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THE DIFFERENCE JESUS MAKES

Destiny – a predetermined course of events                          

You were born to win. After all, of the millions of sperm released, you swam to your mother's egg. You are a WINNER! :)

God is not a man that he would lie. Satan is the father of lies. God is love, and God is truth. His Word is the final authority. PERIOD! If God says I am, then I am because it is not predicated on how I feel but on what He said.


ON THE THRESHOLD OF A DREAM
When you are about to cross the threshold of a dream, purpose, destiny, the enemy will always come with his plan to kill, steal, and destroy. If we hold fast to the word of the Lord, rhema or logos, the best attempt by the prince of darkness will only be a hindrance and not termination. 

Logos refers principally to the inspired Word of God - the promises of the Bible and Jesus, the living Word. The second Greek word translated “word” is rhema, which refers to the spoken word and literally means a prophetic utterance.

JOHN 10:10-11 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.

If the devil came to Jesus with temptations and deceptions, don’t think it strange when he comes to you. For who are we? No servant is ever greater than his master. The clue is to know the word of God. Hide it in your heart so that it is not easily uprooted. 

Scripture declares that there has no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man, but God will with the temptation provide a way of escape. The trick is to choose the way that He makes. The flesh will never want to take the correct route. We must continuously beat it into subjection.
 
When the storms come and beat upon that house, that dream, vision, your destiny, it will stand. 

Be doers of the word and not hearers only deceiving your ownselves. James 1:22

MATTHEW 7:26Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 

Rains came down, floodwaters rose up, and the wind in between, but Jesus.  That’s the difference Jesus makes. 

John 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

In the world…everybody in the world: the good, the bad, the ugly. If you’re out in the rain without an umbrella, you will get wet – no exceptions – no matter who you are.

Matthew 7:27 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell: and great was the fall of it.

There is no VICTORY outside of Jesus – only a partial, temporary deception at best. VICTORY is in Jesus. Victory is Jesus. 
 
Satan, through Herod, tried to kill Jesus in his infant stage and so he’ll pursue you in the same manner. He made attempts on Jesus’ life until Jesus laid it down. The sooner he kills you, the better he likes it. 
 

I Swallowed Glass and Acid 
The devil’s first attempt on my life was as a baby. I ate glass and acid, which deteriorated my stomach linings and cut my insides going down, and as I regurgitated, but my parents got me to the hospital in the nick of time. Never would have made it without HIM. I’ve been in 14 vehicular accidents and obviously survived them all – pretty bruised and traumatized in my body from some of them, but Jesus made the difference
 
Sometimes it’s an enemy raised up by the Lord to prove you – sometimes because of disobedience. But what the devil means for your demise, God causes your uprise. A mighty resurrection. 
 
When you are about to enter your destiny, there is always opposition from Satan designed to prevent you from fulfilling your destiny. It’s much easier to kill an infant than it is to kill a trained special forces warrior.
 
But what did Jesus show us? He was consistently retreating for that alone time with the Father, a quiet place to hear his voice as he inquired of him. God strengthened him, and he defeated Satan continuously and EVEN in his death. Now, how ironic is that?  When we die to ourselves, we overcome Satan too. David, like Jesus, learned to always enquire of God when confronted with battle, and as a result, he never lost a battle, because God always gave him a strategy. He suffered from personal conflicts in his life, but it worked together for his good. HE ALWAYS CAUSES US TO TRIUMPH! 
 
2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savor of his knowledge by us in every place. (uses us to spread the aroma of the knowledge of him everywhere.)
 
Beware of the enemy's strategy to attack you in the place of your destiny. He desires to take you off this divine path. Seek the Lord, and listen for His answer. Then, we will fulfill the purpose for which God created us.
 
We may lose some battles or skirmishes along the way, but we win the war. Victory is ours! In that sense, we are fail-proof.

FREE Yourself

"THE ONLY THING YOU CAN DO ABOUT YESTERDAY TODAY IS - MAKE SURE YOU DON'T WASTE TOMORROW".  
Bishop Ken Sims

Your past has nothing to do with your future.  Now, I know there are those who would argue the point. I'm not saying that your past isn't important.  It is in the sense that we should be thankful to God for covering us with his grace, but most of us are bound by our past.

There's a story told about a young elephant that was chained to a stake in the ground by an eight-foot chain.  This was part of the training required for him to perform in the circus.  Whenever the young elephant would feel a slight resistance from the chain, he would spontaneously stop tugging. This continued over into his adult life. When he weighed several tons, he was yet bound by that same stake in the ground. The point is: that elephant was strong enough and well able to free himself but was still bound by his past.

Stop and think!  Are you like that elephant on an eight-foot chain? Many of us are so bound by our past.  We fear the future because of the past.  Listen!  Life is so short.  You cannot afford to think back.  Those who think back, go back.  Don't drag your past around with you.  Cut yourself free and discover the possibility of succeeding.

FORGETTING THE PAST
Paul, the apostle stated in Philippians 3:12-14, "Not that I have already obtained it [this goal of being Christlike] or have already been made perfect, but I actively press on so that I may take hold of that [perfection] for which Christ Jesus took hold of me and made me His own. 13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider that I have made it my own yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on toward the goal to win the [heavenly] prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." (AMP)

Notice!  Paul states, first of all, that he counted not himself to have arrived at perfection but that he was able to forget his past.   That puts him right smack in the present.  That's the position in time I want to focus on - the present.

Most of us fail before we give it a try.  Often, our mentality is: if I try this, sudden death is inevitable.  We've been trained by our surroundings and negative people to fail before we make an attempt. I call that a lack of faith.  

First, we must learn that the most important moment in our lives is NOW.  Hebrews 11:1 states, "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen".  Secondly, we must not be afraid to make decisions. It is in making decisions that we become airborne for reaching our goals in life.