Destiny

 

Our destiny begins in the desert, but too often we avoid the desert, resent the desert, and isolate ourselves in the desert.

 

 

 

There are two responses we can have: turn to God or turn against God Job 36:13Job 36:13
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

13 »Los hipócritas de corazón atesoran para sí la ira y no clamarán cuando él los ate.

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the godless in heart harbor resentment. If you’ve found yourself more resentful, grumbling more, complaining more, envying others more, blaming more, turning to sensuality more, then that only exposes how godless you are, and that feelings and people mean more to you than God and his purpose for your life. And when we aren’t honest about the condition of our hearts, we become angry and aloof instead.

 

“Jesus was filled with the Holy Spirit as he left the Jordan River. The Spirit led him while he was in the desert, where he was tempted by the devil for 40 days. During those days Jesus ate nothing, so when they were over, he was hungry.After the devil had finished tempting Jesus in every possible way, the devil left him until another time. Jesus returned to Galilee. The power of the Spirit was with him, and the news about him spread throughout the surrounding country.” Matthew 4:1-2Matthew 4:1-2
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

Tentación de Jesús 4 1 Entonces Jesús fue llevado por el Espíritu al desierto para ser tentado por el diablo.a 2 Después de haber ayunado cuarenta días y cuarenta noches, sintió hambre.b

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Jesus’ destiny began in the desert and that’s where he learned to rely on God intimately, developed awareness of who He was and the challenges He would face, and made a decision to hold onto God’s Word for the rest of his life!

 

Often, we want to get to the destiny God has for our lives, but we don’t like God’s way of taking us there. Because God has a greater purpose, it’s not always easy as He trains and prepares us to change the lives of others.

 

When the king sent the people out of Egypt, God did not lead them on the road through the Philistine country, though that was the shortest way. God said, “If they have to fight, they might change their minds and go back to Egypt.” So God led them through the desert toward the Red Sea. The Israelites were dressed for fighting when they left the land of Egypt. Exodus 13:17-18Exodus 13:17-18
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

La columna de nube y de fuego 17 Luego que el faraón dejó ir al pueblo, Dios no los llevó por el camino de la tierra de los filisteos,e que estaba cerca, pues dijo Dios: «Para que no se arrepienta el pueblo cuando vea la guerra, y regrese a Egipto». 18 Por eso hizo Dios que el pueblo diera un rodeo por el camino del desierto del Mar Rojo.f Los hijos de Israel salieron de Egipto armados.g

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From a humanistic standpoint, we always look for the shortest way. Yet God knows better. He knows that the shortest way is never the best way, especially when it comes to fulfilling His purpose for our lives!

 

The Israelites thought they were ready to fight and ready to take the Promised Land, but God knew they weren’t ready to fight because they still had a very superficial relationship with Him. The difference was that the people wanted their own land, but God wanted to build his Kingdom and change the world.

 

We must understand that just because we feel like we’re ready, that doesn’t mean we have the character, internal strength, or faith to be more than conquerors just yet.

 

There is nothing more inspiring than when we see God finishing things we never believed could happen. God began doing a good work in you, and I am sure he will continue it until it is finished when Jesus Christ comes again. Philippians 1:6Philippians 1:6
Spanish: Biblia Reina Valera - revisión de 1995 - RVR95

6 estando persuadido de esto, que el que comenzó en vosotros la buena obra la perfeccionarái hasta el día de Jesucristo.j

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