Every now and then the question of Destiny should grace your thought life and flood every imagination of your soul. Questions such as: Do I know where my life is headed? Where am I and How did I get here? Who told me to pursue the life and dreams I now seek to fulfill every day? What and whose plans am I following for my life? Why am I not satisfied with the progress my life has made? Am I making progress toward the fulfillment of my God given destiny or am I no further than when I first begun? What hindrances to my Divine Destiny do I tolerate, looking the other way in hopes that they will just someday go away? What weights and sins do I allow that beset me from day to day? What is my response to the voice of procrastination, laziness, worldliness, fear, insecurities, distractions, carnality, boredom, loneliness, pride etc? Am I truly growing in my walk with God or am I pretending just to impress others? Is there a marked difference in my spiritual growth and development or have I just become merely religious? How serious am I in knowing what the will of the Lord is for my life? Who is truly leading my life; the flesh, the world, the devil, the Holy Spirit or me? What fuels my daily passions is it the Word of God or is it just an unfulfilled fantasy?
Before you flippantly rattle off answers from your head to any of the above questions take a minute and ask the Holy Spirit, who is the Spirit of Truth, to help you. Many people can give what appears to be the right spiritually mature sounding answer to all the questions yet their own life bears little fruit to what they just said. Life here on earth is short; it’s time to get sober. Do you really know where you are on your Divine Course? Do you know where you are going?
STOP, LOOK, LISTEN!
Its okay to turn around and head back to the last place you definitely heard God direct you if you have gotten off course. Repent and turn, now! God loves you and He wants you to finish the course He has set before you. You need never be ashamed, God is joyfully waiting on you to lead and guide you in the way that you should go. Don’t be distracted by what everybody else is or isn’t doing for God. Don’t worry about John, you follow Jesus!
On the other hand maybe you are one of the many Christians who are right on target and making tremendous progress on your course. Well, keep on keepin on with God, my sister, my brother. There is more ahead, stay steady, never dread, just keep your spirit nourished and fed. Be bold to conquer new territory as you are lead by the Holy Spirit. Continue to grow and mature as you run your race; don’t forget to encourage and help others when you meet them from day to day. Stay excited about the course God has given you and never grumble or complain. Keep yourself pure from idleness and carnality; don’t let them defile you along the way. Stay hot with a burning passion for the Master and His work.
The Destiny God has for you is so vital. But how far are you willing to go? Are you willing to finish your course with joy? Are you willing to go all the way? Can you press with your whole heart until you cross your finish line? Can you give it all you got and in His grace keep up the pace while keeping a steady gaze on His face? Never looking back but always on track; never losing ground while remaining spiritually sound. Remember God is counting on you to be a living testimony of His love. You are the only you that the world will ever see wrapped up in His grace and mercy! Fight the good fight of faith and finish your God given race, in the end you will see Him in honor face to face!
THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.
How far are we willing to go, not very far if we are worrying about John and what he is or is not doing*ReplyDelete