Day Five: For The Task

Matthew 28:18-20 NIV18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

David Livingstone was a renowned missionary to Africa in the nineteenth century and here is what is written about him:

“David Livingstone, when asked what had sustained him in all of the perils of his pilgrimage in Africa, answered by quoting this verse. It is said that, when his wife died in Africa, he helped prepare her body for burial, helped make the coffin, helped lower it into the grave, and helped cover it with earth, then opened his New Testament and read this text, whereupon he said to his African associates, ‘Jesus Christ is too much of a Gentleman not to keep His word; let us get on with the task.’” (Myron S. Augsburger’s Matthew, The Preacher’s Commentary)

“Though his heart was broken, what mattered the most was his relationship with the Lord Jesus and getting on with the task he was given by him.” (Adapted from P. Gus’ message)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, as you have promised to “always” be with me, may I “get on with the task” that you have for me each day.  I depend on your Spirit to enable me to be faithful with all you have entrusted me with – for your mission and for your glory. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s close with worshipping to “More to Come” by Passion (click here).

– EK

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Day Four: Always, Never

Matthew 28:20 NIVAnd surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Hebrews 13:5 NIVbecause God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
    never will I forsake you.”

When I was in college, there was a moment I realized God’s constant and never-failing presence.  I was facing and experiencing some growing pains as I really wanted to grow in my calling to live for the Lord. In that time of struggle, I felt “lonely,” so I sought the Lord in prayer where I received such assurance from him that I wrote about it in my journal and here is part of it:
        “For a second I felt lonely
        Because I took my eyes off of my Father
        But that’s when I realized
        I would never be alone again
        Since I gave my life to him
        I became his everlasting daughter
        He told me that
        He would ‘never leave me nor forsake me’”

This was such a pivotal time of growing in the Spirit-given pattern of turning my heart and my eyes back on to the Lord – to who He is and His promise to “always” be with me, to “never leave me nor forsake me.”

Prayer: Father, right now, I turn my heart and eyes back on to you.  I will remember your promise that you have told me that you are “always with me” and that you will “never leave me nor forsake me.”  Thank you that I can be so assured of this no matter what I face or walk through today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing to the Lord, “Yesterday, Today and Forever” by Passion (click here).

– EK

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Day Three: The Peace of Christ

John 14:27 NIV – Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

John 20:19 NIV – On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”

“…that Jesus comes right there in their midst — for his disciples are to fully know and experience Jesus’ peace in their lives—in the midst of this world’s chaos and fears.” (From P. Gus’ message)

Not a day goes by, where we don’t feel some kind of angst or the weight of burdens due to the chaos and fears of this world. But Jesus comes right into our midst, and we can hear him speak these words over our lives again and again – “my peace I give you” and “peace be with you.” May our hearts be settled in the peace of Christ once again.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, I confess the angst on my heart and the weariness of the burdens that I face each day.  May your presence overwhelm me and may your word of “peace” bring healing and wholeness to my heart and mind. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s continue our prayer in this song, “Peace Be Still” by Lauren Daigle (click here).

– EK

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Day Two: Home in Us

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

John 1:12-14 NIVYet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God— children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.
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.

Cape Town Commitment: We Love God the Father:
“Through Jesus Christ, God’s Son, – and through him alone as the way, the truth and the life – we come to know and love God as Father. As the Holy Spirit testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children, so we cry the words Jesus prayed, ‘Abba, Father’, and we pray the prayer Jesus taught, ‘Our Father’. Our love for Jesus, proved by obeying him, is met by the Father’s love for us as the Father and the Son make their home in us, in mutual giving and receiving of love.”

Prayer: Abba  Father, thank you for making your home in us and for the deep assurance that we belong to you as children of God.  May we walk closely with you, trusting and obeying as you lead and guide us through your Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Let’s worship with this song, “Abide with Me,” by Matt Redman (click here).

– EK

 

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Day One: The Promise

Genesis 28:15 NIV –  “I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go, and I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you.”

“This mercy was brought home to Jacob at a time when he greatly needed it. He had just left his father’s house and he felt himself alone. He was coming into special trial and then it was that he received a fuller understanding of the privilege which God had in store for him. Let me read the words to you—’I am with you.’ I have tried to think them out, that I might speak concerning them to you, but they are too full. I defy anybody to measure their height and depth, their length and breadth! That God should give to Jacob bread to eat and raiment to put on was much—but that is nothing compared with, ‘I am with you.’ That God should send His angel with Jacob to protect Him would have been much—but it is nothing compared with, ‘I am with you.’” (Charles H. Spurgeon,  “Four Choice Sentences” sermon)

May this mercy of God’s promise, “I am with you,” be “brought home” to us in our times of need today.

Prayer: Our Father in Heaven, nothing compares to the wonder of your promise – “I am with you.” Thank you for this great mercy of your very presence with me.  May your Spirit bring it home in my heart in all my times of need today. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Let’s sing this song, “Lord, I Need You” by Matt Maher, confessing how we need him every hour (click here).

– EK

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