Posts Tagged ‘Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life’

What Drives Your Life?

I reflect on a quote from Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life.

“Well-formed love banishes fear. Since fear is crippling, a fearful life—fear of death, fear of judgment—is one not yet fully formed in love.” 1 John 4:18 The Message

This is superb!! Fear is so crippling, and don’t pretend or shy away from that—people fear things every day! Judgment is a huge thing people constantly fear! In the backwards society where people follow the crowd, judgment is a huge thing people fear. People are like this all over the place! Take time to reflect all day on the things that cause you that crippling fear. Even pray that God would lead you and make very clear to you those things. As you come to take notice of them, see how God is missing in that area of your life.

You can’t be fearless, confident, and truly wise, and if you don’t trust God in those areas of which you have fear. Only God can fulfill you and take away such unnecessary fears and every day worries if you trust him.

Before I got saved, I noticed this fear all throughout my life. Fear of people and what they thought of me, thinking I had to put on this fake attitude that truly wasn’t like me. Now I am much less afraid of going after my big dreams because the fears of the world do not control me. I get over fear of judgment easily by realizing that it does not matter how the world judges me; by listening to them and their crappy opinions, I will not be fulfilled and truly succeed in life.

Only when I realized that God is always looking out for my best interest and that he never judges me in unfair ways, only then did I realize that it’s okay to not live like the world does. He is trying to lead me to the most fulfilled, happiest life. Before I met Christ, I listened to people all my life, and they could never lead me to be fulfilled. Now, I am very bold in Christ because he is very bold for me, giving his life so that I may live in true freedom.

You really have to realize that the more you trust in Christ in all areas of your life, the more you feel his love. The more you feel his love and how comforting and strong it is, the less you fear things as the world does. Truly, you need to only fear one thing, and that is the Lord, and through fearing him, he banishes all other fears.

Someone can achieve worldly ‘success’ for a few days, weeks, short years… But you can never reach you full potential without trusting God, letting him take away the unnecessary fears, so you live life more boldly and in a way that’s perfect for you. This is so critical to take into consideration, into your own heart.

What On Earth Am I Here For? You Are Not An Accident

Reflections on what I read from Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life:

“I am your Creator. You were in my care even before you were born.” Isaiah 44:2 CEV

“You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit by bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something.” Psalm 139:15 The Message

“You saw me before I was born and scheduled each day of my life before I began to breathe. Every day was recorded in your Book!” Psalm 139:16 LB

“Long before he laid down earth’s foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love.” Ephesians 1:4 The Message

‘Focused of his love’—every time I read love in this quote above—and even all the quotes—it resonates in my soul, and sings love in my heart. I love God more than life itself!

“God decided to give us life through the word of truth so we might be the most important of all the things he made.” James 1:18 NCV

This is so endlessly beautiful. He decided to make us the most important of all the things he made! Can you begin to imagine what love he has for us to want us to be most important—more important than all other creatures of the earth, and all of the earth and it’s beauty, and all of space, and all of the endless universe? We are so teensy and tiny and microscopic compared to the hugeness of the endless stretch of space and speckles of stars! Yet he is so gentle and kind and loving that he comes to us and places us above all things—and it’s breathtaking that he knew this even before we were made!

“God formed the earth and made it. He set it up. He did not create it to be empty but formed it to be inhabited.” Isaiah 45:18 GWT

So he wants us here! We are not devoid of purpose, and we were never an accident. He wanted us to fill up the earth so that his glory would ring through us, so that we could be his own children!

“God is love.” 1 John 4:8 NIV

This is it. He is love and he loved us first, and so we should love him with all our heart and mind and soul, and we should desire to be like him and to grow in his Spirit until he returns to us again. God calls us and never gives up on us, and would not trade us for anything. I can guarantee that he wants a relationship with us much more than we want one with him, and he desires our hearts more than we desire to give them to him, and he desires to communicate with us more than we could ever desire to hear him.

He’s a big endless fountain of love—and glory and strength and righteousness and pure awesomeness! So he’s not a ‘pansy God’ who wants to please everyone—he is a righteous God who wants the hearts of all mankind, and will fight to no end for them. We see this through his being with us through all of our phases in humanity—when we rise with him and when we fall—he is here with us. So even if it means death of some to save many others, he will pursue it, because he desires to save us this much.

He loves like a father should, except perfectly! He is kind and gentle and humble to those who treat him the same way, and he knows and pays attention to the heart of people—not outward appearances as man does. He is the judger of all mankind, and tries so hard to get us to follow him so we won’t end up with the worse judgment of all—hell for not having him fully in our hearts.

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What on Earth Am I Here For? It All Starts with God

Reflections on what I read from Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life

“A life devoted to things is a dead life, a stump; a God-shaped life is a flourishing tree.” Proverbs 11:28 The Message

“For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank of angels—everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him.” Colossians 1:16 The Message

“Jesus said, ‘Self-help is no help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, my way, to finding yourself, your true self.’” Matthew 16:25 The Message

“Obsession with self in these matters is a dead end; attention to God leads us out into the open, into a spacious, free life.” Romans 8:6 The Message

“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11 The Message

We should focus on God. That is the only true way to get out of a cramped life of slavery to the things that surround us. What surrounds us are things of the world, and idolatry leads us only to death. We should seek the face of Jesus Christ and attempt to always be close to him, because he leads us away from the things of this world to follow him closely, so that we may be like him.

He was made in the exact likeness of God, and we are made in God’s likeness, therefore we are designed to be like Christ. This means rebelling against the sinful ways of the world—the ways that bring about endless destruction to those who follow it all their days. Being in Jesus protects us from this, because we become like him in the way we think and act and feel and do.

His own Spirit resides in us, so we start to see the world through his eyes, and all we do will begin to reflect our growth in our walk with God and closeness to his Spirit. He desires us to be opposite of the world, and by being so, we do not face endless destruction, but an eternity with the glorious King of the Universe, and we will glorify him even more in heaven.

God is the beginning of everything, and knew us before we came to be, and Jesus saved us while we were still sinners, and so he shows us his love in this way. The sooner we can realize that we are created for God’s purpose, the sooner we can find escape from this deadly world and freedom in all of life.

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New Hugs Bible for Women, Bible Verses, Poem- Constantly Inspired

New Bible!

I bought this Hugs Bible for Women from Books a Million. It’s the first bible I’ve ever bought. The first one I really used was a free one from Newspring Church, but it felt good that out of love for Jesus, I was willing to buy one for myself.

It’s pink and girly and full of inspirational quotes. 😀 But of course, it’s not about how it looks, but only useful if I actually get into it and read it. And if it changes me in my heart.

Bible Verses

I also have a couple other books with a bunch of bible verses for different times in your life, like when you doubt yourself and trouble hits your life. It has sections that tell you about Jesus as being your savior, your friend, security, etc. It breaks the bible down into sections so you can find anything you need at any given moment.

One is called God’s Promises for Every Day. The other is called Daily Inspiration for the Purpose Driven Life.

I’ve learned that these kind of books really give me inspiration whenever I’m down. They really open my eyes to see that the bible truly is healing. I could be down in the dumps about to cry because someone made me mad, about boys, my mom.

I could be confused about God or upset with him. But when I read these bible verses, they always manage to touch my heart in a way that I need them to. They make me feel more secure in my faith, and make my problems seem smaller.

I love spending time with Jesus because when I feel His word in my heart, He feels close to me and more real to me. I know His word makes me stronger, too.

Speaking of inspiration, I wrote a poem awhile ago about how great it is.

Constantly Inspired

Inspiration is a flare of hope.
It is a bird singing in the morning,
Making one aware of the beautiful dawn of the new day.

Inspiration is hope in itself,
It is encouraging.
Inspiration is music in a person’s heart;
Giving them an upbeat rhythm
To hold on to all day long.
Inspiration is brighter than sunlight,
Wiser than… the wisest owls,

Inspiration is a yes as opposed to 10,000 nos.
It is a hope versus 10,000 pessimisms.
It is a loving heart versus 10,000,000
Black holes,
That live drearily in this world.

Inspiration is morning dew dripping from leaves.
It pours into someone’s heart like a mesmerizing sunset.
Inspiration is a mesmerizing hope.
It keeps people witty, bright, and full of ideas
On how to make themselves feel better, be better, and constantly do better.
Inspiration is following an impulse to make a kind comment.
Inspiration stomps out the toughest, deadliest of criticisms
And remarks that one could ever stand.
Inspiration is a lion; it is king of the jungle.
Inspiration is like settled snow: calm and tranquil.
It lubricates the mind so that it might conceive sharp and brilliant in ideas,
I mean ideals.
Inspiration is feeling ice on the ground with one’s bare feet;
It is mesmerizing in feeling.
Inspiration is an awesome thing.

An inspiration is people making progress.
It is people learning to love one another,
For loving one another helps people love themselves more;
Yes, somehow, even more.
Inspiration is like fire, burning someone’s spirit inside;
Burning hope into it, and warmth and trust, and sincere concern.
Inspiration is perfection in a small way,
In a kind word on an otherwise horrid day.
It is beautiful
Like poetry.

Inspiration is a loving God in the midst of mankind,
Even as mankind shuns his heart and
His awesome, holy spirit.

Inspiration is a spark of perfection
In a dull world,
And inspiration heals and makes all well
In small and sometimes, incredibly subtle ways.
Inspiration thrives in the deepest crevices in my heart,
In my soul.

So hop to it, and get
Constantly inspired.