Wanting the Best- A Random Thought

This is just a short post to remind myself that I should not settle for failure. Failure and loss are a part of life, but we were made for better things

We will never fail in the eyes of God if we belong to Him.

God is always and only good.. not sometimes but all the time.

I need to remember that what I see as loss, God sees as gain.

I need to remember that its ok to wonder…

One day all the answers will be known.

One day.. and its becomes sooner all the time.

Thanks for reading!

Michael

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Letting Go. or, Pressing the Reset Button.

Time for a new post.  I have been thinking for several days now about why the concept of…Letting go, seems to be on mind a lot.  I have not come up with a definite reason but I know that the part of the true purpose of my life is more about actions and less about pondering.

But on this windy day on March 27, Easter 2016, I have found the time to share my  thoughts about an action that we all need to accomplish. I need to let go of many things: worry, doubt, the stronghold of the world, temptations, and fear. Just when I think that I have put my total faith in God, sin gets in way and I realize that I am holding on to the notion that my way in any situation is best. I know that my way may often be not His way, yet as Paul writes in  Romans Chapter 7. The is no good thing in me and that my nature will perform the deeds that are not good.

But the good news is that my sins are paid in full because of the death, and resurrection of my Lord, Jesus. We celebrate this milestone every Sunday but Easter is a good reminder that God is in control. He is alive forevermore!

Listen to this song by a group called 33 Miles. The song is called “What Could be Better”

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This song is a reminder to me that my home is heaven is being prepared for me and what a day it will be when I get there!

Press the reset button and join me in a conversation about letting go on the new True Purpose Facebook Page at:https://www.facebook.com/TheTruePurpose/

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Let’s Press the Reset Button

 

 

 

 

 

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2016- A year to teach the masses about our Lord!

It’s time to get serious about our true purpose.

It’s time to share the Gospel, no matter the cost.

It’s time to Pray.

It’s time to be more vocal about the consequences of living life without a Savior.

It’s a time for Compassion, for Love, for Joy.

Now is the time to get excited about the future.

 

What time is it?

 

The answer is all around us.

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A Thankful Time.

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks,right? Sure it is, but wait, there’s more to think about that just spending time with family and counting our blessings.

As a writer in search of our true purpose, we need to also remember that without the gift that out Lord and Savior offers to us, we would eventually run of reasons to be thankful. I am glad that my days will continue unto everlasting life. I hope to always lead a thankful life.

We need to continue to plant the seed of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and let the Holy Spirit work in the lives of those who need the Lord!  (Everyone needs to have the Lord Jesus be  the ruler of our lives. Yet many will not see it this way and will choose to reject the free gift.

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Today is the day of Salvation! I strive to be a vessel of God’s word. My prayer is for strength and opportunities to lead other to Christ, before it is t0o late.

 

 

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My Life in the 21st Century- Part 3: Working the Plan

This post is the 42nd entry to my devotional Journal. 42 is one of my favorite numbers as well as it is the answer to the ultimate question about Life, the Universe and Everything. (or at least this is what Douglas Adams jokingly thought when he wrote the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Trilogy)

But on a more serious note, this is a turning point in my journal as I attempt to write more about the actions we all can do on a daily basis to truly live out our true purpose.  We have a guidebook, (the Bible) that gives us  precise directions for daily living. We all need to work the plan according to His directions and not on our opinion of what we think is best.

This is the day that the Lord has made! If we don’t tell others about Jesus, who will?

If we don’t pray for others. who will?

If we don’t take time to study the Word, who will remind us?

Time is to precious to just sit back and hope that others will fill in for our shortcomings.

The time is now. Don’t wait any longer!

 

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My Life in the 21st Century-Part 2:Motivation

In my last venture in this journal, I wrote about the way  that I need to go in order to fulfill my true purpose. And to summarize, this path is already blazed before me, I just need to follow the directions (God’s Word) and do my best to stay on course.

But while I navigate my path, I must always keep in mind the motivation for this journey.As a servant to my Savior, I must first forsake all my personal desires, and remind myself on a daily basis, that the only reason I am the person that I am, is because of what Christ did for me. I am not a good person by my own merits. In fact no one is. I only have the righteousness of God that dwells within me because I put my trust in him. Christ is worthy of our praise because, he paid the price for our sin though his death and resurrection. This is the basic truth of Christianity, yet to most of the world this is foolishness. Yes, most of the world will believe in a higher power. But there is only one true God, and as I have said before, one day every one will bow down and worship him. But to many, this will be to late as they will be thrown into the lake of fire (Hell) because of their unbelief.

Sound familiar? Sure many of us have heard this all before and may wonder why I am repeating it here.  This reason comes down to our key word: motivation. I believe if we truly understood the punishment for unbelief in God, we would use all our energy that we have to keep even our enemies away from Hell. Our true enemy is not a person, it is Satan and his band of fallen angels. they have no hope. But while we are alive, hope is here. Unless a person dies without being saved from sin, there is hope.  This is where we who believe and know the Truth come on the scene. To tell others that there is a better way through the one true God.

Time is short and the laborers are few. I ask you what other motivation do we need?

 

 

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My Life in the 21st Century- Part 1 : Direction

I don’t even try to understand how “Life” works. There is knowledge that can only be obtained on a need to know basis and I think I am better off without knowing the deep mysteries of the Universe. I do know that my God has my best interest at heart because I trusted Him with my life. And because of this, I know He will take care of me.. no matter what path I tread upon. He directs my path (so I don’t have to.)

My direction in the year ahead is to keep moving forward in my career ( which I truly enjoy) but also to write more and to find a more defined public speaking path. I am excited to see how I can be used to proclaim the Truth. Hey, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this world is a mess! But I have a comfort that surpasses all things and I know that everything will be alright, or as I tend to often say “It’s All good!”

My family is my rock and without them I am nothing. I take great pleasure in proclaiming that they are the most important people in my life. I look forward to many family adventures this year

So That’s who I am (and just like the Hokey-Pokey) that’s what its all about.

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A Thought on the Parable :The Good Samaritian

Happy New Year!

I have not written in this journal for many months but I know that it is part of my true purpose to share that a life without Christ really is not living at all!

In my last post, I was about to share my thoughts about the parable that is often referred to as The Good Samaritan. But I first must say that I do not believe that Jesus would have given this parable this name. Why not? The Samaritan was not doing anything  that we would do not do.

In fact, he was showing compassion to someone who needed it. Isn’t this what we are all called to do. God’s Word says we are to love our neighbor as ourselves.  Even Jesus once questioned why some one called him good. He said there is only one that is good and that is God? Was he talking about himself? This is an interesting thought.

A Question to Answer– So I ask you, dear reader, to answer this question: What do you feel is the greatest obstacle that we have from keeping us from living for our own true purpose? I will share my thoughts on the subject soon!

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The Two Commandments

 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?

 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.

 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.

 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour?

Luke 10:25-29

These verses precede Jesus’ Parable of the Good Samaritan. However I don’t think Jesus would call this parable by this name. The Samaritan was a sinner like all of us and he was just doing what Paul would label “our resaonable service”  There are two points that I want to convey in this post before I explore the parable that follows this dialogue.

1. Jesus knows when he is being tempted and will not give us an answer that we expect.

2.We cannot truly follow the two commandments but if we love God, we must strive to obey them.

This certain lawyer was asking Jesus how he could “inherit” eternal life. Something that as sinners we cannot accomplish.  Jesus said in essence-Never sin and you will inherit eternal life. But the lawyer wanted to prove that he was a righteous man when he asked “Who is my neighbour?” I will look deeper into this parable in the next couple of days.

But the other point that I want to discuss regards the two commandments. Jesus said in Matthew 22 that of these two commandment hang all the law and the prophets.

Now if we really examine the first and great commandment we observe that our life and true purpose is to love God above all. Putting God first in all our actions, all the time. I must say that I would be a better servant if I my faith did not waiver. Often, I feel that my way is really his way. Often the Lord shows the error of my ways and slows me down so I can stop and really listen to what he is telling me. I need his discipline, his correction. Jesus loves me more that I will ever know while I am on the earth. One day, I will understand. But I do not need to dwell on it now. I just need to follow Him!

Plan of Attack: A wise man said you must plan the work, and then work the plan. God created his plan for us to work it. For as long as he requires my service. I hope to remain a faithful servant. Not by my own strength but though his Grace!

 

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Finding Purpose in the Parables- The Prodigal Son (Conclusion)

The younger son is about to see his life in a new light as we conclude this study of the Prodigal Son Parable. Last time he convinced himself that life was better at home. He was going to tell his father that he was no longer worthy to be his son but he would like to be his servant. Now think for a second and put yourself in the Father’s shoes. No matter what your children do, chances are forgiveness will take place. Let’s continue

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him.

 And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

Luke 15:20-21

Do you think the Father thought that the son would come back? I do. I believe the father knew all about his son. Just as God the Father knows all about us. This is part of the true meaning behind this parable, The Father represent God. We are like the son. The son is already a child of God ,yet he was tempted by the “world” Does that ever happen to us? We are still sinners but praise God, if we are a child of God, we are covered by the Blood of Jesus.

 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet:

 And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.

 Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.

Luke 15:22-25

Jesus said ” In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”  John 14:2 God only wants the best for us. He wants to always bless us with his grace. Yet sometimes he will give us something that we do not expect. The son came back. He did not get saved, he was already saved but he was cold instead of hot.

Then we see the elder son for the first time, He was thinking “What’s going on?”

And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.

 And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.

 And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.

And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment: and yet thou never gavest me a kid, that I might make merry with my friends:

 But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.

Luke 15:26-30

Have you ever said “Hey what about me?”  Did you ever feel jealous of another’s good fortune? Was the  older brother showing compassion  for his younger sibling at this moment  or was his reaction justified? Looking at the situation,it is easy to scold his harsh attitude but the Father does no such thing. He knows his sons well just as God knows our heart well.

Did you have any AHA moments? Please share your thoughts in the comment section Thanks!

It’ all good!

Michael

 

 

 

 

 

 

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