Robert McLaughlin Bible Ministries
Personal Sense of Destiny!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
The experience of knowing that you have a destiny is a Personal Sense of Destiny.
The very fact that you have personally believed in Christ is the beginning of a fantastic destiny for you in time as well as in eternity. The Baptism of the Spirit means equal privilege for all members of the Royal family of God under predestination.
The Baptism of the Spirit is the basis for Eternal security as well, which also means you have a destiny: Heaven! Therefore, there is no way you can lose eternal life, John 3:16 "For whosoever believeth in Him shall never perish, but have eternal life."
The logical approach to Eternal Security is taught in ROM 8:32, "He that spared not His own Son but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him freely give us all things?"
The approach of God’s hand is stated in JOH 10:23,
"I give unto them eternal life. They shall never perish, neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand."
The positional approach is found in EPH 1:6;
At the moment of salvation, the baptism of the Spirit enters the believer into union with Christ, a permanent status forever.
The experiential approach is taught in 2TI 2:12,
“Even though we deny Him, He cannot deny Himself.”
The family of God approach is found in GAL 3:26,
“We are the children of God through faith in Christ Jesus.”
The inheritance approach is found in 1PE 1:5,
“We have an inheritance which is incorruptible and undefiled, which fades not away, reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.”
The Greek tense approach is found in EPH 2:8, “For by grace you have been saved through faith,”
The intensive perfect tense of the Greek verb sozo means we have been saved in the past with the result that we keep on being saved forever.
When we realize it to the point where we can apply it to the situations of life, then it becomes a Personal Sense of Destiny.
It is a personal destiny, for there are only two new species in all of human history:
Israel (the new racial species)
and the Church (the new spiritual species).
The creation of the Royal family of God also provides the Church-age believer with a sense of destiny.
Mark 10:29-31 Jesus said, "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake, 30 but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and farms, along with persecutions; and in the age to come, eternal life. 31 "But many who are first, will be last; and the last, first."
Jesus Christ had a destiny and being in union with Him means we also have a destiny; this is the real meaning of Predestination.
You should have confident expectation, elpis,
the hope of God! You have a destiny in time under the Pre-designed Plan of God.
You have a destiny in Eternity by having a Resurrection body.
The realization of that fact and its application means you have a personal sense of destiny.
“Do you realize that you have a personal destiny from God?”
A personal sense of destiny is related to the
Politeuma privileges of the Royal family (the privileges of our heavenly citizenship -
Phil 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ;
You do have a destiny, regardless of whether you have succeeded or failed from the human standpoint, or are known or unknown.
Because we have a portfolio of invisible assets prepared for us by God the Father in eternity past, we have a personal sense of destiny, 1PE 1:3-5 “reserved in heaven for you”.
As a Royal Priest, we represent ourselves before God; we have a personal sense of destiny. As a Royal Ambassador, we represent God to a lost and dying world, therefore we have a personal sense of destiny.
However, this personal sense of destiny only becomes a reality through consistent and persistent Perception, Metabolization and Application of Bible doctrine.
Awareness of our destiny provides the personal sense of destiny.
This begins at Spiritual self-esteem, which is cognitive self-confidence.
It continues in Spiritual autonomy, which is cognitive independence.
It reaches its peak in Spiritual maturity, which is cognitive invincibility.
The Church-age believer learns about his double destiny through motivation from PVTD (positive volition towards doctrine).
The destiny of my spiritual life is such identification with Jesus Christ that I always hear God, and I know that God always hears me (John 11:41). If I am united with Jesus Christ, I hear God by the devotion of hearing all the time. A lily, or a tree, or a servant of God, may convey God’s message to me. What hinders me from hearing is that I am taken up with other things. It is not that I will not hear God, but that I am not devoted in the right place.
I am devoted to things, to service, to convictions, and God may say what He likes but I do not hear Him. The child attitude is always "Speak, Lord, for Thy servant hears."
If I have not cultivated this devotion of hearing, I can only hear God’s voice at certain times; at other times I am taken up with things—things which I say I must do, and I become deaf to Him, I am not living the life of a child. Have I heard God’s voice to-day?
-Oswald Chambers, “My Utmost for His Highest”
Eventually, in the 3 stages of spiritual adulthood, your
Personal Sense of Destiny becomes so great that it outweighs any problem, any disaster, any heartache, and any tragedy that comes your way.
NOW your problems may be personal; but SOON they will be historical.
EVERYTHING in this life is TEMPORARY, and your Personal Sense of Destiny helps you remember that.
Even when serious things happen, you can laugh them off because you know its temporary and you KNOW God has a plan!
A personal sense of destiny is related to Spiritual adulthood. The sooner we grow up spiritually, the better off we are.
When believers are arrogant, whining, complaining, and falling apart for all kinds of reasons, that is a sign that they have NO personal sense of destiny.
To “remember God” means to act decisively on behalf of Him, and to drop our rationale of self-sufficiency and to commit ourselves to God. Ecc 12