WEEK 5: Delight In Jesus And His Kingdom’s Dominion In Your Domain
DESTINY QUESTION: Lord, Who are Australia’s people?
Discern what God says to you. Journal what you hear and how this helps define your nation’s DESTINY. Share your insights via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/40DaysofDelight or www.40daysofdelight.com.au
QUICK DEVOTIONAL: Read the words in blue.
REST in Jesus’ cleansing (John 15:3)! Be intimately joined to the living One so your life will be fruitful.
DELIGHT in being Jesus’ intimate friends who love as He has loved us – bearing fruit in our lives and domains. “As you live in union with Me as your source, fruitfulness will stream from within you, but when you live separate from Me you are powerless. But if you step into My life in union with Me and if My words live powerfully within you – then you can ask whatever you desire and it will be done. When your lives bear abundant fruit, you demonstrate that you are My mature disciples who glorify My Father.” (John 15:5-8)
DELIGHT grows in us as we trust our Lord and his power to fulfil the DESTINY of our nation! (Isaiah 60)
DELIGHT in drinking droplets of soul-exhilarating joy from our joy-filled, abundantly loving and generous God! It is His will that your joy is full! “My purpose for telling you these things is so that the joy that I experience will fill your hearts with overflowing gladness!” (John 15:11) “The same one is Lord of all, abounding in riches to all who call upon him.” (Romans 10:12) “When we have a genuine knowledge of God, praise is the only appropriate attitude in which to live.” “Thanksgiving goes hand in hand with praise. We are thankful when we know we are living under the provisions of his bountiful hand.” (Hebrews 11:6, Philippians 4:6) (Willard 1998 p267-8)
RESEARCH & DISCERN: Australia’s people. Know God’s purpose in bringing your nation’s first people and immigrant people to this land (Acts 17:26-28). Be acquainted with the needs and profound gifts of Indigenous Australians and their critical role in defining and fulfilling our DESTINY. Honour and support Indigenous Christian leaders. Research Sources: http://partnersinprayer.org.au/vision/restorative-justice/
DESTINY BLESSING: We align with our Father’s blessing on the land and the first people groups of the Great South Lands of the Holy Spirit – Australia, New Zealand and Pacific nations. We bless the immigrant people who help build our nation. We declare together, “Australia will know her national identity and fulfil her DESTINY as a nation blessed under the sovereignty of God (Psalm 115)!”
- DELIGHT in Jesus and invite His kingdom into your nation.
Beloved Jesus, I long for Your love to nourish the hearts of those in my sphere of influence with the same love that the Father loves You (John 15:9). Thanks for all You have forgiven me for – the completeness of Your love and acceptance and reconciliation available to all. Thanks for Your sufficiency when I am hated (John 16:19). I forgive and bless my enemies and those who despitefully use me, that Your hope filled love might flow through me at all times. You alone are my source. My life is intimately joined to You!
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Today, Lord, I pray my listed friends will step into union with You and with a branch of Your Church where they can grow and become equipped as a mature disciple – a sent one who will reach out to others!
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Father, we pray for those who are persecuted for their faith in Jesus in our nation and the nations of the world. We pray for Indigenous Australians, all Australians and all our neighbours who are unjustly treated and whose needs cry out to You. Pour out Your Divine Encourager, our Holy Spirit, on Australia to nurture all into faith, love, abiding and fruitfulness that the world might know us as Jesus’ disciples by our love for one another.
DECLARE: The Blessing from John 15: http://partnersinprayer.org.au/blessing-for-2015-from-john-15/
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