15. Destiny

In Your Bible Read This

Jeremiah 1

Here Is Your Memory Verse

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born

I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah 1.5

Afterwards Talk About This

Only one life, will soon be past, only what's done for Jesus will last. If this is true what serious changes will you make?

Something To Do Before Next Time

Write down your vision from God for yourself, your family (even if you are still single) and for your Christian service. Set yourself short, medium and long term goals for each area making sure they all meet the SMART principle.

Written Diploma Work

Write a real or imaginary two page plan to hold an evangelistic campaign. Use the seven questions properly.

Meditate Word By Word On This Verse

Jeremiah 29.11-14

Spend a Minute to Change the World

Pray For Brazil – 165,000,000 people, all colours, many poor and unreached peoples. Astonishing 22% evangelicals, many spiritist worshippers.

Be sure to teach this lesson to others. Always pray and prepare well adding your own verses and stories to bring it to life.

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Islam and other fatalistic religions teach that we are like leaves falling from a tree in autumn into the river of life which takes us where it will, depositing us on the bank or sweeping us out into the sea of eternity.

In sharp contrast in Christ, through faith and prayer which brings revelation, we can know God's plan for our lives. But unless we bring order into our lives then the revelation will remain forever in visionary form and neither we nor this world will benefit from our years.

Discovering God's Plan For Your Life

A successful life has deep roots in God, and blossoms for his glory. Finding the right direction, one that brings the most out of your life and changes the world for the better is not dreamed up in a moment but is a combination of eternity, the past, the present and God's prophetic revelation of his chosen future for you.

You Were Known In Eternity Past

Before time began there were conversations in heaven about your life. Jer. 1, 5, Galatians 1.15, Psalm 139, 15-16.

The Sovereign God Chose For You:

Your birth date and place, your colour and appearance, your parents and background whether rich or poor. So you can assume that he has a plan for the rest of your life too.

Your Past Prepared You

Since birth the wounded hands of the Lord have been uniquely preparing you..

Shaped By The Master Potter

Through good and bitter experiences alike in the family and in circumstances, schools and religious teaching whether Christian or not. Can you see the fingerprints of Jesus on your past giving you a lifetime of grace and protection from accidents and evil in the school of life. You have lived when others have not.

Then Life Really Began

He brought you to a place of sensing his holiness and feeling convicted of your sins, facing a lost eternity. His Spirit revealed your Saviour to you, Jesus, and gave you faith to believe and to become a follower of God's Son.

God's Honeymoon Time

New believers often seem to enjoy a honeymoon period with the Lord when Father pours out his love and pleasure on his new family. There is healing and freedom from Satanic grips of the past, and the grace and thrills of baptisms in water and in the Spirit. Eph 2, 1-10

The Call Of The Present

It is not long before we find out that God has plans for us, and our curiosity is aroused. See Jeremiah. 29.11.

What Are We Here For?

In John 13.3 we learn that, like Jesus, we have come from God and we are here for God and one day we shall return home to God. Knowing this brought Jesus such security that he, the Creator of the world and Lord of all, was able to serve by even washing the feet of his disciples.

Pray To Discover The Plan

Ephesians 2, 10 says that God has prepared good works in advance for us to do. So find out from the Lord why you were ever born and then born again. Grasp his eternal purpose and the job that Jesus has for you to do. John 15.16

Write The Vision Down On Paper

See Exodus 31.18, 1 Chronicles 28.19, and Revelation 1,19.

Now Plant The Vision Of Your Future

As a seed in prayer, letting it rest in God awaiting the day when new life and a harvest comes. John 12.24

Set Clear Goals To Shape Your Future

Clear goals streamline our thoughts, prayers, diaries, resources and they release power like nothing else can.

Effective Goals Are SMART , that is to say:

Solid, tangible, that is not vague.

Measurable, to see how you are doing.

Achievable – realistic, not impossible.

Repeatable, clear enough to tell others.

Timed – with a deadline to finish by . . . a certain date.

You can have short-term goals, say for the next 3 months; medium term, say for the next 2 years; and long-term say 10 years from now.

Priorities Add Even More Power

No-one can work on more than six goals at once so make a list of all the many things you want to do personally, in the family and in Christian service. Then ask yourself the question – If God only allows me six, which six will they be and of those which is the most important, and then the second, etc.?

Good Answers Make Perfect Plans

To make a perfect plan for even a small church project ask seven questions. The answers will give you a perfect plan.

What do I want to do – exactly?

Why do I want to do this?

Where will I do it – exactly?

When shall I begin and aim to finish?

Who will supervise me, work with me, and who will benefit from my plan?

How will I do it? Step 1, step 2, etc.

How much will it cost? Luke 14, 28-29

Now Put Your Plan Into Action

Because faith without works is dead. Be prepared to commit your time, energy, prayer, money, reputation and pride knowing that all hard work brings a profit. Prov. 14.23. Don't forget to take lots of advice and learn from others. Every 3 months and every year end evaluate progress and make any necessary changes.

To Close Pray for the World's Most Unreached Peoples by Name

Taken from the Joshua Project Unreached Peoples List these people have no church and as yet no cell, church or mission has committed themselves to prayer, adoption or church planting among this people.

Niger

People Name Language Population
Iberogen Iberogen 20,000
Igdalen Igdalen 15,000
Maure (Moor) Arabic, Hasaaniya 127,400
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