Australia Kneels : Week 1 – Day 1

  

How Can I Get Closer To God ??

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To give you an idea about the Australia Kneels 42 Days leading up to the Lord’s Crucifixion & Resurrection weekend: click here

Chef’s Menu For Today

Our Worship Song for the Week:

Notice how God’s Love Conquerors Shame

 

I AM CARRIED – By Geoff Bullock
Day by day and hour by hour Your love for me from Heaven flows
Like streams of water in the desert living waters flow
You walk beside me gently guiding leading me through every storm
Everlasting, never changing grace and love divine
Mercy’s healing grace relieving every spot and ev’ry stain
Forgiven freely no more guilty love has conquered shame
The broken mended night has ended the lost and lonely lost no
more
For I am carried in the arms of grace and love divine
I am carried in the arms of grace and love divine
I am held by hands of healing washed by water pure
Lifting up my heavy heart held in grace scarred hands
I am carried in the arms of grace and love divi ne
Never worthy never earning all my works now left behind
Ever onwards ever upwards You’ve called me on to rise
Above my darkness all my failure every fear and every pain
Always carried always covered by grace and love divine
I am carried in the arms of grace and love divine
I am held by hands of healing washed by water pure
Lifting up my heavy heart held in grace scarred hands
I am carried in the arms of grace and love divine

Ps Jeff Daly – National Day of Repentance

 

Shame is removed by His LOVE !

We all fall short of the Glory of God; we may just get stuck in shame, but His LOVE covers all our sins, thanks to His perfect blood, shed on the cross for every single person then and now on the planet.

Receive His LOVE: Romans 5:6 ” For when we were still without strength, [in shame, stuck] in due time Christ died for the ungodly.” WOW !!

The enemy wants you to stay in shame, but the Lord Jesus already paid the price with His LOVE for you to be a new creation in Christ!

Come to Him! Repent, really change your thinking, and join His Kingdom — Matt 4:17

Dr Hilary Moroney – Canberra House of Prayer

If you have some extra time today, and want to prepare for the week ahead, here are 2 introductory Pod Casts on God’s Covenant Promises.

 

 

By Francis Frangipane

The Covenant-Keeping God
Throughout the history of God’s dealings with man, He has revealed Himself as a covenant-making God. The Almighty made major covenants with Noah, Abraham, Moses and David; He renewed His Abrahamic covenant in His call to Isaac and Jacob. Each covenant initiated a new wave of redemptive power into the world and forever impacted the human condition.

The word covenant means “to fetter” or chain together. It was the highest form of commitment that two individuals could share. Any of several rituals were employed to express the covenant partners’ unity: A sword might be passed, signifying that the two would be united against the enemy as one. They might pass a sandal between themselves, which symbolized they would travel any distance to be at one another’s side. Or, they might cut an animal in two and pass between its halves. As the two halves, though separated, were still one animal, so the two covenant partners would become as one individual.

When the Lord initiated His covenant with a man, He did so as an extension of His eternal purpose; the man was a component in a series of divine initiatives. Contained within the Lord’s covenant was His divine intervention, His supernatural wisdom and strategies, His love and forgiveness, and His provisions.

Thus, if we look at the Lord’s call to Noah, we see that it was not the ark but the covenant of God that preserved Noah and his family during worldwide judgment (Gen. 6:18). Noah was a component, a factor in a series of divine initiatives, which accomplished the Lord’s predetermined plans. God established the covenant, designed the ark and brought the animals. The Lord even shut the door after Noah entered the ark (Gen. 7:16).

When the Lord established His covenant with Abraham, twice a flaming torch passed through the halves of the animals Abraham offered in sacrifice. The two passes signified that God would keep His part of the covenant and, remarkably, He would also be the strength in Abraham to fulfill his part of the covenant as well! Today, a restored Israel testifies to God’s faithfulness in His covenant with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And it is God’s covenant with Abraham, not merely the Israeli military, that preserves Israel in our times.

The agreement the Lord cut with His covenant partner was not only for His servant, but it extended to His servant’s descendants as well. The promise God made could be passed on generationally.

Payment And Pattern
Similarly, we are saved and sustained through life by Christ’s covenant with the Father. Our salvation has been secured not only because Jesus died for our sins, but because His death was part of a covenant He had with the Father. The fact that Jesus suffered on my behalf is staggering, but His crucifixion was a component of an even more powerful reality: His covenant with the Father.

The terms of Christ’s covenant were such that, if He would live His life blamelessly and offer that holy life upon the cross for sins, everyone who believed in the Son of God would be granted forgiveness by God. The Father would look to Christ’s sacrifice and see justice; sinners would look to Jesus and find mercy. We are saved by this New Covenant.

Yet, as maturing disciples, we find in Christ’s covenantel mission not only our peace, but also a pattern Christ calls us to follow. He told His disciples, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). Having laid down His life in covenant surrender, He now bids us to follow Him (Matt. 16:24). Of course, our cross does not replace His cross, nor do the local covenants we make with God supersede Christ’s eternal covenant. The truth is, our cross extends the power of Christ’s cross into our world and times. Indeed, our covenant with God finds its backing because of Christ’s covenant with the Father.

Thus, the Lord invites us to follow Him; even as He covenanted with God for the sins of the world, so we covenant to God for our homes, cities and nations. The covenant positions us in the same attitude expressed by Christ, revealed again through us for our families, cities and nations.

The Harvest and Covenant Power
To many, the idea of making a special covenant with God is unfamiliar. Yet, besides the major covenants we mentioned earlier, the Bible tells of many other times when men made a localized covenant with God. (See 2 Kings 11:17; 2 Kings 23:3; 2 Chr. 29:10; Ezra 10:3; etc.) I believe that many have already felt the Holy Spirit speaking, urging them to deepen their commitment to Christ on behalf of their families, cities and nations.

Even so, covenants, and our obedience to them, must not be made casually. They must come from our hearts in response to the Lord’s initiative. You will know the depth of your covenant by the vision, faith and depth of burden God has given you.

A new authority is coming to those who desire full conformity to Christ. For a great harvest is indeed prophesied for the end of this age (Isa. 60:1-3; Acts 2), and those leading the way will be individuals who understand Christ’s covenant and, in surrender to Christ’s initiative, have themselves covenanted with God for those they love.

Lord Jesus, You are my inspiration and pattern. I desire to be like you in all things, even as Paul said, to be “conformed to [Your] death” (Phil. 3:10). Master, open my eyes to the realities granted me through Your covenant with the Father. And lead me into the power of covenant prayer for my loved ones, church and city. In Jesus’ name.

Adapted from Francis Frangipane’s book, The Power of Covenant Prayer, available at www.arrowbookstore.com.

Ps Jeff’s Special Today: “fear of man.”

Psalm 118:6 says: ” The LORD is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” 

However, being honest with yourself and your Holy Spirit, do you have such a fear of man? Even a residue of that fear? God bless you as you seek His Wisdom on that issue.

May you go forward on His path, “perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” (2 Corinthians 7:1).

Read Pastor Jeff Daly on Strongholds Removed: FEAR OF MAN

 

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