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THEREFORE, SINCE we are justified (acquitted, declared righteous, and given a right standing with God) through faith, let us [grasp the fact that we] have [the peace of reconciliation to hold and to enjoy] peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).  Romans 5:1 AMP

 

“He is so rich in kindness and grace that he purchased our freedom with the blood of his Son and forgave our sins.” Ephesians 1:7

 

God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:19-22

 

This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice fort our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  1 john 4:9-11

**** preaching notes from preaching @ The River last night

 

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Disclaimer: revival starts with Jesus but you now

I respond and say YES

God is looking for a person, a youth group, a church, a housegroup, a leader, a community, a city to say YES

I don’t want to miss it, I don’t want jesus to be passing by and miss it

Blind bartimaeous heard jesus passing by and called out

The crowd shhsss him but he cries out all the more

Are we willing to lay down our reputation, our comfort, ourselves, to encounter God?

 

1 the world needs revival
2 revival must be in the church
3 revival begins in me
4 revival needs room

Revival comes through the revived.

 

And again He entered Capernaum and it was heard that He was in the house. Immediately many gathered together, so that there was no longer room to receive them, not even near the door. And He preached the word to them. Then they came to Him, bringing a paralytic who was carried by four men. And when they could not come near Him because of the crowd, they uncovered the roof where He was. So when they had broken through, they let down the bed on which the paralytic was lying.  Mark 2:1-4

 

It goes on to record how Jesus firstly heals the man inside out – getting him right with God and then heals his physical body – healing him on the outside.

I want to break this passage down to see what we can learn about it in sustaining our own personal revival – revival starts in me.

1.  Revival Begins When Jesus is in The House

Revival in our own lives is sustained when we have a daily awareness that Jesus is real and that Jesus is amazing and that Jesus is Lord – that Jesus is good and great – of who He is and what His purpose is – and that Jesus lives on the inside of me.

How do we get Jesus in the house? Firstly, you’re accepted now… Jesus died for you and now if you’re born again, He lives in you. He is IN the house.

 

God himself was pleased to live fully in his Son. And God was pleased for him to make peace by sacrificing his blood on the cross, so that all beings in heaven and on earth would be brought back to God. You used to be far from God. Your thoughts made you his enemies, and you did evil things. But his Son became a human and died. So God made peace with you, and now he lets you stand in his presence as people who are holy and faultless and innocent. Colossians 1:19-22

Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

 

But there is a different between Jesus being in the house and Jesus being IN the house!

When Jesus was in the house – when it was a tabernacle tent in the wilderness – the glory of God shone like a pillar of fire and a cloud of smoke and Moses would go and speak face to face with God and come out shinning like he was a giant spotlight.

When Jesus was in the house – in the temple Solomon built – the presence of God came so tangibly that the priests were laid out and could not stand or work.

When Jesus was in the house – there was sound of rushing wind, and people that had being holed up in fear took the gospel out into the streets and 3000 people got saved at the first altar call, Peter’s shadow healed people as he walked by, people got healed, set free, saved.

 

Jesus is the same today, in you, as He was yesterday in David, in Isaiah, in Daniel, in Peter, in John, in Paul, in Smith Wigglesworth, in Charles Finney, in Billy Graham.

 

There is something you get in the secret place that you can get no where else. Do everything you can to establish a secret history with Jesus.   ~ Banning Liebscher

 

I loved how Caleb put it this morning:

Your times of prayer matter
Your times in The Word matter

Your times of worship matter
Speaking in tongues matters

Submitting to leadership matters

Listening to teaching matters
Sow into the spirit, sow into your spiritual life, be intentional…

 

How do you get Jesus in the house – you invite Him in and you make room, you make time.

2.  Revival Begins When People Talk

You know, when there is stuff going in your life, people will see it and want to know more.

V3 says immediately people gathered together – they heard Jesus was in the house and they wanted to see for themselves if He was who He said He was and what He would do.

Seth Godin, a marketing guru says that people like that are sneezers – they catch onto a new thing really fast but more importantly they let everyone in their world know – they’re like an infectious bug that is then sneezed into everyone in the room so before you know it, you’re all sick. The aim of marketing is to get the sneezers excited about a product/service so that they’ll ah ah ah achooo it out into the world.

When there is a great sale on at the mall, or a new burger joint opening down the road, or a new movie opening or you’ve just had your hair cut by the most amazing hairdresser ever – don’t you tell everyone? We naturally sneeze what we’re into to the people in our lives.

How many of your friends on fb shared the clip of dustin hoffman talking about acting in tootsie?

You’re called to be a sneezer for Jesus. When Jesus is in the house, you should want the world to know.

Mission is not an add-on. It is not an optional extra. It is at the core of who we are.

Revival ignites when you have Jesus in the house – your house – when Jesus is doing amazing things in your life – and you then let other people in on the secret.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:14-16

3.  Revival Changes our life

There are so many renovation shows on tv at the moment – mitre 10 dream home, house rules, the block is coming back and if you flick through the tv guide there are probably a trillion more on a trillion other channels… this week tony and I watched house rules and there are 6 teams and they’re competing while renovated one of the other teams houses. So they’re renovating jemma and bens house and one by one each team who have all being assigned different rooms, or zones, are pulling up the floors to lay this gorgeous dark stained wooden floor…. Only to discover the house doesn’t have a concrete foundation but is laid on sand.

When Jesus is in the house sometimes things get pulled up and exposed, renovated and rearranged.

The paralytics friends ripped the roof of the house to get their friend in. They did a bit of DIY to make a new entrance. They uncovered the ceiling to allow miracles and forgiveness to flow.

 

Our God does not simply point to our sordid past and say “don’t live that way anymore.” No, our God cups our face in His nail scarred hands and says “my child, you don’t have to live that way anymore. You are free.” // Lori Wilhite

A changed life is a RESPONSE to the grace of God given to us. God doesn’t expect us to clean our life up first before He’ll accept us. We don’t whack up some new paint, get a fancy new makeover and then open the door welcoming Him in.

 

But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

 

But our response to that is that we say YES to life change, that we say YES to His renovations, to things being rearranged and exposed and uncovered. We can rest in the fact that God not only won’t quit, but He’s holding our lives together & making us more like Jesus through it all.

There are times in our life when God supernaturally and sovereignly readjusts things in our lives – it can happen on an altar call, or in our bedroom, or at housegroup, wherever where BOOM you encounter God and know you walk away altered. And sometimes you have those altar moments or those times – actually every time you make time with God – and you don’t know how God is changing you but believe you me when you’re encountering God He is at work! But there are other times when we partner with God in the renovating. When we’re agreeing with Him and as Caleb said this morning, making intentional choices for change.

About 4 years ago Tony and I decided to renovate our toilet room. The wall paper had been peeling off and little fingers had helped it and it looked a mess. So we ripped all the paper off and that was about it. Since then we’ve done nothing. No sanding. No colour choosing. No painting. Every now and then I look at it and think, must do something about that. Sometimes its like that in our lives… God is putting His finger on something, stirring us, sometimes uncomfortably, towards change. But until we say YES and make intentional changes we’ve just got blank ugly walls…

 

King Josiah, in 2 Kings 23, is a man serious about revival and renovating. Chapter 23 is the most verb packed chapter I think I’ve ever read. He is serious about rearranging things in Israel so that God is followed and glorified.

He brought out

Removed

Burned

Ground idols to ashes

Threw the ashes into graveyards

Tore down

Broke down

Threw their dust into the desert

Defiled high places

Pulverised

Broke into pieces

Filled the idols places with bones

Put away

Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might, according to all the Law of Moses; nor after him did any arise like him. 2 Kings 23:25

 

Josiah was a man of revival.

There are things that God will uncover in your life that are uncomfortable. Trust issues. Stinking thinking. We might not have altars to false gods in the backyard or idols in the wardrobe but we do have to deal with what the bible describes as our old ways, with all its fears, anger, hostility, lying, lust, hate. Old ways. Old habits. The Old self.

 

But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.Do not lie to each other, since you have taken off your old self with its practices and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator. Colossians 3:8-10

 

He is calling you to change, to put on the new self. It would be like the paralysed man, now healed, able to walk, set free to dance, to experience life, to be well and to live life to the max, to carry round his stretcher all the time, or to remain lying on the mat.

There are things that God might be saying Pulverise that and scatter it to the wind. You don’t need to live that way anymore, you’re free. There are things that God might be saying rip out and remove, put away the thoughts of the past and the destructive behaviours – replace them with a new way of thinking, His way.

I love how Caleb said this morning that our mind is conditioned by the world to respond and react in certain ways. In a way our mind is conditioned to look else where for the answer to every question we have in any other place than God.

YOLO.

If it feels good, do it.

It’s just a white lie.

It’s the way I’m wired.

Feeling lonely? Get a boyfriend / girlfriend / new husband / new wife

A lot of people turn to food or alcohol for comfort. Others spend all their time and energy pursuing romantic love. We can spin our lives around sex or physical pleasure or escapism. Money, fame and accomplishment call to us. They look like a pathway to our best life, but when we let them displace God, they stop being good things, and become our master. An idol in Josiah’s day was a physical altar or statue or “thing” but really an idol is anything that calls to us so strongly, that we’d rather respond to that call than to God. An idol is anything that replaces the authority and position that God wants in your life. It’s the thing your life revolves around. Those are the things we’ve got to knock down and get change in.

 

The bible calls it renewing your mind: Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2

 

Romans 12 goes on to give us some blueprints of what that renewed renovated life may look like:

V 3 – what do you think of yourself? Do you like yourself? Do you like yourself too much? The bible says that you were paid for by the life of Jesus – that’s the price tag on your life. That the creator of the universe, the sinless perfect amazing Son of God chose to come and live and die, for you.

V 4-5 we’re in a team, we belong. We’re no longer alone but in a family with a common mission

V 6-8 we have a purpose – you are not here by accident, but you’re here by design.

V9 – choose what is good. The NKJV which entitles this passage “behave like a christian” tells us to let go of the crappy behaviour.

V 10 – love each other like family. Be kind to each other. Treat each other like we’d like to be treated. It goes on to say be humble, listen and care, be authentic and stop stirring. Your feelings are indicators, not dictators, you have a choice to be renewed and renovated or to carry on living with a hole in the floor and a leak in the roof.

V 11 – stoke the fire: Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. CEV. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervour, serving the Lord. NIV.

 

Sometimes the renovation occurs when we find ourselves in situations we can’t control, or where people are difficult, or situations require a ramping up of our trust levels… the rubber meets the road when tensions are high and you cant see where to put your next step.

Or when we’re convicted to live counter culture – not following the pattern of the world when it comes to dating, to marriage, to parenting, to honesty, to whatever.

Where we have to CHOOSE trust, CHOOSE purity, CHOOSE peace, CHOOSE kindness, CHOOSE compassion, CHOOSE peace, CHOOSE humility, CHOOSE understanding.

God has been working on me a long time. I am totally different to who I was when I was 16 and got saved. But I am still a work in progress and am grateful for the grace of God, and the grace of each of you.

Personal revival comes with a personal awareness of things that need to be changed – greater conviction, greater sensitivity to the world around us and the things that please or don’t please Jesus. And with that comes the awareness that we cannot change ourselves but that Jesus has done it all, that as we continue to say YES we’re allowing Him and more into our lives, to action that which He has made provision for. Remember, Jesus forgave the man’s sin FIRST. Before he could pick his mat up and walk and do anything, before he could change anything. Grace came first.

Jesus died for your sin. Your guilt. Your shame. Your crappy behaviour. Your bad attitude. Your indifference. Your control. Your hopelessness. Your anger. Change comes with when I say YES to God.

The paralytics friends knew they had to remove the roof to encounter Jesus.

What do you need to remove or renovate so that you are more open and close to Him? What is standing in your way?

 

 

4.  Revival Begins with me

It started with:

– the person that invited Jesus to his house

– the friends who took their friend

– the people who told their friends

– the man who stood up and was healed

– with Josiah who made a decision that enough was enough

– with you and me saying YES every day to walking with God

 

 

Tonight, we’re going to make space again for Jesus to come. This is an invitation to be filled more and more, to get fresh vision and enthusiasm for knowing Him and making Him known. Its also a good opportunity to let Jesus, the master carpenter, renovate our lives, to heal us, to pour His grace upon us again.

Then the people rejoiced, for they had offered willingly, because with a loyal heart they had offered willingly to the Lord 1 Chronicles 29:9

Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You, Lord God of Israel, our Father, forever and ever.
Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
The power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
And You are exalted as head over all.
Both riches and honor come from You,
And You reign over all.
In Your hand is power and might;
In Your hand it is to make great
And to give strength to all.
“Now therefore, our God,
We thank You
And praise Your glorious name.
But who am I, and who are my people,
That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
And of Your own we have given You. 1 Chronicles 29:10-14

 

 

*** key verses i used for the offering message on Sunday 14th July

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And He took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you. Luke 22:19-20

 

Out of all the amazing things about Jesus and His ministry and what He would do THIS is the FOCAL point that He instructs His disciples to pay attention to and to replicate, to do again, to stir up remembrance, to focus on this, to see its significance.

 

All the way through history in the bible we see the pattern demonstrated that points to Jesus, the Lamb of God, that points to salvation through Jesus.

 

In the garden of Eden the first prophecy about the messiah, about the saviour, about salvation is made: And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel.” Genesis 3:15

 

And the first sacrifice for sin is made – the first animal death for a human – for Adam and his wife the Lord God made tunics of skin, and clothed them. Genesis 3:21

 

Job, the oldest written book of the bible, cries out for a mediator between God and man.

 

Time and and time again we see in psalms promises of amazing forgiveness : As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. Psalm 103: 12

 

And through into the prophets promises of a messiah, a king, a deliverer, a saviour.

 

Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
5 But he was pierced for our transgressions,
he was crushed for our iniquities;
the punishment that brought us peace was on him,
and by his wounds we are healed.
6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray,
each of us has turned to our own way;
and the Lord has laid on him
the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6

Yet it was the Lord’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer,
and though the Lord makes his life an offering for sin, Isaiah 53:10

 

“But the gospel transforms us so our self-understanding is no longer based on our performance in life. We are so evil and sinful and flawed that Jesus had to die for us. We were so lost that nothing less than the death of the divine Son of God could save us. But we are so loved and valued that he was willing to die for us. The Lord of the universe loved us enough to do that! So the gospel humbles us into dust and at the very same time exalts us to the heavens. We are sinners but completely loved and accepted in Christ at the same time. … He saw your heart to the bottom and loved you to the skies.” Tim Keller

 

This is what we come to remember.

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Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread ~ Matthew 6:9-11

Give us today our daily bread – we need to have our bread fresh every day – just as the israelites had mana, every day, fresh, from heaven.  

Perhaps Jesus isnt talking so much about kai on the table but kai for our hearts – soul food – spiritual nourishment.

 

 

My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26 ~ Give me today my daily portion / God is my portion

 

*** kai = food / #WikiOTeReo

 

*** on friday night i went to the girls youth sleepover… no i didnt sleepover, i like my bed, and i have terrible morning hair, and had a training day at church to go to… but i did go in my pjs!  the topic was boys, dating and God… and was a lot of fun.  we had some good questions and some good group discussion and generally a great night!  i think i overdosed on minties as well!  following are my notes.

 

I’m going to give everyone a piece of paper and a pen and I’d like you to write 3 good things that you think about yourself on it. You don’t have to show anyone unless you want to, but I want you to write down 3 things that you like about yourself or think that you are good at.

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Some of the questions I was asking myself as a teenager: I had a look at what I really wanted in life – why did I want a boyfriend? What was I really wanting? And the big picture questions: Where was I heading? What made me happy? What was my purpose? What was God doing in my life? And I want to emphasise the word LIFE there – life is much longer than two weeks or this year and what you do today has an incredible impact on what you are ABLE to do in the future. The decisions you make today influence your tomorrow. I want you to wrap your mind around that and have a big picture view of your life.

By stepping back and having a look at those things it gave me a road to head down and a sense of destiny.

And it and made me see what I really wanted: to be loved. To be cared for. To have people I could have fun with. I wanted to be loved and appreciated and have people I could totally be myself around. To feel special.

Things that I expected a boy to do… but that really deep down, that only God could do.

Let me tell you this – falling in love is the most magnificent fun crazy confusing wonderful thing – it is a rollercoaster of emotions. And it is worth waiting for. It is worth going for gold instead of settling for second best. And to be honest, and maybe brutal. It doesn’t usually happen when we’re in high school. There is a huge portion of our life that happens after high school. When we’re more emotionally equipped to deal with things. When we have perhaps figured out what we want to do with our lives. The bible says there is a time and season for everything – a time to fall in love and a time just to have friends and “grow up”. That’s not to say that you may not meet the person and marry your high school sweet heart… but that is about 1% chance. We want you to walk into this with eyes wide open so that you can live your best life and that at the right time, with the right person, you can have that magical wonderful experience of falling in love.

 

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**** notes from housegroup this week with special guest Daria

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REAL LIFE KEY LEADERSHIP QUALITIES

 

  • Courage

not just in stepping out but also in seeing yourself as you truely are – the good and the bad

 

  • Integrity

again, see yourself truly and address the things that get in the way of other people (and God)

vertical and horizontal honesty

speak truth to yourself and others when appropriate

speak the truth with love

 

  •  Kindness

be an encourager to self and others

debrief with yourself about projects and life

dont beat yourself up

be kind to yourself

speak to yourself the same way you would speak to others

 

  • Learning Orientation

know how you learn

learn something everyday

 

  • Perseverance

all of the above require an element of perseverance

dont give up

learn the lesson

 

  • Emotional Intelligence

EQ

you can practice managing your emotions

you can set the temperature of a room

 

 

He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata! He tangata! He tangata!

what is the most important thing? it is people, people, people

 

 

 

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find your passion

your influence goes on long beyond your time with someone

respect is only earned – not tied to a position or a leadership title

credibility is essential

leaders are readers

learn something every day

sometimes decisions are based on best fit not on a long term career plan

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You are a world changer and have been strategically placed. Whenever God wants to reveal Himself in an area to saved the lost and transform society through His presence and power, He anoints and commissions individual we call world changers. God’s plan has been and continues to be to plant world changers across the planet, strategically positioned to make a difference for the Kingdom of God.

What if you truly began to believe and live like you were created, positioned, empowered called by God to?

I loved what winkie pratney shared on Sunday night at church – and the underlying premise that you shouldn’t lesser or unspiritual if you are called and gifted in “non religious ways”. Because God isn’t limited by anything or anyone and isn’t limited to a organisation or box a system – because the whole world is His and His plan is to reach the whole world.

Esther was a young woman who realized that God had sent her to be a world changer. She also understood that she had been deliberately placed by God in the royal palace for a purpose. Esther knew she wasn’t alive just to enjoy the palace and all the pleasures and benefits it would bring, rather she grasped the revelation that she was intentionally placed there “for such a time as this”

There are countless examples of people in the bible who were positioned in their ordinary lives and made a difference for the Kingdom. Debroah, the prophet – yes perhaps a more traditional religious role – lead the military into battle. Non traditional. Jael though, a stay at home mum, was really the one who had the decisive breakthrough for Israel (in Judges 4) and it happened in her home, in her sphere of influence, doing what she had spent a life time doing really well.

There are men and women recorded in the bible who were anointed by God to build and craft, to decorate, create and administrate.

We are all unique and created by God to be who we are. We are created for a purpose and a plan.

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Ephesians 2:10

“God has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,”- 2 Timothy 1:9.

The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5

Don’t ever feel that you have to be limited to this sphere (working for the church) to be used by God or that you’re not called.

 

Do you have a vision for your life?

Do you have a direction you are heading in?

Do you have a purpose and a priority that defines who you are and what you are doing?

 

vision defines the parameters of our life.

Vision means: “a clear sense of purpose regarding what God wants to do through your life”

Vision is all about knowing God and making Him known.  In whatever way we’re called and passionate about.  It MIGHT be ministry.  It MIGHT be business.  It MIGHT be as a stay at home mum.  It might be as a teacher, doctor, journalist, artist, plumber, banker, barister… the main thing is to live out our lives glowing in the dark for Jesus that that world can see He is real and relevant!

 

“There is no thing as secular employment for the believer. Once we are born again, everything about us is redeemed for Kingdom purposes. It is all spiritual. It is either a legitimate Kingdom expression, or we shouldn’t be involved at all.

Every believer is in full time ministry – only a few have pulpits in sanctuaries. The rest have their pulpit in their areas of expertise and favour in the world system.

The call of God is important, not because of the title it carries, or doesn’t carry. Its valuable because of the One who called us. An assignment to be in business is as valuable in the Kingdom as is the call to be an evangelist. The privilege to be a stay at home wife and mother is equal in importance to being a missionary. Embrace your call with the faithfulness and thankfulness worthy of the One who has called you.” Bill Johnson – Dreaming With God

Discussion:

Brainstorm what you would do if you had the time, money, effort, energy, and passion to do whatever you want. Let your imagination run wild.

Assess your natural talents, skills and strengths for evidence of your calling. Are there any patterns, indicators or themes?

What makes you come alive? What causes your heart to burn? Is there a cause or a topic/subject that fires you up? Ask the Lord how your life can bring His Kingdom into this area/activity/issue.

Identify the area(s) where you would like to see your life make a difference, and for what you would like to be remembered.

Who are your role models? What kind of person do you think you ought to be or want to be?

 

 

Reminders that God is guiding us and at work is case we’re freaking out about missing it and missing out:

“A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.” Proverbs 16:9

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

Commit your way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.  Psalm 37:5

Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3

“I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you.” Psalm 32:8

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not upon your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct your path.”  Proverbs 3:5-6

"You shine brighter when we’re broken,
With our hearts stretched out upon the floor
In our weakness and our failures,
Your light shines beauty to this world
From our broken hearts, we’re crying out

Through the cracks in all of us,
Through the fractures and our dust,
You shine through, You shine through
In the darkness You’re the dawn,
Blazing like the morning sun,
You shine through, You shine through

No our sin will not define us,
For Your cross, it speaks the final word
Guilt and shame are now behind us,
And You are making us brand new
From our broken hearts, we’re crying out
From our deepest scars, we’re singing out

Like a stained glass window, You shine through us, oh Father, bringing out every single color. May we bear Your image, Your likeness in this world. Restore our hearts. Shine through us."

Brothers McClurg – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmFYFnvoycI

I 43 me

“The great heroes of the Bible didn’t appear at the zenith of their cultures, but at low points as part of God’s effort to rescue and redirect His people back to the covering of His covenant.”

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