Day Five: Fill me with your Holy Spirit

Let’s read aloud together the following passages:

Psalm 51:10-12 NIV
10  Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11  Do not cast me from your presence
or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12  Restore to me the joy of your salvation
and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Psalm 51:18-19 NIV
18 Do good in Your good pleasure to Zion;
Build the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness,
With burnt offering and whole burnt offering;
Then they shall offer bulls on Your altar.

“Once the people are restored, proper worship will come from their renewed hearts. So David concludes: ‘Then You shall be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness.’ The problem isn’t with the sacrificial system; the problem is with us. The ‘sacrifices of righteousness’ are those offerings that are made by a renewed king and a renewed people. Psalm 51 is a prayer for renewal. Again and again, it has brought forth streams of ‘mercy’ to crushed ‘spirits’ and ‘broken hearts.’ Today renewal is again stirring the church. As we are ‘broken’ before God, the walls of Jerusalem will be built and the ‘sacrifices of righteousness’ will ascend to His praise and glory.” (Donald Williams, Psalms, 1-72 in The Preacher’s Commentary Series, Volume 14)

May worship flow out of our churches, to our cities and on the campuses so that many who live in shame, failure, and rejection can come to know the joy of salvation in Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, create in me a pure heart and fill me with your Holy Spirit! I need more of you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “I Need You More” by Bethel Music (click here).

-LB

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Day Four: Renewed Desires

Ezekiel 36:25-28 NIV
I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your impurities and from all your idols. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. Then you will live in the land I gave your ancestors; you will be my people, and I will be your God.

“The new plea presupposes that the person needs not only cleansing but also renewing… The fact that the spirit is broken, the heart crushed, actually clears the way for renewing. Only something that is broken can be made new… It opens up the space for God to do that new work… In effect, the suppliant is asking God to do a transformative work in the inner person that deals not only with the stain that results from past wrongdoing but also with the dynamics that will continue to produce wrongdoing.” (John Goldingay, Psalms Vol. 2: Psalms 42-89 (BCOTWP), p. 133)

Today, let’s receive both the cleansing and renewed desires in the Lord. He is giving you a heart of flesh, putting his Spirit in you. May we receive and live in the new desires— pure and worshipful desires that set us free to be who we are as God’s people.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the renewed desires to love you and love others. As we live this life of faith together, may you continue this transforming work from the inside out in my life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s thank the Lord for what he has done; let’s worship to “Thank you for the Blood” by Charity Gayle (click here).

-LB

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Day Three: Cleanse Me – “De-fail” Me

Psalm 51:4a, 7, 10 NIV
Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight…
Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Create in me a pure heart, O God,
and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Our past regrets and shame are very real and often leave stains, marks, scars and memories. It is not simply a matter of forgetting our past. However, the healing of the Lord comes when Jesus himself touches us and cleanses us.

“In the original Hebrew, the language of the word for ‘Cleanse’ is a really funny word. It can literally be read as ‘de-fail’ me – de-‘regret’ – de-‘shame’. Literally, ‘de-miss-the-mark’ me, God! De-‘fail’ me God, and I will be CLEAN. There is a transformation, a newness, and new identity. He would not be the same shameful sinner deserving of punishment. He would be a new ‘de-failed’ / ‘de-shamed’ / ‘de-regretted’ person. They are not the same person they were before!” (excerpt from P. Nate’s message)

Prayer: Lord, cleanse me! Against you and only you have I sinned; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s draw near to Jesus as we worship to “Draw Me Close” by Bethel Music (click here).

-LB

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Day Two: Your Great Compassion

Regrets should never be left unattended. On their own, they multiply and lead us to believe that the Spirit will never let us be fruitful. Regrets should never have the last word. The last word for those who trust in Jesus is good news. Regrets do not exist in heaven, so we should be working toward their eradication on earth. (Ed Welch, A Small Book about Why We Hide: How Jesus Rescues Us from Insecurity, Regret, Failure, and Shame, Day 33).

Let’s come to the Lord, and cry out like the psalmist in Psalm 51, “I bring my shame, my regrets, my failures before you!”

Psalm 51:1-2 NIV
1  Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your unfailing love;
according to your great compassion
blot out my transgressions.
2  Wash away all my iniquity
and cleanse me from my sin.

God is full of mercy, faithful love, and compassion and has sent Jesus for us; that is good news! He deals with our shame and regret according to who he is, not who we are. Bring all of that to the foot of the cross today.

Prayer: Lord, there is no one like you. Have mercy on me, for I need your touch once again. Touch every area of my life so that I may be washed clean as you have won on the cross for me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s speak the name of Jesus over our lives and worship to “I Speak Jesus” by Charity Gayle (click here).

-LB

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Day One: Healed by His Wounds

Let’s read aloud together the following passages:

1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV)
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

“If you have ever prayed silently, you believe this. He hears you and knows what is in your heart, which is where you fret, hide, love, hate, desire, and feel. When someone knows what is in your heart, and that person loves you all the more rather than turns away from you, you are more inclined to stop hiding and start talking” (Ed Welch, A Small Book about Why We Hide: How Jesus Rescues Us from Insecurity, Regret, Failure, and Shame, 7).

We are God’s special possession. Let’s declare his Amen over our lives. He knows us and loves us and we can come to him to touch the areas of our lives that need healing.

Prayer: Lord, I belong to you. You know my heart. I open my heart to you. Thank you that through your wounds I am made whole. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our God who has rescued us, let’s sing to “This is Amazing Grace“ by Phil Wickham (click here).

-LB

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Day Five: Servant unto their Salvation

Matthew 20:26-28 NIV
26 Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

“This is the heart of the Great Commission. This is how we experience God’s authority in our relationships with one another – becoming a servant, becoming a slave. Go and make disciples – this must be preceded by the surrender of our own hearts as disciples of the Lord, servants of the Lord.” [Pastor’s Nate’s Sunday Message].

Because we have been touched by God’s great love in our lives, we can now love others. The authority of the kingdom of God is upside-down from how authority is expressed in this world. Christ did not come to be served, but by laying down his own life so that many would be saved. We now can lay down our lives for others as he sends us in his authority. May we be a servant unto their salvation!

Prayer: Lord, may your Kingdom come as it is in heaven. We pray for those in our small groups and missional groups; may their salvation come quickly! Help us to be a servant unto their salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s cry out to the Lord and worship to “l Speak Jesus” by (click here).

-LB

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Day Four: Servant’s Heart

Philippians 2:6-11 (NIV)
6  Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
7  rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
8  And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!
9  Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11  and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

“As we read in the Confession today from Philippians 2, we saw the kingdom order of authority, which this world order we are immersed in gets so upside-down. Jesus humbled himself, taking the nature of a servant, and became obedient even unto death on a cross. This is the shape of authority that we are given – servant-hearted obedience and worship to our King, Jesus. As we are under his authority – His authority flows into and through our lives!” [Pastor Nate’s Sunday Message]

Prayer: Lord, we come humbly before you and pray that you would change us more and more to be like Christ. Help us to glorify you in our thoughts, heart, and actions. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s cry out to the Lord and worship to “Rhythms of Grace” by Hillsong (click here).

-LB

 

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Day Three: Holy People

Ephesians 1:18-21 (NIV)
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.

Paul’s prayer is that we would be awakened and aware of the great power that we have as God’s holy people. Because the Kingdom of God is to be expressed through his holy people, God has equipped us to oversee worship, to pray for others, and to bring Jesus to those around us by making disciples. As we reflect on how faithful God has been in growing us and equipping us as his body, let’s give God the glory.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the riches of your glorious inheritance that you have given us. Fill us with your Holy Spirit as you send us out to our campuses, workplaces, and cities this week. We thank you and may you receive the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “God of Revival” by Bethel Music (click here)

-LB

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Day Two: True Authority

Matthew 4:8-11 (NIV)
8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’” 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

Jesus’ response to Satan’s claim of authority over “all the kingdoms of the earth” is to “Worship the Lord your God!” Authority is a matter of worship and obedience to the one who is truly in authority. Through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection, he has shown us his authority over sin and death, and he is already ruling the whole world. This authority is from God through Jesus. When we worship and obey the Lord, we have the same power over temptations and sin, and can begin to grow in becoming more like Christ to this world. Let us worship the Lord in Spirit and in truth!

Prayer: Lord, you alone are God. We turn from temptations and sins, and we stand in your love which is greater than anything else. You are our strength and our salvation, and we worship you and you alone. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our God, who is the King and Lord of all, let’s sing to “Christ Alone” by Passion (click here).

-LB

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Day One: Eternal Life

Let’s read aloud together the following passages and prayer:

Daniel 7:13-14 NIV
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

John 17:1-3 (NIV)
After Jesus said this, he looked toward heaven and prayed:

“Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you. For you granted him authority over all people that he might give eternal life to all those you have given him. Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Jesus was given authority, glory, and sovereign power by the Father.  Jesus gives eternal life to all who love God and belong to God. As we worship and love God, we experience his authority and protection now and also for eternity.

Prayer: Father, we surrender all the areas of our life to you today, we trust in you for you have the words of eternal life. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our God who is the King and Lord of all, let’s sing to “Worthy“ by Elevation Worship (click here).

-LB

 

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