Resurrection Power in Us
DAY 27: MON 27 MAR, 17
“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)
Come and Rest in My Presence“In drawing near to Jesus, I need to allow all my senses to be filled with Him, to gaze upon Him, to hear Him through His Word in my inward ear, to savour His fragrance, to touch Him in faith, and to taste the power of His resurrection life.” (Bell, p19)
Worship our resurrected Lord! Jesus’ resurrection power continues to work in us every day. If I sting with reactive offense I am not dead to self. In Christ, with Christ in me, I can be dead to self and resurrected into Christ's humility so I do not sting and react, judge or condemn. I can honour who the other is in God's eyes and so love and bless my enemies - those who would otherwise hurt me.
"When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality...'Death is swallowed up in victory. ..O death, where is your sting?' The sting of death is sin... But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." (1 Corinthians 15:54-57)
Are you open to God doing miracles through you? Declare by faith, “I have won them over by the miracles done through me as signs from God – all by the power of God’s Spirit. In this way, I have fully presented the Good News of Christ…” (Romans 15:19 NLT)
Receive My PowerReading: Acts 19:21-41, 20:1-12 ESV Audio Bible See Paul’s Third Journey Map 21
Extract: Acts 19:21, Acts 20:1-2, 7-12 TPT
“Paul had it in his heart to go to Jerusalem and, on his way there, to revisit the places in Greece where he had ministered. After that,” he said, ‘I have to go to Rome also.’ When the uproar finally died down, Paul gathered the believers and encouraged their hearts. He kissed them, said good-bye, and left for Macedonia. At every place he passed through, he brought words of great comfort and encouragement to the believers.
On Sunday we gathered to take communion and to hear Paul preach. Because he was planning to leave the next day, he continued speaking until past midnight. Many flickering lamps burned in the upstairs chamber where we were meeting. Sitting in an open window listening was a young man named Eutychus. As Paul’s sermon dragged on, ‘Lucky’ became drowsy and fell into a deep slumber. Sound asleep, he fell three stories to his death below. Paul went downstairs, bent over the boy, and embraced him. Taking him in his arms, he said to all the people gathered, ‘Stop your worrying. He’s come back to life!’ Paul went back upstairs, served communion, and ate a meal with them. Then he picked back up where he left off and taught until dawn. Filled with enormous joy, they took the boy home alive and everyone was encouraged.”
Be My Spirit-led Witnesses Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: Say, “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God for all who believe!” (Romans 1:16)
O: Do you believe Jesus has power over death today? Would you pray for someone to be raised from the dead if the Holy Spirit prompted you?
S: Share the Gospel of Christ effectively. Invest in becoming equipped and practiced at it.
Study: ‘Keys to Spirit Led Outreach’ by Stuart Gramenz (p190) www.spiritled.com.au Stuart has preached the gospel to hundreds of thousands - with signs and wonders confirming the Word. Stuart says, if you have been like the disciples, “toiling all night and catching nothing,” let Jesus lead you. Trust God to give you “the right words for the right person at the right time.” Pray for the Holy Spirit before you present the gospel and pray with the person afterwards.
The F.A.I.T.H. Presentation gives us memorable principles for leading someone to Christ. Get together with a friend and practice how to present the gospel. You can introduce this presentation of the gospel by saying, Christians are known for what we do or don't do. This explains who a Christian is.
Failure: We all fail at loving and being loved. Independence and guilt lead us to shun God’s love.
Answer: God offers us Himself as our answer. God loved us so much He sent Jesus, whose death and resurrection makes the way for us to receive forgiveness, restoration to relationship with our Father; and a new life of step by step revelation of how much we are loved; and that we can love others well.
Impossible: Our hearts are incapable of functioning as God intended and as we desire and it’s impossible for us to earn God’s forgiveness or heal our own hearts. We needed someone to make this possible. God’s free gifts include forgiveness, spiritual heart transplant, and loving guidance.
Turn and Trust: There is a crucial decision for us to make and it has two parts. First, will we choose to turn from our independence to God, handing over our life to live in close relationship with Him? Second, will we trust in Jesus –believing He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sin and then rose from the dead so we can be forgiven and enjoy abundant life and the power of His Holy Spirit.
Household: When God becomes your Father - you are His beloved child, in His family, His household. You can now live in freedom, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control! (Galatians 5)
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: The G.O.S.P.E.L.
Be My House of Prayer Jesus we declare that You are life. In You all things are possible! We trust your power to raise us to live in Your kingdom on earth and to release Your resurrection power!
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 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.