The Prosperous Mindset

The Prosperous Mindset

 

God never does anything without purpose, and that includes you. God’s work in you never started when you were born again; it started before you were born – “I knew you before I formed you in the womb..." (Jer. 1:5).  However, until we get into relationship with Him and have His nature fill our spirit, we are not positioned to realize God’s provision for the fullness of our purpose. 

 

Base scripture: 
3 John 2  -- “I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”

We will only experience the fullness of our purpose in relationship with God.

  • God is “the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega, the author and the finisher." He authored our purpose, and He is the only one who can finish it. “He who began a good work in you will be faithful to fulfill it.” (Phil 1:6) 

  • Each one of us has an indispensable and unique part to play in contributing to the Body of Christ. The Body prospers when all its parts are prosperous. There is an imperative greater than me and my comfort that should drive my desire to flourish; it is living from Kingdom awareness.

  • 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 describes a prosperous Christian as one who has “all sufficiency in all things” and “an abundance for every good work.” He is prospering in every area of his life.

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Poverty is not a financial condition; it’s a mindset. It’s the way we think.

  • There is a reality to many people’s histories being difficult and challenging, but if we allow this to define our thinking it will determine our future.

  • God’s intention is that our thinking conforms to His thoughts and is made new. When we do this, we have access to the resources of heaven to fulfill the purpose of every area of our lives.

  • Prosperity is not in the possession of things but recognizing God as our source of supply; knowing we have free and open access to an inexhaustible storehouse of all that is good and desirable.

 

Prosperity is accessing God’s resources to fulfill His purpose for my entire being.

  • Spirit: where we relate to and connect with God. This is where we find the nature that defines our being. A prosperous spirit is one that has the nature of God resident in it. Prosperity viewed in the framework of purpose reveals intent. We “partake of His divine nature” when our thoughts conform to the truth of His Word and line up with His nature that resides within us. It positions us to introduce the characteristics of His nature (prosperity and health) into our world.

  • Soul: a prosperous soul is one where “the mind of Christ” informs our decisions; where God introduces creativity, innovation, originality, and solutions that are powerful and transformational. Where feelings of inadequacy, insecurity, worry and fear are replaced with faith and the courage to be a world changer. A prosperous soul is the channel through which we introduce His abundant nature into our lives and into the world: “I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers."

  • Body: a prosperous temple of the Holy Spirit is one that “is in health”; and our world is impacted through our participation because “everything you put your hand to shall prosper.”

 

A guiding principle to discern God’s design for our lives or prosperity is when we “seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)

  • Spiritually, I am both righteous and prosperous thanks to what Jesus has accomplished for me. However, it is only as I become prosperous in my thinking that the door opens for prosperity to evidence itself in my world. I must discover righteousness (God’s design) for each aspect of my life.

  • “I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers” - Our physical health is going to match our mental health. A prosperous soul is a mind filled with truth. John 17:17 says, “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.” A prosperous soul is a mind filled with God’s Word.

 

Until our thinking is grounded in who we are, we will never uncover our purpose.

  • Too many Christians are looking for their purpose when they’ve never discovered who they are – they’re looking in the wrong place. We cannot live from the graveyard and try to create life. When we were born again, “old things passed away, all things became brand new…” It’s only when we discover the detail of all that has become new and allow this to make our thinking new, that we will “prosper and be in health.”

  • Any time we don’t know God’s design for each part of our life, we run the risk of defaulting to assumptions - and decisions based on assumptions run the risk of being wrong, with potentially hurtful and damaging effects.

  • When one stands at the altar, the confession of our marriage vows introduces us to a new identity, that of husband or wife. The significance of this often escapes us, but what has taken place is that I have just embraced an identity shift. People love the dream of building a life together, but if we don’t know, understand and think like a husband or wife, we are not equipped to make the dream a reality. We buy into an identity (husband/wife) that we know little to nothing about and as a result we are ill-equipped to create the future (marriage) we desire. Many Christians want to walk into God’s purpose for their lives, but they know nothing about his thoughts on who they are, what they are capable of, or how He plans on making it a reality.

  • The problem for many men is that they are trying to live the role of husband from the identity of bachelor. We cannot live from who we used to be while trying to create something that can only be realized when I live from who I have become. God’s design is that we understand what it is to be a husband, allow this identity to consume our thinking, and live from it.

 

When we run our lives with thinking that has been given from influences outside of God’s Word, it creates established beliefs that drive our life. Many times, these beliefs preclude us from realizing God’s blessing for our lives.

  • Ideas like healing has passed away or not feeling worthy to receive from God are mindsets that need to be destroyed so that we can walk into God’s plan.

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 says, “The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.”

  • Any thinking that does not line up with the Word is a stronghold that can keep us imprisoned and prevent us from realizing God’s blessings. They must be pulled down and removed; “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

 

Revelation is God’s method of showing each one of us how to integrate His Word into our lives.

  • Sometimes we are obsessed with understanding before we take action. Accepting the Word as truth should make us comfortable in a place where we live from simple obedience – just do it! Stop waiting for some great big, deep revelation that we think will shift our world. “If you’re willing and obedient you will eat the good of the land…” (Is 1:19)

  • Act on the Word and things will happen. Act on the Word, and you open the door to God honoring His Word and delivering blessing into your life. The greatest gap in the world is between what we know and what we do. James 1:22 says, “But be doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

 

The basic recipe for walking into God’s blessing, His prosperity, in our lives is found in Joshua 1:8: “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” Knowing you are in Him reveals to us our divine purpose and shows us how to realize God’s provision for the fullness of our purpose.

 

 

The Prosperous Mindset, Part 2
"Anointed to Prosper"

 

Cell phones have become an indispensable part of everyday life. Accessing the weather, camera, time, internet, games, texting and even calling are all functions available on our phones. If we want to effectively navigate the complexity and multi-functionality of our cell phones, we need to read the manual. The manual reveals the maker’s mind – his thoughts and how he created the cell phone to function. It's the same way with God. Reading His manual, the Word, gets us inside of God's heart; it's the tool used to make His thoughts our own and shows us how we can partner with Him for successful, prosperous living. 

 

Base scriptures: 
3 John 2  -- “I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.”

Joshua 1:8 -- “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.”

Prosperity is recognizing God as our source of provision for everything.

  • Walking into prosperity is not buying into some "religious belief" but conforming to the law of right thinking.

  • The degree to which we can make our thinking new so that it conforms to the thoughts of the Maker, is the degree to which we will experience prosperity. With new thinking comes an invitation to action; knowing His thoughts is a precursor to embrace obedience and adjust our behaviors, attitudes, and actions to conform to His ways.

  • Example: In the story of the prodigal son, the elder son was upset that the father threw a party with the fatted calf (used in the best celebrations) for the prodigal son who had come home. The father of the prodigal said to the older brother, “Everything I have belongs to you.” He was saying, “You could have had a fatted calf anytime you wanted it; it belonged to you because you're my son." Because the older son didn’t understand what was his, he would have settled even for a goat when the calf was his all the time! The inheritance belonged to both sons; only one took advantage of it. The older son did without because his thoughts were incongruent with his father’s. All Believers have access to a prosperous inheritance; however, many have settled for a goat instead of the fatted calf.

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Meditating is getting into God’s Word; reading the manual. When we know the Maker’s mind, it introduces us to expectation: the life of faith. 

  • “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success.” (Joshua 1:8)

  • “Faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God” (Romans 10:17) – faith comes by reading the manual. It is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)

  • When I follow the cell phone maker’s design for communicating a simple message, I discover texting (the substance of what I hope for) and the directions I should follow to make it a reality. The fact that texting comes from the maker is evidence that it will happen, even though I may not be able to see it. Reading the Word will give us God’s design on every aspect to our lives; it is the substance of what is hoped for. The fact that it comes from the Father, the Maker of all things, should be evidence in and of itself that it will come to pass.

  • “Be careful to do according to all that is written in it” is an instruction to follow through with obedience. Knowing His design and letting it make our thoughts new initiates the process; obedience to what it tells me to do completes the cycle. Enduring prosperity comes from obedience to the Word.

  • Obey the manual even when we don't understand. When I lean to my own understanding and develop my own interpretation of God’s directions, I embrace tradition and not truth. This is dangerous because “the traditions of men make the Word of God of no effect.” (Mark 7:13)

  • There are spiritual laws at play, some of which are: Honor your father and mother and with long life I will satisfy you; give and it will be given back to you; love your wife as Christ loved the church and gave His life for it. Every time I lean to my own understanding, I step out of the Maker’s design, and I compromise my ability to realize God’s provision in that area of my life.

 

“And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.”  -- 2 Corinthians 9:8

  • In the Old Testament, God blessed people so that they could build up a natural storehouse to fulfill God’s purpose for their lives (Solomon built the temple; David was King of Israel, Abraham as the Father of many nations, etc.).

  • In the New Testament, Jesus introduces us to “a better covenant, established on better promises.” He has created and given us unrestrained access to a spiritual storehouse called Grace. This storehouse is designed to meet every need we have: spiritual, in the realm of our thinking and emotions, as well as the natural. It is a storehouse that is accessed by faith, and from which we realize all sufficiency in all things.

  • All sufficiency in all things” is accessing the spiritual storehouse to meet all our needs and desires. The original Greek translation of “sufficiency” is "properly self-sufficient; having all we need within through the indwelling Christ." This is why God wants us to invest in and develop our faith; it is the way we get to partner with Him and access His provision.

  • Keeping our life of faith alive, sharp, and robust is the avenue through which He will bless our lives! It’s God’s way of working with us. Luke 12:24 says, “Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them: how much more are you better than the fowls?”

  • Our head is the doorway to God’s spiritual storehouse – “I wish above all things that you prosper and be in health, even as your soul prospers.” When our thoughts line up with the thoughts of the Maker, we position ourselves for prosperity to flow.

 

Money isn’t prosperity; money is the byproduct of prosperity. Prosperity is relying on God as our source. God does not give us wealth; He gives us the power to create wealth.

  • Deuteronomy 8:18 --  “But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.”

  • Financial prosperity isn’t God giving us money; He gives us an anointing that enables us to prosper. The real asset is the anointing.

  • People are anointed for a specific purpose; to further God’s kingdom in their lives and in their world. In simple terms, the anointing is the influence of the Holy Spirit. It is His hand at work in a matter; it is a reference to the Holy Spirit’s participation or contribution.

  • Christ means anointed one. Christ in us gives us the same anointing that Jesus had on earth. “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me” – the anointed One and His anointing lives in me. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.”

 

Seeking first the Kingdom is getting into the manual to discover the Maker’s design and instructions; His righteousness is positioning my life in right standing with God.

  • It is a step of action: allowing His thoughts to become my thoughts and being obedient to His instructions.

  • Embracing righteousness positions my life for the anointing to flow through my life and into my world. “Out of your belly will flow rivers of living water” – the anointing of the Holy Spirit will flow and have influence only when we are positioned in Him. Ephesians 2:10 says, “For we are His workmanship created in Christ Jesus (the Anointed One and His anointing) for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

 

God's anointing is on each of us for a prosperous, successful life. The key is to gain understanding of His ways by meditating in His Word. Through this, we transform and conform our thinking to His and begin to live out our anointing and purpose -- the prosperous lifestyle.

 

 

The Prosperous Mindset, Part 3
"The Preeminence and Influence of the Anointing"

 

God cares about every aspect of our lives, and His desire is that we thrive in all we do. His Word tells us that He "desires that we prosper and be in health even as our soul prospers." His Kingdom intention is that as we give, it "will be given back to us," and as we tithe, He "opens the windows of heaven and pours out blessings so much that we cannot contain them." He has designed us to prosper, and that includes our financial well-being. On the other hand, Jesus also said, “...how hard it is for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God." The crux of these two seemingly opposite messages is that everything points to our relationship with God, and whether money or God is our savior. 

 

Mark 10:17-23 -- “As He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and asked Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone. You know the commandments, ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up. ” Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But
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thesewords he was saddened, and he went away grieving, for he was one who owned much property. And Jesus, looking around, said to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”

We are built for relationship. We are only complete once we discover and walk into a relationship with Father God.
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  • When God created Adam, He said, “It is not good that man should be alone, I will create a helpmeet for him.” When a husband and wife come together, the two become one, and their complementary selves make the whole complete. The identity-affirming role of the father is complemented by the nurturing role of the mother – in unity they function effectively as parents. In the same way, we are only complete once we discover and walk into a relationship with God.

  • There are parts of our lives that are ‘Under Construction’ – parts that remain incomplete and will never realize their full potential outside of relationship with Him. Our need for a sense of worth, for fulfillment, security and self-concept are key drivers that will only realize contentment in Him. He built these needs into us so that they would create appetites that set us on a journey of discovery; a mission to be made whole.

  • Until these drivers are met in Father God, we will look for them elsewhere: in other people or things. When we enter relationships being incomplete, the people that we ‘love’ are usually the ones who meet our needs. If they affirm us, give us security and validate our worth – we ‘love’ them. We are consumers in this world, taking from others to meet our needs.

  • Money is the passport to things; it carries value and power – and I’ll use it gain the completion that I’m searching for, even if it means surrendering my identity, worth and security to it.

  • The journey of my life is an exercise to discover completion and wholeness; to find someone or something that will save me. These appetites are such powerful emotional drivers that they transcend, and often negate, the influence of reason. Our commitment becomes: “If you save me, I’ll give you my life.” This is why people live in codependent and abusive relationships – every part of reason negates the value of these relationships, but when people’s core needs are being validated, they live in unhealthy and dysfunctional unions.

  • People use money to access happiness – even when it dictates their lives and drives their need for more. Others become miserly because spending money erodes their security. These are key drivers to modern day consumerism and materialism.

 

It is not that money changes who we are and what we believe; it simply reveals who we are and what we believe! 

  • If our emotional disposition and beliefs are unhealthy when handling a little money, they will be just the same when it comes to handling a lot of money.

  • Jesus' conversation with the Rich Young Ruler wasn’t about money; it was about identifying his savior. The invitation extended was to step from slavery into sonship.

 

If money validates us and makes us feel like a somebody, we’ll own it and not steward it. Stewardship recognizes God's blessing in my life. 

  • I take ownership of something because I have a vested interest in its contribution to my life. When you touch my money, you touch my identity, happiness, worth or security; what I have and what I own is intimately responsible for making me who I am. This is why it is difficult for this person to part with money; I’m not losing finances, it’s about losing a part of myself.

  • Stewardship recognizes God’s blessing in my life. It is established in the truth that Jesus performs the role of Savior in my life, and that money and things are to be used, not loved. That money should enhance my life, not run it. Stewardship sees money as a tool, not a savior.

 

The sin of money is not in the possession, but in the affection.

  • 1 Timothy 6:10 says that “The love of money is the root of all evil…”

  • I can go through life with my needs met by money, but I will never realize my full potential.This may be a big reason that so much of the American church is in a state of apathy; we’re content, and therefore we’ve lost our hunger for more. We’ve become complacent in our mediocrity, and it is costing us our ultimate design in Him.

 

The salvation that Jesus offers sets me on a Kingdom roadmap to making healthy financial decisions.

  • John 8:32 says that “...you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.”

  • Know is the same word used when the angel told Mary that she would conceive and bring forth a child, and she responded, "How shall this be since I do not know (intimately know, to know properly through encounter) a man?" When we recognize and accept Jesus as our Savior, we will know Him as the One who completes us.

  • Knowing Him as Savior completes us and sets us free; it changes our status from slave to sin to Child of God.

  • Completion in Him sets us free from the power of money to influence and define us. It positions us in a place of authority to define the role of money and things in my life.

 

We are able to prosper in any area of our life when it is submitted to the governance and influence of the Spirit, because it positions us for the anointing to flow.

  • When Jesus told His disciples that it is hard for a wealthy man to enter the Kingdom of God, it was a comment on the difficulty involved in them embracing God’s design for wholeness and prosperity. The Kingdom of God is everything that is under the reign and rule of Christ (the Anointed One).

  • Another way of putting it: it is those areas of my life which are submitted to the preeminence and influence of the anointing. Deuteronomy 8:18 says that “it is God that gives us the power (or the anointing) to get wealth…”

 

God has created us to govern and influence in all areas of our lives, and He has the perfect design for our finances. When we change our thinking to conform to the governance and influence of His anointing, we stay in God’s order, and channels to prosperity open.

 

 

The Prosperous Mindset, Part 4
"Established and Knowing"

 

God created us for relationship with Him. He wants access to our lives so that we can know Him. His design is such that unless we live out of relationship with Him, we'll never walk into the fullness He's designed for our lives. We establish truth by hearing His words, but relationship is important because it creates an encounter with Him. Encounters transcend our minds and cause us to experience Him which then causes us to believe Him. Think about it: you can read that God is the healer, but when you experience healing, you know Him as healer. It's established in you. 

 



Mark 11:23 -- “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says."
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relationship is priority because all things flow from and are given form from a place of intimacy.
Establishing

  • When you and your children participate in something together, these shared experiences cement your relationship and propel it forward. Shared experiences are powerful because they build bonds of trust, and they influence our beliefs. These are emotionally validated and established – an accomplishment that reason is unable to achieve. Your children trust you because they know you; not because they know about you.

  • Example: Pastor Gavin spoke to his daughter Vivi about the need to stop sucking her finger and painted a pathway for her to beat this habit. There was also the incentive to follow his direction because, at the end of the challenge, she would enjoy the reward of getting two goldfish. She was prepared to trust what he told her and conform her thoughts and actions to his input because she knew that the promise of goldfish would materialize. She didn’t have to see it because her confidence was not established in the promise but in him; she knew him.

 

Encounters with the Holy Spirit introduce us to Him and build our trust in Him in ways that knowledge is unable to do.

  • It’s “knowing truth" - encountering truth - that introduces us to possibilities: “to know Him and the power of His resurrection."

  • When Father invites us to tithe, He is inviting us to participate in something with Him that, when He comes through for us, enlarges our concept of Him; it alters our belief and introduces us to a sense of knowing.

  • Every new way in which we get to encounter God enlarges our foundation of knowing Him. The more we know Him, the more confident we are believing Him for something new, something bigger and more daring than where we are currently. This is what makes our walk with Him larger and more expansive. (moving from grace to grace)

 

Our ability to impact our situations is dependent on two key aspects: no doubting and believing.

  • Mark 11:23 -- “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says."

  • “Does not doubt in his heart”: The opposite to doubt is trust, and the full expression of trust is knowing. I trust God as my healer until my body is touched by Him, and I receive my healing. At that point, I no longer trust, I know. God wants to migrate our lives from a place of trusting Him as the healer, deliverer, provider, to knowing Him as all these things. We know aspects of God and His nature through encounters. To know Him in these capacities is to know Him relationally.

  • “Believes”: Guard your heart because it is the belief factory of your life. Your heart is a sacred place that should be reserved for God’s thoughts; inputs that act as ingredients to align the core convictions of our life with God’s design. The mature expression of belief is faith. Faith “comes by hearing the Word of God” and is belief that has grown to the place of such confidence that we are prepared to act on this truth. Acts of faith introduce us to a disposition of knowing. Shared experiences with Him are conceived from the words that He speaks to me concerning my situation, but they are validated in an encounter. Our Covenant with God (His Word) forms the foundation to our relationship with Him; confidence (Faith) builds the house. When we pray for God’s intervention in our situations, too many Christians appeal to God’s good nature rather than acting on their covenant; we appeal for mercy rather than living from grace.

 

We must appreciate and guard the sacredness of our hearts because our relationship with God is established and known in our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says, "Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life." Encounters with Him convince our hearts to be settled in Him, knowing who He is rather than just trusting who He is.

 

 

The Prosperous Mindset, Part 5
"If You Want to Move Up, You Have to Move Out"

 

Moving into our purpose and destiny will usually, at some point, require us leaving the familiar and going into unfamiliar territory. That's what happened with Abraham. God had a divine destiny that not only affected him, but would forever affect the world thereafter. God ordained Abraham to be the "father of many nations," but in order to achieve that, Abraham had to move out of everything familiar to him (family, hometown, culture, etc.) and  go into unfamiliar territory with complete trust in God. The same applies to us; to move into our divine destiny, we must  move out from what we've always known and into the new. We have to move out from where we are in order to move forward to where we need to be. Check out these points from Pastor Gavin's message on October 28:

Genesis 12:1-4 -- ““ Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from
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father’shouse, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you, And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; And I will bless those who bless you, And the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” So Abram went forth as the Lord had spoken to him; and
Lot went with him. Now Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran."

Living a life that is characterized by the influence of culture, societal norms, past experiences or the impact of those who have shaped our character, will never migrate us from our reality and into our destiny.your

  • When our lives are established in a reality that is defined by our world rather than Kingdom, very often our disposition to life is characterized by issues of anxiety, self-confidence, fear of failure, depression and insecurity. 

  • The result is that we become people who are rooted in what we know, and we are not open to exploring the potential of who God has called us to be. We become people who stay "at home" rather than honoring God’s call to journey with Him into destiny. We look for God to bless our reality (staying at home); but He is interested in relocating us into His destiny for our lives.

  • Example: God invited Abram to leave his country, relatives and his father’s house. The invitation was intended to move him from the natural influences that had defined his life and to position him in a place where he would be defined by his destiny. God called Abram out of the land that he knew to a destination he couldn’t see, for promises that he couldn’t touch, and a legacy that seemed impossible.

  • If we want to partake of God’s divine design for our lives, the realization that we are in the world but not of the world needs to permeate our thinking. The things that will influence our future and destiny are not the things around us, but the things of the Kingdom – those things that are accessed only through faith.

When we step out, God is our confidence. He is our guarantee. 

  • People don’t embark on a journey from what they know and where they are comfortable without a guarantee of future outcomes; without a sense of confidence. If we don’t know what guarantees the outcome, we’ll never leave home!

  • God offers us a guarantee that is not a contract or a deposit, it’s not an agreement or a tangible assurance; it’s God Himself. He guarantees His word by His very nature. Psalm 138:2 declares that God “...has magnified [His] word above all [His] name.” In other words, God says He’ll step down as God if He ever fails to do anything that He has said.

  • Our confidence in God comes out of relationship with Him, not our reality.

  • The rich young ruler who came to Jesus had everything; he had kept he law, had title, recognition, was accomplished and successful, and was rich. Yet, he knew that something was missing in his life. Jesus invited the young ruler into a future with Him, however, to embark on the journey he would have to leave home - his place of security and identity. The young ruler wasn’t prepared to do this, and we are told that he left there saddened; he passed up on his destiny because he was too established in his reality. (Matt 19:16-22)

To honor God’s Word is to honor destiny. When we honor our destiny, we will encounter the power that is required to draw us out of our reality, and we will leave home.

  • God’s words to us define our destination and illuminate the steps that we need to get there.

  • “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1) Or, to put it in context of Abram, faith was the substance that was going to introduce him to his destiny, and the very fact that faith existed was evidence of the potential that lay in his future.

God wants to move us from our reality into our destiny.

  • Christians who live from their reality are always looking for the benefits of His hand without the influence of His presence. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you” – we want the blessings without seeking first the Kingdom.

  • Recognizing Him as Lord declares the position He holds in our lives; whereas Savior describes the work He’s done for us. We cannot partake of the benefits of His work unless we submit to Him as Lord and King.

Living from His Lordship establishes us in the constitution of the Kingdom; it’s called grace. Grace will change the way we walk and the way we talk.

  • Romans 1:17 -- “The just shall live by faith” – We’ll discover life of a superior nature when we live from what defines our future as opposed to what characterized our past.

  • Our conversations with God will move from a place where we look for His mercy to where we live from His grace. Grace is understanding the constitution – all that Jesus has provided for us – and joining with Father God in agreement based on the constitution. Our prayer life will take on a new approach that is characterized by expectation and confidence based on knowing His will and joining with Him to introduce these truths into our reality.

God sealed His promises to us in covenant.

  • In Genesis 15, God enters into covenant on behalf of Abram. Cutting covenant sealed His promises to Abram and involved, among several other things, two important acts.

  • Sharing of Blood: The intermingling of blood represents the intermingling of the very life of both parties.

  • Sharing of Names: Each party takes part of the other’s name and incorporates it into their own. YHWH into Abram (high/exalted father) became AbraHam (father of a multitude/nations); God became the “God of Abraham." God introduced Abram to an identity, Abraham, that was birthed out of Him. Abram walked into the truth that dying to self would allow Him to live to us.

  • Jesus said that “...unless a grain of wheat fall into the ground and die it cannot bring forth fruit.” (John 12:24). Jesus is called the seed of David. He said that He had to die because He was a seed, and the only way a seed produces fruit is by dying. The seed gives itself for the harvest.

  • Saul became Paul: His identity shifted from Pharisee of the Law to Ambassador of Grace.

  • Simon became Peter: From unpredictable, brash, spontaneous and impulsive to the rock. His character was being introduced to his nature.

  • “It is no longer I who lives but Christ who lives in me.” In dying to self, I bear much fruit because I live to the anointed One and His anointing. This is a life-shift that brings me into unity with the Holy Spirit and positions me to bring forth a harvest in my life.

Ephesians 2:10 in the Passion Translation says, "We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!" Be brave and step out in the directions God is calling you - He has your back!

 

 

 

 

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