This past weekend marked a huge step of faith for our church. In October of 2012, we began a series called GIVE ME FAITH where we talked about the dream that God has for our church, to be a church that is not waiting for people to come to us but a church that is willing to go to them. This past Sunday, January 26th of 2014, that dream became a reality.
What’s Your Assignment
“Jesus full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry…Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread though the whole countryside. He taught in their synagogues and everyone praised him.” Luke 4:1-2, 14-15 NIV
“The effective fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”-James 5:16
Fervency speaks to our level of intensity, passion and persistence. Many times, we can lose our passion in prayer or stop praying for certain things altogether because we lose heart or give up. But God invites us to keep them before Him and trust Him for an answer in His time (Matthew 7:7-11).
The Spirit is Willing
“And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if you do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it.”–Romans 7:18-20
When Grace Comes Down
For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.–John 1:17
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a personal visit with God? What would He say about the state of humanity? About religion? About our propensity toward sin? There is no need to wonder about what God is like or would say, because to know Him, we have only to look at Jesus. In Jesus we have received grace, but there is even something more we have received: truth.
Agreement with the Will of God
Can two walk together, unless they are agreed?–Amos 3:3
In the heart of every believer is the desire to walk closely with God. We know that He, too, desires a close relationship with each one of us. A key to having a strong level of spiritual intimacy with God is living in agreement with His will for your life.
Day 2: Fasting Removes Unbelief
Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, “Why could we not cast it out?” So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except through prayer and fasting.”–Matthew 17:18-21
My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. –John 10:27
Have you ever tried to tune in a radio station only to be frustrated by finding static rather than music? And when you fiddled with the dial again, suddenly you hear a clear signal. the fact is that clear signal always existed on the airwaves. The difference is that now you have adjusted your tuner to the right frequency.
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