WEEK 3: Delight In Your Father’s Desires For You
DESTINY QUESTION: Lord, Why am I here on earth?
To know your DESTINY you need to know your Father’s perspective of your life purpose – why your were born on the earth, in this generation, in your sphere of influence. (Cook 2012) Your key life scriptures, and prophetic words spoken by others, may help you discern God’s answers to your DESTINY Questions. Seek God’s revelation of your DESTINY beyond these 40 days until you have one sentence answers to all the questions.
Listen and DELIGHT in what God says about why you are here. Journal what you hear and how this helps define your DESTINY journey.
DELIGHT in Jesus, the Son of Man, who fulfilled His Father’s purpose on earth. 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)
In today’s stories Jesus responds to the disciples’ worry and panic – over hunger and a violent storm – leaving them satisfied and relieved! (John 6:5, 19). “The situations in which we find ourselves are rarely as important as our response to them. A carefully cultivated heart can, assisted by the grace of God, transform the most painful of situations.” (Willard 2002 p2) Be “relieved to take Jesus in” and be transported (John 6:20-21)! In every challenge and transition there awaits a fresh revelation of who God is for you, a fresh knowledge and experience of God and His resources in your circumstance. (Cooke (2012) In the ordinary situations and moments of our life, “God is constantly poised to do ‘exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or imagine, in terms of the energy that is working in us’ (Ephesians 3:20).” (Willard 1998 p 96)
ASK Father to help you identify anything you may fear about fulfilling your DESTINY. Repent and deal with any resistance in your heart by remembering Jesus is in you. Invite Jesus to stretch your faith (John 6:6).
Your Father DELIGHTS in who you are and cares tenderly about fulfilling the desires of your heart – all the fullness of your gifts and potential that lie dormant in you! Your Father wired you this way to DELIGHT you! Do you expect your DESTINY drop out of the blue onto Your lap? “What we miss, and what we have not been told is that the blueprint of our DESTINY is in our humanity.” (Hill 2014) You are not a passive puppet or passenger in a predestined life. All your intellectual, arts, social and physical abilities are given to you to be developed and cultivated through an intimate creative collaboration with your creator. God cares about your whole self – spirit, mind, will, emotions and body – your interests, style and curiosities; your sense of humour. None of us should be so ‘spiritual’ that we neglect the wholeness of who we and others are. (Willard 1998 p387) You will have eternity to explore the endless potential of your God given abilities!
DESTINY BLESSING: Open your heart to your Father’s blessing and receive all you need to activate your DESTINY.
- DELIGHT in your Father and His DESTINY for your life.
In your own words express ways you DELIGHT in who God is! Do you know the freedoms, graces, gifts, roles and functions your Father designed you for and invites you to explore? Use your own words to pray by faith into your quest to discover, build and enjoy the purpose of your life on earth.
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Declare Zephaniah 3:17 over your friends. “The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in his love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.”
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Father, I declare Jesus really is the true One we’ve been expecting (John 6:14)! I claim Jesus’ promise, “I, the Son of Man, am ready to give you what matters most, for God the Father has destined Me for this purpose.” (John 6:7) I pray “exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or imagine” over the people of Australia, that we would activate our prophetic DESTINY as a South Land of the Holy Spirit and a missionary sending nation.
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