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New England Bible Conference 2004. Your personal sense of destiny. Part 5.

Friday, August 6, 2004

Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength;They will mount up with wings like eagles,They will run and not get tired,They will walk and not become weary.

GEN 50:20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive.

No matter what, God is completely in Control of all things all of the time.

COL 1:17 He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.

ISA 26:3 You will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you because he trusts in you.

Isaiah 40:31 Yet those who wait for the Lord Will gain new strength;They will mount up with wings like eagles,They will run and not get tired,They will walk and not become weary.

1. One of the most common drives is guilt.
2. Many people are also driven by resentment and anger.
3. Many people are driven by fear.
4. Many people are also driven by materialism.

This drive to always want more is based on the misconceptions that having more will make me more happy, more important, and more secure, but all three ideas are untrue.

5. Many people are also driven by the need for approval.
6. Others are driven by peer pressure, always worried by what others might think.

There are other forces that can drive your life but all lead to the same dead end: unused potential, unnecessary stress, and an unfulfilled life and not understanding their personal sense of destiny.

Nothing matters more than knowing God’s personal sense of destiny for your life, and nothing can compensate for not knowing it – not success, wealth, fame, or pleasure.

Without a personal sense of destiny, life is motion without meaning, activity without direction, and events without purpose.

Knowing your personal sense of destiny gives meaning to your life.

When life has meaning, you can bear almost anything; without it, nothing is bearable.

Many believers feel like a failure because they are struggling to become something, and do not even know what it is.

Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.

JOB 7:6,16 “My life drags by-day after hopeless day”
JOB 7:16, “I give up; I am tired of living. Leave me alone. My life makes no sense.”

The greatest tragedy is not death, but life without a purpose or a personal sense of destiny.

JER 29:11 “For I know the plans that I have for you,” [your very own personal sense of destiny] declares the Lord, “plans for prosperity and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”

EPH 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

Knowing your personal sense of destiny also simplifies your life.

1CO 14:33 for God is not a God of confusion but of peace,

Your personal sense of destiny becomes the standard you use to evaluate which activities are essential and which are not.

Without a clear personal sense of destiny you have no foundation on which you base decisions, allocate your time, and use your resources.

People who do not know their personal sense of destiny try to do too much – and that causes stress, fatigue, and conflict.

If you can not get it all done, it means you are trying to do more than God intended for you to do (or, possibly, that you are wasting your time on those things that are inconsequential and meaningless).

PRO 13:7 There is one who pretends to be rich, but has nothing; {Another} pretends to be poor, but has great wealth.

ISA 26:3 The steadfast of mind Thou wilt keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in Thee.

Knowing your personal sense of destiny focuses your life.

You become effective by being selective.

MAT 23:24 You blind guides, who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!
2TI 2:16 But avoid worldly and empty chatter, for it will lead to further ungodliness,

Without a clear personal sense of destiny, you will keep changing directions, jobs, relationships, churches, or other externals – hoping each change will settle the confusion or fill the emptiness in your heart.

The apostle Paul almost single-handedly spread Christianity throughout the Roman Empire.

PHI 3:13, “I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,”

LUK 15:1 Now all the tax-gatherers and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him.

MAT 7:28 The result was that when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were amazed at His teaching; for He was teaching them as {one} having authority, and not as their scribes.

JOH 7:45-46 The officers therefore came to the chief priests and Pharisees, and they said to them, “Why did you not bring Him?” The officers answered, “Never did a man speak the way this man speaks.”

Never confuse activity with productivity.

Sol 1:6 “Do not stare at me because I am dark, For the sun has burned me. My mother’s sons were angry with me; They made me caretaker of the vineyards, {But} I have not taken care of my own vineyard.”

PHI 3:15 Therefore, as many as are spiritually mature, let us have this attitude,

PRO 4:25 Let your eyes look directly ahead, And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.

Knowing your personal sense of destiny motivates your life and always produces a passion for life.

Passion depletes and squanders when you lack a personal sense of destiny.

It is usually meaningless work, not overwork, that wears us down, saps our strength, and robs our joy.

Knowing your personal sense of destiny also prepares you for eternity.

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