“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” (KJV)
“For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope.” (AMP)
God has a plan for all our lives. We often refer to it as our ‘destiny.’ It is a predetermined plan for the outcome of lives, but that plan is not forced upon, or even revealed to us, if we do not submit to the authority and Lordship of Jesus Christ. When we are in rebellion to God, we may see glimpses of what He desires for us, but we will never fully experience our ‘destiny,’ without complete surrender to His will.
Many have disputed predestination, but the bible is full of this truth. God predetermined that through Isaac he would bless all the nations of the world. He predetermined Jeremiah to be a prophet to the nations, Samson to be a judge and a deliverer to Israel, and John the Baptist to prepare the way for Jesus. God predetermined for Jesus to die for the sins of the world, and to restore what Adam lost, before Adam ever sinned:
“And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”
God has a perfect and divine plan for your life. God is a God of destiny and purpose, everything about Gods dealings with man is connected with purpose.
Ecclesiastes 3:1, 17
“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven… I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”
“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
God has a desired outcome, His will for every person; it is that they should be saved, and can be saved, and can be conformed to the image of His Son. But beyond this, there is God’s predetermined plan for your individual life, your ‘destiny.’
It is a tremendous disappointment to the heart of God, that there are so many who will never fulfill their destiny. We will never find our individual destiny until we have fully embraced His will. We must act upon the Word of God and seek to be conformed to the image of Jesus, following Him daily through obedience and faithfulness. You will never know your ‘destiny,’ if your life is not in submission to His will.
So many in the church wonder why they constantly struggle, they are constantly in turmoil, and they cannot figure out how to get stability. It is because they are not living a surrendered life. They want life on their terms, instead of on God’s. They talk the way they want, they dress the way they want, and they live the way they want. God has called us to be like Jesus, but they want to be like the world. God’s blessings will never fall on lives like these, never!
Whether you reach your destiny, or not, is not up to God, or the devil. God has already predetermined what he desires for your life. Now it is up to you to set your course so that you reach your destiny.
We set the course of our destiny with our tongues. The Apostle James compared the tongue to a bit in a horse’s mouth, a rudder of a ship, and to a fire. The bit and the rudder, show us how something very small has the power to determine the course of something very large.
The tongue is compared to a fire, it can literally set on fire the course of nature. The tongue can totally alter the natural course of your life. The tongue is said to be an unruly member, full of deadly poison. The power of Your tongue in setting the course of your destiny.
Your life is that ship and your life always moves in the direction of your most dominant thoughts, and your most dominant thoughts will always find expression through your tongue.
Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
Luke 6:45: “For Of the abundance of his heart his mouth speaketh.”
Your tongue is the rudder of your life: You will either steer your life toward your destiny or away from it, with your tongue.
“Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.”
Your life today is the fruit of your words. With your tongue, you determine what comes to you in life
“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.”
You Speak what you believe, and when you speak what you believe it releases faith, and that faith that is released in your words will produce fruit, according to your faith.
“Thou shalt decree a thing and it shall be established unto thee.”
“Be not deceived God Is not mocked for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.”
Your words are seeds: You are sowing your destiny with the words you speak. I used to tell young people that I pastored, what you allow to come into your eyes and ears, takes seed in your heart, and once it takes seed in your heart it will eventually come off your tongue, and once it comes off your tongue it begins to steer your life.
Take control of the rudder of your life, seek holiness in all you do: in what your watch, in what you participate in, in your conversations, in the way you dress, and by speaking according to the Word of God.
Do not be conformed any longer to the patterns of this world, do not allow yourselves to be deceived by man-made logic and traditions that are not based in the principles of Christ, and offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, “holy and acceptable to God.”
Set the course of your destiny by saying about yourself what God has already said about you: “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light,” and you will find yourself moving quickly in the direction of your destiny.