Friday, January 8, 2010

Discovery, Destiny, & Determination - Part 2

Today we continue the message on Discovery, Destiny, and Determination.

During this season, many of God's people will discover new things in regard to His Kingdom. This will be a process of revelation. "Discovery" often simply involves uncovering that which has been veiled. As we learn more about God and His Kingdom, we discover more about ourselves. After all, we were created in His image; as that image becomes clearer, we come to understand and experience things that were previously hidden from view.

All of this will bring us closer to our destiny. It is difficult for our carnal minds to comprehend that God knew us before He gave us life on this earth. However, that is precisely what Scripture reveals.

"... He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love" (Ephesians 1:4).

Before we even existed, God had a plan for our lives. There is a predetermined course of events that unfolds in the life of every believer as we yield and submit ourselves to God and His authority. In order to follow and fulfill God's ordained destiny, we will have to learn "instant obedience."

"The key to the supernatural and setting the captives free is instant obedience" (Oral Roberts).
Our preconceptions, which are often simply misconceptions, will have to be laid aside. Pride and position cannot be the priority when it comes to God's process and purpose.
We cannot allow those around us that lack faith for anything great in their own lives to hinder us from our destiny in Christ. There is something supernatural on the inside of us that longs to be released.
You and I are "destined" for greatness. Our lives truly have tremendous significance. God has placed a purpose in us, and it is first realized through vision. Lift up your eyes from the current circumstances. Look beyond where you are. We already have everything we need to accomplish our purpose. God has made "all things" available to His saints (1 Corinthians 3:21).

The place to start is where you are. What can you do now, this year, this day, this moment that will bring you closer to experiencing the fullness of God's purpose?

How determined are you to apprehend that for which Christ has apprehended you (Philippians 3:12)?

In Him,

Thursday, January 7, 2010

2010: A Season of Discovery, Destiny, and Determination

It seems that God gives us an inspired word at the beginning of each year here at Cliffdale Christian Center (CCC). One year ago, we received the message of "Transformation" for 2009. One does not have to look long to recognize that, indeed, the past year brought a lot of change as CCC and Freedom experienced a type of spiritual metamorphosis. Many new things have developed and some have yet to unfold and be entirely revealed.

So what about this New Year? What can we expect in 2010?

Following are a few points of interest:

2010 will be a season of DISCOVERY, DESTINY, and DETERMINATION. This will be an exciting and challenging time of DISCOVERY for many in the Body of Christ.

"Discover" means to uncover; to make known or visible; it may apply to something requiring exploration or investigation or to a chance encounter. Keep in mind, the meaning relates to things that already exist, but have not yet been seen or made visible. It can also refer to things we have not yet experienced. Just consider the two parts of the word: DIS-COVER. 2010 will be a time when things are unveiled.

"But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God" (1Corinthians 2:10).

Many will come to truly discover the Kingdom for the very first time. Even some who have been living in God's Kingdom through faith in Christ, will become much more aware of the message of the Kingdom and how they fit. There are many things that exist in the Kingdom realm that believers have yet to see, know, and experience.

The Spirit of the Lord is going to lead us on a journey through a process of discovery that will cause our eyes and hearts to be opened to new and different things. This includes things that may have existed for a very long time, yet we had not seen or experienced them.
Just because we did not know or understand something does not disqualify it; we simply need to discover what is already there.

Tomorrow we will look at the second point: DESTINY.

In Him,