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MY DESTINY 

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 7:6, Matthew 28:19, Acts 13:22, Romans 12:1

Memory verse: Ephesians 2:10
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

Lead—In

Previously we have studied about the will of God for our lives and the plan He has for us. Today we will learn that each of us is a person of destiny. You as a young person have a work to do in your lifetime that God has assigned specifically to you. You as a believer in Christ have been set apart for a particular purpose.

Destiny is a predetermined course of events. Before your birth, the Lord determined the objectives He wanted you to achieve. God's master plan for fulfilling his purposes includes you. He wants you, needs you and will use you to bring glory to His Name and advance His Kingdom here on earth.

One meaningful thing that occurs when we accept Jesus as our Saviour is discovering that we are not here by chance; rather we are placed here by God Almighty. He has something planned for us and He will help us achieve it.

Ask: How does recognition of the fact that you are a person of destiny affect your attitude about your education, career, marriage and relationship with the Lord? (Allow responses.)

Hearing God's Word

Understanding that you are a person of destiny does generate excitement, motivation and high expectations for the future. It also causes you to lean on the Lord for strength and the Holy Spirit's guidance. You will succeed for the Lord will be with you each step of the way. Let us look at the part the Lord plays in making your destiny a reality.

GOD'S DESIGN: I Have a Destiny

(Lead the students in saying the memory verse three times.) The apostle Paul explains in Ephesians 2:10 that we are "God's handiwork." When purchasing a pair of tennis shoes, the name of the designer and the location where they were manufactured is important for it determines the shoes' quality. You have been put together by the best designer, the Lord, and consequently you are a quality product.

The Holy Spirit "created you in Christ Jesus" when you accepted Jesus as your Saviour and were born again. This creation experience is explained in 2 Corinthians 5:17, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" You are His handiwork and He is growing you, shaping you into the person He wants you to be.

You have been destined to "do good works." The Lord wants you to strive for excellence in all you attempt to do. This applies to personal development, fulfilling responsibilities, and meeting the spiritual and physical needs of others. The apostle Paul put it this way in Colossians 3:17, "And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."

The tasks to perform today, this week, next month and in the years ahead are already determined, laid out and placed on your agenda by God. It is like going to the local tailor to have a suit or dress made. The tailor takes your measurements and designs the cloth to fit your body. In a similar way, the Lord lays out a design for your life that fits you perfectly. God has "prepared in advance" His tailor-made plan for your life.

GOD'S TREASURER: I Have Value

It is natural for everyone to desire significance, to be regarded highly, to be of value to their family, friends and society in general. We want to be worth something, to be a valued treasure.

Knowing God, knowing He loves us and knowing He has a plan for our lives gives us a sense of value. A value is attached to every product according to its worth, such as: a yam, a camel, a diamond or a skilled craftsman. Any person or thing greatly valued is considered a treasure. As God's handiwork, you are greatly valued—a treasure!

"The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession" (Deuteronomy 7:6).

GOD'S INSTRUMENT: All to Him I Surrender

Recognition of God's creative power in us, His advanced planning for our lives, and the fact that He values us as one of His choice treasures calls for a response on our part. What is the best we can do; what can express our gratitude to God? The best we can do is to commit to pleasing Him in every way, yielding our lives to His control, and fully surrendering to Him.

Three verses of Scripture that explain surrender to the Lordship of Jesus are: (Ask students to read the following verses.)

James 4:7, "Submit yourselves, then, to God."

Romans 12:1, "Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship."

Acts 13:22, "God testified concerning him (King David): 'I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.' "

Ask: What must you do to be a surrendered instrument in God's hand? (Allow responses.)

God has a plan. You are a part of that plan. God is depending on you to assist Him in fulfilling His plan. You are the instrument He has chosen. Being His hand extended depends on your willingness to surrender, yield, submit and offer Him your best.

Accepting God's Word

Living up to God's expectations will be a challenge. It will take a firm commitment, time spent in studying the Bible, daily prayer and active participation in the local church. Be sure to count your blessings and be quick to express your gratitude for each step forward in reaching the goal He has established for your life.

Present the information about the Mwera tribe given below. Show the video, if possible.

Meet the Mwera

LOCATION

Tanzania 692,000

RELIGION

Islam: 66%
Born-again Believers: 9.00%

SEE THE VIDEO
http://linkupafrica.com/media-gallery/detail/70/1110

The Mwera are a Bantu people group with roots in the northern part of Uganda near Lake Albert. Today the tip of their homeland touches the Indian Ocean at Kilwa Kivinje, Tanzania; moves inland with the Matumbi on their northern border and drops south to the Makonde escarpment.

The Mwera area is one of the most sparsely populated regions in Tanzania with only ten people per square kilometre. Rainfall is very light and the rivers flowing through their homeland dry up during the dry season forcing people to depend on waterholes for their normal supply of water. 

"Mwera" is a word that means, "those living in the mainland" far from the coast. Generally Mwera are known to be very peaceful. They live in small oval-shaped huts with grass-thatched roofs. Building an Mwera house is a family project. The men cut poles for framing the house; the women gather grass for thatching the roof and the young boys dig clay used to fill in the mud walls.

The Mwera are mainly subsistence farmers with beautiful fields of maize and peanuts. Because of tsetse flies it is impossible to raise cattle. They get most of their meat from hunting and fishing. Cashew nuts are the main cash crop but marketing charcoal is good income too for those living within 20 kilometres of coastal cities. 

The Mwera are a matrilineal society in which marriage requires the husband to move to the wife's premises. The children are named after the mother's brother, the maternal uncle who is responsible for important rituals and ceremonies. Both boys and girls go through traditional initiation rites that mould their cultural identities as men and women. 

ASSESSMENT

The Mwera are an animistic people who converted to Islam when Arab slave traders came and settled in their villages. Today all villages have a mosque but rarely a church. Folk Islam provides the people with a façade but below the surface, they are very much into witchcraft and traditional African religion.

APPEAL

God is moving among the Mwera. Though primarily Islamic, they are approachable. Many have accepted Jesus Christ as their Saviour. The harvest is ripe. Now is the time for messengers to assist the existing believers in presenting the gospel message and discipling new converts.

"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field" (Matthew 9:37-38).

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for the Mwera Tribe

1. God's grace to be extended to the Mwera,
2. Mwera learn to love the Lord Jesus Christ,
3. Love Jesus as long as they live.

Prayer Promise

"Grace to all who love our Lord Jesus Christ with an undying love" (Ephesians 6:24).

MORE INFORMATION: www.linkupafrica.com

Remember: MY DESTINY

Memory verse: Ephesians 2:10
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."

1. God has a place for me to serve.
2. He has a specific work for me to do.
3. I am ready to do whatever he asks me to do.

Pray for the Mwera tribe.

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