Galatians 2:20 NLT – My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Romans 8:10 NLT – And Christ lives within you, so even though your body will die because of sin, the Spirit gives you life because you have been made right with God.
“If we told you the spirit of Lionel Messi had come to live inside of you, you would be right to expect a dramatic increase in your football skills. If the Spirit of God is inside us, shouldn’t we expect to be different?” [Mike Pilavachi and Andy Croft, Everyday Supernatural: Living a Spirit-Led Life without Being Weird, p. 32]
For our basketball fans – how about if you had the spirit of Lebron James? For our tennis fans – how about if you had the spirit of Serena Williams or Nadal? Just by mentioning these athletes’ names – there is that instant association with power and greatness and yes, absolutely – you would expect a dramatic increase in your game.
But we have the Spirit of Christ living inside of us! We have resurrection power living inside of us! So, let’s expect dramatic transformation and extraordinary empowering – to live victorious, whole and healed lives and to love others in the supernatural love of Christ.
Prayer: Father, thank you for your Holy Spirit that I can live a transformed life that is set apart for you and to love those around me. Fill me with supernatural faith to expect the extraordinary empowering of your Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Let’s close in worship to the song, “Build My Life,” by Housefires (Click here.)
2 Corinthians 5:14-15 NIV – For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.
“Our lives must be living incarnations of the love of Christ Jesus if we will ever have an effective ministry. What is our motivation for ministry? The Lord is looking for servant lovers—people who are passionate and filled with love for Him, people who desire and are longing for the Bridegroom’s return, people who can already taste the feast and know it’s about to begin. These people can no longer stand to stay in their comfort zones.”
[Baker, Heidi, Compelled by Love: How to Change the World Through the Simple Power of Love in Action, pp.30-31]
God’s love so fills us that we have no choice but to respond in love for God and in love for others. And his love takes us so beyond ourselves and our comfort zones to see and to love others in Christ.
Let’s worship to this song, “Fill This Place”, by Red Rocks (Click here) and as we do, let’s seek to be so filled with the Lord’s presence and love once again.
Prayer: Father, let me be so caught up in your love that it takes me out of myself and my comfort zones to love those around me. Help me to see, to pray for and to love that one person today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
1 John 4:9-10 NIRV – Here is how God showed his love among us. He sent his one and only Son into the world. He sent him so we could receive life through him. Here is what love is. It is not that we loved God. It is that he loved us and sent his Son to give his life to pay for our sins.
Let’s worship to this song, “Singing Over Us”, by Worship Central, remembering and soaking in God’s love that he is singing over us (Click here).
As we continue to respond to God’s love, let’s remember our calling statement together:
We the Agapé Mission Church are called to be a worshipping body of believers who desire to conform to the image of Jesus Christ as we respond to his unfailing love. As we are being transformed by the Word of God, and as the Holy Spirit empowers all to minister, we seek to build discipleship relationships and practice the unconditional love of God. We are called and committed to share the Good News to all.
Prayer: Thank you Father for the love you have shown us in Christ. Help us to daily respond in faithfulness to how you have called us. In Jesus’ name. Amen.