The abc’s of Believing: D – Decisive

“I heard his voice. At the sound of it I fainted, fell flat on the ground, face in the dirt. A hand touched me and pulled me to my hands and knees.‘Daniel,’ he said, ‘man of quality, listen carefully to my message. And get up on your feet. Stand at attention. I’ve been sent to bring you news.’ When he had said this, I stood up, but I was still shaking. ‘Relax, Daniel,’ he continued, ‘don’t be afraid. From the moment you decided to humble yourself to receive understanding, your prayer was heard, and I set out to come to you. Daniel 10:9-12 MSG


The most decisive battles of our destinies are fought on our knees. Not with people or circumstances.

Your destiny is not just about what God can or will do. Your destiny is a partnership. You must play your part.

We concern ourselves too much with God and what He is or isn’t doing. Or we mourn over our circumstance and think, “If only... then I would see… then I would do.”

No, no, no, dear heart.

That’s not it!

The decisive doors to destiny are first opened, in His Presence, on our knees, quietly listening.

Then, we seek.

Then, we do.

If you want heaven to move on your behalf—you must do your part.

“The secret prayer chamber is a bloody battleground. Here violent and decisive battles are fought out. Here the fate of souls for time and eternity is determined, in quietude and solitude.” ― Ole Hallesby

You must be decisive and resolute in this! Destinies are first decided in the unseen realms of heaven, not here on earth. If you see nothing happening, perhaps you should ask yourself, “Am I waiting on God, or, is God waiting on me?”

How much time have you spent with Him discussing this dream you have in your heart?

How much time have you spent listening to His heart about this dream?

He is with us at all times.

“The air which our body requires envelops us on every hand. The air which our souls need also envelops all of us at all times and on all sides. God is round about us in Christ on every hand, with his many sided and all-sufficient grace. All we need to do is to open our hearts.” – Ole Hallesby

Our own prayerlessness may be the cause of our delays.

God can move at any time—but He won’t move without you.

I believe many of us are asking for destinies that would kill us.

(Yes, that’s right.)

We ask for things we are simply not prepared to handle.

And God is NOT a God of confusion or callous uncaring. He will not give you something that will crush or derail your life.

He has your highest and best, in His plan, and in His heart at all times.

So, again, here’s the deal: If you are asking for HUGE things? Be prepared to make decisions for HUGE changes—in you, in your spouse, in your work, in where you live, etc.

Ask yourself, are you fighting the changes God wants you to make?

God will prepare you for your destiny.

3981435b1896c538ce4546eaa85ac566Love wouldn’t do anything less. But, as I said earlier, you have a crucial part to play.

  • Deciding for your destiny means surrender—absolute and total surrender.
  • It means deciding on a prayer life of seeking what God wants—His will and His way.
  • And, it means deciding to obey Him, with absolutely no exceptions.

Right here, is where the peace of His Presence will lead you. And these three points are pivotal, because your decisions here, will open or close destiny’s door.

Your prayers of helplessness and struggle.

If you are struggling with a decision in any of these areas please remember:

“…Your helplessness is your best prayer. It calls from your heart to the heart of God with greater effect than all your uttered pleas. He hears it from the very moment that you are seized with helplessness, and He becomes actively engaged at once in hearing and answering the prayer of your helplessness.” – Ole Hallesby

Don’t forget. Jesus looked to His Father in everything—He wrestled in prayer in Gethsemane.

And Daniel? He was frightened; though he loved God, he also struggled in prayer.

When you can’t get past the struggle?

Sometimes the most trusting thing we can “do” is just lay it all down and rest; leaving it all with God.

“It is not necessary to maintain a conversation when we are in the presence of God. We can come into His presence and rest our weary souls in quiet contemplation of Him. Our groanings, which cannot be uttered, rise to Him and tell Him better than words how dependent we are upon Him.”

“There come times when I have nothing more to tell God. If I were to continue to pray in words, I would have to repeat what I have already said. At such times it is wonderful to say to God, “May I be in Thy presence, Lord? I have nothing more to say to Thee, but I do love to be in Thy presence.” – Ole Hallesby

“Quiet down… Listen! Sit down and rest… Recover your strength. Gather around me. Say what’s on your heart. Together let’s decide what’s right.” Isaiah 41: 1 MSG