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DAY 1: Ash Wednesday 18 Feb 2015

WEEK 1: Delight In Who God Is.
God wants you to know Him.
DESTINY QUESTION: God, Who Are You?
Knowing who your Father is – is key to trusting His divine plan for the earth, your nation, His Bride and yourself.  Pause to listen and DELIGHT in what God says to you about who He is.  Journal what you hear and how this helps define your DESTINY journey.

DELIGHT in who Jesus is: John 1:1-5 The Passion Translation.

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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)

DELIGHT in God. God is good. God is love. A vivid assurance of God’s greatness and goodness is foundational for a life of prayer. “The fondness, the endearment, the unstinting affectionate regard of God toward all his creatures is the natural outflow of what He is to the core – love.” (Willard 1998 p74) “I am the Lord who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness in the earth; for I DELIGHT in these things.” (Jeremiah 9:24) The glory of God is His endless goodness. “God is a self-sustaining, self-sufficing, all-encompassing being who is immaterial, intelligent and free, personal and perfectly good, wise and powerful, who created the universe and continues to sustain and govern it by His providence. The moral attributes of God as loving, beneficent and generous flow out of His being. There is nothing to fear.” (Willard 2014 p292)

When we withdraw from living in intimacy with God, our source of life, things become chaotic in our personal life and in our shared experiences. To a large degree what happens in the world (financial crisis, war, famine weather patterns etc) derives from the collective choices that human beings have made – apart from God’s will. (Willard 2002 p1) Nothing will go right in human life until we adequately grasp the greatness and goodness of its source – who is God. Until then the human compass points to the wrong direction and individual lives and history will suffer from constant and fluctuating disorientation. (Willard 1998 p284)

DELIGHTING in God fulfils the deepest need of the human heart! As we fix our focus on God, we find who God is – and the specific aspect of who He is for us each in this season. “DELIGHT yourself in the Lord – and he will give you the desire of your heart.” (Psalm 37:4) We are wired to look upon God as Father with wonder and to declare him, “Holy, Lord!” “One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek Him in His temple.” (Psalm 27:4)

DESTINY BLESSING: Pause to DELIGHT in your Father’s grace – His shalom restoration – through this daily blessing from David Tensen of Elijah House

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PRAYER:

  • DELIGHT in your Father and His DESTINY for your life.  Father, I behold You with deep wonder and gratitude! I long to know You . Intensify my sensitivity to Your presence. Make me an expression of Your life and light in my world! Holy, Beloved, Merciful God!
  • Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.  Make a list of friends who you will pray for on each of these 40 days. Pray today their minds will be opened to light and the abundant DESTINY that God has planned for them from the beginning of the world.
  • Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.  Lord, I look to You as my Lord and Source. Inhabit my choices so I partner with You. Bring hope, light, truth and life to my family and the people of our nation and transform us into the kingdom of heaven!

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  • Abrama Carmel 18/02/2015, 4:23 pm

    God is my delight. I think delight is the key word for me. All my delight is in Him. He is restoring joy to me. He promised me as in Job 8:21 that He will yet fill my mouth with laughter and my lips with shouts of joy. My mouth and lips are overflowing with His delight. What a joy to serve our wondrous King.

  • Kitty Cheng 18/02/2015, 10:36 am

    I asked God, ‘Who Are You’? He answer, ‘I AM your Father, your Friend, your Shield, your Provider, your Redeemer and your LORD.’ Oh how I DELIGHT in who He is. My DESTINY journey is defined by who He is, and who I am in Him. xxx

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