Destiny Assessment: Before You Start
The Destiny Assessment exists to help you discover the unique purpose for which God created you. We are going to use this guide as a tool to facilitate discussions as we encourage each other to use our specific giftings as we glorify God and aim to be a blessing to the world. To take full advantage of the process, let’s take some time to cover our meeting with prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to lead our conversation.
Be Still & Know I Am God (PS 46:10)
The God of the Universe created each of us uniquely and for a distinct purpose. This means that we all have a divine destiny, but if that is our focus we are missing the main point. The key to experiencing life in abundance is all about who God is. The reason why is very simple, we are made in His image! In Genesis 1:27, it states “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.”
Surprisingly, self-confidence is not the answer to living out our destiny with excellence. Ego is a distraction. This explains why John the Baptist says that Jesus “must increase, but I must decrease.” (John 3:30). In his book, The Knowledge of the Holy, A.W. Tozer states “It is impossible to keep our moral practices sound and our inward attitudes right while our idea of God is erroneous or inadequate. If we would bring back spiritual power to our lives, we must begin to think of God more nearly as He is”.
If our divine destiny is nothing else, it is spiritual. To be truly vibrant in this life, we must first address our own picture of God. What we believe about God will affect everything in our lives, so it is important to recognize that God’s character is not defined by humans. When we take this step of faith and submit our perception of Him to what He has revealed to us in the Bible, the result is liberating. The perception through which we view God can either lift our expectations about the meaning of life to heroic possibilities or mute our destiny completely. The higher our view of God the more we will understand the potential of our divine calling.
What God Has Prepared | Destiny Assessment
As it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”— but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the man’s spirit within him? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. (1 Cor. 2: 9-13, 16)
Personal Application and Destiny Assessment Discussion
Before you dive into the results of your Destiny Assessment you want to make sure your heart in in the right place. Begin with prayer and take some time to inventory what your lives say about who you believe God to be. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your eyes to a fuller understanding and appreciation of God. Use the following summary of the divine attribute as a guide to compare your view of God to what He has revealed about Himself. Journal or Share your first impressions. (Later, you can take all the time you need to soak in these incredible truths about God and how they can be better reflected in your life. Make sure you record your personal process.)
The divine attributes from A. W. Tozer’s, Knowledge of the Holy
- God Incomprehensible: Our minds cannot conceive an image of God that comes close to the reality of His majesty. Our intellect cannot perceive God’s greatness and our deepest understanding will always come short as it strives to perceive the whole of God’s character. (Ez. 1, Rom. 11:33)
- The Holy Trinity: There is one true God, who exists eternally in three persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. They express different but equal characteristics of who God is and they share the same will. (Father- Gen. 1:1; Son- Col. 1:16; Holy Spirit- Job 26:13, Ps. 104:30)
- The Self-existence of God: God has no origin, source, cause, starting point or beginning. He is and always has been eternal and unchangeable in His word as well as in His nature. (Ex. 3:14)
- The Self-Sufficiency of God: God does not need anything or anyone to exist, be adequate, complete, faithful or true to all His promises. (Jn. 5:26, Is. 40:28)
- The eternity of God: God exists completely out of time and is unaffected by it. He is everlasting and His kingdom is eternal (Dt. 32:40, Ps. 90:2-4, 2 Peter 3:8)
- God’s Infinitude: God is limitless, immeasurably large and great. (Ps. 145:3, Is .46:5, Job 5:9)
- The immutability of God: God is perfect and will never fail to be completely flawless. He is and always was the one and only eternal God. (Heb. 13:8, Mal. 3:6, Ps. 102:25-27)
- The Divine Omniscience: God is all knowing and has no need to learn or discover new things. His knowledge is perfect and does not change. (Ps. 147:5, 1 Jn. 3:20, Ps 139:1-6)
- The wisdom of God: God has infinite understanding and flawless precision. He sees everything in focus and in proper relation to each other. (1 Cor. 1:25, Jam. 3:17, Rom. 11:33-36)
- The Omnipotence of God: Nothing is too hard for God. His power is infinite without restrain or limit. (Eph. 1: 18-21, Is. 14:27, Mt. 19:26, Gen. 18:14)
- The Divine Transcendence: God exists and is exalted far above and apart from the material world. (Gen. 1: 1-31, Is. 55:8-9, Is 40:22, Ps. 95:3-5)
- God’s Omnipresence: God is always present everywhere simultaneously. (Ps. 139:7-10, Jer 23:24)
- The Faithfulness of God: God is always loyal to His word, character and promises. (Ps. 86:15, Ps. 119:90, Dt. 7:9)
- The Goodness of God: God is the standard of being moral, virtuous, kind, honest, truthful, righteousness. (Mk. 10:18, Rom. 2:4, Ps. 145:9, Ps. 86:5)
- The Justice of God: As the all-powerful ruler, God has the right to judge both heart and conduct. He is impartial, perfect and always conforming to truth, fact and reason. (Job 34:12, Ps. 9:7-8, Col. 3:25, Rev. 20:12-13)
- The Mercy of God: The goodness and kindness of God is offered to us despite our guilt because He is forgiving, compassionate, kind, sympathetic, and benevolent. (Tit. 3:4-5, Pet. 1:3-4, Eph. 2: 4-7)
- The Grace of God– God bestows His blessing, favor, benefits and salvation abundantly as a gift so that we are fully equipped to walk in righteous and do His will. (2 Cor. 12:8-9, Heb. 4:16, Jn. 1:14, Acts 4:33)
- The Love of God– God is the definition of love. He is pure, casts out fear and brings peace. His love has no beginning, no end and no limit. It is incomprehensibly vast and bottomless. It is given freely and sacrificially. (Jn. 3:16, Rom. 5:8, 1 Jn. 4:7-8, Ps. 86:15)
- The Holiness of God– God is morally excellent, infinitely perfect in righteousness, purity and goodness. He is our standard. (1 Pet. 1:16, Hab. 1:13, 1 Sam. 2:2, Ex. 15:11, Is. 15:11)
- The Sovereignty of God– He rules His entire creation without limit. He is all knowing, all powerful and free to do as He wills, anywhere, at any time in every single detail without interference. (Col. 1:16-17, Ps. 24:1-2, 1 Chr. 29:11-12, Job 42:2, Prov. 16:4)
Misconceptions, Misunderstandings & Misrepresentations
Position the attitude of your heart to humbly receive God’s correction and encouragement. Allow Him to help uncover anything that is holding you back for a fuller understanding of His character. (If it’s is helpful, use the following definitions)
- Misconceptions- a view or opinion that is incorrect because it is based on faulty thinking or understanding
- Misunderstandings– a failure to understand something correctly
- Misrepresentations- the action or offense of giving a false or misleading account of the nature of something
Your Personal Experience With God
Take the next few minutes to journal or share your story. (If it’s is helpful, use the following outline)
- Start by: Identify an attribute of God that your story most highlights (If it’s helpful, use the previous list as a resource). For example, “My story demonstrates how God’s power and love is greater than my circumstances.”
- Before you received Christ: How did you live and think?
- The Gift: How did you receive Christ?
- The Change: After you received Christ, what changes took place? Describe your personal relationship with God.
- Today, God is calling me to: How are you applying what you have learned?
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