One of the more common ways to become successful is setting goals. Depending upon how motivated the individual, time lines are set in the form of dreams, serving as a road map for the next several years. During this journey, there will be many barriers, obstacles and mountain peaks to climb. Anyone who gives up along the way is in danger of missing their destiny, purpose and reason for being born.
In which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient, Ephesians 2:2.
Depression is like a valley or place which holds you down, sucking your desire and will to move on. According to the apostle Paul, there is a force, a spiritual presence in the air who feeds on disobedience. The Bible lists a series of mountains that can prevent individuals from discerning and living out God’s will on earth.
- Distractions – Lust for treasures cost Achan and his family their lives, Joshua 7:25-26.
- Doubt – Caused the Israelites to second guess God’s promised land, Numbers 32:9.
- Hurt – Pain has a way of leading individuals to tap out, losing all hope, Psalm 34:18.
- Dryness – Arid periods in life can numb souls, questioning life’s purpose, Ezekiel 37:1.
- Guilt – David, Judas and Peter all were consumed by this spirit, 2 Samuel 12:7.
- Decisions – Poor decisions can poison and ruin lives, 1 Corinthians 15:33.
- Sin – Those who deny the presence of disobedience walk in darkness, 1 John 1:8-10.
See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction, Deuteronomy 30:15.
During his farewell address, Moses provides a blueprint to fulfill your destiny in this life. The key to success in this life lies in one’s ability to obey God. People are not forced to believe and follow. Rather, its up to you to choose wisely. The future is in your hands by either choosing life through obedience to God or death by embracing the ways of the world. How you respond will dictate whether you fulfill or miss your destiny. Choose life.
by Jay Mankus