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Prayer Focus: The Church

[God] is totally astounding, and I want to know Him more.
– Marty Parks (Quiet Moments for Worship Leaders)

My prayer for all of the Body of Christ (and in particular my own little-c church) is that we would hunger for God more and more and more, and that we would be so astounded by Him that we couldn’t be still or silent about the Good News of His salvation through Jesus Christ!

If you have a moment, pray for the whole Body of Christ and for your own area, that this would be. Pray, asking also what God would have you do in order to aid in His will being done.

What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You visit him?
Psalm 8:4

Faith Not Feeling and Other Thoughts

I think so often we search for feelings & experiences, forgetting that the truth of God’s Word needs to never be neglected. We can only gain the knowledge & discernment we need through studying His Word, not basing our relationship with God too greatly on feelings or experiences. Our own feelings cannot be trusted–they change faster than the weather at times & are often the result of missed perceptions of people, situations & experiences.

Truth can rarely be known based solely on our feelings. We must continue to be in His Word, being sanctified by Him & surrendering to His will each day so that we can share the Good News & God’s truth with those who do not know Him. Then we can share the Gospel while truly being examples of how God is changing & growing us to be more Christ-like, & also grow in discernment as we study His Word.

We should be being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2), not giving only to get more, chasing after every feel-good speaker or anointing we hear about to gain artificial highs, or refusing to change from our pre-salvation selves thinking it doesn’t truly matter since we’ve been forgiven (see Romans 6). How can we be witnesses by our lives to the Gospel & how the truth of His Word renews our minds if we do not continually put off our old selves & actually renew our minds (Ephesians 4:21-32 & Colossians 3:1-10)?

Nonbelievers will see & hear us, but not care a bit when we share the Gospel if our lives look just like theirs. Instead they might say, “Well, I must be fine like I am because these Christians aren’t any different from before they became Christians.” If we are without joy and love, how will they want anything to do with what we have?

We should ache to share His love — because WOW! How He so loves us to have died for our sins — but a big part of being in a right relationship with Jesus Christ is making Him our Lord & Savior:  We must wholeheartedly repent of our sins in order to do so.

In turn, a desire should grow in us to do what God requires of us to grow this relationship through His Word & doing our part as He makes us more like Christ, also being obedient to share the Gospel with those we encounter in our lives as God leads us.

Something I heard spoken about recently was calling ourselves Christians & yet not living this label:

Christian. That’s our name — a word which has root in CHRIST. Instead let us change ourselves as we deliberately strive to become more like Christ Jesus, Who gave His life for us. Let us grow closer to God through studying His Word, & grow greater in love & unity each day of our lives on this earth, seeking to be witnesses for Christ in all of ourselves — word, deed, mind, heart, soul & strength.

Reaching Out as God Leads

I love finding another worthwhile podcast to listen to which helps me to grow in my relationship with God & I pray it will increase the outflow into reaching the lost. This podcast includes testimony & input from all those involved – awesome!

The Mission Podcast (from Carl of Revival Blog) — these are some excerpts I wrote down (mostly paraphrased) from the latest message on 03/07/08:

“If you sow listening, you will reap listening.” They will listen to you if you first listen to them, & be more likely then to receive Jesus Christ!

We must meet people at their unmet need, following the leading of the Holy Spirit. Jesus didn’t reach out to each lost person in the exact same way, but at their place of specific need. He will guide us in the conversation, & if we follow, He will open them to receive & bring them closer to (or to the very point of) receiving Jesus. Ask God what He is doing in this person’s life & how His Spirit is at work in them. He will help us to be relevant specifically to what this person needs if we will only listen to & follow His Spirit’s leading.

God anoints us with His Holy Spirit when we receive the Holy Spirit & teaches us to use our specific giftings to reach the lost & also to edify & help other believers in their Christian walk as well.

When we don’t rely on the Holy Spirit, we can’t truly glorify God. Religion without relationship with God & His Holy Spirit is without meaning & cannot truly glorify God.

Why do we as Christians think we are the ones who are to convict & point out people’s sin? That’s what the Holy Spirit does, we don’t have to. “Judgment is not ours, it’s the Lord’s!” When the Holy Spirit comes, He “will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment” (John 16:8 NASB). Our job is to share the GOOD News of the Gospel, convicting people of sin is the Holy Spirit’s job, not ours.

Why do we tell & expect sinners to change before they are saved? They can’t change yet, they aren’t saved! Lost people act lost! Let them come to Christ, then He will faithfully work in their lives to make them more like Himself.

If we’re not following God when He leads, we can’t be led by Him. We have to let the Spirit of God come in & run things! We don’t run things ourselves & we shouldn’t.

We don’t “not sin” because God told us not to, we don’t sin because we want more of God & to be able to share His Good News with others (& live an example of the change Jesus brings into us & into our own lives).

“I want people to so fall in love with Jesus that sin is not an obstacle.”

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Lord — break my heart for the lost. USE ME. USE ME. USE ME! Push the fear & timidity out of me! Help me to follow Your Spirit’s leading, to hear You when You speak to me, & to be obedient to do what You call me to. Show me anything in myself or my life that needs to change. Help me to grow closer & closer to You. Teach me, convict me, change me, guide me, use me for Your glory & Your purposes, & let nothing get in the way of Your will. In the name of Jesus let Your will be done!