Living In Time and Change

Living in Time and Change
"From Inspiration to Application"

 

Time never stands still, which means that the variables of life are always in motion; tomorrow is not going to look like today – it is going to be characterized by change. Some changes are insignificant, others are seismic; some are initiated while others are beyond our control. As life continually flows, we find that change is a continual reality. It means that we need to embrace the reality that our lives will always be in a state of flux; transitioning from one reality to another; a place of continuous change. When the variables of life adjust and change is introduced, something new is going to be required of us.  

 

Base scripture: 
Jeremiah 29:11 -- “I know the plans that I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

Change cannot be avoided.

  • The only assurance we have in life is change; the only guarantee is transition - the process of changing from one state or condition to another.

  • Change brings with it a mirror. It reflects to us who we really are, not who we think we may be or what we think we believe, but the gritty truth of what defines our being.

  • Encounters with change deliver insight and transparency.

 

Change demands something of us.

  • Changes question our power of influence, identify fears, and locate those places of our life that are lacking dependence on Him.

  • This is the reason that change is unsettling to so many: it makes us vulnerable.

  • We know that navigating our way through change is going to determine whether we sink or swim, win or lose, rise or fall. If we cannot succeed in change, we will never succeed in life.

  • Life is simply a series of changes (parents – empty nesters; employed – retired).

 

What defines our past cannot be changed. It can contribute learning and experience to our journey ahead, but our life is not in our past.

  • People who live in the present are always reacting to change. They are all too often ill-prepared to address change in an informed, constructive way and the result is that life is perpetually in a state of turmoil.

  • To deal with change effectively, we are to see our life ahead of us but address what is in the now.

 

God's intention is to prosper us, to give us a hope and a future.

  • Jeremiah 29:11 -- “I know the plans that I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future."

  • All of this is contained in His plan for us; but it is a plan, not a guarantee. A plan is only as good as it is applied, and it is our responsibility to discover the plan He has for us and to put it into action.

  • The challenge with many Christians is that they’ve never discovered the plan. When we don’t know what God’s agenda is, we don’t recognize His will, our responsibilities or know how to address change. It is only as we spend time with the Holy Spirit that He will inspire us to God’s plan as He reveals it to us.

  • Our journey is not directed by a set of rules, but God’s plan written on our hearts. What is going to direct us into His plan is relationship with Him, not legalism.

 

After discovering His plan, we need to get committed to the plan.

  • “The just shall live by faith”; “without faith it is impossible to please God.” When we know His agenda, we are equipped to introduce influence to change as opposed to living with a sense of hope that something will change in our future.

 

If we stay as we are, we will not be equipped to handle our future.

  • Life is difficult because we don’t want things to change. We don’t want our world to change and we don’t want to change.

  • When change confronts many people, they look to be indulged rather than looking for inspiration. Many people want others to express pity and compassion for their reality as opposed to inspiring them with the truth that God has a plan to move their lives forward.

  • Compassion is not bad, but without God’s plan, others are left with no possibility of moving their situations forward in a positive direction.

  • A plan gives us a goal and the requirements necessary to achieve this outcome. A plan prepares us for changes and equips us to influence our future.

 

Inspiration gives us a plan; application gives us a house.

  • The Holy Spirit wants to inspire us with God’s plan for our lives, much like an architect is inspired to create drawings for a home.

  • The drawings are important, but the house only takes shape as these plans are put into action. The structure takes shape by building one brick at a time.

  • In the same way, our future is given expression and comes into manifestation as we deal with life one change at a time.

 

Spiritual insight (revelation) is important, but the value is in the application.

  • Matthew 7:24 -- “Everyone who hears (Revelation) these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock."

  • Don’t be so spiritual that you aren’t any earthly good – knowing a lot but being unable to introduce it to our world. Encounters allow for construction; the ability to apply revelation.

 

Wisdom is the application of knowledge.

  • Proverbs 24:3-4 -- “By wisdom a house is built (or restored), and by understanding it is established; by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.”

  • In a spiritual context, knowledge is revelation – God’s plan being opened up to us. It is saying that our house is built as we apply God’s plan.

  • The verse goes on to say that building is important, but the house needs to be established. The revelation that built the house is established through understanding. Revelation equips us for the encounter, and what I learned because of the encounter validated this truth in me. The truth transitioned from a revelation that I believed to a revelation that I knew.

 

Living from what is established in me allows me to introduce the riches of the Kingdom into my life.

  • When revelation, or God’s plan, is established in my life, it produces insight (understanding), through which the house is established/set in order.

 

Time doesn't stand still, and we find ourselves moving from season to season in life. God's Word and His plan for our lives is the constant that we can rely on. When we build our lives on His Truth, Holy Spirit guides us into the plans and purposes He has for us.

 

 

Living in Time and Change
"What We Know is not as Important as Who We Are "

 

There is power in unity. Unification reflects the same heart and brings about a shared identity, language, purpose, and vision. Jesus wants us to live as one, just as He and the Father were one. God is committed to creating a people who both reflect and participate in His glory – the radiance of His own perfect oneness.  

 

Base scripture: 
John 17:21-24 (NIV) -- Jesus prayed of His disciples: “...that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one— I in them and you in me—so that they may be brought to complete unity. Then the world will know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”

We're called to live from who we are, not what we know
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Who we become in the Kingdom is a function of the Truth that we apply; we are built through the application of the Word.

  • Football fans very often know a fair amount about the game; to some degree they understand the rules, and they are often free in expressing their opinions. The problem with football fans is that they never score touchdowns! This is because fans live by what they know, not who they are.

  • A football player takes the words of the coach and puts them into action. It’s in the application of technique and the implementation of strategy that a footballer is built. Implementing plays affords the opportunity to gain understanding of what works, how better to approach the play, and provides insight as to what would make the things more effective.

  • Who we become in the Kingdom is a function of the truth that we apply; we are built through the application of the Word. Each encounter in applying the Word affords us the opportunity for understanding to be gained. It’s understanding that gets the Word established in us.

 

God’s intention is that we become so established and proficient in the Word that it becomes second nature to us (instinctive).

  • Great footballers are separated from good footballers through accomplishment. It is not accomplishment in terms of what they do, but rather who they are becoming. Footballers practice proficiently with the intention of competency becoming second-nature to them. The intention is to be so skillful at ball handling that their responses are instinctual. Instinct is the ability to decide what to do and how to respond without thinking. It is an innate response that all too often is an expression of their nature.

  • God’s intention is that we become so established and proficient in the Word that it becomes second nature to us; that it defines the nature from which we respond and express.

  • When Peter and John were at the temple gate and encountered the lame man who was begging alms, their instinctual response was to raise him up. “Silver and gold have I none, but such as I have give I unto you. In the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk.” (Acts 3:1-6)

 

What we know is never as important as who we are.

  • As a father, I have the privilege to influence the lives of three young children. Proverbs 22:6 says, “Train up a child in the way that he should go and when he is older, he will not depart from it.” The principle is that whatever defines my identity will continue to inform my future. Who we are determines how we will live.

  • God is in the process of training up a spiritual people. He is introducing us to aspects of who He is, and, in this discovery, He is familiarizing us with who we are.

  • “Old things are passed away and all things have been made new...”; we are walking into our new identity. It is all about destiny; being conformed to the image of Christ – the Anointed One and His Anointing.

  • Our destiny is discovered spiritually – it is identity-centric and has everything to do with who we are becoming. God intends to frame our future by defining our identity. This is why Romans 12:2-3 speaks of being “transformed so that we can prove the will of God...”; the transformation of who we are equips us for what we are capable of doing.

  • Example: There are times when people are promoted in a corporate setting. They get a new title and are introduced to a new managerial, executive or director position. Often, however, they don’t feel comfortable or established in the new position, and the result is that they live from what they know, not from who they are. They are often insecure, ambivalent and lack confidence. This is like many Christians who know the Word of God but are not established in their new identity in Christ. The result is that they live from what they know, not from who they are. Issues of confidence are real, and the result is that there is a disconnect between my words and my identity. The result is a lack of confidence and ambivalence; we become “like a reed shaken by the wind...” (Matthew 11:7), and, as a result, we receive nothing from God. Change reflects our inner growth and empowerment. Resisting change is very often our challenge. It’s not the change around us that’s the problem; it’s that there’s no change within us.

 

We can talk about what we know, but we can only reproduce who we are.

  • Both faith and your new identity in Christ are conceived by the Word (God and His Word are one, therefore, conception takes place through the influence of the Holy Spirit).

  • There is also an order, or a sequence, to the way that things work. Romans 12 says that we are “transformed so that we can prove the will of God.” When who I am is transformed into my true identity, it positions me to walk into the things He has planned for me. 

  • Romans 12:17 -- “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God."

  • Romans 12:2-3 (NKJV) -- “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove (put to the test) what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

  • God’s love for us isn’t merely a verb representing what He does; it’s the noun representing who He is. When God loves us, He’s simply being Himself toward us. With God, there’s no distinction between the love He gives and the love He is. God always does the verb because God is always the noun.

 

God wants to do something in us so that He can do something through us.

  • He introduces us to our potential by influencing our identity: I am righteous, I have the mind of Christ, I am holy, I have peace… These are not things that I hope for at some point in my future. Hope is the enemy of faith: Hope is always focused on what I know and looks to the future for salvation. Faith is rooted in who I am and lives in the present.

  • Example: A faith person sees themselves as being healed through the stripes of Jesus. When a headache comes, he sees it as an attack on his identity and responds in faith from this place. He lives in that expectation of maintaining his health, his identity, and overcome the challenge from this place. A person of hope, on the other hand, encounters the headache, lays claim to it, and looks for God to provide healing at some point in his future.

  • God’s nature in our spirit will get us to heaven; but His nature in our identity will bring heaven to earth. Our ability to introduce the Kingdom is dependent on our being transformed into His identity.

 

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

  • Faith is a substance - it is a noun. Faith is not a verb. We always respond to changes and challenges that confront us; the issue is not whether or not we will respond, but from what identity we respond.

  • Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Everything we hope for falls under the umbrella of Grace. Anything outside of that is foolishness or presumption.

  • The substance that informs faith is the same substance that informs my identity, my very nature; its very existence is evidence of what is not seen. This is where I get to taste and see that the Lord is good – before it is ever given form.

  • Example: If I tell the children that we are going to the Caribbean to escape the cold, they tell people that they believe we are going away. If I give them the airplane ticket, they still don’t have the vacation, but they do have the substance of what is hoped for; the ticket is evidence that what is yet to be seen, is guaranteed.

 

Faith is not just a mental assurance and conviction that God’s promises are true; it is an actual experience of the substance of those promises.

  • Faith does not just feel confident that God’s promises are coming some day; faith has laid hold of and perceived and tasted that spiritual reality. This means that faith has the substance or the nature of what is hoped for in it. Faith’s enjoyment of the promise is a kind of substantial down payment of the reality coming.

 

Faith comes by hearing and hearing and hearing what the Word of God says (Romans 10:17). The practice of hearing what God says about me brings about transformation to my new identity in Christ and fills me with trust of Him. My life begins to reflect who I am in Him rather than what I know about Him, which makes a huge difference in how I live life and see my future.

 

 

Living in Time and Change
"When Our Dreams are Interrupted by Life"

 

Each of us has something alive within us: a dream, stirring ambitions, a living passion for something, or a set of desires. There is a part of each of us that is looking to be given expression and form. Nothing was ever created without a purpose. Cars, hammers, bread – everything has a purpose, and we are the same. When God made us, He created us with purpose; our part is to connect with the Maker and discover that purpose directly from Him. 

 

Base scripture: 
Genesis 37:5-11 (NAS) -- “Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had; for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.” Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words. Now he had still another dream, and related it to his brothers, and said, “Lo, I have had still another dream; and behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.” He related it to his father and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him and said to him, “What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow ourselves down before you to the ground?” His brothers were jealous of him, but his father kept the saying in mind.“

Dreams give us an end goal, an objective for which we reach.

  • Between where we are right now and the end goal is an expanse that is designed to change us and our world so that we are equipped to inherit and effectively steward our dream.

  • Dreams act as a filter, helping us maneuver through life and effectively filter what will contribute to the success of our dreams and what will not. They help us filter out things that are not going to contribute to our success and keep us focused on those that are.

 

He gifted you with a unique set of talents and abilities for a purpose that is distinctively yours.

  • God knew us before we were born, and the unique individual that He knew is looking for a canvas on which to express his or her distinctive potential.

  • If we struggle to accept ourselves or aspects of our identity, we will live in a divided state and compromise our ability to walk into our purpose. The result is that we live in dissatisfaction because we are a house divided.

  • When there are parts of us that were not affirmed or encouraged in our developmental stages of growth, we often struggle to achieve happiness because we live according to the traits that were encouraged or built into us rather than our true self.

 

Dreams make us dissatisfied with our current reality and initiate change, both in our environment and within us.

  • Our dreams and desires are there to frustrate us. They are forever looking for fulfillment and placing a hunger within us to achieve this; i.e., gifting looking for expression or potential looking to be discovered.

  • Just because a situation may be uncomfortable and challenging, it doesn’t mean that it is of the devil. Many situations are there to elicit aspects to our identity that have not been given expression or are under-developed.

  • There is a place of peace that we need to come to where we realize that “all things work together for good for those who love God" (Rom. 8:28). Discover purpose in the place of challenge, and it will unearth, grow, and expand aspects that God intends to use for your future.

 

Dreams expose our limitations and inabilities.

  • They reveal the reason why our dreams should never become reality. They open our eyes to our need for completion, for a savior who can elevate our abilities to overcome obstacles to our inheriting the dream.

  • Example: Abram's divine purpose was to have a son, but he was unable in the natural. God had met with and promised Abram that his seed would be as numerous as the stars of the sky or the grains of sand – a big, audacious promise; something that only God could do. But Abram's dream was held hostage by his personal limitations; his inability to have a son. It set up his need for partnership with God. From this partnership, God gave vision that illuminated possibilities, introduced the impossible, and stretched him.

  • Jesus came “to seek and save the lost” – His purpose was only realized in partnership with the Father (“I only do and say the things the Father says…”) and dependence on the Holy Spirit. When who we are is informed and built from the substance of our partnership with God, we are introduced to the truth that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" (Phil 4:13). This promise parallels Acts 10:38 where it says, “Jesus was anointed with power and He went about doing good and healing...” These verses speak to God’s design that living from His nature within us introduces us to possibilities that defy limitations. The key lies in the first three words of Philippians 4:13, ” I can do."

  • “I” implicates me – what constitutes my identity. Only when my identity is defined by His nature do I step into His possibilities for me – “it is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.”

  • “Can” refers to ability. Our ability is limited by the degree to which He defines my being. The more that His nature defines who I am, the greater His potential defines my engagement with life.

  • “Do” is an action word. God calls us to action. Many Christians have the idea that prayer shifts the responsibility for action onto God – I pray and sit back while He "does." This is not correct. Prayer is recognizing a promise He has made, coming into agreement with Him regarding it, getting His direction and then acting on it. The mind of Christ informs me, my steps are ordered of Him, and He is opening and closing the appropriate doors.

 

When we are not established in Christ, our purpose is always vulnerable to exploitation; it will undermine our purpose.

  • Joseph had a dream, but he was young and arrogant. He was his father’s favorite, and he indulged in it. When things come too easily for us, there is little appreciation or value.

  • Who Joseph had become as a result of the influence of his world was not who he needed to be in order to inherit his dream. When we’re wrapped up in self, we are motivated by need and become blind to purpose.

  • Joseph got his identity from being his father’s favorite, and because his sense of being was fed from his environment, he consumed from this world rather than recognizing the influence he was to exert into the world.

  • Example: The rich young ruler that came to Jesus got his identity from his wealth and status. He couldn’t give them up or use them for the Kingdom because they informed his identity. We are not to be defined by the accolades, titles, affirmations, wealth, security or ego-stroking offered by the world. Jesus said, “I am the bread of life and whoever comes to me will never go hungry, whoever believes in me will never thirst...” (Matthew 6:35). We are to build our identity from the greater one within.

 

Any time we get our affirmation or identity from the world and not God, we run the risk of abusing our purpose for personal gain.

  • Judas and Jesus: Judas’ intention was to exploit his relationship with Jesus to gain position and power through the Kingdom that Jesus was introducing. He didn’t realize that the Kingdom was spiritual in nature, not natural.

  • There are people who operate in the gifts of the Spirit and at times exploit this gift to gain affirmation and to feed their ego. They get a sense of affirmation and validation in being seen as "God’s man of the hour with far more power"! Isaiah 42:8 cautions us about exploiting the gifts for personal gain, when God says “…I am the Lord and I will not give my glory to another."

  • These examples reveal our need for holiness – completion. This is why God exhorts us in 1 Peter 1:16 to “be holy as I am holy.” It is an invitation to make decisions and act from a place of completion.

 

When we find our identity in Him and are complete in Him, our actions are well-motivated and pure. If we get our identity elsewhere, however, we try to find a savior in places other than our relationship with God. The result is that we act from a place of incompletion, and it introduces us to a state that is unholy. We must build our identity in Christ!

 

 

Living in Time and Change
"Your Doorway to the Supernatural"

 

Purpose is important - it gives life meaning and a reason for being.  However, trying to walk out our purpose without the framework of destiny will always leave us confused. To fully comprehend my purpose, it’s imperative that I have context; I get context from an understanding of my destiny. Purpose is function-related; destiny is all about my identity. 

 

Ephesians 4:11-16 -- “And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint
Base scripture: 
supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love. “

God has a "kingdom focus" which is given unique expression through individuals.

  • God is interested in Kingdom expansion and influence, and He intends to use us as living vessels through which His Kingdom objectives are accomplished.

  • God wants to introduce the Kingdom into the world through you and your life encounters. His ambition is to bring the things of the world into His presence and under the rule of heaven.

 

Each of us are part of a Body that is fitly joined together (Ephesians 4:16).

  • We are a Body made up of unique people with individual functions. Each of us will have a specific place in the Body and a specific function, or purpose, that we are to perform.

  • We run into trouble when we look at the function of others to discover our purpose – the only one who can reveal your purpose to you is your Maker. There is also the risk of esteeming the functions of others as more valuable or important than our own; we never really appreciate the impact of our purpose until it is absent.

  • When we don’t fulfill the purpose we are called to, the Body suffers.

 

The individual parts never take preeminence over the body.

  • The ear, nose or toe never take supremacy over the body. The same principle is true spiritually: our function, or purpose, is never more important than our destiny – discovering who we are in the framework of the Body.

  • Destiny is our link to the Body; purpose reflects our function in the Body. Our destiny is spiritual in nature: to discover who we are as an extension of the Body. God's purpose in creation and redemption is to have a family of children conformed to the image of His Son.

  • Romans 8:29 says that “we are to be conformed to the image of Christ.” Destiny has everything to do with stepping into your true identity.

  • Example: Students have a destiny called graduation. Instructors and teachers are depositing knowledge into them with the intention of preparing them for their destiny. As students grow in knowledge, so they move from one level of growth to another; from one grade to the next. So it is with our destiny in Christ; the Holy Spirit is imparting revelation to us. Each revelation is an invitation to step into a new and fuller way of living; an opportunity to encounter life from a new perspective, God’s perspective.

 

Our purpose reveals our function in the Body.

  • People struggle to discover their purpose when they are not established in destiny, and very often it leads us to pursue things that are of the flesh and not of God.

  • The purpose of our lives should always be motivated by influence and not accomplishment.

  • Influence has everything to do with the Kingdom; it is focused on introducing the Kingdom to our world. We pursue accomplishment when we chase purpose outside of the context of destiny. When we are not established in our Kingdom identity and we engage purpose, all too often the goal is to achieve status, power, fame, money, accolades or titles. Instead of influencing our world, we take from our world things that substitute for a false, worldly identity.

  • Accomplishments are not in and of themselves bad as long as they are not the motivator of purpose. Destiny will lead us to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” with the result being that “all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

 

We are to “run the race set before us…” (Hebrews 12:1)

  • When we view our race from the perspective of purpose, our intention is to get to the finish line as quickly as possible with as much applause as possible.

  • When we view our race from the perspective of destiny, we recognize that the race itself is the end-goal. Each step that we take is designed to expand our vision, enlarge our capacity for living, provide fresh enabling and invites us further into living life of a superior nature.

 

We are God's touchpoint to the world where heaven and earth meet.

  • For Israel the touchpoint between heaven and earth was the temple. It was at the temple that the Ark of the Covenant was placed; it was here that the presence and power of God dwelt. When Jesus died and cried out, "It is finished," the curtain to the Holy of Holies tore from top to bottom and the presence of God left the temple, never to return. It had found a new place of abode; a living temple. That temple is you and me, those us who are born again and have God’s nature alive within our spirit.

  • We have become the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19); God’s touchpoint where heaven meets earth. The place where the things of God, the things of the Kingdom, the things of the supernatural meet the things of the natural.

  • Our actions, feelings and words are produced from drivers that are deep within us and all too often defy reason and emotion. Life is full of examples of people who made decisions that were damaging and destructive to them, the people around them and their futures. Decisions that made no rational sense and, from the outset, were on a course of destruction – and yet people elected to go this way. Bad relationship choices, addictions and explosive behaviors are just a few examples. The point is that there are deeper drivers to our being that we sometimes don’t recognize.

  • Proverbs 23:7 says, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” The actual word for thinketh is calculate; “as a man calculates in his heart, so is he.” It is from this place that we have our being.

 

Our heart is the place where two key elements to our being - spirit and soul - converge.

  • It is the contributions of our soul (emotions, thoughts, experiences, history, words) and spirit that define the substance of our heart.

  • This is the place of convergence. When we get born again, our spirit man is made new with the nature of God; our heart is the place where heaven meets earth, where our recreated spirit encounters the natural.

 

God has such a preoccupation with our hearts; it is the doorway to the supernatural.

  • The substance that constitutes our heart defines our life – spiritual or natural. God invites us to make the substance of our hearts new by introducing the substance of our new nature into our heart – He wants us to stop being conformed and to be transformed!

  • If you want to change your life, change the substance of your heart. When we fill our heart with the Word of God, the substance produced is called faith. It is the substance of things hoped for, and the very fact that this substance exists is evidence that it will come to pass.

  • It’s important because the Word says that it is impossible to please God without our heart being composed of this substance (Hebrews 11:6). If we want to live life of a superior nature, the way that we do it is by making the substance of our heart new; “The just shall live by the substance of His nature.” (Romans 1:17)

 

Our future should always be better than our past because we should be experiencing destiny, growing in our identity, and building our house on the Rock. Who we are today should be larger and more spiritually informed than who we were yesterday.

 

 

Living in Time and Change
"The Seed of a Dream"

 

Destiny has to do with discovering and walking into our identity as a part of the Body of Christ; it is being made new as we are conformed to the image of Christ. Purpose is about the function I fulfill within the Body. Purpose will always center on the principle of influence; bringing the earth into His presence and under the rule of the Kingdom. 

Base scripture: 
Genesis 37:3-4 (Message) -- “Israel loved Joseph more than any of his other sons because he was the child of his old age. And he made him an elaborately embroidered coat. When his brothers realized that their father loved him more than them, they grew to hate him—they wouldn’t even speak to him.“

Matthew 13:18-22 (NAS) -- “Hear then the parable of the sower. When anyone hears the word of the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what has been sown in his heart. This is the one on whom seed was sown beside the road. The one on whom seed was sown on the rocky places, this is the man who hears the word and immediately receives it with joy; yet he has no firm root in himself, but is only temporary, and when affliction or persecution arises because of the word, immediately he falls away. And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful."

Our hearts were built for seed; whether our heart is seeded from our soul or our spirit will determine our quality of life.

  • Our heart is the place of convergence; it is where our soul and spirit come together. In a very real sense, this is where heaven meets earth.

  • Soulish seed will conform us to the natural realm, while spiritual seed will introduce us to the supernatural – life of a superior nature.

  • Every seed that takes root in our heart is an investment in our future. The things that have seeded our reality are not going to be the things that seed our destiny.

What we are going through right now is not where we are to end. Destiny is about changing things in our heart that will take us to where we want to go.

  • Being made new enables us to “… prove what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God...” - Romans 12:2.

  • It is only when our hearts are seeded with spiritual seed that comes from His nature that we are able to manifest the supernatural in our lives.

  • Joseph had a couple of dreams. He thought that he would be able to incorporate these dreams into his life; he had no idea that he would be required to exchange his life for the dream.

  • Many Christians want the promises of God; we want to walk in His blessings and the supernatural. However, we don’t always appreciate that walking into our destiny will cost us our lives. It’s because God has designed for us to live from the truth that “it is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me." It is Christ in me that enables Kingdom living.

Walking out our destiny doesn’t happen by accident; there is intentionality behind it.

  • It's like the farmer sowing seed: it is sown on good ground. The seed that falls on the pathway is sown there accidentally.

  • It is like Christians who are not committed to pursuing their destiny. They casually go to church every so often and get a bit of seed here and there. The problem is that because there is no time invested with the Holy Spirit, there is no opportunity for Him to reveal and plant the seed into our hearts. The result is that the seed is easily stolen, and we are never changed.

  • Matthew 13:19 -- ”When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the path.”

  • These are Christians who hear the Word but there is no understanding. When the Word is heard, our head deposits seeds of knowledge into our spirit. The result is that we conform our behaviors, language, and actions to what we know. The result is similar to what is described in the parable of the tares: it produces something that looks like wheat but isn’t.

  • Religion looks spiritual, but it isn’t. It will lead us into pride, not power.

Revelation is a spiritual seed, not soulish seed.

  • When we are committed to destiny and we hear the Word, the Holy Spirit deposits revelation into our heart. Revelation is a spiritual seed, not soulish seed.

  • The result is that it brings understanding, and we are made new, or transformed.

  • The Word planted in my spirit carries within it the power to fulfill its nature – “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; It shall not return to Me void, But it shall accomplish what I please, And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11-12)

If we fall in love with security, we will never have an adventure.

  • Joseph was comfortable, indulged, and pampered at home. It offered him such a place of security that he was not interested in leaving.

  • The result of being preoccupied with security is that we get stuck. We get stuck in religion, the rational, form, our church, control and our way of doing things.

  • The truth is that security is generally an unfounded reality; essentially, it isn’t true. Avoiding risk is no safer in the long run than outright exposure. It’s why we build our house on the Rock; on the One who never changes.

  • What secures our identity is the only solid constant in life: God, the One who is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow.

Breaking away from the familiar is the only way to experience our destiny.

  • As long as we remain stuck in security, we will never embrace change, and, without change, we are not transformed into God’s design for our lives. Change takes place when we are prepared to give up something that is valuable to us.

  • If we changed our life for God, why are we hanging around the places we are? With the people we do? Doing the things we are? It’s because our values haven’t changed; what used to be important to us still remains; we haven’t given them up. Is our career motivated by destiny or security?

  • The reason that we still have those damaging habits that compromise our healthy destiny is that we value them more than change. The reason that we’re stuck in destructive relationships is that we value them more than our destiny.

  • What are the things that we keep going back to? Are there things in our lives that are more important than our destiny? Change is about getting detached from some things that we are married to, walking out of the door and telling those things that I am not coming back. Destiny is calling! It’s drastic, but it’s change.

Whatever we are not prepared to give up will control us. Life is about giving up and discovering; letting go and holding on to something new; leaving and entering. Life is a pathway, not a destination; a constant flow of changes as we explore and get established in our new identity. Change is hard because we overestimate the worth of what we have and fail to recognize the value of what stands to be gained. We will never move to the next level of our life if we are not prepared to give up what we currently have and lunge forward into the new. As you move into 2019, let go of the things God is moving you away from, and grab hold of where He's leading you!

 

 

 

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