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There are no Shortcuts to Fulfilling your Destiny

There are no Shortcuts to Fulfilling your Destiny

We live in a society that seems to be enamored with quick fixes and shortcut solutions. Fad diets, get-rich-quick schemes, and the desire for fast-track promotions abound. The same can be true in discovering and fulfilling our destiny. We often want the promise without the process; the testimony without the testing; the position without the pruning; the glory without the story; the big without faithfulness in the little; the suddenly...

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Living in Light of Eternity

Living in Light of Eternity

My family and I recently experienced a tragic loss. My wife’s brother, who was thirty-one years old, was killed suddenly in a car accident two weeks ago. The last few weeks have been quite an emotional whirlwind. There has been lots of grief and many tears as we have processed this tragedy. At the same time, we have been overwhelmed by God’s love and comfort, and the support and care we have received from friends, family, and...

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Are You a “Saul” or a “Paul” Type of Leader?

Are You a “Saul” or a “Paul” Type of Leader?

Quite often, the leadership style of King Saul is compared to that of his successor, King David. There is much that can be learned from this comparison, but I once felt prompted to instead compare King Saul to another man named Saul: Saul of Tarsus, better known as the apostle Paul. King Saul started out well, while the apostle Paul started out as a violent persecutor of the church. By the end of their lives however, you would have never...

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The Power of “Waiting on God”

The Power of “Waiting on God”

One of the keys to growing in our relationship with God is engaging in spiritual disciplines. Regular time of reading the Word, praying, worshiping, and other practices help us to grow spiritually and increase in our intimacy with God. An often-overlooked spiritual discipline is what is sometimes referred to as “waiting on God.” In this context waiting on God refers to being still and quiet in God’s presence. This is not a passive...

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Light is Always Greater than Darkness

Light is Always Greater than Darkness

It is worth considering that the first specific act of God–and word from God–recorded in Scripture was to send light into darkness. The Bible records it this way in Genesis 1:1-3: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there...

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The Subtle Danger of False Humility

The Subtle Danger of False Humility

One of the greatest attributes in the kingdom of God is humility. Jesus modeled and taught the importance of humbling ourselves, serving, and not being self-exalting. Pride is a deadly, self-seeking force that is the root of so many other sins and problems. Pride caused the fall of Lucifer and was instrumental in the fall of man. Peter outlines the importance of humility and the danger of pride: “Yes, all of you be submissive to one...

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4 Things that Can Derail Our Destiny

4 Things that Can Derail Our Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 11 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. At the end of his life, the apostle Paul could look back and know that he was finishing well. He was able to say, “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7). I certainly hope that I will be able to say the same thing when it’s time for me to go on to eternity. Unfortunately, not every character in the...

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The Other Side of Your Obedience

The Other Side of Your Obedience

The following is derived from chapter 10 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. When it comes to moving forward on the path of our destiny, time does not necessarily equal progress. Destiny is not advanced by the mere passing of time, but by our steps of obedience to God. The children of Israel went forty years wandering in the wilderness without advancing in their destiny, all because of disobedience. When it was time for them to enter...

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The Season of Stepping into Your Purpose

The Season of Stepping into Your Purpose

The following is derived from chapter 8 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. One of the vital things to remember in walking out our destiny is that life is lived out in seasons. Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Just as there are seasons in the natural, there are seasons in our walk with God and in fulfilling our divine purpose. Understanding this can help us to keep in...

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How Passion Fuels Destiny

How Passion Fuels Destiny

The following is derived from chapter 7 of my new book, Discovering Your Destiny. We may not realize it, but our passions and desires play a key role in the walking out of our destiny. They are a part of our wiring, and can be an indication of our calling. Jesus displayed some tremendous passion throughout His ministry. He was not simply going through motions out of robotic obedience; He was consumed with His call. Obedience to His Father...

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