This past week the Lord was speaking to me about trust in the face of divine contradictions. What do I mean by divine contradictions? God has spoken one thing but your circumstance scream another. For example, Israel in slavery, Joseph in prison, Job, David persecuted by King Saul... and the list goes on.
Are you facing a circumstance where your destiny in Christ is in conflict with your current circumstance? I came across a teaching by Dr. Myles Monroe last week. He said in his Future of Purpose teaching (click on the picture for the 1.5 hour teaching) that, "Your destiny is chosen by God but it's fulfillment is up to you." That is so very true. It's a theme that resonated in my spirit.
So while God gave each of us a divine purpose and destiny, it is our decision as to what we choose to do with the opportunity God gave us.
Dr. Monroe said, "It's like a parent who pays for a child's college education" (paraphrased) because the parent sees a degree. Child goes but instead of discipline and applying themselves, the child wastes time, plays, hangs out with the people who distract and the child does not graduate.
The parent decided the destiny but whether the child graduates is up to the child. It is the same with God. He destined us to succeed but whether you do it or not is up to you. We have to cooperate to make it true.
Here's what I got our of Dr. Monroe's excellent message.
The future is:
Your future is within you and that future is the product of the maker's past. Consider the apple and it's seeds. The fruit and the tree are contained within the fruit itself.
The scriptures say (note: bold underline is my addition for emphasis of NKJV):
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them.
How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God!
How great is the sum of them!
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
I recommend you look this scripture up. It spoke of Jesus' future before He was born. He knew the scriptures. I surmise that he was able to be so calm when the storm arose in Mark 4 because not only did He know His authority and the authority in God's word, but He also knew His destiny. At that point, His destiny was not fulfilled. Hence the storm was not the end but rather an opportunity for Him to overcome one more thing the adversary threw against Him.
just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,
Our future and our destiny was set first. We are predestined for success!
Declaring the end from the beginning,
And from ancient times things that are not yet done,
Saying, 'My counsel shall stand,
And I will do all My pleasure, '
Our inheritance was predestined with purpose.
In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will,
These days were created with your/our divine purpose in mind.
Psalm 139:14-17 was shared above.
God created us with the end in mind. In fact, based upon your design, He made these days, the days we live in for you and I. This day was created with you divine purpose in mind.
Think about this, these days were created for you. Are you living in a divine contradiction? Do your circumstances the opposite of your destiny? Then recognize God designed you for greatness and success. You were designed with a divine purpose. But, it's fulfillment is up to you.
How do you get to your purpose? How do you fulfill your destiny? Discover what God's word says and learn to exercise your authority in Christ.