The REACH series has no doubt been impactful and eye opening. This evening, as we get ready to launch into a new series next week, let’s look back at the six R.E.A.C.H. messages and discuss what we’ve learned. What did you take away from these messages?
‘2017 Vision’ - Read Matthew 5:14-16 and I Corinthians 10:13 We will change the culture in our 20 mile radius. Recognize our area of influence.
‘Merge’ - Read Romans 12:1-2. Worshipers and Doers. Christian Atheism. Worship is love expressed.
‘Eye Exam’ - Read John 5:19-21. What do you see when you look at someone? Lenses called ‘the Father’.
‘Thunder and Lightning’ - Read Matthew 3:11 and 1 Corinthians 2:1-4 Clash of God’s culture with ours. Power vs. Noise
‘Have A Snickers’ - Read John 4:31-38 Spiritual Starvation. Awakening Hunger.
‘Carpe Diem’ - Read Matthew 10:7 Trust the chef. “As you Go”
Close in prayer encouraging each other to operate in God’s culture to reach their one person for Jesus.
Monday, February 20
14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Are you impacting the area in which you live for Jesus? This doesn’t mean that you stand on a street corner with a sign telling the lost to repent. When is the last time that you brought the young couple with the new baby on your street a meal or checked up on your elderly neighbor to see if they needed help around their house? These things will leave a mark for God on someone’s heart. Boldness doesn’t have to mean preaching a sermon, sometimes it simply means caring enough to ask if you can meet a need. Do those who you live life around know that you’ve been with Jesus? Preach the gospel at all times, and if necessary, use words.
Tuesday, February 21
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Mind renewal. It is one of the greatest challenges any believer can face. Living life according to the Kingdom of God and operating by His principles can be difficult while you are presently, physically here on this earth. God knew this and that is why He put this scripture in the Bible for us to learn. Everything you encounter with your human senses, what we refer to as the natural world, can seem to run in direct opposition to the Kingdom of God. This is why renewing your mind is so important, because you have authority through Christ to overcome and bring the Kingdom of God into effect in your life. So start today. Find out who you are and what God says about you in the Word, it will transform you.
Wednesday, February 22
27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?” 28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?”
The drunk, the adulterous man or woman, the tattooed and pierced…these are all people who are crying out for an encounter with the One True God. As a worshiper, are you going to express the love of God to them. When Jesus took the time to speak into the life of an adulterous, Samaritan woman, she became a catalyst that sparked a city wide revival. Who has God been bringing across your path lately? One of the greatest ways to experience God’s love is to let it flow out of you into someone else. You will quickly realize that the blessing really is your’s as much as it is the one you’re pouring into. Spend some time today worshiping spiritually so that you can go out and worship physically.
Thursday, February 23
I baptize you with water for repentance, but he who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Think about the last time you sat through a thunder storm. The lightning flashes followed by the thunder claps and rolls. The thunder, loud and boisterous as it may have been, was just that…noise. All it did was tell you how close the lightning was. The real power and danger was in the lightning. Notice that today’s text tells you that Jesus wants to baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. That word fire is better translated as lightning. The baptism that Jesus has for you isn’t one of noise, it’s a baptism of power! You are a dangerous weapon against the evil in this world when you receive the lightning of God into your life.
Friday, February 24
31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
With hunger comes the need for satisfaction. Have you ever noticed that as busy as people are, they always find time to eat? Not eating will eventually lead to death, not to mention the emptiness and discomfort that is felt in the meantime. Just like physical hunger, spiritual hunger must be satisfied. Smith Wigglesworth once said, “We feed our bodies three meals a day, but we only give our spirits one cold snack a week.” Many believers only attend a church service or two a month, have no personal devotional time, and wonder why they are so spiritually weak. Doing the will of God is the only thing that satisfies spiritually. So if you’re feeling hungry today, ask God what He has for you to do.
Saturday, February 25
7 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’ 8 Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.
The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand! In other words it’s so close you can touch it, more accurately, it is in your hands. Most people have the mindset that when everything is right…when the kids are out of the house, or when my bank account is healthy, when I get more free time, I will do more for God. There is a reason why Jesus said ‘As you go’. If you’re waiting until everything in life is perfect, you’ll never do anything. But, if on the way to perfection, you make it a point to bring Kingdom culture into every situation and circumstance, you’ll realize that you aren’t waiting on the Kingdom, the Kingdom is waiting on you! You’re already anointed to bless and see the miraculous manifest around you. Do it!
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