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From The Desk of:

To Purpose in Your Heart


 There is a difference between thinking about doing something and being determined (purpose in your heart) to accomplish it. Thinking and meditation are biblical. Those thoughts must become something concrete. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17), and faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen (Heb. 11:1-2). The study and the medication generate thoughts of hope, and it becomes a call for action. The Psalmist said, “When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, The moon and the stars, which You have ordained, What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor” (Psalm 8:3-4). Those thoughts moved the Psalmist to be determined to put forth action by praise and worship. 


To purpose is defined as “προαιρέομαι (proaireomai), προαιρέω (proaireō): vb.; ≡ Str 4255—LN 30.84 decide before hand, determine (2Co 9:7+), VB. choose for oneself.”  We have all done much thinking and meditation; now it is time for purpose. When you propose by deciding before hand, no one can change your mind.


God accomplished the work of creation and saved us with this purpose (Eph. 1:4; Matt. 25:35; Rev. 13:8). God was determined to die of all creation with full knowledge of what humanity would become. God did not change his mind. God’s determination is why we have become recipients of His grace. “For I am the LORD, I do not change; Therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob” (Mal. 3:6).


So, what about me? What about you? What is it that you have been thinking about? Have you purposed in your heart to do it? Don’t allow life, circumstances, and others to change your mind if it is for the glory of God. Satan will try to tempt you and lure you away, but let your mindset be that it is too late. I have decided beforehand to serve God and make the sacrifices needed for myself, my family, and the kingdom of God.


 What you propose must be done as sacrifices to God are needed in every generation. Let your life be a living sacrifice, which is your reasonable and rational service to God (Romans 12:1). May God bless all your efforts.


© Nov 3, 2023, Courtney Henderson


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