Purpose: Called & Chosen

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Excerpt from the Foundations of Love Online Course by Hardwired for Worship.

You Have a Purpose for Being Here

Everyone has a Purpose whether they believe it or not. We need to know our purpose in order fully walk in who we are in Christ Jesus. Finding our purpose is hardwired into our DNA—some people ignore the unction to seek out their call and some are filled with an insatiable drive ask the question, “Who am I?”

However, it’s not enough to know our identity, we need to understand our identity in Christ. To know who we are in Him expands our awareness, and our ability to love, from ourselves to others and back.

Remember, Jesus said this:

Matthew 22:36-40  |  “Teacher, which commandment in the law is the greatest?” Jesus answered him, “‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’ This is the great and supreme commandment. And the second is like it in importance: ‘You must love your friend in the same way you love yourself.’ Contained within these commandments to love you will find all the meaning of the Law and the Prophets.”

To know ourselves means we can know God and others. Then, we can love more deeply, purely, godly and holy. This is our all-encompassing purpose.

 

Made in His Image

Our identity began in Genesis when God made us in His image. We must know God—His character, His commandments, His names, His love for us, Jesus, and Holy Spirit—in order to know ourselves (If you need help understanding who you are, study the Scriptures by searching the internet for “Who am I in Christ Jesus.” There is a lot of help there.).

God has hundreds of names in the Bible (Another topic of study on Identity.). We are to reflect those names in our character, values and daily life. This is part of His plan for us, this is how He designed us.

Romans 8:28  |  “So we are convinced that every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives, for we are his lovers who have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.”

 

Trust in God

God does have a plan for our lives and when we discover that plan, we begin to carry unspeakable joy, peace and happiness. Struggle and drama either fall away or we begin to look at it from the eyes of Jesus. When we see our struggles as blessings our lives are enriched in ways we never fathomed. The pain and suffering become vehicles of joy and gladness.

1 Peter 4:13  |  “Instead, continue to rejoice, for you, in a measure, have shared in the sufferings of the Anointed One so that you can share in the revelation of his glory and celebrate with even greater gladness!”

We are to consider ourselves special and worthy of God’s love and plan as we suffer. This is one of the harder realities for people to accept. The truth is our suffering has meaning beyond what we can understand in the Kingdom of God. This is where we must trust God and have faith that what we are suffering for is going to be used for good and that we are fulfilling God’s purpose.

Psalm 92:5  |  “… Depths of purpose and layers of meaning saturate everything you do.”

We have our overall calling to love God and others and we are each given a unique purpose. This unique purpose is hardwired into who we are. The people seeking and asking who they are and what their purpose is will find it. Our purpose is already written, and we are already fulfilling it spiritually in heaven.

Matthew 6:10  |  “Manifest your kingdom realm, and cause your every purpose to be fulfilled on earth, just as it is fulfilled in heaven.”

 

Do Everything in Obedience

We often run amok. We have ministry ideas that are wonderful and helpful in serving and loving others, but we are often not fulfilling our unique call. This is where frustration and unfulfillment comes from as we serve. We end up opening defiled doors and we walk in rebellion and disobedience to who we were designed to be.

We can just look at our fingerprints. We are all different and we all have been made to do something special for God’s Kingdom. And when we engage in that special purpose, we will be successful in walking out our salvation narrative.

Proverbs 19:21  |  “A person may have many ideas concerning God’s plan for his life, but only the designs of his purpose will succeed in the end.”

The great thing about finding and walking in our purpose is that God becomes our boss. He is the most caring and understanding leader and mentor we could ever ask for.

Proverbs 4:25-26 Watch Where You’re Going  |  “Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions. Watch where you’re going! Stick to the path of truth, and the road will be safe and smooth before you.”

 

† By God’s grace.

 

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Creative: Made to be Creative

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Excerpt from the Foundations of Love Online Course by Hardwired for Worship School of the He.Arts.

Made in God’s Image

We are all creative whether we believe it or not. We are made in God’s image as creative beings capable of engaging in the phenomenon of making something new and valuable. We are creative at our jobs whether we are mechanics, waiters, painters, or physicians. We can develop new solutions to old problems, if we are willing to apply ourselves to the Creative Process.

When we want to create any change or solve any problem in our life and our relationships, we can use the Creative Process to do it. We can seek to better understand the problem and work through it with a simple step-by-step formula to find solutions. Change is within reach and we are hardwired to learn and grow in Christ Jesus.

We can take the Creative Process further when we work through it with others, such as family. They say that two heads are better than one, and five are better than that and we agree. Teamwork in the right environment is a powerful tool to amplify our creativity. Our solutions will have more depth for more solid foundations. This is how the Kingdom of God and the Body of Christ is designed to work.

The basic Creative Process includes:

  • Exploration and Analysis
  • Ideation and Brainstorming
  • Designing and Planning
  • Developing and Producing
  • Evaluating the Solution for Improvement

Note: Each step of the process is enriched by using imagination and play.

We are hardwired to use our sanctified and righteous imagination to create effective solutions.

The imagination is a powerful, lifegiving tool given to humans to go higher and farther than we ever knew possible. We can launch ourselves into far away galaxies, sail through the stars, dive the oceans’ depths, and fly through forests unknown. And, when we use our imagination, we can feel like we are playing like children in God’s immeasurable Kingdom.

We are called to be like children in Scripture and we are designed to play. We are healed by the laughter and we are lifted by the joy. We are hardwired to play and do so with healthy competition and the fulfillment of community as we engage with others. Play activates our imagination and God’s Creative Spirit to pour out everything we need to address the challenges of our day.

 

† By God’s grace.

Hardwired for Life S1E13, Part 2

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Hardwired for Life: S1E13, Part 2

The Office & Gift of Prophesy

There’s a difference when it comes to the Office of Prophet and the gift or anointing of Prophecy. Sharon Luzzi & Jana Rawling discuss the traits, attributes and character of the Prophet.

Hardwired for Life S1E13, Part 1

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Hardwired for Life: S1E13, Part 1

The Office & Gift of Prophesy

There’s a difference when it comes to the Office of Prophet and the gift or anointing of Prophecy. Sharon Luzzi & Jana Rawling discuss the traits, attributes and character of the Prophet.

Vulnerability

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Hardwired for Life S1E12

 

 

Connection is why we are here.

Connection means we must be seen which means being courageous and willing to be imperfect and to be vulnerable.

We need a strong sense of love and belonging, which gives us a strong belief that we are worthy.

We need a strong foundation of love. Gaining a deep sense of worthiness will change our lives. To get there we need to know we are enough.

We must treat ourselves kindly. Letting go of who we thought we should be and allow God to intercept us and love us completely. We need to be willing to let go.

† By God’s grace.

Preparation

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Hardwired for Life #0011

Sharon and Jana discuss Kingdom readiness. It’s important we begin preparing ourselves for this next move of God. He is ready and waiting for us to be willing to receive and help others to prepare. 

Hearing God

Sharon and Jana begin a discussion about listening to God. Does He have a still small voice? Why is it important to learn to have a more connected relationship with Jesus?

Hearing God Podcast #0009

John 10:1-10 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Parable of the Good Shepherd

 10 “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he puts forth all his own, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they know his voice. A stranger they simply will not follow, but will flee from him, because they do not know the voice of strangers.” This figure of speech Jesus spoke to them, but they did not understand what those things were which He had been saying to them.


So Jesus said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them. I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.