P & F – Day 15. Sunday, April 9. 2017

DAY 15 – What Is God Asking You To Do?

Luke 5:4-7 Jesus said to the disciples, ” put out into deep water and let down the nets for a catch.” Simon replies, ” Master, we have worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”

The outcome was, that they caught so many fish, the nets began to break.

The first thing that struck me with this passage was that the disciples HAD to move into deeper water. I believe that God is asking the same of us. The shallows are where the small fish come around your feet. Your feet are on sand that could well be sinking under your weight. It’s time to go deeper, lift your feet and let God take you into that next level of relationship with Him.

The second thought is that the disciples had worked hard, but they were not seeing results. Sometimes we just go through the motions, or we get so caught up with the “DOING” that we don’t take the time to ask God if this is the right thing for us.

The third point is OBEDIENCE. Simon’s response is “because you say so”.

What is God asking of you today? Are you going to argue with him, or respond, “because you say so”?

And finally with obedience comes BLESSING. The disciples were literally overwhelmed with the abundance of God.

PERSONAL PRAYER: Lord, I want you to lead me into the deeper places with you. Help me to be able to hear your voice and not just do my own thing. Give me an obedient heart to the things you are calling me to. Thank you for the abundant life that you want to pour out on me. Amen

Author: Judi Weaver

P & F – Day 14. Saturday, April 8. 2017

DAY 14 – How Big is the Kingdom of God in My Life?

Often as I am getting ready for work and heading downtown I am praying for God to help me through the day.  I ask Him to:

– fill me with His Spirit

– help me be a light

– live large inside of me

– protect and guide my family

Sometimes I pray on the armour of God and ask for help in specific situations that I have coming up.

Corey Stickel recently posted this quote by Todd Adkins on Facebook: “If all your prayers were answered this week, would it change the lives of others or just yours?”

My life in general is focused from the inside out.  I find if I analyze my prayers I’m often asking God to change me, so I can change the world around me.  I don’t think there is anything wrong with that, however I think maybe I should be a little more outward focused.  I believe that one of the things God is asking me during this time to try praying that His kingdom comes in areas outside my daily influence – prayers that only He can answer.  Jesus prayed ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth…’  He didn’t pray ‘Your kingdom come, Your will be done in my life’.   His vision of God’s kingdom was bigger.  Mine should be as well.

Author: Perry McKenzie

P & F – Day 13. Friday, April 7. 2017

DAY 13 – Full Time Ministers!

Open a newspaper or turn on the nightly news and it’s easy to throw your hands up in the air and develop a close your eyes, grit your teeth and wait for heaven mentality.

But Christians shouldn’t turn to escapism, isolating oneself from culture.

Should we get offended when the lost act lost? Weren’t we lost at one point as well and dead in our trespasses?

Scripture tells us that we are to be the “light of the world”.

That means literally the whole world; God desires to be glorified in all the earth, every square inch.

During this time of corporately seeking God for 21 days, it’s important to take stock of one’s witness for the kingdom.

How am I bearing witness to the truth of God in my life? How is the love of God evident in my relationships and interactions with others?

Real Christianity is boots on the ground and if you’re a Christian then you’re in full time ministry.

What transforms society and culture is not many part time Christians but rather Christians whose lives are fully surrendered to God and desire to be an impact in whatever sphere of influence they are positioned.

Author: Rob Parker

P & F – Day 12. Thursday, April 6. 2017

DAY 12- The Highest Call is to Worship

“For you shall go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.” Isaiah 55:12

In a beautiful nature-orientated picture, this verse calls us to see that the ultimate purpose of God’s Word is to lead us to Worship.
Our passion, the one thing that drives us to be under the abundant rain of the Word, (verses 10-11) is God’s own glory. We as His children, because of his powerful and purposeful Word, will delight in his glory in every way. We will celebrate His glory and worship him forever.

In fact, the whole nature of the Gospel is to restore all of creation to what it was intended to do – to Worship the Lord.
And this passage in Isaiah 55 guarantees a time when all of creation bows down and worships the Lord. We see that here in this verse.
For us, it means that the gracious work of the Lord through the work of His Word and by His Spirit – will reclaim our deepest desires, passions, thoughts and motives – for God.

And if the ultimate goal of the Word is worship. Then verse 13 tells us how we get there:
“Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress; instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle; and it shall make a name for the Lord, an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

I’m not much of a gardener, but if you water a thorn bush, don’t you get a bigger thorn bush? If you water the weeds, don’t you get more weeds?

This verse might seem a bit odd given that the thorn bush becomes a cypress and the brier becomes a myrtle. Totally different plants! But we must remember the context of the passage and that the rain that is pouring down is the Word of God. The same Word that goes forth and doesn’t return empty (v10-11). The word that accomplishes its purpose which ultimately is the restoration of true God honoring worship.

The Word of God accomplishes it purpose to ultimately lead us to worship because it transforms us. The Word of God is not for theological information but heart and life transformation. With that goal to ultimately bring us to align all that we are with God.
When you are transformed by the Word you don’t become a better you, you become a new you. You are organically and fundamentally different.

What God is doing through his Word by the power of His grace, is changing you from the inside out. You are no longer the center of the universe. God is. He is returned to his rightful place in our lives. And we pursue his glory.

How are you allowing the Word of God to transform you and to bring you into true worship of God?

Author: Dave Winter

P & F – Day 11. Wednesday, April 5. 2017

Day 11 – Kingdom Praying

Looking at the Lord’s prayer, which is really the disciples’ prayer, Jesus gives us an example of how to pray a kingdom prayer!  (Matthew 6:9-13, Luke 11:2-4)

Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be your name

  • God is our Father and He is holy and His name is holy.

Your kingdom come,

  • His kingdom has already come through Christ but is coming in fullness when Jesus returns to take us, the church, with Him. Then His kingdom will be literally established on earth!  What a day that will be!

Your will be done, On earth as it in heaven.

  • The ultimate desire is His will in our lives, lining up our hearts’ desires with heaven’s plans. He did put those desires in our hearts – that’s why He can bring them to pass! When we pray His will, and His Word, we know we are in harmony with heaven.

Give us today our daily bread, Forgive us our debts,

As we have forgiven our debtors

And lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one

  • He gives provision, forgiveness, protection and deliverance from the enemy. That is true Kingdom freedom.   It’s not if, but when, we have need, forgive others, receive His forgiveness, turn away from temptation and sin, and ask for His powerful protection daily – that we can live in victory!

Trials and temptations are real! But God is more powerful than anything that the enemy can throw at you.  He is our great deliverer!!

For yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory

Forever, Amen

  • This is not found in several versions of the Bible, but is written in others, and we do well to include this Kingdom statement! It is such a strong proclamation of His everlasting Kingdom, His Power and His Glory!

One day Jesus will come, and on His robe and thigh will be written “King of Kings and Lord of Lords”!  Until then – we will walk and live in kingdom power, giving all praise and glory to the King of Kings.  I mean, let’s face it – it’s His Kingdom, and we are His kids!

Author: Gwen Stickel

P & F – Day 10. Tuesday, April 4. 2017

DAY 10 – WORSHIP IN HEAVEN

Revelation 4:1 Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.” 2 And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. 3 The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. 4 Twenty-four thrones surrounded him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God. 6 In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. 7 The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. 8 Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out.

Day after day and night after night they keep on saying,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—
    the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”

9 Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), 10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,

11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power.
For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”

John shares with us a glimpse of heaven in this passage and with it a glimpse of Kingdom culture!  This is a culture full of a response of praise and worship to the Creator of all things!

 Imagine with me for a minute what our world would look like if this kind of Kingdom culture permeated every aspect of our lives? A culture full of praise and thanksgiving! What difference would it make in your life and to those around you?

 I recently came across a quote once that has given me a new perspective on the whole subject of gratitude and our response of praise and worship to God for His gift of Jesus Christ.   The quote says: “We do not stay grateful because that makes us indebted, and we don’t want to be indebted.  The Biblical phrase, ‘sacrifice of thanksgiving’ was a puzzle to me until I realized that gratitude is acknowledging that someone did something for me that I could not do myself.  Gratitude expresses our vulnerability, our dependence on others” (Fred Smith).

Why was all creation, every living creature, responding this way to the Lord of Hosts?  Because of what He has done and who He is!

 1 Peter 3:18 explains it well,“That’s what Christ did definitively; suffered because of other’s sins, the Righteous One for the unrighteous ones.  He went through it all – was put to death and then made alive – to bring us to God”

 This brings a new level of understanding to my faith in what Jesus did for me on the cross when He died for my sins.  He did something I could never do and He did it for me, and He did it for you!  In fact He did it for the whole world! (see 1 John 2:2) This is why all of heaven rejoices!

Maybe you have been in a situation where someone has stepped in and done something for you that you could not do yourself and there was no way of repaying them.  Maybe you are in a situation right now where you have need of someone.

 Psalm 100 says it best, “Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise” (NASB).  The Message Bible puts it this way, “Enter with the password: “Thank you!”   Do you want to know the quickest way into the presence of Almighty God?  It is with thanksgiving!

 Today as we pray ‘KINGDOM COME’ let us enter His courts with thanksgiving and praise!

  • List 10 things in your life that you are thankful for.  Start by praising the Lord!
  • Ask God to show you in a new way a revelation of Jesus, His sacrifice for your sins, and the power of His resurrection life living in you, that it would shine through you!
  • Pray that thanksgiving would always be on our lips, individually and corporately as Harvest CFC.
  • If you are in a situation where you need intervention, lift that situation before the Lord. Rejoice in faith for what Has already been done thru Christ! Proclaim Him. God loves to do for us the very thing we cannot do for ourselves. As the saying goes, don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big God is!
 AUTHOR: Corey Stickel
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