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By: Pastor Wes Hodges

[/nectar_highlighted_text][text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-book” color=”Accent-Color”]SCRIPTURE:
21 “Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.”[/text-with-icon][text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-user” color=”Accent-Color”]DEVOTIONAL:

Years ago, Rick Warren, founding pastor of Saddleback Church, wrote “The Purpose Driven Life.” This book appealed to so many people, including myself, asking questions like: What is my purpose? Why do I exist? In late 2004, while living in Virginia, I started reading this book with a close friend. During that time, God began to work in my life and draw me closer to Himself. Little did I know that God had plans for me that I couldn’t imagine. I thought I knew what He wanted. However, I was getting ahead of His purpose for my life. After slowing down and seeking the Lord, His plans began to unfold, and His purpose for my family and me became more evident.

I want to remind you today that God has created us on purpose and for a purpose. And our ultimate purpose is to be in a right relationship with Him! You see, when we center our lives around this primary relationship, it affects everything else around us—including the things we may have found our purpose in initially.

When we center our lives on the things of this world and the desires of the flesh, our relationship with God gets covered up and cloudy, which ends up tampering with His purpose for our lives. So, at this moment, we must return to our relationship with the Father, fix our eyes on Jesus, and get back to His good, pleasing, and perfect plan for us. (Romans 12:2) It’s here that we go deeper in our purpose!


[text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”icon-heart” color=”Accent-Color”]ACTION STEP:

→ Take time today to evaluate why you do the things you do. Are they through a worldly lens or one that is focused on what God would want you to do?

→ Read and commit to memory Romans 12:1-2.[/text-with-icon][text-with-icon icon_type=”font_icon” icon=”fa fa-hand-paper-o” color=”Accent-Color”]PRAYERHeavenly Father, we want to be in right relationship with You. Help us today to seek you in all things and live a life to glorify You. Direct our paths and help us to be keep focused on what is important. In Jesus name, Amen.[/text-with-icon]

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