Live a Purpose-driven Life ( by Fenny West)

 

Live a Purpose-driven Life 

Purpose is your reason for being; your raison d’etre. It is what draws you to wake up in the night to write, or do something even if you are not paid for it. Purpose drives you, fulfils you and defines you. 

Everyone has a purpose and a unique purpose at that. Everything has a purpose. Whether or not you know it, this does not preclude the fact that it has a purpose. Whether or not you know it, you have a purpose.

Abraham had a purpose. Despite the odds that were against him- being child-less, old to the point of having no sperm or low sperm-count and his wife also old and past her menopause, yet it did not matter to God. He had called them to be Father of many nations and mother of nations. Through him all the families of the earth would be blessed – pointer to Jesus. (Gen.12:1-3)

Eventually, the vision which tarried, delayed (as it were), came to pass in the fullness of time despite many challenges. And today, those who know Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour are blessed- the seed of Abraham. ( Gen.15:1-7, Gen21:1-7)

Genesis 21: Isaac Is Born

1      And the LORD visited Sarah as He had said, and the LORD did for Sarah as He had spoken.

7      She also said, “Who would have said to Abraham that Sarah would nurse children? For I have borne him a son in his old age.”

Joseph had a purpose. He was to be instrumental for the preservation of Israel who will be enslaved in a foreign land for over 400 years.

“Know certainly that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them, and they will afflict them four hundred years. Gen15:13

 God revealed that purpose in pictures. Joseph understood that he would be in a prominent position and all his siblings would bow to him. However God did not share any details with him. In the fullness of time, after many difficulties and oppositions, it came to pass and he fulfilled his purpose, mission and vision.

Purpose Revealed

 “Please hear this dream which I have dreamed:

7      There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Gen.37:6-7

Fulfilment

 41  And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See, I have set you over all the land of Egypt.”

42   Then Pharaoh took his signet ring off his hand and put it on Joseph’s hand; and he clothed him in garments of fine linen and put a gold chain around his neck.

43   And he had him ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried out before him, “Bow the knee!” So he set him over all the land of Egypt.

44   Pharaoh also said to Joseph, “I am Pharaoh, and without your consent no man may lift his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt.”

45   And Pharaoh called Joseph’s name Zaphnath-Paaneah. And he gave him as a wife Asenath, the daughter of Poti-Pherah priest of On. So Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt. Gen41:41-45

Paul had a purpose, despite starting out as an adversary to the Church – arresting and persecuting Christians, overseeing their execution.

58   and they cast him out of the city and stoned him. And the witnesses laid down their clothes at the feet of a young man named Saul.

Act7:58

Acts 8: Saul Persecutes the Church

1              Now Saul was consenting to his death. At that time a great persecution arose against the church which was at Jerusalem;

 However the more he opposed the Church, the more he was being magnetised to God.

Acts 9: The Damascus Road: Saul Converted

1      Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest

2              and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.

        As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven.

4      Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

5      And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”

6      So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?” Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness both of the things which you have seen and of the things which I will yet reveal to you.

17   I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you,

18   to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’Act26:16-18

 And this enemy of the Church, was gloriously, dramatically and unquestionably converted into a saint and trophy in the hand of God. Saul of Tarsus became St Paul who used the same zeal with which he opposed Christianity to forget the past and reaching forth for that which to press on for the mark of prize of his high-calling in Christ Jesus (Phil3:13-14). He went on to build churches, raise disciples and write 13 best-sellers of all time, giving us incredible revelation of Whose we are, what we are in Christ, and what we have in Christ. Paul would not be deterred by opposition. He was stoned many times, imprisoned many times, often shipwrecked, beaten with rods, lashed 39 strokes 5 times, misrepresented, mistreated, maligned, but he kept pressing on. He once said, “None of these things move me… ” Why? He was focused on completing his purpose( Acts20:24) and he did with finesse and was able to declare:

Paul’s Valedictory

6      For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.

7      I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

8      Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.

Our Saviour, Jesus had a purpose. He knew that purpose, was passionate about that purpose, pursued that purpose and regardless of opposition, remained undaunted, unrelenting, uncompromising, unwavering until He said,”Teleiose” ( It finished!) ( John1:29, Luke2:49,John18:28-38, 1John3:8, John19:30)

Moses had a purpose – delivering the Children of Israel from the House of Bondage

11           Now it came to pass in those days, when Moses was grown, that he went out to his brethren and looked at their burdens. Ex2:11

24   By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,

25   choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

26   esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

27   By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Heb11 :24-27

. Moses knew about his purpose but missed the timing, killed someone and ran for his life. He went to a foreign land, changed his “passport”, got married, got a job as a Shepherd. He had started  speaking “sheepinese”, had almost forgotten his purpose. But one day, God found him in the back side of a desert and reminded him. 

“Moses, Moses!”

“I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.

8      So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…

9      Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.

10           Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”( Ex3:4,7-10)

Moses resisted God, gave every excuse in the world why he was not qualified.

“O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Ex4:10)

But God, who does not call the qualified but qualifies the called, convinced Moses that all he needed was His presence. Moses recapitulated and took up the gauntlet and went back to Egypt to confront Pharaoh with what God said, “Let My people go.” 

Moses’ purpose was resisted, not only by Pharaoh but even by his own people. God displayed signs and wonders in Egypt culminating in the death of the first born in each household before Pharaoh recapitulated to let God’s people go. Moses fulfilled his vision. He took them out Bondage. 

30   So Pharaoh rose in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

The Exodus

31           Then he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, “Rise, go out from among my people, both you and the children of Israel. And go, serve the LORD as you have said.Ex12:30-31

Joshua had a purpose – to take them into the Promised Land. “He takes us out bondage, our encumbrance and hindrance to take us into our inheritance and dance. Joshua fulfilled His purpose like Jesus did.

Esther had a purpose – to avert what would have been the first holocaust, in Shushan the citadel, Persia, during the reign of King Ahasuerus. Mordecai was like the Holy Spirit-the guide, who counselled her during the contest for a new queen, which Esther won. He also revealed her purpose in the palace for such a time as that. “…who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”(Esther4:14)

Esther played ball and the Jews were preserved. She fulfilled her purpose. ( Esther7:3-10)

Nehemiah was burdened about Jerusalem, even though he was in a foreign land as an exile in a lucrative employment. He mourned, fasted and prayed when he learned about the broken down walls of Jerusalem.(Neh1:3-4)

God used him to answer his prayer as He gave him favour with the King, who became sympathetic to the cause, permitting him, not only to go and rebuild the wall, but gave him supplies and security.

. (Neh.2:3-9)

Nehemiah went back and commenced his purpose and despite much opposition, remained resolute until he completed rebuilding the wall in 52 days, to the glory of God. 

The Wall Completed

15   So the wall was finished…, in fifty-two days.Neh.6:15

And You, yes, YOU, reader; You under the sound of my voice, you have a purpose, a unique purpose. Unless you find that purpose, life will not have a true meaning for you. But if you have found that purpose, congratulations! Your life will find fulfilment if you are following that purpose, fulfilling that purpose and sold out to that purpose.

Friend, find your purpose. Pursue your purpose. Live a purpose driven life. Live before you die. 

If you do not have a personal relationship with God; if you are not born again, come and acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. Without the Way, there is no going. Without the Truth, there is no knowing or knowledge and without the Life, there is no living. Invite Jesus Christ into your life and His Spirit will guide you into your purpose – your reason for being. Spend and be spent for that purpose and you will not only be fulfilled but have eternal incomparable rewards.

Live a Purpose -driven Life!

Let us pray

Father, I thank You for being born for such a time as this. I was born for a purpose, born for a reason. This reason shall not only be found but pursued and fulfilled to your glory. Your Spirit will guide me each step of the way to live Your dream, in the name of Jesus. Thank You, Lord, that my purpose is unique and fitting for me. I shall learn from others but not be a photo-copy of others. I am well-fitted for my purpose. Nothing will stop me from fulfilling my purpose, in Jesus’ Name.

Pursuing Purpose with Passion ( by Fenny West)

Pursuing Purpose With Passion

Pursuing Purpose with Passion

Results in a successful completion with finesse

 

The Wall Completed

15   So the wall was finished on the twenty-fifth day of Elul, in fifty-two days.

16           And it happened, when all our enemies heard of it, and all the nations around us saw these things, that they were very disheartened in their own eyes; for they perceived that this work was done by our God. Neh6:15-16

 

2      The LORD was with Joseph, and he was a successful man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.

3      And his master saw that the LORD was with him and that the LORD made all he did to prosper in his hand.

4      So Joseph found favor in his sight, and served him. Then he made him overseer of his house, and all that he had he put under his authority.

5      So it was, from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had in the house and in the field.

 

21   But the LORD was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison.

22   And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing.

23           The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper. Gen39:2-5,21-23

Paul’s Valedictory

6      For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.

7      I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

8              Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.2Tim4:6-8

Paul

“You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you,

19   serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews;

20   how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house,

21   testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

22   And see, now I go bound in the spirit to Jerusalem, not knowing the things that will happen to me there,

23   except that the Holy Spirit testifies in every city, saying that chains and tribulations await me.

24   But none of these things move me; nor do I count my life dear to myself, so that I may finish my race with joy, and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.

Acts 20:18-24

 

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Possessing Your Possession ( by Fenny West)

Possessing Your Possession

Commences when you decree

The Word Like a king.

 

For where the word of the King

is there is power.

  1. Where the word of a king is, there is power; And who may say to him, “What are you doing?” Eccle8:4

” But on Mount Zion there shall be deliverance, And there shall be holiness; The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. Obad1:17

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An August Occasion (by Fenny West)

An August Occasion

An August Occasion

Unparalleled in your life

Great things shall be done

Unseen by you and those around you

Supernatural things

Take it and run with it

 

18 ” Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.Isa43:18-19

 

Fenny West
©2020

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All Glorious ( by Fenny West)

 

All Glorious, Almighty God, all-knowing

Unconditional Lover of my soul 

Great are You, and great Your purpose 

Unsearchable are Your ways

Sovereign are You

Through all eternity 

 

 

11 Yours, O LORD, is the greatness, The power and the glory, The victory and the majesty; For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, And You are exalted as head over all.

1Chro.29:11

1 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised In the city of our God, In His holy mountain.

Ps48:1

 

 

Fenny West
©2019

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Join the Wise ( by Fenny West)

Join the company of the wise

Unyielding to the pressures of the World 

Living a consecrated life of the Kingdom 

You will be welcome 

 

 

3 Those who are wise shall shine Like the brightness of the firmament, And those who turn many to righteousness Like the stars forever and ever.Dan12:3

58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. 1Cor15:58

17 But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him. 1Cor6:17

 

 

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Jump for Joy ( by Fenny West)

Jump for joy 

Understand what the will of God is

Lay hold on eternal life 

Yours forever 

 

13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Phil2:13

12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1Tim6:12

17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Rom 14:17

 

 

 

 

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Just Like Jesus ( by Fenny West)

Just like Jesus

Unyielding 

Loving like He loved 

You are

 

 

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 1John4:17

6 He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1John 2:6

1 Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. Eph5:1

 

 

 

 

 

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Goliath, the Giant of Gath(4) { by Fenny West}

Goliath, the Giant of Gath 

Met his match in little David, 

Who showed, “One with God is majority.” 

Goliath bit the dust,

no matter how macho. 

Similarly, Jesus  won the victory

When He triumphed through the cross. 

One with Jesus is still majority. 

Because He rose from the dead,

Giving us New Life and authority.

50 So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and struck the Philistine and killed him. But there was no sword in the hand of David.

51 Therefore David ran and stood over the Philistine, took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. And when the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.

1Sam17:50-51

15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Col2:15

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Goliath, the Giant of Gath (3){by Fenny West)

Goliath, the Giant of Gath 

will manipulate you if allow him.

He will play mind games with you, 

Saying, “Has God said?” 

And when you listen and obey him, 

he pulls a fast one, pulls the rug out

from beneath your feet

he specialises in telling lies 

He thrives on causing you to doubt God. 

Genesis 3: The Temptation and Fall of Man

Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”

44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

John8:44

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