Destiny is not a matter of chance, but of choice. Not something to wish for, but to attain.
-William Jennings Bryan
The lifecycle on Earth; we are born, we grow up, we get old and pass away. Even God has created a lifecycle called destiny. This destiny is broken down into three parts:
There are over 3000 promises in the Bible. God never gives a promise without providing the provision to allow it to be fulfilled. He is such a great God that He has it all planned, strategized, and packaged for us.
There’s one very important part that makes it all happen; you. We should all be honored that the Lord wants us to be part of His family and fight the battles of good and evil through Him. To go out and minister to as much people we can to win them for the Kingdom of God. To set us apart, engrave a plan from beginning to the end, and share that plan with us.
Just imagine a clear path set before us and all we need to do is walk through it. Seems like a perfect plan doesn’t it? That’s the promise.
There are three factors that will bring up a problem; God, our self, or the enemy.
God – When He wants to elevate us to the next level, the Lord will test our faith. We graduate from one level to another. The higher the grade, the more He has entrusted us to carry as part of our destiny. He loves us so much that He wants to see us grow and flourish. He’s not a God of complacency or laziness; He’s a God of abundance.
Our self – When we don’t walk in the Will of the Lord, we make our travels that much more difficult. God has set us apart for the specific path He has planned for us. If we decide to go another route, that plan gets delayed.
It’s so important to listen to what the Lord is saying, do what He’s requested, and fulfill your part so the master plan is completed. In order to do that, we have to walk in a selfless mode. Literally set aside the flesh and all its’ emotions that comes with it, wave good bye, and walk in the Spirit. As we learn to listen to the Holy Spirit, there will be various bumps along the way. But what’s important to the Lord is that we’re putting our best foot forward and doing it with a right heart.
Enemy – What’s the goal of satan? To kill, steal, and destroy.
John 10:10 (KJV)
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
The enemy gets involved and uses many tactics to avoid the fruition of the provision. He will try to discourage, depress, distress, and confuse the situation until the mission has been accomplished and you have aborted. That’s his purpose in life; he’s been doing this since he rebelled against God in Heaven.
His goal is to take as many souls as he can to hell with him. He will try to make his plan better than God’s plan. He will entice you with your own fleshly desires and when he gets you, you’ll realize it wasn’t as good as you thought it would be. You’ll go back to square one again; feeling empty and alone.
Other times, he will use people and things to distract you. He will use those who are closest to you to hurt you the deepest. But don’t be discouraged and understand that it’s the enemy who doesn’t want your destiny to be fulfilled.
Continually pray for protection for you and your family. Ask for the Lord’s guidance in every situation. When confusion sets in, that’s a warning that the enemy got you just where he wants you. Take a step back and shake off that confusion. Refocus on the promise that was given. AND only then when you’ve taken these steps, you move forward. The key to all this is to listen to the Holy Spirit. Don’t allow other voices, including yours, block what the Holy Spirit is saying.
Then, we reach the Provision. The part of our journey that allows us to bask in the fulfillment of the promise the Lord had given us. Is it all worth it? It sure is! Especially when your desires are aligned with the Lord’s. When you partner with Jesus for a common goal and then see the fruits of the labor…. YES, it’s worth it, my friend!
Promise, Problem, Provision. You will find it everywhere in the Bible; from Adam and Eve all the way through the times and into our day. I want to encourage you that sometimes it feels that during these three parts of the journey, it feels that we spend the most time in the problem. But that’s where the Lord helps us to grow, shows us our shortcomings and helps us to spiritually mature, and where the enemy resides trying to take what’s not his.
We are not alone; situations and circumstances may be slightly different, but we all go through the same process. Be encouraged that you’re in the battle with the rest of us. Knit yourselves with those who can uplift and support you, spend time in the Word, and give God all the praise and glory even through the problem stages of life. Then, watch the provision unfold before your eyes.
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