Monthly Manna Revelation: June 2022
Apostle Dr. James Brewton
Destiny means a predetermined state; a condition predestined by the Divine or human will; that which is inevitable in the fullness of time.
Romans chapter 8, verses 29-30 NKJV says: “For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover, whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.”
Destiny connections are kinship relationships birthed by God to join people for the achievement and advancement of God’s purpose and plan in the earth. You won’t get very far in the world without the assistance of people. This is why so many people are unfulfilled: They generally connect themselves to people they like, and not to those who are divine connections – kinship relationships – to their life and destiny.
God-connections are always fitted and orchestrated according to His plans and purposes. You don’t have to force them or make them happen, because they are predetermined. What we must do is discover our divine purpose, the reason we are here on earth, and move forward or activate it continuously by walking it out in real time. Your purpose is what you do seemingly effortless; it’s what you love and would do even if you never received compensation for it.
Destiny sees the greater picture, and not your present reality. Promotion should never be sought. Promotion finds those who are constant in pursuing their divine purpose – who stay the course to the completion of their divine assignment. Promotion comes from God: – Psalm 75: 6-7 from the KJV says:
“For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south. But God is the judge: he putteth down one, and setteth up another”
God joins people together so each will accomplish more than they could by themselves. There is power in unity. In Unity is where God commands the blessing. Saints of God must learn to work with others as a team, and not as competitors.
Psalm 133 says: “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing – Life forevermore.”
Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 says: “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up. Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone? Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”
Moses and Joshua understood this; Elijah and Elisha understood this; David and Jonathan understood this; Paul and Barnabas, Paul and Silas understood this. In every ministry there are at least three essentials that produce an atmosphere of joyous cooperation. They are objectives, people, and places.
First, whatever God plans, He pursues. God has objectives: Goals that he pursues—what He wants to accomplish through each of us working together. God’s plan unfolds in ways that confounds human wisdom and sometimes defies common sense. But it is His plan. And objectives are essential when they are His objectives, not ours.
Second, whomever God chooses He uses. That has to do with the necessity of people. And the people God chooses are never perfect, including me and you. In fact, we prove more useful to the Lord when we accept that reality and trust Him with our imperfections.
This doesn’t mean we’re free to operate in the flesh. Nor are we to rely on carnal plans or self-serving arrangements to meet our objectives. We are to walk in purity and holiness, in alignment with the Scriptures. But we are to understand that even though God chooses to use us, our imperfections don’t go away. Listen: if you fix your hopes and attentions on any one person, you’re likely to be disappointed, probably brokenhearted. Everyone has feet of clay. So resist the temptation to put people on pedestals.
Third, whomever God selects, He sends. Now we’re talking about places. Acts chapter 17, verse 26 says: “And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings.”
God’s ways are not our ways. His places are not the places we would choose to go on our own. God sends people of His choosing to places of His choosing. And going where He sends us will test our faith. And that includes adventure and risk. Someone once said:
“Life is not a problem to be solved; it is an adventure to be lived. That’s the nature of it, and has been, since the beginning when God set the dangerous stage for this high-stakes drama and called the whole wild enterprise ‘Good.’ He rigged the world in such a way that it only works when we embrace Risk as the theme of our lives, which is to say, only when we live by faith.” Saints of God won’t be truly blessed, happy until we have adventure in our work, in our love and in our spiritual life.
This is the skinny on what I’m saying: Don’t try to manage life all alone. The Christian life is a team effort. God has designed it that way according to His good will and purpose. We are the body of Christ! Let’s cooperate.
In the case of Elijah and Elisha, their destiny connection wasn’t just one of teamwork, it was one of a close, personal friend. 1 Kings 19:19-21:
So he departed from there and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, while he was plowing with twelve pairs of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth. Then Elijah passed by him and threw his mantle on him. And he left the oxen and ran after Elijah, and said, “Please let me kiss my father and my mother, then I will follow you.” And he said to him, “Go back again, for what have I done to you?” So Elisha turned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen and slaughtered them and boiled their flesh, using the oxen’s equipment, and gave it to the people, and they ate. Then he arose and followed Elijah, and became his servant.
Obviously, Elisha was a faithful steward of his work. Elijah found him working, plowing oxen. He was faithful to his parents and honored them by completing his current assignment. One cannot master their next assignment if they have not been faithful and consistent with their present one. Having completed his assignment to his father and mother, Elisha left his old assignment—from his understanding of purpose, and not from a pompous attitude immersed in his own pleasure. Elisha understood what Jesus taught in the Parable of the Unjust Servant in Luke chapter 16, that, in order to be entrusted with your own, you must first be faithful and committed to what is another man’s.
Let’s take a look at that in Scripture—Luke 16:10-12:
He who is faithful in what is least is faithful also in much; and he who is unjust in what is least is unjust also in much. Therefore if you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if you have not been faithful in what is another man’s, who will give you what is your own?
God allowed Elijah to pass his mantle to Elisha, his successor. But God did more than that, exceedingly more. Elisha “arose and followed Elijah and ministered to him.” So God not only gave Elijah a successor; He also raised up a close, personal friend—someone who loved Elijah and understood him well enough to minister to him and encourage him.
The relationship of a destiny connection consists of respect and honor: We should never entrust things of value to those who are lazy and unproductive with their own life and time. The moment Elijah threw his mantle on Elisha, he ran after Elijah and said, “Please let me kiss my father and mother, then I will follow you.” Elisha understood the importance of maximizing, finishing assignments with a spirit of excellence. He was a man of order. He understood that he could not walk in spiritual authority unless he first honored the authority of his parents.
As with any relationship, observation and questions are vital to the strength and success of the relationship. Questions reveal answers, and answers reveal hearts. As saints, we cannot afford to invest time and energy into relationships that are not linked to us as a destiny connection. Relationships that are not destiny connections—attached or aligned with your divine purpose and assignment—will generally become major distractions to our purpose and assignment in the earth.
Also, many saints receive neither promotion nor honor in their present assignments because they failed to respect, honor, and celebrate those who nurtured, groomed, developed, and gave them opportunities in their past assignment. How we handle present moments will determine our future realities in life!
As Elijah was about to be translated into heaven by a whirlwind, he reached the Jordan River, his ultimate earthly destination, and Elisha said, “As the Lord lives, I will not leave you.” Elijah had been trying to separate himself from Elisha ever since Gilgal, but this was just a test to ensure that Elisha was his true successor. But Elisha was relentless. He stayed by the old prophet’s side and crossed the Jordan with him; then Elijah turned to his friend and asked, “What can I do for you before the Lord takes me from this earth?” Elisha’s answer was, “I’d like a double dose of your spirit so I might know twice the power!”
“That’s a tough one,” Elijah tells Elisha. “But if you see me when I’m taken from you, then what you ask shall be yours. If you don’t, it will not be.” I can imagine Elisha’s eyes glued to Elijah. He probably didn’t even blink. As they were walking and talking together as two intimate friends would walk along together and talk, it happened.
What a fantastic moment that must have been. Suddenly, “A chariot of fire and horses of fire appeared, and Elijah went up to heaven in a whirlwind.”
Listen: When a man or woman of God dies, nothing of God dies. We can get so caught up in the lives of certain individuals that we begin to think we cannot do without them. When even a mighty servant of God goes home, God has many others ready, waiting in the wings.
Elisha may have been momentarily surprised and stunned, but that didn’t last long. Remembering Elijah’s words, he reached down and picked up the prophet’s cloak. Claiming the power that now was his, he crossed back over the Jordan and began his own prophetic ministry from that time on. God’s plan never missed a beat.
I’m sure the memory of Elijah—a man of heroism and humility—served to strengthen Elisha, whom God destined to use in even greater ways. Now that’s the power of a destiny connection!
As you fulfill your destiny in the earth, I believe you are empowered by Holy Spirit to overcome every hindrance, obstacle or setback, since these things are temporary; but the Word of God is eternal over your life. As you walk and move in God’s ordered steps, He will unlock every door to your provision, resources, and relationships that will enhance and maximize your destiny.
As you walk in alignment with your divine purpose and assignment, you will not be overpowered by distractions, dilemmas and delusions that do not cultivate or cause growth toward the destiny God has ordained for you. You will not be ruled by the opinions and thoughts of men; but you have the mind of Christ.
Not only has God ordained the right people—destiny connections—that are to be in your life, He also speaks to those people concerning you. You may not see eye to eye in everything, but you will work together to accomplish the assignment for the purpose of God. The favor of God rests upon your life because you walk in the blessing and authority of God.
Walk in the destiny God foreknew, predestined, called, justified and glorified for you. You don’t need man’s approval or applause to do that. Your desire is to please your heavenly Father; and because He is pleased, He releases His provision, peace and protection. He prolongs your life to fulfill the destiny and assignment that He ordained for your earthly life from before the foundation of the world!
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