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 Jesus’ tender love for his disciples and for us. “All throughout His time with His disciples, Jesus had demonstrated a deep and tender love for them. And now He longed to show them the full measure of His love.” (John 13:2 ) “The Lord is bursting with compassion and full of pity.” (James 5:11)
DELIGHT in loving the people around you. “We are to follow Christ under the imperative of God’s character, to love our neighbours as ourselves [and] pursue what honours God and what is good for the public in the economic, political, professional and social issues that impact life and living.” (Willard 2014 p307) “…You should follow the example that I’ve set for you… Now do for each other what I have just done for you. Put into practice what I have done for you, and you will experience a life enriched with untold blessings!” (John 13:14, 17) “Our confidence in God is the only thing that makes it possible to treat others as they should be treated.” (Willard 1998 p258) “I must release the other person from every attempt of mine to regulate, coerce and dominate him with my love. Spiritual love will speak to Christ about a brother more than to a brother about Christ. Spiritual love knows the most direct way to others is always through prayer to Christ and that love of others is wholly dependent upon the truth in Christ. “ (Willard 1998 p261)
- Who are the people you are called to humbly serve?
- In what ways can you follow Jesus’ example in how you serve them (John 13:14-17)?
- Who are the people who will help you grow fruit in your sphere of influence?
PICTURE God’s love for the people in your workplace, school, university etc. “Discipleship is for the world that God so loved. If we shrink discipleship down to church work, we will never see its power to transform ourselves or to transform the world around us.” “We need to put them [converts] onto the living kingdom of God and the living Christ and allow them to live interactively, one on one, with God and to transform the world in which we live.” (Willard 2014b p21-22) “The simple program of Christ for winning the whole world is to make each person He touches magnetic enough with love to draw others.” (Frank Laubach 1990 p154)
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.
Father, we pray for leaders in our nation, region and immediate domain – our family, workplace, school etc. Sustain and bless our leaders that we might live peaceful lives. May they demonstrate love through purity, integrity, humility and service as Jesus does, and may I also in all I do (1 John 4:10-16).
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Lord Jesus, prepare my heart to demonstrate deep and tender love in action – the equivalent of washing my friends’ feet. May I be quick to serve without seeking reward. I pray for conviction in their spirit, mind, will, emotions and body that they are loved by You and need to receive You into the lives.
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Lord Jesus, Son of God, lead us to recognise the specific ways we are to love our neighbour and pursue together what honours You; and what is good for the public in the economic, political, professional and social aspects of our community so we see Your transformation of our region.
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