We are climaxing the prayer festival, and all glory to God in the name of Jesus.
Acts 20:18-24 says, And when they arrived he said to them: You yourselves are well acquainted with my manner of living among you from the first day that I set foot in [the province of] Asia, and how I continued afterward, Serving the Lord with all humility in tears and in the midst of adversity (affliction and trials) which befell me, due to the plots of the Jews [against me]; How I did not shrink from telling you anything that was for your benefit and teaching you in public meetings and from house to house, But constantly and earnestly I bore testimony both to Jews and Greeks, urging them to turn in repentance [that is due] to God and to have faith in our Lord Jesus Christ [that is due Him]. And now, you see, I am going to Jerusalem, bound by the [Holy] Spirit and obligated and compelled by the [convictions of my own] spirit, not knowing what will befall me there–Except that the Holy Spirit clearly and emphatically affirms to me in city after city that imprisonment and suffering await me.
But none of these things move me; neither do I esteem my life dear to myself, if only I may finish my course with joy and the ministry which I have obtained from [which was entrusted to me by] the Lord Jesus, faithfully to attest to the good news (Gospel) of God's grace (His unmerited favor, spiritual blessing, and mercy).
There are many things that can take me away from my Destiny, yes many things could be fighting my Destiny.
Trying to pull me down, to kill my Destiny, but Paul says that none of them move him. Why do you take it like this Paul Because I want to finish my race and the ministry God gave me. What ministry Paul? To testify to the gentiles grace of God.
In a nut shell, we are looking at what he was going through, there is conflict in this context. 2 Corinthians 11:23-26
says, Are they [ministering] servants of Christ (the Messiah)? I am talking like one beside himself, [but] I am more, with far more extensive and abundant labors, with far more imprisonments, [beaten] with countless stripes, and frequently [at the point of] death. Five times I received from [the hands of] the Jews forty [lashes all] but one; Three times I have been beaten with rods; once I was stoned. Three times I have been aboard a ship wrecked at sea; a [whole] night and a day I have spent [adrift] on the deep; Many times on journeys, [exposed to] perils from rivers, perils from bandits, perils from [my own] nation, perils from the Gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the desert places, perils in the sea, perils from those posing as believers [but destitute of Christian knowledge and piety];
Even in war, I will persist, in hardships, in prison, even stoning don't move me. Even in deep waters, because I know there is something am pursuing there is what am wired for..
Perils from my people and foreigners, All these don't worry me. But one thing I worry about, I am called to testify to the gentiles. Do you understand your call?
We are standing to pray, we tell the devil, it doesn't matter what will come. I will continue pursuing my Destiny.
Yes there were many Destiny killers but every killer, we tighten ourselves and we are pursuing our calls. Paul says that it doesn't matter what that thing is that can take you away.
Today, declare to these things:
-Every enemy of my Destiny I overcome you. Our choices may move us, but we are saying tonight.
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