Awe Struck by the Power of God
“Jesus…gave them power and authority to drive out all demons and to cure diseases, and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick…So they set out and went from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing people everywhere.” (Luke 9:1-3,6)
Come and Rest in My Presence “There is acceleration in spiritual growth as you progress in your encounter with God. Intimacy equals authority.” (Hetland, p42)
“Worship by the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh.” (Philippians 3:3)
"Humility, the place of entire dependency upon God, is from the very nature of things the first duty and the highest virtue of His creatures. Nothing can save us but the restoration of our lost humility, the original and only true relationship of the creation to its God. And so Jesus came to bring humility back to earth, to make us partakers of it, and by it to save us... The humility we see in Him possessed Him in heaven; it brought Him here... His humility became our salvation. His salvation is our humility... Without this there can be no true abiding in God's presence or experience of His favor and the power of His Spirit... Humility is not so much a virtue along with the others, but is the root of it all, because it alone takes the right attitude before God and allows Him, as God, to do it all." (Andrew Murray, Humility: The Journey Towards Holiness. (2001) Bethany House. Minneapolis. Minnesota. p16-17)
Receive My PowerReading: Acts 19:1-20 ESV Audio Bible See Paul’s Third Journey Map 21
Extract: Acts 19:1-5,7-12,17-20 TPT
“While Apollos was ministering in Corinth, Paul travelled on through the regions of Turkey until he arrived in Ephesus, where he found a group of twelve followers of Jesus. The first thing he asked them was ‘Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?’ ‘No,’ they replied. ‘We’ve not even heard of a holy spirit.’ Paul asked, ‘Then what was the meaning of your baptism?’ They responded, ‘It meant that we would follow John’s teaching.’ Paul said, ‘John’s baptism was for those who were turning from their sins, and he taught you to believe in and follow the one who was coming after him: Jesus the Anointed One.’ When they understood this, they were baptized into the authority of Jesus, the Anointed One. And when Paul laid his hands on each of the Twelve, the Holy Spirit manifested and they immediately spoke in tongues and prophesied.
For three months Paul taught openly and fearlessly in the Jewish meeting house, arguing persuasively for them to enter into God’s kingdom realm. But some of them hardened their hearts and stubbornly refused to believe. When they spoke evil of the Way in front of the congregation, Paul withdrew from them and took the believers with him. Every day for over two years, he taught them in the lecture hall of Tyrannus, which resulted in everyone living in the province of Asia, Jews and non-Jews, hearing the prophetic word of the Lord. God kept releasing a flow of extraordinary miracles through the hands of Paul. Because of this, people took Paul’s handkerchiefs and articles of clothing, even pieces of cloth that had touched his skin, laying them on the bodies of the sick, and diseases and demons left them and they were healed. All of the people in Ephesus were awestruck, both Jews and non-Jews, when they heard about what had happened. Great fear fell over the entire city, and the authority of the name of Jesus was exalted. Many believers publicly confessed their sins and disclosed their secrets. Large numbers of those who had been practicing magic took all of their books and scrolls of spells and incantations and publicly burned them. When the value of all the books and scrolls was calculated, it all came to several million dollars. The power of God caused the word to spread, and the people were greatly impacted.”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What is God saying to you through this?
O: Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed? (Acts 19:2)
What is He prompting you to do now?
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses S: Who is the Holy Spirit leading you to share your testimony with? Pray about this.
Your Testimony. Wait on God’s Presence to stir your memories of when you were first baptised in the Holy Spirit. Write this part of your testimony. Practice your testimony and be ready when the Spirit prompts you to speak relevant parts of your story to those you meet.
Share your story with us. We will share some testimonies publicly. You can post your written testimony and photo or a short video testimony on our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/prayforaustralia40days If you are not on Facebook you can email your testimony and photo to firstname.lastname@example.org. See more tips on how to share your story at https://prayforaustralia.com.au/share.
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Be My House of Prayer Father, we bow in humility, awe and adoration. We pray that you would help our unbelief – open our eyes to what we have been blind to see and open our hearts to believe.
May we exalt the authority of the name of Jesus so the power of God spreads the Word and people are greatly impacted by Your Presence and power!
Holy Spirit, come upon us and lead us in how we pray:
Pray for your prayer list, 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 in 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.