By Rev. Ted Pike
18 Nov 13

Editor's Note: This is an edited version of the recorded Bible study under this title at

At any time of day or night, one can turn on multiple channels of religious TV and hear the same message: that God has a wonderful destiny for every Christian, which includes all the elements of the American dream. It means abundance of money, material things, professional success, physical healing and even happy and obedient children. All that is necessary to access this destiny is to discover the heavenly secrets that will unfold it. Usually these are to patronize televangelists’ tapes and books, seed tithe to get the heavenly flow going, and affirm that if you believe it, and profess it repeatedly enough, your destiny will shower you with fulfillment and blessing.

Yes, Scripture does say that God is able to do abundantly above all that we think and ask. But God and the Bible do not say we will become materially successful if we follow certain steps. The Bible describes true success as spiritual. And it says the best way to realize our destiny is twofold.

Most importantly: Possess a consecrated humble heart, which the Holy Spirit creates in us when we sacrifice everything to Him. Scripture says if the Lord does not build a house, they labor in vain who build it. Pleasing God through total willingness opens the possibility that God can give you any kind of destiny He desires. If he does not find you in such a heart, He can do nothing. It was said of Jesus that because of the unbelief of one town in Israel, even He, the Creator of the universe, could do nothing there because of their unbelief.

Second, it is only commonsense that we prepare for our future with hard work, taking practical measures. It is not Biblical or spiritual to believe that if we have sufficient faith God will give us money, food or a home without our participation.

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