“Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles… In his name the Gentiles will hope.” (Matthew 12:18-21)
Come and Rest in My Presence Gaze upon Jesus, contemplate His character and worship Him.
“Whenever we come to Him we see His face shining with joy and love toward us. To gaze is to look intently and steadily. Remembering His loving kindness helps us focus on His nearness. We become aware of His desire to be with us, His children. Let your heart understand that He delights in you, and He is filled with joy and anticipation to be with you.” (Heitland p16-17)
Receive My PowerReading: Acts 15 ESV Audio Bible Follow Paul’s First Journey Map 19
The early church leaders processed their conflict over the distinction between Jews and Gentiles and found resolution in what the Word of God prophesied about Jesus. Our answer is always in Jesus!
Extract: Acts 15:7-11,13-27,31 TPT
“After a lengthy debate, Peter rose to his feet and said to them, ‘Brothers, you know how God has chosen me from the beginning to preach the wonderful news of the gospel to the non-Jewish nations. God, who knows the hearts of every person, confirmed this when he gave them the Holy Spirit, just like he has given the Spirit to us. So now, not one thing separates us as Jews and Gentiles, for when they believe he makes their hearts pure. So why on earth would you now limit God’s grace by placing a yoke of religious duties on the shoulders of the believers that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear? Don’t you believe that we are introduced to eternal life through the grace of our Lord Jesus—the same grace that has brought these people new life?’
James took the floor and said, ‘Ladies and gentlemen, listen. Peter has explained thoroughly that God has determined to win a people for himself from among the non-Jewish nations. And the prophet’s words (Isaiah 45:21) are fulfilled: “After these things I will return to you and raise up the tabernacle of David that has fallen into ruin. I will restore and rebuild what David experienced so that all of humanity will be able to encounter the Lord, including the Gentiles whom I have called to be my very own... For I have made known my works from eternity!” ‘So, in my judgment, we should not add any unnecessary burden upon the non-Jewish converts who are turning to God.’ The apostles and elders and the church of Jerusalem chose delegates to go to Antioch in Syria... They sent with them this letter: ‘Greetings from the apostles and pastors, and from your fellow believers— to our non-Jewish brothers and sisters living in Antioch in Syria and the nearby regions…So after deliberation, we’re sending you our beloved brothers Paul and Barnabas, who have risked their lives for the glory of the name of our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One…They will validate all that we’re wanting to share with you…’ When the people heard the letter read out loud, they were overjoyed and delighted by its encouraging message.”
Conflict that disrupts our love for one another grieves the Holy Spirit within us. (1 John 3:23-24) To protect and justify ourselves we form rigid views of others. Jesus calls this judgement and condemnation - “hardening our hearts”. A hard heart is incompatible with having eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit is saying and prevents us from enjoying the Presence of God and operating in the supernatural realm of the kingdom. In Mark 8:1-21, immediately after Jesus had fed the 4,000, the disciples were worried about provision. Jesus says, “’Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? Having eyes do you not see, and having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? “Do you not yet understand?’” “ Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation… And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name... they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:14-18) The horrendous consequences of hard heartedness are depicted in Luke 6:27-49 and Romans 11:7-10. When we become pure hearted like little children again, we are blessed to see what our Father reveals and able to enter His Kingdom realm on earth. (Luke 10:21-24, Matthew 5:8, Matthew 18:3-10, Psalm 24:3-6, Ezekial 36:22-38)
S: Reread this account to find solutions for conflict resolution.
O: Will you apply this Word of God to your challenging relationships? (Matthew 18:10-20) Let’s deal with hard heartedness - judgement, unforgiveness, fear, meanness or bitterness - that separates us.
Colossians 3:12-14 “Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
S: Are there others you can talk with about forming a prayer & worship relay in your region? By working together churches can “restore and rebuild what David experienced so that all of humanity will be able to encounter the Lord.” (Acts 15:16-17) 1 Chronicles 15:1-17:27 says the Tabernacle of David had a continual 24/7 altar of intimate worship. 288 prophetic singers and 4,000 musicians ministered before the Lord to make petition, to give thanks and to praise the Lord day and night! (IHOP Eastgate)
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses Pray for Australia. You can type your town or suburb under the map at www.PrayforAustralia.com.au to identify local Christians who are also praying for Australia through these 40 Days. Are there local gatherings you could join? Are you called to host a prayer gathering or start a new prayer group during the 40 Days Prayer & Worship Relay?
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: Forgiven: A Murderer’s Story.
Be My House of Prayer Lord, we have not hidden our light under a bushel. We are letting our little lights shine in this relay!
We claim with Isaiah, “a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice.” (Isaiah 42:3)
Lord hear our united prayers for our judiciary, police, fire and medical services and all who work for the security of our nation. We seek Your peace Lord in our homes and communities.
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list and family and friends to receive Jesus and the Holy Spirit.
Pray for Australia to receive Jesus as Lord and for His Church to be His House of Prayer.
Pray for a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists to arise in Jesus’ revival and transformation of our nation.
“…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses..." (Acts 1:8)
Austin Cove Community Church are intentional in our prayer lives. We know there are so many different ways to communicate to God in prayer and we like to get creative.