LESSON 6: Sunday, 12th October 2014.
MEMORY VERSE: “And the LORD answered me, and said, write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it:” Habakkuk 2:2
BIBLE PASSAGE: I Kings I I: I-I I
INTRODUCTION: Destiny and divine purpose refer to the same thing. Destiny is an essential part of our Christian journey which has to be maximized.
- DESTINY DEFINED 2. DESTINY DISCOVERED 3. ENEMIES OF DESTINY
What is destiny? It is God’s purpose for a man’s life. It is a divinely pre-planned destination and designation in life·-Jeremiah 1:5. It is the totality of God’s counsel for a person and what God has decided concernlnq him even before he was conceived -Isaiah 25:1; 46:8-11; 49:1; Ephesians 1:4; 1Pe·ter 2:8. God already destined Abraham for greatness – Genesis 18:16·19. He calls the generation of man from the beginning – Isaiah 41 :4. Jesus Christ was destined for crucifixion – John 7:30, and Jesus knew the hour of the crucifixion – John 13: 1. The plan of God for man is a good one and it is still subject to your attitude and agreement with God – John 15: 5. The birth of Samson was divine by special parents and the plan of God for his life was perfect but he did not achieve his destiny.
Destiny can be broadly categorized into two groups. The first category is the general destiny which is an expression of the thoughts for all of mankin8 He created -John 3:16, 2Peter 3:9. God does not want anyone to perishln their sins . The destiny of every believer is to be His ambassador everywhere he is found – 2Cor. 5:20·21, Mark 16:14·15, Jer. 1:5. He wants everyone to prosper spiritually and physically – 3John 2. God however has specific destinies for some individuals: this is a divine purpose for which such people have been created – Acts 26:15·18, Jeremiah 1:5, 9·10, Acts 9:15.
SOME ENEMIES OF DESTINY
- Sin – A man who is living in sin cannot fulfill his destiny or attain eternal destination which God has promised -1 John 3: 4; Rom. 6: 16-18; Rom. 6:23.
- Prayerlessness. Many Christians do not pray enough. They despise vigils and prayer meetings but Jesus enjoins us to pray like He did to avoid becoming a prey to the enemy – Luke 18:1. Luke 6:12-13. John 6:15; Luke 22:41-44; Matthew 26:38-42.
- Pride. Pride is excessive self-esteem and it is dangerous because God resists the proud – Romans 9:15-16; Psalm 138: 6, Jas. 4:6. Pride is a sin. It leads to loss – Daniel4: 28-33, Prov. 21: 4; 16:18; 2Chron. 26: 16; Proverbs 29: 23.
- Lack of faith. Lack of faith is also a destiny destroyer – Heb. 4:2; 1Tim. 1:19. lf we have faith, we will take the right steps and possess divine promises – Heb. 11: 1; Isaiah 28:16; James 2: 18; Luke 17:12-14. Joshua 14: 12; 1Sam. 17:37; Hebrews 11: 33-38. Unbelief ends in failure and destruction – Num. 14: 22-24; Matthew 17: 19-20.
- Laziness. Being lazy, idle or averse to labour is a destroyer of destiny – In. 5: 17; John 9: 4. Jesus even defied hunger to fulfill an assignment, John 4: 31- 34. Proverbs 18: 9, 16, 22: 29; Titus 2:14; Romans 12: 11.
Seek the face of God, lift up your faith unto God and run with the vision which the Lord will give to you. Always remember that God will always be there to back you up in your assignment on earth for which He created you – Psalm 139:14-17. By His grace, it will be easy. Deal with enemies of destiny in your life.
- How can you prove from the scriptures that God has a purpose for your life? 2. What will the knowledge of your destiny do for you? 3. Mention enemies of destiny.
BLESSED WEEK WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
MONDAY: Psalm 73:26 – God is your portion forever. TUESDAY: Jeremiah 29:11 – God has a purpose for your life. WEDNESDAY: John 15:5 – Without Him you can do nothing. THURSDAY: 2Peter 1:5 – You need knowledge. FRIDAY: Proverbs 8:10 – The value of knowledge is unquantifiable. SATURDAY: Romans 10:17 – To increase your faith, you need the; constant food of the word of God. SUNDAY: Hebrews 11:6 – Without faith, you cannot please God.
Special thanks to DAILY DEVOTION of THE RCCG on Facebook