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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Pursuing Your Destiny

Dear beloved:  As winter is here and all of creation in this area rests and restores, now is the time for reflection on the past year's events and accomplishments, especially as it relates to the Kingdom of God. As you contemplate the coming year and the opportunities and open doors God is making available to you, the question to ask yourself is this: Am I pursing my calling that God has declared over me?

How do you know if you have a destiny or calling that God has declared over you?  Paul says in 1Thessalonians 5:24 Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass.  Though this letter was written to baby believers in Thessalonica, it is also a teaching for us. Every person who is on this earth has been created in the image of God, and has been given the creative attributes given only to God's crowning creation; the ability to reason, to have an imagination, the ability to bring ideas together and then act them out in new and exciting ways, are all hallmarks of God's children.   This expresses itself also in the Kingdom of God, as new ways to evangelize the lost, as well as new ways to train and equip the saved, become the focus of our highest pursuits, or in other words, our calling.

God spoke over Jeremiah in Jer 1:4 Now the word of the Lord came to me saying v5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations."  And so God revealed  to Jeremiah at a young age his destiny, and told him that He had known this destiny even before Jeremiah was born or formed in the womb. And so also it is with you, no matter how insignificant you think you are, no matter how unimportant your life seems to you, or even to others, to God it is very important.  No one else was created with just the same characteristics and qualities, talents and passions that you have.  When you start to express those attributes to move the Kingdom of God forward, then you are truly pursuing your destiny, you are walking into your calling. 

I just received an email from a brother in the faith in Kenya, he was informing me with great joy of a new baby born to him and his wife.  The middle name given the baby is Mandela, named after Nelson Mandela, of coarse.  He is probably one of many thousands of babies around the world that will be named after this great man who just recently passed away.  I prayed and spoke blessings over the new baby to walk into his destiny, and become a great man just as Nelson Mandela was, that this baby, too, would fulfill his calling in spite of tribulation and adverse circumstances, that he would be a world changer.  Beloved, God knows your name, you are famous to Him, may you also become a world changer in spite of your adverse circumstances and the schemes of the devil against you.   I will be speaking more in coming posts on how God speaks to us to reveal our calling       God bless you, in Christ, Jim

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