“For whom He did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them he also called; and whom he called, he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
FOREKNOW, PREDESTINATE, CALLED, JUSTIFIED, GLORIFIED
Destiny is a powerful word loaded with meaning and images often associated with the future. It may be the achievement of success and accomplishment for some or for others the deep sense of fulfillment and completeness from living life in one’s purpose. Those are the ways I have looked at destiny and the perspective that I have I used to describe it. However, I just recently returned from a Christian’s women’s conference that has deeply affected my perspective concerning destiny: my destiny as a Christian woman.
The theme of the conference was SHINE: Training Women for Greatness. A powerfully profound theme, wouldn’t you agree? I was immediately attracted to this conference because of its theme and my own belief that my destiny and those of many other women is discovered through a revelation of us SHINING as we use our gifts and talents. The conference was remarkable! The presence of God was so tangible. The speakers were true servants pouring out revelation for us to receive. It is difficult to express how deeply I feel I have been changed. Revelation is that way….difficult to express in words alone…it must be accompanied by the Spirit. What I didn’t expect from the conference was to be directly confronted with my OWN lack of revelation concerning WHO GOD created when He created me as a WOMAN.
I would not consider myself insecure, but we as women all know we can be both confident and insecure at the same time. As Christian women, all too often we have had these views of ourselves as “lesser” in the Kingdom of God. The TRUTH of the matter is that in the ETERNAL ORDER of all things we are NOT. As the scripture in Romans reveals GOD has KNOWN us from the beginning. He has foreordained or predestinated us ALL as BELIEVERS (not as male and female) to be conformed to the IMAGE of His Son. We ALL as BELIEVERS are JUSTIFIED. We ALL as BELIEVERS are GLORIFIED in Him, our Christ.
I realized that I was living in a deceived state if I considered my gender as a limitation in the Kingdom of God. We are fearfully and wonderfully made women. We are eternal beings, not simply a gender. Our Father chose us to be women for His ETERNAL PURPOSE but it is in NO WAY a limitation to what we can accomplish for HIS KINGDOM. Our Father is the I AM THAT I AM. He sees the end from the beginning because He is ETERNAL outside of time! Our perception as women, OUR
BELIEF about who He created us TO BE can’t be in the future and based on gender. It has to BE a PRESENT BE as in ETERNAL. We are already NOW In CHRIST. (I pray that you are following me.) Holy Spirit revealed to me that my DESTINY isn’t future because it is directly connected to WHO I BELIEVE I AM IN GOD AND HIS CHRIST TODAY! Hebrews says NOW FAITH is….faith is always in the present because faith is ETERNAL. My destiny in Christ, who is in God, isn’t future it’s ETERNAL and it is based on what I BELIEVE TODAY.
I AM FOREKNOWN. God created me as a unique expression of Himself (Who is Spirit and Eternal) in this world. I am come from the very breath of the Almighty God. ( Job 33:4). I AM PREDESTINED. God has already hid me in Christ. I am conformed to the image of His Son. I AM CALLED. God is my Father and He calls me His daughter. I am child of God. I am a daughter of the King. Full rights and full privileges. I AM JUSTIFIED. God gave his Son for me. I am no longer guilty. The blood of Jesus Christ has redeemed me. I AM GLORIFIED. God decided before the foundation of the world that I might be reconciled back to him through his Son and glorified with Him forever.
Our Father determined our destiny as BELIEVERS we would say “a long time ago.” (But remember God is outside of time). TRUTH. It is an ETERNAL DESTINY…and it is manifested by faith NOW in time, as we BELIEVE.
(Morning Star Ministries hosted the conference. For more information on tapes or DVDS of the conference contact the ministry.) http://www.morningstarministries.org/events/morningstar-conferences/shine-training-women-greatness#.U1_F2l6Z1Z8
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