Quick Devotion: Just read the words in blue!
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 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)
REFLECT: Have you found that human understanding alone is no help?
INVITE the Holy Spirit to give you a revelation of eternal life – the kingdom of heaven on earth beginning now!
DELIGHT in Jesus’ revelation of our life in the Kingdom of God. “Lord, No one but You gives us the revelation of eternal life.” (John 6:68) An intelligent, careful, intensive but straightforward reading of the Bible directs us into life in God’s kingdom. (Willard 1998 p5) We are called to first seek the kingdom, or rule of God, to integrate our way with our Father’s merciful, loving, enabling kingdom rule on earth. Everything that obeys those principles, whether by nature or by choice, is within God’s kingdom. If we are faithful to Him, we discover His co-operative faithfulness to us and the effectiveness of His rule in the details of day-to-day existence. (Willard 1998 p31) We see from Biblical stories that some people work toward their purpose through much of their earthly life. Others fulfil their purpose in a single act or season that changes a nation or even our planet. “Caught up in His active rule, our deeds become an element in God’s eternal history. They are what God and we are doing together, making us part of His life and Him a part of ours.” (Willard 1998 p35)
Prayer helps us “learn step by step how to govern, to reign with God in His kingdom. This high calling explains why prayer frequently requires much effort, continuous effort, and on some matters years of effort. Prayer is, above all, a means of forming character. It combines freedom and power with service and love.” (Willard 1998 p275) Buy the oil of intimacy with God by spending time and energy investing your life into the secret place of intimate encounter; a private burning heart relationship with your Lord. (Revelation 3:18). (Mason 2012 p139)
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.
Lord, I gaze upon You in wonder and DELIGHT in You, my Beloved! You are my life! I recognise my human understanding is of no help. I repent of ways I have resisted time with You and been distracted, empty and offended by the cost of intimacy with You. I receive Your words through the Holy Spirit. Reveal to me Your deep secrets of life (John 6:63). I DELIGHT in obeying You and submit my understanding to align with Your kingdom revelation! You are the Anointed One, the Son of the living God, and I believe You are the only Way. (John 6:68-69)! Help me overcome my resistance to who You say I am. Enable me to live according to my identity in You!
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Pray God renews your friends’ understanding of the reality of the kingdom of God and eternal life (John 6:68).
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Lord God, let the Spirit breathed and life giving power of Your words invade our world with a reality that is more true, authentic, relevant and real than our physical perceptions. Lord I pray that the people of our nation will align with Your perspective, Your will, and Your sovereign rule so all may flourish and live fully!
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