Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment:
Obedience as a Master Key
Foundational Text: Jeremiah 1:5-10; Acts 10:34; Mark 11:22-23; I Kings 17:1-9
Our success in life depends on our obedience to God and His Word. Obedience is the willful submission and performance of an assigned task(s), statue or commandment. We all have been created for a purpose, which is the original intent of a thing as defined by the Creator.
There are four dimensions of purpose: (1) how we are created, our capacity; (2) our divine assignment or God-given desires of accomplishment; (3) our stewardship of gifts or talents given for the purpose of fulfilling the assignment; (4) our position- where and/or how we are set by God to function in the earth realm. “Where” determines “who will see us.” Right people determine flow of favor extended. “Who you see” will determine your flow of influence and exposure. No one receives favor until they are seen. Finally, obedience is the master key for fulfillment of our purpose to complete our assignment.
I. An Assignment at Birth – Jeremiah, A Prophet to Israel
A. Jeremiah 1: 5-10 – 5Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. 6Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child. 7But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. 8Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD. 9Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. 10See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.
II. Other Examples of Assignments Given at Birth
A. Jesus- St. Matthew 1:18-25
B. Sampson-Judges 13:2-25 –
C. Samuel- I Samuel 1: 17-19
D. John, the Baptist- St. Luke 1:15-17
E. Paul- Galatians 1:15-16
III. Foundational Texts – Enduring Understandings
A. Hebrews 12:9 – Understanding that God is the Father of spirits
B. Acts 10:34 – Understanding that God is no respecter of persons
1. 34Then Peter opened his mouth, and said, Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons (KJV)34And Peter opened his mouth and said: Most certainly and thoroughly I now perceive and understand that God shows no partiality and is no respecter of persons(AMP)
C. St. Mark 11: 22-23 – Exercising the God Kind of Faith
1. And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. 23For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
a. The faith of God is speaking to the mountain
b. A confession is faith’s way of expressing itself.
D. I Kings 17: 1-9 – Elijah, the Tishbite – Receiving the Assignment and Obedience
1. Explain how Jeremiah, Elijah, Paul, and Samson were exposed to favor. Describe acts of obedience performed by each.
2. What was the relationship between obedience and purpose for Joseph, Moses, and Sampson?
3. Based on Hebrews 12:9, Acts 10:34 and St. Mark 1:22-23 and the experience of Elijah, what are the essential ingredients for success in fulfillment of purpose?
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