NEXT – Week 6 – January 31, 2016

Today – When You Know Your Destiny, You Find Fulfillment.

 

For God has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. – 2 Timothy 1:9

 

STEP Toward Your Purpose

We are God’s workmanship, His masterpiece, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.- Eph. 2:10

 

Worlds – different time periods…decades, centuries, generations

 

Framed – to reshape, recreate, renovate, remold

 

YOU are God’s best design for the works he has prepared for you NOW.

 

STEP Toward Your Spiritual Gifts

 

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. – Romans 12:6

 

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God which is in you. – 2 Timothy 1:6

 

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. – 1 Peter 2:9

 

1 – Discover the gifts. 


For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well…All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. – Psalm 139:13-16

 

2 – Embrace the Destiny. 


Don’t have an unhealthy view of yourself, but rather be set free from that wrong view and let God give you right thinking, by being assured of who He is and what He believes about you. Because we are all just like a physical body…we belong to each other and are connected on God’s team…but individually we have our own God given work and we use our God given gifts. – Romans 12:3-6 PSV

 

3 – Use the GIFTS.

God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you. – 1 Peter 4:10 NLT

 

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God, I ask that our eyes are focused and clear, so that we can see exactly what it is that YOU are calling us to do…we want to know Your assignment for our lives. Show us Your purpose and help us take our NEXT step in Destiny.

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8 Promises About Your NEXT

It is all about getting your spiritual focus back.  If we are going to hear God’s plan in our life for our NEXT, we must get our FOCUS back on God’s Word NOW.  The WORDs of God is what directs our life from where we are NOW to what God has NEXT.  The very WORDs of God contain the power, energy, and desire in them to MOVE your life forward.  Jesus said, “The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life” (John 6:63). To MOVE to your NEXT – you must build your Life on God’s Word.  (For more on this topic, watch NEXT series week 5)  Three ways to build your life —

PARAPHRASE IT – Read the verse or passage over and over again. Think about what God is saying to you…Highlight the main words…then put it into Your Own Words.

PICTURE IT – Begin to see yourself in the Bible.  When you are reading, insert your name where you can.  Imagine in your heart that verse working in your life.

PRONOUNCE IT – You begin to use your mouth to speak the promises of God over your life.  Begin to pray the verses you are reading over your NEXT.


8 Promises About Your NEXT

1 – God will make known to me the path of life. 

You will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of your presence and the pleasures of living with you forever. (Psalms 16:11 NLT)

2 – My times are in God’s Hands. 

But I am trusting you, O Lord, saying, “You are my God!” My future is in your hands. Rescue me from those who hunt me down relentlessly. Let your favor shine on your servant. In your unfailing love, rescue me. (Psalms 31:14-16 NLT)

3 – God will instruct me in the Way Chosen for me. 

Who are those who fear the Lord ? He will show them the path they should choose. They will live in prosperity, and their children will inherit the land. (Psalms 25:12, 13 NLT)

4 – God will fulfill His purpose for me. 

I cry out to God Most High, to God who will fulfill his purpose for me. (Psalms 57:2 NLT)

5 – God Watches Over My Life. 

The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever. (Psalms 121:7, 8 NLT)

6 – God Will Fulfill Your Desires. 

The Lord is close to all who call on him, yes, to all who call on him in truth. He grants the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. (Psalms 145:18, 19 NLT)

7 – God Will Direct Your Steps. 

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand. (Psalms 37:23, 24 NLT)

8 – God will show you what to do & where to go. 

This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is good for you and leads you along the paths you should follow. (Isaiah 48:17 NLT)

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NEXT – Week 5 – January 24, 2016

Today – How Do I Get My Spiritual Focus Back

The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life. John 6:63

Your Life is NOT Focused…if YOU are Not Focused on God’s Word.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:1-5

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

√ Your NEXT Takes Faith.

For we also have had the gospel preached to us, just as they did; but the message they heard was of no value to them, because those who heard did not combine it with faith. Hebrews 4:2

√ Your NEXT Needs Revelation.

√ Your NEXT Starts with Meditation.

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Joshua 1:7-8

To Move to Your NEXT – Build Your Life on God’s Word.

“These words I speak to you are not incidental additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundational words, words to build a life on. If you work these words into your life, you are like a smart carpenter who built his house on solid rock.” Matthew 7:24 MSG

PARAPHRASE IT

I have hidden Your word in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Psalm 119:11

· LET the word of Christ dwell in you richly.

· Let the WORD of Christ dwell in you richly.

· Let the Word of Christ DWELL in you richly.

· Let the Word of Christ dwell in you RICHLY.

PICTURE IT

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18

PRONOUNCE IT

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NEXT – Week 4 – January 17, 2016 Notes

Today – Repentance is key to Forward Motion

1 – LOST SPIRITUAL FOCUS

Luke 21:34 — Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap.

Prayer – God, we repent for trying to live our life…our way. We repent because we have let our SELF get in the way of following you. Forgive us. We put the Focus back on following YOU first.

2 –INFLUENCED BY THE WORLD

Eph 2:2 — You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live…the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God.

Prayer – God, we repent for having the attitudes of the world. No longer will we be judgmental & critical about others. Break off of us any fear or worry in our hearts. We choose to forgive and we let go of every hurt, wound, bitterness, and inner pain.

3 – OVERWHELMED WITH LIFE

Psalm 119:96 “I have learned that everything has limits.”

God, we repent for allowing our lives to get so full. Forgive us for not coming to You with our struggles. We choose to exchange our limitations for Your strength. Make us strong and mighty in You.

4 – DON’T KNOW OUR PURPOSE

We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. 16For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible — everything got started in Him and finds its purpose in Him.

Prayer – God, we repent that we have allowed our lives to become aimless. Forgive us if we have been missing Your assignment for our lives. Show us Your purpose and help us know who You have created us to be.

5 – NOT LISTENING TO GOD.

Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

· Pray this – God, we repent for the times we were not listening to Your voice. Forgive us for having our hearts so full of stuff that we can’t hear You. We determine today that You are leading us and we can hear Your voice. We are going to do what You say.

YOUR Life WITHIN Moves You to Your Next

Prov 18:14 — The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak spirit who can raise up?

Prov 16:32 — …he who rules his spirit is better than he who takes a city.

√ The Holy Spirit is the VERY LIFE of God.

John 6:63 — The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.

Prov 20:27 — The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.

√ Your Spirit WITHIN is the force of life!

Get to know the person of the Holy Spirit.

Rom 8:2 NLT — And because you belong to Jesus, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.

Pray — Today, I choose to be spiritually strong. God’s life is flowing from my spirit into every area of my life. Holy Spirit, help me to stay focused on God. Keep me from being influenced by the world. Strengthen me to take my steps in sync with You. Water those Destiny seeds God has planted in Me. Keep my heart sensitive to hear Your voice.

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NOW Prayers To Take You to Your NEXT

So often in our lives we get stuck in our NOW wanting to move to what God has NEXT for us.  But we are left struggling and straining to make life work.  Then we think “Why is this same thing happening to me?”  Below are 5 BOLD prayers that will clear the pathway in your life.  You may be facing the same traps you have in the past.  Or you may have to traverse a path where boulders in your way.  But if you pray these 5 prayers, they will begin affect your heart…clear your spiritual life…and move you Forward to God’s NEXT! For more on this, jump over and watch the Week 4 video or listen to the Podcast!

Lost Spiritual Focus?  Pray – God, we repent for trying to live our life…our way. We repent because we have let our SELF get in the way of following you. Forgive us. We put the Focus back on following YOU first.

Influenced by Wrong Attitudes? Pray – God, we repent for having the attitudes of the world. No longer will we be judgmental & critical about others. Break off of us any fear or worry in our hearts. We choose to forgive and we let go of every hurt, wound, bitterness, and inner pain.

Overwhelmed with Life?  Pray – God, we repent for allowing our lives to get so full. Forgive us for not coming to You with our struggles. We choose to exchange our limitations for Your strength. Make us strong and mighty in You.

Don’t Know Your Purpose? Pray – God, we repent that we have allowed our lives to become aimless. Forgive us if we have been missing Your assignment for our lives. Show us Your purpose and help us know who You have created us to be.

Needing Direction?  Pray – God, we repent for the times we were not listening to Your voice. Forgive us for having our hearts so full of stuff that we can’t hear You. We determine today that You are leading us and we can hear Your voice. We are going to do what You say.

sbb