Monday, April 9
4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.
One of the most difficult, yet wonderful things to wrap your mind around as a believer is the position and power you have in Christ. Sadly, many believers allow their lack of understanding in this area to hinder them from moving forward into the new and deeper things God has for them. If people would come to the realization that they would understand the power of their position by simply beginning to walk in it they would experience a divine revelation take place in their life. Remember when you first sat behind the steering wheel of a car? Even though you may have ridden in a car countless times, you didn’t know what the power under the hood was fully capable of until you took it out of park. What areas of your life are in park today? Shift them into drive and move forward in all the power God has given you.
Tuesday, April 10
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; 38 therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
It is a pretty safe assumption to say that most believers don’t have a heart for the lost. Jesus gives us the remedy for this lack of compassion in today’s scripture text, when He said to “pray earnestly”. Notice that He didn’t say to repent or fast or do anything else that believers may try do to make themselves become more loving toward lost people. Why? Jesus knew even then that you would not be passionate about what you don’t pray about. Are dealing with a lack of compassion in area of reaching people? Start today by praying that God would equip and send people to reach them. If you will add praying for the lost to your daily prayer time, you will soon see a deeper love for them develop within yourself. Then you’ll no doubt find yourself reaching out boldly to those who you never thought you would. It all starts with prayer.
Wednesday, April 11
4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Many people mistakenly think that Jesus’ last instructions to His disciples were to go, when in actuality the last thing He said to do was wait. People get excited when they see God moving and feel Him leading them to jump in and be involved. In fact, they get so excited that they jump in and start doing without getting the proper instruction and empowering they need to be successful. After a short time when things haven’t worked out they come back to God frustrated and upset. Think about today’s text, what would have happened if the disciples would have tried to go and do all that Jesus said they could do without the empowering and leading of the Holy Spirit? The same is true for you, don’t turn your mission into a ‘miss’ by failing to seek the guidance and empowering of the Holy Spirit. Following His leading and direction is just as important after you receive your co-mission as it was before you received it. Never forget that Jesus doesn’t want you to do something for Him, He wants you to do something with Him.
Thursday, April 12
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
Roy Lessin penned this humbling yet empowering thought…
“Just think, you’re here not by chance, but by God’s choosing. His hand formed you and made you the person you are. He compares you to no one else - you are one of a kind. You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you. He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.”
If you’ll allow the Holy Spirit to show you the unique set characteristics and abilities that God has given you to reach the world you live in and then dedicate them back to Him for the good work He’s called you to there will be nothing that can stop you from obtaining victory on top of victory in your life. He doesn’t give purpose without power because His power in your life is there for a purpose. There are good works that are waiting to be done in the lives of the people of this generation and He has equipped and positioned you to accomplish them.
Friday, April 13
1 Corinthians 16:14
14 Let all that you do be done in love.
1 John 4:7-8
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
Have you ever wondered why the world is so convinced that God doesn’t love them? The answer is very simple, it’s because those who claim to be Christians don’t love them. The term ‘Christian’ actually means ‘little Christ’. People who claim to be born again, or made new by the love of God should be the most loving, endearing, and pleasant people you can find. But sadly, many believers have detached themselves from the love that they received when they accepted Christ. It’s not always easy to maintain a strong love walk, especially in the culture of entitlement and pride that exists today. Here’s the truth, Jesus is not asking you to love them, He’s commanding you to. You don’t have to love their deeds or affirm their behavior, but you do need to show them the kindness and compassion of the one true living God. You can do it, it’s simply a matter of letting Jesus love them through you.
When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
‘When He saw the crowds…’ When you’re waiting in a long line at the grocery store, stuck in traffic, or waiting for a table to open up at your favorite restaurant, what do you see? Do you see a crowd, or do you see people? It is so easy to see a crowd as a hinderance or an obstruction to your plans and schedule but you must change your thought process to recognize the individuals rather than the masses. Compassion pushed Jesus to look deeper than inconvenience or impatience would have allowed Him to see. If you want to have an effect on the lives of people you must be more than sympathetic, you must receive the compassion that the Father has for them. Ask your Heavenly Father to give you eyes of compassion for the people that He puts in your path today.
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