How to live your destiny

By Jim Graff
Dec. 29, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.
Updated Dec. 30, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Jim Graff

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During college, I attended Oral Roberts University, a university dedicated to teaching students to live a life guided by the Holy Spirit.

As I got older and began to make more adult decisions, I came to the realization that the Holy Spirit isn't our only constant companion in this life. Trouble is, too, and it's much less welcomed than the other.

The truth is that many of us don't miss out on the destiny God has for us because we aren't listening to the Holy Spirit. But we may miss out on it if we don't learn how to deal with the trouble that tries to stand between us and the life God has for us.

In Matthew 7, Jesus gives us a few heart traits that will help us deal with trouble the God way. The first is found in verse 7 when He says, "Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for."

There's a reason God doesn't make prayer an ask-and-receive immediately dialogue. Why? Well, let's think about it. What relationships do you treasure most?

If you're like me, you cherish the ones who have been through trouble with you. The ones who didn't give up on you but comforted you and gave you wisdom when you needed it most. Those relationships likely deepened during that time, and you create a bond stronger than most.

That's what God wants with you. he wants you to run to Him in trouble and allow Him to put His comfort and wisdom on you. If you will, the enemy won't stand a chance.

The second is found in the next verse. It says, "For everyone who asks receives." Jesus wants us to live with a heart that recognizes that God's promises are definite. What He says goes.

Jim Graff is the senior pastor of Faith Family Church in Victoria. Visit



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