Living on Purpose in 2013

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”  Genesis 1:1

God is a God of purpose.  Everything that God has done has been done on purpose.  God has designed us to live on purpose as well.

Any victories that we will experience this year and any accomplishments that we may achieve this year will happen on purpose!

“This day will the LORD deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.” 1 Samuel 17:46

David was a man of purpose.  In the Psalms, he used the phrase, “I will…,” over 150 times.  “I will” is a statement of purpose.  In 1 Samuel 1746, David tells Goliath, “I will smite thee.”  David had a purpose.  How did David arrive at that point in his life?  How can learn from this to become individuals of purpose?  There are 3 steps in 1 Samuel chapter 17 which led David to this point and which will allow us to live 2013 “on purpose.”

1.  David had a desire. (1 Samuel 17:29 “…Is there not a cause?”)

David had a desire to do something about Goliath.  What do you desire to do this year?  Grow closer to the Lord?  Become a soul-winner?  Lose weight?  Having a desire is where it all begins.

2.  David had a plan.  (1 Samuel 17:36 “Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them,…”)

Goliath was a formidable opponent.  By any estimation, it would have been impossible for David to defeat him.  So, it would have been obvious for him to be asked, “How do you plan to accomplish this desire of yours?”  You may have a desire but you also need to have a thought out plan of how to accomplish your desire.  How will you grow closer to the Lord?  How are you going to get out of debt?  How are going to become a better father?

3.  David put his plan to action.  (1 Samuel 17:48 “…David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.”

This is where “the rubber meets the road!”  David ran toward Goliath to accomplish the plan that he had formulated.  He didn’t hesitate.  He didn’t shy away.  He ran!  When it comes right down to it, you can have the mostly noble and godly desires  and you can also have the most detailed plans for accomplishing them.  But, if you never put them into action, nothing will be accomplished!

Therefore, get busy!  Take the desires that God has placed in your heart.  Put together an action plan and then get out there and “work your plan.”  God blessed David and God can bless you as you seek to “live on purpose!”

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