by Michelle Harding
Founder President of Life by Design Ministries, Hurlock, MD
Assistant Senior Leader at Church of The King, Easton, MD
We know when building a structure, before we build there has to be a solid foundation. The greater the edifice, the more important the foundation. So, as we begin to unlock our prophetic destiny, it is just as important that a solid foundation is laid in our lives. I believe this starts with being firmly established upon the bedrock of our identity as sons of the Living God. All too often, we cry out to God to know our destiny, to know our purpose, to understand why we are here. The problem with this approach is, we have somehow come to believe our destiny is locked up in what we do rather than understanding that who we are releases what we are to do.
I believe we see this modeled for us in the life of Jesus. Before Jesus entered His full time ministry, He went to the river Jordan to be baptized by John (Matthew 3:13-17). In verse 17 we read;
"and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, "This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased." (NASB)
I am struck by the Father's choice of words here, Son. The Father could have said, "This is the Messiah, My Prophet, the King of kings or Lord of lords. But, instead the Father said "This is My Beloved Son, in Whom I am well-pleased." On the mountain when Jesus was transfigured and spoke with Elijah and Moses, the Father tells Peter, James, and John (Matt. 17:1-8),
"This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him! " (Matt. 17:5)
The launching pad of Jesus' earthly destiny was released from the affirmation of a good and loving Father to His beloved Son. Above anything else, Jesus was the Son of God and knew the love of His Father.
'Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel."' (John 5:19-20)
These verses in John give us a beautiful glimpse in to the relationship of the Father and Son. I wonder how often we've read this passage and thought that Jesus only healed or delivered someone if God was in heaven doing it at that exact moment. But in reality, this verse is about Jesus' intimate knowledge of His Father. Jesus is showing us He knew His Father's heart. He knew that His Father's heart was to heal, to deliver, to liberate, to love. He had such an intimate revelation of the Father that when any saw Him, they had seen the Father. Hebrews 1:3 tells us Jesus was the exact representation of the Father's nature.
To pull this together, what I hope we see here is that Jesus' destiny in the earth was released from the place of sonship and that sonship flowed from a place of intimacy. Jesus knew who He was and He knew who the Father was. This truth is foundational for us to walk in our destiny as well. Knowing our love and acceptance as a son and to know our Father intimately. To know we are His beloved son and in us He is pleased. We are His children and we are so loved, and so accepted.
Look at these passages:
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God. (John1:12-13)
For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery leading to fear again, but you have received a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, "Abba! Father!" The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him. (Romans 8:14-17)
For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. (Galatians 3:26-27)
“See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are.” (1 John 3:1)
We will walk most powerfully and fully in our destiny when we are rooted in our identity as sons of God and flow in our destiny and purpose from the place of intimacy with our Father. We are His children, born of His Spirit, a brand new creation. We are a new breed, empowered by love, clothed in righteousness, and crowned with authority. A right understanding of who we are positions us to walk in our destiny and to receive the fullness of the inheritance of the Kingdom of God. From this place we find our purpose and the Father reveals all we are to do.
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