It has been over a month since my last post and sometimes that is how life is. However, a major life change has happened, and I could not be more excited about how God is moving. After 15 months of being back from our missionary journeys, plugging in wherever we can, God has sent us to a church. God has confirmed in us that we are to be assistant pastors at Living Water Church in Burleson. I have started working here part-time this week, and the more I get to know the pastor, the church and the people; the more convinced I am that God has us right where He wants us.
Things rarely happen how we think that they will. I would have loved to be doing more sooner, but God accomplishes His plans in His timing. It is how we handle the things that the world throws at us and the times of waiting that allows us to determine our destiny. This is the fourth devotion in the Destiny Series [1: Designed for Destiny, 2: Best Possible Signal, 3: Destiny Destroyer (Unforgiveness)].
In a superhero’s life, there are moments when one choice determines their destiny. For Bruce Wayne, the death of his parents could have caused him to become insane or a criminal. However, he chose to use this as an incentive to dispense justice. This choice made him the greatest hero of all time!!!
Sadly, Batman is just a fictional superhero. However, you have the ability to affect your destiny, as well as the destiny of those around you, today. Right Now!!! You do not have to be a billionaire or be special in the eyes of the world. You just have to be willing to listen and be obedient to whatever God speaks.
Read Acts 9:10-20
Here, we meet a certain disciple. Ananias was listening and heard a disturbing word. “Go and pray for Saul of Tarsus”. Saul was known as a destroyer of the church, and he had authority to imprison and kill believers. Ananias had the choice to be obedient against his desire and comfortability or disobey. Because of his obedience, Saul was healed and saved. In effect, all of Paul’s missionary journeys, salvations, churches he established, and books of the Bible that you still read today resulted from Ananias’ obedience. What a destiny for someone who is never mentioned again before or after!
If you are walking with God, you are a certain disciple just like Ananias. You may feel unimportant and meaningless at times; however, as you position yourself to receive from God and are obedient to what He speaks, you become infused with His power and presence. As He leads you to speak and pray for others, God’s presence can be infused into other’s lives. Your choice to walk into your destiny with God has the power to transform you and everyone around you!!!
One tiny word can change, save, or set a life free when spoken out of Obedience and Truth!!!
One simple act can affect a person, a nation, or all of eternity if you are walking with the Spirit into your destiny!!!
Challenge: Take time to listen carefully to Holy Spirit. Write down what He reveals. As He gives a word or action, be obedient to take action, do it or speak it. Talk to a leader if you have questions or need someone to help you be obedient.
Suggested Reading; James 5:17-18, Hebrews 11, Jonah
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
At the beginning of this week, I had an overwhelming urge to do something!!! I want to start a church, Bible Study, preach more, pray for people more, minister more!!! I feel like I have so much that I can do to build the Kingdom of God, but still no direction where to apply it. This is frustrating, but I know that God is using us, and working in us to prepare us for the next step. This does not make the waiting time any easier though. Here is the third part in a devotional series that God has been speaking to me to help me and my family walk more into the destiny that He has for us.
Now, since we know that we are Designed for Destiny and as we are removing every obstacle and making sure that we are receiving the Best Possible Signal, we must be very careful not to let anything destroy the destiny that God has for our lives. There are a broad range of things that can be destroyers, Anger, fear, insecurity… but one of the most common destroyers of destiny is unforgiveness.
Imagine you order a meal from McDonalds. You scarf down the burger and are eating the fries when you discover a used band-aid nestled at the bottom of the box. Would you be able to finish the rest of the fries? Would you even want to?
Something bad no matter how small can ruin the rest of a good thing!!!
You should know, God wants you to walk in dynamic destiny right now. You must position yourself to receive and remove all obstacles. One of the most dangerous destroyers of destiny is unforgiveness. The devil will use this to steal from you. If he can cause you to take up an offense, your destiny begins to wither and die until you are able to forgive.
Read Matthew 18:21-35
Here, Jesus tells a parable explaining forgiveness. One servant was forgiven an immense sum that he would never be able to pay back, but that servant would not forgive his friend a few bucks. Because of his lack of mercy, the unforgiving servant was punished.
You are called to be a representative of Christ. When you come to Him, He forgives you such an enormous debt that you could never repay Him. He gave His life up completely for you. Because of this mercy that was freely given to you, you do not have a right to be unmerciful. No, what they did is not right, and yes it hurt you deeply. But God granted you mercy and freedom from death, and you also must grant mercy and let God deal with it. In releasing that offense, God is able to release you into fully walking in your destiny because you are a better representative of Him. Get rid of the band-aid and enjoy the fries!!!
Challenge: Ask Holy Spirit to reveal everyone that you need to forgive. Write their names down on a sheet of paper. Release each name to God and ask Him to help you forgive them completely. Rip your list up and throw it away as a physical act of canceling their debt.
Suggested Reading: Matthew 6:9-15, Ephesians 4:29-32, Psalm 103
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
At this moment, Gibsons Go Global is in a time of waiting. One of the hardest difficulties during any time of waiting can be the confidence that God is still speaking, and that we are still hearing Him. I know that in each one of our lives, we go through different times of waiting. It is important that during these times that we are tuning in more closely to The Lord and getting anything in our lives out of the way that would hinder us from hearing Him. I know that the only thing that I can do during the time of waiting is listen carefully, be obedient, and do what seems good to do until I get more clear direction. Below is the 2nd devotion in a series that God has me writing. For the First in this series, please read Designed for Destiny.
Everyone has experienced problems with weak Wi-Fi. The farther your computer is away from the router and the more obstacles between the two will cause you to get a frustratingly weak signal. The best Wi-Fi is when you place yourself as close to the router as possible and remove all obstacles. It is the same when you want to walk into your God-given destiny.
Just because you are designed for destiny does not mean that you will ever reach your full potential. You must put yourself in a place to receive, remove all obstacles, and be obedient to the Truth you have received. Your destiny and the power to walk in it can only come from God. Walking closely with Him, your destiny will be revealed one step at a time as you encounter His presence (2 Cor 3:18)!!!
Read 1 Samuel 3:1-4, 21
Samuel was a young boy, maybe 12 or 13. At the time before Jesus came, the presence of God was housed in an ark and separated from the people. However, Samuel slept as close as he could to the Ark, positioning himself to receive.
Even when God showed up and spoke to him, he did not recognize His voice. He was inexperienced and untrained in the ways of the Lord, but he put himself in the right position. When Samuel realized that God was speaking, he was quick to be completely obedient. He spoke with humility and honesty, and everyone knew it was from the Lord. Because Samuel placed himself in God’s presence continually and was obedient, God raised him up to walk into his destiny one word and one step of obedience at a time!!!
Is your signal coming in clear from the Lord?
What obstacles do you need to remove to strengthen that signal?
What do you need to do to position yourself to receive from Him?
Challenge: Pray and ask Holy Spirit to reveal any obstacle that is disrupting the signal between Him speaking and you hearing. Whatever He reveals, give it to Him today and listen for Him to begin speaking more clearly.
Suggested Reading: Hebrews 12:1-3, James 4:7-10, 2 Cor 10:3-6
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!
Once again, Katie and I have launched out on a grand adventure. This adventure includes a son and living in America without internet. This may explain a little bit why we have not posted in a while. I apologize for that.
Even now, our hearts are burning to step even more into the destiny that God has for all of us, including young Azariah. What will this baby boy, my son, someday accomplish? No one dreams of mediocrity for themselves or for their children. I declare that my son will do greater things than I, and this photo is a prophetic declaration of that!!!
I know that you too have a deep yearning to do something great. You dream and plan how you can become the greatest and walk in grand destiny.
From before you were born, God had already been planning to use you for life changing, world-shaking things (Eph 1:11-12)!!! He is the God who does exceedingly, abundantly above all that you ask for, hope for, or imagine according to His power working in you (Eph 3:20). The destiny of the Lord on YOUR life is so amazing that you would never believe it if He told you. The enemy comes in with all his deception, thievery, and destruction to cause you to settle for a mediocre existence of entertainment, pleasure, and passivity. The things He has for you seem fun, but are designed to distract and destroy the destiny you have been created to accomplish.
Do you want to settle for a mediocre existence or walk into your God-given destiny?
Read Jeremiah 1:4-10
Before Jeremiah was born, God had called him to be a prophet to entire nations, to build the Kingdom of God, and tear down the work of the enemy. Even though God was speaking to him, he was unsure of himself and gave an excuse, his age. God lovingly tells him not to believe the deception of the enemy, but to trust in what He says about him. God is the One who has called him, and He is the One who will completely equip him for his God-given destiny.
What deception is the enemy trying to use to keep you from your Destiny?
What excuses are you giving God that you are not able to do what He is calling you to do?
Challenge: Ask Holy Spirit to reveal any deception the enemy may be placing in your life. Ask for forgiveness for agreeing with the enemy and believing a lie. For every deception, get a leader or friend to help you find a verse in the Bible that replaces that lie with God’s perfect Truth. Declare the Truth of who God says you are and begin to walk in it!!!
Suggested Reading: Jeremiah 29:11-13, Eph 1:11-12, Eph 3:14-20
Jeremiah, Man on Fire!!!