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What is "destiny"? Well!! As we have discovered in our monthly theme, destiny is God's purpose for your life. It is what God has predetermined you to be and to become, in His divine will. It is sad when we read of the many godly men and women in Scripture who missed their destiny even when God chose and destined each of them. They ended up aborting His plan. They started out right, moving for a while in the power of their calling. But in the end, they died in shame and ruin, missing God's destiny for their lives.

We chose to look at the two characters in the scriptures that would help in discussing the excellent orientation to your destiny. Soul: God Himself chose Saul to lead Israel out of bondage to the Philistines. When the prophet Samuel first laid eyes on Saul, the Lord said in (1 Samuel 9:17). "Take a good look, Samuel. This is the man I have chosen to lead Israel!” But on the other hand, it is sad to see Saul toward the end of his life. As he faced one of Israel's greatest military battles, his heart smote him with fear. He ended up consulting with the evil witch of Endor! He told her, "...God is departed from me, and answered me no more, neither by prophets, nor by dreams..." (28:15). By Saul's own confession, God was no longer with him. What a chilling, frightful thought! A person can be called to a great, divine purpose, walking in God's blessing and anointing and then suddenly go off on a tangent, serving himself and ending up abandoned by God. This king ended up prostrating himself before a witch. And he died in shame forsaken by God. These words might easily have been written on his tombstone: "The man who missed his destiny.

Samson: Here is yet another tragic picture of a man who missed his destiny; His destiny was known before he was born. According to Scripture, “he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines" (Judges 13:5). After twenty years of walking in God's calling, Samson began to degenerate. He became a sensuous man and he lost the respect of his own people. We read of a man who ended up one of the most pitiful weaklings in biblical history. In the end, we see Samson strapped into a harness like a dumb ox, grinding away at a Philistine mill. His eyes are gouged out, and he has lost all his strength. He is the laughingstock of the heathen. And his own people have turned against him.

It doesn't matter how successful you are. You are missing your destiny if you are not becoming more and more like Jesus in your life. If you are not considerate and more loving, if you are not growing in the love and knowledge of Christ, you are not fulfilling your destiny! So many Christians are striving to accomplish wonderful things for God. But the Lord boils it all down to this simple thing: Are you changing from glory to glory? Are you becoming more like Jesus? "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" (Romans 8:29).

So, dear friends, are you fulfilling your destiny? Are you more like Jesus today than you were yesterday? What will be written on your tombstone: "The man who missed his destiny"? Or, "The man who walked humbly with his God"?

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