Day 5: Lost and Found: Mission’s Flame!

2 Timothy 4:7 –I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

In the song, “Mission’s Flame,”Matt Redman pens these words: You should be the praise of every tongue, You should be the joy of every heart! In essence, this is the passionate heart with which we are to see each person that we come in contact with—that they would know the joy of Jesus in their hearts. Today as you pray, may you also care deeply about the praise of Jesus being uttered in people’s lives.

Spend time today in worship with this song as you carefully pray through each of the verses in the song “Mission’s Flame.”

Let worship be the fuel for mission’s flame
We’re going with a passion for Your name
We’re going for we care about Your praise
Send us out

Let worship be the heart of mission’s aim
To see the nations recognize Your fame
‘Til every tribe and tongue voices Your praise
Send us out

You should be the praise of every tongue
You should be the joy of every heart
But until the fullness of Your kingdom comes
Until that final revelation dawns
Send us out

Every tribe, every tongue
Every creature in the heavens and the earth
Every heart, every soul
Will sing Your praise, will sing Your praise
Every note, every strain
Every melody will be for You alone
Every harmony that flows from every tongue
We’ll sing Your praise, we’ll sing Your praise
We’ll sing Your praise, we’ll sing Your praise

– GK


Day 4: Lost and Found: Resuscitation or Resurrection?

Ephesians 1:17-20 – I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation… and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms…

One thing is clear. When something is dead, the only way that it can come back to life is not through a resuscitation, but through a resurrection! Perhaps this is what the church in Sardis needed. They needed the Lord to not only multiply the little that they had, but they needed the resurrection power of the Lord to bring their dead hearts, dead faith, dead love to life! Just like the way Jesus called Lazarus from the dead, the Lord needs to call our lives to life again. For us to get out from being stuck, dry, and passionless is an impossibility of our own. We can’t multiply the little that we have, and we can’t bring to life that which is dead.

However, in Christ this is the impossibly possible reality that we are invited into again and again!

Today, live in the impossibly possible reality again—that Christ will strengthen and bring our hearts to life.

– GK


Day Three: Lost and Found: God’s Kingdom Above All Else!

Matthew 6:31-33 – So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

There is something that occurs whenever our love for Jesus begins to die out, and that is the increase of worldly concerns. However, when our hearts are burning passionately for Jesus, our primary concern becomes for God’s kingdom and glory. This is the inverse relationship that occurs for God’s people—that whenever our faith begins to diminish, there is an increase of worldly cares. Do you find yourself overwhelmed with worries and desires that has only to do with what we eat, what we wear, and what will fulfill our temporary desires?  As you pray and correctly assess your life, consider what the source of your greatest concern that causes you to worry is. Jesus said it plainly, that the worries of this world are things that dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, and not of the children of God.

Today focus your prayers on having hearts that are passionately burning for Jesus and His kingdom, and may your concerns for God’s kingdom increase and the worldly concerns decrease.  Listen to the song, “Seek First” as an encouragement.

– GK


Day Two: Lost and Found – Participating in Divine Nature

2 Peter 1:4-8 (NIV) – …may [you] participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

In today’s passage, we are given clear instructions on how to avoid being “ineffective and unproductive”—which is another way of saying ‘being dead’ (ref. Rev 3:2). The way we participate in God’s divine nature is to continually grow and add to our faith, instead of it being stagnant and inactive. The encouragement for today is to pray to have faith that is continually growing in the goodness of the Lord. This the foundational truth of the gospel, that He is so, so, so good to us. To then add to goodness the knowledge of our Lord through His word. Today as you open God’s word, pray that you will be filled the knowledge of Him, where He increases and we decrease. The result of having our faith continually growing in goodness and knowledge, is that we will grow in godly character—in self-control, perseverance, godliness, and loving affection towards one another.

Today may your faith grow as you pray through each of the characteristics of the divine life!  As you pray, worship with this song, “Who You Say I Am,” for this is who we are—The children of God.

– GK


Day One: Lost and Found – His Divine Power

2 Peter 1:3-4 (NRSV) – His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Thus he has given us, through these things, his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may escape from the corruption that is in the world because of lust, and may become participants of the divine nature.

To be alive in Christ means that we are to daily live in His divine power in order to live godly lives.  This divine power is the gospel, which is the power of God for salvation for all who believe (Romans 1:16). Therefore, let’s be assured at this very moment that we have been given EVERYTHING (nothing missing or lacking) that we need for life and godliness. We can and are to live lives that are full of joy, fruitful, and empowered to say yes to the Lord.

This morning and for the rest of week, memorize the above passage, and recite and claim it each moment you begin to sense discouragement, doubts, or anything that tries to derail your walk in Christ.

Also, spend today in worship as you pray through the song, Consuming Fire by Tim Hughes.

– GK