Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
New England Bible Conference 2004. Your personal sense of destiny. Part 2.
Tuesday, August 3, 2004
Understanding your personal sense of destiny begins with the fact that everything begins with God.
Your personal sense of destiny is far greater than your own personal fulfillment, your peace of mind, or even your happiness.
The day of your birth was God’s signature that He had created you and given you a personal sense of destiny.
EPH 1:4 He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world,
MAT 25:34 Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.”
God created soul life and imputed it to your soul at your birth.
If God chose all these things for you, and God is perfect, then He has a plan for you that encompasses your personal sense of destiny.
God is perfect, His ways are perfect, and you and I were born under the perfect timing of God, DEU 32:4.
Anyone who resents his parents or his early environment, no matter how bad or how good it was, is totally out of sync with life.
Every time you use your environment as an excuse for your bad habits or your bad decisions, you are so far out of line that you are disoriented to life.
When we are born and when we die is a matter of the sovereignty of God or God’s judgment.
Only our perception of what is happening can be wrong.
People are often bitter, upset, and disturbed because of the way someone they love dies, putting themselves out of God’s timing for the rest of their lives, as if somehow everything in life is unfair to them.
Excuses are never solutions to problems.
Becoming very pushy and trying desperately to make things happen is a sign of missing out on your personal sense of destiny.
Every time we make a decision that is contrary to some principle found in the word of God, contrary to the mechanics of the PPOG, then we are out of sync with God’s plan and out of sync with our personal sense of destiny.
In God’s plan for your life, bad timing = being out of fellowship, falling apart under pressure, being out of the will of God, having the wrong priorities, making the wrong decisions –
all because of ignorance or rejection of the PPOG.
God has given us an assignment – to fulfill our personal sense of destiny – and God has also given us a certain amount of time to fulfill this destiny.
The list in ECC 3:1-8, is made up of opposites – 14 are positive, 14 are negative. They seem to cancel out each other so that the end result is zero.
“Toils” – amel = monotonous and wearisome labor or work.
Many things we do in life are monotonous, wearisome, exhausting and tiresome, and seem to be a waste of time, but they are a part of our personal sense of destiny.
1. Understanding your personal sense of destiny means to look at time as a gift from the Lord,
2. Our attitude toward time should be one of respect, not being cynical, EPH 5:14.
3. Life has no meaning, purpose or definition if we mock the details of life and do not understand our personal sense of destiny.
4. Without an understanding of our personal sense of destiny, time becomes a form of slavery, a bondage from which there is no escape but death.
5. Bondage to time means failure to appreciate life and no capacity for life, love and happiness.
“Don’t take life too seriously, you won’t get out alive.”
6. Your personal sense of destiny is a provision from God not a problem to be ignored.
7. For the believer who understands his personal sense of destiny, the most insignificant of jobs becomes a place of service to the Lord.
LUK 19:17 And he said to him, “Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, be in authority over ten cities.”
8. There is no such thing as a monotonous job – but monotonous people.
He is living life under the sun without meaning, purpose and definition, and has forgotten about the importance of understanding his personal sense of destiny.