Moving Forward (Part 1)

Hopefully you are no longer feeling defeated and can see that whatever God has given you in life, He plans to use!  No matter who you are, no matter what situation God has given you, you can live a fruitful  and fulfilling life by finding out what your purpose is on this earth.  I recently listened to a study from Beth Moore, where she said something that will hopefully resonate with you.  She said you can live with pain more than you can live with not having a purpose.

So how do we find the purpose in our suffering?  Whatever God’s purpose is for your life is not going to be evident to just anyone looking from the outside.  Consulting with others may not bring the answer, because God will make His will known to YOU, to your inner-most being.  If you are far from Him spiritually, you may never find it.

Nothing that happens to you is by accident.  The closer you get to God, the more you will understand that fact, and instead of asking “Why did this happen to me?” you will be more inclined to ask, “What does God want to accomplish from this?”

I Corinthians 2:16 says, “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.”  In this verse, we see that no one can know the mind of God in their own power.  But it tells us as Christians we have the mind of Christ, so that the mind of God can be revealed to us.

The mind of Christ is not the mind of man.  Your purpose for suffering may not be a huge, successful ministry.  That isn’t necessarily God’s idea of success.  It may simply be the process itself of going through the suffering and becoming closer to Him.  It could be assisting others in their trials through a common bond, or perhaps being a testimony to others through the strength of your faith during your trial.  Whatever that purpose is, you will only find it by seeking the mind of Christ in every situation.

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