September 21, 2020
good friend John Shiver's wonderful
book, Discoveries in Ministry,
he states, "In the moment when things
look as though they cannot get any
worse, it could be that this is the
moment of destiny when the true
character and content of our hearts'
resolve will be manifested."
you there today? In a very low place?
Faced with a destiny-determining
These crucial moments do not come every
day but rather just a few times in our
lives. Remember in these rare moments to
put faithfulness to God and His present
calling on your life first, before any
other desire or interest or claim upon
your life. Even if you risk rejection,
loss, suffering, or apparent failure, be
obedient to God and His call. And trust
Him to take care of all the consequences
of your obedience to His will.
The great characters of the Bible all
came to these crucial moments and made
the right decision.
Ruth decided to stay loyal to Naomi and
her God even when it meant leaving her
country forever to go to a land she had
never been to before. Abraham chose to
sacrifice Isaac, because God had
explicitly said to do so, and trusted
that God, somehow, would raise him from
the dead to fulfill his solemn promise
(Hebrews 11:17–19). Esther chose to risk
her life by entering Xerxes' court
uninvited because it was necessary to
save her people from Haman's impending
These were the decisions that determined
the greatness of their destinies in God.
We remember their names, admire their
characters, and follow their ways, all
because of these crucial, pivotal
decisions. In making these choices they
forged great faith – utter confidence in
God's unfailing faithfulness to His Word
regardless of supporting or
contradicting evidences. They also
snapped the bonds of the things of this
world that had previously held them back
from complete commitment, total
consecration, and full, Christlike,
sacrificial obedience. What costly
decision do you face today?
Whatever it is, choose the path of trust
in God and obedience to His will at all
costs. That is how God forges deep,
godly character in us and fits us to
fulfill our destinies in Christ to
minister strong comfort, clarifying
enlightenment, and sure hope to His
troubled, confused people in these dark
Jesus will soon revive His church. And
in the coming revival all His people
will be not only blessed but also faced
with key character-building decisions.
When He visits us, will He find that you
have already made your own
destiny-determining decision? And that
you are ready to help others do so?
Making my crucial choices,