Hillsong's 40 Day Revival Devotional

DAY 4 : PRESENT IN YOUR PLACE

The body! Isn’t it a wonderful image that Paul used, writing to the Corinthian church all those years ago? It really gets the point across – we each have a unique, God-given purpose and part to play in the ‘body’ of His community. Makes you wonder what ‘body part’ you might be, doesn’t it?

Paul describes how ridiculous it would be if one body part decided it wanted to do the role of another, also noting how the whole body suffers when not all the ‘parts’ are present. The church operates best when all the parts of its ‘makeup’ are present and working.

One of the best things about taking your place in the community of God’s people is the journey of discovering your unique purpose. Unified by a cause so much greater than ourselves – the cause of Christ – provides us with an opportunity to use what God has placed in our hand for His glory and to be a blessing to others.

Take a moment today to write down your gifts and passions. Talk to God about how you can develop them and use them to bless others and build His church. Ask Him to help you find the right ‘place’ in His community so that you are not just present, but present in your ‘place.’

BUT IN FACT GOD HAS PLACED THE PARTS IN THE BODY, EVERY ONE OF THEM, JUST AS HE WANTED THEM TO BE. IF THEY WERE ALL ONE PART, WHERE WOULD THE BODY BE? AS IT IS, THERE ARE MANY PARTS, BUT ONE BODY.
1 Corinthians 12:18-19 (NIV)

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Hillsong's 40 Day Revival Devotional

DAY 3 : PRESENT IN THE COMMUNITY

From the earliest days of the church, God has been present when believers gathered. In Acts 2, when early believers met together, the Holy Spirit came like the wind, filling the place and causing those gathered to speak in tongues.

The early church hungered for both God and community. Daily they met and made space for those who God added to their community. They found what Jesus had shared with His disciples to be true; that where two or more were gathered in His name, He was there among them (Matthew 18).

When any unique individual is wholly present in a community, that community is naturally strengthened. When we take our place in the community of believers though, the community is additionally strengthened supernaturally by God’s presence – and especially so when we have faith for God’s presence.

Perhaps it has been a while since you have taken your place in the community of believers. Or perhaps you have been present physically but lacking faith for God’s presence. Let this moment be a turning point for you. Determine that you will be found to be present and faith-filled in the community of God this weekend.

EVERY DAY THEY CONTINUED TO MEET TOGETHER IN THE TEMPLE COURTS. THEY BROKE BREAD IN THEIR HOMES AND ATE TOGETHER WITH GLAD AND SINCERE HEARTS, PRAISING GOD AND ENJOYING THE FAVOUR OF ALL THE PEOPLE. AND THE LORD ADDED TO THEIR NUMBER DAILY THOSE WHO WERE BEING SAVED.
Acts 2:46-47 (NIV)

Hillsong's 40 Day Revival Devotional

DAY 2 : CONSISTENCY

This repost from Hillsong’s 40 days Revival Devotional
This short, daily study is an entry-point to learning about our God and growing in our relationship with Him.

John 20:24 is a verse that many Christians have likely passed over often. It recounts how Jesus’ disciple Thomas was not present when Jesus first appeared to the disciples in His resurrected form.

Later, Jesus did appear to Thomas, graciously allowing him the physical proof he’d said he needed to believe that Jesus’ resurrection was real, to which Thomas responds with an absolute, personal confession of belief.

The Bible doesn’t tell us why Thomas was not with his friends that day. We can speculate based on the circumstances and Thomas’ personality: perhaps he was grief-stricken or traumatised?
We can say with certainty though, that Thomas was absent from the group of those who knew and loved Jesus on that day, and missed an opportunity to be in Jesus’ presence as a result. Another opportunity was given to him (isn’t that just like God?) but the initial moment lost, could never be regained.

Evan Roberts of the great 1904 Welsh revival, reportedly read Thomas’ story as a young man and resolved that if there was ever a possibility that God would be ‘present’, “He would never be absent from such a meeting.” It was a history-changing decision then and it remains a great challenge to us today.

NOW THOMAS (ALSO KNOWN AS DIDYMUS), ONE OF THE TWELVE, WAS NOT WITH THE DISCIPLES WHEN JESUS CAME. SO THE OTHER DISCIPLES TOLD HIM, “WE HAVE SEEN THE LORD!”
John 20:24-25 (NIV)

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Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you!

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you! ( Jeremiah 1:5 )

Today, don’t let the negative strongholds from your past hold you back any longer. There will always be critics. There will always be people who don’t believe you, but doesn’t matter. What matters is that God already knows the plans He has for you. Good plans. Plans to prosper you and give you a HOPE and a FUTURE. (Jeremiah 29:10-11) . Rest assured, you are legitimate! He created you. He called you. He choose you and He appointed you to be here in this day and age. Find confidence in Him and let Him direct your steps.

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Hillsong's 40 Day Revival Devotional

DAY 1 : WIDE AWAKE

This repost from Hillsong’s 40 days Revival Devotional
This short, daily study is an entry-point to learning about our God and growing in our relationship with Him.

Day 1 : WIDE AWAKE

If we are honest, most of us will admit that we have experienced seasons when the moments, days and weeks seemed to slip away without us noticing. Perhaps we were absorbed by the busyness of everyday routines, or by a difficult season when mere survival was challenge enough. Regardless, we often look back on these seasons with a sense of regret and the feeling that moments were ‘wasted’.

The book of Psalms (always a great place to start when facing the shortfalls of our humanity and refocusing on God) gives expression to this tendency in a prayer by Moses. He asks God to arrest his impulse to drift through the days, saying:

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Easy to learn, this verse has been the prayer of countless Christians wanting to awaken to each moment they have been graced with. Perhaps today, it can become your prayer, too.

As we begin this study of revival, let’s resolve to be aware of what God is doing. From the outset, let us number the days, tune our ear heavenward and determine that this season will not slip away. That we might have our eyes wide open to see that the Lord is present and active.

TEACH US TO NUMBER OUR DAYS, THAT WE MAY GAIN A HEART OF WISDOM.
Psalm 90:12

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