Spiritual destiny speaks of the inevitability of God accomplishing that which He previously determined for your life. The Bible teaches God’s intimate involvement in your life, engaging with you every step of the way for His glory. Therefore, recognising God’s determined and purposeful love working through your belief should fuel your response of worship.
Belief with destiny speaks of God’s intentional long-term plans for you, beginning with His gospel. There was never anything temporary or transient in God’s thinking when He formulated the gospel in eternity past (Eph 1:4; 2Ti 1:9). The idea that salvation is some kind of easy come, easy go spiritual option which can be exchanged for another option is utterly foreign to God. As man’s will never had any part to play in the design or initiation of the gospel, so man’s will has no place in the ultimate destination for those saved through the gospel.
Much anxiety is escaped by overlaying God’s wisdom on your expectations of life because it’s God who employs every phase of life for His purposes. Therefore, recognising God’s involvement in the timeline of your life instils assurance.
If you have trusted your life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, there are three basic stages of life which God has implemented His planed will with purposed destiny.
God planned your salvation
David observed that the Lord “created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb” (Psalm 139:13). He confessed, “you hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me” (Psalm 139:5). God manoeuvred David despite his wrong decisions in life.
Likewise, “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). God was working on our unmerited salvation long before we realised what was going on. “Even when we were dead in our trespasses, [God] made us alive together with Christ…” (Ephesians 2:5). That is God’s determinative grace at work.
God planned your life for usefulness
Paul even acknowledge God’s purposes in the painful afflictions of his ministry (1Th 3:3-4). No circumstance is wasted by God as He intertwines His purposes into the fabric of our lives for His glory. He has calculated all the variables of our inconsistencies, our failings, and others bad treatment of us for keeping His plans on track.
In Ephesians 2:10, Paul explains that “we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” The Lord intends us to walk with Him through each and every chapter of life as willing and obedient participants expressing the “fruit of the Spirit” (Gal 5:22) doing good works as opportunity permits.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). We rightly plan our lives out, others may impact those plans for better or for worse, and circumstances modify those plans. But it’s God who determines and adjusts the outcome and longevity of our plans to accommodate His will.
God planned your heavenly home
Romans 8:30 tells us that “those whom he [God] predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.” The believers eternal heavenly destination is as certain as their salvation was. It is God alone “who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen” (Jude 1:24-25).