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  • March 2015

    Reading Plan

  • 2 | P a g e Our God Given Destiny In Christ

    INTRODUCTION:

    Welcome to TurningPoints devotional for March 2015 our 25th Annivererary

    edition. The Bible says that we are chosen by God and given a Destiny. According to 1 Peter 2:9 it says, "But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light".

    Often we forget who we are and what God has for us. We compare ourselves to others and allow feelings of insecurity to rob us of our Destiny in Christ. It is important that we see ourselves the way God sees us. God knows who we really are. He loves us and created us for a purpose.

    2 Corinthians 5:17 says, "Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" The Bible teaches that you are now an AMBASSADOR FOR CHRIST.

    1 John 3:1-3 says, "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! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.

    The Apostle Paul prayed for you that Christ will be more and more at home in your hearts as you trust in him (Ephesians 3:17, NLT). He knew that receiving Christ into our heart and dwelling there was the beginning of growing into Gods way of abundant living.

    Our God Given Destiny is in Christ - In Christ is our true identity! The Apostle Paul implores us to live our lives in Christ. He lives this way himself, boasting, I glory in Christ (Romans 5:17). In fact, in his epistles he encourages us to be in Christ, in him, or in the Lord 160 times!

    What does it mean to have Our God Given Destiny in Christ? Its not just a matter of claiming Bible verses for ourselves! It means that we are being formed into the image of Jesus (Galatians 4:19).

    Ephesians 1:4 says, "According as he has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be Holy and without blame before him in love..." When we begin to realize who we really are in Christ, we will begin to live like who we really are.

    Please follow through the devotional thoughts, setting aside time to pray; and enjoy the journey through selected chapters for the New Testament.

    In His Blessings - Ps Phil

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    Our God Given Destiny In Christ: Day 1 - Monday 2nd

    March

    Who Do You Worship? Idolatry occurs when we make a created thing a god thing, which is a bad thing.

    You and I were created as worshipers. As worshipers, we are divided into two categories: those who worship the Creator and those who worship created things. Because of sin, we are prone to worship anyone and anything other than the God who made everyone and everything. This is what the Bible calls idolatry. In our own lives, then, idolatry occurs when we make a created thing a god thing, which is a bad thing.

    Rather than worship these created things, God calls us to worship him. This doesn't mean we don't enjoy his creation; we just do so as an act of worship to Him for His good gifts and not as an act of worship of His good gifts.

    How do we become guilty of not honouring or giving thanks to God? (The answer can be found in verses 22-23.)

    What are some things that you put before God? (Consider those things to which you devote your time and money.)

    On what do you spend your time and money? What does this say about who or what you worship?

    Read Romans 1

    Destiny Statement - OUR MOTIVATION:

    For a Church that is a Family, operating as one unit with One Vision and purpose, with a place of expression and ministry for each Partner/Member in it.

    Confession:

    I am A.ccepted in the Beloved

    Prayer

    Ask God to reveal idols in your life so you can repent from worshiping them and worship Jesus wholeheartedly.

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    Our God Given Destiny In Christ: Day 2 Tuesday 3rd

    March

    Do We Find Our God Given Destiny In Our Job? Your duties do not define you as a person. You are defined by who you are in Christ. Life is filled with duties, starting with chores when we are young, then homework in school, job requirements in the workforce, ministry obligations in the church, relational duties in marriage, and parental and grand-parental responsibilities in our families. Our duties are endless. Often they are noble, but when they become the source of our identity, they can destroy our souls.

    At the end of the day, you are not what you do. Your duties do not define you as a person. You are defined by who you are in Christ.

    By what and through who are we saved? ( By grace through faith in Jesus.)

    Why is salvation considered a gift? (We cannot work for it. It is given to us by God, through Jesus.)

    What type of work is prepared for us? Who prepared this work, and why did he prepare it? (Good works are prepared for us, and it is God who has prepared them, so that we may walk in them and be blessed. God's good works beat any earthly duty that we could ever worship.)

    On which duties do you base your identity? Discuss.

    Read Ephesians 2

    Destiny Statement - OUR MOTIVATION:

    For a Church that will have a strong emphasis on the Word of God and Worship, cherishing the Precepts of God. Having contemporary style and flavour being able to cater for the different sectors of our City.

    Confession:

    I am B.lessed with all blessings

    Prayer

    On the cross, Jesus defeated every idol in your life, including those duties that you pay too much attention to. Pray that God will help you see your idols and then turn from them in repentance to God. Ask him to help you remember that Our God Given Destiny is who you are in Christ, not what you do.

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    Our God Given Destiny In Christ: Day 3 Wednesday 4th

    March

    Are You Defined By What You Want? To live for what we long for is like being a small boat on the raging sea - we are always being tossed about.

    What do you long for? To be popular? To get your driver's license? A new gaming system? What we long for can give us a false hope that tomorrow will be better than today.

    To live for what we long for is like being a small boat on the raging sea - we are always being tossed about. If our plans go well, we feel great and hopeful, as if nothing could ever go wrong. When things go bad in our plan, we feel terrible and hopeless, as if nothing is ever going to work out.

    Who you are is not based on what you long for. Our God Given Destiny is based on what Jesus Christ has done for you. Look to him and to what he has already done for you, and find your satisfaction in him.

    What are your plans for the future? What does James say about making plans and talking about them? (See James 4:14.)

    Discuss with a group or your family if there are situations and plans that they are expecting to work out in a certain way. Ask them what they would think and how they would feel if things didn't work out the way they expected.

    Read James 4

    Destiny Statement - OUR MOTIVATION:

    For a Church that will be a Safe Place taking in the hurting, depressed, frustrated and restore them, giving them encouragement and hope in Jesus.

    Confession:

    I am C.hosen in Him before time began

    Prayer

    Pray that God will direct your longings in line with his longings for your life.

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    Our God Given Destiny In Christ: Day 4 - Thursday 5th

    March

    Is Our Life A Testimony Or A Biography? Testimonies are very different from biographies. A testimony is about Jesus.

    Who's your hero? Have you read his or her biography? We love stories about heroes who accomplished amazing things, don't we?

    In every biography the hero rescues him- or herself, or someone else, from a terrible fate. As we read such tales of heroism, we look for sources of hope and examples of courage, dedication, sacrifice, and triumph. Biographies are great, but testimonies are even better.

    Testimonies are very different from biographies. A testimony is about Jesus - His life, His accomplishments, and His determination in an individual's life. In a testimony, Jesus is the hero who rescues us from the terrible fate of sin, death, hell, and the just wrath of God.

    What's your testimony? How has Jesus rescued you?

    What are the two ways the accuser, Satan, is conquered? (By the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony.)

    How do you defeat Satan in your life? (By testifying about the substitutionary sacrifice of Jesus Christ on our behalf for the penalty of our sins.)

    This would be a good time to have each member of the family share a testimony.

    Read Revelation 12:

    Destiny Statement - OUR MOTIVATION:

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