As the presence of God filled the classroom in the Christian school we were in, children began to have divine visitations and encounters. They took turns sharing the visions and experiences they had that morning. A young person 12 years of age started describing the mighty rushing wind that came into the classroom. Another felt the wind, another had a vision of flames of fire come and rest on the tops of their heads. Children ages 4 and up were sharing powerful encounters with God that were so profound and beyond their age.
A 14 year old tells her visitation from God. “As the Holy Spirit came, the song ‘I Could Sing of Your Love Forever’ started to be sung in the Spirit and as it was being sung a vision came. I was on top of a mountain, it was night time and it started to clear up. As it cleared up I saw the city and I started to hear (God’s) voice. The voice started to talk to me. ‘This world is not forever. It’s only temporary. Things of this world won’t last forever but I will. You don’t have to try to be apart of this world because it’s not always going to be there. There are greater things to come. This is not forever.’ ”
In Acts 20:24, Paul said, “I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me…”. We find true fulfillment when we are running in the unique destiny God has specifically for each one of us. Not using someone’s else gifts, abilities and methods. So often we look at the favourite teacher or preacher. We say, “I want to be just like that person”. We do what they do because we see it works. What works for them often will not work for us. We must accomplish our destiny, God’s plan for our life, using our gifts and abilities that God has given us. We must use methods and strategies that God has given specifically to us.
In 1Samuel 17 Saul wanted David to use his armour to defeat Goliath, but David responded he could not win using Saul’s armour. David entered into his destiny realizing he must use what God had given him. David’s own gifts and abilities were in using his slingshot, not in using full armour. David spent hours practicing using his slingshot. In 1Samuel17:39 he tells Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them”. David had practiced and developed his gifting and abilities on the predators coming against his flock. He has honed his skill and had confidence in using it. David knew what worked for Saul would not work for him. He had to accomplish his divine assignment using his God given gifts and abilities.
God has created us with such a need to seek Him. He has made man with the internal necessity to search for and worship our Creator. So many people try to fill this need, this hole in their chest so to speak, by worshipping other gods. These are the gods of sports, materialism, money and power. We are designed by our Maker to have a purpose and significance. Our culture, arts and science are always searching to find the answer to why we are here. It is the question men have been asking since the very beginning. People are searching for significance. They are seeking a purpose to their lives. They are looking for a vision. Kevin Dedman said, “When you find something to live for, you find something to die for. Vision gives pain a purpose”.
In Jeremiah 29:11 it 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”. God has a destiny for each one of us. As a Christians , we are to walk in the fullness of what He has for us as the children of the Most High God. Without Him we are nothing, but in Him we have significance and purpose.
Matthew 3:17 tells us, “As He is, so we are in the world”. We have inherited Jesus’ mission, which is destiny, authority and power. Now we are to walk in His shoes. Jesus is our ultimate example. He is perfect theology. You will never go wrong using Jesus’ life as the template for your life. You will never fail walking in His steps. For God is love and love never fails. You will fulfill the destiny God has for your life.
For Christ in you is your destiny.