What is my destiny? I can tell you this much. My destiny was NOT to walk the streets looking for drugs. My destiny was NOT to die lonely and miserable and afraid. My destiny was NOT to live institutionalized. Pastor Tilghman said once to me that unless there is a contest, there cannot be a conquest. There have never been truer words spoken. The majority of my adult life was a contest. I was constantly battling against unseen forces that wanted me dead.
God had a goal for me and that was for me to be like Christ. Before I was ever born, He set out my destiny. God has a purpose for me that is not an afterthought. To know that He set me apart before the creation of the world that I live on is some POWERFUL stuff! I can’t imagine His heartbreak when I turned from Him time and again to seek my selfish desires when HE KNEW exactly where I was SUPPOSED to be. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever so who needs to change in order to be more like Him? ME. My destiny is to walk out my salvation with fear and trembling and seek the face of God around every single corner.
Zephanaih 3:16-20 – On that day
they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
do not let your hands hang limp.
17 The Lord your God is with you,
the Mighty Warrior who saves.
He will take great delight in you;
in his love he will no longer rebuke you,
but will rejoice over you with singing.”
18 “I will remove from you
all who mourn over the loss of your appointed festivals,
which is a burden and reproach for you.
19 At that time I will deal
with all who oppressed you.
I will rescue the lame;
I will gather the exiles.
I will give them praise and honor
in every land where they have suffered shame.
20 At that time I will gather you;
at that time I will bring you home.
I will give you honor and praise
among all the peoples of the earth
when I restore your fortunes
before your very eyes,”
says the Lord.
You know what God said to me the other day? I was complaining to Him about how tired I was and how it was too hard now to get up early and have my quiet time. I was making excuses and I was bargaining with GOD about when I could get around to doing the things I had promised Him. Come on now. He said to me, “Child, when you were at Jacob’s Well, you were up every single morning at 4:30 for quiet time with me. You then had breakfast and devotion then went to work (and hard work at that) for a good 8 hours. You had devotions at night, you took a shower, you ate, you got ready for bed, and you even had time to socialize with the other girls. Before you went to bed, we shared intimate moments in quiet solitude. Why can’t you make time for me today?” OUCH…
What is YOUR excuse?
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My destiny is to live for Him. I don’t want to be standing at gates of heaven after all I have been through only to have Him turn me away as if He didn’t know me. My destiny was written before I was born and it’s up to me to make the right choices to live it out. His Word and His plan for my life will not return void as long as I do what He asks of me.
Related Scriptures: Romans 8:29-30; Acts 17:27; Isaiah 55:11