Day Three: Expect the extraordinary

Galatians 2:20 NLTMy old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Romans 8:10 NLT – And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.

“If we told you the spirit of Lionel Messi had come to live inside of you, you would be right to expect a dramatic increase in your football skills. If the Spirit of God is inside us, shouldn’t we expect to be different?” [Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft, Everyday Supernatural: Living a Spirit-Led Life without Being Weird, p. 32]

For our basketball fans – how about if you had the spirit of Lebron James? For our tennis fans – how about if you had the spirit of Serena Williams or Nadal? Just by mentioning these athletes’ names – there is that instant association with power and greatness and yes, absolutely – you would expect a dramatic increase in your game.

But we have the Spirit of Christ living inside of us! We have resurrection power living inside of us! So, let’s expect dramatic transformation and extraordinary empowering – to live victorious, whole and healed lives and to love others in the supernatural love of Christ.

Prayer: Father, thank you for your Holy Spirit that I can live a transformed life that is set apart for you and to love those around me. Fill me with supernatural faith to expect the extraordinary empowering of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s close in worship to the song, “Build My Life,” by Housefires (Click here.)

– EK

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Day Two: Compelled to go beyond

2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIVFor Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

“Our lives must be living incarnations of the love of Christ Jesus if we will ever have an effective ministry. What is our motivation for ministry? The Lord is looking for servant lovers—people who are passionate and filled with love for Him, people who desire and are longing for the Bridegroom’s return, people who can already taste the feast and know it’s about to begin. These people can no longer stand to stay in their comfort zones.”
[Baker, Heidi, Compelled by Love: How to Change the World Through the Simple Power of Love in Action, pp.30-31]

God’s love so fills us that we have no choice but to respond in love for God and in love for others. And his love takes us so beyond ourselves and our comfort zones to see and to love others in Christ.

Let’s worship to this song, “Fill This Place”, by Red Rocks (Click here) and as we do, let’s seek to be so filled with the Lord’s presence and love once again.

Prayer: Father, let me be so caught up in your love that it takes me out of myself and my comfort zones to love those around me. Help me to see, to pray for and to love that one person today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

– EK

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Day One: God’s love – our response

1 John 4:9-10 NIRVHere is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him. Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins.

Let’s worship to this song, “Singing Over Us”, by Worship Central, remembering and soaking in God’s love that he is singing over us (Click here).

As we continue to respond to God’s love, let’s remember our calling statement together:
We the Agapé Mission Church are called to be a worshipping body of believers who desire to conform to the image of Jesus Christ as we respond to his unfailing love. As we are being transformed by the Word of God, and as the Holy Spirit empowers all to minister, we seek to build discipleship relationships and practice the unconditional love of God. We are called and committed to share the Good News to all.

Prayer: Thank you Father for the love you have shown us in Christ. Help us to daily respond in faithfulness to how you have called us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

– EK

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Day Five: Supernatural faith, hope, and love

Titus 3:4-7 NIVBut when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

This is the prayer of our hearts as we go through this new series! Lord, fill us with your supernatural faith, hope, and love. Take us on this journey. Move the boundaries and limits of faith, of hope and of love that we have lived with.
In the past we were devastated by wrong things, by sin, by tragedy, and brokenness. We are now to correctly be devasted and become undone as we are filled with God’s supernatural love overwhelming us, remaking us, and redefining us.

Today, let’s pray and respond to this time of ministry we had this past Sunday. May the Lord rekindle the prayers and the commitments we made to the Lord (Click here).

Prayer: Lord, may you devastate the old fears, the old boundaries, the old shame. Lord, place a new boundary line set by your supernatural love. We pray for daily, moment by moment encounters with you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– GK

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Day Four: Supernatural love that changes the limits

Romans 5:5 NIVAnd hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Another image that we are supposed to be having with this passage is that the Holy Spirit pours his love into our hearts to the point where it moves the limits and boundaries of what we were previously able to do. In our lives, we have what we feel are the maximum and the minimum of what we are able to do as Christians. When we feel good, we are able to love at our maximum, and when we don’t feel as good, we go down to our minimum. The point being that we still live at a set range, with certain boundaries and spectrum of life.
This is what Abraham was doing in his life, that is until God poured his love into Abraham, and moving the boundaries of who Abraham was to be—the father of the faith, who had hope beyond hope.

Today, let’s ask the Lord to stretch our hearts and lives, so that we can love more and do more. Let’s ask the Lord to pour into us his visions and dreams, as you listen and worship to “Pour into me” and “In the last days” from this Sunday’s worship (Click here).

Prayer: Lord Jesus, stretch our hearts today. Move the boundaries of our lives, so we can love more and do more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– GK

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Day Three: Supernatural love that overflows

Romans 5:5 NIVAnd hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

The words ‘poured out’ means to fill, to spill over, to give generously and abundantly. For God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit generously, abundantly—to the point of spilling over.

The image that we are to have is like filling the cup of our hearts with the Niagara Falls of God’s love. Where our hearts are filled from the powerful and constant source of God’s love. As it says in Ephesians 3, God’s love is so great that we need his power in order to grasp its immensity.

Today, let’s open our mouths wide like a new hatchling and receive life from God’s supernatural love, as the Lord pours out into our hearts.

As you pray, listen to the song “When I hear the praises start” by Keith Green. As you listen and worship, imagine the Lord raining upon you with blessings that will fill your heart (Click here).

Prayer: Lord, you have poured out your love into our hearts. The love that fills, spills over, and is abundantly given. Lord rain your love and blessing upon us. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– GK

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Day Two: Supernatural hope to believe God’s promises

Romans 4:18-19, 21 NIVAgainst all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead…being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

Romans 3:4a NIVLet God be true and every man a liar.

This is supernatural hope: To hope in God against all hope. Abraham had before him God’s promise on one hand and the reality of his old age on the other. At that moment Abraham believed God, for God’s promises are the final word and authority.

There are moments in our lives where we are faced with God’s promise on one hand, and also what we see to be the reality of how things are on the other. At that moment, who do we believe? What issues, experiences, circumstances are we going through that in the eyes of the world (in our own eyes) seem final, and yet it goes contrary to God’s promise? In that moment, who do we believe?
May God be true, and everything/everyone else a liar. May we believe God’s word as the final authority.

Prayer: Lord, fill me with your supernatural hope, where I believe in who you are and your promises as the final authority in my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Sinking Deep” by Hillsong (Click here).

– GK

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Day One: Supernatural faith to become that which we are not

Romans 5:1-2 NIVTherefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand.

Encounter with the Holy Spirit fills us with supernatural faith. Whenever we struggle with faith, the Lord faithfully meets us, and that moment of encounter changes everything.

Even Abraham was not the father of the faith until God made him to become it. How many of us are not—in how we think, feel, and approach life what we are called to be? In humility, we are to stop looking within ourselves for that faith. Rather, it is only when the Spirit empowers us that we are given supernatural faith to believe—resulting in us becoming who we are not, to who we are called to become.

This is the promise and faithfulness of God that we see in Abraham, and we will also see in our own lives. Today, what is that impossibility of heart, character, way of being that needs to be transformed in order to become the servant God has called you to be? Today, spend time asking the Lord to fill you with supernatural faith that comes from encountering him.

Prayer: Father, we ask you to fill us with your supernatural faith to believe. May we become who we are not, into who you have called to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s worship with the song ‘Lion and the Lamb’ by Leeland (Click here).

– GK

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Day Five: Prayer Produces – We’ve Got To Pray

Ephesians 6:13, 18 NIVTherefore put on the full armor of God… And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

What Ephesians 6 is telling us is that in the midst of this broken world, we don’t fight with the implements of this world – we pray. This is why we must make prayer a continual activity that encompasses our whole selves: rooted in a fear of the Lord, listening for His answer, asking according to His will, and acting as He directs.

Paul’s imperatives of being strong, putting on the full armor of God are both passive and active – to be strong, to put on, to stand, with the knowledge that strength is not something of our own: “The…form of the verb “be strong” indicates that this empowering is something done to us Christians, not something we do ourselves; its present tense shows the empowering is continual. This instruction is not for a quick fix, but for a life spent drawing strength from Christ.” [Snodgrass, Klyne, The NIV Application Commentary: Ephesians, 338]

Let’s worship to “Surrounded” written by Michael W. Smith (Click here).

Prayer: Lord, we put on the full armor of God and pray in the Spirit with all kinds of prayers. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– WW

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Day Four: God Answers – Stay

Psalm 34:15-17 NLT –
The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right;
his ears are open to their cries for help.
But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil;
he will erase their memory from the earth.
The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.
He rescues them from all their troubles.

There is this physicality to these words – the eyes, ears, and face of the Lord, echoing prior language of taste, see, and look. Prayer is a visceral thing – not simply a passive asking but one that requires a response to God’s answer. It demands that we are to wait, listen for God’s answer and to obey.

“Some people…think [prayer is] something that you do at a set time; that it’s just asking God for what you want. But prayer is more than that. Prayer is listening for God’s answer. It’s that intimate practice of asking according to His will and moving as He directs.” [Perkins, John M., One Blood, 147]

This is the fullness of prayer, and as God’s created people, made up of eyes, ears, face, breath, and bones we are to put prayer into action through repetition, practicing until it becomes our identity as those who seek God, seek good, pursue peace and fear the Lord.

Let’s worship to “Here Again” by Elevation worship (Click here).

Prayer: Lord, we pray with our whole being and obey. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– WW

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