WEEK 2: Delight in Who Your Father Designed You To Be
DESTINY QUESTION: Father, Who do You say I am?
To know your DESTINY you need your Father’s perspective of your eternal identity – who you are in heaven. (Cook 2012) 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 clear answers to all these questions.
Pause to discern who you are from heaven’s perspective. Journal what you hear and how this helps define your DESTINY journey.
DELIGHT in who your Father designed and calls you to be and His timing and process for your unveiling. (John 2:4)! We are loved fully by our Father, as His children, at every stage of our immaturity. But it saddens a parent’s heart if their child’s development ceases – if they do not progress to maturity. Today’s story begins with Jesus as a Son of Man prompted by His mother to step into His DESTINY plan. To find our true identity we need to let God replace the distorted pictures of ourselves that we have formed from human life. Religious and cultural expectations; advertising and performance indicators reinforce false pictures of our inadequacy and insignificance. “Most men and women lead lives, at the worst so painful, at the best so monotonous, poor and limited that the urge to escape, the longing to transcend themselves if only for a few moments, is and has always been one of the principal appetites of the soul.” (Huxley quoted by Willard 1998 p75) Humans clamour with a desire for attention and a driving search for significance. “Our hunger for significance is a signal of who we are and why we are here, and it is the basis for humanity’s enduring response to Jesus.” (Willard 1998 p22)
DESTINY is shaped in our relationship with God. Let ‘I AM’ be the source of your identity. (Jeremiah 29:11-12) “The purpose of anything is found in the mind of its creator, not in itself. Identity comes from identifying and knowing the one who made us. You’ll never find yourself until you find Him.” (Sheets 2014 p177-178)
DELIGHT in the striking availability of God to meet human need as gloriously exemplified through Jesus. (Willard 1998 p24) Our identity is formed through an intimate relationship with Christ in us. We come to trust His will more than our own. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (Galatians 2:20)
DELIGHT in the joy that Christ brings! “Jesus DELIGHTS in your joy. He does not withhold joy from His people.” (John 2:10 TPT Notes) The wedding that Jesus transformed was running short of joy. Religion and the ‘pleasures’ and pressures of our world are short on joy, but “joy is our portion in His fellowship.” (Willard 1998 p318) “Joy is a positive outlook – hopefulness based upon an overall sense of well-being. Joyfulness always takes a wider view of circumstance and works with hope to expect good to prevail. Joy maintains a positive posture in life that assumes good will be supported. Joy enables patience, commitment and the ability to defer instant gratification, overcoming the tyranny of urgency, since one is joyful whatever the present state of affairs.” (Willard 2014 p117-118)
REFLECT on the offer of a 40 Day transition process to discover who you are in Christ and be who you really are.
DESTINY BLESSING: Ask the Holy Spirit to seal your identity in Christ through your Father’s blessing
- DELIGHT in your Father and His DESTINY for your life.
Father, I DELIGHT in who Jesus reveals You to be! I trust You to do whatever you need to, so I can become who You designed me to be. May others encounter Your love, signs, wonders and healing through me (John 2:11)!
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Loving Father, reveal to my friends who you destined them to be, and all the gifts you have given them, so they may enter into the joy of life abundant and eternal – available to them through Jesus.
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Lord, open us to Your Holy Spirit and Your progressive revelation through Him, so we can pray and intelligently work with You to accomplish Your purposes – Your kingdom within the people of this earth. (Willard 1998 p274)
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