Part two of a three-part series on identifying, embracing and walking in your God-given purpose.
Are you aware that God has a plan for each and everyone of us and that plan is as unique and individual as we are after all, Jeremiah 29:11-12 says "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.
As outlined in Part I—New Year New You—the four steps to finding your Godly purpose are:
Step 1: Survey where you are in your walk with God
Step 2: Pray for guidance and direction
Step 3: Establish Relationships with others who are focused on God
Step 4: Identify & change things in your life that are not in line with God's word
Once you have completed these steps you may ask, "Now what, where do I go from here?"
Romans 12:2 says … Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
To be transformed is to change in your form, your external appearance, or structure, the way you are made up, your essence your way of thinking and being. It's to a have complete metamorphoses or profound and complete change.
When you begin to go through a Godly transformation, it will be noticeable in many ways but there are three areas that I would like to touch upon:
1. Your thoughts and actions
2. Your outer appearance
3. Your reception by others
1 Corinthians 13:11 … When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. Think about it for a moment, you may not have begun to physically age as you embark on living your Godly purpose but you are growing spiritually, and this should be evident.
Thoughts and Actions
Your Outer Appearance
Which leads into the last point I would like to touch on; I would like for us to take a walk through Mark 5:1-20 and look at the transformation of a demon possessed man:
They went across the lake to the region of the Gerasenes. When Jesus got out of the boat, a man with an impure spirit came from the tombs to meet him. This man lived in the tombs, and no one could bind him anymore, not even with a chain. For he had often been chained hand and foot, but he tore the chains apart and broke the irons on his feet. No one was strong enough to subdue him. Night and day among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.
Then Jesus asked him, "What is your name?"
"My name is Legion," he replied, "for we are many." And he begged Jesus again and again not to send them out of the area.
Your Reception by others
Remember, God is a God of grace and each new day provides us with the opportunity to begin again. Choose God and may the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Welcome to the first day of the rest of your life!!!