Accepting the Cost of the Call
DAY 28: TUE 28 MAR, 17
“ Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him… that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings… Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Philippians 3:8-12)
Come and Rest in My PresenceAs you worship today put on some music, close your eyes and surrender yourself to God’s Presence.“Submit yourselves therefore to God…Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” ( James 4:7-8)
Spending time in God’s Presence can help us see His perspective; give Jesus Lordship over every part of us; sustains us during suffering and releases His peace and power to those around us.
“Soaking* prayer is focusing all of our being - spirit, soul and body, to commune with God. It is a prayer of meditation and contemplation in which the unseen facilities (heart, mind and will, spirit) are in deep fellowship with God while the body is restful and the heart responds accordingly to the inner workings of the Spirit of God. It is gazing and looking intently to the Lord, our Father, with spiritual eyes of our heart through our Truth-inspired, Spirit-guided imagination. It is devoting time to hear His voice and see His face, allowing Him to speak to us through visions, impressions, audible voice, and scriptures. It is staying in His Presence and allowing the Holy Spirit to fill us…” (Hetland, p9) *resting expectantly in whole hearted submission.
Receive My PowerReading: Acts 20:13-31 ESV Audio Bible
Extract Acts 20:13-31 TPT
“’I’ve operated in God’s miracle power with great humility and served you with many tears. I’ve endured numerous ordeals because of the plots of the Jews. You know how I’ve taught you in public meetings and in your homes, and that I’ve not held anything back from you that would help you grow. I urged both Jews and non-Jews to turn from sin to God and to have faith in our Lord Jesus. And now I am being compelled by the Holy Spirit to go to Jerusalem, without really knowing what will happen to me there. Yet I know that the Holy Spirit warns me in town after town, saying, “Chains and afflictions are prepared for you.” But whether I live or die is not important, for I don’t esteem my life as indispensable. It’s more important for me to fulfil my destiny and to finish the ministry my Lord Jesus has assigned to me, which is to faithfully preach the wonderful news of God’s grace. I’ve been a part of your lives and shared with you many times the message of the kingdom realm of God. But now I leave you, and you will not see my face again. If any of you should be lost, I will not be blamed, for my conscience is clean, because I’ve taught you everything I could about God’s eternal plan and I’ve held nothing back.
So guard your hearts. Be true shepherds over all the flock and feed them well. Remember, it was the Holy Spirit who appointed you to guard and oversee the churches that belong to Jesus, the Anointed One, which he purchased and established by his own blood. I know that after I leave, imposters who have no loyalty to the flock will come among you like savage wolves. Even some from among your very own ranks will rise up, twisting the truth to seduce people into following them instead of Jesus. So be alert and discerning. Remember that for three years, night and day, I’ve never stopped warning each of you, pouring out my heart to you with tears.’”
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What do you think Paul is feeling as he says goodbye?
O: Are you convicted to be a vigilant guardian over those you are responsible for? Discern God's plan.
S: What would you want to say to your family, spiritual sons and colleagues if you were leaving them?
Be My Spirit-led WitnessesEnable a new generation of young prayer warriors and evangelists. Contact those you have been praying for. Note their progress on the measureable outcomes you had listed. Encourage and support them, and invite others to recognise them, enable them and make a way for them. Hold nothing back. We cannot give what we have not received but all that we have freely received is ours to give away!
1 Corinthians 2:12-13 “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual.”
Share your Faith by simply forwarding this www.yesheis.com daily video to others: Raised to Life. See this prophetic dance performance.
Be My House of Prayer Father, I submit to You through Christ in every aspect of myself and Your plan for my life.
Holy Spirit, help me, as Paul advises, to guard my heart above all else, for it determines the course of my life. (Proverbs 4:23 NLT)
May I be a true shepherd over those in my influence and feed them well. I pray that the ones you have chosen will arise in radical obedience and passionate love.
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.