By Bishop Sunny Emmanuel*
In our increasingly humanistic society, most people have lost a sense of destiny. And for those who believe they have a destiny, especially believers, most either have no idea what it is or believe that in God’s sovereignty, He will bring it all to pass in His own time.
This becomes very obvious when I minister on the subject. I’ll give an invitation by asking the question, “How many of you here don’t know for sure what God’s will is for your life?” It’s not unusual to see ninety percent or more of the people stand. I think that’s tragic. It doesn’t have to be that way.
You were created by God, you didn’t evolve. And, you were created with a specific destiny. But before I say more about that, I want to counter an extreme error in the body of Christ today. It’s a way of thinking that prevents people from discovering and fulfilling their destinies.
There are some who believe that God, in His sovereignty, controls everything in life. They believe that whatever He wills comes to pass and that nothing happens unless God wills it. If that is true, then they are attributing every tragedy, birth deformity, heartbreak, divorce, terrorist attack, all hatred, murder, and anything else you can think of to God.
That just isn’t true. Scripture clearly teaches that God has given man the authority to make his own decisions and choices. It isn’t a question of God’s sovereignty; it’s a question of who we rely on when making decisions.
Proverbs 3:5 says, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.”
When we begin to trust in and lean on our own understanding and start exalting our own wisdom above the wisdom of God, we open the door to tragedies.
I believe in the sovereignty of God, with its proper meaning. But it’s important to understand that God is not orchestrating our lives like pieces on a chessboard. He has predetermined a very specific plan and purpose for every person’s life. However, you have to make a choice.
Will you seek God’s destiny for your life and then do it, or will you insist upon doing your own thing? Unfortunately, in our self-indulging society, the answer to that question for many has been to do their own thing. That’s the reason I believe so many people have embraced evolution.
Evolution is not fact; it’s simply a theory that conveniently removes all personal responsibility and accountability to a creator.
Although evolution is not the issue for most Christians, they still go through life doing their own thing. Then, when everything falls apart, they come to God asking why He let this happen. God is not the source of their problems, and as much as I like to blame the devil, he isn’t either. It’s their own self-centeredness that leads to the grief we experience.
God made you with a purpose in mind, and you only have one opportunity, one life in which to fulfil it. No matter how talented or how gifted, until you realize you have a destiny and are willing to seek God with all your heart and to discover it, you will never reach your full potential.
Before you were ever born, before you ever demonstrated any talents or abilities, God created you for a purpose with a destiny. Look at these scriptures.
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
In Galatians 1:15 we read, “But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace.”
Both the Prophet Jeremiah and the Apostle Paul knew that God had a predetermined plan for their lives, where all of their gifts, abilities, and talents would be used.
We also know from Scripture that John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit while he was, what the world would call, a six-month-old foetus. I personally hate that word because it’s an attempt to dehumanize a child. God did not fill a hunk of tissue; He filled a living human being.
Throughout the Scripture are many examples of God’s preordained plans for people, and we know that He is no respecter of persons (Acts 10:34). So what He has done for others, He will and has done for you.
Fulfilling God’s will in your life first begins with the understanding that it’s wisdom to know His will. Next is understanding that you were not created to be self-sufficient but God dependent.
Ephesians 5:17 says, “Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
The Bible says in Jeremiah 10:23, “O LORD, I know that the way of a man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps.”
Ephesians 5:17 is a direct command. He would not have commanded it if it were not possible to know. That would be unjust. Some who read this may take offense, but if you don’t know God’s will, you aren’t acting wisely.
God never created you to be independent; He created you to be dependent upon Him. That is why it is not in a person to direct their own life. Let me give you a simple example.
What if you were hired by a company that didn’t have job descriptions for anyone? Can you imagine the chaos and conflict that would occur if the daily activities of all the employees, including yourself, were left up to the discretion of each individual? It would be a mess.
In a way, that is basically what’s happening in society today—people are doing their own thing. Without direction from God, people find themselves unfulfilled, unproductive, and plagued with all kinds of self-inflicted problems.
God has a purpose for your life, He has a destiny for you to fulfil, but Satan wants to kill, steal, and destroy that plan. You get to choose. Will God win in your life, or will it be the devil? If things are going wrong for you, I can guarantee you it’s not God that caused it to happen.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
God’s plans for you are all good, not evil. So, if your life is a mess, it’s because you have not followed His plan. But don’t lose hope if that’s you, because God isn’t mad. His expected end for you hasn’t changed. He is able to plot a course from where you are right now to where He wants you to be.
I don’t care what has happened or how far off-track you are, God can put you back on course. Everything about you was created by God so that you could fulfil the expected end, your destiny. Your gifts, your talents, the way you look, your race, and even where you were born have a role in His plan. You were not an accident. The Bible says God knew you before you were in your mother’s womb.
Once you discover God’s plan for your life, it carries with it a supernatural ability and an anointing that will cause you to flourish. You are no longer working from just your own ability and talent, but you’re operating out of obedience, and that is where the blessing and anointing of God are found.
Prior to discovering God’s purpose for my life and drawing on His ability to fulfil it, I was afraid to speak to a Sunday school class of fifteen people. One of the first times I was asked to preach, I prepared three messages and then preached them all in five minutes. It was pathetic. But once I became dependent on the Lord, He began to minister through me with power, and my ministry began to flourish.
Fulfilling your destiny all begins with knowing God’s plan for your life. But, as long as you can live without knowing His will for your life, you will. I am convinced you can’t find it accidentally; you will need to seek it with all your heart. And when you find it, that’s just the beginning.
*Bishop Sunny Emmanuel is a Senior Pastor with Christian Faith Centre International, Tilburg (Holland). He may be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org