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Destiny or Mediocrity
By: Jim Alseth

In this space we often talk about the journey and ask (what have been aptly called) the "first order questions." We introduced this term several articles ago. We also began to employ the word destiny, hopefully in such a way that you, our readers, have started to believe you actually have one. We hope you`ve begun to realize that embracing your journey is worth it, that there are answers to your first order questions, and that your destiny can actually be discovered--in this lifetime.

In future installments we`ll take a look at key biblical characters and glean some important insights from their journeys such as: the incredible reward of finding one`s destiny, obstacles, pitfalls, etc. Before attempting this, though, we need to examine a crucial prerequisite for discovering destiny: spiritual hunger.

Nothing will awaken our hunger faster than knowing how passionate God is that we find our destiny and, conversely, how determined the devil is that we miss it! (Hopefully you`ve given up the naive North American notion that we live in a neutral world where the devil is only a mythical character. More on that later.)

God loves spiritual hunger. Nothing moves him more than a heart that is hungry for his presence. Jesus said, "blessed are those who hunger and thirst..." The Gospels are rife with accounts of people encountering Jesus as a direct result of their inner desire. The woman whose bleeding would not stop pressed through the crowd until she "touched the hem of his garment" and was instantly healed. The two blind men received their sight by persistently calling out "Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me." God even says to whole nations, "if my people... will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, then..."

Because spiritual hunger is so vital, it`s important to clarify what it is not. The Scriptures remind us that it`s not striving to earn God`s favor or approval. He loves us unconditionally, regardless of our successes, sins or failures. We can`t earn brownie points with him. There is nothing we can do to cause him to love us more than he already does. Spiritual hunger on the other hand, as opposed to striving, is the awakening of desire to know him and experience his love.

This is no different than romance in our human relationships. Why should it be? God created romance and we are made in his image. Think of your relationship with your spouse and the things which first awakened desire for this special person. You saw qualities, character and beauty in this someone which kindled desire to know them. If this can happen in a human relationship, broken and imperfect as we are, imagine what can happen when we set our eyes upon God in all his beauty, love, and splendor!

Ultimately, even when our hearts are dead to God, he is able to breathe life into our inner wasteland and renew desire for him. All we have to do is ask. One of the greatest promises of God in Scripture was spoken through the prophet Ezekiel: "I will give them (us) an undivided heart and put a new spirit in them; I will remove from them their heart of stone and give them a heart of flesh."

Jesus is referred to in the bible as the "desire of the nations." For good reason. He created the nations and the peoples of the nations. Our desire was meant to be for him, and we are at a point in history like no other in which he is awakening desire (spiritual hunger) for his presence. Do you recognize this hunger? Will you respond to it, nurture it and allow it to grow? Realizing your destiny could depend on it.

resources: www.ransomedheart.com and www.extremeprophetic.com

Published: 3/22/2006
Source: Great Camping Spots

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