Destined for Destiny
Psalm 119:17 I will obey your Word
Psalm 119:18 open my eyes that I might see wonderful things in your law
Psalm 119:19 I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me
Isaiah 49:5 And now the Lord says, “He who formed me in the womb to be His servant”
Psalm 103:13-14 For the Father has compassion on His children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear Him :14 for He knows how we are formed, He remembers that we are dust.
In Acts 8-9, we find an individual with great potential and passion, but mis-direction. He pursued what he felt was his calling with the eyes of natural understanding. He needed an encounter with God who determined his destiny even before he was born. He needed his natural eyes (way of reasoning his calling) blinded in order for God to open them by His Spirit to give him revelation and understanding. It wasn’t until he lost the identity he had of himself that he could receive the identity God had given him. His ways are not our ways, but if we obey Him, those ways fulfill our journey – purpose for our destiny in His service.. We all need to lose our former identity before we can receive our new…line upon line, precept upon precept. In Paul’s life, as well as ourselves, God will use people, places and situations to bring us into seeing and doing His will successfully.
We must never settle for yesterday’s accomplishments and victories. If what we did yesterday for the Lord looks great and we see our spiritual worth determined by it, then we’ve allowed it to become a platform to stand on for a period of time longer than we should, instead of a step to stand on while ascending to an even greater work of faith. Each day’s challenges ought to stretch and strengthen our faith beyond our comfort, but not so great to put ourself in presumptuous danger.
Paul acknowledged his accomplishments for the Lord in times past while focusing on the task before him…it is what we focus on or give our full attention to that gives direction and purpose (Philippians 3:13-14)
In Philippians 3:14, he says I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Such is the story for us to follow. Only each one of us individually can make that determined decision for our spiritual-natural lives. We must never give that authority over our eternal purpose to any person or situation. We must remain current and steadfast in our daily walk – refusing to be compromised, dissuaded, or discouraged. We must take and accept full ownership and responsibility for the decisions we make and the paths we walk. We must refuse to sit around in idle activity waiting for opportunity to come and visit us. We must posses the day for the Lord who created it. We must never let the beginning of our lives determine who we are – we must blaze a trail of faith.
These scriptures need to speak to our heart:
Galatians 4:19 “until Christ is formed in you”
Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you”
Isaiah 49:5 “He who formed you in the womb”
Psalm 103:14 “for He know how we were formed” …not just physically, but emotionally and everything that makes us who we are.