From Decision to Destiny // Part 1
Bible Text: Matthew 6:33 | Speaker: Parkey Cobern | Series: From Decision to Destiny | How do you craft a destiny? There are many people who are at a starting point in life not knowing what destiny lies before them. Others are further down the road – looking back at a broken life wondering how in the world they got where they are and how they are going to get out. There are unknowns in life – things unforeseen that occur that are written into the destiny of each one of us. Most of what we face in life is beyond our control. This knowledge paralyzes some with fear. Others ignore this fact and move forward without considering this powerful truth. Both positions reflect a lack of wisdom and are obstacles to walking in your destiny. There are two indisputable truths in the Universe:
You are in control of very little in this life.
What you do control is integral to your ultimate destiny.
Seems contradictory? Let me ask you: What do you have absolute control over?
Your eternal destination.
The internal quality of life you will have here on Earth.
The first determines what will happen to you after you die. The second determines the quality of life you will live here. Christ stands at the center of what we control. Without Him, there is no choice as to where you will spend eternity. In Him, there is a heaven. Without Him, there is no avenue to the resources of heaven. In Him, we have access to the blessing of God and the power of the Holy Spirit. Both of these things are open to us because of the love and goodness of God. He intervened to provide the opportunity for us to experience both. We would not have choice in these matters if not for the intervention of Jesus. The benefits God has provided for us hinge on a decision – Ours! While we can’t manipulate life, we can trust God. God’s goodness and power are what we put our trust in – not the ability to control circumstances.
Since we partner with God in this life, our destiny hinges on our submission to Him. He provides the providence, the Spirit, and heaven. We choose to walk in His ways. Destiny is made up of a collection of decisions. Our destiny is comprised off daily decisions to put God first and to obey His Word. Jesus said it this way in Matthew 6:33: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Your decision making plays a critical role in getting your destiny rolling in a godly direction. Refusing to make a decision is making a decision.
Satan’s plan for your life goes into operation when you believe you can’t or won’t make a godly decision. Those who believe they can’t make a decision are struggling with powerlessness. They believe that something has happened to them that has taken away their ability to choose. Something forced itself into their lives and took away their freedom. Something violated their boundaries or they believe they should have been able to control something that they had no control over. Others are afraid of retribution that occurs upon making certain decisions. This places someone in a position in which they falsely believe they cannot make a choice to be different. As stated earlier, decisions craft a destiny. God has done His part to make things available to us but we must make a decision to tap into those resources.
A decision is required on our part to release the power of God’s promises in our life – a decision to say “Amen” or “So be it” to what God has done. Saying “I can’t make a decision” is basically the same as saying, “I won’t make a decision”. Many feel that their free will has been taking away by some tragedy. In reality. Tragedy doesn’t take away our free will. But fear and unforgiveness will. Feelings are strong but they are not captains of our fate. Our will decides what we will do and believe. If we have made a decision to give in to fear, we can make a decision to step over fear. If we have made a decision to hold unforgiveness, we can make a decision to forgive. Such a decision decides whether we will be a victim to our circumstances or a victor over our circumstances. The enemy wants you to believe that you can’t when in reality you can open yourself up to the miracle working power of God. We cannot control everything that happens so us but we can control how we choose to respond.
Our will connected to the power and promises of God creates freedom to walk into the destiny God has for us. So, faced with your current circumstances or your past, what are you believing about God’s power and promises? Do you believe you can’t make a decision to trust and obey God? The lie of “I can’t” is birthed out of the decision that “I won’t”. In this case, failure to reach your destiny is not a product of powerlessness but an exercise of the will. Jesus says, “Yes” to your destiny and freedom. Now, it is up to you, not to change your own life but to say, “Amen” to His ability which so powerfully works in you.
Matthew 6:33 (NIV)
Matthew 16:25 (NLT)
2 Corinthians 1:20 (NIV)
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 (NIV)
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