Last week we talked about the first “P” in the word purpose, which represents pray, plan and pursue. Today we are going to look at the letter “U”, which represents unlearn and unite. After seeking God for our purpose, we may find it to be a bit overwhelming, which could possibly result in us talking ourselves out of pursuing that purpose. Proverbs 18:21 tells us that death and life is in the power of our tongue, and they that eat it, eat the fruit thereof. As this verse leads off with death, it’s most likely because we generally speak and believe the negative before speaking or believing the positive. The majority of the negative things we speak or believe come from what we’ve learned or have heard repeatedly throughout our life. Thus the need to unlearn. Unlearn is defined as to forget or lose knowledge, or to discard or put aside certain knowledge as being false or binding. Let’s take a look at what the bible says about this.
In Genesis 2:7, and 15-25 shows us that God created man and woman and that he created them naked. God would visit them in the garden to fellowship with them and they would go about tending the garden and living their lives while naked. The significance of being naked is that there is no shame and that they lived a transparent life before God. Transparency comes after allowing intimacy to take place. Once we remove the walls and allow God to see into us, we’ll be better positioned to fulfill our purpose. Then in chapter 3 the enemy steps in and begins running his mouth to Eve. His words caused her to doubt the instructions they had received from God and even doubt the character of God. In Genesis 3:9-11, God asks them who told them they were naked and then asks if they ate of the forbidden fruit. Immediately after ingesting the fruit, they realized they were naked and did a poor job of trying to cover their shame. They allowed what the enemy said about them to take precedence over what God said about them. When we feast on the word of the enemy or on the words that someone said like “you can’t do that” or “you’re too old to do that” or you’re not smart enough to do that”, we position ourselves to not achieve the purpose and plan that God has for us. We have to unlearn that negative language and unite our mind with who and what God says we are. We have to imprison those negative thoughts instead of becoming prisoner to them (2 Corinthians 10:3-6)
To unite is defined as:
1. to join, combine, or incorporate so as to form a single whole or unit.
2. to cause to adhere
3. to cause to be in a state of mutual sympathy, or to have a common opinion or attitude.
As it pertains to purpose, we have to first unite with God. This starts with accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior of our life. We surrender our will to the will of God. Once we do this, in our prayer and fellowship time, God will give us strategies and reveal who we should unite with to help fulfill our purpose. Philippians 2:1-2 says, “Therefore if there is any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and mercy, fulfill my joy by being like-minded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind”. It’s very important when establishing your team or partnering with someone that you surround yourself with likeminded people. Although no one will work as hard on your vision or purpose as you, it’s important that the same level of passion and commitment is present in those that you unite with. 2 Corinthians 6:14 talks about not being unequally yoked with unbelievers. There must be a unity in belief. How can two walk together unless they agree (Amos 3:3). There has to be agreement that the purpose is significant, adds value and will fulfill our ultimate purpose which is to please God.
If you find yourself stagnant, take a moment to reflect on what you’ve been speaking about your purpose. Have you been feasting on the word of the enemy or on God’s word? Remember his word will not return void. Unlearn the negative and unite with God! Check out the video for the full teaching.
Be blessed, but first comes obedience!