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I refuse to be discouraged,
To be sad, or to cry;
I refuse to be downhearted,
And here’s the reason why…

I have a God who’s mighty,
Who’s sovereign and supreme;
I have a God who loves me,
And I am on His team.

He is all-wise and powerful,
Jesus is His name;
Though everything is changeable,
My God remains the same,

My God knows all that’s happening;
Beginning to the end,
His presence is my comfort,
He is my dearest friend.

When sickness comes to weaken me,
To bring my head down low,
I call upon my mighty God;
Into His arms I go.

When circumstances threaten
To rob me from my peace;
He draws me close unto His breast,
Where all my strivings cease.

And when my heart melts within me,
And weakness takes control;
He gathers me into His arms,
He soothes my heart and soul.

The great “I AM” is with me,
My life is in His hand,
The “Son of God” is my hope,
It’s in His strength I stand.

I refuse to be defeated,
My eyes are on my God
He has promised to be with me,
As through this life I trod.

I’m looking past all my circumstances,
To Heaven’s throne above;
My prayers have reached the heart of God,
I’m resting in His love.

I give God thanks in everything,
My eyes are on His face;
The battle’s His, the victory’s mine;
He’ll help me win the race.

Written By BJ George, But “Inspired By Our Lord Jesus Christ”
Copyright@ BJ George

See not the small trials and vexations of each hour of the day. See the one purpose and plan to which all are leading. If in climbing a mountain you keep your eyes on each stony or difficult place, as you ascend, seeing only that, how weary and profitless your climb!

But if you think of each step as leading to the summit of achievement, from which glories and beauties will open out before you, then your climb will be so different.

The Lord God is my strength, and he will make my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine high places. Habakkuk 3:19

– from the God Calling devotional

Probe Ministries: What’s My Purpose in Life?

Authored by: Sue Bohlin with Probe Ministries

A dear younger friend of mine recently posted this question on a forum:

“Do you feel that you have a great mission or purpose in life?

“I do feel like I’m made for something more than this, but whatever it is I can’t reach it, or find out what it is. I do feel as though I have a great purpose or mission in life—I’m sure I do!!! Why can I just not figure it out?

“Was I born in the wrong time? My roommate says that I’m like a young person who thinks they were meant for more. She says hardly anyone here has a great life of purpose and I just have to accept reality. 99% of the people are just normal people—that there are not that many characters, priests, prophets, or heroes.

“Does everyone go through life never figuring out what their great purpose is? There has to be a purpose beyond just surviving. Roommate says that my problem is that I think I’m born to be a superstar, a saint or a hero. She thinks I’m just unrealistic, and what I expect from and of myself is unrealistic. I think she’s a pessimist. I want to do something big. I don’t want a mediocre life.”

Similar to C.S. Lewis’ argument that our longings correspond to God’s plan for the fulfillment of those longings (such as experiencing hunger because food exists for us to eat, and experiencing fatigue because there is such a thing as sleep), I think my friend’s longing for the something bigger and something more, her disdain for a mediocre life, is indeed shaped by God’s call to love and serve Him in large and glorious ways. But we may have been waylaid by the “God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life” gospel, since many people 20th-century Westerners seem to have directed their focus to finding out this wonderful plan rather than on God Himself.

I don’t see anywhere in scripture where we are called to find our purpose in life. I think God just wants us to obey what He’s already given us. When we do a search for the phrases “God’s will” or “will of God” in the Bible, we know for sure God wants us to do things like give thanks in all things (1 Thess 5:18), be sanctified and avoid sexual immorality (1 Thess 4:3), silence the ignorance of foolish people by doing good (1 Pet 2:15), and sometimes, suffer for doing what is right rather than for doing what is wrong (1 Pet 3:17).

All the “one anothers” in the Bible are commands, so those are God’s will as well. So our purpose in life is to please Him through obedience, which should grow out of our awareness that He loves us and made us for Himself.

Because we are made in the image of God, our purpose in life is to put Him on display. We—our bodies, our minds, our humor, our gifts and talents—are a display case for the glory of God. I think the specifics of how we go about that don’t matter as much as we seem to think they do. Desiring to be truthful and transparent in serving as display cases for the treasure within matters more, I believe.

According to John 15, it is the Lord’s pleasure—and thus His purpose for us—that we bear much (as opposed to some or more) fruit in us. That means Christlikeness; that means the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control (Gal 5:22). So whether we are engaged in paid work or evangelizing on street corners, changing diapers or driving in traffic, putting Jesus on display is the most important thing. To do that, we need to continually immerse ourselves in His presence and His word, and hang around His people who are also immersing themselves in His presence and His word.

Right along with spiritual fruit is the topic of spiritual gifts. Finding God’s personal purpose for us will involve discovering which of the spiritual gifts He has given each one of us, and using them to build up the body of Christ and bless others. (They are found in Romans 12 and 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4 and 1 Peter 4.)

And finally, 2 Corinthians 2 offers a delightful word picture of Christ-followers serving as “a sweet aroma of Christ to God” the Father, as well as bringing the fragrance of knowing Christ to people who are either being saved or perishing. That, too, is part of our purpose in life. I think that if we focus on what God has already told us pleases Him, obeying the commands He has already given His children, we’ll get to the point of looking in the rear-view mirror of life and discovering, “Oh, that was my personal purpose! Cool!”

This blog post originally appeared at blogs.bible.org/tapestry/sue_bohlin/whats_my_purpose_in_life

How to Study the Bible

by Joyce Meyer

I’ve spent about 30 years studying God’s Word, and it has totally changed my life. I thank God for what I know now, but it didn’t come overnight. If you want to see areas of your life change, learn to truly study the Bible.

Why Should I Study  the Bible?

The Bible is no ordinary book. The words within its pages  are like medicine to your soul. It has the power to change your life because  there is life in the Word! (See Hebrews 4:12.) And when you discover the power and truth  of God’s Word, you will begin to see changes in your life that only this truth can  bring. You will even learn how to recognize what the enemy tries to bring  against you.

The good news is, it won’t take you 30 years to know what  you need to know. Just begin where you are right now and determine to stick  with it! Every time you study the Bible  and pay attention to what you’re reading, you’re learning something.

Proverbs 4:20-22 says, “My son attend to my words…for they are life to those who find them…” The  word “attend” means to pay attention to, give some time to something. To attend  to the Word of God is a lot more than just reading; it’s meditating on it.

We need to get into agreement with what God wants us to do  because, as the writer of Proverbs says, these words are life! When you need an  encouraging word, or you’re in a negative environment, it’s good to know that  you can find life (plus healing and health) in God’s Word.

What Do I Study?

There’s really no wrong place to start.  You can study anything that’s going to help  you. If you’re dealing with anger or fear, flip to the back of your Bible’s  concordance and locate those words to see which scriptures talk about those  things.

Recommended Study  Tools

  • Thompson Chain Reference Bible – cross references about different topics throughout the Bible
  • Webster’s Dictionary
  • Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance – listing of scriptures organized by category/topic
  • Vine’s Expository Dictionary – Greek and Hebrew definitions
  • BibleGateway.com
  • Joyce’s Teaching Notes

If you can’t think of anything right away, thumb through the concordance in the back of your Bible and pick one of the words. Begin looking at all scriptures referenced with this word and read them. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you, and He’ll lead you and reveal things to you.

When I first started studying the Word, I didn’t have very  good relationships. I didn’t really understand what love was.

As I studied the subject of love, I learned that it’s more  than a gooey feeling, It’s a decision on how you’re supposed to trust people. I  didn’t know how to love people, or myself. By studying what the Bible says  about love, I learned how to love. Then my life began to change.

Being able to apply what you study to your life, like I did  on the subject of love, is just one picture of what studying the Bible looks  like.

Hopefully you understand why you should study with some  ideas on what to study. Here are four steps you can take to begin digging into  God’s Word now:

Four Effective Steps  to Studying the Bible

1. Purposely  set aside time. I make an appointment with God in the mornings, but if  that doesn’t work for you, find a time that does…even if it’s not every day.  Whatever you can do, that’s what you need to do. Just start somewhere and  you’ll see the fruit that this time brings to your life!

2. Make preparation for your Bible study. Have a place that you enjoy being—a room in your house where you can be alone.  Somewhere you are comfortable and like to be.

3. Have all your materials available. You’ll want of course your  Bible, but also get a good Bible dictionary, concordance, a pen and paper. That  way, you don’t have to stop every few minutes to reference something or write something  down.

4. Prepare your  heart. Talk to God about things you may need to confess, and enter your  study time peacefully and without anything that may block you from receiving  revelation during your study.

Make the time in your life to study because there is power  in it to change your life and become the person God wants you to be. Once you  do, you’ll experience the peace and joy to enjoy every day of your life!


This  article is taken from Joyce’s DVD teaching How  to Study the Bible.

*all rights belong to Joyce Meyer @ joycemeyer.org

Colossians 3

1  IF THEN you have been raised with Christ [to a new life, thus sharing His resurrection from the dead], aim at and seek the [rich, eternal treasures] that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2  And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. 3  For [as far as this world is concerned] you have died, and your [new, real] life is hidden with Christ in God. 4  When Christ, Who is our life, appears, then you also will appear with Him in [the splendor of His] glory. 5  So kill (deaden, deprive of power) the evil desire lurking in your members [those animal impulses and all that is earthly in you that is employed in sin]: sexual vice, impurity, sensual appetites, unholy desires, and all greed and covetousness, for that is idolatry (the deifying of self and other created things instead of God). 6  It is on account of these [very sins] that the [holy] anger of God is ever coming upon the sons of disobedience (those who are obstinately opposed to the divine will), 7  Among whom you also once walked, when you were living in and addicted to [such practices]. 8  But now put away and rid yourselves [completely] of all these things: anger, rage, bad feeling toward others, curses and slander, and foulmouthed abuse and shameful utterances from your lips! 9  Do not lie to one another, for you have stripped off the old (unregenerate) self with its evil practices, 10  And have clothed yourselves with the new [spiritual self], which is [ever in the process of being] renewed and remolded into [fuller and more perfect knowledge upon] knowledge after the image (the likeness) of Him Who created it. 11  [In this new creation all distinctions vanish.] There is no room for and there can be neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, [nor difference between nations whether alien] barbarians or Scythians [who are the most savage of all], nor slave or free man; but Christ is all and in all [everything and everywhere, to all men, without distinction of person]. 12  Clothe yourselves therefore, as God’s own chosen ones (His own picked representatives), [who are] purified and holy and well-beloved [by God Himself, by putting on behavior marked by] tenderhearted pity and mercy, kind feeling, a lowly opinion of yourselves, gentle ways, [and] patience [which is tireless and long-suffering, and has the power to endure whatever comes, with good temper]. 13  Be gentle and forbearing {To be tolerant or patient in the face of provocation} with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive]. 14  And above all these [put on] love and enfold yourselves with the bond of perfectness [which binds everything together completely in ideal harmony]. 15  And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]. 16  Let the word [spoken by] Christ (the Messiah) have its home [in your hearts and minds] and dwell in you in [all its] richness, as you teach and admonish {to reprove gently but earnestly}  and train one another in all insight and intelligence and wisdom [in spiritual things, and as you sing] psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, making melody to God with [His] grace in your hearts. 17  And whatever you do [no matter what it is] in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus and in [dependence upon] His Person, giving praise to God the Father through Him. 18  Wives, be subject to your husbands [subordinate and adapt yourselves to them], as is right and fitting and your proper duty in the Lord. 19  Husbands, love your wives [be affectionate and sympathetic with them] and do not be harsh or bitter or resentful toward them. 20  Children, obey your parents in everything, for this is pleasing to the Lord. 21  Fathers, do not provoke or irritate or fret your children [do not be hard on them or harass them], lest they become discouraged and sullen and morose and feel inferior and frustrated. [Do not break their spirit.] 22  Servants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not only when their eyes are on you as pleasers of men, but in simplicity of purpose [with all your heart] because of your reverence for the Lord and as a sincere expression of your devotion to Him. 23  Whatever may be your task, work at it heartily (from the soul), as [something done] for the Lord and not for men, 24  Knowing [with all certainty] that it is from the Lord [and not from men] that you will receive the inheritance which is your [real] reward. [The One Whom] you are actually serving [is] the Lord Christ (the Messiah). 25  For he who deals wrongfully will [reap the fruit of his folly and] be punished for his wrongdoing. And [with God] there is no partiality [no matter what a person’s position may be, whether he is the slave or the master].

I was reading this and wanted to share.  I hope it blesses your life like it has mine. Have a great week!