I recently started a new bible study with my mom every week. We’re starting to listen to some older Beth Moore bible studies that were broadcast on TV over the years. I just love the depth that Beth brings to the messages of God’s word that she shares. She’s so honest, real, and no-nonsense — and truly connects with her students. I wanted to share some notes I took this week … as they really hit me in a very powerful way. Maybe they’ll hit you in a powerful way too.
Our God is a God of perfect timing.
Acts 13:36 New Living Translation (NLT)
36 This is not a reference to David, for after David had done the will of God in his own generation, he died and was buried with his ancestors, and his body decayed.
- God has a purpose for us in our own generation … here … today … in 2014!
- Personalize the above scripture by inserting YOUR name in the place of David’s
This is not a reference to Debi, for after Debi had done the will of God in her own generation, she died and was buried with her ancestors (family), and her body decayed.
WOW! That puts a totally different spin on that passage, doesn’t it? God has created me to exist on this earth at this exact time, in this exact location, this exact year … to fulfill a specific purpose that He planned long before he even created the universe. Not just a specific purpose … but a relevant purpose in our own generation. I don’t know about you, but that boggles the mind! I may not know what that purpose (relevant purpose) is … but rest assured, God sure does.
Ephesians 2:10 New Living Translation (NLT)
10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Nothing is more powerful than a relevant Christian in this world. (quote from Beth Moore)
Nothing happens (or gets to touch us) in our life that is not directly related to God’s purpose for our life in our own generation. Whatever happens to us has to first pass the purpose test – God’s purpose test.
Luke 22:41-42 New Living Translation (NLT)
41 He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”
Even Jesus knew what He was about to face and go through … and in his human form, it scared him. Note, however, that even in the midst of that fear, He still said He wanted God’s will to be done, not His own. God knew the purpose would exceed the pain. It’s the same in our own lives. Wouldn’t you rather go through pain and have a life that has purpose – rather than have a life that didn’t matter for anything?
Remember Joseph’s life … and how his brothers sold him into slavery?
Genesis 50:20 New Living Translation (NLT)
20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people.
God had an ultimate purpose for Joseph’s life. “…God intended it all for good.”
Luke 22:31-32 New Living Translation (NLT)
Jesus Predicts Peter’s Denial
31 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift each of you like wheat. 32 But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to me again, strengthen your brothers.”
The trials that we endure in this life are God’s way of having faith in us. By sanding firm in God’s word – daily … placing it in our hearts (putting on the full armor of God), we will be equipped to endure through the hardships, and ultimately fulfill God’s plan for our lives. WOW!
She ended the lesson with this question: So, how’s it going to be? Will you do the hard thing … walking the tightrope to live a life of purpose?