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: Peace in the Advent

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

As we wait and receive of the Lord, we are taken from the slimy pit, to the wide-open spaces of God’s kingdom.

“Many Lord, many are the wonders you have done…and oh the things that you have planned for us!” (Psalm 40:5)

So, as we pray today, let’s take to heart the encouragement from Philippians 4—to not be anxious about anything. Rather, may the issues of our lives cause us to pray and to seek the Lord’s deliverance.

May the times of waiting be filled with the peace of God, and may the Lord guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus—who is our rescuer, who is the one who lifts us up from the slimy pit, and the one who blesses us.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you that in all circumstances we are invited to come and pray, and to seek your face. We ask that instead of anxiety, our hearts will be filled with hope and faith. We also ask that you will guard our hearts and minds, so that we will be filled with faith as we wait upon you. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship with the song ‘You Alone Can Save’ (click here) by Matt Redman.

-GK

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Day Four: The Advent…from the Lord alone

Psalm 40:4 (NIV)
4 Blessed is the one
who trusts in the Lord,
who does not look to the proud,
to those who turn aside to false gods.

When we are not patiently waiting in worship and faith, we can be open to the wrong ways; such as being open to sin, to doubt, to fears, and to sinful habits of just taking over the situation. As we pray and ask for the Lord’s rescue, the ultimate purpose is to know and see that it is THE LORD who gives the deliverance.

Today as you pray, spend time asking the Lord to redeem this area of your life, where the waiting upon the Lord is done in faithfulness and dependence.
Let’s commit ourselves that when we pray and ask and wait, what we are waiting upon is for the Lord’s rescue—so that it will be known in our lives and to the world of the wonderful things that he has done!

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the way, the truth, and the life. We acknowledge that salvation comes from you alone. May our lives be a testimony of the wonderful things you have done. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship with the song ‘Grace Is On Our Side’ (click here) by Vertical worship.

-GK

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Day Three: The Advent: God who hears us

Psalm 40:1b (NIV)
…he turned to me and heard my cry.

The Psalmist says that as he was immersed in God’s presence and love, there was that clear moment when the Lord turned towards him and heard his cries. This is the hope of the Advent, where in Scripture we are shown these clear moments when the Lord turns and hears and answers us.

Today let’s be encouraged by reading the following passages where Jesus clearly hears and answers.

Matthew 8:13  Then Jesus said to the centurion, “Go! Let it be done just as you believed it would.” And his servant was healed at that moment.

Mark 5:34 He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.”

Acts 10:31 “Cornelius, God has heard your prayer and remembered your gifts to the poor.”

Today, let’s continue to pray and wait in faith for the moment of God’s rescue, where he says, “Yes…I have heard your prayers, be healed, be well, be freed, you are forgiven, it is provided for you…”

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for your promise that if we ask anything in your name, you will hear us. So, we seek you with all of our hearts today, and we ask that your kingdom come and your will be done in our lives. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship with the song ‘Do It Again’ (click here) by Elevation worship.

-GK

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Day Two: Praying in the Advent

Luke 11:9-10 (NIV)
9 “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

The more we let the Scriptures fuel our imagination and intensify our longing for the gracious rule of God, his just and peaceful realm, the more robust will be our frequent prayer: Let your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven. This week, pray this vision repeatedly. Be alert for opportunities to embody the prayer in your own small actions. (Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God)

Today let’s commit ourselves afresh to deeper prayer. May we experience greater breakthroughs—to be taken to the place of deeper faith, greater hope and assurance.

Today let’s pray declaring that the Lord is the one who provides, who heals, and ultimately the one who blesses us. May our times of waiting be the overflow and the continuation of our times of prayer.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we ask that prayer will mark this season of the Advent, where we are taken deeper into the life of faith, hope and love. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship with the song ‘Mercies, New Every Morning’ (click here) by Matt Redman.

-GK

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Day One: Waiting in the Advent

Psalm 40:1-2 (NIV)
1 I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
2 He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.

Advent is a season for waiting; we wait for the coming of God. We need him to come. Our world is messed up and we are messed up. We lament our condition and long for God to set things right, to make us better. So we pray and watch for signs of his presence…We wait in hope. In our waiting, we are enlarged. God is coming! (Living the Christian Year: Time to Inhabit the Story of God)

The biblical understanding of waiting upon the Lord is a time when our hearts are discipled and trained, and when our minds are transformed and cleansed—a time when we learn to trust. The times of waiting is not to be devoid of God’s presence, rather it is the most opportune time to have encounters with the Lord, and to ready our hearts for a life of dependence upon the LORD.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we ask that our times of waiting will be transformed and redeemed. We ask that instead of doubts and uncertainty, we will be filled with faith, love, and wisdom of God. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship with the song ‘Waiting Here For You’ (click here) by Martin Smith.

-GK

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