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In Lesson 45 of the My Agreements with Me for Believers workbook, we are discussing bring "Intentional Living". Intentional living is seeing things for how they can be, not as they are. It is an “intentional” mindset of possibility (Hebrews 11:1). When we believe life (God) is for us and not against us (Romans 8:31), it really gives us the opportunity to perceive change from the mindset of possibility (love) rather than impossibility (fear).
You see, God himself didn’t do anything without specific intention. We were created with His purpose in mind. “The LORD has made everything for its purpose...” - Proverbs 16:4. Everyone was created to love God and one another. God created man in His image to walk out His good in the world; however, through the process of their own self will, evil entered into the world. Therefore, God’s purpose, knowing what man would be up against, provided His word and wisdom so that they may experience God’s goodness and reflect His image so as to love and care for the world and one another. God's word encourages us to live purposefully, making our choices that reflect His values and align with His teachings. According to Proverbs 4:25-27 and Ephesians 5:15-17 it emphasizes the importance of wise and intentional living. Through this we can seek God’s guidance by aligning our values to Biblical truths and wisdom. Embodying them as our own value system.
Nugget #1: Do NOT compromise your values - The story of Daniel sticks to his values regardless of the consequence before him.
In the story of Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Daniel 1:8). Daniel was challenged by the King’s decree to eat the king’s food and wine, yet Daniel purposely chose NOT to defile himself or God by aligning his actions and commitment to follow God’s laws. It was his intentional decision to maintain his faith and values in the face of opposition in a foreign land demonstrates his willingness and conviction of intentional living with purpose and integrity. Later in this story, we see when Daniel was obedient, determined and steadfast, God blessed him to win favor in King Nebuchadnezzar’s eyes.
Nugget #2: Do NOT fall into temptation (Genesis 39:7—9). The story of Joseph demonstrates that when God is for you, who can be against you?
In the story of Joseph we find he was enslaved in Egypt and was tempted by Potiphar’s wife (Captain of Pharaoh’s guards) - Genesis 39:7-9. In this story Joseph was faced with temptation as Potiphar’s wife found him to be attractive and attempted to seduce him. However, despite the pressure, he chooses to live intentionally faithful to God, himself and Potiphar, he rejects her advances. Joseph claimed, “And after a time his master's wife cast her eyes on Joseph and said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master's wife, “Behold, because of me my master has no concern about anything in the house, and he has put everything that he has in my charge. He is not greater in this house than I am, nor has he kept back anything from me except you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness and sin against God?” - Genesis 39:7-9.
This demonstrates Joseph’s commitment to intentional living and moral integrity in alignment with his faith and obedience to God.
Nugget #3: Be clear, Be decisive and then stay committed to your choices (Ruth 1:16). The story of Ruth illustrates a great example of intentional living.
In the story of Ruth, she is a widow, a non-believer, who makes a conscious choice to stay with her mother-in-law (Naomi) and embrace Naomi’s God and his people by trusting the unknown. Her decision was bold and risky but in the end, God blessed her for it. Ruth claimed, “Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God.” - Ruth 1:16. This truly demonstrates a woman of courage, not only in her words but her actions by reflecting a purposeful decision to live a life of loyalty, kindness, and devotion, showcasing the importance of intentional choices with one’s values.
Going Deeper in the Word
Here are some additional verses to help guide you through this lesson:
Be careful, Be clear, Be decisive and do not waiver
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.”
2 Timothy 1:7
“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.”
Be careful what you Think
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
Be careful what you Do (Actions)
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.”
“Be not quick in your spirit to become angry, for anger lodges in the heart of fools.”
Trust in the Lord
“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.”
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
These are just a few other verses that encourage believers to be intentional in their thoughts, actions, and decisions, by aligning their lives with God’s purpose and values.
In this lesson we learned about the importance of living a life of intention. Here are a few real Bible stories that correlate with our lesson to glean from. What does a life of intentional living look like for a believer?
Be intentional with your Time and Purpose. - In the Bible in the book of Luke, chapter 10, verses 38-42 Jesus says, ”Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” - This verse depicts the importance of prioritizing God and His purpose for our life above all earthly things we could justify in its place. In this story, Martha is busy with dinner preparations, while Mary sits at Jesus' feet, listening to His teachings. Martha, feeling burdened with the preparations, asks Jesus to tell Mary to help her. However, Jesus rebukes Martha. Therefore, this story highlights the significance of intentional living and choices in how one allocates their time and focus. Mary intentionally prioritized her spiritual nourishment and learning over busyness, demonstrating her value of a purposeful life centered on the teaching of her Lord the Christ
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