Matthew 6:33 NIV But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.
Revelation 4:10b-11a NIV They lay their crowns before the throne and say: 11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power…”
“Biblical faith is not passive… it is an active reliance on God and His promises, often in the face of impossible circumstances…Biblical faith is always linked with obedience. If you trust God, you obey God. To obey God, you must trust that His Word is true.” [Making Christ at Home in Your Heart, Bible.Org Series: Ephesians, Steven J. Cole, 2007]
Believe that God’s promises are true! God will empower us with his passion to seek first his kingdom that many more may have Christ dwell in them. This is the passion we hunger for! The crowns we lay down at his throne are the lives who proclaim, “Jesus lives in me!”
Let’s trust the words of Ephesians 3 and pray them today for ourselves and our churches and ministries:
“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ”
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship with “By the Grace of God” by Brian Johnson, et al. (click here).
Let’s read aloud the following passages and prayer together.
Romans 8:9-11 NIV 9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
Ephesians 3:16-19 NIV I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Prayer: Lord, thank you! We are in the realm of the Spirit! Fill us with the Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead! Fill us with life and love! We worship you! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship with “Strong in Us” by Brian Johnson, et al. (click here).
John 14:18 NIV I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
John 4:25-26 NIV 25 The woman said, “I know that Messiah” (called Christ) “is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” 26 Then Jesus declared, “I, the one speaking to you—I am he.”
Colossians 1:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Are you worn out trying to manage your outer life to compensate for the troubles and disorder in your inner life? Our hope is “Jesus lives in me” – Christ in you, the hope of glory! Our living hope, Jesus, seeks you today. Let’s turn to Jesus for his love to break through all that has tried to hinder and imprison us with guilt, shame and pride. We receive the healing and renewal we need as we surrender and confess in the Spirit and in truth all the “no’s” we have had in our hearts before God. The love of Jesus pours out the freedom of life in the Spirit of our Savior who dwells in us!
Prayer: Lord, thank you that you are with me. I turn and confess all the “no’s” in my heart toward you. I surrender my heart and ask for the healing and renewal of your love to overwhelm me with your freedom through the power of your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship with “My Heart is Overwhelmed” by Dylan Thomas (click here).
John 14:23 NIV Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
This is Jesus’ promise to us. Once Jesus lives (indwells) in us, salvation life is now about Jesus dwelling in our hearts in increasing measure, taking over, making his home in us. It’s about experiencing the nearness of Jesus and all that he wants to do in us and through us to make us more like him.
“The verb that Paul uses refers to a permanent indwelling or residence of Christ in the heart. He means that we should welcome Christ into every aspect of our lives, so that there is no known area of our lives that we would be uncomfortable having Christ share it with us. Perhaps no one has put it better than Robert Munger, in his little booklet, ‘My Heart, Christ’s Home’ [IVP]. He tells of how after Christ entered his heart, in the joy of that newfound relationship, he said, ‘Lord, I want this heart of mine to be yours. I want to have you settle down here and be perfectly at home. Everything I have belongs to you.'” [Making Christ at Home in Your Heart, Bible.Org Series: Ephesians, Steven J. Cole, 2007]
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your promise. I want my heart to be yours. Please come and make your home in me, in our church, and make us more like you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship with the song “More Like Jesus” by Kristian Stanfill, et al. (click here).
John 3:5-6 NIV Jesus answered, “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God unless they are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit.
John 14:16-17 NIV 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.
Galatians 2:20a NIV I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.
At the heart of our salvation is promise. God wants us to truly know that he treasures us and wants to fill us with his presence to empower us to love and walk in his ways. We may fail again and again to love the Lord with all our being, but God fulfilled his promise. God keeps his word. When we trust Jesus for salvation and confess Jesus is Lord, we are born again by the Spirit of God! Because Jesus, our Savior lives in us through his Spirit, we can experience the blessings of this miraculous salvation life every day!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for your great salvation! Help me to experience your blessings even more. May all my praise and devotion be yours forever. Let my life now become your throne. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship with the song “Unbroken Praise” by Matt Redman (click here).