Day Five: The Epic Story Continues

John 14:12 (NIV) Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.

“Faith in Christ is not merely a passive act, it is also active; it is to become a participant in the power and mission of God and in some way to share in the ministry of God through Christ.” [E. Klink III, John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)]

Following in the way-truth-life of Jesus is an adventure. It will lead us into a life that participates in the spectacular works of Jesus. In a sense, his amazing life becomes the starting template for all who follow him. How incredible is that! The miracles of Jesus continue through us as we follow him as the way, the truth, and the life.

Let’s pray: Father, we thank you for calling us into a life unlike any other. Give us the faith to step into the works of Jesus. Continue them through us in our day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s worship to “In Over My Head” by Bethel Music.

-ES

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Day Four: The Paraclete

John 14:25-26 (NIV) 25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.’

“The entire Christian life can rightly be described as life in the Spirit. To live in the Spirit is neither to neglect the Father nor to eclipse Christ but to serve, respond to, and participate in them both by means of this divine appropriation.” [E. Klink III, John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)]

Following in the way-truth-life of Jesus is not about following rules. It is about following the Holy Spirit who guides and empowers us in the way-truth-life of Jesus. When we learn to walk with and in the Holy Spirit, we will find ourselves exactly where Jesus wants us to be.

Let’s pray: Father, teach us how to walk in step with your Spirit today. Help us to regularly hear and respond to the leading of your Spirit in all matters until it becomes seamless in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Another In the Fire” by Hillsong UNITED.

-ES

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Day Three: Blessed Beyond Measure

Mark 2:14 (NIV) As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him.

“Jesus is everything! As the way-truth-life, Jesus is the mode-reality-source of all things for all people. Jesus is the totality of what God has done, is doing, and will do; there is nothing of value in existence that does not come from or move toward Jesus Christ. This is the blessing, the promise of hope for those who believe in Jesus.” [E. Klink III, John (Zondervan Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament)]

As followers of Jesus, we are blessed beyond measure. To have Jesus is to have everything. A life without him would be a life in the constant search of meaning and value. But Jesus, the way-truth-life called to us, and we abandoned our tax collector’s booth and its false promises to follow him. Let’s thank and embrace our Lord Jesus once again!

Let’s pray: Father, we know Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life. We have more than enough because we have Jesus. We thank you for the abundance of life found in him. We live in this hope. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Is He Worthy” by Andrew Peterson.

-ES

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Day Two: More Than House Cleaning

Luke 10:41-42 (NIV) 41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Stephen Baldwin, major movie actor:
“I noticed you singing, and I was curious. Why is every song about Jesus? Perhaps there’s another tune in your repertoire?”
Augusta, cleaning lady:
“Understand the reason that I’m laughing is that you think the only reason why I’m here is to clean your house.”
[Stephen Baldwin, Testimony Video (I Am Second)]

Why are we in the current life situation we are in? No matter what the situation, God is working, and God has a plan. We just have to hear him in that season and circumstance. Augusta had only one theme in her repertoire, Jesus. When we have too many themes besides Jesus in our repertoire, we may think we’re just supposed to clean a house. But when Jesus is the one theme that dominates all others, we know how we are supposed to live.

Let’s pray: Father, we confess that our minds are conflicted with too many thoughts and that our hearts are conflicted with too many desires. But only one thing is needed: being with Jesus. Help us to be in his presence, moment to moment. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “The Same Jesus” by Matt Redman.

-ES

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Day One: Thanks for asking, Thomas!

John 14:5 (NIV) Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

“[Thomas] is filled with doubts and questions throughout John (11:16; 20:24–25), but in his doubts he always speaks for the others. He does the right thing in bringing his doubts to Jesus (a lesson for us all). They are as before thinking on the earthly plane and unaware of the heavenly realities.” [G. Osborne, John Verse by Verse (Kindle)]

What do we do when we have times of uncertainty and a troubled heart? We may want to buckle down and solve it ourselves. We may want to listen to popular wisdom. We may even want to ignore the situation all together. Thomas shows us a better way… going to Jesus. Jesus can help us navigate every matter of life, from parenting questions, to life decisions, to ministry questions. He is the way, the truth, and the life. If we know how to go to Jesus, then we will know how to go in life. Let’s turn to him in prayer.

Let’s pray: Jesus, we come to you with our questions and uncertainties right now. We know you do not leave us in confusion, but you are the way, the truth, and the life for us. Speak to us through your Holy Spirit, for we look to you alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Surrounded (Fight My Battles)” by Upper Room.

-ES

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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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