The Power To Change Your Destiny

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Sometimes we fail to recognize when we are changing or being changed...by the people or circumstances around us. 

There are seven things we need to recognize for they give us the power to change our daily lives and our destiny on planet earth.

1.         Recognize your Enabler

God gives you the breath of life. . .PLUS He enables, enlightens, empowers, equips and energizes you with everything you need to fulfill your destiny.

As a born-again believer you are the recipient of the power of God.

At your disposal you have the nine power gifts of the spirit. . .found in1 Corinthians 12:1-11.  You also have the motivational gifts of the spirit.  Romans 12:6-8.

And the very good news is that God doesn’t want you to miss how much good these gifts can help you.

1 Corinthians 12:1 in the Amplified Bible says:

“NOW ABOUT the spiritual gifts (the special endowments of supernatural energy), brethren, I do not want you to be misinformed.”

2.         Recognize your opportunity

Sadly, for many people they spend their lives with their favorite aunt. . . named Ifida.  “If I had” only done this. . . “if I had” only done that.

Everybody has “Ifida” stories and one of mine concerns buying of stock in Ford Motor Company.  When the government was passing around bailout money the Ford Motor Company opted not to become a government controlled entity. . .and just for the record, I tip my hat to them for that.

On October 22, 2008, Ford stock was selling for a low of $1.78 per share…and I considered buying a thousand shares. . .however, we were facing university tuition and fees …so I passed.

As I write this teaching…Ford stock closed Friday at $12.02 I’m not going to figure how much I would have made and all the dividends I didn’t receive.

When it comes to opportunities you may have missed in the past . . . but ALWAYS remember that your future is not in focusing on the rear view mirror.

Colossians 4:5 says:

“Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.”

With His help you will be able to recognize and seize every God-directed opportunity that comes your way.

3.         Recognize your standard operating procedure.

Your view of others and your personal behavior are often shaped by your experiences early in life. . .or your standard operating procedure.  It’s why you do what you do.

External factors over the years become internalized and thus affect how and why you do certain things the way you do.

Some people use these factors or experiences as a crutch or an excuse to explain or justify their lack of success or why they act and react in a certain way.

The best way to heal a hurt. . .to change the way you do things. . .your daily habits, i.e., your standard operating procedure is by applying the healing balm of His Word.

Proverbs 16:3 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”

4.         Recognize your abilities and gifts

God has given you ability to perform at a level you never previously thought possible. . .He sees a greater potential in you. . .than you’ve ever seen in yourself.

Romans 12:6 in The Living Bible says:

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well….”

Personalize this verse.

“God has given <<YourName>> the ability to do certain things well. . .”

No one is exempt. . .there are no exceptions to this scripture.  The verse clearly says God has given each of us. . .that includes everyone. . .including you. . .the ability to do certain things well.

2 Timothy 1:14 in The Living Bible says:

“Guard well the splendid, God-given ability you received as a gift from the Holy Spirit who lives within you.”

Let’s review.

God gave you, yes you, abilities. . .use them.

God empowered your abilities through the Holy Spirit. . .celebrate them.

God energizes your abilities. . .expand them.

God expects you to engage your abilities on a daily basis. . .manifest them.

5.         Recognize your seed

Your seed is anything you do that helps another.  It may be information, encouragement, or finances.  Whatever it is, your seed is always your door out of trouble.

Let me say that again. . .your seed is always your door out of trouble.

Job sowed a prayer of deliverance for his three friends.  Then, God turned Job’s captivity around.

Job 42:10 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

David stopped a tragedy by offering a special offering to the Lord.

2 Samuel 24:25 says:

“And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.”

When you let go of what is in your Hand, God will let go of what is in His Hand. 

6.         Recognize your harvest

Your harvest is receiving anything from anyone that can benefit or bless you.

You must continually walk in the expectation for manifestation of your harvest. . .you’ve got to know that God’s laws of sowing and reaping. . .seedtime and harvest NEVER fail.

You must know that God will absolutely guarantee that your precious seed will produce a harvest.  How can I make such a bold statement?  Simply because of the Word of God.

Psalm 126:6 says:

“He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

His Word says the one who sows it “…shall doubtless come again with rejoicing.”

Doubtless means “be doubt – less!” …your harvest is coming to pass. . .you just need to recognize it.

Psalm 126:6 in the Message Bible says you come home laughing . . .with armloads of blessings.

Those who give when it isn’t easy. . .those who sow when it isn’t convenient . . . those who continue to give in the midst of lack. . .will come home laughing with armloads of blessings.

John Wesley, who along with his brother Charles and George Whitfield founded the Methodist denomination once said:

“When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!”

7.         Recognize your destiny

Ravi Zacharias, a renown pastor and author, said:

“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.”

You can recognize your destiny. . .by following His instructions as your loving Heavenly Father is scripturally training you for reigning in this life and the one to come..

Hebrews 5:14 in the New Living Translation says:

“Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”

Spending time in His Word. . .meditating on His precious promises will move you into fulfilling your destiny quicker and more effectively than anything else you can do.

Joshua 1:8 in the New King James Version says:

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

In reading this verse you can see once again. . .the part you play in manifesting your destiny.  Six times in Joshua 1:8. . .the verse says “you” or “your.”  Simply put, your prosperity. . .your success. . .your destiny. . .is in your hands.

You don’t need seven keys. . .seven things. . .seven reasons. . .or seven anything. . .all you need is Him. . .for you to achieve your destiny. . .and it will be glorious.

How can I be so sure?  I’m just quoting the Word of God.

Psalm 73:24 in the New Living Translation says:

“You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.”

You recognize and walking in your destiny. . .is determined by the choices you make.

Sometimes we fail to recognize when we are changing or being changed...by the people or circumstances around us. 

There are seven things we need to recognize for they give us the power to change our daily lives and our destiny on planet earth.

1.      Recognize your Enabler

God gives you the breath of life. . .PLUS He enables, enlightens, empowers, equips and energizes you with everything you need to fulfill your destiny.

As a born-again believer you are the recipient of the power of God.

At your disposal you have the nine power gifts of the spirit. . .found in1 Corinthians 12:1-11.  You also have the motivational gifts of the spirit.  Romans 12:6-8.

And the very good news is that God doesn’t want you to miss how much good these gifts can help you.

1 Corinthians 12:1 in the Amplified Bible says:

“NOW ABOUT the spiritual gifts (the special endowments of supernatural energy), brethren, I do not want you to be misinformed.”

2.      Recognize your opportunity

Sadly, for many people they spend their lives with their favorite aunt. . . named Ifida.  “If I had” only done this. . . “if I had” only done that.

Everybody has “Ifida” stories and one of mine concerns buying of stock in Ford Motor Company.  When the government was passing around bailout money the Ford Motor Company opted not to become a government controlled entity. . .and just for the record, I tip my hat to them for that.

On October 22, 2008, Ford stock was selling for a low of $1.78 per share…and I considered buying a thousand shares. . .however, we were facing university tuition and fees …so I passed.

As I write this teaching…Ford stock closed Friday at $12.02 I’m not going to figure how much I would have made and all the dividends I didn’t receive.

When it comes to opportunities you may have missed in the past . . . but ALWAYS remember that your future is not in focusing on the rear view mirror.

Colossians 4:5 says:

“Behave yourselves wisely [living prudently and with discretion] in your relations with those of the outside world (the non-Christians), making the very most of the time and seizing (buying up) the opportunity.”

With His help you will be able to recognize and seize every God-directed opportunity that comes your way.

3.      Recognize your standard operating procedure.

Your view of others and your personal behavior are often shaped by your experiences early in life. . .or your standard operating procedure.  It’s why you do what you do.

External factors over the years become internalized and thus affect how and why you do certain things the way you do.

Some people use these factors or experiences as a crutch or an excuse to explain or justify their lack of success or why they act and react in a certain way.

The best way to heal a hurt. . .to change the way you do things. . .your daily habits, i.e., your standard operating procedure is by applying the healing balm of His Word.

Proverbs 16:3 in the Amplified Bible says:

“Roll your works upon the Lord [commit and trust them wholly to Him; He will cause your thoughts to become agreeable to His will, and] so shall your plans be established and succeed.”

4.      Recognize your abilities and gifts

God has given you ability to perform at a level you never previously thought possible. . .He sees a greater potential in you. . .than you’ve ever seen in yourself.

Romans 12:6 in The Living Bible says:

“God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well….”

Personalize this verse.

“God has given <<YourName>> the ability to do certain things well. . .”

No one is exempt. . .there are no exceptions to this scripture.  The verse clearly says God has given each of us. . .that includes everyone. . .including you. . .the ability to do certain things well.

2 Timothy 1:14 in The Living Bible says:

“Guard well the splendid, God-given ability you received as a gift from the Holy Spirit who lives within you.”

Let’s review.

God gave you, yes you, abilities. . .use them.

God empowered your abilities through the Holy Spirit. . .celebrate them.

God energizes your abilities. . .expand them.

God expects you to engage your abilities on a daily basis. . .manifest them.

5.      Recognize your seed

Your seed is anything you do that helps another.  It may be information, encouragement, or finances.  Whatever it is, your seed is always your door out of trouble.

Let me say that again. . .your seed is always your door out of trouble.

Job sowed a prayer of deliverance for his three friends.  Then, God turned Job’s captivity around.

Job 42:10 in the Amplified Bible says:

“And the Lord turned the captivity of Job and restored his fortunes, when he prayed for his friends; also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.”

David stopped a tragedy by offering a special offering to the Lord.

2 Samuel 24:25 says:

“And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the LORD was intreated for the land, and the plague was stayed from Israel.”

When you let go of what is in your Hand, God will let go of what is in His Hand. 

6.      Recognize your harvest

Your harvest is receiving anything from anyone that can benefit or bless you.

You must continually walk in the expectation for manifestation of your harvest. . .you’ve got to know that God’s laws of sowing and reaping. . .seedtime and harvest NEVER fail.

You must know that God will absolutely guarantee that your precious seed will produce a harvest.  How can I make such a bold statement?  Simply because of the Word of God.

Psalm 126:6 says:

“He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.”

His Word says the one who sows it “…shall doubtless come again with rejoicing.”

Doubtless means “be doubt – less!” …your harvest is coming to pass. . .you just need to recognize it.

Psalm 126:6 in the Message Bible says you come home laughing . . .with armloads of blessings.

Those who give when it isn’t easy. . .those who sow when it isn’t convenient . . . those who continue to give in the midst of lack. . .will come home laughing with armloads of blessings.

John Wesley, who along with his brother Charles and George Whitfield founded the Methodist denomination once said:

“When a man becomes a Christian, he becomes industrious, trustworthy and prosperous. Now, if that man when he gets all he can and saves all he can does not give all he can, I have more hope for Judas Iscariot than for that man!”

7.      Recognize your destiny

Ravi Zacharias, a renown pastor and author, said:

“There is no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.”

You can recognize your destiny. . .by following His instructions as your loving Heavenly Father is scripturally training you for reigning in this life and the one to come..

Hebrews 5:14 in the New Living Translation says:

“Solid food is for those who are mature, who through training have the skill to recognize the difference between right and wrong.”

Spending time in His Word. . .meditating on His precious promises will move you into fulfilling your destiny quicker and more effectively than anything else you can do.

Joshua 1:8 in the New King James Version says:

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

In reading this verse you can see once again. . .the part you play in manifesting your destiny.  Six times in Joshua 1:8. . .the verse says “you” or “your.”  Simply put, your prosperity. . .your success. . .your destiny. . .is in your hands.

You don’t need seven keys. . .seven things. . .seven reasons. . .or seven anything. . .all you need is Him. . .for you to achieve your destiny. . .and it will be glorious.

How can I be so sure?  I’m just quoting the Word of God.

Psalm 73:24 in the New Living Translation says:

“You guide me with your counsel, leading me to a glorious destiny.”

You recognize and walking in your destiny. . .is determined by the choices you make.

 

 

 

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