Posted by: admin on Sun, Apr 5, 2009
Pastor Mark Stephens
Where Is Your Faith Taking You
Destiny: A predetermined course of events often held to be a resistless power or agency.
Destination: A place which is set for the end of a journey or to which something is sent.
I don't know if you've ever seen the movie blockbuster "FOREST GUMP," starring Tom Hanks, but in the movie Forest gets news that his mother is dying and he runs to her bedside to be with her in her last day. In their conversation, Forest asks his mother "What's my destiny, Momma?" Her answer was that he would have figure his own destiny out for himself.
What is the destiny of the believer today who truly walks by faith as the Bible commands us to do?
Men of faith of old, such as the Smith Wigglesworth's, the Lester Sumrall's, and the D.L. Moody's and those listed in the "hall of fame" of faith found in Hebrews chapter 11 were committed to the Gospel to the world. Their hunger for God-like faith was never satisfied and they soared with eagles in their pursuit of the Most High.
Each of these men & women listed have moved on to heaven and are in that great cloud of witnesses cheering us on.
Let's look at that same verse from the Message translation of the Bible: "Do you see what this means---all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running---and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins."
Who will be the faith giants of this generation? Who will grab the torch and press towards the mark of the prize of the high calling in Christ Jesus? Will it be you? Will it be me? Good news: IT CAN BE IF WE ARE OBEDIENT!
What do I mean by a destination? Remember the definition I gave you: a place set for an end of a journey. In our modern day language its called the finish line.
Many believers would love to live the lives of men like the Wigglesworths, the Sumralls, the Moody's, yet they go through their Christian lives with only one destination in mind: "To have faith."
They spend years trying to attain faith. Faith is not the prize at the finish line. What is faith? It's the action that will carry you to your destination. It's the supernatural force that gives the endurance to go through life. It's the force that enables you to do the works that Jesus did and greater, until you finish your course.
Faith is the action that will carry you to your destination, if you have a destination in mind.
IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHERE YOU'RE GOING, YOU WON'T KNOW WHEN YOU GET THERE
The prodigal son had a destination. Luke 15:18-21 "I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in they sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son."
The woman with the issue of blood had a destination. You can read her story in Mark chapter 5 verses 25-34. The keys to this passage I'll give you here: 1. She said. 2. She reached out. 3. She received. 4. She told.
Many young people have a destination. They want to make money and have fun and they think that selling drugs, or joining a gang is the way to do so. Many times they appear to succeed. How many times have we seen or heard of a teenager overdosing on drugs, or being shot down in a drive by shooting or is killed in an car accident while driving intoxicated?
You cannot live on second hand faith. You can't live off your mother's relationship with God or even your pastor's faith. And they can carry you while you're still a baby, but as you grow and mature, you'll develop your own faith. When you grow up (spiritually speaking) you have to have a first hand relationship with God. You can't live off their faith any longer. The "cord" is cut, so to speak.
1 John 3:1, 2 "Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." HALLELUJAH!! Bear with me, I just had to get happy for a second after reading that scripture!
These verses clearly show us that not only should we be called the sons of God, we ARE the sons of God. That is sure to stir some feathers of "religious" people. Hear me now, I did not say we are THE Son of God, but we are sons of God.
Why is that so important? If you don't know who you are in Christ, you will never fulfill your destiny. Notice that in verse 2 it states, "it doth not yet appear what we shall be." That means we are not finished products. You will be different tomorrow, next week and next year. It doth not yet appear. If you're not changing, you're not going anywhere.
Why? Your faith doesn't have a destination!!!
Don't rehearse what the devil did, rehearse what Jesus has done! Instead of saying "I'm sick", say "I am healed by Jesus' stripes." If your healing doesn't manifest immediately don't get into doubt and unbelief. We give an aspirin or Tylenol more time to work than our faith in the Word of God.
You have to have a light to reach your destination. Psalm 119:105 "Thy word is a lamp unto me feet, and a light unto my path."
When you drive a car at night you turn your lights on to see the road. Now days, the lights come on automatically for us. Thank God for modern technology. BUT, in the Word, we have to choose or "cut on the light" ourselves. Many Christians are wandering around trying to reach their destination with no lights on. (no Word). The Bible says that without a vision (light) the people will perish. Those that have wandered have gone off course.
The more you fellowship with God, the more you are aware that you are His son. The more you know who God is, and who you are, the less you fear the devil or man. When you are in right standing with God, everything changes. When you start the race, you've already won. The prize is yourse. You don't have to prove yourself to God. Jesus has already "been there, done that"
What if I don't know which way to go?
Get into the Word (and let the Word get into you) find out what the Word says concerning your particular situation.
In Matthew 14:24-32 Jesus told the disciples to go to the other side. They had their destination. The storm arose and they were being tossed on the waves. Jesus came walking on the water toward them. Peter said, "if it is you bid me to come." What was Jesus going to say, "it's not Me?" NO! He said "COME"!
Faith will direct you to get out of something man made (programs, denominations), and get into something God made (the glory). Remember He had given man authority over things at creation.
Each time in the old covenant they crossed a river or sea the waters would divided. To
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