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Three Keys For A Purposeful Life

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)

I’ve heard this ever since I was a little girl in Sunday School. It’s always been just another scripture to me, not holding any more significance than that.

This morning it returned to my spirit. In this specific scripture, Jesus clearly outlines the three keys to living my life as simply and most effectively as I can.

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He says He’s the way. That means whatever I want for myself will never come close to what He has in store and it’s only until I let my way go that He’ll begin to work. His way is the best way. Hands down. So follow Him.

He goes on to say He’s the truth. That means He is the standard for the way in which my life is measured against. I am to look to Him for guidance and direction…. which makes it easier for me because now I don’t have to figure everything out on my own. I can simply rest in Him.

Finally, He declares that He is the life. Any other route leads to death. Death isn’t always physical though. It could be the end of something, like a friendship or an idea. Having Him as my source of life ensures I always return to Him for everything. There is nothing and no one in this world that can take Him away from me.

With that said, this scripture is all the clarity I need.

Hymn To 2nd Corinthians 5:17

Author: Sifiso Mtshali

 “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come” (NIV)

 

Night and day, both night and day

In constant flight, there remained

Fleeing ills and hurt, hunger and strife

Torsos battered by the unforgiving world

Which charred us within, enslaving our souls

As we stand against each other, mankind divided

By diseases tormented, by envy chased

Our bodies delicacies to the consuming earth

As in a wayward path, blinded we went

By illusions consumed and by reason misguided

Today we rejoice!

He comes, our Savior hailed

Who is daily reborn in our hearts

He makes us wise, kind, and meek

Salvaging us from that dreaded pit

Where no peace down there reached

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Until He came bearing good and light

Who unto us is renewed with glory

Those old imperfections are all done away

See us reborn with everything anew

Renewed and strong in greatness draped

Steadfast read and from our sacred scrolls

Alive with Him who from the heavens came

To make us new and love us without measure

Making us new while the old is gone away

Get Out of The Boat

God called Peter out of the boat (his comfort zone) out upon the water (his place of breakthrough). God trusted Peter’s ability  to carry out that task. See, an impossible task with God IS possible. What more do you think He believes you can do? Get out of your own way & let Him work.  Miraculous things comes to those who dare to trust,  date to believe, and dare to act. Live life on purpose and know that when you seek God first,  you’ll be living life WITH purpose. What are you waiting for?

#StayFocused ♡

Transitioning Time (Part 2)

Are you in a period of transition?

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How to Deal with Transitions:

  1. When you feel like quitting, stay there! That is the most critical part which may be the end.
  2. Draw from Jesus’ example. If He can do it, you can do it too!
  3. Think differently about yourself. You are not a worm. You are a butterfly!

We have to learn how to adjust to a new normal. Changes happen in the body and in the mind. As you go through life, you have the opportunity to become wiser, more humble, and more anointed. Remember, it is the stuff that you run from that perfects you. Begin to think longterm. Some things are scheduled to arrive next season.

Any time you go through something, it just means that God is giving you a story in His glory. See, where you are headed is better than where you are coming from. Always keep in mind that the next season will be a fruitful one…if you trust God for it. When all else feels like it is failing, trust God. We can trust and celebrate the fact that ONLY God determines the end of your season.

Hallelujah!

 

Key Scripture Passage:

Matthew 26:36-46

Jesus Prays in Gethsemane

36 Then Jesus went with them to the olive grove called Gethsemane, and he said, “Sit here while I go over there to pray.” 37 He took Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, James and John, and he became anguished and distressed. 38 He told them, “My soul is crushed with grief to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.” 39 He went on a little farther and bowed with his face to the ground, praying, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup of suffering be taken away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 40 Then he returned to the disciples and found them asleep. He said to Peter, “Couldn’t you watch with me even one hour? 41 Keep watch and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing, but the body is weak!” 42 Then Jesus left them a second time and prayed, “My Father! If this cup cannot be taken away[a] unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 When he returned to them again, he found them sleeping, for they couldn’t keep their eyes open. 44 So he went to pray a third time, saying the same things again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said, “Go ahead and sleep. Have your rest. But look—the time has come. The Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Up, let’s be going. Look, my betrayer is here!”

2nd Corinthians 4:16

16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are[e] being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Note: Scripture is the New Living Translation Version (NLT) taken from biblegateway.com

Transitioning Time (Part 1)

Are you in a period of transition?

transitions.wcisec.org
transitions.wcisec.org

Some of our lives are built on sand and we only found out when the storm hits. It’s during these moments we become aware of the moment we are in. However! You are not defined by the moment you are in. Learn to understand the seasons of your life so you can transition well. Sometimes your support system will fail. Classic example in the Bible: Peter, James, and John failed Jesus when He went to pray in Gethsemane. Things will happen during this period that you should pay attention to. One can include betrayal. Betrayal is something that happens during transitions. Other things could be: excessive sorrow, sadness, unmet longings, loneliness, depression (….such as Jesus’ drops of blood during prayer) and physical sickness.

If you don’t know how to transition, you are going to miss out on alot.You may have an intense desire to quit. Even Jesus went to God because He couldn’t take it anymore. With that said, transitions can be a blessing or a curse.

So what’s the good news here?

There’s an indication, that if you pay attention to, which show you that things are about to get a whole lot better! When you are presented with a Goliath, KNOW that you are about to enter a new season. HOWEVER! Your next season is dependant upon how you manage the Goliath. We learn from Jesus when we are in transition. Jesus decided not to give up and He pressed on. We have hope today because of His unselfish acts of commitment and perseverance  which happened thousands of years ago. Remember: New level, new devil. Every time you advance in life, there will be a new challenge for you. BUT! There is a new level of anointing and grace upon your life to handle the Goliath. Hallelujah!

 

Want to know how to deal with transitions after the fight with your Goliath?

Stay tuned for the second part of this message next Tuesday!