What is Your Destiny?

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“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this; He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (Psalm 37:3-7 TNIV)

When God gives a dream, a destiny, a land to be possessed; have you noticed that often it does not happen overnight? 

God called Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt into the promised land. On the day Moses was called, he did not have any idea of the obstacles he would encounter to walk out his destiny. 

After 40 years of wandering in the desert, Moses died in sight of the promised land but not in the promised land. Doesn’t this seem unfair! Was Moses a failure? Did Moses not walk into his destiny?

“There has never again been a prophet in Israel like Moses.  The [Lord] spoke face to face with him …” (Deuteronomy 34:10)

Perhaps our human perspective of what our destiny should look like sometimes gets overshadowed by our own opinions of what success is. Perhaps God’s success looks different than what we think it should look like. 

The Bible says that there was never a prophet in Israel like Moses. In other words, Moses definitely was not a failure. He definitely walked into his destiny; however, in our earthly thinking, it appears like Moses did not walk into the promised land. He made a mistake … he failed.

We are human! We all make mistakes. Does that mean God says our destiny is ruined because of our mistakes? 

I believe that God viewed the overall success of Moses in being that He spoke face to face with Moses. Moses’ success was not determined by what he accomplished on earth – it was ultimately determined on his relationship with God. It was determined by Moses following God and being with God. When Moses was with God face to face, Moses walked in his destiny.

Moses was called to lead the children of Israel to the Promise Land. He was a success – the children of Israel arrived!

In the end, even when Moses had messed up a bit during his lifetime, God’s big picture perspective says that Moses was a success and that Moses walked into his destiny.  Because of Moses’ faith and relationship with God, his small human failures were wiped away in light of the big picture of eternity.

Sometimes we put heavy weights on ourselves of having to always get it right.  Sometimes failures can be used by God. God has through every generation used the stories of Moses to help and teach us. 

“Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus.” (Matthew 17:1-3)

There are so many people in the Old Testament that Jesus could have talked to in front of Peter, James, and John. However, Moses again was brought into the limelight for all generations to see that he definitely was in the promised land in Heaven. God fulfilled Moses’ destiny in spite of some human failures. God’s perspective is different than ours. 

Has God given you a dream? Do you sometimes fret and get annoyed and push and try to make it happen in your own strength? I have been there! We all have been there!

Be still! 

Keep your relationship with God as the central purpose of your life. Hear His words, and do what He says. Don’t look at the results around you with human eyes.

Perhaps the results you are seeing right now are not even close to what you think they should look like in earthly success … BUT God!!  Yes, GOD!!!  God knows your destiny, and He knows what true success is. Trust Him! Be still and have patience and see God’s hand fulfill your destiny!

In Matthew 14, Peter was so bold and said, “Jesus, if it is really you, call me to come into the water.” Jesus called. 

Peter boldly jumped out of the boat and into the water. After a few steps, Peter looked down at the waves. He heard the wind. He saw that there was nothing from a human earthly perspective to keep him from sinking and drowning. There was no earthly foundation only water which humans cannot walk on. 

Peter took his eyes off Jesus and cried, “Jesus save me!”  Of course, whenever His eyes were back on Jesus, he was saved.  But Peter did walk on the water when he kept his eyes on Jesus and not the perspectives of an earthly human .

Take your eyes off earthly results and set your perspective on the things of God and not what you see around you. No matter if everything around you resounds with the words “failure” – know that God’s destiny for you is not failure. Don’t look at the waves and the impossibilities. 

Look into Jesus’ eyes .. walk to Him with your eyes never faltering from His … grab unto Him and keep moving one step, another step, another step … don’t stop! 

Someday you will be able to see the big picture perspective and see what God did with your walk of faith on earth. Let Heaven’s perspective come to earth … and let God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven in your life.

When others see with earthly eyes, choose to look into God’s eyes and see life from His perspective instead of through the darkly coloured sunglasses of earthly humans.

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ReCaLcuLaTing


GPS“Recalculating … recalculating … recalculating … recalculating … recalculating … recalculating!”
 

The voice of my GPS kept reminding me over and over and over again that I did not take the street it had planned for me to take.

On a visit to Moncton, New Brunswick, I arrived earlier than I had anticipated so I decided to drive around and explore. I drove wherever I wanted to with no destination in mind.  

I left my GPS on and after about the tenth time it said, “Recalculating!”, I told it to be quiet. Sometimes I talk to my GPS. I then laughed because even though the GPS voice was annoying, I love my GPS! It keeps me on track and gets me to where I need to go without the major headache of trying to follow a paper map while driving. 

Just as I was thinking about loving my GPS, I had another thought speak loudly and directly into my heart leaving one of those impressions I will never forget. 

The thought was that no matter how many times I take a wrong path, God is like my GPS. When I go the wrong direction, He instantly recalculates and creates the plan for my life to still lead me to where He planned for me to go – to the destiny He created me for.

I can stray one kilometer or 500 kilometers off the path; it doesn’t matter how far. God will never give up on me and continues to recalculate and point the way.

Sometimes I have purposely chosen to disobey God and have strayed miles off course; He still led me back. Other times pain or hurt have caused me to be afraid, and I steered off course to try and avoid the pain because of my lack of trust in God’s ability to give me the strength to persevere in spite of pain and hardship.

Many times I have strayed from the path for just a short little distance only to quickly take the next street when I hear “recalculating” and veer back into the right direction. There have been times I didn’t quite understand where I was supposed to go and never purposely or intentionally strayed from the path but inadvertently got a little lost.  God still lovingly smiles and grabs my hand saying, “Recalculating.” 

I can see God’s smile; it is the most awesome smile you will ever see with love beaming from eyes that love you more than you can ever imagine. My Heavenly Father knows me intimately and knows how desperately I need Him to hold my hand and show me the way. My Heavenly Father knows without Him I am so lost.

Other times when driving my car, the GPS recalculates because of construction on the highway or I ask it to recalculate because of an accident. Events occur that are not in my hands to resolve that take me down a different path. I wonder if that happens in the spiritual too? Other people’s decisions to not go where God tells them to go may mean that God recalculates my path. What an amazing mind God has! 

” ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NASB)

I have also noticed when using my GPS that when I am by myself, I rarely make a mistake in where I am going. I clearly hear the directions and focus on going where the voice is leading me. However, when I have someone else in the car with me and we get talking and laughing, I often hear the words “recalculating”. 

You can have clear directions being told to you but because of being inattentive to the voice you can still miss a turn in the road.

God is so very faithful and loves me so much! He always over and over and over and over again recalculates my path so that I am continually being drawn to Him, His plan, His purpose and His destiny for my life. 

I am thankful for my GPS but so much more thankful for God. He is an awesome God who never gives up and teaches me and loves me when I just don’t get it right. He always cheers me on and says, “Esther, you will get there! Just trust me. Listen to my voice. I know the plans I have for you, and I love you!” 

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What Really Matters?

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“Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching.  Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers.”  (1 Timothy 4:16)

Today, I was very frustrated with myself.  Sometimes, it does not take a lot to distract me from what really matters.  The cares of life and many other things can so easily distract us from keeping the main thing the main thing.

In the book of Timothy, Paul from a heart of love, wrote to Timothy instructing him to keep a close watch on himself and what was taught.  Reading this reminded me that it is good to ask ourselves hard questions.

When we go to our family doctor for an annual checkup, they ask us a lot of questions that delve into helping them get a picture of what is going on with our physical being.  Depending on the answers we give to the questions, there may be even more questions that delve even deeper into potential problems.

Most of us put importance on having a physical checkup; however, often we neglect to with the help of the Holy Spirit do a spiritual checkup on ourselves.  Yet, this is exactly what Paul was asking Timothy to do.

Some questions I asked myself today were:

  • What am I doing with my life?
  • Am I doing only the things God asks me to do?
  • Am I wasting time doing things that when I die will mean nothing because they just consume my time with no purpose?
  • When I die (or when Jesus returns if that happens first), what are the things I will then look back at and wish I had done differently?
  • When I die, of all the things I do on a daily basis, what ones will be important in eternity?
  • What are the distractions that so easily draw me away from the peace of God that we have when we constantly abide in Him?
  • What distractions take me away from spending the amount of time I should with God each day, sitting at His feet, listening, talking, reading His word?
  • Is there anything in my life that is not 100% surrendered to God – in other words is there anything that stops me from obeying God or is there anything He could ask me that I would say no to?
  • What sins do I struggle with?  Have I asked the Holy Spirit to transform that area of my life?
  • Is God my first love? 

Our days on earth are numbered.  Oh, how sad it will be for those who God called but the cares of life distracted them from following and obeying God.  Perhaps it is not even a care that is a distraction — it could be a fear or a person or allowing frustrations and your environment to pull you away from the gentle voice that beckons you to come and follow Him.  It is amazing what a distraction can be. 

How sad it is that millions are dying not knowing God and so few are willing to give up their lives to rescue others. 

What is even sadder is that the state of so many Christian’s hearts who sit in the pew every Sunday.  They are lukewarm Christians.  There is no sign of any care or compassion for the lost. 

If you honestly search your heart — Do you feel God’s love for the lost?  Do you care?  Do you care that most of the people you see every day – people who you look into their face and eyes – will die and spend an eternity in hell with unending torment?  Do you care that many of them live in hell just the way their lives are lived from day to day — they live in pain and hopelessness.

Have you had pain and suffering touch your life to where you could hardly breathe, and the only thing that let you survive was that you had God to carry you?  Do you care that millions live through pain and suffering — many live in worse situations than you ever lived through; but, they have no one to turn to?

What matters in your life?  What were you born for?  If God grants you a few minutes to think while you are dying (you don’t instantly drop dead), what regrets will you have in how you responded to the call of God on your life?  Will your life have had any purpose or was it all work, fun, pain, etc., and nothing to show for it that will last into eternity when your last earthly breath exhales from your body?

Throughout history, thousands have given their life to spread the Gospel.  Today in India and most countries of the world Christians are being martyred for their faith.  I heard of a pastor in India that only a couple of weeks ago was murdered because he loved Jesus.  I believe he was younger than me.

Are you truly 100% surrendered to God’s will for your life?  Is God the love of your life?  Did He really ask us to go into all the world and preach the Gospel?  What will you do with the rest of your days on earth?

While I am sitting writing this, Joel is playing the fiddle in the next room.  It is like God is giving him the music that goes along with what I am writing – only Joel doesn’t know that.  The song he just finished playing was “All to Jesus I Surrender”.  Now he is playing,”Oh, Lord You’re Beautiful” by Keith Green.   I will, because of Joel playing that song, now use it in this blog because the message of the song fits this. 

Please right now pray and ask God to soften your heart and speak to you.  THEN, prayerfully listen to the following video with your eyes closed and your heart and mind focused on God.  Let the Holy Spirit speak to you.  Choose this day that the remainder of your days will have a purpose and meaning – choose God’s way!  Don’t be lukewarm!

“For we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world.” (1 Timothy 6:7)

“Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from what is dishonorable, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart as holy, useful to the master of the house, ready for every good work.” (2 Timothy 2:21)

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