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 the grace you’re given to love each other as Jesus loves. Jesus said, “So I give you now a new commandment: Love each other just as much as I have loved you. For when you demonstrate the same love I have for you by loving one another, everyone will know that you’re My true followers.” (John 13:34) Jesus defines “the good person as the person who is appropriately concerned about and committed to the well-being of the others (Mark 12:31, John 13:34-35).” (Willard 2014 p99) “Love – agape – is goodwill in action. To love something or someone is to act or be poised to act for the good of that thing or person.” (Willard 2014 p117)
DELIGHT in how compassionately Jesus deals with us. ‘Peter the rock said, “What do you mean I’m not able to follow You now?”’ (John 13:37) Jesus says, “I have requested concerning you, that your faith might not die. And when you have straightened up, uphold your brothers.” (Luke 22:32)
DISCERN: Do you demonstrate the love of a true follower in how you love others? “The lack of human unity in intelligent love under God not only leaves us at the mercy of manmade disasters, such as wars, famine and oppression, but also prevents our dealing successfully with many so-called natural evils such as disease, scarcity and weather related disasters.” (Willard 1998 p38)
DELIGHT in being Jesus’ revolutionaries! Jesus sends us as His trainees to perpetuate world revolution until God’s will is done on earth as it is in heaven. This revolution does not commence by addressing social institutions and laws – the outer forms of life. Rather Jesus’ revolution is of character – changing people from the inside and through personal relationship with God and others. It is a revolution that changes ideas, beliefs, feelings, habits of choice, bodily actions and social relations. It is first a deep revolution of the soul. In its current public form Christianity has not been imparting effective answers to the vital questions of human existence. Our mission is to bring the presence of the kingdom and its king into every corner of human life by simply living in the kingdom of Jesus. (Willard 2002 p20-21)
DISCERN your people: Name the people in your life who inspire you to follow Jesus and live fully for Him.
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.
Jesus, I repent of how far I fall short of Your glory and how many times I have failed to speak up for You. It breaks my heart that You would see me as ‘the disciple whom You dearly love and show mercy to.’ You are my Beloved and there is none like You! Enable me to demonstrate the same love You have for me so everyone will they know I am a true follower of Christ.
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Lord, may love compel my friends – and all in my sphere of influence – to see You as You are and be drawn to You. Lord, I confess that nothing less will overturn the despised image of the church. Inhabit and transform us.
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Jesus, we depend on Your Kingdom dominion to reform Earth to be as it is in heaven. Unite us in intelligent love under Your Lordship that righteousness, justice, order and peace may reign. I pray for all the light carriers in our region and across the world. Holy Spirit, consume us and burn brilliantly through us!
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