“…and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Francis Chan kicked off night one of World Mandate 2019, and it was incredible! We are left stirred for the reality of the resurrected Jesus, and with a desire to be people who are dissatisfied with the things of this world.
IF WE’RE CONFIDENT IN THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION, ALL FEAR IS GONE.
The enemy wants nothing more than to paralyze us with fear, but all fear fades when we are confident in the truth that the resurrected Jesus is with us. Jesus wants us to place our confidence in Him and not in ourselves. When we rely on our flesh, we put a cap on what God is wanting to do.
THE MESSAGE OF THE CROSS GETS DIMINISHED BY OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE FLESH.
It’s not about what we can do, but what God can do. When we try to orchestrate something on our own, we don’t allow the Spirit of God to move. The Spirit gives life, while the flesh keeps us limited. When we allow ourselves to rely on the power of the resurrected Jesus, we are free of fear and find a deep satisfaction in the thing we cannot see.
IN RESPONSE //
From Francis’ sermon, there are a couple key ways we can practically walk out the heart of the message and put it into practice.
Three simple, devotional steps to walk through:
- Is your heart crying, “Abba, Father”?
- When we are so captivated by God, aware of the Holy Spirit within us, fear does not have a place. In the face of the power of His resurrection, are you crying out for Him? Do you know, not just in your mind but also in your heart, His closeness as a father? Take time to ask God for a greater revelation of His nearness and infinite love.
- Do you want to get sin out of your life?
- As our hearts cry out for God, another secondary response is a desire for us to get everything out of our lives that would limit or interfere with our relationship with him. This means that we want to get sin out. When you look at your life, is sin continuing to enter in? Or are you willing to do whatever it takes to get free so that nothing can cause interference between you and God? This is something only you can know, but if we really want to get a deeper revelation of God’s love and nearness, that means that something (sin) needs to be taken out so that there is more room for Him.
- Is action your natural response?
- Being compelled by love, action does not need to be coerced. It is not forced or something that we are compelled to do; it is a natural response to the Holy Spirit at work within us. When you take a look at your life, are you taking some form of action step? Or do you feel as if you are required to do it? If that is the case, revisit the first devotional step. Let His love for you and your reciprocal love for Him be what leads you to response, not obligation.