Living our Royal Identity and Destiny



Going Live at 14.45 on Wednesday 4th April 2018.


 


 
 
Session 2 Royal Identity and Destiny
 
1. Jesus knew His Identity.
 
 Matthew 3:17 “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
 
2. We have a new identity through Jesus.
 
 2 Corinthians 5:17 “therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!”
 
3. We are friends, not Servants.
 
 John 15:5 “I no longer call you servants…Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.”
 
4. We are sons and daughters
 
 John 1:13 “We are children born not out of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.” – This is our new, ultimate identity.
 1 John 3:1 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”
 Romans 8:16 -17 “The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ.”
 Galatians 4:7 “So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.”
 
5. As God’s children, we obtain access, intimacy, influence and authority.
 
 Hebrews 4:16 “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence…” (Access)
 John 5:19 “The Son can do nothing on His own.” (Intimacy)
 Matthew 7:7-8 “Ask and it will be given to you…for everyone who asks receives…” (Influence)
 Matthew 10:1 “He gave them authority to drive out evil spirits and to heal every disease and sickness.” (Authority)
 
Questions
 
 What do we inherit from God?
 
 Why is it important to know who God says we are?
 
ACTIVATION ACTIVITY
 
 Listen for Father God’s voice saying to you specifically that you are His son/daughter.
 
 Picture yourself in Father God’s presence. Get into His lap. Look into His eyes.
 
 What are His eyes communicating?
 
 What is He saying to you?
 
 How do you feel?
 
 Practice getting into Father God’s presence every day, even for a few minutes, and repeat the above steps.
 
LIVING IN OUR TRUE IDENTITY
 
1. We are royal Sons and Daughters – Princes and Princesses
 
 1 Peter 2:9 “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation…”
 We are Royalty! We are Princes and Princesses!
 Therefore, we have access into the royal throne room of God.
 We also walk in royal authority to transact Kingdom business on God’s behalf.
 
2. We are Royal Priests.
 
 1 Peter 2:9 “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation…”
 A priest is a go-between, a mediator, between God and man.
 As priests, God calls is to be His voice/hands/feet to His Church and to the world.
 2 Corinthians 5:20 “We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.”
 
3. We are saints, not sinners.
 
 1 Peter 2:9 “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation…”
 Romans 1:7 “To all in Rome who are loved by God and called to be saints.”
 Ephesians 1:1 “To the saints in Ephesus…”, not “to the sinners in Ephesus.”
 II Corinthians 5:17 “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.” We have a new nature in Christ.
 Romans 6:6 “Your old self was crucified…”
 
PURSUING PASSION: GOD IS IN A GOOD MOOD
 
4. We are Christians
 
 Acts 11:26 “The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch.”
 
 The Greek word creo means “anoint.”
 
 Christ (Messiah in Hebrew, Christos in Greek) means “anointed one.”
 
 Christians – “Christianos” in Greek – is the plural form of Christos, and means “anointed ones”, not little Christs.
 
 Isaiah 61:1 “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me…”
 
 Luke 4:18 – Jesus quotes the above verse to show that He was the fulfilment of the prophetic promise for a Messiah / Christ to save the world.
 
 As Christians, then, we are also anointed like Jesus was through the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:38).
 
5. We are co-labourers with Christ
 
 John 20:21 “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you…”
 Why was Jesus sent? The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. (I John 3:8)
 We are to do what Jesus did – fulfil Isaiah 61 and Luke 4:18 by releasing the Kingdom through healing, deliverance, etc., thus destroying the works of the devil.
 Genesis 1:26, 28 “Rule over all of creation…and be fruitful and multiply.”
 God gave man the responsibility to rule.
 
PURSUING PASSION: GOD IS IN A GOOD MOOD
 
 John 20:22 “Jesus breathed on His disciples and said ‘Receive the Holy Spirit’.“
 
 He “creo’d” them – anointed them with His breath, commissioned them and equipped them.
 
 John 20:23 “If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven…”
 
 God alone can forgive sins. He gave them authority to do what only He could do.
 
 As royal sons and daughters, we have authority in God’s Kingdom.
 
Questions
 
 In what ways does your view of God and yourself influence the way you live in the world?
 
 How can you begin to activate your true identity?
 
ACTIVATION ACTIVITY
 
 Make a list of the names God calls you specifically (try to memorise them).
 
 Write down the times throughout the week you noticed that you were acting like a royal son/daughter.
 
 Release the Kingdom in some way to someone around you. Explain what happened and give testimonies.
 
Lesson 2:3 DISCOVERING OUR TRUE IDENTITY
 
1. God has made you fast. You have been created for a specific purpose
 
 In the movie “Chariots of fire,” Eric Liddell was being manipulated into going back to the mission field in China with his sister instead of running in the 1928 Olympics. In that context, he makes a statement, “God has made me fast, and when I run I feel His pleasure.”
 God has put a passionate purpose in each of our hearts so that when we do them, we feel His pleasure.
 Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.”
 Acts 20:24 “I consider my life worth nothing to me. If only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me…”
 
2. God has given you desires – He wants to fulfil them.
 
 2 Thessalonians 1:11 “…that by His power He may fulfil every good purpose of yours.”
 Psalm 21:2 “You have given him his heart’s desire, and You have not withheld the request of his lips.”
 Song of Solomon 7:10 “I am my beloved’s, and His desire is for me.”
 
3. Discovering your Destiny.
 
 Jacob experienced three significant events that propelled him into his destiny.
 Supernatural encounter (Gen. 28).
 Name/identity change 14 years later (Gen. 32)
 Confirmation of his destiny. (Gen. 35)
 
Disciples
 
 Luke 6:13 “He called the 12 disciples, whom He also designated apostles (leaders).”
 
Paul
 
 He discovered his call on the road to Damascus through a divine encounter. (Acts 9)
 He discovered his destiny through a prophetic word given to Ananias by Jesus telling him that “he will be my instrument to the Gentiles.” This is why we know Saul (his Hebrew name) as Paul (his Greek name).
 
4. Developing your destiny.
 
 Joseph.
 Prophetic Potential -> Pit -> Potiphar -> Prison -> Palace (Genesis chapters 37 – 50)
 Jesus grew in four areas in preparation for His destiny.
 He grew in wisdom and stature, and in the favour of God and men. (Luke 2:52)
 Paul went in a 17-year development program before he launched into his destiny to preach to the Gentiles.
 After Paul’s encounter with Jesus on the road to Damascus and discovering his destiny through prophetic impartation, he went out to the desert for three years and spent fourteen years in preparation for his destiny. (Galatians 1:16 – 2:1)
 
Questions
 
 What purpose do you think you were created for?
 
 What would you think if God’s destiny for you was bigger than what you’re comfortable with?
 
 Prophesy over each person in the group, calling out their destiny.
 
ACTIVATION ACTIVITY
 
 What sphere of society do you plan to transform? (The Seven Mountains of Society are: religion/church, business, government, family, arts/entertainment, and education.)
 
 Write down the gifts, talents, abilities, and desires you have that could impact the world around you. (The spiritual gifts include: prophesy, healing, miracles, faith, word of knowledge , wisdom, helps, service, teaching, mercy, administration, leadership, giving, exhortation, discernment, tongues/interpretation of tongues, evangelism, pastor, and apostle – Rom. 12, I Cor. 12, Eph. 4.)
 
 Find two people to prophesy over you this week. Write down what they said. Write down your reaction to what they said. Do the prophetic words resonate as true inside of you?
 
Lesson 2:4 DISCOVERING IN OUR TRUE IDENTITY
 
1. As Christians, our Destiny is to:
 
 Walk in the fullness of our identity as God’s children.
 
 Living as revivalists is a result of walking in our identity.
 
 Jesus did not begin to walk in His mission (destiny) until He heard from the Father at His baptism that He was a son (identity). “This is my Son, whom I love; with Him I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17)
 
 We have inherited Jesus’ mission which is destiny, authority and power. Now we walk in His shoes (identity), because “as He is, so are we in this world.” (I John 4:17)
 We must know who we are before we know what we can do.
 Be conformed into the image of Christ. (Romans 8:29)
 
 Ephesians 4:24 “Put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
 Romans 13:14 “Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ…”
 Be for the praise of His glory. (Ephesians 1:12)
 When we live in our destiny, expressing our uniqueness, God is glorified.
 I Peter 2:12 “Live such good lives that…they may see your good deeds and glorify God.”
 
2. Our destiny is to represent Christ on Earth
 
 Acts 1:8 “You will be my witness…”
 II Corinthians 5:20 “We are Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making His appeal through us.”
 John 20:21 “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
 
 Mark 16:15 “Preach the Good News to everyone…”
 “Preach the gospel at all times. Use words if necessary.” – St. Francis of Assisi
 Matthew 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.”
 Matthew 10:7 – 8 “Preach this message: The Kingdom of Heaven is here. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.”
 Colossians 1:27 “Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
 
 We can’t save anyone, but Christ in us can save / set free / heal everyone!
 Christ in you wants to leak through you.
 Matthew 28:19 “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations.”
 We are called to reach and disciple every kind of person.
 I Corinthians 9:22, “I have become all things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some.”
 
3. Our Destiny is to use our gifts, talents, and abilities to re-present Christ here on Earth.
 I Corinthians 12:7 “To each one, the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good.”
 
4. Our Destiny is accomplished through vision.
 Proverbs 29:18 “Without revelation / vision, the people cast off restraint.”
 Hebrews 12:2 “Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.”
 Philippians 3:14 “I press in toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
 
TABLE TOPICS: CORE GROUP DISCUSSION
 
 In what ways can you represent Jesus to people around you at work, at home or in the supermarket?
 
 What gifts, talents or abilities, do you have that you can use in your destiny?
 
 What things most intimidate you about re-presenting Christ? Why?
 
ACTIVATION ACTIVITY
 
 Spend 30 minutes soaking in prayer this week. Get into God’s presence, the don’t pray… just daydream about your vision. Afterward, write down what you saw in your daydreams.
 
 Reach out to represent Christ in some way this week. Describe what you did and what the result was.