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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Tired? Weary? Discouraged?

my-projectAre you tired, weary, and discouraged?

Has God given you a vision – a work to do; but, when you think about following His leading, the vision is so large and overwhelming you just don’t have the faith or strength to believe God can accomplish through you what He has asked you to do.  Maybe you don’t even have the strength to begin the journey.

Perhaps you have started on the journey; but, obstacles and attacks of the enemy have been so great that they have distracted you. You have fallen down, and you are too weary to get up and keep going.  You are exhausted and tired.

Whatever circumstance you find yourself in; if you are tired and weary, God has you reading this for a reason.

  • God loves you and wants to give you rest
  • God cares about you and not just about what you do
  • God is here for you right now

I wrote a song a few years ago.  The words are:

When you can’t go on and the walls close in

When cruel voices whisper in your ear

When the light is darkened by clouds of evil

I am here!

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I am here, I will not let you go

I am here, a shelter from the storm

I am here, I will not let you go

I am here!

          ~ ~ ~

I will break down walls

I’ll shatter darkness

I’ll surround you with my loving kindness

I will fight for you! I will fight for you!

That is what is happening right now.  God is fighting for you!  He is going to fight off your weariness.  He is going to gather you in His arms.  He is going to give you the rest you need!

Every human on earth can become weary.  It is not wrong to admit that we are weary and tired.  In fact, to not admit when we are tired is dangerous.  To live in an ongoing state of weariness and tiredness is dangerous to yourself and others around you.

There are many things that can cause us to become weary:

  • Grief  –  “I am weary with my crying, my throat is parched; my eyes fail while I wait for my God.” (Psalm 69:3 NASB)
  • Pain – When you are in physical or emotional pain you lose sleep and become weary.  “At night my bones are filled with pain, which gnaws at me relentlessly.” (Job 30:17 NLT)
  • Discouragement – We lack faith in God.  We don’t believe what He says.  We doubt and fear.  This is dangerous as it can be contagious when you share it with others.  “Finally, if any of you are afraid, you may go home.  We don’t want you to discourage the other soldiers.” (Deuteronomy 20:8 CEV)
  • Complaining – Have you ever been with people that complain.  If this complaining persists during a supper meal, by the end of the meal you are tired!  Complaining weighs you down and makes you tired!  Thankfulness uplifts.
  • God Testing Us – “Beloved do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you;”  (1 Peter 4:12 NASB)
  • Physically Overdoing It – Becoming burned out makes one so very weary.
  • Lack of Sleep – Sleep deprivation is the ultimate in weariness.
  • Working for God – By frantically doing everything we “see” that we think needs to be done but not listening to what God is actually asking us to do we just wear ourselves out.  Not everything we see that needs to be done is ours to do.
  • Bitterness & Unforgiveness – You stay awake reminiscing and remembering.  Your mouth gets tired of chewing.  The cells in your body get tired of being on edge about it all the time, and your brain begins making new thought paths where your thoughts automatically go to.  Your thoughts get stuck in those ruts, and you can’t sleep.  You get weary and tired because life becomes all about what happened to you. You get locked in a jail cell, and you are the one who hurts because of bitterness and unforgiveness.  It just makes you tired and eventually sick. It is a weight around your neck the enemy uses to try and drown you.  You think about it and think about it and think about it.  You talk about it and talk about it and talk about it.  You chew on it and chew on it and chew on it.  Someone hurt you or offended you or did you wrong and then you won’t let go of the bone.
  • Being Religious and Trying to Be Outwardly What You are Not Inwardly – You have not been transformed in an area of your life, and you are trying on your own to be good enough – oh so tiring!   
  • Being Anxious – “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad.” (Proverbs 12:25 NASB)
  • Fear – If you constantly live in fear you are tired. Fear of the future.  Fear of not having enough provision.  Fear of what people think … fear!

The results of weariness are so dangerous to us physically, relationally and spiritually:

  • We have no energy to fight our battles
  • We are overwhelmed and ineffective
  • We make bad decisions and fast decisions
  • We become uncaring as we have no strength to care
  • The Accuser’s voice becomes strong and overwhelming

Every aspect of our lives and those around us suffer because we are weary. The enemy loves it when we are too proud to confess that we are tired because he gains a foothold into our effectiveness for God.

There is a cure for weariness and God is here with the cure:

  • Recognise and admit we are weak.  We are sheep and God is our Shepherd.  It is His job to take care of us.  We need His strength and cannot do it on our own.
  • Confidently approach God and ask for His help.  He asks us to do this.  He said, “Come unto me all who are weary.”
  • Ask the Holy Spirit to shine His light into your heart – into every corner and to sweep your heart clean of any sin.  Sin hurts and takes away our joy.  Sin is a leech that attaches itself in our hearts and sucks the life out of us.  How sweet it is to have a clean conscience and pure heart.  The Bible says blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.  We want to see God!
  • Ask God to fill you with His joy – The joy of the Lord is our strength. Don’t be surprised in some cases if when you first ask God to fill you with joy the reverse appears to happen. I recently asked God expectantly to fill me with joy.  The very next day I cried the majority of the day.  I said, “God I asked for joy!”  But you see God answered my prayer. He knew there were hurts and situations He had to heal and deal with in order for joy to arise.  So He did bring joy; but, first He did what was needed to heal me.  Joy did come in the morning. 
  • Be still and wait – You can’t hear God if you don’t be still and listen.  Shut out the noise and clatter.  “Yet those who wait for the Lord will gain new strength; they will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” (Isaiah 40:31 NASB)

God is here right now willing and wanting to draw near and help you.  Slow down … be still and come to Him.   Hear what He is saying:

“Come unto me all who are weary and I will give you rest.”  (Matthew 11:28 NASB)

Go to God – let Him hold you. Let Him fill you with strength.  Just be the little child He wants you to be and let Him hold you and rock you.  Fall asleep in His arms and rest this very night.  His yoke is easy and His burden light.  Enter into the rest of God.

May we be known as a people who know how to find their strength in the Lord and to be at rest.  A people that rest in God and accomplishes more than can ever be dreamed of or imagined by the power and strength of the Holy Spirit – nothing of our own.

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