Day 13: 50 Days of Impact

People all around us are searching for purpose. We accept so many counterfeit ideas that claim to give us purpose in life. We see this all the time in our world where people feel their purpose is something us “normal” people find disturbing. Whatever it maybe they fight hard to show people that what they believe is truth, they expect others to join them in their purpose. The thing about all these purpose driven lives is they are rooted in sin, and sin doesn’t care how many people get hurt along the way. They honestly believe what they are fighting for is truth. God created us with a purpose. You can read about our purpose in Genesis. It was to have a relationship with God. Sin divided us from having this God sent Jesus to restore this relationship. We need to help people see what our purpose is.

 

“For I fully expect and hope that I will never be ashamed, but that I will continue to be bold for Christ, as I have been in the past. And I trust that my life will bring honor to Christ, whether I live or die.”

Philippians 1:20 NLT

 

Paul in this story was in prison for preaching the gospel of Christ. He was torn between reaching the lost and just going home to be with Jesus. I don’t believe at any time was Paul contemplating suicide, but the fact that he understood if for some reason he was to die while in jail, he knew where he was heading and was okay with it.

 

We are called to be bold for Christ. Not to be ashamed of the gospel. To share the love of Christ and make disciples as commanded in the great commission. Yet we sit in our own prison cells waiting for death. I say wake up and walk out the door, if you have Jesus as your saviour you are free and the door to your prison us side open. You no longer need to be sitting in it dwelling on the past of focusing on your sins. Jesus has set you free, and in that freedom, he asks you to share it with others. He commands you to share with others.

It says Jesus stands at the door to each and every person on earths heart and is knocking.  What in the world does he need us for? I believe our mission in sharing Jesus to the lost is not to save, for that is a choice they must ask for, ours is to focus the person to hear Jesus knocking. Leading them to the door and letting them know who is on the other side.

 

Dear Jesus, we are called to go and make disciples. Sharing to gospel if Christ to all people. I pray that we don’t become complacent expecting others to do the work for us. Missionaries have their place, but we don’t want to be funding them so we can sit back and say well my work is done. We are called to share with others. Holy Spirit equip us to share, guide us, motivate us out of our comfort zones. We want to tell others about Jesus love to them and the relationship he desires to have with them. Amen

 

Day 13: 50 Days of Impact

We look at other countries or even our own and wonder who put this person in charge. Are the even qualified to run this place? There are different ways to deal with this; 1) There are those who actively oppose them either with protesting and in some cases violence. 2) Those who just take it, they know it will pass and although they may not like it what can they do. 3) lastly there are those who flee for their live.

We need to flee into the arms of Jesus. Then and only then can we actively oppose the enemy that is destroying this world. We are not called to be passive, but to fight the enemy from within is hopeless. Only free people can free people.

 

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy.” Psalms 5:11 NLT

All over the world there are millions of displaced people’s, we call refugees. Driven out of their homes by wars or cruel dictators and their armies. They flee in hopes of a new life somewhere else where things can be ” normal”.

Non-believers are living a life full of internal wars, and living a life lead by a mad dictator whose only desire is to keep them from finding the truth that they are heading towards destruction. These people need to have their eyes opened to the sin that infects their lives. As believers, we need to share the love of Jesus who is offering them not just refugee status but citizen status for anyone who would cry out to him for help. He came to rescue them from the path to destruction.

This mad dictator who is running their lives has convinced them that they are good enough, so much so that even when presented with the truth of Jesus they dismiss it as something for the weak person and not for them. We need to work even harder to break this chain of complacency in the lives of those around us. We need to display a life of joy and peace that can only come from Jesus.

Jesus, soften the hearts of those who need you, give us words to displace the lies that the enemy has build into their lives. Give us wisdom to use the right words at the right time, things that we would never know without the discernment of the Holy Spirit. We want to bring people to know you and to be free from the path of destruction. They matter to you and they matter to us. Amen

 

Day 12: 50 Days of Impact

Day 12: 50 Days of Impact
 
Unless you are asleep under a rock or are a hermit in the woods (in both cases why are you on the internet), you know that this world is going crazy. Hatred for fellow mankind which we hope is going runs deep in many, they think of themselves greater then others. Here is the problem and I will say it over and over again, we are so focused on the symptoms and side effects but we fail to see the sickness, Sin. Like a weed unless we destroy the root it will continue to work its way back into our society.
 
The awesome part is that Jesus already defeated the root of sin, he has power over sin. We are foolish to believe that just coming together against sin in our own power will lead to any big changes. All the rallies, policies, vigilantly justice or your social media outcries can do nothing to stop sin. Until people fall to their knees and cry out to Jesus to rescue them the cycle of sin will continue until Jesus returns.
 
 
“Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up?”
Proverbs 6:6-9 NLT
We are in summer, it isn’t time to be sun bathing. Wake up! Jesus is returning soon! Are you ready? Are you sharing with others the hope you have in Christ? Wake up! Don’t be like the foolish virgins who have empty lamps when the groom returns. Fill them up. Wake up! Church are we asleep at the wheel? Wake up! There is a world, a country, a community, a neighbor who needs to know about Jesus. Wake up! Where is our passion for the lost, why are we so apathetic to the cause, everyone needs Jesus. Wake up!
Holy Spirit, we need an influx of passion for the lost. Give us a desire and grieve our hearts for the people who need Jesus. Give us wisdom and determination to just do it. Help us put our pride aside, we need to reach the people who don’t know you. Not to grow our personal church but to grow your CHURCH. If we want to see things change we need to be changed first. Amen
 

Day 11: 50 Days of Impact

Things are happening daily in this world that we would easily describe as tragedies. Others are not so much tragedies but purposeful acts of evil that no one can explain away. They will point the blame and blame a group of people but they never truly understand what is the cause behind it all. Sin, it is the backbone of the evil in this world, its goal is to confuse, constrict and keep people so distracted to who God is. How will our reactions as believers impact those watching?

 

“People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.”

Ecclesiastes 9:12 NLT

 

Tragedy comes to everyone. Cancer, death, strokes, car accidents, suicides, murder, job losses, unexpected expenses, theft, and many other things constitute tragedy. These things can hit the beloved and unbeliever alike.

 

We as believers take these life events no less hard. It is all in how we react to them that will determine how we survive them.

We grieve when we need to grieve. Fight when we need to fight. But the awesome reality is we don’t do it alone. We have a father who comforts us and a family we can come to lean on.

 

Let us be that comfort to those around us who don’t know Jesus. Show them the love in the tragedy. Be the friend they need. They need to see us as friends and not enemies.

Sin is here to keep people away from God, it is our nature to enjoy those pleasures, but our purpose is to connect with the creator. Until we do that we will never be satisfied with life.

If today you are wanting to surrender to Jesus, asking him to forgive you of sin and free you from its bondage, I encourage you to just talk to him. There is no magic prayer, no mantra you must repeat. It is your heart he is looking at when you talk to him. If you make this change I encourage you to find a church that is invested in God and plug into a family of believers.

 

Jesus, we all know people who are hurting, help us to share your love to them in their grief and despair. Let them know they are loved by you and your family. Jesus, I am sorry for the things I have done, forgive me of my sins, I surrender my life to you. Amen

 

Day 50: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 50: Well it was great revisiting this original series with you. I hope you enjoyed it. Remember, prayer is a powerful weapon we can use to reach the lost, and talk to God.

DAY FIFTY

But Jesus, again crying out loudly, breathed his last. (Matthew 27:50 MSG)

When I started the 50 Days of Pray I did not count ahead to see when if would be ending. I think it is fitting that it ended on Good Friday.

Jesus, beaten and bruised, hanging up on the cross, they didn’t stop mocking Him, they gave Him sour wine. But that is not why Jesus was crying out. I can’t imagine what He must have been going through as every imaginable sin from creation to completion was put on Him. It was so unbearable that he cried out loudly. It wasn’t the torture or the cross, that killed Him, I believe it was the overwhelming sin that was thrust upon Him that took His last breath.

But I am so glad that the story doesn’t end there. 3 days later He resurrected from the grave. Amazing. He defeated sin and death once and for all. So he knows what you are experiencing, he knows your pain.

Dear Jesus, thank You for taking sin on for us. Thank You for bearing it all on the cross. You are so amazing. Keep working in my life, I want to do anything You ask of me. Amen

Day 47: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts of Day 47: Many people will use the excuse of not trusting an all powerful God by saying “Why would a good God let bad things happen to good people”. I guess then we need to ask “Why do good things happen to bad people” and who determines who is good and who is bad? Are those relative terms when it comes to life? What it should come down to is the state of someones heart and relationship with God. Maybe the question should be “Why does God let bad things happen to those serving him?”  I believe life happens to everyone and regardless if your good or bad, or even in a relationship with God, life happens, we live in a world corrupt with sin. The effects of sin can be seen everywhere and cause grief to everyone even those who are “good” and those in relationship with God.

DAY FORTY-SEVEN

And that means killing off everything connected with that way of death: sexual promiscuity, impurity, lust, doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel like it, and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God. It’s because of this kind of thing that God is about to explode in anger. It wasn’t long ago that you were doing all that stuff and not knowing any better. But you know better now, so make sure it’s all gone for good: bad temper, irritability, meanness, profanity, dirty talk. (Colossians 3:5-8 MSG)

God is a God of love, but in His love is also a righteous anger towards sin. Sin is an abomination to God. As you read above you see some examples of sin that can cause God to explode in anger. Don’t think a loving God would explode in anger? Well let’s look back.

The whole earth was wicked and in Gods righteous anger he was ready to destroy it all and start over. Luckily for us one man and his family caught Gods eye and favor and the world was saved.

Two cities Sodom and Gomorrah were doing things that would be something similar or maybe even worse then some of the things going on in society today. God saw this and was angered, Abraham tried to fight for their safety but in the end the disgusting nature of the cities caused Gods wrath to be unleashed saving only one family.

There are many more examples, but the good news is you know better. You don’t live your life like that anymore because you accepted the gift of Jesus. God doesn’t look at you with the same judgment as those who don’t have Jesus in their lives. Jesus washes our sins away making us pure in Gods eyes.

If you don’t have a relationship with God, you may be thinking if God is angry with sin then he must be angry with me and will never want anything to do with me. The truth is God loves you. He wants to have a relationship with you. He sent His son Jesus to die on the cross to take on the sin that we could never get rid of, and make a way for us to have a relationship with God the Father. All we need to do is accept Jesus’s sacrifice and ask him to cleanse us of the sin that covers our lives. God loves you. John 3:16 tells us this specifically. “For God so loved the world” no exceptions.

So now that you know better, live it. Avoid evil and sinfully things. But don’t worry if you make mistakes, bring them to Jesus, repent and avoid making the same mistakes again. He won’t stop forgiving you.

But if you continually are making the same mistakes and continually asking for forgiveness such as, having sex before marriage (fornication), pornography, alcohol abuse, drugs, or other sins, and keep repenting but it is an endless cycle, maybe it us time to ask for help and counselling. Talk to your Pastor or someone you trust in Christ to help you break free of your addiction. They want to help you grow in Christ.

Dear Jesus, forgive me of my sins, if I am continually making the same mistakes please give me the strength and humility to ask for help from my pastor or someone I trust. Keep me from evil, and give me wisdom to overcome obstacles in my path. I want to live a life focused on You. We are waiting for the day you return and remove sin from this world. Amen

Day 22: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisisted

6 March 15

DAY TWENTY TWO

Thy word have I laid up in my heart, That I might not sin against thee. (Psalm 119:11 ASV)

Do you want to have a pure life? Do you want to be able resist the temptation of sin? Read Gods word. Meditate on in. Make it a priority in your life. One who has the word of God attached to their life is one who has a suit of armour on and can resist the enemy’s attacks.

Dear Jesus, do I have Your word fixed to my heart? If I don’t I ask You to motivate me to daily ready, study and affix Your word into my life. Let my life reflect you so I may take charge in the mission you have charged me with. I want to reach the lost, let me see them as you do. They matter to you so they matter to me. Amen