Living Out Your Destiny

Written by Jenny
Finding Your Calling  
We know God has a plan for each person and we know that he allows us free will to follow Him.  We also know that we do not work for our salvation because it is a free gift.  However, we can do things for the Lord and He asks us to do this.  I had been praying for my husband's healing for a long time and one day the Lord asked me if I really wanted my husband to be healed? And then the Lord asked me again if I really wanted his healing above my own comfort.  I said, "of course" but at the time I had no idea what that meant.  I later learned it meant forgiveness and walking through a fire but emerging victoriously.  God also told me that day that I needed to be about my Father's business and not what the world offers me.  We should all be about our Father’s business and not our own selfish ambition.  Philippians 2:3-4 says, “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit [through factional motives, or strife], but with [an attitude of] humility [being neither arrogant nor self-righteous], regard others as more important than yourselves. Do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”  As we mature as believers God moves us into a place where we understand the Father’s deep love for us and His deep love for other people and we are no longer looking out for our own interests. This is the place of understanding and surrender where God wants us to be before we embark on our journey to serve him.  
  
I have heard and seen the flame of revival sweeping across our nation lately and it's very exciting.  God has told me that He longs to cleanse the church and transform it for His glory.  He said a wave of love and cleansing will sweep across the land.  Just as Ephesians 5:27 says, " just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish but holy and blameless."

This wave of love and revival probably won't look like what we expect because it is a new thing the Lord is doing for this day and this time.  Isaiah 43:19 - "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?  I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland."  God intends to stir up a cultural revolution in the coming days and not only in the field of religion.  God is king over all of society and He's looking for people to rise up in the fields He has chosen and ordained for them.  Begin to seek the Lord's will for your life and your calling.  

I heard an amazing story lately and I've confirmed that it is true. In the 1970's, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, were given similar revelations from God about the seven pillars of society and how we as Christians can influence our world through these areas. Other believers have been given this revelation as well and several books have been written about this subject.  A few of those books are linked here so you can study this further.   The seven areas of society are: media, business, government, education, family, arts/entertainment and religion.
  
 
​​Harvest of Blessing
God has given you a purpose for your life.  You can call it a life mission, a ministry, a calling or a destiny but it is uniquely yours.  No one else has the gifts, talents or position that God has given you to fulfill the plan He has made for you.  Ephesians 2:10 says, "For we are God's masterpiece He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago."  God has also given us free will to accept or deny our life's mission.  He won't force us to do the things He has called us to do.  We are not robots.  The choice of what we will do with our days on earth is ours to make.  Right now is the perfect time to choose God's plan for us and begin the harvest.  Let us not allow the mistakes of the past or worry about the future choke out the things God wants to accomplish through our lives.
1 Corinthians 3:5-9  says we are servants in God's garden, "What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Only servants, through whom you came to believe - as the Lord has assigned to each his task.  I planted the seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it grow. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who makes things grow. The man who plants and the man who waters have one purpose, and each will be rewarded according to his own labor. For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.”
 
  
​​What Motivates You?
Lots of people believe God doesn't judge Christians.  Well, the Bible says differently.  In 2 Corinthians 5:9-10 it says this, "So we make it our goal to please Him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad."  This passage is clear that ALL people appear before God and that the things done while we live on earth will be brought before God.  Paul and Timothy wrote the book of 2 Corinthians as a letter to the church in Corinth so we know this book was written to believers in Christ.  This idea of judgment for Christians might be new to some people so let's examine it a bit more.  First of all we know that our eternal destiny is based purely on faith in Christ and it is a gift from the Lord.  Ephesians 2:8&9 says, "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast."  We are saved by faith and faith alone and it is not dependent on our works.  Therefore, we know that the judgment talked about in 2 Corinthians cannot be about our salvation.  So what is it about?  I have read several commentaries about this passage and I didn't find a satisfying answer.   I suspect the judgment referred to here has to do with the rewards God plans to give us instead of punishments to be dealt out.  Our rewards should be directly related to our obedience.  But maybe we are asking the wrong question.  Instead of attempting to figure out exactly how a Christian can be judged on his life works but not be condemned for his sin we should instead ask, why are these verses included in the book of 2 Corinthians?  To me the answer is clear; Paul and Timothy wrote these verses to encourage believers to do good things.  There might be a tendency among some believers to coast or take it easy after they believe their eternal destiny in heaven is secure.  Some people might not seek the bigger purpose God has for them on earth after they are saved and secure in Christ Jesus.  God has a job for you here on earth and it's not just to find Jesus.  It's about how to help others find Jesus as well.  What should motivate a person to press on as if they are running a race to win a prize as the Bible talks about in Philippians 3:14?   What motivates you?  Where is your heart?  God wants your motivation to be abundant love for Him.  Just as 2 Corinthians 5:9 points out: we make it our goal to please the Lord.  If you love the Lord your God with all of your heart, mind and soul then you will want to please Him and you will seek to do the good things He called you to do long ago.
  
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Wandering in the Wilderness and Getting Back on Track
The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of their disobedience.  Have you experienced a time of personal wandering?  If it’s been days, months or years God wants you to get back on track and fulfill the destiny that He has planned for you.  It's not too late to step back into the calling He has for you.  God's plan A for your life might have passed you by but the Lord is always prepared with another way.  He can get you to plan B or plan C as many times as you need a readjustment or realignment the Lord is able to provide another way for you to reach the destiny that He planned from the beginning.