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1169th -- Destined Or Determined?


It is important in life that we always have a never give up sense of being.
No matter how many times we have failed or fallen short in times past, we 
must be determined to stand up and try again knowing that success is 
surely ahead of us. We must remind ourselves that the one who gets the 
prize is the one who believes that victory is within their reach. The one 
who overcomes is the one who has an assured knowing that they are meant to 
be great in life no matter what their circumstances look like right now. 
We must be unwavering in our resolve, we must be unmoved in our 
determination and we must believe that with God by our side nothing shall 
be impossible for us. (Psalm 28:7-8) (Mark 10:27)

I want you to know and believe for yourself that a new beginning is always 
possible with God. He is able to revive the dreams that we had given up 
on, He is faithful to lead us onto the right path towards victory and God 
is able to give us a quiet confidence to know that through Him nothing 
shall be impossible to us. Don't be hard on yourself because of your past 
failings, but rather be encouraged to start anew and believe that greatness
still resides within your heart. Stand up again, try again, persevere 
through the tough times keeping your eyes of faith focused on the 
faithfulness of the Lord and I promise you will receive what you 
determinedly set your mind and heart on accomplishing.
(Isaiah 1:18) (Lamentations 3:55-58) (Psalm 103:1-5)

I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to believe that you 
can rise up again no matter what difficulties you have faced in the past. 
You and God are a majority so reach forth with confidence and be all that 
God has made you to be.


A sky-diving instructor was asked, “How many successful jumps must a 
student make before he or she can become certified?”

He answered, “All of them.”

Sky diving, however, is the exception. Is your life built on a series of 
successes? Do you usually attempt something new and immediately succeed, 
then succeed again and again? Or more likely, do you find that it is the 
other way around?

Our successes are often built on smaller failures. We fell off the bike a 
few times before we learned to ride. And we produced a few culinary 
failures before we baked a successful layered cake or prepared a 
satisfactory omelet.

Tom Hopkins observes, “The number of times I succeed is in direct 
proportion to the number of times I can fail and keep on trying.” And 
Winston Churchill stated, “Success is going from failure to failure 
without a loss of enthusiasm.” They both agree that discouragement, rather 
than failure, is the enemy of success. Those who can remain hopeful and 
focused, though they fail, are those who will eventually succeed.

In all, Emily Dickinson is said to have written nearly eighteen hundred 
poems. Though fewer than a dozen were published in her lifetime and the 
first volume of her poetry was not published until four years after her 
death, Dickinson's success is attributed to the fact that she did not 
allow discouragement to keep her from her poetry.

As she wrote so beautifully:

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the 
tune without the words And never stops at all.”

Hope...never stops. Where would we be today had Emily Dickinson lost her 
enthusiasm for writing? Though largely unrecognized, she kept her desire 
alive and we now remember her as one of the great poets of all time.

It's good to remember that success may be just beyond the next failure, 
and you'll get there, not because you're destined to, but because you're 
determined to.

By Steve Goodier

Read and meditate on these scriptures:

James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers 
temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 
But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, 
wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth
to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”

2 Corinthians 4:15-17 “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant
grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. 
For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the 
inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but 
for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of 

Jeremiah 29:11-14 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith 
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 
Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will 
hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search 
for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD...”

Psalm 91:14-16 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I 
deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name. He 
shall call upon Me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; 
I will deliver him, and honour him. With long life will I satisfy him, and 
shew him My salvation.”

All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible. 

Today's Selected Poem: WHAT IS FAITH?
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/enpoem118.htm

Today's Selected Testimony: JESUS IS THE FAITHFUL PROVIDER
Click here to read --- http://www.Godswork.org/testimony96.htm

In Christ’s Service,

Dwayne Savaya
God’s Work Ministry


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