Purpose by Juma Sultan
According to Webster’s dictionary the word “purpose” is defined as: 1. something (as a result) or 2. resolution (verb). In Roget’s Thesaurus the noun, “purpose” is listed as intention, determination, resolution, resolve, end, aim, view. As defined in Vines’ purpose is “boulema” (Greek) which means a purpose or will. It is akin to “boulinai” to will, wish, purpose. A deliberate intention. This word occurs in Acts 27:43 But the centurion, wanting to save Paul, kept them from their purpose, and commanded that those who could swim should jump overboard first and get to land, (purpose), and also in Romans 9:19 (will) You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” and (desire) 1 Peter 4:3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.
Juma then looked up pose (n) Posture, aspect, figure (Rogets Thesaurus) And in Websters. it means 1. Assume a posture, 2. sustain a posture, and purpose. This word was not found in Vines.
Basic – stand as a statue or a model.
Com-pose – to create or put together.
Pur-posed – God purposed man before the foundation of the earth, in the spiritual realm in Genesis 1:27-31 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” And God said, “See, I have given you every herb that yields seed which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree whose fruit yields seed; to you it shall be for food. Also, to every beast of the earth, to every bird of the air, and to everything that creeps on the earth, in which there is life, I have given every green herb for food”; and it was so. Then God saw everything that He had made, and indeed it was very good. So the evening and the morning were the sixth day. This happened on the 6th day.
Genesis 2:1-7 Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made. This is the history of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, before any plant of the field was in the earth and before any herb of the field had grown. For the LORD God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground. And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.
When you set out to build a house, before you lay the foundation, you have a plan for the house, a picture in your mind of what you want to build. Then you draw an architectural drawing of each stage – the foundation, walls, windows, etc. It takes thought, and the plans need to be well thought out.
God had a picture of man prior to creation. Then He went about creating man in His image. Genesis 2 give more details about the creation of man. And breathed into him the breath of life and man became a living soul.
Genesis 2:18-25 And the LORD God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
The woman (help meet) was of one flesh. Male and female was created by God in the unseen, spirit realm. God formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathes into his nostrils the breath of life and man became a living soul (in the flesh). God imposed him on the earth. Impose is a verb that means according to Websters 1. establish as compulsory and 2. Take unwarranted advantage of burden, inflict, take advantage of, palm off.
God had purpose before the foundation of the earth, before the earth was created and the rest of the things on the earth were created, God saw man. He saw male and female in the Spirit. Then man was in the flesh without woman, and God imposed, established as compulsory man and woman.
When satan came into the Garden of Eden (the first Heaven on earth), it caused man to be deposed. According to Websters, Depose means to remove (a ruler from office), the Thesaurus mentions uncrown, unseat, oust.
Genesis 3:1-24 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?” And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’” Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings. And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. Then the LORD God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?” So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.” And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?” Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.” And the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” So the LORD God said to the serpent: “Because you have done this, you are cursed more than all cattle, and more than every beast of the field; on your belly you shall go, and you shall eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; in pain you shall bring forth children; your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” And Adam called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. Also for Adam and his wife the LORD God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
Death enters. Juma prayed: “Thank you Lord for our Savior Jesus Christ, through whom we are born again, and thank you for a picture of the finished product of your purpose for mankind.”
When Eve listened to the lies of satan and ate from the tree of knowledge this was the Fall. Death came into the world. The purpose for mankind is to look to Jesus for God’s purpose. We can see pictures of Jesus in the Living Word, and it shines in our heart, showing us where to go and what to do on earth. Purpose is the precept before concept. The concept bridges it. God created man for a purpose, and also gave man purpose. Everything in life has a purpose. If our purpose is not known, abuse is inevitable. You will abuse God’s purpose for lack of knowledge. If you want to know the purpose of a thing, you should never ask the thing, ask the creator, the maker or the manufacturer of the thing. The purpose can only be found in the mind of the maker of the thing. We, on a worldly level ask each other. We need to be asking God. Speak the Word to Him and stop and let Him answer through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through the Word of God.
The purpose can only be found in the mind of the maker of the thing, and purpose is the key to fulfillment. God created man for His purpose. He also created man with a purpose. God created man because He wanted children, sons and daughters. God created man for Himself, to be His family, His offspring, to receive His love, and receive His grace, and all that He can do, to be an object of His love. To share His authority. He made Earth for us to share authority, created born again believers to execute righteous judgment, just like He did on earth.
Our purpose – God created us with a purpose to fulfill on earth. Who am I and what is my purpose?
The Old Testament portrays the coming Messiah who will execute God’s righteous judgment and our end should be the same, to do what Christ is doing and to reflect on the earth His rule from the unseen to the seen.
God created man to expose His personality, to manifest His nature, to expose what He is like, to manifest His character. God wanted sons and daughters who are like his first born to share his authority. He never wanted to rule by Himself.
GOD IS LOVE.
He wants to share love with all those He loves. God is not selfish. God made earth for us to share His authority. Love made Him want to share His authority. He created the New man (born again believer in Jesus) to execute His righteous judgment, just like Jesus Christ did on this earth. All of the prophecies in the Old Testament tell of the coming Messiah who will execute God’s righteous judgment on earth.
Ephesians 1:7-12 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him. 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, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.
The dream God gives to us for our purpose is not to lie dormant. He reveals to all of us our purpose. God gives us the vision as His child, He can see us doing this or that, and wants us to do it. We wait in faith for God to carry out His purpose, but we don’t wait passively. We want to become actively involved, and not let the visions and dreams lie dormant. Dream big for God. Do something about it. Accomplish for God, doing what God asks us to do an all levels –at home, at church, in our back yard, in our neighborhood, school, etc. Do something about it and you will accomplish it. You will succeed for Him, God. It is not about rushing out to start preaching and teaching all over the world. It’s about what God asked you to do in your own local church or backyard, then go on from there.
Consider the life of Joseph. You might say, I know God spoke to me, I just don’t know how I can fulfill my dream. Joseph’s dream could have become very distant at many stages. In the pit waiting to be sold as a slave, working as a slave, thrown into prison on false charges, his dream could have been shattered. Joseph didn’t know how his dream would come to pass, but he remained true to the Lord and held onto God’s promise. Approximately 13 years after he entered Egypt as a slave, he stood in Egypt as a prime minister, controlling the nation’s food supply in a time of famine.
Now we do have an enemy who can at times make our God given dreams seem so blurry you can hardly see them. You might say in these difficult times, I can’t do anything. I know God spoke to me, but I just don’t see how it’s possible to fulfill my dream. We all at some time or another will be confronted with challenging obstacles. Holding onto God’s word in trying circumstances and difficult situations is the only way to success. When the devil has shattered your dream, reach down by the grace of God and pick up those shattered pieces and allow God to put the dream back together.
A dream becomes a reality because someone wants it to become a reality. They believe it can be. It’s those who believe who set out to make their dreams come true. When everything around you seems to be falling apart, keep looking to God instead of looking at the problem. Focus on His word instead of your feelings.
The power of God’s Spirit and Word alive in your heart can resurrect the most distant dream. Be encouraged knowing that your God-given dream is still alive. Brush the dust and cobwebs off of it. Don’t give up on your dream and stop comparing your dream with someone elses’. Focus only on the dream God gave you. Believe in the dream He gave you. Believe that God is faithful to keep His promise. Be thankful and stay committed to God.
Go boldly to the Throne of Grace to voice your desires to God to obtain mercy to help in your time of need. Know that defeat isn’t part of Jesus’ nature and should not be part of your nature either. Because of Calvary, no problem is unsolvable. And renew your commitment to God and go after your dream, the one He has given you. Put away thoughts and feelings of failure and hopelessness. Believe God and walk in victory as you achieve your dream. God has made you more than a conqueror.
We want to fulfill God’s purpose for us corporately, and individually.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
What a powerful, powerful message for me. Praying your day is blessed, mine sure is.
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