Contending For Your Destiny Pt. 4 of 4

You will have to feed your God-given dream! Many dreams die on the vine from neglect, they Imagerequire nurture and care. It isn’t complex but is so easy to give up on your dream, because of other attractions and distractions.

24Take heed what you hear (believe about what God will give you). With the same measure you use (apply to your life), it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. (Mark 4:24)

“Be careful little ears what you hear.” Take heed in what you hear or in what you believe is God’s measure of blessing for your life.  In other words, be careful in determining what you will contend for in your experience in God.  Most are easily satisfied with too small of an expectation in God.

  • Feed your spirit on examples of scriptural promises that agree with your calling/dream/destiny.
  • Remember what God has already done. Joseph recalled the dream. David remembered the day the prophet anointed him.
  • Remind yourself of what God is doing. Document your own prophetic history and be immersed in it!

ImageDavid learns to strengthen himself in the LORD. He returns home to Ziklag and finds the city on fire, his possessions stolen, and his family taken captive.  Not only his but that of all his mighty men. God comes into the Garden of Eden and finds His creation on fire, His world stolen, and His sons and daughters taken captive.  He is not standing aloof from the experience of human sorrow and loss.  His participation in our suffering is not an exercise in empathy; He is participating in the process to bring us to a place of full recovery.

The story was tragic David and his 600 men had lost their wives and children.  All that a man fights for! The first thing Davey did was strengthen or encourage himself in the Lord.  He then sought the word of the Lord and got an answer.

“I will bless the Lord at all times.  His praise shall continually be in my mouth.  Oh, magnify the Lord with me; let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:1-3)

The incident that inspired David to write Psalm 34 had to do with his escape from Gath and King Akish.  It happened about two years earlier in David’s life.  In this chapter he speaks about “magnifying the Lord.” Magnifying doesn’t actually make something bigger.  It doesn’t enlarge it in reality, only in perspective.  The key is what we focus on (talk about or pray about) is the thing that will become larger in our minds.  And if we will begin to praise and worship God, especially when we don’t feel like it, it has a way of connecting us with the power, potential, and reality of God in such a way that it really does strengthen and encourage us.

7Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Please bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. 8David inquired of the Lord, saying, “Shall I pursue this band? Shall I overtake them?” And He said to him, “Pursue, for you will surely overtake them, and you will surely rescue all.” (1 Sam. 30:7-8)

We must steward the gift, vision, or dream!Paul instructed Timothy regarding stewarding his gifts:

14Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was bestowed on you through prophetic utterance with the laying on of hands by the presbytery. (1 Tim. 4:14)6I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of hands. (2 Tim. 1:6)

God won’t do our part and we can’t do His part! Live like the dream depends upon you and pray like you have no other possibility.  Exercise your faith!

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