Vision Part 10 with Pastors Aaron and Lawson Perdue! In this session we’ll talk about how God has a purpose for every person on the planet, and how you can find it.
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Vision Part 10 Transcript
Friends, I’m so glad that you’re connected with us today, and we are sharing on living with purpose. God has a purpose for every person on the planet, and I believe that you can find it. I believe that you can know it, first of all, through your relationship with Jesus, and secondly, through your relationship with the Holy Spirit. So, open your heart, receive the good Word of God. I believe you’re gonna receive some practical things that will help you move into God’s divine purpose for your life. Friends, it’s so good to have you here today. We are sharing on building relationships and living with purpose. You know, we’ve been talking about our church vision all this week and our ministry vision, to know Jesus, to experience grace, to build relationships, and to live with purpose. And you talked about this before, your relationships really affect your purpose. So you wanna be connected with the right people. And it’s hard to get to the right destination if you’re connected with the wrong people. You know, my grandmother taught me this years ago, birds of a feather flock together, and then heard a preacher say years after, “Flocks fly the same place.” And if you wanna fulfill your God-given purpose, you need to be connected where God has your connected.
And I believe for your divine purpose to happen too, God can bring about divine connections. You know? He can place you in the right place at the right time.
And I believe that God has great connections for you, and he’s gonna bring the right people across your path.
And bring the right friendships, the right relationships. I believe that God, God wants to work through your relationships.
Amen. You know, Aaron, I’ve been so blessed as a minister of the gospel that I’ve had such positive relationships for all of my ministry. Dr. Lester Sumrall early on, Andrew Wommack since the time that I was, for 45 years, and baptized in the Holy Spirit and called to preach in his ministry. Bobbie Jean Merck, who recently went home to be with the Lord, but she was a great influence in my life. Brother Bill Biermann, you know, Jesse Duplantis, Mark Hankins, all these different people that God has really blessed me with and helped me with. And there’s been others too.
And you know, I think one thing, one reason why I believe that God brought those people into your life is ’cause you were willing to listen.
There’s a spirit of humility in you, a teachable spirit. And you know, God wants to give us more grace, he wants us to experience more grace, but you have to be able to be teachable. You have to have a spirit of humility to grow in that. And God will use people, he’ll use other ministers, he’ll use people that can speak into your life. But if you’re gonna have a prideful attitude.
The scripture actually talks about that, how God gives grace to the humble and he resists the proud. So I actually told Andrew Wommack one time years ago. I said, “Andrew, anytime you want to speak into my life, my door is open, you can come speak to me anytime you want to.” And he said, “I already know that, Lawson.” I said, “How do you know that? I’ve never told you that.” This is 15 years ago or something. He said, “It’s the attitude in which you conduct yourself.” Exactly what you’re saying, it’s this humility, and sometimes you’re trying to speak into people’s life and they just resist it. If you just don’t agree with them, they just.
Well, and then, you know, if you’re not promoting yourself and you’re gonna let God promote you, you’re just gonna remain teachable, have that spirit of humility. It says that God will actually promote you. He’ll give you a greater purpose, and I believe that your purpose, it is attached to your relationships, like we’ve said. And when you remain teachable and have people who can speak into your life, have people that you value their wisdom, you value their insight, God’s gonna grow your purpose.
God’s gonna help you, amen. That’s awesome.
He’ll bring promotion.
You know, the Bible actually says that in Psalm 75, it says, “Promotion does not come from the south or the east, or the west,” doesn’t say north, it’s David that’s saying this, Psalm 75, because north of David’s house was the temple, and the temple represented God’s presence among them.
Also says in scripture that he who tries to exalt himself will be made low.
Yeah. So you wanna stay humble and stay teachable. It’s so important. And we live in a world where people are so arrogant sometimes.
Well, the world has it backwards. They say you gotta look out for yourself, you gotta claw your way up to the top, and you know, if you’re gonna be successful, you have to use people to get to the top of the ladder. But that’s actually opposite of what the kingdom, how things work in the kingdom. So you’re great by serving other people, by helping other people. And then God actually increases that purpose in your life.
Through relationships, we help others, and ultimately God helps us. Now, we’re talking about living with purpose. We talked about in yesterday’s broadcast, Jesus was manifest for a purpose. It says in 1 John 3:8, “To destroy the works of the devil.” We talked about how he did that, we said he did that through taking our sin, through making us righteous, through imparting his divine life into us, and through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus literally needed the Holy Spirit to fulfill his ministry on earth. If Jesus needed the Holy Spirit, how much more do we need the Holy Spirit? Now, today we wanna talk about, really, how we walk in that purpose, and it takes faith. And you begin to enter in that yesterday, talking about Naaman the Syrian and talking about this.
The widow at Zarephath.
The widow at Zarephath. And they’re people of faith. So I put in my notes, “Great people of faith are people who live with purpose.” And when you study Hebrews 11, the great, the faith hall of fame, these are people who lived with a purpose that was greater than self. It says, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Because we have a life of faith, our life has substance, praise God, of our hope. And it’s evidence of a God that cannot be seen. As it goes on to say, “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are are seen were not made of things which do appear.” So through faith we understand that God created the world. So faith is a creative force. And then ultimately says this, “Without faith,” Hebrews 11:6, “it’s impossible to please God. For he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he rewards those who diligently seek him.” We’ve gotta believe both that he is and that he rewards. That God is, right? And that God exists. Not only that God is a creator, but he is good.
A lot of people just see the world, see the universe as this, just random chaotic thing. We exist because just some random explosion. But God is a very purposeful God. You know, all throughout creation we see order, we see organization, we see thought, we see beauty. God is very purposeful. God, he doesn’t do things by accident.
And you’ve got a very nice watch. I’ve got a very nice watch. This watch is about as old as I am, and God gave this to me. But you know what? When I got this watch, I didn’t, I just knew somebody made it. And when you see order and when you see beauty, you know that there is a mind behind it, that there is purpose behind it. There’s a plan behind it. It didn’t just happen.
And there’s a purpose for wearing a watch too. That’s to tell the time.
Right. So we can accomplish things. Now, when we talk about these people of faith that lived with purpose, Abel, “By faith Abel made an offering, and he, being dead, yet speaks.”
I love that in the faith hall of fame in Hebrews 11, the very first person that is mentioned as an example of faith, it was a, “By faith he gave.”
You know, I think people of faith are givers.
Like, when we’re talking about divine purpose, divine purpose has to be greater than yourself. You should have a purpose that you wanna impact other people around you. You wanna be a giver, not just a receiver, not just a taker. And Abel. Abel, by faith, he wanted to give, he wanted to.
And he gave the first, he gave the best, he didn’t give his leftovers. You know, Cain, after a period of time, brought his offering, he was giving the leftovers, and it didn’t please God. But Abel’s named in here. “Enoch walked with God.” Faith is a walk with God. “And he was not, for God took him.” Amen? He just, you know, if you studied the genealogies, Enoch is the seventh from Adam, and you can find out that, you know, Enoch was, when he was a little boy, Adam was still alive. So I believe he actually heard Adam talking about how he missed God and how he sinned, and he desired to walk with God like Adam did, and you know what? He got it by faith. “By faith Noah built a ark to the saving of his house and received this testimony, that he was righteous.” You know, think about Noah. He was 100 years, God spoke to him when he was 500 years old, and told him he was gonna flood the earth, and told him to build this ark. And him, his wife, his three sons and their wives were building this ark. It was 450 feet long, it was 75 feet wide, three stories high, amazing. You know, think they didn’t have any power saws, they didn’t have BLACK+DECKER or Makita. You know, they’re out there, you know, physical labor, putting this thing together. And they built this ark and they followed the instruction of God. Most Bible scholars believe it had never even rained on the earth, let alone to have a flood. But he did that. And then after they built it, you know, God told ’em, “Get the animals,” and they got the animals together and put ’em on the ark. And then God, they got in and God shut the door, and it started raining, rained for 40 days and 40 nights. “By faith Abraham looked for a city whose builder and maker was God.” “Through faith, Sarah received strength to conceive seed and brought forth a child when she was past age.” Hallelujah. “Because she judged God faithful.” You know, faith in the faithfulness of God. We need to have faith in the faithfulness of God. We look at all these people of faith, you know, “By faith Isaac blessed,” you know? “His sons Jacob and Esau. By faith Jacob blessed the sons of Joseph, leaning on his staff. By faith Joseph gave commandment concerning his bones.” “We’re not gonna stay in Egypt, we’re not gonna stay in bondage, but we’re gonna move out of here. God’s gonna bring us out.” “By faith Moses chose.” You know, all these people, they lived by faith, they worked by faith, and basically you can tell they’re people of faith by what they did and by what they say. And really faith works in those two areas, what you say and what you do.
And all of them knew that their purpose, what God had called them to do was greater than themselves. Even when God spoke to Moses and said, “As one man you’re gonna deliver the Israelites.” “That’s not in my,” you know, “that’s not in my resume, I can’t do that, I can’t even speak.”
And God said, “Well, I’m gonna,” look at this relationship, “I’m gonna have Aaron be a spokesman for you and-“
And, you know, God helped him with relationships. Even when Moses, you know, speaking about Moses, when he was leading the Israelites through Israel, he kinda lacked the administrative knowledge to know how to run a nation of 2 million people, so his father-in-law gave him some administrative tips. He needed a point, some judges beyond yourself, have judges over a thousand, over hundreds, over tens, so it’s just not everything is coming to you.
Yeah, praise God.
God, and Moses was humble enough to listen and to-
Do what he said.
Do what he said.
Yeah, sometimes, boy, you don’t. I have to have people around me to help me.
You know, administration has not been my gift, I’ve had to learn. And you know, there’s other things that I’m strong in.
And God’s brought relationship, brought people that can help.
Yeah, and now we have very, you know, good people. You know, I’ve actually got you and you oversee all the pastors. And then I’ve got Nate Carter and he oversees tech and TV, and then recently brought Damon Peterson who’s overseeing the office and the finances, and it’s really making the ministry grow and move forward. So God gives us relationships and God helps us. You know, we need to believe that God has a purpose for our life. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts I think towards you, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a hope and an expectation.” God has an expected in, God has a plan for our life, and God’s plan and God’s purpose for our life is better than our plan and our purpose for our life any day of the week, amen? And so you find that purpose that God has for your life, and I believe you can find it through your relationship with Jesus, and then you can live that out through divine relationships. And so we’re gonna be sharing more on purpose finding and fulfilling God’s purpose for your life after this short break. So stay tuned, we’ll be right back, blessings. Friends, I wanna tell you about our product that we have available with this teaching. And we have a special offer. First of all, we have the “Vision” series, and I have five messages that I taught on vision. You can get them on CD or digital download on our website. You can get them immediately. And then my “Uncommon Favor” book, this is my life story from just a few years back. It’s a lot of different stories. A lot of people tell me when they read my “Uncommon Favor” book, “It encouraged me because it gave me hope that if God did this for you, he would do it for me and he would help me.” And there’s so many ways that God has blessed me and helped me, but it’s not unattainable. You see, God is no respecter of persons, he is a respecter of faith. So when you get a hold of the Word of God and begin to believe God, you can move into the vision and the plan that God has for your life through the favor and grace of God on your life. Thanks and blessings. Friends, I’m so glad that you stayed with us. We’ve been talking about great people of faith or people who live with purpose, but people of purpose are people who are not afraid to make choices, they’re decisive. And you know, sometimes I make choices that concern hundreds of thousands of dollars in, you know, in short amounts of time. But you have to learn how to be decisive. And Moses, for instance, let’s read about Moses. Hebrews 11, Aaron, verse 23 to verse 29. Let’s read those scriptures and talk about this a little bit. I love, you know, Moses, what a great example of living with purpose.
So Hebrews 11:23, it says, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents because they saw he was a beautiful child and they were not afraid of the king’s command. By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he looked to the reward. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.”
Yeah, so all this is about Moses and what they did. “By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, what the Egyptians, talking about doing, were drowned.” And so Moses was a great person of faith, and he wasn’t afraid to make choices. It said, “When he came to age, he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” Think about this, Moses, more than likely, was the heir to the throne of the Egyptian empire. That was the greatest empire in the world at that time. And by faith he just refused it, and he said, “No, I’d rather.” He chose, and it says here he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God. That would be like somebody, you know, refusing to become President of the United States of America, because they said, “You know what? I’d rather be with the people of God.” And he chose to suffer affliction with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin. I like this, “which are for a season.” And then it says this, “He esteemed,” he made this choice because, ultimately, of what he valued, he valued his relationship with Christ, his relationship with Jesus, “greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, for he had respect to the repayment of reward.” He said, “Ultimately, God’s gonna reward me.” You know the scripture actually says this. Jesus said this in the Gospel of Mark, but he said, “Anything that you leave for my sake or the gospels, I’ll give you a hundredfold in this life and eternal life in the life to come.”
And so, you know, thank God, you know, you’ll make the right choice if you have the right values, if you have the wrong values, you’ll make the wrong choice. But if you, when you value the things of God, you’ll make good choices. And it goes on and says, “By faith he forsook Egypt and he did not fear.” Faith and fear are polar opposites. You can’t really operate in great faith and great fear at the same time. There’s an element of fear, but you overcome fear, right? With faith.
So you feed your faith and starve your death’s death, Lester Sumrall says that. It says, “Through faith,” he says, “He forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king, he endured because he saw him who is invisible.” We said this earlier in this broadcast this last two weeks, but we said that faith sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, does the impossible. And we’re talking about vision, and people of faith are people of vision. People of faith are people who are decisive, and it’s because, ultimately, of what they see on the inside, maybe not on the outside, but they have a heart relationship. And it says, “Through faith he kept the passover, the sprinkling of the blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn would touch them.” So you know, that last, you know, plague that came in was the death angel. But they took the blood of the lamb and they put it on the doorpost of their house and over the lint of their house, and when the death angel passed, he passed over them. God said, “When I see the lamb, the blood, I will pass over you.” And you know, Jesus is our Passover, and death is passed over and life has come. But finally he says, “They passed through the Red Sea as by dry land.” And the Egyptians, the Egyptians said, “You know what? We can do that.” And God used the same thing to deliver them and destroy their enemies. You know, we don’t have to get worked up about all the junk in the world. God can use the same thing to deliver us and to destroy our enemies. And so, praise God, we can live by faith. And people of great faith are people who are not afraid to make choices. Right? People of purpose, people of great faith are people who live with purpose. And when we think about this, there’s other examples of this. Daniel is a great example of living with purpose and living by faith. And Daniel chose what? In Daniel 1:8-9, he chose not to eat the king’s meat.
‘Cause it defiled himself. He purposed in his heart.
His purpose was connected to the covenant of God, his relationship with God, and the result of that was what? God made Daniel and his three Hebrew friends 10 times wiser than all of their worldly counterparts. So not 10% better guys, 10 times better, 1,000%, 10 times. God wants to make such a difference that people can’t help but notice. And you know, when you and your brothers were going to school, when you were graduating, actually my cousin Matt and Kyle Sheffey came to your graduation party, then they went to another one of another boy they knew, and he asked the boys, “Do you know the Perdues?” He said, “Oh yeah, “They’re like the gods.” Well, God set you apart. People knew something was different about you. And you know, and I bet your lives as a whole, you and your brothers, Andrew and Peter, are 10 times better, probably more than 10 times better than the average person out there. God has blessed you so much. And you know, we thank God for his blessing and his goodness. And you know, it doesn’t have to, it’s for everyone who believed, you can believe it. God said this, talking about making a choice. He said, “I set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Choose life, that you and your seed.” He said, “I call heaven and earth,” this is in Deuteronomy 30:15-19, “I call heaven and earth to record against you this day that I’ve set before you life, and good, and blessing, and cursing. Choose life!” He told them, “Choose life, that you may know God and follow him.” So how do we find the purpose of God for our life here?
God will lead you in it. I believe that through the revelation of the Holy Spirit, we talked about that earlier on when we were talking about vision. I believe that the Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you.
Towards your specific purpose. So when you really have a close relationship, when you really know Jesus, know his voice, and are able to tap into Holy Spirit revelation, he’ll lead you in that purpose.
And I said this when I was teaching this series in the church, that we find our purpose through our relationship with Jesus and the Holy Spirit. And I wanna turn to Acts 26. This is later in the apostle Paul’s life, who was Saul, but he’s talking about his conversion, when he met Jesus on the road to Damascus, and Jesus actually spoke to him when he first met him and told him that he appeared to him for a purpose. And as he was going to Damascus, actually to persecute believers, this is Acts 26:13. He’s talking to King Agrippa, testifying, he said, “At midday, oh king, I saw in the way a light from heaven above the brightness of the sun, shining around about me and those who were traveling with me. And when we were falling to the earth, I heard a voice speaking in the Hebrew, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.'” Do you know it’s harder to go against God than to go with God? If you think Christianity is hard, you’re wrong. You know, the Bible says the way of the transgressor is hard. It’s hard to go against the ways of God, the things of God in our life. “And I said, ‘Who are you Lord?’ And he said, ‘I am Jesus, whom you persecute, but rise and stand on your feet, for I have appeared to you.'” This is when he first meets Jesus, “I have appeared to you for this purpose, to make you a minister and a witness of these things which you have seen, and those things in which I will appear to you.” In other words, there’s things that God will reveal to you when you first walk with him, and then as you walk with him, it grows, right? He shows you more. And he says, “Delivering you from the people and the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, to open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light, from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and inheritance among those who are sanctified through faith that’s in me.” Man, there is faith in Jesus. And faith in Jesus will revolutionize your life. And so I believe we can find purpose through our relationship with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
Amen. Yeah, I like a verse that you brought out earlier from Jeremiah 29:11, which says, “‘For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ says the Lord, ‘Thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.'” And I love the King James translation, it says, “To give you an expectation.” You know, when you live with purpose, you’re gonna have a sense of expectation, you’re gonna have a sense of hope, you’re gonna wake up in the morning and feel hopeful, you’re gonna feel a sense of expectation.
You know, I oftentimes, when I get up in the morning, I’m like, “God, help me get done what I need to get done today.” I have so much, right? “And help me do the things I need to do.” Right? Accomplish the things-
But that sense of expectation, it’s really important to have. God has a purpose for your life. Every day that you’re alive here on this earth, there’s purpose for it.
You aren’t just here by accident, you aren’t alive right now by accident, you aren’t watching this show right now by accident. God has purposed something for you being here today, for connecting with this ministry, for connecting with God. And we really need to have that sense of expectation and to live with purpose.
Yes, God has a purpose for us that’s greater than ourselves. And I believe that he has a purpose for everybody. You know, I was just talking with one of the mayoral candidates and her husband, and they’ve been involved in politics at a national level, a local level, state level. And he was saying, “I believe that every person has something that they’re good at,” and I said, “I agree, I believe that God has a purpose for every person that’s ever been born.”
And when you find that, you can begin to walk in the victory that Jesus already has for you.
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