Key Scriptures: (NKJV)Luke 2:49; Matthew 3:17; Matthew 17:5; Isaiah 53; Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 19:10; Jeremiah 31:33-34; Ezekiel 36:26; Hebrews 8:7-13; Hebrews 10:16-17; Hebrews 10:11-12; Luke 2:52 NIV; Luke 4:18-19; John 18:37; 1 John 3:8; Genesis 1:28; Matthew 27:3-5; 1 Peter 2:24; 2 Timothy 1:7; Hebrews 12:2; John 16:21; John 19:30
Key Word: Via Dolorosa: the way of sorrow.
- Jesus never lost sight of His identity, the Promise, and the Blessing.
- Jesus fulfilled the promise so we can receive the promise.
- Jesus discovered His purpose by discovering His identity, the promise and the blessing.
- Jesus had to push through the pain to fulfill His purpose.
- Fulfilling your purpose will have moments of pain.
- Don’t allow the trials and tribulations of this world cause you to not fulfill your purpose.
- When Jesus fulfilled His purpose, He restored yours!
Let’s Talk: Have you ever experienced a time when the pain was so overwhelming that you wanted to give up?
What helped you get through this trying time?
Did you allow others to help you?
Are you now able to help others get through similar situations as you went through?
Looking back, what is one thing you would do different to help you get through your trying situation?
Let’s Think: Jesus focused on His identity, the promise and the blessing to get him through the most intense and important part of His life.
Do you know your identity in Christ? If not, here are some scriptures to help you begin your journey of discovery? John 1:12; Ephesians 1:5; 1 Corinthians 6:17; Romans 6:6; Genesis 1:27
Do you know the promises that God has given you? If not, start searching the scriptures today! Here are a few to get you started. Psalm 9:10; Joshua 1:9; Isaiah 54:10; Hebrews 10:23
Do you know the blessings of God for your life? If not, here are a few scriptures to get you started. Jeremiah 17:7-8; Numbers 6:24-26; Proverbs 16:3; Jeremiah 29:11; Philippians 4:19
Going Deeper: Jesus discovered His PURPOSE by discovering His identity, the promise and the blessing. In the same way, we can discover our divine purpose when we journey through discovering our identity, the promise and the blessing. Purpose will diminish distractions, help you push through the pain, and empower you to please God.
How can knowing your purpose diminish distractions in your life?
How can knowing your purpose help you push through the pain?
How can knowing your purpose empower you to please God?
Walk It Out: Discovering your purpose is key to walking a successful Christian life. If you know your purpose, great! Keep up the good work and keep moving forward! If you do not know your purpose, don’t be discouraged, start discovering it today! You might find out that you have been operating in your purpose to some degree already but haven’t been intentional about it. Here are some things that will help you discover more about your purpose. Get online and do a Core Value and Spiritual Gift assessment. Knowing these two things can help you know more about yourself and what you enjoy doing. Your purpose will have your core values and spiritual gifts entwined within it. God isn’t going to give you a purpose you hate, it will be something that gives you great joy! As you discover more about your purpose, share with a friend what you have discovered and possibly help them begin the journey too.