Day 1: In View Of His Mercy

Let’s read aloud the following passages together:

Romans 3:10-12,21a,22-24 (NIV)
10 “There is no one righteous, not even one;
11 there is no one who understands;
there is no one who seeks God.
12 All have turned away,
    they have together become worthless;
there is no one who does good,
   not even one.”
21 But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known…
22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.

Romans 5:8-9 (NIV)
8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!

Romans 12:1 (NIV)
1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship.

Prayer: Father, thank you for the fullness and totality of your mercy, through Christ, in my life! In view of your total mercy, I offer my whole life to you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Mercy” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

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Day 5: Empowered

Let’s read aloud the following passage, confession and prayer.

Acts 1:9, 2:17-18
8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy

The Cape Town Commitment: We Love the Holy Spirit
We love the Holy Spirit within the unity of the Trinity, along with God the Father and God the Son. He is the missionary Spirit sent by the missionary Father and the missionary Son, breathing life and power into God’s missionary Church. We love and pray for the presence of the Holy Spirit because without the witness of the Spirit to Christ, our own witness is futile. Without the convicting work of the Spirit, our preaching is in vain. Without the gifts, guidance and power of the Spirit, our mission is mere human effort. And without the fruit of the Spirit, our unattractive lives cannot reflect the beauty of the gospel.

Prayer: Father, thank you for empowering us to witness Jesus in this world. Fill us with your Spirit to be your witnesses and speak the things of heaven. Increase your Spirit’s activity through us to our campuses and cities. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Fullness” by Elevation Worship (click here).

– KW

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Day 4: Obedience to the Spirit

Joshua 1:7-8 (NIV)
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

“Here God is showing exactly what the Lord requires of his people, to live in the blessing and the outcome of these walls coming down, that we are to live in full obedience, simply that, to do exactly what the Lord commands us to do…When it says ‘Be strong and courageous’… it’s in regards to obedience to the Lord. Do not be afraid to obey, do not be afraid to do exactly what the Lord tells you…Lord, we will take the words you gave to Joshua, we will not walk in step with our old emotions, old fears and hurts, our own thoughts and our own ways. Instead, we will walk in step with you, in obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding.” (Pastor Gus’ message)

Prayer: Holy Spirit, I respond with a yes right now. As you lead me to obey, it doesn’t matter what I feel, I choose to say yes to what you have said. Give me courage to walk in step with you in this way each moment. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “He Lives In Me” by Sinach (click here).

-KW

 

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Day 3: Cleanse, Heal, Transform

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV)
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

“..the Holy Spirit leads and guides and touches every area of our lives to bring his truth, his healing, his freedom, his forgiveness, and faith…The Lord will not let us move forward until we come before him and experience his healing, experience his wholeness, experience him changing us, taking us to a place of repentance, saying ‘God, these ways that I’ve lived with, that’s been formed in me, is not who I am nor something I should live in. Lord, I turn in repentance, teach me how to obey.’ The Holy Spirit will not let us remain in the sinful and untransformed mind and emotions – this is the love of our God…The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to cleanse and heal those areas, to transform us into the image of Christ.” (P. Gus’ message)

Prayer: Father, because you love me so much, you won’t let me stay in my old ways, thank you. I welcome in your Holy Spirit’s ministry to show me why I am hitting this wall, to cleanse me from old ways of thinking and doing, to heal me where I am broken and transform me to be more like Jesus. Move me forward in the new ways of your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Holy Spirit” by Jesus Culture (click here).

-KW

 

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Day 2: 100% Assurance

Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

“A seal was indeed a mark of ownership in the ancient world…Under the old covenant, the priest wore a seal engraved with the phrase, ‘Holy to the LORD’ (Exodus 28:36; 39:30)…In the new covenant era, the one true God has marked all of his people as belonging to himself by means of a seal…The Spirit is also a ‘deposit’ on the future inheritance of believers.” (Arnold, Clinton E., Ephesians, ZEGNT)

Praise the Lord that we can walk in this assurance of belonging to him and of our future with him, no matter what is going on inside of us or outside of us. We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit!

Prayer: Father, thank you for this assurance from the Holy Spirit that we belong to you and that our future with you is secure. When doubts or insecurities start to creep in or things feel uncertain, remind us that our salvation comes from you and has been sealed already by your powerful presence.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s respond in worship with “How Great Thou Art (Until That Day)” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

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Day 1: Home In Us

John 14:16-17 (NIV)
16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth…you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you.

“As Jesus is the voice and presence of God, the Spirit is the presence of Father and Son in this world, the one who mediates the divine truths and empowers God’s people. In the next two sections Jesus presents a remarkable truth. Our hope is tied up with the return of Christ and the home in heaven that awaits us. But in actuality there is a coming of Christ that precedes this and involves a home he makes in us through the Holy Spirit. The final promise involves our making a home in heaven; this intermediate promise involves the Triune Godhead making a home in us. So we already enjoy a touch of heaven, an exciting anticipation of what awaits us.” (Grant Osbourne, John Verse by Verse, 338)

What an incredible promise we have received, that the Living God has made his home in us through the Holy Spirit. We can experience the heavenly reality now because God has given us his very Spirit, who is with us and in us.

Prayer: Father, thank you for making your home in me through your Holy Spirit. Thank you that I do know the Spirit of truth, your very presence within me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s respond in worship with “All My Life” by Planetshakers (click here).

– KW

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Day 5: Daily Embrace

2 Corinthians 4:10, 12, 14-15 (NIV/NLT)
10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body…12 So we live in the face of death, but this has resulted in eternal life for you…
14 We know that God, who raised the Lord Jesus, will also raise us with Jesus and present us to himself together with you.  15 All of this is for your benefit. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people, there will be great thanksgiving, and God will receive more and more glory.

“This is a daily embrace of the death of Jesus so that others may know that he has died and risen for them and it may result in eternal life for them. May God help us because it is only as we daily embrace the death of Jesus in our living, in our attitude, in our ministry, in our very life itself – then and only then will the life of Jesus be revealed in us…To know that God will also raise someone else together with us, we don’t deserve such privilege and joy, but God wants to give us that. And as God’s grace reaches more and more people there will be great thanksgiving and God himself will receive more and more glory” (Brenda’s message).

Prayer: Father, I embrace your way of life, always through the cross. As I daily embrace the death of Jesus, let your grace reach more people through our churches! In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s embrace our Lord Jesus at the cross as we sing “King of Calvary” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

 

 

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Day 4: The Holy Name

Matthew 28:18-19 (NIV)
18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit

“Baptism is the public, physical and visible way in which someone is marked out, branded almost, with the holy ‘name’. As Jesus was given, by the angel, the name ‘Jesus’, signifying his real identity and the task that lay before him, so now, with his work complete, we suddenly discover that the ‘name’ which we are all to share is the new ‘name’ of the living God-the father, the son and the holy spirit… Now, apparently, those who have followed Jesus and have become true disciples are themselves to be caught up in this divine life and purpose” (NT Wright, Matthew for Everyone, 208).

Spend a few moments in thanksgiving, for you have been marked by the holy name, and then spend a few moments in prayer, asking for one we are reaching out to, that they will also be joined into this holy name with us. 

Prayer: Father, what a privilege that you have given us your name, you have marked us and called us yours. We love you, worship you, and are so thankful to be yours! Help us to honor your holy name, and to be caught up in this divine life and purpose of baptizing others into your name. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s continue in thanksgiving and prayer as we sing “Forever & Amen” by Cody Carnes (click here).

-KW

 

 

 

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Day 3: Change of Status

Romans 6:3-4 (N.T. Wright’s Translation)
3 Don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into the Messiah, Jesus, were baptized into his death? 4 That means that we were buried with him, through baptism, into death, so that, just as the Messiah was raised from the dead through the Father’s glory, we too might behave with a new quality of life.

“Here we meet, for the first time in Romans, one of Paul’s central beliefs: that since the Messiah represents his people, what is true of him is true of them…When people submit to Christian baptism, they die with the Messiah and are raised with him into a new life. This means first and foremost, a change of status. We are no longer located ‘in sin’; grace has met us there (5:8; 5:20), not in order to tell us that we were all right as we were, but in order to rescue us and take us somewhere else… Living in accordance with a change of status requires that you recognize it and take steps to bring your actual life into line with the person you have become” (NT Wright, Paul for Everyone: Romans, 101).

Prayer: Father, thank you so much for this change of status in my life, that I am no longer “in sin”, but I am truly “in Christ”! Fill me with your grace to lay down ways that belong to the old, and walk in this newness throughout the day. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship our Messiah as we sing “Thank You Jesus for the Blood” by Charity Gayle (click here).

-KW

 

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Day 2: My New Beginning

Let’s read aloud together the following passage and respond with the words of the video and prayer:

Acts 2:36-39 (NIV)
36 “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”

37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whom the Lord our God will call.”

My New Beginning Video (click here)

Prayer: Father, thank you that you have made your Gospel known to me, you have made it real to me. I respond to you with my whole being. I am yours and you are mine, so fill me with your Spirit to walk in this new beginning with you today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s continue to respond in worship as we sing “Raised to Life” by Elevation Worship (click here).

-KW

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