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Your Book of Destiny and What's in It
For anyone who has followed the teaching on the courts of Heaven, you will recognize the importance of "Books of Destiny" in the courts. There are actual books/scrolls in Heaven that declare our purpose for existence on the earth. Psalms 139:16 reveals David's understanding of this.
"Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them."
David is declaring that there is a book in Heaven that speaks not only of his makeup but also of his destiny and purpose in life. This is quite an interesting Scripture. Before a book existed, God saw our substance. Our books had their beginning through God seeing something before it existed that was yet unformed.
Our destiny and purpose began through the prophetic nature of God as a seer. God saw us functioning in the earth realm before it was naturally there. He then wrote in a book two things connected to our function. He first wrote my substance. I believe this has to do with our DNA – what makes us unique and who we are as individuals. It has to do with our desires and what we gravitate to. It has to do with our gifts and abilities. It has to do with what we are good at and what we are not good at. All these things coincide with the destiny and purpose we were made for.
So one of the best ways to discern what is in your book is to look at your desires. Also, you should look at the gifts and abilities you have. They will be clues to what you were made for. These things are different for each individual. God saw these gifts and put them down in a book that then predestined us. Some people get all crazy about predestination. It simply means God has a thought-out plan for our lives. We do not have to agree with that plan. Yet we are the most satisfied when our might and efforts line up with His plan for us.
Ephesians 1:11 tells us we have an inheritance connected to our predestined state. In Him, also, we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will.
What is written in our books is according to His purpose. This means that God cannot get His purpose done on Earth without His people reaching their destinies. This is the reason why the devil fights against us, so he might apprehend our destinies. We also see Ephesians 2:10 telling us about God's thought-out plan.
"For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them."
We Are His Workmanship
Notice there are things we are to walk in that were prepared beforehand. This refers to our books/scrolls of destiny in Heaven. When we are called His workmanship, this is the Greek term "poiema," and it means something that is made. It also can refer to a work of art. The Greek word itself is the word from which we get poem in our English language. God works in us to fashion our desires to reflect what is written in our books/scrolls. A poem has to be read in rhythm to get the full effect. When we step into our destiny, we will discover a rhythm of the Spirit we sync into. Matthew 11:28-30 (from the Message translation) makes some significant statements about discovering this rhythm. (Photo via Unsplash)
"Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to Me. Get away with Me and you'll recover your life. I'll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with Me and work with Meâ€”watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won't lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with Me and you'll learn to live freely and lightly."
Discovering the unforced rhythms of grace awakens us to being His workmanship. We begin to realize how we were made and what we were made for. The strife and frustration of life can cease. We begin to get into the rhythm of our destiny. I remember several years ago of prophesying that God wanted to "take us out of the grind of life and put us into the groove." What I understood was that so many live in a striving posture. They are just "grinding" it out. God, however, wants us to live in His "groove" or niche. He desires us to be in a place where life is easy and our burden is light. Even as I write this, I can sense the longing of the Lord to bring us into this place we were made for and He saw for us before time began.
The Days Fashioned for Us
The second thing written in our books of destiny is the span of our lives and what we are to accomplish. We are told the days were fashioned for us before there was any of them. Again as I stated earlier, I think it's interesting that it doesn't say weeks, months, or years. It says days, or the details and specifics of our lives. God is not just in charge of the big picture, but is also helping us in our daily lives to fulfill what is written in our books. Every day we should surrender our lives to His purposes. There may be a day that shifts us into a part of our destinies that if missed, can be catastrophic. I believe this is why the psalmist in Psalm 118:22â€“24 spoke of the day the Lord had made.
"The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. This was the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
The day when Jesus, the rejected One, was declared and set as the chief Cornerstone was the day the Lord had made. In other words, it was an appointed time for this to happen. That day changed the future of the earth and all its inhabitants. God also has days He has made for you. These days are strategic times when you shift into all that was written in your book. These days cannot be missed. They are the "kairos" moments of God. Luke 19:43-44 shows Jesus telling the nation of Israel what was going to happen because they missed this "kairos" time.
"For days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment around you, surround you and close you in on every side, and level you, and your children within you, to the ground; and they will not leave in you one stone upon another, because you did not know the time of your visitation."
The word "time" is the Greek word "kairos," and it means an occasion, a set or proper time. We normally think of a "kairos" moment as a time that God has ordained. In this time, you experience breakthrough or the future you were meant for. The nation of Israel, by not recognizing Jesus as Messiah, missed their time of visitation. The result was a future God never intended for them. Because they did not believe the revelation of who Jesus is, they lost what God intended for them. Jesus wept over them because of this. We, too, can miss that for which we were made and what is written in our books if we don't embrace the day that was fashioned for us before time began. May we be sensitive to the Holy Spirit so we never fall into this trap.
Also the days being fashioned for us speak of the length of our time on the earth. It also speaks of the purpose and destiny connected to those days. God has ordained the length of our lives so we can fulfill all that is written in our books. It is our job to discover what is in our books and to fulfill it. I believe we will be judged, when we stand before the Lord, by how much of our books we fulfilled. The Bible teaches that we will each stand before the judgment seat of Christ and give an account of our lives (2 Corinthians 5:10). This judgment will be based not on whether we did good things but on whether we did the "God" thing for our lives. Did we fulfill what was assigned to us in our books? 1 Corinthians 3:11-15 speaks of the day of judgment.
"For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone's work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."
We must make sure that our works are gold, silver, and precious stone so they are preserved in the fire of His judgment. Wood, hay, and straw are not necessarily "evil" works. They can be good things but were not what is written in our books. The Lord will reward only what was written in our books. May we discover all that is in our books and begin to live it out with a passion. I want my life to count for the Kingdom of God and to be a part of seeing His purpose fulfilled on the earth.
What Your Book of Destiny Has to Do with the Courts of Heaven
Daniel 7:10 shows us the connection between the Books of Destiny in Heaven and the courts of Heaven.
"A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him. A thousand thousands ministered to Him; ten thousand times ten thousand stood before Him. The court was seated, and the books were opened."
Notice that the court was seated and the books were open. The reason for this is twofold. First, the cases that are going to be presented are going to come from the books. Second, it will take the courtroom's operation to get what is in the books released fully on the earth. This is because satan uses legal things to stop us from getting all that is meant for us. We must know how to present our case in the courts from the Books of Destiny in Heaven. We must learn how to fight for what we were made for in the courts! This occurred with Peter in the Scriptures. In Luke 22:31-32, we see the devil's strategies to stop Peter's influence.
"And the Lord said, 'Simon, Simon! Indeed, satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.'"
The word "asked" is the Greek word "exaiteomai," and it means to demand for trial. Satan had an understanding of the purpose of God written in Peter's book. He knew if this wasn't disrupted, Peter would impact the world with the powers of the Kingdom of God. His strategy to hinder this was to take Peter to trial. Satan demanded a date in the courts to accuse Peter and bring the case he had against Peter. He was seeking a legal right to devour Peter and what was written in his book. We know that Jesus stood on behalf of Peter and secured the destiny Heaven had prescribed for Peter. (Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
Lest we dismiss our responsibility to do the same for others and ourselves, we should realize Jesus did this as man and not as God. When Jesus walked the earth, He never did anything as God but only as a man filled with God. Philippians 2:5â€“8 tells us that Jesus did not touch His divine abilities while living on the earth even though he was God. He lived totally as a man.
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the Cross."
Jesus had to live fully as a man to redeem us. A man, Adam, had lost creation, and a man, Jesus, had to win it back. If Jesus ever touched His Godhood during His time on the earth, His right to be the Savior would have been forfeited. So again, He never did anything as God, but relegated Himself to function as a human, as we must. He lived totally as a man filled with God through the Holy Spirit. So when He prayed for Peter in the courts of Heaven, He did this as a man. This means we, too, as human beings, have access to the courts to perceive what is in our books of destiny and to secure that destiny as well.
Here is a prayer we can pray to begin to apprehend that which was foreordained for us before time began:
Lord, as I come to stand before Your courts, I thank You that I have a book in Heaven. Thank You so much that You thought of me before time began and wrote my destiny and purpose in a book in Heaven. As I stand before You, I declare in Your courts, "I want all that is in my book. I want to fulfill my destiny that is connected to Your purposes on the earth." Lord, that which You saw concerning me before time began, I ask that this might be "my life." I choose that which You have chosen for me.
As I stand before Your courts, Lord, I lay down my life. As best I can, through the power of Your Spirit according to Romans 12:1, I present myself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to You. I ask also that according to Ephesians 4:1, I might have a walk worthy of the calling that was determined for me, written in the book in Heaven.
I also ask, Lord, that any case or accusation the devil would have against me before Your courts would be silenced by the Blood of Jesus. Lord, I thank You that Your Blood speaks for me, and I agree with its testimony according to Hebrews 12:24. Lord, I thank You that Your Blood grants God the legal right to forgive me, remember me, and redeem me to the purpose that is in my book. Just as Peter's destiny and purpose was secured from the courts of Heaven, so, Lord, I thank You that my destiny is secured as well. Lord, I declare before Your courts that I am Your servant, so please use me. I ask that my life might count for the Kingdom of God as it is recorded in the books of destiny in Heaven.
Lord, I also ask that according to Ephesians 2:10, I might walk and live as Your workmanship. I realize, Lord, that Your grace makes me Your work of art and a display of Your splendor and glory. I ask before Your courts that I would live in the rhythms of Your grace. I ask, Lord, that You would take me "out of the grind of life, and put me into Your groove." Lord, would You now bring about my empowerment through Your Spirit that from Your strength, I could fulfill all that is written in the books of destiny for me. Lord, I desire with great passion to fulfill Your will. Please accept my request before You and let all that would resist my petition be revoked. Thank You, Lord, so much for loving me. I look forward with expectation to fulfilling all that is in my book in Heaven. In Jesus' name, amen! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Robert Henderson is a global apostolic leader who operates in revelation and impartation. His teaching empowers the Body of Christ to see the hidden truths of Scripture clearly and apply them for breakthrough results. Driven by a mandate to disciple nations through writing and speaking, Robert travels extensively around the globe, teaching on the apostolic, the Kingdom of God, the "Seven Mountains" and most notably, the Courts of Heaven.
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