THE POWER OF TRUTH
“You also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation.
When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance...” (Ephesians 1:13-14)
Come and Rest in My Presence Be set free by the truth. (John 8:32) All lies, exaggeration, denial, rationalisation and deception have sticky consequences. Be truthful with yourself and God: Can you receive His Presence, loving him with your whole heart, or is this challenging? Ask the Holy Spirit to gently lead you.
“There is such a reverence to Christ and a loyalty to his sovereignty that some people, like me, keep him at arm’s length in the sky as a royal judge. They see him as a task master who requires them to shape up and get to work. They're not comfortable sitting at his feet and resting. They have no time to learn from him because they're too busy learning about theology and doing all kinds of benevolent things for others. They're becoming disciples on their own efforts and they have never been taught the first step of how to follow him as the living person he is and the friend that he wants to be.” (Armstrong, p3)
As Brother Lawrence (c.1614–1691) knew, “…there is no “art or science for going to God, but only a heart resolutely determined to apply itself to nothing but Him, for His sake, and to love Him only.”
Mark 12:33 “…to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one's neighbour as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.”
Pray from your heart to His.
Receive My PowerReading: Hear the whole sad story: Acts 5:1-11 ESV Audio Bible
Extract: Acts 5:1-4,11 TPT
“Now, a man named Ananias and his wife, Sapphira, likewise sold their farm. They conspired to secretly keep back for themselves a portion of the proceeds. So when Ananias brought the money to the apostles, it was only a portion of the entire sale. God revealed their secret to Peter, so he said to him, ‘Ananias, why did you let Satan fill your heart and make you think you could lie to the Holy Spirit? You only pretended to give it all, yet you hid back part of the proceeds from the sale of your property to keep for yourselves. Before you sold it, wasn’t it yours to sell or to keep? And after you sold it, wasn’t the money entirely at your disposal? How could you plot such a thing in your heart? You haven’t lied to people; you’ve lied to God!’…The entire church was seized with a powerful sense of the fear of God, which came over all who heard what had happened.”
Ephesians 6:17 “… the sword of the Spirit…is the word of God…” Hebrews 4:12-13 “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.”
John 15:26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me.” John 16:7-15 “And when he comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment…I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now. When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. He will glorify me, for he will take what is mine and declare it to you…” (Also read 1 Corinthians 2:9-16)
Listen to what the Word Says, Obey and Share.
S: What is God saying to you through this story and these Scriptures?
O: Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the truths you need to hear.
S: Do you have relationship with someone who can hold you accountable to the truth? (James 5:16)
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Share the Good News. Today’s YesHEis Video Clip: Finding Truth
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Be My House of Prayer Jesus, we trust and rely on your Holy Spirit’s leading and power. Please give us your gifts of wisdom, knowledge, prophecy, discernment and word of knowledge, languages and interpretation - so we can discern Truth and know You – our Truth. (1 Corinthians 12:8-11)
Father, we pray for those teaching in schools and organising national curriculum and media will reflect the truth of Your word view. We intercede for truth, honesty and justice in all our social systems, accountability and integrity. Expose financial corruption and restore justice in Jesus’ name.
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.
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.