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This Week's Journeys
Romans 12:9-14, 21
Bless those who persecute you…do not be conquered by evil, but conquer evil with good.
Prayer Journal Entry
Create and heal as only You do, Lord; break up my unplowed ground and soften the soil of my heart so I may be fruitful. (Hosea 10:12) Open my eyes to see evidence of Your faithful work in me and the rejoicing that comes after seasons of growth. (John 14:26, Psalm 30:5, 11) I want to become so centered in Your goodness that I sing Your praises and experience joy daily (Psalm 96:2, Romans 15:13) regardless of my circumstance. (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
In this season and all seasons, Yahweh, I ask for Your unchanging and unshakable love and protection over me. Father, Your will is always good and Your ways are beyond my ways. (Jeremiah 29:11, Isaiah 55:8-9) In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
Worship Through Song
Carol and Merry pointed together to the multi-faceted aspects of prayer as we studied Matthew 9:37-38 and Jesus’ instruction to pray to the Lord of Harvest for more workers. This is an encouraging and exciting prayer, because it means God is at work in so many hearts that Jesus tells us we must pray for Him to send us help. What a marvelous problem to have!
After petitioning the Lord of Harvest, we are to pray for God to reveal the hearts He has specifically placed in our path. This is important because it aligns our hearts with God’s mission and we don’t know whose hearts He has been carefully preparing. Sometimes, He calls us to seek out hearts in far-away lands, but more often than not, He calls us to seek the hearts of those next door. (Psalm 96:2-3, Matthew 4:19-20, 1 Peter 3:15-16)
In connection with our prayer time, we love others. We love by reflecting the fruit of the Spirit in our daily lives (Galatians 5:22-25), illustrating His transformative power at work in messy humans. Adding to prayer and active love, we use our words to point them to Jesus and speak the truth about His message of hope. We are a mouthpiece (Luke 12:12). The Holy Spirit is the real teacher (John 14:26, 1 Corinthians 2:10).
Our mission from Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20) is centered on Himself; Jesus is the heart of the mission. When our heart is aligned with Jesus’, we allow God to use us to build His kingdom. (2 Timothy 2:21, Isaiah 42:6-7) What privilege it is to be part of God’s plan!
How do we align our hearts with God’s? We meditate on Scripture, turning it over like a diamond in our fingers, allowing the Holy Spirit to guide our eyes and our hearts with understanding.
The Holy Spirit will always point to the Father. (John 16:13-15) We must break up the unplowed ground in our lives (Hosea 10:12) and invite the Holy Spirit to prepare the soil of our hearts so we may be fruitful according to God’s heart. (John 15:5, 8) Before Jesus was taken into heaven, He instructed the disciples to stay in Jerusalem until God empowered them with the Holy Spirit.
God did the work, they simply had to stay put. There will be seasons in our lives where God has asked us to be still until He has prepared us for the next step. Those seasons will likely be difficult, but they will bring us closer to God and closer to our purpose.
Actions offer immediate proof of motivation, desire, priorities, and character. Living out our faith will testify of God’s glory far more deeply than our words ever could. Consistency is the key to effective ministry through action. We must choose daily to live in the Spirit and deny the flesh.
Practically, this looks like clothing ourselves in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, and forgiveness. (Colossians 3:12-17)
This looks like exercising our divine gifts how and when God calls us. (Ephesians 2:10, 1 Corinthians 12:12-31)
This looks like doing everything in love. (1 Corinthians 16:13-14)
Our mission from Jesus (Matthew 28:18-20) is accomplished by adopting a lifestyle founded on living His heart passion out in real life. Mission work is not a trip to a remote village in the mountains. Mission work is intentionally loving others as Christ loved us. The trip to the remote village is a manifestation of that love.
Once we stop believing the lie that mission work requires uprooting our lives, spending money, or meeting a set of qualifications, we can begin to fulfill Jesus’ mission for us where He put us, with the gifts He gave us, today.
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