Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “coincidence” as… “the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection.”
Mmmmhhhh…. (wait…I’m thinking)
Coincidences…don’t have shit to do with “children of God.” They don’t. Everything that happens…in the life of a child of God…is happening because God is allowing it to happen. Now, don’t get it twisted. I did not say He causes it (even though He does cause certain things to happen. He has allowed the earth to ). I said He allows it to happen. And, this is regardless as to whether we think…the certain happening…is good, bad or in between.
Another way of thinking about something happening by “coincidence”…is to say it happened “by chance.” Merriam Webster defines “chance” as… “something that happens unpredictably without discernible human intention or observable cause.” There is a saying that goes something like this… “what happened was by the luck of the draw.” “Luck”…means what??? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING! There is no such thing as “luck.” To be honest…I hate it when folk say to me “good luck.” What the *^%$ does that mean…anyway??? In actuality, they are wishing me nothing about whatever situation they are commenting on. So…. What the hell is the point of saying anything???
Let’s keep going…
When we were born…as a child of God…(& not everyone is a child of God…THEIR NOT!)…we were born with a God given destiny. Meaning??? God sent us into this earthly realm to follow His will for our lives. Think about it like a puzzle. Each child of God is a “puzzle piece.” That “puzzle piece” (which is you), fits into a specific part of the puzzle. No one else can do what you were put on earth to do. No one else can fill the spot, in the puzzle, that is designated for you. Your life journey is doing all that God needs you to do, so you can fill in your spot in the puzzle.
Many moons ago, the Heavenly Father told me audibly… “You are going to build my Kingdom of Heaven, on earth, in preparation for the return of Jesus.” Now, that sounds broad. But…but…but… He actually gets very…very specific with what He wants each of His children to do. He has given me extremely specific things that I need to do, to carry out my mission. My God given destiny. This is the sole purpose for me living and breathing.
Why is it important for me to carry out my God given destiny? PEOPLE!…this is everything! If you do not carry out this destiny, you can’t be reconciled with the Father. You can’t get back home to the Father. And, for those who have a problem with what I just said, I say this… These are not my words but, those of Jesus. If you got a problem with them, then, I suggest you take it up with Him & we’ll see how that works our for YOU!
Let’s keep going…
One day, Jesus was talking to His disciples about His destiny, as a man, on this earth. His destiny included Him dying on the cross…in order to take away the sins of man.
O.k…let us just pause here for a moment…and reflect…on what I just told you…
CAN YOU IMAGINE THIS!!!
What must our Savior…as a man…must have been going through during this time. To know that you are about to die…not for anything you have done wrong…but, for all the wrongs…others…have done. The Bible does give us a glimpse into the level of stress that Jesus was under during this time.
“39 He came out and went, as was his custom, to the Mount of Olives; and the disciples followed him. 40 When he reached the place, he said to them, “Pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” 41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him and gave him strength. 44 In his anguish he prayed more earnestly, and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down on the ground. 45 When he got up from prayer, he came to the disciples and found them sleeping because of grief, 46 and he said to them, “Why are you sleeping? Get up and pray that you may not come into the time of trial.” (Luke 22:39-46)
MY GOD! MY GOD! Do you see??? Jesus was under such a mountain of stress…He sweated blood! My heart…LITERALLY weeps…for Him…when I think about Him going through all of this. I hope you know that Jesus…TRULY…is the MOST beautiful man that HAS EVER walked this earth as a human being. How can my spirit…not drop to its knees…just thinking about Him? He is my Lord…and my Love!
As, I was saying earlier…Jesus had a discussion with His disciples about the fact that His destiny…was to die for the sins of man.
Here’s how that discussion went down…
“21 From that time on, Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and undergo great suffering at the hands of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and on the third day be raised. 22 And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him, saying, “God forbid it, Lord! This must never happen to you.” 23 But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; for you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.
24 Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any want to become my followers, let them deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit them if they gain the whole world but forfeit their life? Or what will they give in return for their life?
27 “For the Son of Man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay everyone for what has been done. 28 Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”” (Luke 22:21-28)
Jesus told the disciples that if they wanted to follow Him…and get back to the Father…then, they MUST… “deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” Do you see the prerequisites? To get back to our Heavenly Father, we must, first, deny ourselves. Meaning??? Meaning, we must put what we want aside, and put what the Heavenly Father wants…first. His will must be the priority in how we live our lives. Again, we were created to serve His purpose for our lives (our God given destiny). When Jesus was sweating blood…in anticipation of the suffering He was about to go through…what did He say to the Father??? Jesus said… “42 “Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me; yet, not my will but yours be done.””
Look at that… “yet, not my will but yours be done.”
O.k… The other prerequisite that Jesus tells the disciples…is that they need to… “take up their cross.” Meaning??? Meaning… “our destiny.” The “taking up of our cross” …is another way of saying…we must carry out the destiny we were created to carry out for God’s purposes. Meaning…that Jesus’ destiny…His ‘taking up of His cross’… was to die on the cross for our sins…so we can have the opportunity to be reconciled with the Heavenly Father.
How do you find out what your “destiny” is…your… “taking up of your cross?” For that, you have to come into a close relationship with the Heavenly Father. It is the only way. It was through building a close relationship with the Father, that He started talking to me audibly (yes, just like He did with Moses…NO KIDDING! NO KIDDING!) The Heavenly Father tells me exactly what He wants me to do so I can stay on my path…of carrying out my God given destiny. When I say…EXACTLY…I mean EXACTLY! I have all kinds of supernatural experiences with the Heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit…ON A DAILY BASIS! HOW COOL…IS THAT!!!
And, know this… If He will do this for me…HE WILL DO IT FOR YOU…TOO! The Heavenly Father does not want any of His children lost. He wants His children to be reconciled to Him.
Let’s keep going…
I built a closer relationship with the Father by reading the Bible…and praying to Him. The more I read the Bible…the more I prayed. The more I prayed…the more I read the Bible. And… The more I read the Bible and the more I prayed, the more I wanted to follow the will of the Heavenly Father. Yes, I gave my life to Him…since He gave His…for me. That’s the least I could do. I NOW have such a love for Him that sometimes, I think my physical body…can’t even hold it all.
OH, YEAH! The Heavenly Father also pulls me up into Heaven, when He wants to…while I’m wide awake! HOW CAN I NOT KNOW HOW REAL HE IS WHEN HE SHOWS ME ALL OF THESE MIRACULOUS…SUPERNATURAL THINGS…ON A DAILY BASIS!!!
Let’s keep going…
God has given us a destiny to fulfill while we are on this earth…BUT…BUT…BUT…He did not say it was going to be smooth sailing…all the time. NO! There is a little wrinkle that comes into play which…sure enough…tries to take you off your path…in fulfilling your God given destiny. And…that little wrinkle has a name. What is it??? It is that DAMNED Devil! And, the Devil is not a foe…to be taken lightly. Just like “The Terminator” had the one mission to destroy Sarah Connor…the Devil’s one mission is to DESTROY all of God’s children. Yes…you…you…& YES, you, too. And, you can’t hide. HELL NO! Ain’t no hiding! The Devil is a spirit being and he can get to where you are…in a “split” second.
The Devil…does not want you to fulfill your God given destiny because that brings about GOOD…on the earth. The Devil HATES…good. That bastard wants to prevent any godly good from manifesting on this hellish earth. The Devil…also does not want you to fulfill your God given destiny because he does not want you to be reconciled with the Heavenly Father after you die. As I’ve told you, he wants to destroy you before you can be reconciled with the Father. In this way, you would join him in Hell, as opposed to being with the Father in Heaven. So…what does the Devil do??? Remember, nothing is new under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 1:9) His tricks are the same damn tricks he tried on Jesus…when Jesus walked the earth…as a man.
The Bible tells us…
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. 3 The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” 4 But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, 6 saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’” 7 Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor; 9 and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” 10 Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.” (Matthew 4:1-11)
OH, MY GOODNESS! The Devil did everything he could to try to take Jesus off His mark. The Devil tried to tempt Jesus with power…wealth…& vanity. And, remember He wasn’t trying to do this for nothing. Satan did not want Jesus to die on the cross…for the redemption of man. So, he was trying to do all his evil ass could…to pull Jesus away from the Heavenly Father. He tried to tempt Jesus three separate times…but, the shit didn’t work. Why? Because Jesus stayed…the course. Jesus kept His eyes on the Prize…which was the will of the Heavenly Father. And… Jesus resisted the Devil. This resistance is what caused the Devil to flee.
We would ALL do well to follow the path Jesus took (to get the Devil off of His back)…when the Devil tries to tempt us. Now, make no mistake about it…the Devil is going to come…& keep coming…at you. THIS IS WHAT HE DOES! THIS IS ALL HE DOES! DESTROY! DESTROY! DESTROY! Not my words…but, those of God.
The Bible tells us… “8 Discipline yourselves, keep alert. Like a roaring lion your adversary the devil prowls around, looking for someone to devour.” (1 Peter 5:8) And, remember… The Devil does not work alone. No. He has a gazillion fallen angels (DEMONS)…& human workers…to assist him…in any take downs.
What gives the Devil an advantage, in dealing with us humans is this… Our flesh. Yes, our flesh. That is the side of us…that hates the God side of us. Again, not my words, but those of God. PLEEEEEASE…PAY ATTENTION!…to what I’m telling you!!!
The Bible says…
“16 Live by the Spirit, I say, and do not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For what the flesh desires is opposed to the Spirit, and what the Spirit desires is opposed to the flesh; for these are opposed to each other, to prevent you from doing what you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not subject to the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5: 16-21)
To add insult to injury…the “flesh” side of us…is weak as hell. The Bible says… “40 Then he came to the disciples and found them sleeping; and he said to Peter, “So, could you not stay awake with me one hour? 41 Stay awake and pray that you may not come into the time of trial; the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”” (Matthew 26: 40-41)
O.k… So, we have this vulnerability of being part “flesh.” What do we do?
We recognize this as a weakness…and…we strengthen ourselves. We strengthen the “spirit”…the “God side”…of ourselves. How??? By, like a said before, coming into closer relationship with the Heavenly Father. Read His word in the Bible and memorize it. Meditate on it…day & night. (And, I’m not talking about in some half-assed way) Follow God’s directives in the Bible. He will then, give us His power to overcome the weaknesses of our flesh. There is nothing that the Devil can throw at us…that God won’t help us prevail against…if we walk with Him. If we put Him first…and let Him direct our steps. God will show us…in great detail…how to have great success against the Devil…when he comes…trying to devour us.
The Heavenly Father tells us this…
“5 No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous; for you shall put this people in possession of the land that I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to act in accordance with all the law that my servant Moses commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, so that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth; you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to act in accordance with all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall be successful. 9 I hereby command you: Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:5-9)
The Devil has been watching mankind for eons and he too…knows the flesh side of us is truly our weak side. So, what will he do??? He will play to our weaknesses in trying to tempt us to go against the will of God. In other words, that damned Devil will do everything he is big enough to do…to try to get us to sin against God. The Devil wants to prevent us from fulfilling our God given destiny. He wants us to engage in every behavior that God hates. Ultimately… He wants us to die in our sins so that we WON’T be reconciled with the Heavenly Father. In other words, he wants us to JOIN HIM IN HELL!
As I told you a bit earlier…Jesus says to us… “Discipline yourselves, keep alert.” Meaning??? Meaning…we must walk in the will of God and be watchmen on the wall. Meaning…we must pay attention to everything that is happening around us and to us…and seek understanding about why…what is happening…is happening. Nothing happens by accident to a child of God. Let me say it again. Nothing happens by accident to a child of God. Everything that is happening to us is for a reason. It is either God trying to push us in His direction…OR…the Devil trying to lead us into Hell. You must be able to discern/know…which one it is.
First, we must look to our Heavenly Father… “the light.” And, we must stay prayerful and ask the Heavenly Father…24/7…why…what is happening…happening. Pray that He directs your path in how you respond to what is happening. Ask Him to reveal to you if what is happening…is of Him…or of the Devil. Ask Him to Bless you so that you only do those things that are in accord with His divine and holy will. When I said…ask…I really mean…beg. BEG!…and BEG your ass off!!! Beg as if your life depends on it. Because, guess what???… IT DOES!!! And, not just your physical life. While that is of grave importance, more important is your spiritual well-being. Why? Because if you are not where you need to be…in proper relationship with God…when your physical body dies, you will end up in hell. Sure enough. And, remember this…
There are no do-overs. I don’t give a damn about what those “new agers” … “old agers” …whatever “the hell”…they are calling themselves these days…tell you. There is no such thing as “reincarnation” …so you can do it better…the next time. If you don’t do it right this time…it is “curtains for you mack.”
Stop taking shit for face value if you don’t know what is really going on. Just because something appears “innocent” enough…does not make it necessarily so. NOT AT ALL! “ALERT!” The Devil…his demons…& human workers are probably not going to tell you…they are around you because they want to…destroy you. What do you think??? And, remember… The Devil is not going to STOP! (not until Jesus returns) He’s coming today, tomorrow & the day after that.
Let’s say that you are a woman…and a girlfriend…invites you to go out to a club…for a girl’s night out. You know… So, yall can unwind…from the stressors of life…and, let it hang out…so, to speak. And, you say… “sure…let’s do this thing.” Innocent, enough right???
O.k… So, yall are at the club, dancing, prancing…kind of romancing…blah, blah, blah. And, guess what??? You see this fine ass man…no, I’m serious…his ass is fine. And, guess what else??? He approaches yall and ask you if you want to dance. Oh, my goodness! You are so flattered by all this “fineness” …you dance with him. Well… One dance…leads to another…another and before you know it…you and him are on your door step. YEP! He wants to come in…and it’s not so he can let the dog out. (Well, not the one that “barks,” anyway) You…giggly…oblige. And, guess what??? You end up having sexual intercourse.
Now, none of this…is in God’s plan for your life. But, here we are. Why??? Because you were led by your flesh and not by the spirit. You sinned against God by fornicating. You were not married to this man. Shit… You didn’t even know this man.
Besides the fornication, you gave into all kinds of temptations that night. First, you went to a club/bar…which God considers a den of iniquity. Why a den of iniquity??? Because where is the God purpose there. How is being in a club…carrying out the will of God? Somebody please, tell me because…I am listening.
Because, from where I’m standing, I see this… People are there getting drunk. People are getting into quarrels and fights (sometimes, deadly). People are being obscene in words & deeds (and, not necessarily because of being drunk). People are there tempting others to lust after them. People are lusting after folk they don’t even know. People are inappropriately touching others, in a sexual way, who don’t want to be touched in that way. People have come to the club to make sexual hookups. And… People are making sexual hookups with folk they are not married to. And, so forth…and so forth…
All of this shit that I just mentioned…stems from the works of the Devil…not, God.
Check it out…
19 Now the works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, anger, quarrels, dissensions, factions, 21 envy, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these. I am warning you, as I warned you before: those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5: 16-21)
If God had been leading you (because you asked Him to), you would not have been in the club to start with. Why? God does not have us going into den’s of iniquity unless…your ass is standing up on table…with a Bible in hand…preaching “over that loud ass music”…about the Gospel. And, since the owner of “da club” …would definitely call the police to haul you away…that, too…would not be going on for too…long. So, unless there is a God purpose in what we are doing…we ain’t got no business doing it. Remember, we were created for His purposes…and His purposes alone.
The invitation to go a club…may at first, seem innocent…& coincidental…but, NOTHING…with God’s children is EVER…coincidental. Everything that presents itself before us…is always a time for us to choose, the ways of God…OR…the ways of the Devil.
We must discipline ourselves to stop going through life…all willy nilly…without a clue…as to what is really going on. We do not have that luxury. God is not going to excuse our ignorance about what He expects from us. HE’S NOT! Many of His children are perishing every single day…lost to Hell…because they lack knowledge…about the will and ways of God. The Bible tells us…
“Hear the word of the Lord, O people of Israel;
for the Lord has an indictment against the inhabitants of the land.
There is no faithfulness or loyalty,
and no knowledge of God in the land.
2 Swearing, lying, and murder,
and stealing and adultery break out;
bloodshed follows bloodshed.
3 Therefore the land mourns,
and all who live in it languish;
together with the wild animals
and the birds of the air,
even the fish of the sea are perishing. 4 Yet let no one contend,
and let none accuse,
for with you is my contention, O priest.
5 You shall stumble by day;
the prophet also shall stumble with you by night,
and I will destroy your mother.
6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;
because you have rejected knowledge,
I reject you from being a priest to me.” (Hosea 4:1-6)
WE MUST learn the will and ways of God. WE MUST learn what our God given destiny is…and stay on that path. It is when we are not on the path…that He chooses for us…that the Devil sneaks his no good ass in…to wreak havoc.
And, know this…
Every time you ignore God’s will…and choose our own…shit is going to go south…& keep going south for you…until you end up in Hell.
Iris R. Whiting ©