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These daily devotions have been prepared by Sue Tinworth (sue@partnersinprayer.org.au). They include a weekly DESTINY question, daily readings through John, Daily Blessings and prayer pointers. BRIEF DEVOTION: Just read the words in blue.

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DELIGHT in Jesus: burn with love for Him. Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” (John 21:15,16,17) REFLECT on Jesus’ progressive questions: Do you burn with (agape) love for Me more than these? Do you burn with (agape) love for Me? or Do you (just) have (philo) great affection for Me? At the time the Great Apostle Peter could only admit to philo. Was Peter saddened by the repeated invitation to agape or by his lack of it? (John 21:17) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in seeing Jesus with your own eyes. In his resurrection Jesus showed that personal existence is not dependent upon matter. Instead matter depends on Him! Death is merely release from the physical limitation and powers of our physical bodies. “The most exalted outcome of submersion in the risen Christ is the transformation of the inner self to be like Him!” (Willard 1998 p307) Hill (2014) proposes “that our inheritance invariably lies beyond the chasm of our own prejudices. It could be that your sweet spot, your deep fulfilment, is with the very people that you have a judgement about. Life will flow when that prejudice is removed.” [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus’ fulfilment of His DESTINY. (John 19:36) In saying “It is finished” Jesus referred back to the fulfilment of these prophecies. Throughout His life on earth, Jesus quotes the Hebrew Scriptures that he had memorised as a boy, to show how His life fulfilled the prophecies foretelling who the Messiah would be. Jesus wanted us all to have no doubt about who He was. DELIGHT in the promises: Your God will never leave or forsake you. He is a covenant keeping God. [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus as your King! Identify with His suffering for you. DELIGHT in the truth: Jesus is the King of the Jews! Pilates’ words remain true to this day (John 19:19-22). DELIGHT in the blessings of God to Abraham and the Gentiles through Christ! ‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.’ (Galatians 3:13-14) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus’ worthiness to be the Lamb of God. Adore Him! What love the Father has for us that He would send His Son to die for us (John 3:16). Jesus “stands for love as no-one else has ever done, and pays the price for it. His crucifixion is the greatest mark of love on earth.” (Willard 2002 p99) “When we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.” (Romans 5:6) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Finding the One you are looking for: “Who are you looking for?” (John 18:4,7-8) This was Jesus’ question to those who came to arrest him and it’s His question to the hidden parts of your heart. DISCERN: How do you respond to Jesus’ question? “Who are you looking for?” Identifying the aspect of God that you need can be a powerful way to build prayerful trust and intimacy. Do you seek comfort, mercy, kindness, gentleness, strength, forgiveness, righteousness, justice, holiness, a defender? Jesus says, “I AM the one you’re looking for.” (John 18:8) Jesus came to heal the broken hearted. (Luke 4:18) He is looking for every part of your heart to be healed and His. “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in being one with the only true God. “Eternal life means to know and experience You as the only true God and to know and experience Jesus Christ as the Son whom You have sent.” (John 17:3) We ‘fasten’ and ‘carry’ His Word in our hearts. (John17:6,8) Letting God be God offends human pride but the first command is that we have no other gods before Him (Exodus 20:3). Deep in our soul we need to acknowledge we are not God and quit playing God. Reliance on ourselves - our sonship, self-esteem, self-centredness and self-love breeds self-deception, frustration, slavery and denial of what is wrong in us. (Willard 2002 p11) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in the Holy Spirit and His fresh revelations of truth to the hidden parts of your heart. “There is so much more I would like to say to you, but it’s more than you can grasp at this moment. But when the truth-giving Spirit comes, He will unveil the reality of truth within you.” (John 16:12b-13b) “If you embrace the truth, it will release more freedom into your lives.” (John 8:32) Many of us are not in tune with our hearts. [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in being united with Jesus for life – as His covenant people (John 15:4, Acts 3:25, 1 Corinthians 11:25). REST in Jesus’ cleansing (John 15:3)! Be intimately joined to the living One so your life will be fruitful. DELIGHT in being Jesus’ intimate friends who love as He has loved us - bearing fruit in our lives and domains. “As you live in union with Me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you, but when you live separate from Me you are powerless. But if you step into My life in union with Me and if My words live powerfully within you – then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are My mature disciples who glorify My Father.” (John 15:5-8) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT passionately in Jesus and you will be empowered to obey His commands and His Father! Jesus said, “Those who truly love Me are those who obey My commandments. Whoever passionately loves Me will be passionately loved by My Father And I will passionately love you in return and will manifest My life within you. Loving Me empowers you to obey My word. And My Father will love you so deeply that We will come to you and make our dwelling place in you.” (John 14:21,23) Jesus’ DESTINY was fulfilled because of His obedience. “I am doing exactly what the Father has destined for Me to accomplish, so that the world will discover how much I love My Father. Now come with Me.” (John 14:31) [...] Read More

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SEEK first His Kingdom dominion - His righteousness - in your own heart. (Matthew 6:33). DISCERN: Am I more focussed on the place Jesus has prepared in heaven than letting Him reign in my heart? Jesus’ kingdom dominion must first reign in us! “Humanity does not possess the answers to its own problems. The failure to recognise and understand this simple truth is the genesis of the encompassing search by social, political, and religious structures and institutions to forge paradise on earth.” “The problem - our problem - lies in the shadows of the human heart. Unless and until the human heart absorbs the sovereign goodness of God, the flourishing of our societies will remain elusive, and the very means used to attain prosperity will end up only hastening our demise.” (Willard 2014 p42,33) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in the grace you’re given to love each other as Jesus loves. Jesus said, “So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you. For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re My true followers.” (John 13:34) “For Jesus, the good person is the person who is appropriately concerned about and committed to the well-being of the others (Mark 12:31, John 13:34-35).” (Willard 2014 p99) “Love - agape - is goodwill in action. To love something or someone is to act or be poised to act for the good of that thing or person.” (Willard 2014 p117) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus’ tender love for his disciples and for us. “All throughout His time with His disciples, Jesus had demonstrated a deep and tender love for them. And now He longed to show them the full measure of His love.” (John 13:2 ) “The Lord is bursting with compassion and full of pity.” (James 5:11) DELIGHT in loving the people around you. “We are to follow Christ under the imperative of God’s character, to love our neighbours as ourselves [and] pursue what honours God and what is good for the public in the economic, political, professional and social issues that impact life and living.” (Willard 2014 p307) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in the Kingdom of God: the “divine conspiracy of God to overcome the human kingdoms of this world – at both the individual and the corporate or governmental level – with love, justice and knowledge of truth.” (Willard 2014 p307) WONDER at how Jesus surrendered His life to God’s purpose. “Even though I am torn within and My soul is in turmoil, I will not ask the Father to rescue Me from this hour of trial. For I have come to fulfil My purpose – to offer Myself to God. So Father, bringing glory to Your name!” (John 12:27) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in worshipping Jesus as the Saviour, the King of Israel. (John 12:13). “They took palm branches and went out to meet Him. Everyone was shouting, “Lord, be our Saviour! Blessed is the one who comes to us sent from Jehovah-God, the king of Israel!...great numbers of people welcomed Him into the city with joy.” (John 12:13,18) We fulfil our Lord’s commands and align with His heart and blessing when we honour the DESTINY of God’s chosen people and pray for and bless Israel. (Genesis 12:1-3; Psalm 122:6; Numbers 6:23-27). [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in declaring the Good News message: “Lord, I believe you are the Son of God who has come into the world for us.” (John 11:27) DELIGHT in Jesus’ empathy, trustworthiness and power in all the challenges of your life! He saw death as “another opportunity to see who I am, so you will learn to trust in Me.” (John 11:15) Jesus’ resurrection of his beloved friend Lazarus is a glorious turning point for these witnesses – and for us all because Jesus said, “anyone who clings to Me in faith, even though he dies, will live forever.” (John 11:25) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in recognising Jesus’ Voice. (John 10:3,14,16,27) DELIGHT in your prayer life becoming an intimate dialogue with your Beloved. Hear Jesus call you by name! Jesus said, “The sheep recognise the voice of the True Shepherd because he calls His own by name. My own sheep will hear My voice and I know each one, and they will follow Me.” (John 10:3, 27) We are to pause to listen; to recognise His voice and follow His constant guidance (Isaiah 30:21). “Always we are simply children walking and talking with our Father.” (Willard 1998 p266) “All who are interactive with the spirit of God are God’s children.” (Romans 8:14) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in believing who Jesus is! This is a tender story! ‘The people asked [the man Jesus had healed], “Who is this man?” “Who do you say He is (John 9:12,17)?” The man who had been blind gradually becomes clearer in his testimony to who Jesus is (John 9:3,17,35)! [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in how Jesus speaks about His relationship with His father. “I have fully embraced My Father and I treasure His every word.” (John 8:55)

DISCERN: Which father are you looking to for the truth about your identity? Discern your Father in heaven’s desires - from the manipulation of the father of lies. “You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies. If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” (John 8:44) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in how clearly Jesus knew His authority in the Father. Jesus said, “I am not from this world like you are. That’s why I’ve told you that you will all die in your sins if you fail to believe that I AM who I AM.” So they asked Him plainly, “Who are you?” “I AM the one I’ve always claimed to be…I will testify to the world of the truths I have heard from My Father, and the Father who has sent me is trustworthy. I only speak the truth that the Father has revealed to me. I am His messenger and He is always with Me, for I only do that which delights His heart.” (John 8:24-26,29) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in how Jesus testified to the truth together with His Father. Jesus said, “I absolutely know who I am, where I’ve come from and where I’m going...I discern truth. And I am not alone in My judgements, for My Father and I have the same understanding in all things, and He has sent Me to you. What I say about who I am is true, for I am not alone in my testimony – My Father is the other witness, and we testify together of the truth. If you knew Me, you would recognise My Father too.” (John 8:14, 16,18,20) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in speaking with forgiveness and love. Jesus’ life message frees us from condemnation and sin; and restores us! Graham Cook distinguishes between what is true and what is Truth. We know what is true about ourselves and others, but it is the Truth – God’s perspective of us - that sets us free! “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in the relevance of Jesus’ teaching for our nation in this generation. Jesus said, “first be passionate to do God’s will – and then you will be able to discern.” (John 7:17) In John 7:17-24 Jesus warns about deception. In this generation many say “there is truth in all religions. That is like saying there is water in most poisons so it is all right to drink. It is not the water that kills, it is the poison. The more ambiguous the poison the more dangerous it is. The closer it is to the real thing, the more damage it does. And the enemy of human souls knows this all too well.” (Tozer 2008, p89-90) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in how Jesus partners in His Father’s plans. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future [achariyth is also DESTINY]. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:11-13) Jesus models strength in cooperating in God’s appointed timing for fulfilling DESTINY. [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in the Holy Spirit’s life-giving breath. “You must allow the Holy Spirit to give you life from what I teach, for human understanding alone will be of no help. The words I speak to you are Spirit-breathed and life-giving.” (John 6:63) We can’t rely on human understanding, opinions and insights. “What we really think, how we really feel and what we really would do in various situations may be totally unknown to ourselves or even to those familiar with us. We usually know very little about the things that move in our own soul at the deepest level. What is within is astonishingly complex and subtly – even devious.” (Willard 2002 p3) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus begins by believing in Him. “The work you can do for God starts with believing in the one He has sent” (John 6:29). The word ‘believe’ appears in John 100 times! “Jesus was Himself the enduring evidence for the truth of His announcement about the availability of God’s kingdom, or governance, to human existence.” (Willard 1998 p27-8) “We know that in all things God worked for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) When we rely on Christ we receive God’s gift and find His Spirit comes to act with us in our actions (John 6:48-51). “They will all be taught by God Himself. If you are really listening to the Father and learning directly from Him, you will come to Me.” (John 6:45) “Unite your heart to Me and believe – and you will experience eternal life.” “For the longing of My Father is that everyone who embraces the Son and believes in Him will experience eternal life (John 6: 47,40)!” [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus, the Son of Man, who fulfilled His Father’s purpose on earth. (John 6:27) Jesus says to you, “I, the Son of Man am ready to give you what matters most, for God the Father has destined Me for this purpose.” (John 6:27) “Don’t be afraid, you know who I am.” (John 6:20) “Christianity is actually about Heaven and Earth joining together. It’s about the life of Father, the life of Jesus, the life of the Spirit being manifested in our human condition. God has come to indwell our humanness. The whole point of the Incarnation was that Jesus felt the same things that we felt. He didn’t come to take us away from our humanness, He came to bring God into our humanity.” (Hill 2012) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in your Father’s Impartation of Life. Jesus infuriated His critics by calling God, ‘My Father.’ (John 5:17-18) Jesus said, “I speak to you timeless truth. I never act independently of the Father or do anything through My own initiative. I only do the works I see My Father Doing, for the Son does the same works as His Father.” (John 5:19) Like Jesus we called to only do the work we see our Father doing. Living like this infuriates our critics! We too are to impart life! “For the Father has given the Son the power to impart life, even as the Father imparts life.” (John 5:26) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus who enables you to walk away from sin into your DESTINY (John 5:14). In John 5:3 hundreds of sick people are “waiting in the House of Loving-Kindness for their healing.” Change takes time. Waiting can be healing time. Consider trials joy because in these times you can develop perseverance, maturity, wholeness, wisdom, belief, focus, humility and be blessed. (James 1:2-12). Sometimes the change we are waiting for is in other people or the spiritual realm. (Daniel 10:13) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus – as your Healer! This story begins with Jesus being welcomed with open arms! (John 4:45) “Jesus responds to love not religion; to hunger not curiosity. He is looking for those who want the pleasure of his company, not the entertainment of his company.” (Sheets 2014 p118-9) Jesus challenged the government official from Capernaum to have faith before seeing signs and wonders. “Then Jesus looked him in the eyes and said, ‘I promise you, your son will live and not die’” and “the man believed in his heart.” (John 4:50-51) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in your Father as your provider. He has prepared a feast and harvest for you! Does DESTINY imply life work to you? Tozer (2008 p38) says work is not our chief purpose, describing work as futility, “Moving things and rearranging them.” Work is part of God’s plan (Exodus 20:9) but God is our provider and source of our life purpose! If you want to grow strong in who your Father says you are, change your diet from futility to feasting; from your own negativity, doubt and unbelief to the wondrous banquet of God’s will for you. (Cooke 2012) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in knowing your Father spiritually – not just through head knowledge or external religious practices. We have the privilege to know and worship our Father from the core of our being. “From now on, to worship the Father is not a matter of the right place, but the right heart. For God is Spirit and He longs to have sincere worshippers who worship and adore Him in the realm of the Spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24) “True worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshippers He seeks.” (John 4:23 NIV) “God is infinitely more concerned that He has worshippers than workers.” (Tozer 2008 p101) “The one who joins Himself to the Lord is one in spirit with Him.” (1 Corinthians 6:17) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus as your first love and our Bridegroom. John the Baptist said, “He is the Bridegroom and I bring the bride to him.” (John 3:29) We are that Bride! Jesus longs for and feasts upon the devotion of His Bride. (Song of Songs 4:15; 5:1) Our Bridegroom says to us, “Behold, I stand at the door, and knock, I f anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me.” (Revelation 3:20) “The Almighty, the Creator, the Everlasting God of heaven and earth requests the pleasure of your company tonight for dinner!” “May my heart always remain an open door to You Jesus, as I seek to mature in the art of discerning Your knock and Your voice. Sensitize me more and more to Your prompting with every response to Your love.” (Sheets 2014 p43,48) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in the Spirit of God in whom you are born again as a child of God. (John 3:3,12-13; 2 Corinthians 1:22-23; Romans 8:14) If you have not been reborn on the inside – ask the Holy Spirit now to baptise you! What joy! Our mind, will and emotions are inadequate tools for navigating the spiritual realm. “You will never perceive (or enter) the kingdom realm of God until you experience a rebirth.” (John 3:3,5) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in the passion of Jesus. "Jesus can be trusted to build His church!” (Willard 2014 p274) Jesus said, “I am consumed with a fiery passion to keep Your house pure!” (John 2:17) “Jesus’ ministry dealt directly with the destructive underbelly of ignorance, arrogance, legalism and moralism in religious life.” (Willard 2014 p147) In our generation the moral failures of prominent religious leaders is causing deep mistrust and confusion in the church and the world. [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in who your Father designed and calls you to be and His timing and process for your unveiling. (John 2:4)! We are loved fully by our Father, as His children, at every stage of our immaturity. But it saddens a parent’s heart if their child’s development ceases – if they do not progress to maturity. Today’s story begins with Jesus as a Son of Man prompted by His mother to step into His DESTINY plan. To find our true identity we need to let God replace the distorted pictures of ourselves that we have formed from human life. [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in the astonishing truth that Jesus passionately chooses you and pursues you! Jesus asks, “What do you want?” (John 1:38) “Ultimately, despite our professed beliefs and stated objectives, we live the life we choose and therefore have the life we want. Which life do you want? What do you seek?” (Willard 2014 p306) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in Jesus - the unique and beloved Son of God and Son of Man! DECLARE, “And now I have seen this revelation fulfilled with my own eyes, I can tell you for sure that this man is the Son of God!” (John 1:34) “The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being…” (Hebrews 1:3) “For this is how much God loved the world – He gave His uniquely conceived Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in Him will never perish but experience everlasting life.” (John 3:16) [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in God as your Father! DELIGHT in God’s Son “who came from the lap of the Father to explain the Father” (TPT Notes). “In the core of God’s being He is Father, to express who He really is, he needed a Son.” (Hill 2014) Jesus came as our perfect model of sonship! [...] Read More

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DELIGHT in God as your source of life! Your DESTINY – the fulfilment of your life purpose - is found in relationship with your Father, the Creator and Source of Life in the heavens and the earth (John 1:3-4; Genesis 14:19; Job 12:10; Revelation 4:11)! God’s light and DELIGHT is at the core of his creation and redemption, and is the very essence of the Gospel. “In this world created by God nothing exists without meaning and purpose.” (Tozer 2008 p30) [...] Read More