There are 4 things every Christian needs to live God’s purpose and experience true accomplishment. To show you what I’m talking about, you need to know about one of the most amazing feats described in the Bible.
The hero in this story is Jonathan, the son of Saul. (Read 1 Samuel 14: 1-15)
To sum it up for you, Jonathan decides to fight the Philistines with his armor bearer but he doesn’t tell anyone else. Jonathan shows an amazing amount of faith and trust in the God of the impossible. He knew that God was with him to make that feat come true. And that’s what He wants us to remember right now and every single day of our lives.
God is with us to make sure His promises become a reality in our lives, no matter how impossible they seem.
So, what are the 4 things you need to live God’s purpose and promises?
Israel was at war with the Philistines. Saul and the soldiers were resting around a pomegranate tree. Jonathan was getting impatient.
He wasn’t apathetic or listless, he had initiative. He knew that his mission was possible because God was with him, but he also knew that he had to do something.
When we team up with God, He does the impossible and we do all we can… the “possible”. In doing so, we are proving that we really trust and believe that the Lord is with us and that He will fight every battle for us.
So stop waiting and start doing! We have everything we need to make that purpose real. Remember that “you miss 100% of the shots you never take”.
Trust that God has given you gifts, talents and His greatness to live His purpose for you.
To reach the Philistine outpost, Jonathan had to go down between two rocky cliffs that were called Bozez and Seneh.
Bozez is said to be a very sharp rock. That means, it wasn’t easy to climb and it must have caused Jonathan and his armor bearer a fair amount of pain.
Every dream and every promise require sacrifice. We must pay the full price.
This cliff didn’t stop Jonathan. It’s just like that for us. Keep going in spite of the obstacles. Continue in spite of the opposition.
When I don’t make the sacrifice for what I want, what I want may become the sacrifice.
God tells us that it’s possible but He never says it’s going to be easy. On the contrary, Jesus said: “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me.” (Matthew 16: 24).
The second cliff, Seneh, is said to be sharp too but smooth and slippery. This takes us to the third point.
3. Take Risks:
So Jonathan and his armor bearer decided to take the risk to fight the Philistines against all odds. This was a huge leap of faith for them.
This is when we bring out our faith at our best. Faith makes things possible (as I said before, not easy).
Taking risks is tantamount to taking leaps of faith for a believer.
And my righteous ones will live by faith. Hebrews 10:38
Christian life demands faith and one of the way we show it is by taking risks. After seeking God’s guidance, of course.
Everything that’s important demands risks and faith; keep in mind that most of the times, “the biggest risk is not taking any risk”.
God confused the enemy and gave Jonathan and the armor bearer the victory. A victory that no one had like that before and one that everyone in Israel was expecting.
The last thing you need to live God’s purpose is exemplified in this part of the story: (1 Samuel 14:13)
So they climbed up using both hands and feet, and the Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer killed those who came behind them.
The cliffs were high and steep so they had to give their everything, and that’s point 4:
“Determination” is finding the strength to keep going, and this is where we – believers – have a great advantage. We can be certain that:
“He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.” Isaiah 40:29
We find that strength in our Father and his ways.
In spite of the obstacles, Jonathan didn’t give up or looked for an excuse to give in. He did what we had to do because surrendering wasn’t an option.
That’s it. It might sound like God’s asking too much from us but He made sure to give us all we need to do what He is asking from us.
So, don’t give up, Jesus said (John 11:40) “Didn’t I tell you that you would see God’s glory if you believe?”
Put all your faith and hope in God. He will never forsake you.
(Philippians 1:6) “I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” AMEN!
I know that God will fulfill His purpose for me!
I hope this post has encouraged you to start or keep on fighting the good fight and to trust God will fulfill His purpose for you!!
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Be gracious and don’t forget God’s love never fails.