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"From Pain To Purpose"

Opening Prayer
“Look down from heaven, and see from your habitation, holy and glorious. Where are Your zeal and Your strength, The yearning of Your heart, and Your mercies toward me? Are they restrained? Doubtless You are our Father, Though Abraham was ignorant of us, You, O LORD, are our Father; Our Redeemer from Everlasting is Your name. O LORD, why have You made us stray from Your ways, and hardened our heart from Your fear? Return for your servants’ sake, the tribes of Your inheritance.” (Isaiah 63:15-17)

Scripture Context: Isaiah 63:9-11; Isaiah 63:15-17

Beloved Friends,

Brothers and Sisters in Jesus Christ, the God-head (God the Father, God the Son—Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost) brings a word of encouragement for the Global Church Body of Jesus Christ, every “True Believer,” and all people across the world ready for the manifested salvation and glory of Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) is vital to the Christian life to complete the God-given purpose to accomplish extraordinary ministry.

Today ‘s message is a revelation to the church body, and the invitation of salvation to people all across the world who are in, come through, and ended a level of testing that has undoubtedly had many natural and spiritual pains from people, circumstances, spiritual warfare, and environments. It is a message to thrust you from the state of pain to the purpose God has ordained and predestined from the foundation and formation of the world. We all have a choice in pursuing God’s purpose versus the purpose of man. It is this PENDULUM between pain and purpose that will either release the power of God for unusual ministry at a level in the flesh one cannot accomplish or release the power of man to spiritual and natural death. God-given purpose can only be accomplished through the Power of God--The Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, the Spirit of the LORD, Glory of God, and Spirit of God.

The Prophet Isaiah in this context of scripture, one who was used mightily by God to proclaim and interpret the actions of God in the events of History. Isaiah begins to reflect on the past of Israel, the mistakes, God’s compassion, grace and mercy, His covenant of promise, and hungered for the Holy Spirit to dwell in him and the people, just as with Moses. Isaiah was in the midst of it all. He, himself begins to feel the burden and pain of the nation, church body, and people. The prophet takes a retrospective view, making a thankful recognition, of God’s dealings. His remembrance of who God is--invited God’s Holy Spirit to indwell in him, to take possession of him, and to manifest His glory through him to continue His purpose just as with Moses. Isaiah had a moment--pendulum between pain and purpose. Although his relationship was right with God, he was proclaiming God’s Word; he wondered if the Holy Spirit would move upon him as with Moses and help.

It was the redemptive work of Jesus Christ Spirit indwelling in Moses which empowered him to do the impossible not accomplished through human flesh, only accomplished through the Holy Spirit. It was this same Spirit that commune with Moses, instructed Moses, empowered Moses with Kingdom of God Power (signs and miracles), tested Moses, The Glory of God manifested through His Spirit; incarnated in a chosen vessel with an extraordinary purpose. Moses led all of the children of Israel out of the bondage from Egypt. This Moses after his death who God sent Michael the Warrior Angel to go and get his body from the grave when Satan thought he would have possession because Moses himself did not make it into the physical promised land. Thus, it was the Glory of God revealed through God’s Holy Spirit that transformed Moses, sent the Kingdom of God to help with angels, miracles with signs and wonders of protection, provisions, deliverance, and restoration.

It was this prayer in the opening, that gave Isaiah strength.  It is this prayer, Isaiah received the Holy Spirit refreshing and fullness of the indwelling. It is through this prayer, Isaiah received a vision of heaven, a prepared place for him and God’s people. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind” (Isaiah 65:17).

Who was the Prophet Isaiah and His Purpose?
Isaiah was the son of Amoz (A father, “man of God” with little history), appointed by God, his purpose ascension was revealed from 680 to 740 BC a time of war. A counselor to Kings of Judah for approximately 60 years (Isaiah 1:1), He was the proclamation and interpretation of Jesus Christ. The visionary of things to come spoken to him directly from God. The preacher of hope and restoration for the people of Israel and the church body. The glad tidings of salvation and good news to people. The anointed empowered and the indwelling of the Holy Ghost to heal, deliver God’s people, destroyer of bondage and oppression, and proclaimer of liberty. The comforter to the broken-hearted, proclaimed the acceptable year of the LORD and day of vengeance for all of God’s people. The messenger of hope for those who mourned. The encourager of righteousness. The messenger of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. The Leader to rebuild. The Prophet of judgment and justice. The International Prophet whose purpose started with the children of Israel, but it went out to all the Gentiles (everyone else not classified by birth as an Israelite). He was the messenger for healing to the backslider. The Prophet of prayer and worship.

Let “US” take a journey back in biblical times of three people who God used by His Holy Spirit to change the course of history. It is a connection from Joseph to Moses, from Moses to Joshua, and Job and God. They all went “From Pain toPurpose” at different levels. Left on record as a testimony of God’s faithfulness to His people.

Biblical History Example #1 - Joseph

  1. Joseph, son of Jacob (Israel, Father of Covenant Agreement with God). Joseph sold into slavery at the age of 17 years by his brothers because of jealousy. But God favored Joseph because He had a relationship with God and loved God. God favored Joseph by showing him visions, dreams, and interpretations of things to come.  His father Jacob, Israel loved Joseph because he was the son of his old age. (Genesis 37:2, 5-8, 12-18). Take note: His brothers conspired against him to first slay him but decided to sell him to slave masters so the blood would not be on their hands. Sold for only 20 pieces of silver! Lesson to Learn: Don’t tell everybody your dreams or visions. Why? Because some people just cannot handle it and will try and stop purpose. Noticed, I stated, try.
  2. Joseph who father grieved and weep because his brothers lied with a report a bear had eaten him to death.
  3. Joseph who the LORD was with (Genesis 39:2, 11) “And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man, and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian.” He became overseer of Potiphar's house because the Lord blessed the Egyptians house for Joseph's sake.
  4. Joseph who was besieged by Potiphar's wife to commit adultery with her, ran out of his clothing, lied on, thrown in prison by his master all because of a woman who did not get her way.
  5. But, the LORD was with Joseph, showed him mercy; and gave him favor in the sight of the prison keeper. (Genesis 39:21) The prison keeper put him over all the other prisoners. 
  6. However, Joseph was in pain and he longed to be free in the natural and spiritual, to be amongst his father in the land he was taken from. Joseph did not stop seeking God and honoring God.

Joseph has two God-ordained encounters between Genesis Chapters 40 & 41. The first encounter was to interpret a dream of the chief butler who was thrown into prison by Pharaoh. (Genesis 40:9-13). Joseph only asked this of the chief butler. “But remember me when it is well with you, and please show kindness to me; make mention of me to Pharaoh, and get me out of this house.” (Genesis 40:14). He further let him know, “I was stolen away from the land of the Hebrews; and also I have done nothing here that they should put me into the dungeon” (v. 15). However, the chief butler did not remember Joseph but forgot him. (Genesis 40:23).

After 13 years of Joseph being sold into slavery and imprisoned from the age of 17, (Joseph would be about 30 years of age). Pharaoh begins to have a series of dreams that troubled him, all the magicians could not interpret the dreams. Matter of fact there was no one in all of Egypt who could interpret the dreams. It is only at this time the chief butler remembers Joseph in prison and how he interpreted his dream correctly. He begins to tell Pharaoh. 

The second encounter, the encounter of “Purpose and Promise” from what he spoke and revealed to his brothers and father from the dreams sent from God (Genesis 37:7-11) was about to be manifested. It was this summons and encounter from the prison to the place of Pharaoh to interpret a series of dreams that was the PENDULUM “From Pain to Purpose.” Pharaoh begins to tell Joseph about a dream and no one could interpret the dream. Take note, Joseph answered Pharaoh in a profound way, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” (Genesis 41:15). It was this response to Pharaoh, Pharaoh himself takes notice, he begins to tell Joseph his dreams. Joseph let Pharaoh know it was a warning from God to Pharaoh of things to come. Seven years of plenty and seven years of famine. (Genesis 41:25-36).

Joseph instructs Pharaoh what should be done, how it should be done, and what type of man to set over the land of Egypt (discreet and wise). Pharaoh knew the Spirit of God was with Joseph, and the wisdom of God was favored to Joseph. Joseph went “From Pain to Purpose.” Joseph's purpose revealed in (Genesis 41:38-39); Joseph appointed to become ruler of all of Egypt and overseer of the provisions to the people. Joseph was the restorer of mercy shown from God to his brothers (Genesis 50:20), and restorer of the covenant to Israel (Genesis 47:27-31). His reign in Egypt, 93 years.

It is Joseph, 110 years later, dying words left on record which spoke of the children of Israel coming out of Egypt. “And Joseph said to his brethren, “I am dying, but God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land of which He swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob,” Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from her.” (Genesis 50:24-25).

It is this connection from Joseph to Moses rise from the Kingdom of God, “From Pain to Purpose,” In Exodus 1:8-11, there was a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph and sent taskmasters to enslave the children of Israel. Moses, hid by his mother (Hebrew) at birth, adopted into Egyptian household by Pharaoh’s daughter, felt the burden for His people, fled the place of the Egyptian seeking purpose in life. Well, left on record, God raises up Moses to be the appointed deliverer to bring the children of Israel out of bondage. (Exodus 2:11, Exodus 40) But, God was with Moses, the Spirit of God, Holy Spirit, empowered, instructed, worked through, and manifested the Glory of God through Moses.

It is this reflection Isaiah had of the Power of God through the Holy Spirit, he hungered and thirsted for. We are talking about the Power of the Holy Spirit and the importance of the Holy Spirit to the believer.

Biblical Example #2 - Rehab 

  1. Rehab had little significance in life. She was forced into prostitution to take care of herself and family in the country of Jericho. Something she despised.  Her moment of purpose was defined when she chose to hid the two spies sent by Joshua from the King of Jericho. (Joshua 2:1-8).  It was this Joshua anointed by Moses (Numbers 27:18) “And the LORD said to Moses: “Take Joshua the son of Nun with you, a man in whom is the Spirit, and lay your hand on him.” Appointed by God to be the next Leader of Israel and God’s Commission to Joshua to lead the “children” of Israel into the promise land. “After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, it came to pass that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, saying: “Moses My servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to the children of Israel.” (Joshua 1:1-2). Joshua, who the Lord spoke to, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
  2. Rehab who acknowledge the power of God, the God of heaven and earth, and the Spirit of the LORD came upon her to help the spies that she and her family might be saved (Joshua 2:10-11). Rehab PENDULUM from pain to purpose
  3. Rehab who took courage and faith, when Joshua conquered the country of Jericho, her whole family would be saved and delivered from death. Rehab, the oath seeker with a binding promise “From Pain to Purpose.” (Joshua 2:12-14). Rehab was intelligent, her circumstances had her imprisoned
  4. Rehab by herself let the two men down with the life-saving cord of safety and escape, through the window, from a city wall. (Joshua 2:15)
  5. This Rehab who gave instruction of where the spies should go, how long they should stay, and how they should return to Joshua. (Joshua 2:16)
  6. Rehab whom the spies reported back to Joshua she helped them escape to safety and her request--binding oath of promise. (Joshua 2:23)
  7. Rehab whom Joshua, Israel leader acknowledge, Rehab and only her family saved out of the whole country of Jericho. (Joshua 6:17, 22)
  8. Rehab who is left in remembrance until this day in Israel, “Because she hid the messengers, which Joshua sent to spy out Jericho.” (Joshua 6:25)
  9. Rehab whom the LORD was with, saved, and Holy Spirit moved upon her and in her--Just as he was with Joshua, He was with Rehab.

We are talking about “From Pain to Purpose” by the Power of the Holy Ghost, Holy Spirit, God’s Spirit, Spirit of Jesus Christ, The Glory of God manifested in mankind for the purpose of the Kingdom of God. To divide, to conqueror, to deliver, to restore, to revive, to be a vessel of signs, and wonders, to speak the Word of Truth, to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.

The Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost) Jesus breathes on the disciples, John 20:22, “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, receive ye the Holy Ghost.” Acts 1:8, “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” It is the Holy Ghost that empowers the believer to accomplish greater works. Jesus speaks to his disciples, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father.” “And I will pray to the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever.” (John 14:12, 16).

Your pain has a purpose!

Biblical History Example #3 - Job

  1. Job, a blameless and upright man, and one who feared God and shunned evil. (Job 1:1)
  2. Job, who had sons and daughters, a wife, was very prosperous---rich! 
  3. Job, who Satan was allowed by God to test Job’s character and faithfulness to God (Job 1:6-12)
  4. Job, who loses everything, his children, wealth, and a wife who wanted him to curse God and die. The friends he thought he had, were not friends.
  5. Job, who went through sickness, ridicule at the same time, and a state of depression
  6. Job, the revelation of God was revealed when he sought God for an answer. (Job 38)
  7. Job, the poetic, Job the wisdom of God revealed, Job the reflection on the meaning of suffering and God’s relationship to one who suffers unjustly
  8. Job, who repents to God revealed his “From Pain to Purpose.” His PENDULUM, “Behold, I am vile: What shall I answer You? I lay my hand over my mouth.” (Job 40:4, Job 42:1-6) “I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees You, Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”
  9. Job, who forgave and prayed for his so-called friends because the wrath of God which was appointed to them (Job 42:7-8)
  10. Job, after his suffering and testing, received double from God for all of his trouble (Job 42:10)
  11. Job, left on record, a man blameless and upright before God, revealed the faithfulness of God and what the Spirit of God, can transform into Divine Purpose.

In closing, let us seek for the “True Power” the Holy Ghost to accomplish our God-given purpose. Let "US” take courage and faith, knowing that the pain is only temporal for purpose to be birth for the greater works for the Kingdom of God and to save many lives. Life will happen, we all will go through some level of trails and suffering. But, it is so much greater with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in the fullness indwelling in the people of God. “Arise, I say to you.” You are here for a purpose!

Be Blessed and stay connected to Jesus,

Lady Cynthia Kelly
God’s Humble Servant
Evangelist – International Author

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