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Are You Ready for Destiny?

waiting-timeI talked yesterday about 3 principles to help you hold on to dreams and this is a further expounding of that.

I don’t know about you, but I like thinking about doing great things. We know and serve a great God so how could we not do great things? There is nothing wrong with the desire to do something meaningful and impactful, but life and circumstances can seem to hand us just the opposite. After a while it feels like you will never reach that destiny.

Destiny is what happens when those God-given desires, mixed with my particular gifting, are allowed to be healed, matured, and released to freely give away. –The Cure

The enemy would have you believe that God is holding out on you–or that if He intended to lead you into something great it would have happened already. There is, however, a gauge that tells the Father when and how much destiny to unveil in you.

You need to be…

  • Healed
  • Matured
  • Released

I think maturity–we all think of that one. It’s not about age or arriving at a certain social level, but it’s about walking in the battle-tested and God-approved maturity that causes destiny to flourish.

But what about healing? I think most people wouldn’t recognize this as a quality or a prerequisite for stepping into destiny, but it’s so important. Wounds from our past, even childhood, can affect us deeply in our interactions with others in the present and our decisions for the future.

I have had so many times where I’ve asked God to show me where a pattern or behavior started in my life, and He does. I’m sometimes shocked by the seeming insignificance of events, especially in my childhood, but it wounded me. No matter how much I say it doesn’t matter or I’ve gotten over it, I need true healing.

That comes from His love, maybe some needed repentance or forgiveness, and walking into the freedom He brings. When I allow Him the room to bring that healing, grace is further enabling me to walk in true destiny.

We’re not trying to change into someone else. We’re not trying to eventually arrive at some higher level. God has formed us exactly the way He wanted, and we’ve come to believe it. We mature into who we already are, much like a caterpillar matures into a butterfly. –The Cure

You receive healing. You mature into who He made you to be. Then you need to be released. If you are not under an authority, how could you be released? Being part of a loving, grace-filled community is key to walking in your destiny.

Now,  is this about reaching some higher plane or achievement? No, this happens over and over in your life as God will release you into as much destiny as you can carry. Sometimes it feels like too much. Other times it feels as if you’re waiting forever, but His timing is absolutely perfect if you will trust Him.

And all of this, you come to find out is less about pursuing your own destiny and fixing your heart and mind on the Giver of destiny.

How about you? Have you seen these 3 markers in regard to your destiny? Do you see healing as a valuable part of destiny?


cure2Welcome to week 1 of Chapter 7 discussion of The Cure (disclosure) by John Lynch, Bruce McNicol, and Bill Thrall. We are taking a sentence, paragraph, or passage that inspires, encourages, or challenges and writing about it. Once again, we’ll be taking 2 weeks per chapter as these are dense and thought-provoking words. If you have a response on your blog, head over to my friend and co-facilitator, Sarah Salter’s blog for her thoughts and the widget to add your post. Whether you’ve read the chapter or not, please dive into the conversation!

12 Comments

  1. There is no doubt in my mind that healing has to take place somewhere along the line. We are all wounded people…some more than others. But unless healing takes place, I’m not sure real maturity can happen. Unless maturity helps bring healing. Aaaah yes, a conundrum. 🙂
    Bill (cycelguy) recently posted..RelievedMy Profile

    • Well, I would say from the physical side we see that maturing doesn’t necessarily bring healing. Time doesn’t heal all wounds, but God does. I believe maturity can help us see things differently, but there is still a real healing that has to take place. Good thoughts, Bill! Thank you.

  2. I think it’s all connected to the desire to be free and walk like Jesus did. He never allowed anyone or anything define Him except the Father…I want more of that in my life!
    Jay Cookingham recently posted..What Did You Expect?My Profile

    • What a wonderful thing! His love, grace, and thoughts defining our lives. That’s what I want as well. Thank you, Jay.

  3. I definitely see healing as an important part of us reaching the place where we can fulfill God’s destiny for us.

    The great thing is, He is the one who does the healing-in His time. And he knows exactly the time that is needed.

    Like so many other things, it brings us to place where by faith we trust and obey knowing it is the only way.

    • He leads and guides so wonderfully. There are things we do to hinder the process and other things we can do to expedite it, but it’s all in the hands of the Healer! Thanks so much, Dusty.

  4. Healing and maturity -- they do go hand in hand. I know I stuffed pain and problems for a long time as I tried to do rather than be. God allowed some extremely difficult things to bring me to a place where I admitted I needed help and healing.

    I think maturity comes from a healed heart doing it’s best to trust and obey. The more we see Him at work and follow His direction the more we grow and mature. But oh my, it’s not easy. Thanks for this great reminder today. Blessings!
    Deb Wolf recently posted..Practical Ways to Find the Strength to Keep GoingMy Profile

    • Not easy, but from what I’ve experienced, it’s worth it. I think we see healing sometimes as something instantaneous and immediate (which is can be at times), but so often there is a process to it and it comes in stages. Healing can be hard work! Not for God, but for us. Lots of barriers in the way as we have built up defenses to protect ourselves. Just have to let Him in. Thank you, Deb.

  5. Healing…there are things I’ve had to be honest with myself about, things that have hurt me. First I had to acknowledge that I was hurt by it and then ask God to help me forgive and let go of the pain. It’s amazing how He helps us when we ask.
    Somethings I still struggle with- like trusting- but God’s not finished with me. He knows I’m a work in progress and He lovingly helps me through the challenges (opportunities for growth).

    • I had to do that yesterday! Forgiveness is so important to living in freedom and healing. It’s what I desire so I have to open, honest, and willing to trust Him. I’m with you--trusting Him through the challenges and growing because He’s with me. Thanks TC.

  6. “I think maturity–we all think of that one. It’s not about age or arriving at a certain social level, but it’s about walking in the battle-tested and God-approved maturity that causes destiny to flourish.”
    Your statement truly resonated with me, Jason. I needed to reach a state of maturity in my relationship with the Lord to be truly able to write for Him. I look back upon all the ways He has healed my heart from hurts, and cannot thank Him enough. He brought me, and is still bringing me, forward into His arms each and every day!
    Blessings and thanks for this inspiration!
    Martha Orlando recently posted..Lord, Make Firm My StepsMy Profile

    • Beautiful testimony, Martha! So thankful for how He moves in our lives and doesn’t give up on us. Thanks so much.

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