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Daily Devotional: ID - Your Destiny Revealed

Devotional Overview:

Most of us feel God calling us to something more — something specific that is uniquely ours to offer. When we feel the weight of that calling, we often don’t know what it is or what to do about it. ID Seminar devotional will help you to discover the unique life mission God has planned for you — because once you know it, you’ll have the confidence to take the next step toward your destiny.

Key Scriptures:

  • Habakkuk 2:1
  • John 15:16
  • Proverbs 13:21

Devotional:

Will the Real You Step Up?

Have you ever said something to someone and then wished you could take those words back? Often we don’t think about what we’re going to say before we say it. But, once said, our words are out there forever – good or bad. Our words have power. God used words exclusively to create the earth. Scripture tells us that “death and life are in the power of the tongue.” (Proverbs 13:21) Our words have power to do well or to destroy; to build up or to tear down.  
Today, you’ll use words to write a vision statement for your life, referencing materials from the past six days of devotionals or from your ID Book, if you have one. Your vision statement should be a short one or two sentence summation of your existence and it should remain consistent over time.  

Then you’ll write a mission statement that will explain in measurable action items how you’re going to accomplish your vision. Plan to use action items that are consistent with your identity (Passions, Talents, Spiritual Gifts).

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Daily Devotional: ID - Your Destiny Revealed

Devotional Overview:

Most of us feel God calling us to something more — something specific that is uniquely ours to offer. When we feel the weight of that calling, we often don’t know what it is or what to do about it. ID Seminar devotional will help you to discover the unique life mission God has planned for you — because once you know it, you’ll have the confidence to take the next step toward your destiny.

Key Scriptures:

  • Matthew 12:34
  • Proverbs 4:23

Devotional:

Honest Reflections

Is it hard for you to honestly and objectively evaluate yourself? Do you know what you’re really good at doing? If you asked your family or close friends, would their answers match yours?

There is an amazing convergence of three distinct places in your life – Passions, Talents, and Spiritual Gifts – when you are in the middle of these three things all at once I like to call this, “the sweet spot” of God’s intent for you.

    • Passion comes from the heart and provides the energy you need to remain motivated. 
    • Operating in your talents comes naturally and produces a chemical in the brain that feels amazing. 
    • Using your spiritual gifts allow for supernatural results, because you’re tapping into God’s design for you. 

Today, I’m challenging you to ask God where in your life most closely matches “the sweet spot”, have you been operating from your passions, talents, and spiritual gifts? When you do it will be so attractive to other people that evangelism will become easy, people will ask how you do what you do, and you can point them right back to God.

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Daily Devotional: ID - Your Destiny Revealed

Devotional Overview:

Most of us feel God calling us to something more — something specific that is uniquely ours to offer. When we feel the weight of that calling, we often don’t know what it is or what to do about it. ID Seminar devotional will help you to discover the unique life mission God has planned for you — because once you know it, you’ll have the confidence to take the next step toward your destiny.

Key Scriptures:

  • 1 Peter 4:10

Devotional:

Are You Inside Out?

Have you ever received a gift that you never opened? You set it on a shelf and admired how pretty it was and you even thanked the person for giving it to you. How do you think they felt knowing you never opened their gift?
Not knowing what’s on the inside of that gift makes it of no use to you. It will never benefit and bless you, nor others. God has placed a spiritual gift in every one of us and He wants to partner with us to use these gifts. God distributes the gifts by His grace for us to serve others; to give away and to help others. 

Today, as you use the gifts God has given you, make sure that you point people back to the giver, as we direct the glory and praise back to God we encourage others to hear from Him on the gifts He’s placed inside of them as well.

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Daily Devotional: ID - Your Destiny Revealed

Devotional Overview:

Most of us feel God calling us to something more — something specific that is uniquely ours to offer. When we feel the weight of that calling, we often don’t know what it is or what to do about it. ID Seminar devotional will help you to discover the unique life mission God has planned for you — because once you know it, you’ll have the confidence to take the next step toward your destiny.

Key Scriptures:

  • Psalms 139:13
  • Ephesians 2:10

Devotional:

You are set up for Success

On the path to discovering God’s plan for our life, one of the greatest clues we have, is what God has already put inside of us. If you see a man with a tool belt, saw, and sandpaper then you have some clues to his identity as a carpenter. 
Today, you should reflect on the tools God has placed inside of you. What are your top talents? What spiritual gift has God put inside of you? We use the StrengthsFinder assessment to identify “Strengths/Talents”, we use gifts.churchgrowth.org to discover spiritual gifts.

God placed these things inside of us for a reason, He knit you together in your mother’s womb. Knowing what your talents are equips you to do something with them. Remember, it isn’t about what you do; it’s about who you are. There is a difference. It’s time to uncover WHO you are first so you can move on to what you do.

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Daily Devotional: ID - Your Destiny Revealed

Devotional Overview:

Most of us feel God calling us to something more — something specific that is uniquely ours to offer. When we feel the weight of that calling, we often don’t know what it is or what to do about it. ID Seminar devotional will help you to discover the unique life mission God has planned for you — because once you know it, you’ll have the confidence to take the next step toward your destiny.

Key Scriptures:

  • John 1:12
  • 1 Corinthians 12:27
  • Romans 8:1-2
  • Genesis 1:26
  • Ephesians 2:10
  • Proverbs 13:12
  • Luke 4:18

Devotional:

Make Peace with Your Past

A past is something all of us have: some people try to hold on to the past; others try to forget about it, deny it, or run away from it. Memories of good past experiences fill us with joy and hope. But, it’s the bad past experiences that seem to hinder us from moving forward or become shackles that immobilize us.

The dreams we once had or the goals we set become shattered by the different events that take place in our lives. We give up on them or they seem to always be just out of our reach. Our relatives, teachers, friends, or mentors can encourage us or discourage us. Our different experiences can leave us stronger or scarred and hesitant to try new things.

We have to choose to allow healing into the places we’ve been wounded, breaking the power of our past. Today, you’ll use 4R’s – Reveal, Release, Rewrite, Remember. 

    • Ask the Lord to reveal a past experience or painful memory that needs healing.
    • Release / forgive the person who hurt you, release the situation to the Lord.
    • Rewrite it. Ask the Lord what He says about that experience, what words He has for your life. If someone wounded you with words, what words would the Lord put in place of those words?
  • Remember scripture of who you are in Christ. Child of God; Member of the body of Christ; Free from condemnation; I am created in the image of God; I am God’s workmanship.

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Daily Devotional: ID - Your Destiny Revealed

Devotional Overview:

Most of us feel God calling us to something more — something specific that is uniquely ours to offer. When we feel the weight of that calling, we often don’t know what it is or what to do about it. ID Seminar devotional will help you to discover the unique life mission God has planned for you — because once you know it, you’ll have the confidence to take the next step toward your destiny.

Key Scriptures:

  • Ephesians 4:7
  • Romans 8:37
  • John 15:16
  • Romans 8:28-29

Devotional:

Identify Current Conditions
When identifying your spiritual condition, profit/loss statements probably don’t come to mind. However, making an assessment of where you are now will help you determine what needs to happen to get you where you want to be or where God wants you to be.Here’s the good news, “your current condition does not determine your end destination.” 
Once you identify where you are currently and what you have, you can ask the Lord what He wants to do with what He’s given you and where He want to take you. Focusing on what you have and giving it to the Lord allows Him to bless it. Even more important is for you to know who you are in Christ – your true identity. Scripture tells us you are awarded more grace than you can exhaust; you are more than a conqueror; you are handpicked by God to produce fruit.
Remember, whatever situation you find yourself in, God can turn it around and bring good out of it. Don’t wait until you have everything in order to start working towards your destiny.

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Daily Devotional: ID - Your Destiny Revealed

Devotional Overview:

Most of us feel God calling us to something more — something specific that is uniquely ours to offer. When we feel the weight of that calling, we often don’t know what it is or what to do about it. ID Seminar devotional will help you to discover the unique life mission God has planned for you — because once you know it, you’ll have the confidence to take the next step toward your destiny.

Key Scriptures:

  • Jeremiah 29:11
  • Romans 12:2
  • Hebrews 12:1

Devotional:

Acknowledge There is More

Whether you write it down in a “to do” list or make a mental note, we all have things we want to accomplish each day. When you add to that all the information we’re bombarded with via technology, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Even with all our busy-ness, there is still something missing, something more for us to do.

During those rare instances when you actually have some down time, you may find yourself wondering, “Are the goals I’m reaching toward the right ones? Does God have another purpose for my life?”

Today you begin the journey to discover who God has uniquely designed you to be. To change your focus, your direction towards God’s purpose, you have to change the way you think. 

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Daily Devotional - Home Again: A Study Of The Prodigal Son

Devotional Overview:

This six-day plan uses daily Scripture, devotionals, and a short film to uncover how we can apply the story of the Prodigal Son to our own lives. This video portion presents the parable in a modern telling so readers can discover how Christ sees them, and then be compelled by this understanding to live a life devoted to Him.

Key Scriptures:

  • Luke 15:11-32

Devotional:

Read through the story of the Prodigal Son from beginning to end. As you read, take time to reflect on all that you’ve learned about this parable throughout the last few days.

Consider:

What one idea will you take away from this Bible plan?

Apply:

Spend a few moments in prayer and ask God to reveal to you what He wants you to learn from this parable.

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Daily Devotional - Home Again: A Study Of The Prodigal Son

Devotional Overview:

This six-day plan uses daily Scripture, devotionals, and a short film to uncover how we can apply the story of the Prodigal Son to our own lives. This video portion presents the parable in a modern telling so readers can discover how Christ sees them, and then be compelled by this understanding to live a life devoted to Him.

Key Scriptures:

  • Luke 15:25-32
  • Romans 3:23-24

Devotional:

In every single one of His teachings, Jesus was always aware of who His audience was, and how they viewed themselves. He was a master at communication, captivating crowds with His stories that challenged people to see the world differently from the way they had before.

Jesus never intended to end His story with the younger brother returning home like many may have expected. He had an alternate ending in mind that would cause the Pharisees to have to take an honest look at their attitude toward others.

In Verse 25, we see the older brother confront his father, upset that his younger brother was being celebrated and welcomed home despite his bad decisions. You can almost hear the entitlement in his words. The older brother is essentially saying, “I’ve always done everything right. I deserve to be celebrated, I’ve earned it.”

Like the Pharisees in Jesus’ day, many people have this same entitlement today. So many of us feel that we’ve done everything well; we’ve followed all the right rules, we’ve been a “good” Christian. We feel that we’ve earned the right to cash that in and have God give us what He owes us.

But Paul boldly reminds us in Romans 3:23-24 that we’ve all fallen short of the glory of God. This is a key concept that the Pharisees, and many of us, miss in our understanding of Jesus.

Christ didn’t come to save the bad, and reward the good. Regardless of whether we’ve taken God’s stuff and run with it like the younger brother, or hung around church our whole lives to impress God with our good behavior, we fall short of the goodness of God. Everyone is in need of being saved. Thankfully, Jesus has already done the saving.

Regardless of where you’ve been, or what you’ve done in life, Jesus looks on you with overwhelming love. He is a God that joyfully runs to you, throws His arms around you in a warm embrace, and calls you His beloved child as He welcomes you home.

Consider:

What are some things you’ve done in an effort to earn the right to be called a child of God?

Apply:

Watch the final installment of the short film Home Again and consider how you’ve acted like the older brother in your relationship with God.

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Daily Devotional - Home Again: A Study Of The Prodigal Son

Devotional Overview:

This six-day plan uses daily Scripture, devotionals, and a short film to uncover how we can apply the story of the Prodigal Son to our own lives. This video portion presents the parable in a modern telling so readers can discover how Christ sees them, and then be compelled by this understanding to live a life devoted to Him.

Key Scriptures:

  • Luke 15:17-24
  • John 6:28-29

Devotional:

The power in the story of the Prodigal Son lies in the unexpected ending. Those listening to Jesus tell this story knew full well that the younger brother returning to his father deserved to be met with rejection and anger.

The younger brother acted with the utmost disrespect for his father, essentially wishing him dead, only desiring what he could gain as an inheritance from him. And then on top of everything, he went off to waste all of his father’s wealth. It was bad enough to take someone’s money and wish them dead, but then spending it all on worthless things just added insult to injury.

Imagine standing in the crowd of listeners as Jesus explained that while the younger son was still a far way off, the father began running toward his son. They probably listened in horror, wondering how violent the father’s response would be. But then something very unexpected happened—the father wrapped his son in his arms and welcomed him home without question.

In John 6:28 the disciples ask Jesus the question, “What must we do to be doing the works of God?”

Essentially, all the disciples were sitting around begging Jesus for the secret tip on how to be in good standing with God. You can almost imagine Jesus smiling and leaning toward them, maybe even drawing it out for dramatic effect, and then answering with utter simplicity, “Just believe in me.”

Like the son returning to his father, we aren’t required to clean ourselves up before returning home to God.

We’re invited to believe that Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross already put us in good standing with God, regardless of our past mistakes. Take the advice that the disciples received; believe that because of what Jesus has done, God runs to welcome you home.

Consider:

Did you realize that God loves you so much, that He would run to you as you return to Him?

Apply:

How does understanding this about God change the way you live your life?

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