• Clarindo Almeida

Building up my destiny

Sometimes we get worried about how and when God is going to use us or what ministry is God giving us.

There are some basic things we can manage and some that God will manage.

I said will manage part of it because God has given us free will to say yes for Him, but when God was forming us He gave us some gifts and characteristics that will guide us to fulfil His purposes as well.

We think that if we are out of spot and nobody sees us it means that we will never be called to do something for God.

Let me tell you something: We must be seen by God and prepare ourselves for Him.

1 Samuel 16: 7-11 - But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’ Then Jesse called Abinadab and made him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, ‘The Lord has not chosen this one either.’ Jesse then made Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, ‘Nor has the Lord chosen this one.’ Jesse made seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, ‘The Lord has not chosen these.’ So he asked Jesse, ‘Are these all the sons you have?’ ‘There is still the youngest,’ Jesse answered. ‘He is tending the sheep.’Samuel said, ‘Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.’

When your time comes, nothing will go forward without you... so don’t worry.

After being anointed by Samuel, the Spirit of the Lord came upon David...

1.We have to wait for the anointing of the Lord.

Even after being anointed by Samuel, David continued looking after his father sheep. Don’t be anxious but wait in the Lord for the right time.

When it comes, you will be recognised even by someone you don’t know, because people will see the presence of God in you.

In verse 18 we read: One of the servants answered, ‘I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.’

In verse 19 we read: “Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, ‘Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.’

Where was David? In the field, dealing with the sheep, out of people’s eyes...

What was he doing? Developing his ministry... practicing in the presence of the Lord... before ministering to people, you have to minister to God.

2. When the time is right and you are ready, God will send for you. He will open doors and give you the right people.

Who notices a shepherd boy tending a few sheep? God does. Your faithfulness and your present assignment is what qualify you in God’s eyes for your future ones.

Don’t get discouraged or impatient – just stay faithful! God knows where to find you!

3. God requires talent – and a character! The fact that David was cunning in playing... (He knew how to play).

The harp got him the job. But at the end it was his personal integrity and commitment to God that allowed him to keep it – and grow spiritually, even though he was in a hostile environment.

God knows, even though you don’t know, how important the lessons you are learning right now are for your future and for His plan. So don’t blow it!

4. God gives us assignments that feel uncomfortable! David, who was chosen by God, was called to serve Saul, who was jealous, insecure and troubled by an evil spirit.

Why? Because when you succeed here you can succeed anywhere. It is here you learn to love the unlovable, and fulfil God’s purpose too. It is here you grow in grace.

It’s in the presence of God that you build your destiny.

God created you with a purpose and He wants to use them.

Before an architect designs a building, he asks: “What is the purpose?” The answer to that will determines everything.

Before God created you, He decided the role He wanted you to play, and then He prepared you for it.

In Psalms 139:16 we read: “... All the days planned for me were written in your book before I was one day old.”

God wouldn’t give you talents and life experiences unless He intended to use them.

You have certain abilities given you by God. You don’t get to earn or chose them; They are gifts.

Paul writes: He alone decides which gift each person should have – 1 Corinthians 12:11

They were given to different people with the purpose of teaching us to love one another, serve one another, walk with one another and depend on one another.

Your talents were not just given for your benefit, but for the benefit of others, just as their talents were given to benefit you. It means helping the entire church, the body of Christ.

In 1 Corinthians 12:7 we read: Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit (gift) is given for the common good.

If others don’t use their gifts, you get cheated and if you don’t use your gifts, they get cheated...

We are commanded to discover and develop our spiritual gifts. The place where I find out what is the purpose of God for my life is in His presence... Once known, I have to develop and use it for His glory.

What are you doing today to discover and develop yours?

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