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THE ART OF BEING UNORDINARY – DESTINY
November 15, 2020
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Acts 9:1-20

THE ART OF BEING UNORDINARY – DESTINY

November 15, 2020 / Acts 9:1-20

THE ART OF BEING UNORDINARY: DESTINY

The person of Jesus prepares you for eternity; the principles of Jesus prepare you for earth.

1. Thoughts
2. Words
3. Decisions
4. Actions
5. Habit
6. Character
7. Destiny

WHAT IS DESTINY?

des·ti·ny /ˈdestinē/

noun

the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future.

“she was unable to control her own destiny”

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

More Biblical Definition of Destiny

“Destiny is like a jigsaw puzzle handed to me by God except He intentionally withholds the picture (blueprint) and some of the pieces.  As you yield to the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit the missing pieces of the puzzle are discovered; in stages, while you’re on the path set aside, by God, especially for you.”

-Annette Walker

Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV)

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

Bad steps and decisions will result in bad destiny.

BIG IDEA:

DECISIONS DECIDE DESTINY

Acts 9:1-2 (NIV)

Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem.

Acts 9:3-4 (NIV)

As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

Acts 9:5 (NIV)

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.
“I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied.

 

Acts 9:6 (NIV)

“Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”

Acts 9:7-9 (NIV)

The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.

Acts 9:10 (NIV)

In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”
“Yes, Lord,” he answered.

Acts 9:11-12 (NIV)

The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.”

Acts 9:13-14 (NIV)

“Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”

Acts 9:15-16 (NIV)

But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Acts 9:17 (NIV)

Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”

Acts 9:18-20 (NIV)

Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength.

Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.

TAKE AWAY:

1. God has given us all a CALLING
2. God has given us all GIFTS
3. God has given us all a PURPOSE
4. God has given us all PASSIONS

ALL LEAD TO DESTINY
What you do with them is up to you!

Ephesians 4:11-12 (NIV)

So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up

Romans 12:6-8 (NIV)

We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully.

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