WEEK 5: Delight In Jesus And His Kingdom’s Dominion In Your Domain
DESTINY QUESTION: Lord, Who are my people?
By this we mean: Who are the people group God calls you to minister to and journey with? Your people may be from a particular locality, ethnicity, age group, cultural style or share formative experiences or purpose. 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.
Discern what God says to you. Journal what you hear and how this helps define your DESTINY journey.
QUICK DEVOTIONAL: Read the words in blue.
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). Please pray for honour and protection of Israel; for godly leadership of Israel; and that God’s people receive Jesus as their Messiah, Yeshua Ha- Mashiach.
DELIGHT in welcoming Jesus’ Kingdom into your sphere of influence. Be one of the people who exuberantly welcome Jesus into your region! In Genesis 1 God assigned us to collective rule over all living things on earth. “We are made to have dominion within an appropriate domain of reality. Our ‘kingdom’ is simply the range of our effective will.” “The deepest longings of our heart confirm our original calling. Our core being still assigns us to ‘rule’ our life circumstances, whatever they be.” (Willard 1998 p29-31) “Come, you who are under my Father’s blessing and take over the government assigned to you from the beginning.” (Matthew 25:34) ‘Cultures’ are ways that people live based on group consensus and blind assumptions that are understood without explanation or justification; and that structure their lives into patterns. Predominant cultures in our nation (e.g. ‘life-style’; consumerism, ‘politically-correctness’) have turned consensus into laws that directly deny Biblical principles; reduce the value of vulnerable life, justice and mercy; and seek to legitimise killing, stealing and destruction. Kingdom culture is life giving. It’s based on principles specified by God that naturally sustain abundant life across generations and intrinsically tie us in relationship to our neighbours, our communities, and by extension our global community. (Willard 2014 p32) Be intentional about cultivating the kingdom rule of God in the places where you spend your life – so eternal and abundant life flourishes in your home, local shops, playground, workplace, school etc (John 10:10).
DISCERN: Who are the specific people or people groups in your domain who need kingdom culture?
DECLARE: Jesus, I welcome your reign as Sovereign Lord in my family, neighbourhood and the culture around us!
DESTINY BLESSING: Our Father built regular patterns of blessing into Jewish life because He wants us to enjoy His favour. Receive God’s blessing and let His blessings flow through you to the people near you – bringing kingdom life to your people group and domain (Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 30:19-20).
- DELIGHT in Jesus and invite His kingdom into your domain.
Pause to DELIGHT in tenderly loving Jesus, as Mary did (John 12:1-8).
Lord, I love You with my whole heart! You are worthy of my best, my wholehearted adoration and devotion, my most personal sacrifice! Rule and reign in every part of me Sovereign Jesus!
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Jesus, I pray my friends will find your “miracle testimony incontrovertible” in their lives and believe in You! I pray they encounter You and Your supernatural power to restore their lives to the full!
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Father, I pray Jesus will be worshipped across my region as our Lord, Saviour, God and King! We pray that the patterns of evil accepted in our culture are replaced by the life giving principles of the kingdom of heaven. We welcome Your kingdom dominion to bring victory over death and restore wholeness, completeness – peace!
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