40 days of purpose

40 Days of Purpose: Day 39 The Art of Balance.

40 Days of Purpose: Day 39 The Art of Balance. 150 150 Bevan Russell

“Our life is a pentathlon of five purposes, which we must keep in balance.”Rick Warren Our purposes are summarised in the Great Commandment and Great Commission. These statements sum up a life of purpose. Essentially God has five purposes for our life: “Love God with all your heart”: We are planned for God’s pleasure. Our…

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40 Days of Purpose: Day 38 Life on Mission

40 Days of Purpose: Day 38 Life on Mission 150 150 Bevan Russell

The Great Commission is our mission. “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.”Mark 16:15 MSG We have a choice to make. We can settle into our salvation but stay self centred or we can live saved and called. Called into a great mission. There…

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40 Days of Purpose: Day 32 Using What God Gave You

40 Days of Purpose: Day 32 Using What God Gave You 150 150 Bevan Russell

Surely God deserves our best. There is an expectation by God that we make the most of what we’ve been given. Don’t focus on what you don’t have, instead, simply do your best with what you do have. How do we do our best with what we’ve been given? Begin with assessing our gifts and…

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40 Days of Purpose: Day 31 Understanding your Shape

40 Days of Purpose: Day 31 Understanding your Shape 150 150 Bevan Russell

Only you can be you. No one on this planet has the same mix of factors which make you, you. This means that no one else, except you, can play the role that God designed for you. If you don’t make your unique contribution to the world and the Body of Christ, it won’t be…

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40 Days of Purpose: Day 27 Defeating Temptation

40 Days of Purpose: Day 27 Defeating Temptation 150 150 Bevan Russell

There is always a way out. “God has promised to never allow more on you than he puts within you to handle it.” Rick Warren Here’s how: REFOCUS. The Bible doesn’t teach us to “resist temptation” but does advise us to refocus our attention. Resisting a thought doesn’t work, it only intensifies it. Thoughts are…

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40 Days of Purpose: Day 26 Growing through Temptation

40 Days of Purpose: Day 26 Growing through Temptation 150 150 Bevan Russell

Every temptation is an opportunity to do good. Temptation is just as much an opportunity to do the right thing as it is to do the wrong thing. We can see these moments as stepping stones rather than stumbling blocks. “Temptation simply provides the choice” says Rick Warren. “My temptations have been my masters in…

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40 Days of Purpose: Day 25 Trouble that Transforms

40 Days of Purpose: Day 25 Trouble that Transforms 150 150 Bevan Russell

God has a purpose behind every problem. “It is the fire of suffering that brings forth the gold of godliness.”Madame Guyon God will use circumstances, more than our reading of the Bible, to shape our character. It’s in the “life lived” that we have opportunity for the Bible to be real. Jesus didn’t try and…

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40 Days of Purpose: Day 24 Truth that Transforms

40 Days of Purpose: Day 24 Truth that Transforms 150 150 Bevan Russell

“Spiritual growth is the process of replacing lies with truth.”Rick Warren Does truth still exist? Of course it does, but there has been and always will be a fight for truth. The personal journey of inward transformation is also known as sanctification. Sanctification requires revelation. As Rick Warren writes, “The Spirit of God uses the…

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40 Days of Purpose: Day 20 Restore the ruins.

40 Days of Purpose: Day 20 Restore the ruins. 150 150 Bevan Russell

There are relationships to restore. “All this comes from the God who settled the relationship between us and him, and then called us to settle our relationships with each other.” 2 Corinthians 5:18 MSG God desires for us to live out our purpose in such a way that we see relationships and people as extremely valuable.…

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40 Days of Purpose: Day 19 Cultivating Community.

40 Days of Purpose: Day 19 Cultivating Community. 150 150 Bevan Russell

Community requires commitment. I recently came across a definition of community that resonates with me. Community is a group of people leading a common life according to a common rule. A group who have chosen to live united around something that is common and by a guideline that helps them stay true to that commonality.…

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