September 30 – Destined to Win

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” I Peter 1:3-5

Jessy Dixon came to Christian Retreat every year on Palm Sunday to sing and share his testimony.  He’s a dear friend and well-known for his song, “Destined to Win.” Jessy knows his destiny and exhorts everyone to have a “spirit of expectancy” in God. His very demeanor exudes this winning attitude.

You too are “destined” to win if you have entered into that new life in Christ. You have an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. You cannot lose!

Jesus told his disciples to “rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” (Luke 10:20b) God is FOR you. He is cheering for you. He sees you as a WINNER, because He sees you for what you are BECOMING and He has already written the final chapter.

You can be confident of this very thing: “…he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

PRAY:  “Father of winners, You have my destiny in Your hands. Thank You for the eternal inheritance You have promised. I will be faithful to follow Your instructions. Amen.”

September 29 – I Have a Destiny

“In love, God predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves.” Ephesians 1:5-6 (NIV)

“I have a destiny I know I shall fulfill,
I have a destiny in that city on a hill,
I have a destiny, and it’s not an empty wish,
For I know I was born for such a time as this.”

Singing this chorus brings a wonderful confidence into a believer’s life, and you can have confidence. You have a spiritual Father and an eternal inheritance. It is written in the Book and is yours to receive.  Knowledge of your divine destiny will motivate you to become the very best child you possibly can be. You discover your destiny through seeking God; and remember that “…he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)

That knowledge also makes you want to share what you know with people around you. The more you understand what YOU were created for, the better you can help others.  Think about Father God’s desires for you. Think about the special strengths and abilities He has given you. Begin to function in your divine destiny.

PRAY:  “Gracious and loving heavenly Father, thank You for adopting me. I feel so loved. Help me to fulfill my destiny in Your plan. In Jesus’ Name, I pray. Amen.”

October 7 – YOM KIPPUR

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the Lord by fire. Do not work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God.’” Leviticus 23:26-28 (NIV)

Of the seven feasts ordained by God, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is the most important and sacred Jewish holy day. The trumpet is to sound, calling the people to fast and worship while repenting of their sins and asking God’s forgiveness. In Israel today, all businesses close and traffic ceases from sunset on the ninth day to sunset on the tenth day.

In ancient times, animal sacrifices had to be made in the temple to atone for the sins of the people. In this present dispensation of grace, God, through the shed blood of His Son, has restored you to full sonship!

This is a good day and season for all believers in Yeshua (Jesus), their Messiah, to fast and repent and worship. As in days of old, God is still pleased when His people deny themselves for the purpose of coming into closer fellowship with Him. (See Matthew 16:24.) God has given you a priceless treasure. Thank Him for it with a repentant heart and make this a day of renewed commitment to serve Him with a whole heart.

PRAY: “Almighty God, it is not an easy thing to deny my flesh but, when I consider all my Savior endured for my sins, it as a small thing. Thank You for forgiveness. Amen.”