Ephesians 5:18-20 (NIV) Instead, be filled with the Spirit, 19 speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
John 14:12-14 (NIV) 12 Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
“It will be important to point out again that our anointing is not our own, nor separate from Christ. Rather, it is Jesus’ anointing that has been given/poured on us to also do what Jesus has been doing—hence the call to prayer in John 14 as the means to live in the anointing.” (Pastor Gus)
Let’s live in Jesus’ anointing by seeking the Lord in prayer. Begin by thanking God the Father for everything, confess your sins, sing praises, and make music from your heart to the Lord remembering his goodness, his faithfulness, and his wonderful promises.
Prayer: Father, we love your presence. Draw near to us as we draw near to you. Holy Spirit, fill us once again. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “Open Heaven (River Wild)” by Hillsong. (Click here)
John 15:5 (NIV) 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
“This fruit that the disciples bear is not what they do, but the life of Jesus in them. It is His character reproduced within them and shared with others in love. This cannot come to pass without the disciple abiding in Jesus, making his home in Him as Jesus makes His home in the disciple. His life is shared with the disciples as their life is given to Him. So Jesus can categorically say ‘without Me you can do nothing’ (v. 5 ). No amount of ingenious planning or restless activities or sponsoring of ‘spiritual’ events on our own can produce this fruit. This is like trying to tie imitation fruit on living branches.” (The Preacher’s Commentary, Complete 35-Volume Set: Genesis Revelation, p. 13423, Kindle Edition)
As we are seeking more of God’s anointing to minister effectively to those God has brought into our lives, it’s important that we continue to grow in our relationship with God. Let’s remain in the Lord as we trust in his word, as we obey his commands, and believe in his promises.
Prayer: Father, I want to grow. Help me to remain in you today. Make me more like Jesus. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “More Like Jesus” by Passion. (Click here)
Zechariah 4:6 (NLT) 6 Then he said to me, “This is what the Lord says to Zerubbabel: It is not by force nor by strength, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.
“For God’s love doesn’t come from us. Nor do we receive God’s love through ‘natural’ processes of information transfer, learning of worldly wisdom, education, family habits, or by sheer effort. Rather, it is from above – through ‘supernatural’ encounters with the living God. And that is the anointing that we have received from the Lord.” (Pastor Gus)
It takes a different kind of effort to learn to depend on the Lord. It takes intentional planning to study God’s word and to pray. It takes humility to recognize that the love of God that this world needs comes from above. We have been anointed to love as God has loved us! God has poured out his love into our hearts. Let’s get ourselves once again into his presence today and be intentional about seeking his power from above.
Prayer: Father, we humble ourselves before you, recognizing that we need your supernatural love to fill us once again. We need you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “King Of Glory” by Cece Winans. (Click here)
Let’s read aloud together the following passage, confession, and prayer:
Luke 4:18-19 18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Manila Manifesto. Good News for Today We rejoice that the living God did not abandon us to our lostness and despair. In his love he came after us in Jesus Christ to rescue and remake us. So the good news focuses on the historic person of Jesus, who came proclaiming the kingdom of God and living a life of humble service, who died for us, becoming sin and a curse in our place, and whom God vindicated by raising him from the dead. To those who repent and believe in Christ, God grants a share in the new creation. He gives us new life, which includes the forgiveness of our sins and the indwelling, transforming power of his Spirit. He welcomes us into his new community, which consists of people of all races, nations, and cultures.
Prayer: Father, we praise you for sending your son Jesus, the anointed one, to save us so that we can know you. Receive all the glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “One and Only Jesus” by Vertical Worship. (Click here)
Acts 1:8 (NIV) 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.
Cape Town Commitment: WE LOVE GOD 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.
Let’s humbly recognize our need for more of the Spirit’s anointing and power to be effective witnesses. Human effort is not enough to turn the hearts of our friends, co-workers, families, and our children. Let’s ask, seek, and knock for his anointing afresh so that we can be effective witnesses for the Lord.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, fall on us again. Breathe on us we pray. May our witness be effective for your glory! In Jesus’ name, amen.
Let’s worship to “Spirit of God” by New Life Worship (click here).