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Hear My Voice, You Complacent
Do you hear the LORD’s voice to rise up today? Let us not settle with where we are, complacent to what should be uneasy within us, as is uneasy on God’s mind. Learn holy discontentment, to be uneasy and grieve first at our own sins, and then at the brokenness around us. The gift of God’s Spirit has already been poured out through Jesus Christ. Let us not just take sips and drips of Him, but walk and move with Him in godliness and wisdom, showing all the effect of what the Spirit is doing through us for one another – restoring, reviving, reconciling, resting in the dwelling of being fully content – not in ourselves – but in pursuing more and more of Jesus Christ alone.
KEY VERSE: 9 Rise up, you women who are at ease, hear my voice; you complacent daughters, give ear to my speech... 15 until the Spirit is poured upon us from on high, and the wilderness becomes a fruitful field, and the fruitful field is deemed a forest.
Built Up – Praise & Prayer Night
(1 PETER 2:1-10)
It is time to grow up into salvation, if indeed we have been born again through the living and abiding word of God. The Father God is laying His precious Cornerstone (Jesus Christ) to build our new church community. Will you be a living stone laid next to Him, or a stumbling stone that rejects Him? Be a living stone – not a dying stone. Remember who you are and what our mission is to the English-speaking world – to spread the love of God in Jesus Christ for the joy of all peoples, one precious soul at a time, from Dallas-Fort Worth to the uttermost parts of the earth
KEY VERSE: 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good. 4 As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ… 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.
A King will Reign in Righteousness
God is not just removing our unrighteousness, but making us righteous rulers with His eternal Son, King Jesus Christ. Like royal princes and princesses, we have a new identity that can never leave us unsheltered nor unchanged, opening our eyes, ears, hearts, and tongues to this gifted royalty. As Jesus reigns in us, the integrity of His character grows in godliness as we rule by being ruled, lead by being led, serve by being served with the reign of King Jesus within us.
KEY VERSE: 1 Behold, a king will reign in righteousness, and princes will rule in justice. 2 Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land. 3 Then the eyes of those who see will not be closed, and the ears of those who hear will give attention. 4 The heart of the hasty will understand and know, and the tongue of the stammerers will hasten to speak distinctly.
Do Not Rely on Horses and Chariots
We all need help at all times. Where are you finding yours? What appears many and strong – is it really from the LORD? May the LORD stretch out His hand to be the destroyer of your helpers/helps apart from Him. May our secret help and weapon not be what is sinfully made for ourselves but in the helpless cry of surrender that turns our face towards Jesus Christ by the power of His Spirit, who alone is our Defender and our Keeper!
KEY VERSE: 1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!... 6 Turn to him from whom people have deeply revolted, O children of Israel. 7 For in that day everyone shall cast away his idols of silver and his idols of gold, which your hands have sinfully made for you.
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 THESSALONIANS 5:16-18)
…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (PHILIPPIANS 4:6-7)