Anointed to Influence
Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus.
The mandate to bless is a universal calling. But, of course, there are people around, as there have always been, who take this calling more seriously than others. They have a compulsive desire to bless people and make a difference in their situations.
An abundant life connotes fullness and surplus, with nothing lacking. Therefore, there is surplus in every facet of the life that Jesus gives. That means full stature and robust health in the physical, emotional wholeness, mental acuteness, social integration, spiritual growth, productivity at work, profitability in business, sustained and balanced self-development, as well as a generally fruitful life. These are some of the benefits that come with the abundant life that Jesus offers.
Purpose: Sent to Give Abundant Life
In not so many words, Jesus summed up the mission of the devil (herein called the thief) on earth; he came to steal from mankind, as well as to kill and to destroy them. Now, this diabolical mission of the devil is not to be taken literally, as he does not just steal material things, neither does he merely snuff out the life when he kills, nor only just destroys tangibles. His assignments are far more horrendous than that.
Purpose: Sent to Execute the Will of God
For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
– John 6:38
Among other missions, Jesus also came to execute the will of God. He came to ensure that the counsel of God on every matter is upheld and the pleasures of God are consummated.
Purpose: Anointed to Change Identity
And he brought him to Jesus. Now when Jesus looked at him, He said, “You are Simon the son of Jonah. You shall be called Cephas” (which is translated, A Stone).
– John 1:42
For this purpose, Jesus also came – to take away the sins of the world. There is no greater hindrance factor than sin; sin inhibits access, stalls progress, blocks paths, deflates enthusiasm, truncates hope, prevents breakthrough, provokes ill will, limits capacity, aborts dreams, suppresses potentials, renders efforts fruitless, restrains the hand of God, puts up a wall of resistance, and does much more harm to the sinner.
The “Our Father” Prayer
Do I Really Mean What I Pray?
Examine how well you live what you pray as you meditate on the following: I cannot say OUR if I keep my faith only to myself and never share it with others.
How to Know What You Are Truly Worth
A well-known speaker started off his seminar by holding up a $20 bill. In the room of 200, he asked, “Who would like this $20 bill?” Hands started going up. He said, “I am going to give this $20 to one of you, but first, let me do this.” He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill in his hand.