose. Galatians 3:4 (NKJV) 4 Have you suffered so many things in vain—if indeed it was in vain?- Jesus knew which season he needed to come. Everything that happens in purpose has to happen in a specific time. We can’t be premature or too late! When you are premature, people can not receive your purpose or your vision, and as a result, you disengage, but this is not God’s fault! Others don’t move when God says to move and as a they miss it their blessing. Ex- Bishop explains that he went to his publisher and told them that he needed his book to come out at a certain time. The publishers explained that this would be impossble to do, because it atleast takes 12 months to write a book. The publishers explained that in order for this to happen, he would have to write the book in 6 mths. Bishop buckled down and wrote the book in 6mths, because he knew the importance of timing. This book had to come out at the time that God had designed it to come out.
There was a specific timing in the way God created things. God didn’t create the cow before the grass for instance. When God moves on your behalf, it has to be the right time. Get ahead of God if you want and see what happens. Wait for your time. It is all about timing. God is rearranging and setting the stage for you, so don’t get there before he’s ready for you. God is fighting battles for you before you get there.
Our purpose then manifests in certain time. Ex – Old HB and Antioch location (of Mt Zion) both were built in God’s timing. Its growth and success is the result of this.
VI. Fulfilling purpose is for the glory for God
Isaiah 43:6 says (NKJV) – 6 I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’ And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar, And My daughters from the ends of the earth— – Everything thing you do is for the glory of God!
a. Our life has to be devoted to God – Everything I do is fruitful. Proverbs 11:28 (NKJV) 28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like foliage.- I want to flourish in everything that I do!
Our life purpose involves growing in character- Gal 5 talks about the fruits of the spirit. You can be a gifted person in purpose, but it will not manifest if you don’t have the character to sustain it! The problem for some people is you are too mean. Ex – You can be the best Barber, Baker, or Store Owner there is , but if you got a nasty attitude, it will kill your purpose. Ex- People often asks how Mt Zion has grown so much and though Bishop has given many different reasons for our success, at the end of the day, Bishop feels it is because he is a down to earth Pastor. If you just ask God to help you with your social skills, it will often make the difference in all that you do.
Remember no matter how gifted you are, if you don’t have the “fruits of the spirit”, you will not prosper!
VII.Purpose draw us close to God
It ain’t just about stuff, it is more important than that. You think your purpose is about chasing the dollar bill, but you got to know that you never depend on money for purpose.
Philippians 3:7-10 (NKJV) 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know – Paul says if I loss all this stuff, it doesn’t compare to my knowledge and relationship with Jesus Christ. This keeps you from loosing your mind. Paul says simply, “I don’t need stuff” to make me happy!
7 things to remember about purpose
- There is a problem – When God engages us in purpose, there is problem that has to be solved. For example, there is a problem called cancer and somebody in jail has the cure for it. That problem therefore still exists, because that somebody missed their purpose. Somebody will eventually come into the earth just to solve this problem. Polio is an example of a problem that people thought couldn’t be solved, but eventually, God sent somebody that solved that problem.
- God works by his providence – God brought your mother and father together. He needed your father and mothers genes to come together to make you and so you could solve a problem. Ex- Bishop explains that his Dad is 84 yrs old. Not only does he not look it, he in addition has an abundance of energy. He is always doing something. God gave Bishop Walker his Dad’s energy and his Moms kind, nurturing, and caring spirit. Both of his parents were needed to make a Bishop Walker who would solve a problem. As an answer to a problem, God sent Bishop to Pastor Mt Zion.
- Predestined – You are predestined. When you were conceived, you were predestined towards a thing. In the spirit realm, the devil even knew why you were born. In the spirit realm, your conception was made aware even to the angels. How is this proven? Elizabeth looked at Mary and said to her, “you’re pregnant. What you going to name the baby?” and Mary said, Jesus. When she said this, John, Elizabeth’s unborn leaped in the womb. You were born, grew up, and it turned into passion. This is an example of being predestined.
- Passion -Passion drives you for purpose.
- Preparation – This makes you the best in your purpose.
- Persecution – During preparation, this is when you will experience your greatest persecution. Satan wants to make you drop out during your prepartion period so your purpose will never come to pass.
- Produce– When you endure the persecution, your will reproduce. That thing God placed in you, he will complete. There is some big stuff that is about to jump of in your life!