11 March 2007
· Romans 8:28-29 - “…called according to His purpose …predestined to be conformed to…”.
· Destiny = Predetermined course of events leading a person towards a destination.
a) There is a course (destiny) the world follows (Ephesians 2:2) – disobedience – Destructive.
b) There is a course (destiny) God has for you (Ephesians 2:10) – obedience – Dominion.
· The spirit you yield your life to will determine your destiny (Psalm 8:6) – for eternity.
· Purpose = The reason something exists – what it has been designed to accomplish.
a) God has a purpose for your live that involves:
i) What you are becoming – character – Romans 8:28
ii) What you do with your life – assignment – Ephesians 2:10
b) Only God can reveal to you the purpose He has for your life.
c) God has a purpose for your marriage, children, work, finances, church and every aspect of life.
2. How Destiny and Purpose are Connected:
· Destiny and Purpose are different but they are closely connected.
· You can never fulfill your destiny without discovering and fulfilling God’s purpose.
· Ecclesiastes 3:14 – What ever God does shall be forever (eternity) – God requires an account.
· God’s purpose for your life determines the reward in eternity – destiny.
· God will evaluate every person’s life – what we did – our works (verse 5).
· Matthew 16:24-27 – “He will reward each one according to his works”.
· We are called to relationship / trust in Christ – salvation.
We are called to fulfill Hi purpose - Works – reward
· Fulfilling God’s purpose in this life determines eternal destiny.
· Bible Examples:
a) Luke 12:16-21
- Rich man – ‘successful’ – failed to fulfill his destiny.
- He never understood God’s purpose for his money.
b) 1 Corinthians 10:1-5
- Israel – ‘saved’ but failed to fulfill their destiny.
- They never understood God’s purpose for the “wilderness”
c) John 17:3-6
- Jesus – successful – fulfilled His destiny.
- He understood and fulfilled His purpose in life.
d) 2 Timothy 4:7-8
- Paul – successful – fulfilled his destiny.
- He understood God’s purpose for his life and fulfilled it.
e) 1 Corinthians 3:8,15
- Each one – success => fulfilled destiny.
- Reward (Destiny) is determined by what we did!
· What we do in this life determines our eternal destiny.
· Don’t clutter your life with “dead works” – activities that are good but not of God’s purpose for our life – Hebrews 6:1
3. Destiny Thieves:
- wounded him – assaulted and damaged his potential.
- left him – abandoned him to die.
i) Compassion - He is moved by our pain, brokenness and acts.
ii) Care - He shows practical care – healing, restoration.
iii) Cost - He pays the price for our restoration.
iv) Connection - He connects us to the corporate destiny.
i) To Connect with Christ - Personal / Corporate
1 Corinthians 12:18
ii) To Discover His Purpose - Philippians 3:12-15
iii) To guard our life from destiny thieves - Proverbs 4:23