// Kenneth W. Hagin
EVERY PERSON has a divine destiny. If you want to fulfill your destiny, you must first realize that you have a God-designed purpose and plan. You can't achieve what you don't know you have!
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) says, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'"
The devil may have destined you for pain and sorrow, but God has already done everything you need for a way of escape. You hold the key to your future.
You and I have two choices: succumb to circumstances or fulfill destiny. Every day we face these choices. It's easy to unconsciously choose the first one. But once you know that God has a future for you, follow His way!
The Bible is full of examples of people who faced the same two choices. Circumstances had determined a particular future for them, but they called on the Lord in faith and changed their destiny. As we look at a few situations, imagine each person asking this question: Where do I go from here?
THE BLIND BEGGAR
Bartimaeus was blind. In that day, there was no welfare fund, no vocational training for the visually challenged, and no Braille system. Circumstances had relegated him to begging on the roadside.
Imagine Bartimaeus as people and animals pass by on the road from Jericho. The dirt and dust settle on his clothes. He smells the food some are eating, and his stomach cries out for a morsel. Still, he sits there hoping to make it another day when he hears a commotion. A large crowd seems to be approaching. There is a great stir, and he learns it is Jesus of Nazareth.
Bartimaeus realizes that this is his opportunity! What he does from this moment on does not rest in the hands of God. It does not rest in the hands of religious leaders. It rests solely with blind Bartimaeus himself.
Where does he go from here? Does he let the crowd go by and accumulate a few coins? Or does he turn to the only real help mankind has ever known? It doesn't take him long to make up his mind and respond. Jumping to his feet, he yells, "Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me" (vs. 47). And Jesus healed him!
In faith Bartimaeus called on Jesus and chose a new destiny—he received sight.
Ten lepers, outcasts from society, lived outside the town. They were bound with a loathsome disease mutilating them and taking them to their graves. One day they saw Jesus entering their town and asked themselves, "Where do we go from here?"
They decide to go to Jesus. As He passes by, the lepers cried out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us" (vs. 13). Jesus sees them and tells them to show themselves to the priests. He didn't say, "Be healed." There was no physical change in their condition yet.
Under Jewish law, the priests were the only ones who could pronounce lepers clean. The lepers did not question for a moment if they should go to the priests. Verse 14 tells us that as they went, they were cleansed.
The lepers called out to Jesus and chose a new destiny—they became whole.
THE SICK WOMAN
A woman who had been bleeding for 12 years spent all she had on doctors. She didn't get better and instead grew worse. She heard about Jesus and answered the question: Where do I go from here? She said, "If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole" (vs. 28).
She finds Jesus with a crowd surrounding Him. She must decide if it is worth the struggle of pushing and shoving her way through the crowd.
How many times have we been in her position when the thing we wanted was out of reach? We could respond to circumstance and decide, "It's not worth it. I'll get it later."
But the woman chose to press through. She reached out to Jesus and changed her destiny—she was instantly healed.
While this is going on with the woman with the issue of blood, Jairus, the synagogue leader, is waiting. Jesus had been accompanying Jairus to his home, where his daughter lay sick. Immediately after the woman's miracle, a messenger comes to tell Jairus his daughter had died and not to bother the Master any longer.
As those words were spoken, it was as if Jesus read Jairus' thoughts. Jesus says, "Be not afraid, only believe" (vs. 36). At that moment, Jairus has a choice to make: Do I run home to my family, or do I continue to walk along leisurely with Jesus because He said not to fear?
Jairus chose to take Jesus at His Word. He continued with Jesus and changed the destiny of his family—his daughter came back to life.
Circumstance or Destiny?
Where will you go from here? The answer is up to you. Will you choose to stay in the situations of life that you have perhaps always been in and may even seem secure? Or will you move in the direction God has for you? His path leads to your divine destiny!
I'm not saying it will be easy or that things will happen overnight. It's a fight of faith (1 Tim. 6:12). And it's by faith and patience that we inherit the promises of God (Heb. 6:12). As you learn how to walk with God, you become stronger. Continue to ask Him, "Where do You want me to go from here?"
You will fulfill your divine destiny if you boldly press on with God. Don't turn and run! Stop trying to put your plan into action. Find out what God has waiting for you and put His plan into action. Receive His best for your life and don't let anything get in the way. Your divine destiny belongs to you.
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