Day Five: Now is the Time

2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV
For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.”  I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.

Romans 10:13-15 NIV
13 For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”

“’The sun has not set in this the day of salvation.’ The world remains effectively alienated from God. God’s servants in this and every generation, like Paul the apostle, will continue to implore people, ‘Be reconciled to God.’” (Paul Barrett, 2 Corinthians, NICNT)

We daily interact with those who need to know and experience the love of God just as we have. We have been placed in our specific workplaces, our campuses, and our cities to declare that “Now is the day of salvation!”

Prayer: God, fill us with your burning heart and send us out! We want to see your salvation come to the people that you so love! We pray for opportunities to share your love today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s sing “Open the Gates” by Vertical Worship (click here).

-DW

 

 

 

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Day Four: Don’t be Foolish!

Galatians 3:2-4 NLT
Let me ask you this one question: Did you receive the Holy Spirit by obeying the law of Moses? Of course not! You received the Spirit because you believed the message you heard about Christ. How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? Have you experienced so much for nothing? Surely it was not in vain, was it?

“For Paul the Spirit is the crucial element to all of Christian life; therefore his argument stands or falls on their recalling their own experience of conversion at the beginning in terms of the Spirit… For Paul, therefore, whatever else happens at Christian conversion, it is the experience of the Spirit that is crucial; and therefore it is the Spirit alone who identifies God’s people in the present eschatological age.” (Gordon Fee, Paul, the Spirit and the People of God)

Church, we cannot live apart from the empowering and the enabling of the Holy Spirit. We need to experience his filling today afresh so that in all that we do, we can live as Spirit people!

Prayer: Lord, fill me afresh with your Holy Spirit so that I can live out who you have called me to be and not revert to my old ways. I need your empowering Lord! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship to “Spirit of God” by New Life Worship (click here).

-DW

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Day Three: Internal and External

Let’s read this passage out loud:

Romans 10:9-10, 13 NIV
If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved… 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

“To express belief with your heart and confess with your mouth is to express faith in Christ as Lord and Savior internally and externally.  Our external words and life must back up our internal trust, and our internal belief must support what we say and how we live… So far from being a formula, Romans 10 teaches us that expressing faith in Christ is both internal and external, or in other words, is about the whole of who we are.” (P. George)

Paul’s instructions are crystal clear here – we are to believe with our hearts and profess with our mouths that ‘Jesus is Lord.’ It cannot be just one or the other, but both and. A life that matches what we believe to be true – it is an active faith.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, you are the Savior of my life! I believe with my heart and profess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship with the song “One and Only Jesus” by Vertical Worship (click here).

-DW

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Day Two: Spirit Rescue

Genesis 2:7 NIV
Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

“The healing of our spirit, in which our relationship with God is renewed and restored, is the most fundamental area of healing. Without doubt the healing of our spirit is the linchpin around which all other areas of healing revolve…” (John Wimber, Power Healing)

“To be truly human, is to have God’s breath of life, which is also imagery for the Holy Spirit, and signifies that we are meant to relate to God in relationship. We are intended to walk with God and to have an intimate relationship with him. However, all of that was broken when sin entered the world. But where we fail, God succeeds. As the hole humanity dug for itself got bigger and bigger, God’s plan of salvation through Christ became very real when he sent Jesus, his one and only Son, to die for our sins and to save us.” (P. George)

Take some time to reflect upon God’s salvation in your life, remembering his healing, his forgiveness, his rescue, and the wholeness that Jesus brings. Thank you Jesus.

Prayer: Lord, when I was dead, you found me, rescued me and healed me so that I can be set free and call you my Father. I stand in awe of your love today. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s sing “This I Believe” by Hillsong Worship (click here).

-DW

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Day One: Gospel’s Promise

Let’s read aloud the following passage and confession.

John 3:16-17 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 

Cape Town Commitment: We Love the Gospel of God
Solely through trusting in Christ alone, we are united with Christ through the Holy Spirit and are counted righteous in Christ before God. Being justified by faith we have peace with God and no longer face condemnation. We receive the forgiveness of our sins. We are born again into a living hope by sharing Christ’s risen life. We are adopted as fellow heirs with Christ. We become citizens of God’s covenant people, members of God’s family and the place of God’s dwelling. So by trusting in Christ, we have full assurance of salvation and eternal life, for our salvation ultimately depends, not on ourselves, but on the work of Christ and the promise of God… How we love the gospel’s promise!

Prayer: Lord, how great is your love for us! Thank you for rescuing us and bringing us into the gospel’s promise through your Son Jesus. We are made alive in you in every way. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Let’s worship to “Thank You Jesus for the Blood” by Charity Gayle (click here).

-DW

 

 

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