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Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Staying Connected To Your Destiny

Notes from Chapter 2 of "Strengthen Yourself in the Lord" by Bill Johnson.

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There are so many responsibilities for christians, yet Jesus illustrated a simple lifestyle; one that is carefree, not irresponsible.

"Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life" (Prov 4:23).


What we do in stewarding our heart determines the outcome of our lives. My internal reality often determines my external reality.

Need to establish foundational truths in my thinking:

- The nature of reality
- Who God is
- Who He has made me to be


1) Becoming From Beholding

- You become what you behold. "As a man thinks in his heart so is he" (Prov 23:7)
- Need to renew our minds - think on the things of God's Kingdom, not on the destructive reality of the enemy's kingdom.
- Fix our eyes on Jesus (Hebrews 12:2) - Sustain our focus on Him.
- Beholding Jesus can't be reduced to reading about Him in Scripture. The Spirit lives in us!
- "As we agree with the revelation of who He is, the reality of who He is starts to flow into our lives and transform us into His likeness".


2) Agreeing With The Unseen

"The enemy uses lies to make problems appear bigger than the solutions we carry".
"The key to either great purpose or great destruction lies in where we choose to sustain our focus. Knowing this fact should move us to jealously guard our

intimacy with the Lord."


3) Personal Victory - Corporate Blessing

God is a god Father. He never sets us up to fail - only to grow.


4) The Cornerstone Of Revelation - God Is Good

"The bedrock of an automatic response from us is the burning conviction that God is good, always good! Doubting His goodnes, making up explanations for

things we don't understand (the source of a lot of bad theology), or falling into anxiety and disappointment won't be options for us".


"The safest place for us to be at any point in our lives is passionately pursuing God and the purposes to which He has called us".

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