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Take your weakness,
And make it glory,
Glory, I say, in infirmity,
For weakness breeds
Strength.

Take the sorrow,
And make it worthwhile,
Make it, I say, worth your tears,
For sorrow breeds
Experience.

Take all obstacles,
And make it pathetic,
Pathetic, I say, in your eyes,
For obstacles breed
Confidence.

Take every wound,
And make it your testimony,
Testify, I say, of your pain,
For wounds breed
Sympathy.

Take your weakness,
And make it strength.
Take your sorrow,
And build experience.
Take your obstacles,
And learn confidence.
Take your wounds,
And extend sympathy.

Take life,
And GROW.

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5 These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. 6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give. 9 Provide neither gold nor silver nor copper in your money belts, 10 nor bag for your journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker is worthy of his food.
(Matthew 10:5-10, New King James Version)

Thus says the Lord,

“If, I, being perfect and well-knowledged in what my children are able and capable of, therefore do command them to go out and spread the kingdom of God, why are my children held back by fear? Where is their faith? If I have given the gift of preaching my Word, why do the people say I can’t preach? And if I, the source of all power and authority, do say to my children, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons, why is it that the children of God carry more fear of the demonic than the demonic have of them? Why is it that the lepers go uncleansed because the people have no faith in My desire to rid them of their infirmity? Why is it that the sick do perish, when the prayer of faith would have healed their bodies?

“And yet I am the One at fault? I am the One who does not heal? I am the One responsible for the trials of man? Let Me tell My children this; I send no battle without first arming My children with weapons, I loose no flood without first teaching My children to swim, and I pass no command without first ensuring my children are well able to fulfill it.

“My desire is not for death and destruction, oh little children, but for peace, love, and harmony. And if destruction is not my will, why then, when presumptuous man does see it, do they point to Me before they even consider theirselves, their own race? Am I guilty of the flaws of man? Am I guilty of the murders, thefts, and rapes of man? Am I guilty of the negligence of man to their own planet? Am I guilty of their sins and shortcomings? No. I tell you. I am guilty of none of these. So why then do I bear the brunt of the blame?

“Tell Me, dearest child who holds all knowledge, did I force the finger that squeezed the trigger of the gun that killed an innocent man? Tell Me, for I am curious to know, did I spread the chemicals that are killing your planet? Did I use the resources that are weighing heavilly on your economy? Did I force the alcohol down the throat of the drunk-driver that crippled a child? Did I construct the building that toppled upon it’s workers? Did I force the leaders to begin any of their wars? Did I neglect the campfire that burned down forest and homes?

“No. No. I am gulty of none of these things. So why do I bear the blame?

“And when I came to the earth with a message of repentence, did I begin a war that consumed the lives of thousands? Or did I feed thousands, and heal thousands, and spread hope to thousands? And when I was raised upon a tree, was it because I committed transgression or because I gave my life for the transgressions of others? And when I commanded my disciples to follow in my footsteps, did I tell them to kill, steal, and destroy? Or did I send them with the message and spiritual tools of life?

“So why then do I bear the accusation of death?

“There is more to this world than meets the eye, My children. Therefore is it not wiser to walk in the ways of perfection rather than throw blame toward perfection?”

The depth of purpose goes way back into the heart of bringing God the bountiful glory. But we must also realize that while that is big picture purpose on big universe scale, there is purpose for our everyday lives that bring us and our realm of influence closer to that goal. To speak plainly, we all have a purpose for being here on earth. And accomplishing that purpose will ultimately bring God glory.

Many of us have been through such hell and high water that we may ponder our purpose in life. What is the point of me going through all of this? What purpose does it serve? What is the reason for my existence? Why should I wake up everyday and pursue this intangible thing called life?

We must understand that while we each have our own purpose that answers these questions, God also has purpose for everything that He brings into our lives. And we may say, hey, that’s real cute, but there are things the devil brings that I can’t believe God would have a purpose in. Let me encourage you, brother, sister, where the devil’s purpose tis destruction and death, God will transform the situation to be used toward His purpose of wonder and life.

No situation is ever wasted under Heaven. All things are working together for our good and God’s glory. God is not a selfish God. He is not going to wring all the glory out of a situation but leave us with nothing but tattered rags. Sometimes we seem to think that’s exactly what He is doing, but He’s not.

I like to bake. And the cool thing about baking is it takes all kinds of ingredients that are disgusting by themselves (can we say raw eggs?) and tosses them together, sends them into one piping hot environment (can we say tough times?) and produces something delicate and delicious.

Such is the ability of purpose in our lives.

(inspired by Apostle Jones sermon, A purpose driven life)

We say, 

11 “What strength do I have, that I should hope?
      And what is my end, that I should prolong my life? 

 12 Is my strength the strength of stones?
      Or is my flesh bronze?

 13 Is my help not within me?
      And is success driven from me? (Job 6:11-13, New King James Version)

But God says, “You have Me. And in Me, you have life. Take My yoke. Carry My burden. But the yoke with which you are bound? The burden that you carry? It is not Mine. Therefore your strength is that of stone, and your courage stiff with fright that you are unable to move. But I say take My yoke, My burden, and I will give you My strength for which to carry it. For My strength does not fail, and My muscles are not lax. But man’s strength fails because they lift man’s burdens. Not Mine. There is a difference.”

The purpose of Christianity is not to avoid difficulty, but to produce a character adequate to meet it when it comes. It does not make life easy; rather it tries to make us great enough for life. — James L. Christensen