Last week we began a comparative analogy concerning the mariners’ part in Jonah’s story. As long as they tried to keep Jonah onboard their ship they could not get to their destination and the storm became greater. So my question was…What are you carrying on your ship of life that is keeping you from your destiny? In the mariner’s case, it was Jonah who had disobeyed God. For you is it fear, disobedience, procrastination, bad habits, rebellion, or unhealthy relationships? What is truly keeping you from your destiny? We’d already addressed fear, disobedience, and procrastination and how these characteristics have such a negative impact on preventing you from reaching your destiny. So today we are going to conclude with the final three…

  • Bad Habits. A bad habit is defined as a negative behavior pattern. And anything negative will not end well but will most certainly keep you from your destiny. There are two scriptures that come to mind here. (1) Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? (1 Corinthians 3:16 NKJV) (2) I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 NKJV) The first text allows you to put a personal check on yourself while the second shows you what to do in order to fulfill what is acceptable to God. These we must not take lightly but strive to reach that pinnacle of right standing with God so that we are not only planted in the word of God but are able to see the fruition of that planting in our lives as true life-changing advancement to our destinies.
  • Rebellion. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, And stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the word of the Lord, (1 Samuel 15:23 NKJV) When we know to do what is right and refuse to do it the path to our destiny is made more difficult if not impossible. Sometimes we create our own circumstantial repercussions simply by refusing to do the right thing because we are under some delusion that we are in control and the truth is we are not—that’s what Jonah thought! As humans, we are so frail in this life we can be up today and down tomorrow in so many ways. This is why humility is paramount. Is it not written Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you? (1 Peter 5:6-7 NKJV) True humility will change your heart condition making it fertile to not only receive God’s instructions but to take heed to them by incorporating them into your lifestyle thus enabling you to go from faith to faith and from glory to glory. Thus reaching the purpose God has ordained for your life.
  • Unhealthy Relationships. We must never be so desperate for company that we find ourselves amid people who make bad decisions that affect us. You see that’s what happened with Jonah and the mariners. They were in dire straights that could’ve cost them their lives had they not finally thrown Jonah, the problem, off their ship. Notice once those mariners threw Jonah off their ship…the sea became calm. And after this, you hear no more about them. Which means they got away safely to their destination. Did you?

On the path to your destiny be sure to hold onto your faith with all ebullience. Obey God’s word with tenacity and diligence for there is a special anointing that rests on the other side of that obedience. Lock procrastination in the cell of fear and toss them both into the sea of courage. Break those bad habits with good ones. No matter how many times you fall get back up, dust yourself off, and stay in the race. Take heed to God’s instructions in His word by incorporating them into your daily life. And finally, whatever “problem” you have on your ship don’t try to modify the situation just throw it off so that not only will you see your destiny in view—but be able to reach it. For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.  Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. (Jeremiah 29:11-12 NKJV)

Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Keep your ship afloat. Blessings and Peace!

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