Summary: God’s destiny for your life will be consistent with the way He wired you - your unique experiences, passion, abilities, spiritual gifts? You also need Destiny Helpers - People who can enhance your life to reach your destiny. They may be good or bad, but God can use them to enhance you...
SERIES: RECOVERING STOLEN IDENTITY & RECLAIMING MISPLACED DESTINY: PART 1: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DESTINY HELPERS
2 KINGS 5: 1 Now Naaman, commander of the army of the king of Syria, was a great & honorable man in the eyes of his master, because by him the Lord had given victory to Syria. He was also a mighty man of valor, but a leper. 2 And the Syrians had gone out on raids, and brought back captive a young girl from the land of Israel. She waited on Naaman’s wife. 3 Then she said to her mistress, “If only my master were with the prophet who is in Samaria! For he would heal him of his leprosy.” 4 And Naaman went in and told his master, saying, “Thus and thus said the girl who is from the land of Israel.” 5 Then the king of Syria said, “Go now, and I will send a letter to the king of Israel.” So he departed and took with him 10 talents of silver, six thousand shekels of gold, and ten changes of clothing. 6 Then he brought the letter to the king of Israel, which said, Now be advised, when this letter comes to you, that I have sent Naaman my servant to you, that you may heal him of his leprosy. 7 And it happened, when the king of Israel read the letter, that he tore his clothes & said, “Am I God to kill & make alive, that this man sends a man to me to heal him of leprosy? Therefore please consider, and see how he seeks a quarrel with me.” 8 So it was, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had torn his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying, “Why have you torn your clothes? Please let him come to me & he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.”
INTRO: RECOVERING STOLEN IDENTITY & RECLAIMING MISPLACED DESTINY: THE SIGNIFICANCE OF DESTINY HELPERS
Song: “ALL OF MY HELP COMES FROM THE LORD”. Series: About Stolen Identity & Misplaced Destiny & How We Can Find Them Again. Stolen Identity: Esau & Jacob, David, Adam & Eve, Moses, Elijah. Misplaced Destiny: Joseph, David, Moses, Paul, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, etc.
IDENTITY THEFT IN THE REAL WORLD.
Identity Thefts Leading To Undue Suffering Are Real Problems In The Society & Church: Identity Theft: Deceitful & unauthorized use of a person's private info usually for financial gains. It happens to millions of Americans every year & is increasing. How Does It Work?
1. Acquisition Of Personal Data. When they have access to your information.
2. Use Of The Stolen Identity: Open new accounts; Make purchases; Sell identity on black market; health insurance, passports; File tax returns; Commit insurance fraud; Rent cars, etc.
3. Discovery & Correction Of Identity Theft. Discovery: Some forms of identity theft can be caught right away, like the misuse of credit or debit cards. Correction: When you attempt to get back your identity.
ABOUT STOLEN IDENTITY AND MISPLACED DESTINY AMONG GOD’S PEOPLE.
1. Identity answers the question: ‘Who has God called you to be?’ He has called you to be a Christian, Pastor, Musician, Engineer, Giver, Mother, Encourager, etc. Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
2. Destiny: Answers the question: ‘What has God called you to do?’ As a king, pastor, mother, father, what has He called you to do? Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for good and not for evil; to give you a future and an expected end. Isaiah 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, 'My purpose will be established & I will accomplish all My good pleasure'.
ONE MAJOR TRUTH WE LEARN FROM GIDEON’S IDENTITY & DESTINY.
1. God Himself Initiates Your Identity & Destiny.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. God steps into Gideon’s normal, everyday life and announces His intention for him. God’s destiny for your life will be consistent with the way He wired you. What are your unique experiences, passion, abilities, spiritual gifts? God took Gideon by surprise and has some surprises in store for you. Take time to pray & ask God the questions: ‘What have you called me to do?’ ‘Who have you called & created me to be?’ You may need to ask godly leaders you trust of what they see in you. You Need Destiny Helpers. So Gideon chooses 30,000 men as destiny helpers. God cuts it to 2,700, Then 300. “Too many cooks sours the soup”.