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10

Are You Considering Your Destiny?

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Who are you? What is your purpose in life? People everywhere struggle to answer these questions.  Yet deep within every human heart there is a call to live with purpose, to live knowing you are doing what you were created to do.

Studies say that near the end of life, only 20% of people feel that they had accomplished what they were created to do. This is tragic on so many levels.

Life is meant to be lived fully, fully connected to God and His plans and purposes. Anything else is a lesser life and I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to settle for less. I want more. I want it all. All God has for me.

Recently I was meditating on Lamentation 1:9, a verse that speaks about the destruction of the city of Jerusalem:

“She did not consider her destiny; Therefore her collapse was awesome.” Some translations render the end of the verse this way:  “Her fall was astounding.”

As I thought on the verse, I felt the weightiness of the message. Jerusalem forgot who she was. She got sidetracked from her purpose. She lost focus. She got disconnected from her need to walk in her destiny. She failed to continue to walk with God and became entangled in sin and fell. Not only did she fall, but she fell in an astounding way. She was devastated by her enemy. Destroyed.

These words still serve as a warning for us today. We must stay connected to our God and to His purposes for our lives. To fail to do so invites the enemy of our souls in to wreak havoc, bring devastation. Destruction. Disaster.

Many of you may say, “But I don’t have a clue what my destiny is!” I encourage you to continue to walk with God and to search the clues of your life story for the fingerprints of God’s plan. Find a spiritual mentor. Ask the Father and know that it is His heart to use you in His divine plans. His Spirit reveals His heart to us.

And for others of you who have known your destiny and have become distracted from the pursuit of all God has for you, I entreat you make it your priority to get back into the game, so to speak.

John Eldredge says that, “The story of your life is the story of a long and brutal assault on your heart by the one who knows what you could be and fears it.”

I agree. We have an enemy. He wars against our souls.

We must encourage ourselves in the Lord and in His Words. I recently printed out Luke 1:38 where Mary replies to the angel of the Lord, “Let it be to me according to your word.” I taped the verse up by my desk where I can see it every day, reminding myself that God has spoken much over my life and I choose to agree with Him. I align my heart with what He has spoken to my spirit over the years. I stir myself up by remembering.

So often we struggle to believe that God can use us. When Moses died, the Lord spoke to Joshua of great purpose and destiny for his life. God gave him direction for the future and then reminded him, “I will not leave you nor forsake 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 would need that word as he banished the enemies before him.

Esther would need the word God spoke to her through Mordecai, “Who know whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”

Peter would need to remember what Jesus spoke to him, “…WHEN you are restored, strengthen your brothers.”

Paul reminded Timothy that he could easily become entangled in the affairs of this life but that he should be strong, stir himself up, and continue in the purposes of God for his life.

God speaks to us about our purpose and destiny.

Satan wars against us.

Life distracts us.

But there is a call of God. A destiny. A purpose. I can fulfill mine. You can fulfill yours. But we must strengthen ourselves in our Lord. We must remember His words over our lives. He must endure the hardships and stay connected to our purpose, pushing through the briars and weeds that entangle us because a life lived from a place of destiny is fulfilling and culminates in laying our heads on the pillow of God’s breast, hearing His voice say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of the Lord.” With Paul we will say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.  Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.”

May it be said of us as it was of David that we fulfilled our purpose in our generation.

It’s a life worth living. A fight worth fighting. A purpose worth pursuing.

Let it be to me according to your word, Lord. 

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Comments

  1. Sandra Harper says:

    Great word for everyone, especially me. Thanks Mikki.

  2. DeAnn Lash says:

    Thank you for such great words of encouragement!!! You are so right, we should never give up and keep our focus on the prize. How we run our race doesn,t only affect our lives but everyone in our generations to come and everyone we come in contact with:) Praise God!!! Thank Him for loving us so!!! Thank you!!! Love you!!!

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