Day 5: Empowered

Let’s read aloud the following passage, confession and prayer.

Acts 1:9, 2:17-18
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.”

17 “‘In the last days, God says,
    I will pour out my Spirit on all people.
Your sons and daughters will prophesy,
    your young men will see visions,
    your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women,
    I will pour out my Spirit in those days,
    and they will prophesy

The Cape Town Commitment: We Love 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.

Prayer: Father, thank you for empowering us to witness Jesus in this world. Fill us with your Spirit to be your witnesses and speak the things of heaven. Increase your Spirit’s activity through us to our campuses and cities. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Fullness” by Elevation Worship (click here).

– KW

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Day 4: Obedience to the Spirit

Joshua 1:7-8 (NIV)
7 “Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

“Here God is showing exactly what the Lord requires of his people, to live in the blessing and the outcome of these walls coming down, that we are to live in full obedience, simply that, to do exactly what the Lord commands us to do…When it says ‘Be strong and courageous’… it’s in regards to obedience to the Lord. Do not be afraid to obey, do not be afraid to do exactly what the Lord tells you…Lord, we will take the words you gave to Joshua, we will not walk in step with our old emotions, old fears and hurts, our own thoughts and our own ways. Instead, we will walk in step with you, in obedience to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding.” (Pastor Gus’ message)

Prayer: Holy Spirit, I respond with a yes right now. As you lead me to obey, it doesn’t matter what I feel, I choose to say yes to what you have said. Give me courage to walk in step with you in this way each moment. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “He Lives In Me” by Sinach (click here).

-KW

 

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Day 3: Cleanse, Heal, Transform

2 Corinthians 3:17-18 (NIV)
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

“..the Holy Spirit leads and guides and touches every area of our lives to bring his truth, his healing, his freedom, his forgiveness, and faith…The Lord will not let us move forward until we come before him and experience his healing, experience his wholeness, experience him changing us, taking us to a place of repentance, saying ‘God, these ways that I’ve lived with, that’s been formed in me, is not who I am nor something I should live in. Lord, I turn in repentance, teach me how to obey.’ The Holy Spirit will not let us remain in the sinful and untransformed mind and emotions – this is the love of our God…The Holy Spirit’s ministry is to cleanse and heal those areas, to transform us into the image of Christ.” (P. Gus’ message)

Prayer: Father, because you love me so much, you won’t let me stay in my old ways, thank you. I welcome in your Holy Spirit’s ministry to show me why I am hitting this wall, to cleanse me from old ways of thinking and doing, to heal me where I am broken and transform me to be more like Jesus. Move me forward in the new ways of your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to “Holy Spirit” by Jesus Culture (click here).

-KW

 

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Day 2: 100% Assurance

Ephesians 1:13-14 (NIV)
13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.

“A seal was indeed a mark of ownership in the ancient world…Under the old covenant, the priest wore a seal engraved with the phrase, ‘Holy to the LORD’ (Exodus 28:36; 39:30)…In the new covenant era, the one true God has marked all of his people as belonging to himself by means of a seal…The Spirit is also a ‘deposit’ on the future inheritance of believers.” (Arnold, Clinton E., Ephesians, ZEGNT)

Praise the Lord that we can walk in this assurance of belonging to him and of our future with him, no matter what is going on inside of us or outside of us. We have been sealed with the Holy Spirit!

Prayer: Father, thank you for this assurance from the Holy Spirit that we belong to you and that our future with you is secure. When doubts or insecurities start to creep in or things feel uncertain, remind us that our salvation comes from you and has been sealed already by your powerful presence.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s respond in worship with “How Great Thou Art (Until That Day)” by Matt Redman (click here).

-KW

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Day 1: Home In Us

John 14:16-17 (NIV)
16 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.

“As Jesus is the voice and presence of God, the Spirit is the presence of Father and Son in this world, the one who mediates the divine truths and empowers God’s people. In the next two sections Jesus presents a remarkable truth. Our hope is tied up with the return of Christ and the home in heaven that awaits us. But in actuality there is a coming of Christ that precedes this and involves a home he makes in us through the Holy Spirit. The final promise involves our making a home in heaven; this intermediate promise involves the Triune Godhead making a home in us. So we already enjoy a touch of heaven, an exciting anticipation of what awaits us.” (Grant Osbourne, John Verse by Verse, 338)

What an incredible promise we have received, that the Living God has made his home in us through the Holy Spirit. We can experience the heavenly reality now because God has given us his very Spirit, who is with us and in us.

Prayer: Father, thank you for making your home in me through your Holy Spirit. Thank you that I do know the Spirit of truth, your very presence within me. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s respond in worship with “All My Life” by Planetshakers (click here).

– KW

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Day 5: Living incarnationally

John 1:9-13 NIV
9 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.

John 8:12 NIV
12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Jesus is the light of the world. Praise be to God that as followers of Jesus, we have the  light of life. However, many of us have family, friends, coworkers, and classmates who do not yet know Jesus. May we live incarnationally bringing Christ’s truth and love, praying that they would receive him, believe in his name, be rescued, and become followers of Christ.

Prayer: Lord, we believe that you have saved us and are sending us out to bring your truth and love to others who do not yet know you. We pray specifically for the names you have put on our hearts; may they become followers of Christ. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Miracles” by Jesus Culture.

-MR

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Day Four: Tabernacled among us

John 1:14, 16-17 NIV
14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth… 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.

“The phrase ‘made his dwelling among us’… in the Greek, literally ‘tabernacled among us.’ This pictures the Old Testament Shekinah, the glory of God dwelling among his people in the Tabernacle and temple…In Jesus as the Word, the Shekinah walked planet Earth; he was a walking holy of holies. I guarantee John was weeping with joy as he wrote this!” (Grant Osborne, John: Verse by Verse)

Each day, we all face various challenges and difficulties. What an encouragement and great comfort, that God is with us. May we come to him today, the one who became like us in every way to redeem us and ask for help in the face of life’s difficulties.

Prayer: Lord, we praise you, for you have revealed yourself to us! We have seen your glory! We turn to you today and ask for your help and intervention in our lives and those we are praying for. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Echo Holy” by Red Rocks Worship (click here).

-MR

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Day Three: What we are becoming

Ephesians 4:32-5:2 NIV
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 1 Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

1 John 3:2 NIV
2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

“Christian community means through Jesus Christ and in Jesus Christ.” (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together and Prayerbook of the Bible, 31)

The word community today is a popular buzzword that means you have something in common. People get together for common interests or passions. However, as Christians, community is different. How amazing it is that in Christ, we have become children of God, dearly loved children! The Spirit is now living in us, and we are being transformed to be more like Jesus. It is truly a privilege to have brothers and sisters in Christ who seek to live the Word in the context of daily life and follow God’s example.

Prayer: Father, we are grateful for your forgiveness, for calling us dearly loved children. We pray that you would strengthen us, fill us with the Spirit today, that we may walk in your ways. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “More like Jesus” by Passion (click here).

-MR

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Day Two: The exact representation

Let’s read aloud together this passage, confession, and prayer together.

Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV)
In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.

The Cape Town Commitment: We love God the Son
“God commanded Israel to love the LORD God with exclusive loyalty. Likewise for us, loving the Lord Jesus Christ means that we steadfastly affirm that he alone is Saviour, Lord and God. The Bible teaches that Jesus performs the same sovereign actions as God alone. Christ is Creator of the universe, Ruler of history, Judge of all nations and Saviour of all who turn to God. He shares the identity of God in the divine equality and unity of Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Just as God called Israel to love him in covenantal faith, obedience and servant-witness, we affirm our love for Jesus Christ by trusting in him, obeying him, and making him known.”

Prayer: Jesus, we confess that you alone are Savior, Lord, and God. We humbly ask you to help us affirm our love for you today, hour by hour, by trusting you, obeying you, and going out into our cities with your compassion. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Upon Him” by Matt Redman (click here).

-MR

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Day One: The Word was God

John 1:1-3 (NIV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.

“Think for a moment what it means. The One who inhabits eternity dwells in space and time, without ceasing to be eternal. The Creator comes to us as a creature in the world he has made, while remaining the creator and sustainer of all things. The Source of all human beings becomes a particular human being, while continuing to be the divine being. God the Son became human without ceasing to be divine.” (Stephen Seamands, Give Them Christ, Kindle 271-274)

It is simply impossible for us to fully comprehend the incarnation of Jesus Christ with our limited understanding and finite minds. The way in which Jesus is both fully God and fully man is a mystery. However, because God has chosen to reveal himself to us, we can sufficiently understand the incarnation to welcome its truth with faith and joy.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I stand in awe and adoration of you today, the one who became human while remaining the eternal Word. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s worship to the song “Because He Lives” by Matt Maher (click here).

-MR

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