August 29 Your Purpose Is Greater Than Your Past

Some people think their past experiences or failures— educational, social, or spiritual—preclude them from having a vision for their lives. Please realize this: God is not against you. He is for you. Do you believe that in your heart? God still has a definite plan for your life in spite of your background or your mistakes. We often imagine that our pasts loom larger than our futures. Sometimes we think that what we have done is so bad that it is greater than Jesus’ sacrifice for us on the cross. Yet nothing is so bad that it can compete with the forgiveness of Jesus. If you have had a baby out of wedlock, if you have been on drugs, if you have been to prison, if you have betrayed someone, God still loves you and wants to redeem you. He wants to give you back your purpose.

The Bible says, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows” (James 1:17).

It says that God gives gifts, and that when He gives a gift, He doesn’t change His mind regarding it. Don’t ever believe that your failures are greater than what God gave you birth to do. God is a restorer, a re-claimer. Let me urge you not to allow circumstances to destroy your passion for living. The winds of adversity can be very strong, but your God-given vision will be your anchor in life.

Prayer: Father, I will not consider the things that are in my past to be obstacles to my future. I know that You still lead me and will enable me to fulfill my vision by the power of Your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: Whatever God has invested in you,

He wants to see you use.

Reading: Psalm 126–128; 1 Corinthians 10:19–33

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