“HAVING THE RIGHT PURPOSE IN LIFE”
JUNE 6, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: DANIEL 1:8-15
purposed in his heart that he would not defile
himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor
with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested
of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not
Do you want to live a
successful life? The secret is found in what
make your purpose in spite of the circumstances you
find yourself in.
Daniel was in a very
difficult situation, yet he PURPOSED
in his heart to live the life that God wanted him to
It is very important that
we have a purpose in life.
There are many who are wandering about without a
Those who fail to have a purpose in life never
accomplish anything worthwhile.
Not only do we need a purpose in our physical life,
we also must have a purpose in our spiritual life?
What have you made as your SPIRITUAL PURPOSE?
If we want God’s blessing in our life we must
purpose this in our hearts whether we feel like it
Six Spiritual Purposes we should seek to have
1. A PURPOSE TO SEEK HIM
…but they that seek the Lord
shall not want any good thing.
Seek ye the Lord
while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is
(GW) I know the plans that I have for you,
declares the Lord.
They are plans for peace and not disaster, plans to
give you a future filled with hope. Then you
will call to me. You will come and pray to me, and I
will hear you. When you look for me, you will
find me. When you wholeheartedly seek me,
2. A PURPOSE TO KNOW HIM
Thus saith the Lord,
Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, neither
let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the
rich man glory in his riches: but let him that
glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and
knoweth me, that I am the Lord
which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and
righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I
delight, saith the Lord.
But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss
for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider
everything a loss compared to the surpassing
greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose
sake I have lost all things. I consider them
rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in
him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes
from the law, but that which is through faith in
Christ--the righteousness that comes from God and is
by faith. I want to know Christ and the power of
his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in
his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and
so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall
come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former
rain unto the earth.
3. A PURPOSE TO FOLLOW HIM
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate
and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and
many enter through it.
When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, "I
am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will
never walk in darkness, but will have the light of
Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am,
my servant also will be. My Father will honor the
one who serves me.
1 Peter 2:21
To this you were called, because Christ suffered
for you, leaving you an example, that you should
follow in his steps.
4. A PURPOSE TO ENJOY HIS FELLOWSHIP
Do not endure your relationship with God but enjoy
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy
might remain in you, and that your joy might be
One thing have I desired of the Lord,
that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the
house of the Lord
all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the
and to enquire in his temple.
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into
the house of the Lord.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your
hearts, ye double minded.
… there is a friend that sticketh closer than a
5. A PURPOSE TO PRAISE HIM IN SPITE OF YOUR
Anyone can praise God in the sunlight of day, but we
must purpose in our hearts to praise Him in the dark
times of night.
Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved
his head, and fell down upon the ground, and
worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my
mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the
gave, and the Lord
hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God
Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither
shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive
shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the
flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there
shall be no herd in the stalls: yet I will rejoice
in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.
God is my strength, and he will make my feet like
hinds' feet, and he will make me to walk upon mine
Yet the Lord
will command his loving kindness in the daytime, and
in the night his song shall be with me, and my
prayer unto the God of my life.
6. A PURPOSE TO TRUST HIM
Psalm 62:5-12 (NLT)
I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress
where I will not be shaken. My salvation
and my honor come from God alone. He is my
refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. O
my people, trust in Him at all times.
Pour out your heart to Him, for God is our refuge.
From the greatest to the lowliest—all are nothing in
His sight. If you weigh them on the scales,
they are lighter than a puff of air.
Don't try to get rich by extortion or robbery.
And if your wealth increases, don't make it the
center of your life. God has spoken plainly,
and I have heard it many times: Power, O God,
belongs to you; unfailing love, O Lord, is Yours.
Surely You judge all people according to what they
One of the most difficult things we need to do, is
to purpose in our hearts to trust God in spite of
what is happing around us.
A. SATAN SEEKS TO HAVE US PLACE
OUR TRUST IN SOMETHING OTHER
v Putting our trust
in the arm of flesh.
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but
we will remember the name of the Lord
They that trust in their wealth, and boast
themselves in the multitude of their riches; none of
them can by any means redeem his brother, nor give
to God a ransom for him:
He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but
the righteous shall flourish as a branch.
He that trusteth in his own heart is a fool: but
whoso walketh wisely, he shall be delivered.
Thus saith the Lord;
Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh
flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.
For he shall be
like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when
good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in
the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited.
Blessed is the man
that trusteth in the Lord,
and whose hope the Lord
is. For he shall be
as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth
out her roots by the river, and shall not see when
heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall
not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall
cease from yielding fruit.
B. WE MUST PURPOSE IN OUR HEART
TO TRUST GOD IN EVERYTHING.
v It is far better
to trust God than to trust man.
It is better to trust in the Lord
than to put confidence in man.
Trust in the Lord
with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct thy paths.
The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso
putteth his trust in the Lord
shall be safe.
We must trust God even in the difficult times.
Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet
will I trust in him…
Psalm 44:5-7 Through thee will we
push down our enemies: through thy name will we
tread them under that rise up against us. For
I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword
save me. But thou hast saved us from our
enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
When thou passest through the waters, I will be
with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not
overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire,
thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee.
The secret of living a successful life is purposing
in our hearts to serve the Lord with our whole
heart, mind, soul and spirit.
“A MAN’S LOVE IS NEEDED”
JUNE 20, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 40: 9-11, 28-31
He shall feed his flock
like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his
arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently
lead those that are with young.
INTRO: As a young boy I grew up without a man’s
A man and a woman love differently.
A woman is much more likely to express her love
through touch, words and emotions.
A man is more likely to express his love through his
This concept is largely due to the way society has
projected the difference between a woman love and
that of men.
The media has often projected a woman’s love
positively, but most of the time a man’s love in a
Through out the Bible love is projected in a
masculine way not feminine.
A husband’s love.
A father’s love.
A brother’s love.
One of the greatest needs today in the Church are
men who are not afraid to love and are willing to
express that love not only in what they do, but also
in words and emotions.
I. THE ORDER OF A MAN’S LOVE.
Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy
God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and
with all thy mind.
He that loveth father or mother more than me is
not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter
more than me is not worthy of me.
Many people have misunderstood this verse, and many
preachers have misled their congregations in regards
to this verse.
This means we do not allow anyone or anything
including family to turn our hearts away from
There have been many who have lost
their family because of a misguided understanding of
this verse, and there have been many who have lost
their family because of a correct application of
As men, our greatest
responsibility next to our personnal relationship
with God, is towards our earthly families.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also
loved the church, and gave himself for it;
We must not sacrifice our families because of
We often get confused with being a
Christian with being religious.
1 Corinthians 7:14
For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the
wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the
husband: else were your children unclean; but now
are they holy.
C. THE CHURCH AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITIES
The Church in general and
our church in particular is weak because of the lack
of men who are willing to love the Church enough to
accept their responsibilities in leading the
There is a vast difference between leading the
church and driving it.
There are those who seek leadership only so they can
control, this is not loving the church.
And as for you, O my flock, thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I judge between cattle and cattle, between the
rams and the he goats. Seemeth it a small thing unto
you to have eaten up the good pasture, but ye
must tread down with your feet the residue of your
pastures? and to have drunk of the deep waters, but
ye must foul the residue with your feet? And as for
my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with
your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled
with your feet.
Therefore thus saith the Lord God
unto them; Behold, I, even I, will judge between the
fat cattle and between the lean cattle. Because ye
have thrust with side and with shoulder, and pushed
all the diseased with your horns, till ye have
scattered them abroad; Therefore will I save my
flock, and they shall no more be a prey; and I will
judge between cattle and cattle.
One who loves the church seeks to lead not drive.
He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall
gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his
bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with
D. CHURCH FAMILY
We need men who will love
the entire church family not just the chosen few.
My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus
Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons.
For if there come unto your assembly a man with a
gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also
a poor man in vile raiment; and ye have respect to
him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him,
Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor,
Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool:
are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are
become judges of evil thoughts?
…If ye fulfil the royal law
according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself, ye do well: but if ye have
respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced
of the law as transgressors.
We need men who will love:
The poor as well as the rich
The young as well as the old
The child as well as the adult
The teen as well as the senior citizen
The sinner as well as the saint
E. EXTENDED CHURCH FAMILY
We need men who are willing
to reach out the had of fellowship to the entire
Church not just those who worship within our doors.
By this shall all men know that ye are my
disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Our place is not to judge but I am very concerned
about those who claim to be a Christian and yet will
not fellowship with other believers just because the
do not attend a certain church.
F. THE LOST
We need men who have a love
for the lost and will do whatever they can to reach
Oh that my head were waters, and mine eyes a
fountain of tears, that I might weep day and night
for the slain of the daughter of my people!
Let the priests, the ministers of the Lord,
weep between the porch and the altar, and let them
say, Spare thy people, O Lord,
and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the
heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they
say among the people, Where is their God?
Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that
mourn: for they shall be comforted.
We need men of passion who are not afraid to love
and show their love to God, their family, the
church, their church family, the church abroad and
to the lost.
“SET APART FOR SERVICE”
JUNE 27, 2004
SCRIPTURE READING: II
SCRIPTURE TEXT: II
But in a
great house there are not only vessels of gold and
of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some
to honour, and some to dishonour. If a man
therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a
vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for
the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
Oh, the beauty of God’s Grace. It meets our
every need we have.
Remember what God’s Grace is,
“God’s un-merited favor.”
Often times I hear people say, “I am not worthy, or
I am not good enough to be of any benefit to God.”
That is where sanctification
There are two questions I wish to
v Just what is
v How do we achieve
I. WHAT IS SANCTIFICATION?
The main idea of sanctification is to be set
apart from sin on one hand and to be set apart for
consecration and service to God on the other hand.
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4 For this is the
will of God, even your sanctification, that
ye should abstain from fornication: that every one
of you should know how to possess his vessel in
sanctification and honour;
There are three aspects of
All who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior,
are sanctified in Christ.
1 Corinthians 1:2
Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to
them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to
be saints, with all that in every place call
upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs
Later on, 3:1, Paul calls them carnal
Christians, babes in Christ.
1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but
ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in
the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our
2 Thessalonians 2:13
But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for
you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath
from the beginning chosen you to salvation through
sanctification of the Spirit and belief of
Experiential sanctification is the
development of our daily lives into holiness and
service to God.
If God’s Grace saves us, if God’s
Grace justifies us, it will be God’s Grace that
sanctifies us, so we can be set apart to serve
Him, it’s all by Grace and Grace alone.
If we claim that God cannot us fit for
his use we are calling Him a liar.
The more unworthy we feel the more we
will rely on Him.
1 Corinthians 1:26-31
For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not
many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not
many noble, are called: but God hath chosen the
foolish things of the world to confound the wise;
and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to
confound the things which are mighty; and base
things of the world, and things which are despised,
hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to
bring to naught things that are: that no flesh
should glory in his presence. But of him are ye in
Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and
righteousness, and sanctification, and
redemption: that, according as it is written, He
that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.
Those who possess natural talents tend
to lean on themselves, while those who lack natural
talents are more willing to lean upon God.
The depth of sanctification we
reach is dependent upon how much we rely on our own
strength and abilities and how much we rely on God’s
1 Corinthians 3:10-15
According to the grace of God which is given unto
me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the
foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let
every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For
other foundation can no man lay than that is laid,
which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon
this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood,
hay, stubble; every man's work shall be made
manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it
shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try
every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's
work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall
receive a reward. If any man's work shall be
burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall
be saved; yet so as by fire.
The kind of vessel we are, a vessel of
honor or a vessel of dishonor, depends upon the
depth of our sanctification.
II Timothy 2:20-21
But in a great house there are not only vessels of
gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth;
and some to honour, and some to dishonour. If
a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall
be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet
for the master's use, and prepared unto every good
C. ULTIMATE SANCTIFICATION.
We will reach the ultimate
sanctification when we reach heaven.
Psalm 17:15 As for me, I will
behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be
satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
1 John 3:1-3
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons
of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because
it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of
God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be
like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every
man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself,
even as he is pure.
II. HOW THEN DO WE ACHIEVE SANCTIFICATION?
A. WE ARE SANCTIFIED THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
When we accept Christ as
our Savior we are all set apart to serve Him but it
is only as we grow in Him that we become more
sanctified and are set apart for greater
By the which will we are sanctified
through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ
once for all.
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify
the people with his own blood, suffered without the
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the
devil, and he will flee from you.
Draw nigh to God,
and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
WE ARE SANCTIFIED THROUGH THE WORD OF GOD.
John 17:17, 19
Sanctify them through thy truth:
thy word is truth. And for their sakes I
sanctify myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth. And for their
sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be
sanctified through the truth.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also
loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he
might sanctify and cleanse it with the
washing of water by the word, that he might present
it to himself a glorious church, not having
spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it
should be holy and without blemish.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers
only, deceiving your own selves.
WE ARE SANCTIFIED THROUGH POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to
the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that
the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable,
being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.
1 Peter 1:2
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the
Father, through sanctification of the Spirit,
unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus
Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.
None of us can attain
sanctification through our own merits but it only
through the Grace of God; therefore we are without
excuse in regards to being sanctified for service.