Posts Tagged ‘destiny’

  

“Surely you have heard about the administration of God’s grace that was given to me for you…” (Ephesians‬ ‭3‬:‭2‬ NIV)

Police officer Elgin Daniel was born to be a policeman. While attending Andrew College in Cuthberg, GA, Elgin discovered a passion for law enforcement and joined the DeKalb County Police Department where he served 26 years before retiring as a lieutenant. Then in 2010, he took a position with the Henry County Police Department. But in November of 2012, Elgin was tragically killed in the line of duty, doing what he was born to do, protecting and serving his fellow man.

Some people seem to be a natural fit for certain occupations or callings, like they were made for it. The Apostle Paul shares with the church family in Ephesus that he was made to teach them about Jesus. God gave him exactly what he needed to help not only the Ephesian believers, but also you and I a long time later! He, too, eventually died doing what he was born to do. 

What about you? What were you made for? To please yourself or to give God glory by helping others, much like Elgin and Paul? Take time this weekend to do some soul searching. You’ll find life much more enjoyable when you’re doing what you were born to do: Serving God & Helping Others! You are loved! 

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Then the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing…which the Lord has made known to us.'” (Luke‬ ‭2‬:‭15‬ NKJV)

Have you ever wondered what the Christmas story would have been like if Mary and Joseph hadn’t traveled to Bethlehem, in spite of the official census? What if the shepherds chose to stay in the fields, ignoring the angel’s urging? What if the wise men had better things to do than to chase a star across the desert? Things would have turned out a LOT different!

When God brings a word or revelation to your life, it is useless unless it is acted upon. God’s urging means there is a plan, but it incorporates our commitment of action to create His desired outcome. Our problem is usually that we desire our own convenience over the sacrifice to find the endeavored blessing that awaits us. We don’t like things that cost us something.

As we celebrate Jesus’ advent of salvation for all mankind at Christmas, consider His plans for your life. If you are willing to be obedient and search out God’s best at His leading, you’ll find spiritual discoveries that not only change your life, but that impact those around you too! Come and see! You are loved!

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But even before I was born, God chose me and called me by his marvelous grace.” (Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭15‬ NLT)

C.T. Studd was only a teenager in the 1880’s. He was making a mark for himself as a child of financial privilege and a remarkable Cricket player in England, becoming Captain of the Cambridge team and representing his nation at the world level. But then God called, and Studd would abandon sports and wealth to become a missionary of renown in China.

While most of us will never have mass popularity for anything, we share this with the likes of the Apostle Paul and C.T. Studd: While we were in our mother’s womb, God called us for Himself. Your life, in all of its “insignificance”, is a masterpiece of God’s grace, put on display for others to see and glorify the Artist who created you to inspire others. It’s not so much what we do, but that others can see Christ active in our life, which produces it’s own draw in others!

As you start your week, and some head back to school, start afresh with a new outlook. This life, Your Life, was destined from its inception. Allow God the opportunity to create it into the beautiful, joyful experience it was meant to be, one that draws people to Him, instead of the frustration that we so often make it. Enjoy the contentment that only comes from the Christ Life! You are loved today!

He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)

Everyone knows Wayne Gretzky as one of the greatest professional hockey players of all time. But in Brantford, Ontario, they knew before anyone else! As a child phenom in his hometown, he scored an amazing 378 goals in one season as a 10-year-old in minor hockey. His prodigiousness led to national notoriety in Canada before he was a teenager. He seemed destined for greatness!

God created an important, eternal work for each of us to do. It may not make news and almost certainly won’t bring in a fortune, but it’s still powerful! Because what God desires of us is to impact lives that never end, souls that never die. Long after the world forgets who we are, the ripples of our care can continue to touch lives, never knowing how the spiritual waves started but continuing nonetheless. And the simple acts of love and faithfulness lead our own life closer into God’s wondrous presence, something that does pay in the here and now!

As you begin a beautiful weekend, quit seeing life as meaningless and mediocre. All of our deadends are self-created. Live Christ-led, even through times of monotony and tedium. The days of small beginnings leads to a lot of hearts with your caring fingerprints all over them! You are loved today!

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When the lord your God brings you into the land you are about to enter and occupy, he will clear away many nations ahead of you: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.” (Deuteronomy 7:1 NLT)

Dream killers are people who constantly shoot down your aspirations with harsh negativity. When some people can’t see themselves reaching for the stars, they can’t, or rather don’t, want to see you reaching them as well. The sad thing is that some of the dream killers in your life don’t really offer words of “wisdom” with malice, but see themselves as just being “realistic.”

God had given Israel a dream, their own Promise Land. Their enemies were the “ites”, all the folks there before them that threatened to kill the dream. God was empowering His people to overcome their dream killers so that they could take hold of their dreams.

What stands in the way of your God-given dream? Let the Lord strengthen and encourage your faith to overcome those things or people. When God has a plan for you, He will see it through! You are loved today!

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