Australia Kneels : Week 2 – Day 1

  

How Can I Get Closer To God ??

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Our Worship Song for the Week:

Notice how God’s Love Conquers Hopelessness

 

In Christ Alone (My Hope is Found)

In Christ alone, my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
‘Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live, I live

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
Till He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ I’ll stand

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: Donald A. Koch / Andrew Shawn Craig
In Christ Alone (My Hope Is Found) lyrics © Thankyou Music, New Spring Publishing Inc.

Ps Jeff Daly – National Day of Repentance

 

All the Provision God has done to LOVE every human being gives each of us HOPE.

Hopelessness can be removed as you hear, or read, and then believe in ALL that God has done for you and me. One example is God’s Eternal Covenant with ALL of Creation that He speaks to Noah, Genesis 8:20– 9:1 ” I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.

Also, you and I can find eternal hope in the Resurrection of the Messiah/ Christ from the dead and His now “FULL authority in heaven and on earth.” (Matthew 28:18).

Having this hope, of also rising from the dead to be with Him eternally, we now are rightfully called to cleanse from our old sin patterns, to purify, to become more like Christ Jesus Himself. (1 John 3:2,3): “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

The enemy of Christ wants you to stay hopeless, but it’s time today to claim His Hope in you:”Christ in you, the HOPE of glory (1 Colossians 1:27).

NO REVIVAL Without REPENTANCE
by Terry Somerville

There have been many prophecies about a coming move of God
that will eclipse all previous ones. Most discussions revolve around
the glory and presence of God moving in the land. The desire for
revival is at an all time high.

Though much is being said and done, it seems to be mostly
prophetic activity. The one basic ingredient that is lacking, and
seldom spoken of, is true repentance. This requires a total
breaking down of the heart, otherwise we naturally go along in
“Christian selfishness”, with all our activity oriented to ourself.

I’m more burdened than ever before over sin in the Body of Christ.
In ministry times I find most Christians seem to be seeking a
blessing in the meetings. The prayers revolve around their needs
and not God’s hearts desire. They experience the power and
presence of God, yet leave with unyielded lives. Many Christians
know there are issues between them and the Lord and are willing
to leave them unchanged. Sometimes if I bring up the state of their
heart during ministry they will say “God will change my heart”. In
the midst of all the Christian activity there’s no sense of God’s
desire for true righteousness.

Out in the community as I work I encounter people who are warm
to Jesus, but see the church as irrelevant, or worse…. Today’s
church seems to be very much like Isaiah described.

“Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways: as (if they
were) a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the
ordinance of their God, they ask of me righteous judgments; they
delight to draw near unto God………..yet on the day of their fasting,
they do as they please” (Isaiah 58:2-3)

Here are some of the issues I see standing between us and revival.

1. Power Without Repentance

The church has confused experiencing the presence of God vs a
heart being right with God. It is possible for the heart to be
unyielded yet still experience the anointing on the natural man! Yet
most think if the Holy Spirit comes on them with His power their
hearts must be right. The love of God has come with such power
over the last number of years and yet I saw many entering in who
remained in sin. I asked God about it and the Holy Spirit spoke to
me. “I’m sending my love because I want to capture their hearts.”
Has it worked?

Jesus warned those who have anointing but work iniquity. How
many there are in the church today!

“Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy
by thy name, and by thy name cast out demons, and by thy name
do many mighty works? And then will I profess unto them, I never
knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.” -Matt 7:22,23

2. A Back to front Gospel – a problem we have created!

The gospel most Christians believe goes like this.
a) believe in Jesus
b) ask Him to forgive your sins and come into your life
c) He will change you.

The gospel the Bible teaches is

a) repent and believe first (change your life)
b) God will forgive your sin and come into your life
c) Walk with Him in newness of life

The gospel has a clear condition of turning from sin first, and
genuinely entering into a righteous life. It seems most of the
church is missing this. NO this is not salvation by works, this is
repentance! We are forgiven and saved from sin because of the
cross. Our righteousness cannot save us. But it is required! From
Genesis to Revelation! Look at the gospel the church preached.

Luke 24:47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be
preached in his name unto all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may
be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from
the presence of the Lord;

3. Confession is Not repentance

Here is another common error. Being sorry at the altar and asking
God to forgive is NOT repentance. It is confessing sin. We have
mixed this up. To confess our sins is simply to acknowledge the
truth about our condition and ask God to forgive us. Repentance is
a genuine turning from the heart which “bears fruit befitting repentance”.

4. Genuine Conversion Results in A Holy Life

Away with this garbage of continuing in sin but saying we are
“immune” because of Christ. Sin’s power to reign is actually gone
from us because of the cross. (Romans 6) Because of this we are
warned not to live in sin. We choose!

Can we imagine the judgment day, and on this side is one who
sinned not knowing Christ, and on the other is a Christian who
continues in the same sin as the first man. Will the Lord be unjust?
Will the cross be a mockery? Or does the Lord expect real
righteousness to be the reward of His suffering?

“Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth,
that shall he also reap. For he that soweth unto his own flesh shall
of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth unto the Spirit shall
of the Spirit reap eternal life.” Galatians 6:7,8

5. The Changed Heart is Man’s Responsibility, But God’s Activity

Most Christians are waiting for the Lord to change their hearts.
God is waiting for us to “rend our hearts” and to “make for ourself
a new heart”

Joel 2:12- “Yet even now, saith Jehovah, turn ye unto me with all
your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13 and rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto
Jehovah your God; for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger,
and abundant in loving kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.”

“Cast away from you all your transgressions, wherein ye have
transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why
will ye die, O house of Israel?” Ezekiel 18:31

This is the same Ezekiel who says the Lord will give a new heart
and a new spirit. How is it possible? Does the new heart come
from God or us? It is both. Here is an example:

There is a man with sickness unto death. He goes to the doctor
who gives him medicine. He takes it and is well. What made him
well? The man did because he went to the doctor, the doctor did
because he treated the man, and the medicine did as well because
it killed the disease. The new heart is our responsibility, but we
have left out that part out of the gospel. It must be returned for
revival preaching to work.

New Heart Ingredients

a) Conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment by the Holy Spirit.
Only this will break into the deep levels needed for repentance.
This requires praying Christians and righteous preaching. Surely if
the Lord is anointing us with power for healing He will bring this
clear promise of the Spirit.

“He will convict the world concerning sin, and concerning
righteousness, and concerning judgment” John 16:8

b) The true condition of the selfish motives of our life are seen, and
wrestled down. As Finney said “the fountains of sin must be
broken up”. If believing the gospel is only head knowledge about
Christ, it is doubtful conversion ever took place! It must be a
matter of the heart. For out of the heart springs all the issues of life!

c) The Holy Spirit enters in and God pours His own love into our
heart!This is the point! The Love of God Himself is put into our
heart. The same love that motivated Jesus becomes the motivation
of our hearts. (John 17:26 Rom. 5:5) Check it out. When the
revivalists broke through they had a radical filling with Gods love!

Here are Finney’s own words:

“No words can express the wonderful love that was shed abroad in
my heart. I wept aloud with joy and love; and I do not know but I
should say, I literally bellowed out the unutterable gushings of my
heart. The waves came over me, and over me, one after the other,
until I recollect I cried out, ‘I shall die if these waves continue to
pass over me.’ I said, ‘Lord, I cannot bear any more;’ yet I had no
fear of death.”

CONCLUSION

Yes, we need a mighty revival. As I check out the old time revivals
and go right back to the preaching of the bible I see a common
denominator. The preaching of the righteous demands of a Holy
God, accompanied by mighty convictions of the Holy Spirit. This
produces deep conversions and holy, power filled living. This, and
ONLY this, impacts and changes the community with the
Kingdom of God.

Right now we are living in a time of theories. “Revival this, Kingdom
that, Prophetic this, Apostolic whatever.” The world is longing for
the revival we need!

~Source:   totalchange.org

How to Break any Stronghold in your life !!!

Short Demonstration given by Ps Susan Hammer, from Cry of an Eagle Revival Ministries (South Africa)

Source:  Above video is based on the notes written by the late Ps Christopher Jack Hayford, which can be found in the New Spirit Filled Life Bible (2002) under the heading of DELIVERANCE: Breaking of Strongholds found at 2 Corinthians 10:4-6.

2 Cor 10:4-6 (KJV)

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled. 

Ps Jeff’s Special for Today:  “Rebellion”

You and I know that rebellion is “as the sin of witchcraft.” (1 Samuel 15:23), and “an evil man seeks only rebellion” (Proverbs 17:11). Rebellion is very alive today in those preaching false, humanistic philosophies prevalent in our “church.” They are marked for condemnation (Jude 4) and will perish as those in the rebellion of Korah (Jude 11).

However, being honest with yourself, as you spend time with the Holy Spirit, is there an old issue with rebellion that needs to be confessed? is rebellion an issue ? do you have any residue of rebellion from your upbringing as a child? was it a family pattern?

God bless you as you seek His Holy Spirit Wisdom on that issue. 

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

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Bible Verse of the Day

Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous.