Sunday 8-11-13 Pastor Michael sermon = Marked For Destiny-The Plight or Reward of The Overcomer Revelation 7:1-4, 9-12
One perplexity of life is how two people can be raised in the same home and turnout so different. One is in the good life and one is in skid row. One is successful and one is a failure. How can it be that someone can come from the hood and another one from the rich life up on the hill but the guy from the hood is successful and the rich kid is skid row? Why? Why is this?
There is something called Destiny that is on peopleís lives. This is something that is beyond them that pushed them to their goals. There is a Destiny that God puts on them. God puts a mark on certain people - election and their destiny is already determined. God pre-destines them. If God be for us, who can be against us! If there is destiny on our life, no matter what we go thru, we always come out stronger! There is destiny on our life and God has marked us for destiny. No one, no even us, can stop us from getting what and where God wants us to be!!
In our text, the Rapture has already taken place and there is mass destruction and famine on the earth. Jesus left the earth as a meek lamb but is returning at a roaring lion! In verse 3, the servants were sealed with Godís seal. 144 thousand Jews were left to witness the gospel. They were to go around the earth and tell those left behind that the Messiah has already come. These 144 thousand Jews are marked by God. They have a destiny over their lives. Itís like when we go thru trouble and make it through. We make it through because we have a seal of destiny on our life. The devil still messes with us even though he cannot stop us!
Now if we want to fail, then trust ourselves! But if we want to rise, then trust God! We were put on this earth to glorify Him! God will always slip in and rescue us before we destroy ourselves! God didnít let the devil destroy us because we have the mark of destiny from God on our life! The devil canít take us out because there is a mark on us! We cannot be destroyed! Thank You Jesus! Destiny is on our life! We should have been dead, sleeping in our grave but God rescued us!! He has destiny on us, a seal on us!!
Everything we are going through is not just about us. It is for the people around us too. Itís for them to see how God takes care of us! The face that we are going thru so much is an indicator of where God wants to take us. If we were not going the right way, the devil would not be fighting us so much! Those who belong to Jesus will suffer because Jesus suffered. Jesus said we would go thru suffering. We should say thank you Jesus when we go thru stuff because Jesus trusted us that we could go through it. Praise God! Every time we go thru some devil mess, praise God. This will get the devil off our back! Praise God! The weaker we are, the stronger Godís power will be in our lives!
In our text, the tribulation witnesses didnít come into their destiny until they got into the tribulation. It may be that the more trouble we have, the closer we get into our destiny. We learn more in times of trouble. We turn to God more in times of trouble. Some of us are chosen by God so that whatever we go thru, it works out for our good. God fore-knew, pre-destined what would happen in our lives. Even though we cut up like a fool in front of Jesus, we can only go so far. This is because God has pre-destined us and put a mark on our life. We are chosen. God has elected us for his own. We are chosen but not based on how good we are. We are chosen based on how good God is!! We are chosen based on how good Jesus is!!