Encounter with Destiny through Faith!
By David O. Oyedepo
For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified(Romans 8:29-30).
From the above scripture, we understand that every child of God is a child of destiny. We also discover in scriptures that every encounter with God and His Word is an encounter with destiny. For instance, Noah met with God and he encountered destiny. Abraham also had a new beginning at the age of seventy-five through an encounter with God. Furthermore, Moses had an encounter with God and it was the beginning of a new chapter at the age of eighty. Jacob had an encounter with God and he was turned to a nation. Samuel had an encounter with God, by His Word, and his destiny was supernaturally advanced. No doubt, every encounter with God advances people’s destinies (Exodus 3:7-10; Genesis 32:24-28; 1 Samuel 3:21, 12:6).
We understand from scriptures that every child of God has a glorious destiny in Christ. However, let’s recognise that there are two classes of humans on the earth; men and women of time and chance, and men and women of destiny. The Bible says: I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all(Ecclesiastes 9:11).
Thus, men and women of time and chance are the unsaved. Until a person is saved, his life is left to time and chance. That is, the devil determines what to do with such life per time. On the other hand, when we are saved, we become children of destiny. Our lives are no longer designed for uncertainties, because we have a well-defined destination in God’s agenda. As it is written: According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue (2 Peter 1:3).
This is why salvation, which is a call to glory and virtue not shame and reproach, is the number one step into a glorious destiny.
We also have an enviable destiny in redemption, not a pitiable one. The Bible says: Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise (Galatians 4:28).
Concerning Isaac, the Bible records: And the man waxed great, and went forward, and grew until he became very great: For he had possession of flocks, and possessions of herds, and great store of servants: and the Philistines envied him (Genesis 26:13-14).
Thus, just like Isaac, we are ordained to be envied and not to be pitied.
Furthermore, we understand that every child of God is ordained to be greater than all the Old Testament saints. Jesus said concerning John: Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he (Matthew 11:11).
That means, every child of God carries greater potentials in Christ than all the giants in the Old Testament such as Abraham, Moses, Nehemiah, Daniel, Joseph, Solomon, etc. In fact, Jesus said: The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here (Matthew 12:42).
Jesus further said: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father (John 14:12; see also Matthew 12:42; John 20:21).
That is a pointer to the amazing potentials that redemption has deposited into our lives. All we need is insight to know our worth in redemption and take responsibility to see these potentials translate to realities in our lives. This is because the outcome of our lives is a function of our insight, and God is only committed to give to us as far as our eyes can see (Genesis 13:15; Deuteronomy 28:1; 1 Corinthians 2:9).
Moreover, every child of God is ordained to be a pace-setter and a trail blazer. It is written: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men (Matthew 5:13; see also Revelation 22:16; John 17:18).
That connotes that we are not concerns but assets to our world.
We are also ordained kings and priests to reign on the earth. …And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth (Revelation 5:9-10).
That means, we belong to a royal family and therefore, empowered to be in charge under all circumstances.
What are the four major ways to have an encounter with destiny?
- Through a raw encounter with God (Genesis 12:1-4; Exodus 3:7-10; Acts 22:7-10, 17-20).
- Through a heavenly vision: This involves God appearing to us and unveiling His plans and purposes for our lives, as in the case of Jacob and Paul the Apostle (Genesis 32:24-28; 1 Kings 3:3-13; Acts 26:19).
- Through the voice of God behind His Word: Behind every scripture is the voice of God, which is also called Rhema. When we encounter our Word from scriptures, the voice of God behind that Word gives direction to our lives.
- Through the revelation of the Word (Isaiah 9:8, 60:1-22; 2 Corinthians 12:7; Philippians 4:13).
However, to experience an encounter with destiny, we must be:
- Spiritually alive: The Bible says: But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned (1 Corinthians 2:14; see also Romans 8:6).
The things of the Spirit can only be accessed spiritually. John said: I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet (Revelation 1:10).
We cannot hear the voice of God except we are in the Spirit. This is why we must be spiritually alive to encounter destiny.
- Prayerful: Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not (Jeremiah 33:3).
Most times, we encounter visions and revelations from the prayer altar. On March 22-24, 1984, three staff members of the ministry and I were in prayers, when God said, “Stand up and follow Me!” Thereafter, I experienced a dramatic vision that unveiled the mysteries of unending church growth.
More often than not, people who encounter destiny maintain a very robust prayer life because that is where God shows great and mighty things about our lives. We must, therefore, be prayerful to encounter destiny and move from one realm of glory to another.
- God-loving: God’s secrets are cheaply available to His lovers. For instance, Abraham was a lover and friend of God and God said: Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do. David was also a lover of God and he had access to divine secrets (Genesis 18:17; Acts 2:29-30).
God’s lovers have unlimited access to His plans and purposes. Therefore, the hotter our love for God, the cheaper our access to His plans and purposes as they relate to us (1 Corinthians 2:9-10).
- Kingdom promotion passionate: When we are committed to seeking God’s Kingdom first, our anxieties are leveled and we are launched into our glorious destinies in Christ. Thus, the more committed we are to Kingdom promotion endeavours, the more committed God is to all issues of our lives including our next level of access to His glorious plan (Matthew 6:33).
However, it is important to understand that destiny answers absolutely to faith. The Bible says: …Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith (Habakkuk 2:2-4; see also Matthew 9:29).
That is, it takes faith to see God’s plan realised in our lives. This is because God’s plans are according to His size, ability and capacity; therefore, it is impossible for any human hand to deliver it. Thus, everything about divine plan requires divine hand for delivery, and faith is the only way to provoke divine hand in our lives. As it is written: Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed? (Isaiah 53:1; see also Luke 1:45; John 15:5)
But, what is faith?
- Faith is not waiting for God to work; faith is putting God’s Word to work thereby committing Him to make good His promise: When we put God’s Word to work, we commit Him to perform the impossible in our lives. We understand from scriptures that after Jesus finished using Peter’s boat, He instructed him to cast his net into the deep for a draught. Meanwhile, Peter had toiled all night and caught nothing. However, as he obeyed Jesus’ instruction, the Bible records that he enclosed a great multitude of fishes (Luke 5:4-6; John 2:5, 7-9; James 2:14-26).
- Faith is being fully persuaded of the truth, the prevailing circumstances notwithstanding, until the truth triumphs: Just as light will always triumph over darkness, the truth, which is the Word of God, will always triumph. Concerning Abraham, the Bible records that: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Romans 4:20-21).
What, then, is in Bible Faith?
- Bible faith confers supernatural strength: When we believe divine instructions, we are supernaturally energised to drive it. Furthermore, every time we are in pursuit of divine agenda, we possess divine strength while others struggle with natural strength (Deuteronomy 34:7; Hebrews 11:11-12).
- It empowers men for exploits: When we walk in faith, we become candidates for exploits because the hand of God cannot deliver ordinary results, but extraordinary results and faith is what brings the hand of God to bear in our lives, thereby empowering us to do the impossible (Hebrews 11:32-33).
It is evident that the pursuit of divine plan becomes absolutely sweatless when we secure God’s hand through the mystery of faith. That is why building our faith is a must, if we must fulfil our glorious destinies in Christ. There is no faith- filled man who is not an investor in building his faith and the school of faith is an ever-learning school. Thus, we are either building our faith or breaking it. However, we cannot wait for our faith to be built; we must consciously take steps towards building it through the Word of God and anointed resources of men and women of faith. As we do so, I see God launching us into His glorious plans for our lives, thereby fulfilling destiny in grand style in Jesus’ name!
Remain ever blessed!
Jesus is Lord!
- From today, you will never see shame in your life!
- Whatever makes men pity you is turned to a testimony!
- Whatever makes you look like a concern is turned to a testimony!
- I see your story changingtodayin the name of Jesus!
- A chapter that no one can imagine will open up for you!
- Your crown will not go to another man!
- Your skill will announce you in palaces!
- From this day, no one will ever look down on you!
- Everything is changing in your favour!