For You formed my inward parts;
You covered me in my mother’s womb.
I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed.
And in Your book they all were written,
The days fashioned for me,
When as yet there were none of them. – Psalm 139:13-16
A future filled with hope – that’s God’s plan for you!
When God created us, He placed within us the plans for our lives. Each of us has a unique calling and destiny, and only you can fulfill your destiny. God wove His heart’s calling into your life before you were conceived. You are God’s first choice for this generation and this moment!
Throughout our lives, our experiences can cloud our God-given destiny and image.
Sometimes we get beaten down from our bad choice or others’ choices and we don’t see the destiny and calling He has for us. But He has a good calling for you, filled with hope. He searches after us with His love and brings us back to the place where His word pushes us into our future. So we can understand our purpose and destiny. He has an amazing plan for each of us!
Often, our unique calling lies dormant within us.
Prophecy speaks to our destiny and confirms our calling. The logos word (written word) and the rhema word (prophetic), whether spoken to us or through someone else, call our destiny to come alive. When we agree with God’s plan for our lives, His life and purposes begin to resonate within us.
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. – Jeremiah 29:11
The children of Israel wandered from God and their destiny – yet God is long-suffering and merciful – His desire is to reconcile and not to judge. Yes, there are consequences to our actions. The children of Israel made bad choices, and they wouldn’t listen to the prophets God sent to them.
The prophet Jeremiah warned the Israelites of what would happen if they would not repent – they would be carried off into exile. He sent a letter inspired by God to them in captivity. Have you ever been in captivity – metaphorically speaking? He prophesied going to be there for 70 years, but then when the time is done, God had something glorious for them. Prophecy calls out God’s magnificent plans.
Bloom where you’re planted.
Wait for God’s timing.
Live one day at a time.
It doesn’t matter how far you have wandered, His desire is the fulfillment of your purpose woven into you when you were conceived. Pray to Him; call on Him! When you come alive to the reality that God wants to give you a future filled with hope, then you will take each step and follow after Him.
Often times we are our own worst enemies when it comes to our destinies being fulfilled.
Sometimes we want good things, but we are lukewarm and half-hearted in our efforts. The bible says that Jesus, who had ascended up to heaven, also descended and led captivity captive. God, in the midst of humanity’s captivity, takes captivity captive.
He’s empowered us and given us gifts so we can impact our world! We don’t have to live in captivity; He’s already ransomed us. It’s not legal for a Christian to be in captivity… that’s not God’s heart. We only stay captive when we allow ourselves to be captive. God’s already made the way.
God is not just some cosmic watchmaker. He is very much involved in your life! He numbered the very hairs on your head. He’s waiting for us to interact with Him, to seek Him wholeheartedly so He can move in each aspect of our lives.
Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ Jeremiah 33:3
Call to Him. God invites us to ask Him for understanding and revelation so He can answer with hope.
But as it is written:
“Eye has not seen, nor ear heard,
Nor have entered into the heart of man
The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”
But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. 1 Cor. 2:9-10
God reveals by His Spirit things that your eye hasn’t seen – things prepared beforehand for you. Things your mind can’t conceive. Faith brings your mind into knowing as you agree with God’s revelation. When you know the God of hope, you have a future filled with hope!
We know in part, and we see in part; however, as we lean into our future, God gives us glimpses of His plans. If you believe it, you can see what God has for you! Declare this over yourself. Get alone with God and proclaim, “I am fearfully wonderfully made!”
He has a good future planned for you! There is so much available – now! But we must choose to abide, we choose to obey God and keep your heart open to God. Stepping into that destiny and calling causes a supernatural shift in your life and in the lives of those around you. God has made the way – will you step in?
For a more in-depth look at your Future Filled with Hope, watch the recent Passion Church sermon: