Living on Purpose – What the Bible Says About God’s Purposes
- Author: Biblical
- Updated: 05/24/2006
- Copyright: Compiled by St. Philip the Deacon Lutheran Church, 17205 County Road 6, Plymouth, MN 55447 - 763-475-7128
These are Bible verses that reflect God's purposes.
Living on Purpose -- What the Bible Says About God's Purposes
If I am so special to you, let me in on your plans. That way, I will continue being special to you. Don't forget, this is your people, your responsibility.
God is sovereign, God is fearsome -- everything in the cosmos fits and works in his plan.
Forget that I sowed wild oats. Mark me with your sign of love. Plan only the best for me, God!
God's plan for the world stands up, all his designs are made to last.
The wicked hemmed me in -- there was no way out -- but not for a minute did I forget your plan for me.
Mortals make elaborate plans, but God has the last word.
Put God in charge of your work, then what you've planned will take place.
God made everything with a place and purpose; even the wicked are included -- but for judgment.
We plan the way we want to live, but only God makes us able to live it.
We humans keep brainstorming options and plans, but God's purpose prevails.
Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.
If people can't see what God is doing, they stumble all over themselves; But when they attend to what he reveals, they are most blessed.
Before I shaped you in the womb, I knew all about you. Before you saw the light of day, I had holy plans for you: A prophet to the nations -- that's what I had in mind for you.
I know what I'm doing. I have it all planned out -- plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
I was delayed for a good three weeks. But then Michael, one of the chief angel-princes, intervened to help me. I left him there with the prince of the kingdom of Persia. And now I'm here to help you understand what will eventually happen to your people. The vision has to do with what's ahead.'
And then God answered: "Write this. Write what you see. Write it out in big block letters so that it can be read on the run."
This vision-message is a witness pointing to what's coming. It aches for the coming -- it can hardly wait! And it doesn't lie. If it seems slow in coming, wait. It's on its way. It will come right on time.
You've heard me tell you, "I'm going away, and I'm coming back.' If you loved me, you would be glad that I'm on my way to the Father because the Father is the goal and purpose of my life."
1 Corinthians 2:10
But you've seen and heard it because God by his Spirit has brought it all out into the open before you. The Spirit, not content to flit around on the surface, dives into the depths of God, and brings out what God planned all along.
2 Corinthians 10:8
You may think I overstate the authority he gave me, but I'm not backing off. Every bit of my commitment is for the purpose of building you up, after all, not tearing you down.
We know the meaning of those words because Jesus Christ rescued us from this evil world we're in by offering himself as a sacrifice for our sins. God's plan is that we all experience that rescue.
Part of the overall purpose God is working out in everything and everyone.
Meanwhile, live in such a way that you are a credit to the Message of Christ. Let nothing in your conduct hang on whether I come or not. Your conduct must be the same whether I show up to see things for myself or hear of it from a distance. Stand united, singular in vision, contending for people's trust in the Message, the good news,
So let's keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision--you'll see it yet!
We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God's original purpose in everything created.
For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels -- everything got started in God and finds its purpose in God.
God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.
The congregation has made available an extensive number of resources. You can access these resources by clicking on the following:
Living On Purpose - Index
The Workshop Workbook
To obtain a copy of the workbook or to inquire further about the program, email Pastor Mathison by clicking on firstname.lastname@example.org [Whole Life Faith Mission Writing Workshop.]