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.
QUICK DEVOTIONAL: Read the words in blue.
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.
DISCERN God’s timing and strategies for your next steps in the journey to fulfil your life purpose.
DELIGHT in how Jesus resists the pressure of man. In this passage Jesus’ brothers were advising him and pushing him to be successful and famous, to seek man’s approval.
REFLECT: Do you identify with the way Jesus had to resist the pressure and advice of his brothers? A controversy was brewing among people with many differing opinions about Jesus and no one was bold enough to speak out on His behalf because they feared the Jewish leaders.
REFLECT: Do you remember times when you have not taken a public position on something that was right?
Our DESTINY depends on whether we partner in God’s redemptive work in our lives on earth. Wayne Grudem (1994 p746) says “part of the application of redemption is a progressive work that continues throughout our earthly lives. It is a work in which God and man cooperate, each playing distinct roles. This part of the application of redemption is called sanctification: Sanctification is a progressive work of God and man that makes us more and more free from sin and like Christ in our actual lives.”
Countless millions do not find God because they do not want Him or do not want Him to be God. “One does not miss heaven by a hair, but by constant effort to avoid and escape God – those whose entire orientation has slowly and firmly set itself against God and therefore against how the universe actually is. The lost must be willing to hear of and recognize their own ruin before they can find how to enter a different path, the path of eternal life that leads into spiritual formation in Christlikeness.” (Willard 2002 p14-15)
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.
Father, I seek to DELIGHT in You with my whole heart. Purify my motives, Lord, lay them bare and extinguish whatever is not of You. Enable me to resist the pressure of others and stop bowing to mistimed human strategies. Enable me to love You with my whole self and to love others with the wholehearted love with which you have loved me (1 John 4:11-16). I seek only Your glory (John 7:18).
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Father, I pray my friends will discern who Jesus is and not be persuaded by the opinions of others. Give me the boldness to speak out publicly on Jesus’ behalf. Lord, I pray for those I know whose hearts seem firmly set against You – bind the enemy’s schemes and release your Holy Spirit’s enticing grace over them.
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Lord Jesus, I pray for those who do not know You. May we know Your timing for when and where we are to go – so we go with You to those You call us to – so all people in all parts of our nation and the world hear the good news of the gospel and can choose abundant life in Your kingdom.
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