Summary: Are you fed up with living a mediocre Christian Life? Do you want your days to be different? Do you want to be amazed and surprised as God draws you closer to Him each and every day? Then it's time to follow God's Divine Direction for your life.
Get Over Your Past: Divine Direction
Its a new year, and we have a new preaching theme, Discovering Your Destiny... Is that something you desire to do this year?
Discover YOUR Destiny... Discover OUR Destiny...
Maybe your thinking, “Sounds like a nice idea, it would be great to discover and experience all that God has planned and purposed for my life. I want to see change in my life. I’m fed up with living a mediocre Christian Life. I want my days to be different. I want to be amazed and surprised as God draws me closer to Him each and every day.”
Or maybe your thinking, “No, not for me, I don’t want to change, I like my life exactly how it is. Every day the same. No surprises. No interruptions from God. No miracles in my life.”
God has a perfect plan for each and every one of us. For us to be able to fully experience everything God has planned for us we need to be willing to move on from where we are now, to where God wants us to be. Instead of living in the past, we need to live in the now, with an eager expectation of what God will do in each of our lives now and in this coming year.
If we want to be obedient disciples of Jesus then we must choose to allow God to work in our lives, to work in us and through us, to change and transform us. To take us from where we were, where we are to where God wants us to be.
As Christians we are not called to be comfortable where we are, we are called to step out in faith. If we continue to cling on to things that should have been left far in our past, we will never fully discover or experience everything we are supposed to discover.
God has created us, you and me with freedom of choice. Are you willing this year to choose to give God sovereign control of your life?
Are you willing to choose to commit to discovering your destiny?
God’s desires and expects each of us, His followers, His children, to seek to live our lives according to His will and purpose.
Sometimes we can make really good decisions and sometimes we can make the worst possible choice. From the outset, it is my hope that this year we will choose to do that which will bring honour and glory to God. That we will choose to place God’s will and purposes above our own preferences. That we will choose to be obedient to His commands and precepts.
The Bible, God’s Word, is more than just some good guidelines on how we are meant to live as His followers. As Christians, we believe God continues to speak to us today through the Bible, His Word. God’s Word is meant to be the final authority in every aspect of our lives. The Bible clearly shows us the life God wants us to live, and also where we fall short.
If we are honest with ourselves, and with God, each of us know there have been times in our past when we chose our way over God’s way, times when we took the easy option rather than the right option, times when instead of standing firm and striving for what God expected and desired of us, we fell short.
This year, let’s be different.
Let’s choose to allow the Holy Spirit to work in our lives each day to change and transform us.
Let’s choose to commit to following our Lord and His will and purpose for us.
Let’s choose to commit to following His divine direction for our lives.
God wants us, His people to make the right choice.
In the Bible there are many examples of when God encouraged His people to make the right choice, to follow His Divine Direction.
Let’s look at Deuteronomy 28:1-2, that speak of a choice the people of Israel faced. “If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully keep all his commands that I am giving you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations of the world. You will experience all these blessings if you obey the Lord your God.“
The Israelites had a choice, notice the word “If”, If they chose to obey God and follow his divine direction for their lives they would be blessed.
Yes, God is a God of Grace.
Yes, God is a God of Mercy.
Yes, God is a God of and Love.
Yes, God is a God of Forgiveness.
But that does not give us the freedom to live our lives ignoring His will and purpose for us.
We have a freedom to make our own choice, and our past may have been shaped by the good or bad choices we have made. God wants us, His people, His followers to choose to commit ourselves to Him.