Day Five: A Change in the Atmosphere

Acts 5:15 – As a result, people brought the sick into the streets and laid them on beds and mats so that at least Peter’s shadow might fall on some of them as he passed by.

“The head of the church is a victorious and powerful Lord. On this basis, Christ can impart to the church all of the empowering resources it needs to resist the attacks of powers and to engage in the mission of filling the world that God has called it to.”
[Clint E. Arnold, Ephesians, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary]

In our verse today, we see that the very presence of Peter had power. If one could get into proximity of his shadow, then resurrection power could be experienced. Like Peter, we are called to be agents of resurrection power who have the ability to change the atmosphere of every room we walk into.

1. What does Acts 5:15 tell us about the potential of every believer?
2. What does Acts 5:15 tell us about the potential of the corporate gathering of believers?

The resurrection power we have is greater than any depression, sickness, or attack of the enemy. They must flee in the presence of the Spirit.

Father, we thank you, because your resurrection power in us causes a change in every room and every situation we step into. Let every oppression flee in the presence of your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s worship to “Holy Spirit” by Jesus Culture

– ES

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Day Four: Bursting at the Seams

Acts 19:11 – God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, so that even handkerchiefs and aprons that had touched him were taken to the sick, and their illnesses were cured and the evil spirits left them.

“The church exists in a unique relationship of solidarity with the risen and exalted Christ. Through this union, the church not only receives God’s power, but it represents the ongoing presence and ministry of Christ on the earth.” [Clint E. Arnold, Ephesians, Zondervan Exegetical Commentary]

In our verse today, we read about the activity of God in Ephesus during Paul’s missionary journey there. Artifacts like aprons and handkerchiefs which contacted Paul had became vehicles of God’s power! It is no wonder he is desperately praying for the church to know “his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Eph 1:19).

1. What does Acts 19:11 tell us about the boundaries of the power God has given to us?
2. How is this consistent with the ministry of Jesus?

Father, thank you for pouring out your Spirit on us and calling us to more than just an ordinary life. May the expressions of your power in us be uncontainable. Spill out into those around us as we are filled by you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s be soaked God’s presence with “In Over My Head” by Bethel (Click here).

– ES

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Day Three: Love, Joy…and Resurrection Power

Acts 4:9-10 – If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.

“The church is a community of power… not intrinsic power, but a power that comes from God, defined by the resurrection of Jesus and his exaltation as Lord over every other power.”
[Klyne Snodgrass, Ephesians NIV Application Commentary]

When we think of the fruit of the Spirit, we probably think of Galatians 5:22-23. However, a fruit of the Spirit is also resurrection power! The Spirit produces in us not only love, joy, peace, etc… but also works of power!

1. How does it change your self understanding, knowing that “resurrection power” is a fruit of the Spirit?
2. How does it change your ministry to others, knowing that “resurrection power” is a fruit of the Spirit?

Father, thank you for making us powered up people with the power that raised Jesus from the dead. Let our minds take in the full implications of this new powered up life! In Jesus name, Amen.

Let’s worship to “Hosanna” by Hillsong (Click here).

– ES

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Day Two: The All-Nighter

Exodus 14:21-22 – Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

Ancient Israel was caught between Pharaoh’s army and the Red Sea. They were panicking. From their perspective, they were as good as dead. What solution of deliverance could be found? However, when Moses obeyed the LORD and stretched out his hand over the sea, the LORD sent power in the form of a strong east wind that separated the sea. Their situation crossed from death to life.

1. How long did it take for the power of God to turn the sea into dry ground?
2. What do you think it felt like to wait during that time?

When God rescues his people from death to life, sometimes it’s not in the timing we would desire. Sometimes there’s a need to wait. But rest assured that God’s resurrection power is at work.

Thank you Jesus for sending your Spirit of resurrection power in us. As we pray and seek you to act in our lives and in those around us, help us to trust and not doubt as we wait to see you move.

Let’s worship to “Won’t Stop Now” by Elevation Worship (Click here).

– ES

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Day One: There’s A Power For That

Romans 8:11 – And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.

The Spirit is in the business of resurrection. And that’s good news! Resurrection power is not an isolated one time event for Jesus alone. The Spirit is looking for opportunities to replicate his resurrection power in life of every believer. Sure, this applies to bodily resurrection, but it’s even more than that. Think of all Christians’ testimonies that speak of how the Spirit brought new life to a situation that looked lifeless and hopeless. The same can happen to you and I today!

1. Is there a situation you know of that looks lifeless?
2. How does it change our perspective to have the power that raised Jesus from dead living inside us?

Father, thank you for giving us hope in every situation, for you have an answer to even bodily death itself. Let your resurrection power come upon all areas of my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Spend time worshipping to “Overcome” by Elevation Worship (Click here).

– ES

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Day Five: Sealed and Secure

Ephesians 1:13-14 – When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

“When the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives, we too can cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ The same Spirit that proceeds from the relationship between the Father and Son is implanted in us…A Christian who lives a life empowered by the Spirit will be reminded of who Jesus is and what He taught, of His character, and their identity in Christ. The Spirit gives us power to speak the gospel and demonstrate the gospel, to be disciples and make disciples. Essentially, the Holy Spirit compels us to glorify God.” [Brad Watson, Ephesians, Kindle loc. 248]

1. In today’s verses, we find the words: seal, promise, deposit, guarantee. How do they speak of the security that God desires us to have through the Holy Spirit?
2. How can you make space today to listen to what the Holy Spirit tells you about Jesus, your identity, and God’s glory?

Let’s ask for the Holy Spirit to fill us today, and for our hearts to follow the Spirit as He reminds us and guides us into the truth of God.

Father, thank you for giving us the Holy Spirit. We say yes to the prompting of the Spirit, that our lives may bring glory to You today. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Let’s also sing this as our prayer: “Anointing” by Jesus Culture (Click here).

–  JL

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Day Three: Fully Belonging, Fully Blessed

Ephesians 1:3-7 – All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ. Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son. He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.

During a recent difficulty, I was feeling bad for myself and downcast. In prayer, the Lord asked me: “What have I not given to you?” I was struck because it wasn’t necessarily what I wanted to hear – I wanted to be assured that God saw what a difficult time I was facing, which He indeed did. But the Lord knew what I most needed in that moment was some realigning, to shift from a position of lack and self-centeredness, to my true position in Christ.

1. According to today’s verses, what has God given us in Christ?
2. Where in your life do you need to shift to your true position in Christ?

Father, help us to live today in our incredible position in Christ. With new boldness, we claim all you have given us in Christ. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

– JL

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Day Two: Adopted Into God’s Family

Ephesians 1:5 – God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

“Our heavenly Father didn’t need us, but He wanted us. This unconditional love and acceptance of God is the essential foundation for our holy living…There are no illegitimate children of God; none of us were unwanted or unexpected accidents.” [Neil Anderson, Who I Am in Christ, p.77]

1. How does it help your understanding of God and how He views you to know that with love and delight He wanted and decided to be in relationship with you in an ongoing way?
2. In what areas of your life do you need to know in greater measure that God is your Father, who is ready and committed to walk with you, and that you are His child, fully belonging and accepted by Him?

In prayer, declare the truth of Ephesians 1:5 over your life. Welcome your Heavenly Father into the areas that need to experience His intimate care and love.

Thank you God for your intense desire that wanted and planned and willed to bring us into Your family through Jesus Christ! You are our Heavenly Father and we are your children – help us to live more deeply within the intimate relationship we have with you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Let’s praise God for adopting us as His very own sons and daughters:
“Who You Say I Am” by Hillsong (Click here).

– JL

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Day One: Loved and Chosen

Ephesians 1:4 – Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes.

“God’s love did not begin at Calvary. Before the morning stars sang together, before the world was baptized with the first light, before the first blades of tender grass peeped out, God was love. Turn back to the unwritten pages of countless eons before God spoke this present Earth into existence, when the Earth was ‘without form and void’ (Genesis 1:2) and the deep, silent darkness of space stood in stark contrast to the brilliance of God’s glory and His cherubim and seraphim. Even then, God was love. Before the worlds were created, He knew all about us and the need we would have someday for Christ to die for us. So in His love ‘he chose us in him before the creation of the world'(Ephesians 1:4). God does not change—and neither does His love. He loved you before you were born . . . He loves you now . . . and He will love you forever. Will you love Him in return?”
[Billy Graham, Hope for Each Day, p.192]

1. What was God’s motivation in choosing us?
2. How does God’s unchanging love anchor you to live today and face its challenges?

God, thank you for your unchanging love for us. Within the security of Your love, we respond with our lives, in surrender, trust, and worship. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

With thankful hearts, let’s worship God:
“On and On” by Phil Wickham (Click here).

– JL

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