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You Have A Destiny (Andrew Wommack)

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Dear Benjamin,

You were not created by accident. You are not a mistake. Your presence on this earth at this time in history was preordained. The way you look, the talents and gifts you possess, and the personality you have been given is all part of God’s plan.

He made you the way you are for a very specific purpose, and no one can ever replace you. But, if you are ever going to fulfill that purpose—your destiny—it begins with believing that you have one and that you must cooperate with God to bring it to pass.

Psalm 139:16 says, “Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

Jeremiah 1:5 reads, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”

And in Galatians 1:15, the Apostle Paul writes, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace.”

I know that many believers never let the Bible get in the way of what they believe. But these three verses, and there are many more, should be enough to convince any skeptic. They are written proof that God knew you even before you were born and that He has a very specific plan for your life that no one else can fulfill. He has a destiny designed just for you.

The word destiny is defined in the America Heritage Dictionary as “the inevitable or necessary fate to which a particular person is destined. A predetermined course of events.”

However, I believe that definition is wrong. It implies that your destiny cannot be avoided or prevented. That is not scriptural and therefore just not true. It’s true that your destiny is preordained, but it is not inevitable.

Whenever I teach this, it always brings up questions about the sovereignty of God. There are some who teach the sovereignty of God in a way that leads one to believe everything happens for a reason and that God is behind it all. If this is true, then you have to be prepared to blame God for every evil and bad thing that happens on the earth. That means every catastrophe, every war, every murder, every rape, or anything else you can name must be God’s will. If that were true, then God has not done a good job of running the world.

I believe this teaching is the worst heresy in the body of Christ today. And it’s very destructive because it takes away the will to resist evil. You need to live with a sense of destiny. It’s important not to go through life doing your own thing and then asking God to bless it. It’s the reason so many believers are experiencing a lack of success, of fulfillment and satisfaction.

There is a power and an anointing that only comes when you are fulfilling God’s plan for your life. Every person has a preordained plan for their life, but God is not going to make it come to pass. God will speak to you, and He will woo you. He wants to reveal His plan for you more than you want to know it, but it’s incumbent upon you to find out what it is. As long as you are asking God to reveal His purpose while you are on your way to doing something else, you’ll never learn what it is.

Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” When you finally reach the point where you can no longer live without knowing His will, I guarantee you’ll find it. However, it doesn’t happen without your pursuit. Deuteronomy 30:19 makes it very clear that God has given you the power and the freedom to make your own choices: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.” God does not force His will or His plan upon anyone.

So, is He sovereign? Yes, if the correct definition for sovereign is used. Sovereign means supreme in power or rank. We all would agree with this definition, but I totally disagree with the way religion today uses “sovereign.” God does not make His will for our lives come to pass. We have to submit to God and resist the devil (James 4:7). We have responsibility.

The best example of this is in the Great Commission: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned” (Mark 16:15-16). The Apostle Peter said in 2 Peter 3:9, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

You would have to have help to misunderstand these scriptures. It’s not God’s will for people to perish, and yet they do because His will is not automatic. Maybe the person who was called to preach didn’t obey, or maybe the one hearing the message rejected it. In either case, God’s will did not come to pass. Your destiny will not come to pass automatically either.

Whatever God is calling you to do, it is not based on your natural talents and abilities. I am not saying that there is no connection between those natural gifts and God’s plan for your life. However, many times God will call a person to do what they seem totally unqualified for. He will call you to do the very thing you can’t do.

If you would have told me at eighteen years of age that God was calling me to be a minister, looking at my natural abilities, I would have said no way, no way, no way. But you know what? Looking back, I can see that everything in my life was pointing toward exactly what I am doing now. God has a destiny for you, and He wants to reveal it. But He is not going to run you down. He is not going to steamroll you or force it upon you.

That reminds me of Romans 12:1, which says you are to present yourself as a living sacrifice. A living sacrifice is a volunteer. If God were to force your destiny upon you, it wouldn’t be a sacrifice; it would be slavery. For whatever reason, many believers have been sidetracked. When I teach on this subject at churches or conferences and ask how many know that they know what their destinies are, few ever raise their hands. When I ask those to stand who would like prayer regarding this, it’s usually eighty to ninety percent of the audience. This is not what the Lord intended. Regardless of where you find yourself today, God is so awesome that He can plot a course from right where you are to where He planned for you to be.

It’s like a GPS navigator. When you go the wrong way, it says “Recalculating,” and in an instant, it has a new route planned to get you to your destination. It doesn’t matter how old you are or what has happened in your past; it’s never too late to recalculate. Just believe that you have a destiny, and determine in your heart that you will not take another step in life until you know what it is. Then, just start doing what God is telling you to do. He won’t necessarily give you the entire picture, but He will give you the next step.

As you take that step, you will find that there is an automatic anointing that comes to help you accomplish it. It would be unjust for God to call you do to something and then ask you to do it in your own strength. Everything God asks you to do is supernatural. He will always lead you to do something that is beyond your own natural ability so you will have to be dependent on Him. If it’s not supernatural, it’s superficial! God wants your life to be supernatural!

Run Through Romans (5.1)

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1Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

Just one verse this morning, though as snow has ground London to a halt, I may have time later to comment on more of Romans 5.  However, I wanted this one truth to be nailed into your heart today. 

Paul has taken a long time to show that we are justified (made righteous) by faith alone.  It is not based on anything we have done.  For more information on what righteousness actually is, see here.

In Romans 1 he shows that God must punish any act of unrighteousness.  In Romans 2, Paul shows us that religious ritual does not make up for actions of unrighteousness.  In Romans 3, Paul shows us that we have all sinned – all of us due to the actions we have committed deserve judgment.  In Romans 4, Paul shows us through Abraham that we are not declared righteous on the basis of our actions, but on the basis of believing in Jesus.

This is the gospel.  Jesus bore our sins on the cross.  He was made sin with our sin so we could be made righteous with his righteousness.  If you believe that then you will benefit from it.

Romans 5 is a wonderful chapter of the Bible because Paul, having now shown us that we are righteous by faith in Jesus Christ, starts to outline and tell us the benefits of being righteous by faith.  And the first benefit of being righteous is possibly the most wonderful benefit: because we put our faith in Jesus Christ and are made righteous, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  I would encourage you to say that out loud confidently: I have peace with God through my Lord Jesus Christ.  This statement is the Bible!  It is the Word of the living God.  It is true: you have peace with God.  God is not your enemy.  He is not out to get you, He is not thinking up ways to harm you:

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.  (Jer. 29.11, NLT)

God is at peace with you.  If sickness is in your life – God did not put it there!  He is your ally.  He is at peace with you.  When you go to speak to Him, He is at peace with you.  He listens to your prayers, He responds to your praise, He enjoys your presence.  God is at peace with you and you are at peace with God.

You have peace with God.  You and God are at peace.

Let’s examine this five words in depth: we have peace with God.

In the Greek, “we have” is ἔχω (echō).  This is verb is in the present, active and indicative tense. 

Present tense means it is true now – not that it will be true, but that it is true right now.  You do not have to do anything to have peace with God – you have peace with God.  You do not have to ask God to have peace with you anymore than a cup of tea has to ask God to be a cup of tea.  You have peace with God right now.  You do not have to work at it, you do not have to strive for it, you do not have to ask for it.  If you have believed in Jesus, you have peace with God.  You cannot lose it, you cannot make God declare war on you – no matter what you do or say.  You are at peace with God now!

Active tense means in this context that it is you that has peace with God.  It is not borrowed peace, it is not lent to you to be taken back at any time: it is yours.  It belongs to you.  You cannot lose peace with God.  You cannot wake up in the morning and it not be there anymore.  You cannot lose your temper and lose your peace with God with it.  You have peace with God, it is yours.

Indicative tense means that this statement is a statement of fact describing something that has really occurred.  You really have peace with God.  It is not a metaphor, not a dream, not a hope.  You have peace with God – it is a fact.

Putting that together you could say it like this: you truly, genuinely, factually have peace with God right now at this moment, and it is yours to keep.

The Greek word for peace is εἰρήνη (eirēnē) which means: tranquility, being free from all war, harmony and agreement between two individuals, security, safety, prosperity, fearing nothing from God, content.

Think about this: you are at peace with God.  You and God are not at war.  God is not fighting you, He loves you.  God is not out to get you, He is out to get you blessed.  You and God are in harmony, are in agreement.  You are secure because you are at peace with God.  You are safe because you are at peace with God.  You are prosperous because you are at peace with God.  You need fear nothing from God – you need fear no punishment because your punishment has been completely dealt with on the cross.  You can be content because you have peace with God.

Romans 5.1 is one of my favourite verses of the whole Bible.  The whole world is looking for peace, and the way to peace is so simple: believe in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Col. 1.20 says that Jesus made peace through the blood of His cross.

Many Christians lack a feeling of peace.  But they are still at peace with God – they just need to be told this and convinced of it.  After WWII, many Japanese soldiers were still fighting.  They were at peace with America but because they did not know this or believe it, they still felt at war.  Many Christians are the same: they do not know the war is over.  But the war is over: you are at peace with God.  Romans 3.17 says that unrighteous people do not know the way of peace.  But you are not unrighteous if you have put your faith in the Lord Jesus, you are righteous, and you have peace with God.  Enjoy it.

Bless His name forever,

Ben

 

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