STEWARDING YOUR DESTINY (PT 5)

STEWARDING YOUR DESTINY (PT 5)

In this article on Destiny. I’m going to talk about some of the ways in which we can steward our destiny. As we discussed in the last article growing destiny. The fulfillment of our identity and are calling is not automatic: God is love, and will not force us to step into our calling, no matter how wonderful it is. He will never insist on His own way, only offer it to us. Adversity is a difficult part of our process with God, but it’s not the only challenge. One of the most difficult elements of our lives, particularly for our generation is stewardship. Our relationships, time, money and other parts of our lives. I want to focus here on how we can steward our lives, focusing on what’s important, and ignoring what isn’t. One of the most important parts of the Christian life is guarding our hearts. Guarding our hearts means that we choose to consistently believe what God is saying, and we saying no to what He isn’t saying. All ideas are like the seeds in the parable of the sower: lies as well as truth take root in our hearts, and bear fruit according to their kind. In my opinion, the best way to manage lies ultimately Is to prevent them from ever taking root in the first place. Jesus said that will know the truth, and it will set us free. If we abide in truth, it will consistently create freedom. If we focus on lies instead, the lies disempowers us and lead us into bondage. Most other forms of discipline stem out of this...
HOW TO PARTNER WITH DESTINY (PT 4)

HOW TO PARTNER WITH DESTINY (PT 4)

This is my latest article in a five part series on destiny, where I discuss what I think destiny is, and how we partner with God’s destiny for our lives. To recap, I believe that destiny is the intersection of our identity and God’s purposes for the earth. In this article, I want to focus on the process of how God fulfills destiny in our lives. I believe Jesus paints a picture for us about how our destiny is tested and achieved in the parable of the sower. Jesus tells a story about a farmer who sows seed on four different types of soil. Three kinds of ground don’t bear fruit, but the fourth does. I believe that Jesus outlines a process where God speaks words into our lives which are tested and ultimately fulfilled. One experience that grew my understanding of destiny and how it works happened when I began to consistently do supernatural ministry on Friday nights on Del Playa. Before I came to Jesus Burgers, someone had made a sign that said “free spiritual encounters,” but no one really owned it. I felt God call me to start taking it out every Friday. God later confirmed this by having someone else pray that God would send someone out onto the streets every Friday night, totally apart from my actions. The girl who prayed for this wasn’t even in the same state as me when I started hitting the streets consistently! I think the first step in our process with destiny is responding by faith. Jesus says that the first kind of soil, the first point of...
YOUR DESTINY (PT 3)

YOUR DESTINY (PT 3)

I think a lot of people read about destiny, calling, and purpose with a sense of lostness, wondering what they individually are created for, what God’s plans are for their life, and what their purpose is. I know I have. Well today, I don’t have all the answers for you. The short answer is, I don’t know exactly what your destiny is, because it’s totally unique to you. There’s no one exactly alike, and as a result, I have no idea what your big picture destiny is, other than looking like Jesus. However, in the New Covenant, getting a good picture of your destiny is actually extremely easy. Since Jesus lives in your heart, since God has written His laws and commandments on your heart, and since we have the mind of Christ, your deep heart desires actually are the will of God. Note I said deep… just because you want tacos now does not mean tacos are you destiny. No, I’m talking about deep yearnings that stick around, things friends and family will notice, and mention to you. Not just passing wants, but lasting desires! Nehemiah is a great example of this. Nehemiah knew that God had promised Israel that He would restore Jerusalem, and save Israel from exile. He wanted God’s people home, and since God had placed this desire in his heart, he asked for favor to carry out his heart’s desire. As a result, he was able to return to Israel and rebuild Israel’s walls, carrying out God’s purposes for his generation. God placed something in his heart, Nehemiah acted on it, and the world...
WHY DESTINY (PT 2)

WHY DESTINY (PT 2)

This article is the second in a five part series sharing what I’m learning about destiny: what is it, why it matters, what your destiny is, how we actually live it, and how we steward it. I’m going to start with the same verse I mentioned last time: Acts 13:36a “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, died” As a recap, what is destiny? Simply put, I believe destiny is the intersection of our God given identity and the eternal purposes of God. Isn’t that a crazy verse? David was able to partner with God during his lifetime, and actually served God’s purposes in his generation. The Douay-Rheims Bible “he had served in his generation, according to the will of God.” David fulfilled the purposes of God in his generation. I want to be that kind of man. Destiny and calling are hot topics in the church. “What’s your destiny? What’s your calling? Don’t waste your life! Find your calling and live it!” I love this. I love that people are becoming passionate about living for and with Jesus today. I love that people are discovering their giftings, callings, dreams, desires, and their identity in Jesus. This is crucial, and really important for the church. But why? I’ve thought and prayed consistently about my calling and destiny, and I’ve started to become curious. Why does it matter that we find and live our calling? I don’t know for sure, but I think some believers may be thinking “this sounds intimidating… can’t I just walk with Jesus and go to heaven when I...
WHAT IS DESTINY (PT 1)

WHAT IS DESTINY (PT 1)

I’ve started to meditate on and pursue destiny in a serious way in my life. God has invited me into a level of focus and intimacy I haven’t ever really imagined was possible before. I’ve learned a lot, and gained even more questions. This article is the first in a 5 part series sharing what I’m learning about destiny: what is it, why it matters, what your destiny is, how we actually live it, and how we steward it. So what is destiny? Simply put, I think destiny is the intersection of our God given identity and the eternal purposes of God. David understood this well: Acts 13:36a “For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, died” David was a man who knew both his God-given identity as a king, and the purposes of God for his generation. I want to do the same in my generation: I want to live out my identity in Christ in a way that fulfills God’s purposes on the earth. My journey discovering my destiny starts, as it does for many people, in crisis. In 8th grade, my whole family was going through a difficult transition time. A crisis really. My dad was feeling crushed by his workplace, my mom was worried, and I felt apathetic about life and school. It was bad: my dad came home from work one day looking so crushed my mom remarked in retrospect: “I realized that if this continued your dad would have a heart attack.” I felt scared and confused. School was difficult and isolating for me. Along with the...
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