Destiny & Purpose

UNLOCKING VALUE PRODUCES INCREASE
 

Pastor Gavin continued his series discussing the difference between stewardship and ownership with Matthew 25:14-29 as our base scripture.  God has given things of value in our lives (job, family, money, etc.), and His expectation is that we will steward them to bring influence and increase.

 

Consider the following points:

 

God entrusts us with value, and His intention is that we steward value. When we take ownership, we rely on our own understanding.

  • How we steward natural power (mammon) determines whether we'll be entrusted with spiritual riches (the anointing, spiritual power).

 

"Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10)  Christ was manifest on earth to bring heaven to earth. It's our purpose as well. Christianity is a lifestyle, not a series of concepts.

  • Jesus's life was His ministry, and His ministry was His life. At any opportunity, He ushered Kingdom values into normal living. (Ex: turning water into wine; fed the 5,000; told Peter where to cast his nets for a large return, etc.) He lived Father's will on earth.

  • Our life is our ministry. Ministry is not separate and independent from our everyday lives. We should be looking for opportunity in daily life to bring Christ into situations.

  • Matthew 5:16 - "Let your light shine in such a way that men might see your good works and glorify your Father who in heaven."  Jesus caused His light to shine so that people saw Kingdom in operation. He used His influence for increase.

  • Influence and increase are important because they bring God's glory to earth. We are the way people see the glory of God - through each of us recognizing and seizing opportunity, then releasing influence.

  • People want authenticity. When you let yourself shine, people’s lives are affected, Truth is authenticated, and influence happens.

 

We must be involved in order to be of influence.

  • Success requres earthly skills that only come through our involvement (obtaining a college degree or training for a vocation, skills development, experience)

  • Influence comes from our kingdom citizenship - who we are and what we're called to do (bring heaven to earth in natural situations/everyday life).

  • We use our practical arenas in daily life to bring kingdom influence.

 

Increase is not only good; it is expected.

  • Matthew 6:33 - "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you."

  • When we don't discover kingdom value, we run the risk of missing God opportunities.

  • Example: Abraham. He had to leave his home country (his place of self-reliance) to encounter God's promise. Don't always despise your circumstances; they could unexpectedly reposition you for blessings.

  • Example: Joseph. Although he was wrongly accused and thrown into jail, the influence he brought to bear in his situation resulted in him gaining favor and being promoted.

 

We've been given the greatest honor and privilege anyone could ask for: to bring heaven to earth; to see value and bring influence and change; to welcome the kingdom of God's reign to the people and situations in our everyday life. Imagine what our world would look like if every Believer was an effective steward of the Kingdom!

 

 
Destiny, Purpose, Renewing the Mind II:  A Road Trip into Destiny 
 

One of the greatest things about God is that He is committed to you! You weren't a "random happening"; He created you with incredible purpose and destiny! He's interested both in where you're going and how you get there. Personal history, background, and mistakes don't change His love for us or our destiny in Him. Everything we need to live out our destiny has already been placed within us by Him, and we keep our eyes looking forward. When you tap into Kingdom, you tap into destiny!

 

 

Our base scripture for this series is Joshua 6:1-5 (NKJV). Consider the following points:

 

 

Our thoughts must align with our destiny.

  • Jeremiah 29:11 -- God is committed to us. He has good plans for us that will give us a future and a hope. We must believe this!

  • When we're born again, the seed of destiny was put into us.

  • Opening up our lives to the Word reveals destiny to us and makes our lives more expansive.

  • God has given us the Holy Spirit as our GPS. He guides us into truth, and He even recalibrates our way when needed.

 

Meditation on the Word of God is necessary.

  • Joshua 1:8 -- “Meditate on the Word day and night and observe to do all that is written therein. Then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.”

  • We are defeated or victorious in proportion to our thoughts and what we feed our minds. Our lives are going the way of our most dominant thoughts. Do we believe the Word of God or the doctor, bank account, news, etc. The Truth must take root in you, germinate, and grow.

  • Living by revelation knowledge elevates our thinking to God’s way of thinking. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NKJV) -- “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways.”

  • We can’t fix our exterior (problems & circumstances) when our interior is in disarray – the GPS of our life (our thoughts) must be set to the co-ordinates (destiny) that will get us to our destination.

  • Destiny requires cooperation. We must be intentional about getting our thoughts in line with our spirit.

 

Meditation positions us for success.

  • Until our thinking lines up with destiny, we are not positioned to take of the kingdom within us and use it to influence our world.

  • If we’re not motivated to move because of destiny, we’re often compelled to move because of crisis.

  • Be aware of your world, but be motivated by destiny.

  • James 1:6-8 -- “For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

 

Our destiny is in us because Kingdom is in us. God didn't tell us there wouldn't be a Jericho (something to overcome) in our lives. What He has said is don't meditate on it - meditate on the words He's given us. When the Israelites went to Jericho, they didn't think and talk about how tall and thick the walls were, how they were unequipped to take the city, etc. They meditated on the words God had given them, and they overcame. We must be intentional about meditating God's words to us. His words will keep us, direct us, recalibrate us, and lead us into success!

 

 

Possessing Resurrection Life
 

Many people recognize the significance of Easter as being the resurrection of Jesus Christ. However, what's sad is that the power of the resurrection has no relevance to them. Resurrection power is more than a holiday or theological concept - God intends His resurrection power to live through us in everyday life. The key is that we must allow His resurrection life to influence us by aligning our thoughts with His and allowing His truths to become ours. We must possess resurrection life!

 

 

Base scripture is Colossians 3:1-4.

 

The power of our faith is found in the resurrection, not the tomb.

  • Don't build your faith around where He used to be (on the cross or in the grave) because the power of faith is where He is - the resurrection!

 

We must put to death thinking that does not line up with His nature in us, and we must embrace resurrection thinking.

  • “If you have been raised with Christ, then seek those things which are above; set your mind on things above.” When we recognized Jesus as Lord, we died spiritually and resurrection life made us new – we have His nature in us. If we have been raised, then we are to seek those things above (of His nature).

  • The way you think defines how you live. Get your thoughts out of the graveyard – stop searching for the living among the dead – you’ll never find life in the graveyard. If you're thinking old dead graveyard thoughts (things not of God's nature), you'll be living off of bones. Resurrection power is intended to make our future better than our past. We are moving from glory to glory.

 

Resurrection creates a future for us. Until we put something to death, we have nothing to resurrect. We can only know Him in the power of His resurrection if we have known Him in His death.

  • Are we living a resurrected life or are we living trapped in the tomb? When He died, I died with Him. When He resurrected, I resurrected with Him.

  • This is where we became one with Him: He went to the cross for me and paid the price for me. He went to the cross in my name so that I could live in His. He became me that I might become "the righteousness of God in Christ.” (2 Cor. 5:21). Resurrection power did away with: our sin nature and gave us righteousness, death and gave us life, sickness and disease and gave us wholeness and healing, fear and gave us faith, the grave and gave us grace.

 

The nature of our thoughts are important because they either resonate with life or death. We have thousands of thoughts going through our mind but none give birth to power except those that become beliefs.

  • Your beliefs form your life.

  • “Wherever two or more agree as touching anything it will be done for them” – the principle is that there is power in unity! The nature of our thoughts is important because when a collection of similar thoughts come together in unity, they form a belief – and beliefs are powerful. Beliefs form the foundation of our lives. They drive our actions, attitudes, dispositions and words. These should reflect resurrection nature and not the nature of death (to steal, kill and destroy from you).

  • A belief is information that we adopt as truth. To believe is to hold true something for which we don't have proof. If there is evidence of the truth of something, we won't say that we believe, but that we know. “Faith is the substance of what we hope for, it is the evidence of things not seen" – when we plant truth in our lives, it grows up, and the fruit it produces is faith. Faith is the evidence that His nature is established in our thinking. It is the reassurance required to establish the thoughts as fact and the conviction necessary to act on our beliefs.

  • The reason that our beliefs are important is that “all things are possible to him that believes." The possibilities of our life and our future will be determined by what we believe.

  • When Israel came out of Egypt, God told them that they were to possess the land that He had prepared for them. “Every place on which their foot would tread,” He gave them – but they had to do the possessing. We are to take possession of the promises He has prepared for us by possessing them. We do this in the real estate between our ears. Put to death all thoughts that are not of His nature, and plant thoughts that contain resurrection life. It is our responsibility to “cast down every thought that is against the knowledge of Him” and to “take every thought captive.” By taking ownership, we inherit the promises.

  • 2 Corinthians 10:5 - “...casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”

  • Stop asking God to do things in our life that are our responsibility to possess!

 

Resurrection power has determined your future – it’s called Destiny! It’s a guaranteed future; destiny can’t fail! 

  • Isaiah 55:11 - "…my word shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it."

 

The challenge for many Christians is that they don’t know how to step into destiny.

  • John 6:53 (paraphrased) - “Jesus said to them, "Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in yourselves.“ 

  • We are what we eat! When we eat of the Body and Blood (the Word), we eat salvation and wholeness to our thoughts. It transforms our thinking, makes it new, and gets what we believe lined up with destiny. For example, we go from doubt to confidence (faith), earning His love to resting in His love, and from worry to peace.

  • The problem for many is a bad diet: We want to be slim, trim and defined; but we’re living off of fast food and desserts. When our diet is at odds with our ambitions, we are set up for disappointment. Don't keep your thought life in the grave or on a diet of fast food and desserts - bring it into resurrection life!

  • We don’t have the prerogative to change destiny; but we can choose not to walk in it. If we get on I95 going south, we'll end up in Miami - that's the destination (destiny). However, there are many paths along the way that we can take off-course. His resurrection power paid the price for any route we choose, including destiny.

 

Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3:3, "...unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God." Our born again encounter is the initial experience of resurrection life. However, our thinking and belief system must be conformed to Kingdom. When we marinate in His Word and relationship with Him, His way of thinking becomes our way of thinking, which then transforms our belief system into His belief system. When spirit and soul are aligned together in Kingdom, we will walk in resurrection life all the time!

 

 

Liberated to Live
 

What's the picture you have of your future? How do you want to live? We were raised up with Christ's resurrection so that we can truly live! God's intention is that we would live by resurrection truth and live with intention into a powerful future.

 

Base scripture is Ephesians 2:4-6.

 

Being raised up with Christ sets us free; being seated with Him in Heavenly places influences the course of our lives – our future.

 

What powers the kingdom is not works, but resurrection power from within.

  • We are to shift our drive from works to getting His nature established in our hearts. Understanding our need for a Savior moves us to a place of humility where we become dependent on Him and His empowering. It influences my character and my future.

 

We have been positioned in a new place from which we are to live. We are to discover what defines this space and how we are to live from this new position.

  • “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me” speaks of a death and resurrection.

  • Why are we living in the grave when we should be living in the kingdom of resurrection power? The problem is that much of the church is stuck in a grave paradigm and not a grace paradigm.

 

God is intimately interwoven into the fabric of our lives.

  • "While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” He made righteousness legally ours if we choose to embrace it.

  • Seeding our heart – the sower sows the Word – we are to plant. The only entry point for grace to our lives is through our heart. If the gateway is not open, God has no way to take the things of heaven and introduce them into our lives.

  • By seeding our heart, future seasons bear a harvest, and fruit is manifest in our body and world.

 

We have been “made alive together with Christ." Resurrection power sets us free – we have been raised up with Christ. It has paid the price to get us out from whatever we have been locked in.

  • Paul said, “I want to know Him and the power of His resurrection." Paul is looking for an encounter with resurrection power that will result in transformation. He is speaking of grace. Two parts: Knowing – which transcends understanding; and the power that ensures it takes place. “Knowing the truth sets us free."

  • Revelation: when the truth that is in the spirit is opened up to the heart. Revelation is the process of seeding our heart with truth. It takes understanding and converts into wisdom from which it is able to be engrafted into our heart.

  • Knowledge is input; wisdom is output. Knowledge is being a hearer of the Word; wisdom is being a doer of the Word. For example, facts about parenting (info to help me understand what I need to do to be a good parent) is not as powerful as fatherhood (heart motivation that drives my desire to know each child; protect, sacrifice for, and love each one).

 

Jesus raised us up – He changed our position. Until we have an encounter with Him through the Word, we remain as we were.

  • An encounter requires ‘Word’ seed. We are responsible for seeding our lives with the Word. Revelation opens truth and life to us; but it also acts as a trigger to release the power of God.

  • Example: Soda in a bottle with a cap needs an opener for us to enjoy it. Revelation is the bottle top opener that releases the power of God into our life and into our world. It’s because "His word will not return void but will accomplish that for which it has been sent” (Is 55:10-11) that releases power and gives this power purpose: engrafting it into our hearts and ensuring that it fulfills the truth contained in it.

  • This is why the Word works for some and not others. It is how the Word is made alive and powerful.

  • God has positioned us in a new place; He is in the process of reconstructing our heart out of His nature. He is forming our character in Him. We live from our character; this is the place that informs my life view, directs my behavior, influences my emotions, fuels my thoughts and colors my dreams. When who I am is constructed of who He is, I no longer have to work to look like Him; I have become like Him! I begin to live the scripture, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me." (Gal 2:20)

  • Too much of the church wants His blessing without character. We want the provision, protection, blessing but we don’t want God to move into our life.

  • The Word should define our future; memories will keep us stuck to the past –they have nothing to do with where we are going.

 

The result of knowledge and power is that I find myself seated in heavenly places. I live from a new place; I engage life from a new dimension. Seated in heavenly places brings stability to our lives; it moves us away from being a double-minded man (who receives nothing from God).

  • Seated in heavenly places is getting established in grace. If we don’t seek those things above and seat ourselves in them, our lives remain unstable, and we are unable to walk into prosperity, peace, health, blessing.

 

A key driver of our lives should be a love of intimacy with Him. Meditation on His goodness and who He is causes us to conform to His nature. Engrafting ourselves into Him through His Word and relationship with Him is our livelihood.

 

 

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