Find Your God-Given Purpose: True Confessions

One of the most common desires people have is to discover their God-given purpose. They will
ask things like, “What am I here for?” or “Is there more to life than what I’m going through?” The good news is that, yes, God has a plan for your life. And, yes, there is more to life than what you’re going through today. The Bible says God's plans for you are “for good and not for disaster” (Jer 29:11 NLT) and they are “greater than you could ever dream of!” (John 10:10 MSG) That means that no matter what you’re going through, whether your life is great or
terrible, God has something better for you. There’s always something better!

So how do you discover what that perfect plan is and see it come to pass in your life? I’m glad
you asked! It’s really not as complicated as you may think. Psalms 37:4 says,

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

I used to think that scripture meant if my heart desired a brand new Ferrari, God would give it to me if I read my Bible for an hour a day. Or, if I desired to have a $10 million mansion, I could
just pray for 2 hours a day and God would give it to me eventually. Obviously, I was mistaken.

First, this verse says to “delight yourself in the Lord.” Your relationship with the Lord should be a delightful one! If you think God will withhold His blessings until you __________ (fill in the
blank), that isn’t delightful at all! If you think God is going to punish you if you don’t__________ (fill in the blank), you’re still not delighting yourself in the Lord.

Delighting yourself in the Lord comes through praising and thanking Him for everything good in your life. It’s about agreeing with Him about who He says you are and how He feels about you. God says you’re righteous (Romans 10:17), holy and without blame (Ephesians 1:4), healed (1 Peter 2:24), and He loves you so much that He sent His Son to rescue you from death (John

The first step in finding your purpose is agreeing with what God says about you then speaking it out of your mouth. Therefore, the words we use to describe our lives and situations are
incredibly important. Whether you realize it or not, you are speaking things into existence; either things that are of God or things that are contrary to God. What are you speaking over your life?

Are you speaking life or death into your future?
“Nothing ever works for me”
“I don’t deserve that promotion.”
“What can go wrong, will go wrong.”
“I’m a screw up, what makes me think things will get better?”

There's power in what we are saying about ourselves and our situations. Religion has you focus
on what you’re doing wrong and wants you to confess every sin you’ve committed. All that does is cause you to speak death over your future. Then we wonder why nothing ever works out the way the Bible says it should! Instead, delight yourself in the truth according to God’s word and speak it out and your old selfish desires will turn into God’s selfless desires.

So test your heart’s desires by first delighting yourself in the Lord. Then see whether those
desires intensify or diminish. This is where your God-given purpose will begin to manifest in
your life.

My wife Laura and I have seen this first-hand. One day, I got a desire to plant a church. At that
time, pastoring was the furthest thing from my mind! I thought, “Surely this is the devil!” (I later realized that the devil probably wouldn’t tell me to start a church!). Laura and I decided that we needed to take some dedicated time to delight ourselves in the Lord. We already spent time with the God regularly, but if the Lord was telling us to do something this big, we were going to turn it up a notch! After 3 days, the desire to start Grace Life Church was so strong that there was no doubting this was what God was calling us to! Then, we just started speaking our church into existence and thanking God for the people in our church. We spoke life into something that wasn’t even in front of us yet!

God’s purpose for your life is greater than you could ever dream of, but discovering what it is
doesn’t have to be difficult. Today, take time to delight yourself in the Lord. Thank Him for
everything He’s done in your life and every desire He’s placed in your heart. Sing songs that
cause you to focus on His goodness. Begin to speak out the truth about who God says you are
and what He has promised you. Before you know it, His desires will start to rise up on the inside of you. Follow those desires and you will see God’s purpose come to pass in your life. It’s really that simple.