Day Five: Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved

Acts 16:29-31 NIV – The jailer called for lights, rushed in and fell trembling before Paul and Silas. He then brought them out and asked, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” They replied, “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved—you and your household.”

Whatever the mess, or the chaos or the brokenness of life that we need saving from, the answer is the same, for there is only one answer for salvation: Believe in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved—you and your household.

This is the incredible reality of God’s salvation that gives supernatural faith to those who believe. Today, may we receive this fresh empowering of the Lord to both believe and to boldly preach to those who are in the prison/dungeon of sin and death. May we be a Paul and Silas for others.

Today, let’s pray for our churches to receive supernatural faith as we witness the Lord unfold his plan of salvation in this generation. As we pray, let’s also worship with the song “How great is your love” by Phil Wickham (Click here).

Prayer: Father, we pray for your salvation plan to unfold in power and in miraculous ways. Lord, empower us as we minister to this generation that is in desperate need of your salvation. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

– GK

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Day Four: Did you feel the mountains tremble?

Acts 16:26 NIV – Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose.

This is what salvation of God is. In his power, the Lord shakes the very foundation of what keeps people in bondage, in brokenness, in shame and fear, and under the power of sin and death. The doors that were once unopen-able are now flung open with great power and force. The chains that were once unbreakable, are now undone and comes loose.

This is the foundation shaking reality of salvation. Any and all chains of oppression—whether it is something that has occurred in our past, what we’ve done or have been done to us, the Lord violently shakes and breaks its hold.

Today, let’s pray and worship with the song “Did you feel the mountains tremble” by Jesus Culture (Click here). As we worship, let’s ask the Lord to shake the foundations of those who need God’s rescue in our ministries.

Prayer: Lord, your salvation shakes the very foundation of sin and death. We thank you for shaking the foundation of our lives, and now we pray for the shaking of the foundation of those we are ministering to. We pray that the prison doors will open, and the chains come loose. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

– GK

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Day Three: Change the atmosphere!

Acts 16:25 NIVAbout midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them.

In the depths of the dungeon in Philippi, we find Paul and Silas beaten and bloodied, with their feet shackled to the stocks. In many ways this dungeon represents the whole city of Philippi—a place that was captive to sin and death, where everyone lived in darkness as in a dungeon.

It was in this place that Paul and Silas begin to worship and pray. As they usher in the presence of the Lord, it changes the very atmosphere of that place. So much so that even the other prisoners were listening as they experience the presence of God coming and invading and changing the atmosphere of the dungeon.

There is something incredible that occurs when God’s people worship and declare God’s salvation in places of darkness and oppression. May we in times of difficulty, confusion, and discouragement, like Paul and Silas (though bloody and beaten), experience the Lord changing the very atmosphere as we begin to pray and worship.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we worship you and invite your presence today in places of our struggles. May your presence change the atmosphere in our homes, workplaces, school, and in our alone times. We ask that your light will shine in the places of darkness. In Jesus name we pray, Amen.

Let’s worship with the song “Holy Spirit you are welcome here” by Jesus Culture (Click here).

– GK

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Day Two: Supernatural faith to receive and believe in Jesus

John 1:9-13 NIV9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him. 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

“The right (or power) to become children of God must be given by God. The images of verse 13 rule out any role for human power or authority in the process of becoming a child of God. Those who are receptive to the Son are offered the gift of becoming children of God themselves.” [Rodney A. Whitacre, IVP Commentary on John]

All saving faith is supernatural! The faith that we have in God’s salvation has been supernaturally given to us. This is regardless if you came to faith later in life, or if you have grown up in the church, all saving faith is supernatural. For the basis of our salvation is through the divine and supernatural work and presence of God. Where the Lord comes to the very dungeons and broken areas of our lives, to bring his foundation shaking gospel tearing down the prisons and the chain that once held us captive. Now in that place he gives us his resurrection life.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the supernatural faith to receive you and believe in your name, and to become the children of God. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Let’s worship with the song “Jesus only Jesus” by Matt Redman (Click here).

– GK

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Day One: Supernatural saving faith for adoption

Ephesians 1:4-6 NLTEven before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. So we praise God for the glorious grace he has poured out on us who belong to his dear Son.

Our highest privilege and deepest need is to experience the holy God as our loving Father, to approach Him without fear, and to be assured of His fatherly care and concern. When the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives, we too can cry, “Abba, Father.” The same Spirit that proceeds from the relationship between the Father and Son is implanted in us…Apart from Jesus, we are all spiritual orphans. Our rebellious and sinful nature cut us off from God the Father. The price of our adoption was the death of God’s Son. C.S. Lewis wrote in Mere Christianity, “The Son of God became a man to enable men to become the sons of God.” [Brad Wilson, Ephesians: How Jesus Creates a New People in a New World, p.27]

Today, let’s pray thanking the Lord for the supernatural saving faith that has brought our adoption. As you pray, worship with the song “You never fail” by Hillsong (Click here).

Prayer: Father, we thank you and praise you for the glorious grace that has been poured out upon us. We are saved because of your wonderful plan of salvation that has been supernaturally give to us. We belong to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

– GK

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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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