Living Under The Cloud // Part 2
Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 (NKJV) | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: Living Under The Cloud | Last week, we began a new series called “Living Under the Cloud” all about how to live in times of uncertainty. Last week’s freedom truth and most important point was that the familiar has become our security. This week, we are continuing with looking at the Principle of Purpose. Changes are occurring to remind us that Jesus is our security! We must become comfortable with Him doing the positioning in life. God’s will is being fulfilled!
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.” Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell; nor let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed by serpents; nor complain, as some of them also complained, and were destroyed by the destroyer. Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come. /// 1 Corinthians 10:1-11 (NKJV)
We are all in new territory. Changes are happening and we are not in control of where we are going. But, the key is to allow the Rock to lead us so that they don’t find our bodies left behind in the journey. So now let’s dive in further to today’s principle, the Principle of Purpose. Here’s an important note to take that is a mistake we have been making:
It is so easy to confuse our purpose with what we do for a living. When this occurs, people see themselves as superior or inferior depending upon what was designed to be a mission not a definition. What you do for a living is your mission field. It is where God has sent you to minister. Mission fields can change, but our purpose does not! What did God tell the children of Israel their purpose was to be? Herdsmen? Farmers? Shopkeepers?
For you are a people holy to the LORD your God. The LORD your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession. /// Deuteronomy 7:6 (NIV)
But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. /// 1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
Our purpose is to be in relationship with God, to be His royal priesthood, and to be conformed to the image of Jesus!
For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. /// Romans 8:29
You don’t have to teach a bird to fly or a dog to bark. They fly because they are birds. They bark because they are dogs. So many try to find their purpose through accomplishment. Purpose is found through impartation, and impartation creates accomplishment. During seasons of uncertainty, our sense of purpose is being refined. Many will leave careers, places, people. While this is unsettling, it is not failure.
God is doing the positioning so that your purpose will shine. Everything hardship is a tool of refinement. Every place is simply a mission field. If you want to know the true adventure and advantage of knowing God, you must focus in on your purpose.
1 Corinthians 10:1-11 (NKJV)
Deuteronomy 7:6 (NIV)
1 Peter 2:9 (NIV)
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