“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.”
” In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will. ” Ephesians 1:11
Rick Warren described it best in his book, “The Purpose Driven Life”, that although we as humans often have a life-long soul searching of what our purpose in life is, we often struggle as to where to truly find the answer. The secular world is filled with self-help books on building the better you, discovering what makes you happy. Goal-setting… although these are great traits to building a better you, you will never find out what your purpose is this way.
The bible states, ” Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.” It also says that through reading the Word, that you will find that “God’s wisdom, goes deep into the interior of his purposes. It’s not the latest message, but more like the oldest, what God determined as a way to bring out his best in us.”
You could be like me, the rightful owner of about 300 self-help psychology owning books, or you could do what God says, and read it in his Word. The answers are all right there. You just have to pick it up and read about it. I have learned a part of reading the Word, is the prayer beforehand. I always pray for revelation and for understanding of what he is going to present to me when I read. I ALWAYS get a word from Him! You as a reader are looking for that Rhema word. Rhema words are that underlining message that is written directly to you, that you need to hear, during the present condition or time in your life. God’s Word is a Living resource, it comes alive across the pages of the Book. Expect a message or something to come directly to you… I have learned that through “talking” with God, I have a wonderful friendship and love for him. I also want to mention that before I read his word, I pray for forgiveness or repent on anything sinful that I have done, and I also pray for revelation of a sin that I may not be aware that I have committed. Sin seperates God from us, I dont want to take any chances on not hearing from Him during this critical time.
For those like me, that are just starting to dive deep into the Word. I have been told that it is much easier to start reading the New Testament first. I have chosen to start in Luke and John, for the overall message I get from learning about Jesus is a solid foundation.
I hope this helps.