Destiny Thieves – Part 2

  1 April 2007


1.      Introduction:

·   Ephesians 2.2  -   There is a course the world follows: 

   Disobedience  =>  Destruction and loss.

·   Ephesians 2:10  -  There is a course (destiny) God has planned for you:  Obedience => Dominion in life.

·   Whatever Spirit you yield your life to will determine your destiny – for eternity.

·   1st decision:  Receive Jesus Christ as Saviour – Receive the Spirit of God within.

·   Lifestyle:  Know Him, represent Him in the earth.

·   God desires to live in you, to live through you, to impact people in your circle of influence.


2.      Destiny Thief:

·   John 10:10  -  “The thief does not come except to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life, that they may have it more abundantly”.

·   Thief = one who come in stealth, to steal something of value that belongs to you without your knowledge – you discover your loss afterwards!

·   Destiny Thief = anything that takes you of the course God has planned for your life.

·   You have only one life to live – how you live it determines eternal destiny.

·   It is our responsibility to discover God’s purpose and plan for our life and to fulfill it passionately.

·   1 Corinthians 10:1-6  -   Israel is set before us an example – people who failed to fulfill their destiny.

·   What are destiny thieves?  How do we recognise them?


3.  Identifying Destiny Thieves:


i)  Broken Focus     -          Remedy => Vision/Goals/Accountability:

·   One of the key reasons people fail is broken focus.

·   Focus is anything that consumes your time, energy, finances, attention.

·   Mark 4:18-19  -  “The cares of this world entering in, choke the word” – it become unfruitful.

·   How do you destroy someone’s goal, dream, focus? – give him another different focus.

·   Unless your live is focused your energy is diluted.

·   The devil seeks to distract you from the purpose God has for your life!

·   Matthew 6:22  -  “The lamp of the body is the eye”.

·   What you focus your eyes upon fills your life and you eventually pursue it.

·   To keep your focus you must have vision and goals – steps to accomplish it.

·   Without vision – “your life drifts of course to the next good opportunity”.


·   Examples of people with Focus:

a)     Nehemiah 6:2-3  -  “I am doing a great work so that I cannot come down”.

b)     Philippians 3:13-14  -  This one thing I do – forgetting the things that are behind and reaching forth to the things which are before, I press towards the mark”.

c)     Luke 9:51  -  “He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem”.

·   Anyone or anything that breaks your focus on God’s purpose and assignment is an enemy.

·   Anyone who helps you keep focused on God’s instruction for your life is a friend.

·   Don’t drift – establish a clear direction of your life and steps to get there.

                      -  establish daily focus upon the Word of God.


ii)  Passivity        -       Remedy => Personal Responsibility/Initiative:

·         Ecclesiastes 5:3  -  “As a dream comes when there are many cares….”

·         Passive = not involved or participating actively as would be expected.

·         There is no place to be passive or neutral to fulfill destiny.

·         A person who is passive, neutral is luke-warm = slothful!  Disinclined to work!

·         Hebrews 6:12  -  “Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.

·         Slothful – once burned bright but lost its fire, like a candle flickering.

·         To fulfill destiny, have to overcome passivity – become energized, passionate.

·         A slothful person has a lack of passion; desire to please God – “Cruise mode!”

·         Proverbs 26:13  -  The slothful man says “there is lion in the street”!

             => excuses; avoids responsibility,; blame others; pride”.

·         Don’t be passive – cruise control!  Take responsibility and take initiative, Apply it Yourself.

·         Revelation 3:18  -  “I council you to buy from me…”

·         Must take action to break out of passivity: Fasting!  Prayer!  Repentance!


iii)  Self-preservation      -                 Remedy =>  Commitment/ Sacrifice:

·         Definition = to preserve yourself from possible harm or loss or injury.

                        = to spare self from hardship, conflict or difficulty, eg. Demas.

·         Matthew 16:22-27  -  “If any man desires to come after me let him deny himself, take up the cross”.

·         The nature of man is Self Preservation – deeply engraved!  Selfishness!

·         The nature of God is Love – Sacrifice – the nature of God compels him to be this.

·         God’s purpose is to reveal what He is like through us => Self-Sacrifice/Love.

·         Peter’s response: “Pity yourself” = a demonic mindset of self preservation.

·         Jesus viewed this mindset as an enemy, a stumbling block, destiny thief.

·         Life serving God is one of Trust/Faith.

Faith that if I let go, take a risk, suffer loss, God is able to restore!

·         Following Christ = fulfilling destiny requires deny self, requires the Cross.

·         Our tenancy is always “What do I get out of this?”, “Me first”.

·         E.g.  Luke 9:59  -  Suffer “me first”  -  mentality “me first” is a destiny killer.

·         To fulfill my destiny:

i)        Must trust God  -  Hebrews 11:6

ii)       Must settle the issue of ownership  - 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

·         Notice the assurances Jesus gave:  Lose life ... will find it – reward!


iv)  Dangerous people:

·         Proverbs 13:20  -  “he that walks with wise men will be wise”.

·         Dangerous = to cause risk, injury, ; loss, harm, be unsafe.

·         People we share our lives with shape attitudes, values, and actions.

·         Dangerous people:

i)     Feed your offences                                    - Absalom

ii)    Feed your weakness                      - Delilah

iii)   Feed your fears, insecurities          - 10 Spies

iv)  Feed your unbelief                          - 10 Spies

v)   Feed you compromise

·         Change frightens people who live a mediocre life in the flesh.  Your life challenges them!

·         True friends encourages us in faith, pray for us, don’t knock our dreams.

·         1 Samuel 23:16  -  “Jonathan….cane to him in the woods and strengthen his hand in God”.

·         Hebrews 6:12  -  “…be followers (initiators) of the who through faith and patience inherit the promises”.