Living An Intentional Life

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Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21

Last year in March 2019, I started a series on Living Purposefully, focusing on the importance of living a purposeful life in Christ. This year I’d decided to redo the series again because 2020 and beyond will be a significant decade for the people of God. 2020 isn’t just another year. It is the beginning of a new era. A year that everything changes! We want to be properly positioned as things change.

Some of you reading these blog posts will have an opportunity to make a paradigm shift. We won’t automatically fulfill our assignment as the Body of Christ by sitting in the pews and doing business as usual.

It is a tragedy to know that with over 5 billion people on this planet only a minute percentage will experience a significant fraction of their true potential.

 —Dr. Myles Munroe 

Our purpose in life is the very meaning of why we exist. Without knowing this we wander aimlessly through life ignorant of our true purpose. We try different things but find no satisfaction in them. We wonder “what is my purpose?” “What am I created to do?”

Scriptures offers insight into man’s purpose on earth and how to live out that purpose according to God’s design. The key to discovering your purpose is knowing your identity in Christ. When you know who you are and discover that you have been uniquely designed and gifted to fulfill a divine purpose you will stop struggling to accomplish your own plans and start pursuing God’s plan for your life. “The purposes of God’s heart are deep waters, but one who has insight draws them out” (Prov. 20:5). [1]

An intention is an idea that you plan (or intend) to carry out. If you mean something, it’s an intention. Your goal, purpose, or aim is your intention. It’s something you mean to do, whether you pull it off or not.

Many times we make new year’s resolutions with no intention to carry them out. As believers, we must be intentional about our spiritual life every day and how we are to carry out God’s purposes on earth. Change is necessary if you are going to live a purposeful life in God’s Kingdom. It may be painful, yet pain may be necessary to move you out of your comfort zone.

God has called us out of darkness into His marvelous light to declare his praises in the earth, not to live ordinary lives going two and fro with no direction in life. You were made for more!  It has always been God’s plan to restore us to a place of dignity, self-worth, and wholeness. We are not defined by the world’s standards. We are royalty. 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

We have a rich heritage in Christ, and must carry ourselves as light in a dark world. Vessels that have been broken and cleansed, and willing to be filled with His Spirit and the Word. We are called to serve God’s purpose in our generation. To release God’s glory in the earth.

God’s purposes are great and His deeds are mighty. His eyes are open to the ways of all mankind. He rewards each person according to their conduct and as theirs deeds deserve. God-of-the-Angel-Armies, is determined in purpose and relentless in following through on His plans. He everything that men and women do and respond appropriately to the way they live, to the things they do. Jeremiah 32:19 (NIV, The MSG)

Your potential was not given to you to deposit in the grave. You must understand the tremendous potential you possess and commit yourself to maximizing it in your short lifetime.

—Dr. Myles Munroe

Be intentional to thank the Lord and pursue the fulfillment of His promises with intentionality in your heart!

Blessings,

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Endnotes

 

  1. Green, A. Francine. Daughter of the King: Possessing Your Spiritual Inheritance. Pinehurst, TX, Lifewise Books, 2017

 

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