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DAY 38: Fri 27 March 2015

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 19:28-42 The Passion Translation. “It is finished, my bride.” (John 19:30)

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DELIGHT in Jesus’ fulfillment of His DESTINY. (John 19:36) In saying “It is finished” Jesus referred back to the fulfillment of these prophecies. Throughout His life on earth, Jesus quotes the Hebrew Scriptures that he had memorised as a boy, to show how His life fulfilled the prophecies foretelling who the Messiah would be. (See some of these at: http://100prophecies.org/page2.htm). Jesus wanted us all to have no doubt about who He was.

REFLECT on John’s revelation of Jesus’ relationship with His Father throughout John’s gospel. The records of the eye witnesses capture discrete perspectives of what Jesus said from the cross. John includes Jesus saying that He’s thirsty but not the phrase, ‘Eli, Eli lema sabachthani?’ My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” (Matthew 27:45-54) There is a compelling account that Jesus was not saying He felt forsaken by His Father but was simply reciting Psalm 22 to help us understand His death as the fulfillment of what had been prophesied. The passage concludes with assurances that God has not scorned the afflicted one – and the victory cry claimed by Jesus! It is done!

Psalm 22:1,15,22-31 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?” My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death.” “I will declare your name to my people; in the assembly I will praise you. You who fear the LORD, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honour him! Revere him, all you descendants of Israel! For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help. From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly; before those who fear you I will fulfill my vows. The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the LORD will praise him—may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations. All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive. Posterity will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!

DELIGHT in the promise that your God will never leave or forsake you. At least 11 times in Scripture, God has promised He will never forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:6,8; Joshua 1:5;  Hebrews 13:5) He is a covenant keeping God. (Leviticus 26:9Deuteronomy 7:9; Nehemiah 1:5)

REFLECT: Do you trust the gift of Jesus’ death for you  – and that your Father will never leave or forsake you? Don’t let anything separate you from delighting in the wonder of the love of God! (Romans 8:35-39)

DELIGHT in being the Bride of Christ. (John 19:30) The TPT Notes indicate that when Jesus declared, “It is finished, My bride!” He was not only looking back to the fulfillment of prophecy but forward to the fulfillment to come. Jesus has completed His preparations for the Bride. Now it is up to us to prepare to meet Him as His Bride. (Isaiah 61:10, 62:3-5; Matthew 25:1-13, Luke 12:35-38, Revelation 19:6-9)!

REFLECT: Can you anticipate Jesus’ joy at being united with His bride? We have the power to bring this joy to Him!

DESTINY BLESSING: We bless our Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God! May His purposes and likeness be manifest on earth – bringing glory to the Father and heaven to earth (Psalm 103-104, Nehemiah 9:4-6).

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PRAYER:

  • DELIGHT in Jesus and invite Him to transform us as His church.
    Beloved Bridegroom, we rejoice and give You glory! Put on us, Your Bride, the clean garment- the righteous acts of the saints. Intimacy with You fills our lamps as we wait to kiss You when You return. (Song of Songs 1:2-4)
  • Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
    Jesus, equip our friends to be counted among the redeemed! Lord, have mercy on and draw them to Yourself!
  • Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
    Lord, we turn our hearts to pray today for the young and unborn ones – the future generations (Malachi 4:5,6). May we, as friends of the Bridegroom (Matthew 9:15), continue the preparation of the Bride and welcome You as our Bridegroom! Come in Your glory, Lord, and say to us, “Come, you who are blessed by My Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.” (Matthew 25:31-40)

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  • Rosemary Hopkins 29/03/2015, 7:45 am

    I had long had difficulty with the translation of this phrase. At the very time Yeshua needed His Father most….. Then I discovered that in Aramaic this more likely suggests Yeshua to be crying out for the end to be hastened, and this was granted.
    That very morning I had challenged the group I meet with, to seek the truth for this word!
    David and all who had a part in the 40 days, I am sure the blessing will continue, it has been the most beneficial 40 days I have ever been involved in. Thank you.

  • sue 27/03/2015, 9:35 am

    Thanks Susan, The view you taught has much precedence. Would our Father forsake His Son – or us as His children? This simply doesn’t fit with what God says about Himself; with who He is; or His assurances to me. I believe He never forsakes us! During the morning I felt He wanted me to edit the online version to make it even clearer – so you may like to re-read it from the website. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you and those we have led… to know Him and trust Him more and more. Let nothing separate us from His love!
    Thank you for your encouragement, Sue Tinworth

  • sue 27/03/2015, 9:30 am

    From: Susan Galletly: Hi Sue and David, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE 40 DAYS OF DELIGHT! They are absolutely wonderful. Sue, I think you said they’d continue to be available – I think they’ll take on a life their own over the years, e.g., what a perfect resource to refer a friend who e.g. has just got a cancer diagnosis to, et cetera – such a gentle, loving, progressive way to build a sense of how much God loves us – I’m still learning, and and am now tenuously revelling in Jesus loving me and delighting in me – I suspect I may revisit the 40 days of delight again.

    That’s an interesting perspective you’ve taken re ‘My God, My God, Why have you forsaken me?’ and I’m wondering if I need to make an apology to the three religion classes I teach. I said just this week that the verse reflects ‘He has laid on him the iniquity of us all’, with Jesus bearing the sins of the world, including my sins, and God the Father, who despite loving Jesus to the ultimate extent, not able to look on Jesus while he was bearing those sins. Do you feel that what I’ve said is another valid interpretation of that verse, all that I might be on the wrong track – and don’t about getting back to me if you are too busy or if it’s too hard to flick me some information (I’m now using wonderful Dragon 13 speech to text software, so doing this email and my long enquiry is really really quick for me, but I can appreciate it takes effort to reply.) Bye for now, Susan Galletly

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