WEEK 6: Delight In Jesus – Christ in you. You in Christ.
DESTINY QUESTION: Lord, who am I in my heart?
See: Phil Mason (2012) The Knowledge of the Heart. The Supernatural Transformation Series. Who I am is reflected outwardly by my choices, decisions, behaviour and life style.
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 to what God reveals about the hidden parts of your heart. Journal the spiritual formation of your identity in Christ.
QUICK DEVOTIONAL: Read the words in blue.
DELIGHT in who Jesus is: John 19:17-27 The Passion Translation. When Jesus looked down and saw the disciple He loved standing with her, He said, “Mother, look – John will be a son to you.” (John 19:26-27)
DELIGHT in Jesus as your King! Identify with His suffering for you.
DELIGHT in the truth: Jesus is the King of the Jews! Pilates’ words remain true to this day (John 19:19-22).
DELIGHT in the blessings of God to Abraham and the Gentiles through Christ! ‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.’ (Galatians 3:13-14)
DELIGHT in Jesus’ tenderness toward His mother while hanging on the cross. John, our author, records this personal moment (John 19:25-27). Jesus’ compassion was extended to each one of us from the cross. “His love pours into the precise place where [our] pain is.” (Hill 2014) “Let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them; that those who love Your name may rejoice in You. Surely, LORD, You bless the righteous; You surround them with Your favour as with a shield.” (Psalm 5:11-12)
How can we adequately express our gratitude for what Jesus did for us? Through DELIGHT! Jesus deserves our highest form of worship! ‘Astonished reverence’ is A.W. Tozer’s description of worship, ‘admiration to the point of wonder and DELIGHT.’ (Willard 2002 p77) “The real focus of Tozer’s daily life centred on the worship of God. Nothing else so occupied his mind and life. It became the one great passion of his life.” “His supreme desire was to exalt the Lord Jesus Christ as simply as possible.” “He maintained a continuous sense of God that enveloped him in reverence and adoration. His one daily exercise was the practice of the presence of God, pursuing him with all his time and energy. To him, Jesus Christ was a daily wonder, a reoccurring astonishment, a continual amazement of love and grace.” (Tozer 2008 p7,14,15) “When God made the human souls in His own image, He did it so that we might act according to that divine nature. He never intended the virus of sin to infect the sacred place within us. Sin therefore is unnatural. Because of this condition in humanity sin is natural and worship is unnatural and so few people really do it.” “God accepts worship only when it is pure and when it flows from a heart under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.” (Tozer 2008 p56) “To worship in a way that God can accept means submitting to the truth about God, admitting who God says He is and admitting that Christ is who and what He says He is.”(Tozer 2008, p55,59)
- DELIGHT in Jesus and invite Him to transform your life.
Yeshua, I behold You. In the midst of excruciating torture on the cross, You took care of Your mother and each of us. My soul sings, How Great Thou Art! You are worthy of my trust and daily adoration for eternity. I love You…
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Lord, I bring before You the friends I am praying for on each of these 40 days. May they find a new life in You, Jesus. Lord, open opportunity for me to invite them to encounter You in the life of my Church.
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Lord God Jehovah, we remember that the people of Israel are Your chosen people and You do not break Your covenants (Exodus 33:13). You are the Messiah, King of the Jews! We pray for them to receive you as Saviour! We thank You Lord that we, as Gentiles, have been grafted in. (Romans 11) We declare You Saviour King of every people group, language and cultural group in the earth!
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