Christmas, Devotion, faith, Holidays, prayer, Reflection, Salvation

His Purpose in You

© Angie Knight 2022.  All rights reserved.

The topic of “purpose”–your purpose, my purpose, it’s purpose (as in circumstances) is often discussed in Christian circles. We all want to know ours. What we’re here for, and we want to know now.

I don’t believe finding your purpose is completely like declaring you are going to medical school so that you will become a doctor–or law school to become a lawyer. I believe deep in each one of us, our purpose was a planted seed as God created us…in our mother’s womb. For some, it IS to be a doctor–or lawyer–an educator, etc. The point is, we all have a purpose. The biggest one: To be light in a dark world.

Of course there’s more to it than that.

At the end of the first chapter of Luke, he describes John’s purpose:

to give His people knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins. Because of our God’s merciful compassion, the Dawn from on high will visit us to shine on those who live in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.”

Luke 1:77-79 HCSB

These words came directly from the Holy Spirit, through the voice of Zechariah when he was no longer silent. John’s daddy declared his purpose to the world on the day he was born. He shared what had been given to him by the angel, Gabriel–that well known passage when we learned ‘ole Zechariah had some doubt about what God could do. I mean, didn’t he remember Abraham and Sarah? For real! God did an all out miracle there. But instead, his focus was on his inabilities, not God’s abilities.

But the day of declaration came and I like to believe he was LOUD with it! I believe by the time he wrote “his name is John”, I believe he cleared the cobwebs from his unused vocal cords and his voice rang out like he had a lapel mic attached to his robe. The Bible says he instantly began praising God… and after that, you just can’t praise quietly.

The last sentence of this chapter caught my attention this morning–and in truth, it’s the very reason I started typing this morning:

The child grew up and became spiritually strong, and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance to Israel.

Luke 1:80 HCSB

The main part that grabbed me were these: “and he was in the wilderness until the day of his public appearance”. Another translation says “he lived in lonely places until….”

The bottom line is- that place where you and I have been–or maybe still are? That place that feels like a wilderness–that loneliness you feel even when surrounded by people? The only way out is to stay faithful to seeking His Presence and His Word. It might FEEL like a wilderness…but in fact, I believe it’s the preparation ground for what God is about to reveal–and do in and through your life. The things you are experiencing and learning through those dark days will undoubtedly be used by God to help another. I heard a minister once say that God never wastes suffering. I believe every smidgen of what we walk through, the good and the bad is able to be used by God.

So, your purpose? Declare love of Jesus Christ to those who don’t know… sometimes those who DO know–need reminders of His faithfulness.  And hold on honey. If you don’t know yet—it’s coming (your purpose). Because HE is coming soon—and HE is going to use YOU!   

And friend, I am ready for the revival that is on the horizon—and I want it to begin in US!

Salvation, Thanksgiving

Saving Me

We have so MUCH to be thankful for.

On Thanksgiving Day after finishing lunch, dishes and some fellowship, I left Jeff’s moms for my mother’s house with two boys in tow.

While driving, I look over at Zack and ask, “So, Zackary, what’s God been doing in your life?”

Without hesitation Zackary responded, “Saving me”.

Yes.  On a daily basis –Zackary.  God is saving me too…from me.  From the bondage of “stuff”….

Changing my perspective to align with His.

Rescuing me from the walls of the pit we sometimes insist on decorating…

From looking too inwardly and not enough outwardly.

Yes, He is saving me.  Thank you for reminding me of what He actually came for…what the manger was really intended to hold…not food…but Food.  Life.  His.  For mine.

Thank You Lord Jesus.  For saving me.

© Angie Knight- The Knightly News

Ministry, Mission Trip, Salvation

Cafe Post-Help from the Hill

My week in Honduras forever changed my life.

Every morning I experienced the same overwhelming feeling to touch each smiling face. Many of us held on to these little ones. My friend, Krystal made a lasting impression on one young boy named, Carlos.

Every morning Carlos, and a few others met the bus carrying a load of excited missionaries, with set minds to work for Christ with all we had–with every breath that we would breathe that day. 

Every morning we smiled big smiles, knowing only a smattering of words in the Spanish language, but knowing a smile says muchos!

Every morning we prayed for our protection, as well as theirs.  Some traveled further–some stayed longer.  All dug their lives into our hearts.

For a week, my “every morning” routine was altered.  Forever it seems.  Waiting at the top of the hill, ready to carry our burdens were the children.  When it should have been the opposite.  We were the ones there to work.  We were the one there to make a lasting impact.  However, the lessons they taught us penetrated at such depth of soul, they will never be forgotten.  At the top of the hill.

At the top of another hill, much further back in time stood One among three.  Only the One could carry your burdens and mine.  1 Peter 5:7 says to “cast all your cares anxieties and worries on Him for He cares for you.” (my paraphrase)

The children were fulfilling the Word without even knowing it, simply by caring for us.  They wanted to help us every day–in every way.  They had not even known us but 2 days and already they had the desire to “help”. 

Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.  Galatians 6:2 NIV

At the cross, at the top of the hill hung the One who gave all to carry your burdens, heartaches and troubles once and for all.  You never have to stoop to pick them up again. 

Will you travel with me?  Up to the top of the hill to lay them down?  Once and for all.

I invite you to pray this prayer with me today.

“Dear Lord Jesus, my heart is so heavy, feeling so broken with all the burdens of life that I have tried to carry so long by myself.  Thank you for showing me today that we both don’t have to carry this load…when one of us is You.  You are my burden bearer.  I realize that now.  Thank you for giving your Life for mine.  Thank you for forgiving me of my sins as I realize I am lost without You in my life.  As I shift this load of heaviness on to You, help me not try to reclaim any of my past by my thoughts or deeds.  Show me the freedom You have just given me!  Help me to have a desire to learn of Your ways by reading Your Word.  Help me to follow Your path and not try to make my own.  I want Your desires to be my desires.  I love You Jesus.  Thank You for this gift of new life in You!  I give You my all.  In Your holy name I pray, Amen.”

Friend, if you prayed that prayer today, let me know.  We want to lift you up daily in prayer.  May the Word illuminate your life as you dig in to know Him more!

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