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.
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DELIGHT in Finding the One you are looking for: “Who are you looking for?” (John 18:4,7-8) This was Jesus’ question to those who came to arrest him and it’s His question to the hidden parts of your heart.
DISCERN: How do you respond to Jesus’ question? “Who are you looking for?” Identifying the aspect of God that you need can be a powerful way to build prayerful trust and intimacy. Do you seek comfort, mercy, kindness, gentleness, strength, forgiveness, righteousness, justice, holiness, a defender? Jesus says, “I AM the one you’re looking for.” (John 18:8) Jesus came to heal the broken hearted. (Luke 4:18) He is looking for every part of your heart to be healed and His. “The eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to Him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
In today’s reading Jesus knowingly faces arrest and interrogation. We see who Jesus is under pressure. Under pressure Peter reacted violently and cut off Malchus’ ear! (TPT Notes John 18:10)
DISCERN: When you are squeezed is Christ’s likeness evident in you? Who you are under pressure is an outward expression of your choices, decisions and habitual behaviour – who you are in the hidden parts of your heart. Do you revert to anger, depression, sexual gratification, vanity, egotism, hostility, fear, indifference, offence, meanness, retaliation, condemnation? Others are looking for Christ in you.
DELIGHT in the relief that goodness comes from union with God! Striving to be good increases our pressure! But as we rest in Jesus, the fruitfulness of God’s Spirit becomes natural and time finds us more often pure, humble, unselfish, naturally loving, industrious, responsible, self-controlled, patient, able to defer gratification; deny our own opinions, preferences, tastes and will; and resist the opinion, persuasion, approval, censure or blame of others. (Willard 2002 p56) “The transformation of the inner being is as much or more a gift or grace, as is our justification before God. Of course neither one is wholly passive.” Our identification with Christ obliterates our other identities, not by negation, but by the new and positive reality of Christ in us (Colossians 3:1-15). (Willard 2002 p31-32). “Because of your partnership in the gospel… [be] confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:5-7) “Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:5-8)
- DELIGHT in Jesus and invite Him to transform your life.
Tell Jesus what’s on your heart: e.g. Who are you looking for? Who are you under pressure? “Come be the fire inside of me, come be the flame upon my heart. Come be the fire inside of me, until You and I are one.” (Song of Songs 8:6) (Mason 2012 p153)
- Invite Jesus into your friends’ DESTINY.
Precious Jesus, enable my friends to choose and trust Your goodness to restore and sustain them.
- Invite Jesus to transform the DESTINY of your region.
Gracious Father, we pray for all those in need and under pressure – that we, the church and all in community support roles would provide rapid, wholistic, life giving care with wisdom, kindness, gentleness, integrity and grace. We uphold Jesus as the one our nation is looking for. Restore Your kingdom justice through us, Lord!
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