6-Week Series: Against All Odds


Summary: What is it that you have been destined for?

The news has been filled in recent days with a little boy, Elian Gonzalas. Tonight, as I speak on destiny, I wonder what the destiny of this young six-year old is? And as much as we would sit around the table and discuss his circumstances, and his plight in life, I wonder how much time we have taken recently to talk about out own. It is easier to discuss what we would do with the life of someone else, especially when that situation is beyond our grasp, and how much harder to we find it to talk about who we are, and where we are in life.

In the next few months, the national attention will be focused on the election of an American President, who can do the best for our nation. Al Gore cannot solve the problems of America, for social programs, for they have never righted the ship of state, and George Bush Jr. will not be able to change the tide of our nation either. In fact, there is no one at either end of Pennsylvania Ave, from the White House to Congress who has a candidate to get America back on track. No the moral fiber of this nation depends of people of Destiny, Christians who make up God’s church to change this earth. I am not saying we should not be involved in politics, God has called us to pray for our leadership, and prayer mandates action, yet the greatness of America lies within the church.

We have a tendency to live our lives on the gray side of faith, yet the Bible is more black and white than we would like to admit and God is raising up a generation of prophets who in these last days are crying out to bring the church back to the reality of its calling, its destiny. The day has come when we are called upon to live our life totally for God, for God is calling the church to be the church, or shutting the doors on those who will not.

As great as our economy has been, the world has a serious problem and we have attempted to place physical band aids on what is a spiritual problem, and while we are experiencing some relief from the pain, the wound has not gone away, it has just required a larger piece of elastic to keep it in check. The root of our problem is found in Ephesians 6:12, For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. While we are operating in the physical realm, the spiritual realm cannot be ignored, there are spiritual implications which must be acknowledged. Colossians 1:15, 16 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created; things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers are rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. We have a spiritual birth. When God created the heavens and the earth in Genesis 1:1, it began from the spiritual realm of God, with a plan for us to be people of destiny.

What takes place in individuals, in families, in the business community, in politics, is a result of our spiritual standards. We get angry over the increased delinquency in our youth today, yet it relates to the lack of moral codes by their parents. We have witnessed in the last few years a lack of moral standards in some parts of our government, and it relates to the fact that money has become more important than morality. Drug abuse if the result of greed and fleshly lusts mixing and yielding in an era of decadence. The family is breaking up because marriage has become a social convenience rather than a divine institution. The more society has tried to address the problems, the worse they have become. Just look at the teaching of sex education in our schools, since planned parenthood entered the school systems with their form of education, teen pregnancy has increased 300%. Things have become worse as sinners have become more adapt at sinning and it is time for the people of destiny to rise up, the church, and reclaim the land back which has been stolen from us.

The problem for us began when we thought we knew more than God. Isaiah 42:8 warns, I am the Lord, that is my name! I will not give my glory to another, or my praise to idols. Satan found out the truth of this statement when he rebelled against God and was cast with a third of the angels from heaven. We are called to make a choice.

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