March 29, 2019
Matthew 9:37-38...Then he said to the disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few, therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.
John 4:34-36...Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and other one reaps.’ I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.
The harvest belongs to God. He is the harvester. But he told his disciples and us to pray for the laborers. He said the harvest is ready. We understand here in Southwest Oklahoma about the harvest. We can look at the golden wheat fields or the sea of white cotton fields and know that the harvest is ready. Jesus told his disciples the harvest is ready. When we have eyes to see the harvest and hearts that care about people who need Jesus, we will join the laborers.
God is not looking for ability but availability and heart. If we seek him with our whole heart, pray, be aware of the Holy Spirit and are led by the Spirit, it is amazing what God can do in and through us.
Pray for laborers for the harvest. Maybe God is calling you to join his laborer force and go share your story and the love of Jesus with the ‘harvest’. Are you willing to go?
Pray for Senator James Lankford as he opens the Word of God and shares the message God has laid on his heart for this time. Maybe some who come to see or hear him speak need to meet the Christ of Calvary. Pray the Spirit will draw them, and their lives will be forever changed.
March 28, 2019
I Chronicles 16:8-10...Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let those whose hearts seek the LORD rejoice!
As we the church gather in his house to worship, it becomes a place where we can lift our hearts and voices in music and words to sing and give praise to the LORD God Almighty. Each of us can find encouragement in our walk with the Lord as we travel different journeys to find hope, peace and joy in Christ.
When there is freedom in worship, you are not inhibited by what someone thinks if you want to lift your hands in praise. It is about you personally coming into the presence of Holy God and acknowledging who he is and what he has done for you. It brings life to your spirit.
Praising God brings a sense of joy. Joy is one of the fruits of the Spirit. When we gather together to worship, our joy is not determined by our circumstances, but rather by being renewed by the Holy Spirit.
Music enriches our worship. Whether it is a hymn the church has sung for many years or a new worship song, both declare the love, grace, and mercy of our God. Worship is about being in the presence of God.
Pray the worship of FBC Altus always points people to Jesus.
March 27, 2019
Acts 16:25-27...About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them, and suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken. And immediately all the doors were opened and everyone’s bonds unfastened, When the jailer woke and saw the prison doors were opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped.
Acts 16 is an amazing story of power, of praise, and of worship. Paul and Silas were in prison for doing the work of the Lord. Difficult circumstances did not keep them from choosing to praise God. Not only did it bring their freedom, but the jailer and his family found salvation in Jesus Christ.
Praise and worship are for our benefit more than God’s. As we praise and worship God, it reminds us of who he is, Yahweh, the Great I Am. It reminds us of his power and authority. It reminds us that he is the Creator and we are the created. He gave his only Son that through him we have forgiveness of sin.
Whatever your situation, Praise him! Praise him no matter what. We choose to praise him not just for what he has done and can do for us, but for who he is. The psalmist tells us: God inhabits the praise of his people. He is here! Worship him in spirit and in truth.
Allow your heart to direct the posture of your praise - whether it is lifting up holy hands to the Lord, falling prostrate at his feet, humbly bowing your head, or with head lifted high - give him praise.
March 26, 2019
Psalm 40:9-10...I have told the news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD. I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.
A heart overflowing with thanksgiving results in praise. When we pray and we experience God answering our prayer we should do nothing but give thanks and praise to God. Thanksgiving brings glory to God and makes him known.
C.S. Lewis said, “We ought to give thanks for all fortune: if it is ‘good,’ because it is good, if ‘bad’ because it works in us patience, humility, and the contempt of this world and the hope of our eternal country.”
Our expression of gratitude and thanks to God brings glory to him. As we bring glory to God, we are reminded of what he has done for us. Our faith is stirred up and our hope for what’s to come is increased.
Begin making a list or share with someone things you are thankful for each day. As you do, you will be reminded of God’s goodness to you and you will speak into the life of someone who might need to hear about God’s goodness. Practice an attitude of gratitude.
March 25, 2019
Psalm 100:4...Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him, bless his name!
Matthew 27:50-51a…And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice and yielded up his spirit. And behold, the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.
In Old Testament times, there was only one entrance into the tabernacle. That is where they would go to meet with God. Once they had entered the gate into the outer court with their sacrifice, they were standing on holy ground.
Under the new covenant, Christ is the gate; the only way we can enter-into God’s presence. The psalmist reminds us that it is not the act of walking into a physical building or a gathering of the church but entering-into God’s presence. For us today, it is recognizing that Jesus is the only way by which we can come into the presence of God. His sacrificial death on the cross is what allows us into the presence of God. A heart of praise sees the grace of Christ.
Remember there is nothing we can do in our own merit that qualifies us to stand before God; it is by his grace alone. We can come boldly to the throne of grace and remember that Jesus came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. We need to come into his presence with praise and thanksgiving.
March 24, 2019
Acts 4:10-12...let it be known to all of you and to all of the people of Israel that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead—by him this man is standing before your well. This Jesus is the cornerstone that was rejected by you, the builders, which has become the cornerstone. And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heave given among men by which we must be saved.
Philippians 2:9-10...Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
We have all experienced times in our lives when we were overwhelmed by relationships, work or finances. Thank God that we can simply call upon the name of Jesus any time because he is the unchanging and always present Lord. Even just speaking the name of Jesus can bring praise as we focus on him and not our situation.
Sharing Jesus does not need to be complicated. Write out the story of your life before Christ, how you came to Christ, and what he is doing in your life today. Focus more on your salvation and life since coming to Christ. The Holy Spirit convicts them and all we have to do is share our story with them. People need to know there is a Savior who loves them more than anyone else and that he has a plan and purpose for their lives.
If you have difficulty sharing your story, whether it is fear, don’t think your story is powerful enough, or no desire to share, write the name of Jesus by each reason. Begin praising God and focusing on Jesus and declaring the power of his name over your excuses. Watch God remove those excuses and provide opportunities to share your story.
List below the names of people you would like to see come to a saving relationship with Jesus and begin praying for them asking God to give you an opportunity to share with them.
March 23, 2019
Acts 3:19...Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out.
When you came to Christ and repented of your sins and accepted his salvation, it was a time of refreshing and peace. It comes from being in the presence of the Lord. Our sins are blotted out, and there is refreshing which is an incredible gift from God.
Does this mean we repent once and that sense of refreshing is always present? No. We are still flesh, and even when our heart wants to do what is right, we sometimes fail. We have to continually seek after God and remember all he has done for us and hold on to the hope we found in him.
One way to do this is through praise. Praising God, regardless of how we feel emotionally, by bringing what the book of Hebrews calls a sacrifice of praise (Heb. 13:15) is true praise. As Thomas Charles wrote during the great revival of 1791, “Those who have struck the deepest note of penitence can reach the highest note of praise.”
Take a moment and remember when you first met Jesus realizing your past failures and hurts were blotted out. Remember the sense of ‘refreshing’ that came over you when you accepted his salvation and forgiveness, and found joy, hope, and peace.
Thank God for your salvation and pray for those who need that same salvation and forgiveness. Pray the Holy Spirit will draw them to a personal relationship with Jesus.
March 22, 2019
Psalm 100:1-5...Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For the LORD is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations.
Every Sunday we are blessed by all of the talented musicians, choir, and our Minster of Music, Jay Foster, as they lead us to worship before the throne of grace. When we come into God’s house on Sunday we should enter with praise and thanksgiving for God’s goodness, steadfast love and faithfulness to us. Music speaks to the heart and spirit, and as we sing unto the Lord it allows us to focus on him. When the Word of God is preached, our spirits bear witness with the Spirit of the living God to speak truth into our lives.
Pray for Jay, the musicians and the choir as they prepare to lead us in worship each Sunday. Pray for them as they prepare to lead us in worship for our revival. Pray that your worship will be filled with joy and thanksgiving. Ask the Lord to make this a reality every day of your life and especially on Sundays when you come into his house.
March 21, 2019
Matthew 5:14-16...You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
We are to shine the light of Christ into our world. Sometimes when we are at work, school, home, are even at Walmart, we hide our light and the world has no idea that we are Christ followers. Jesus told us to let our light shine before others, not for our glory, but for the glory of the Father who gave us his Son. U.S. Senator James Lankford serves the state of Oklahoma in Washington, D.C. He is a great example of letting his light shine as he continually shines light in a dark place through his faith and by standing on his biblical values. Pray for Senator Lankford as he prepares to come and preach God’s Word in revival.
If we want to see our world change around us and be a reflection of biblical values, we must let our lives shine bright by doing good works, just as Senator Lankford is doing in the U.S. Senate.
March 20, 2019
Matthew 5:14-15, 23-24...For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses...So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come offer your gift.
God has set his church apart to be different than the world. He desires that we live in right relationship with each other offering forgiveness when needed but also receiving it. Jesus said if we don’t forgive others our Father won’t forgive us. If you have something against another brother or sister in Christ or one of them has something against you, take the time to make it right.
Ask the Lord to give you the strength to forgive others. Pray that God will give you the grace for others like the grace you have received from him.
March 19, 2019
Matthew 6:9...Pray then like this: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.
Psalm 95:6...Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
Hebrews 12:28...Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe.
O come let us adore him. O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord. That is the chorus to one of the old Christmas hymns, but those words can be sung anytime of the year as a reminder of who Christ is and what he has done for us. The word hallowed means: made holy; consecrated; sacred or revered.
Pray that every time we come together to worship we will remember we have come into this place to worship the Lord, our Maker, the Creator, and may everything said and done from the music, prayers, preached Word, and offering be done with reverence and awe of our great God.
March 18, 2019
Ezra 9:8-9…But now for a brief moment favor has been shown by the LORD our God, to leave us a remnant and to give us a secure hold within this holy place, that our God may brighten our eyes and grant us a little reviving in our slavery. For we are slaves. Yet our God has not forsaken us in our slavery, but has extended to us his steadfast love before the kings of Persia, to grant us some reviving to set up the house of our God, to repair its ruins, and to give us protection in Judea and Jerusalem.
FBC Altus has been standing at the corner of Main and Cypress for over 120 years proclaiming the good news of salvation through Jesus Christ and to disciple them as we are commanded in Matthew 28:19-20. God has blessed this place over the years and many who have walked through here gave joyfully and sacrificially given to make this place of worship a warm and inviting for those who would come behind them to experience God in this place.
Pray God will continue to raise up those who will come behind us to make sure this house of worship continues to share the Good News. Pray for the worship that will happen every Sunday will bring glory to God.
March 17, 2019
Psalm 133:1-3…Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! It is like the precious oil on the head, running down the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the LORD has commanded the blessing, life forevermore.
When there is unity in the body of Christ, God pours down blessings from heaven. Aaron was the High Priest for Israel and was anointed by Moses with oil before he took on the role. Dew in the dry arid climate of Israel provided much need moisture. Both were blessings and is a picture of Yahweh’s blessings being poured out over his children.
Pray for unity in FBC Altus that we might experience the blessings of God.
March 16, 2019
Philippians 2:3-7…Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interest but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, but taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.
Galatians 5:13…For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.
Being a servant does not come natural to our flesh. We have to choose to be selfless and to think of the needs of others over ourselves. Jesus always modeled ‘servanthood’ in the Bible. He served those around him. When you have some time walk through the gospels and see how many times you find an example of Jesus serving others. Allow those examples to challenge you to serve others.
How can you put your own wants and needs aside and in love serve others? Ask God for opportunities to serve in the church and in the world around you and do it with the love of Christ and for his glory.
March 15, 2019
Ecclesiastes 9:10…Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might,
Colossians 3:23-24…Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.
Each of us in the community of FBC Altus, have abilities and gifts which God has given to us to use for the building up of the body of Christ. When we operate in these we are a blessing to the church and to our fellow believers. We are commanded to do our best in whatever we do because we are doing it for the Lord.
What has God place in your hand, a broom, camera, computer, musical instrument, pen, paintbrush or something else that he has gifted you in. He has put it in your heart and in your hand so be a good steward of it. USE IT!
March 14, 2019
Romans 15:1-2…We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.
Philippians 2:1-4…So if there is any encouragement in Christ, and comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
Are you prepared to count the cost to see people come to know Jesus as Savior? Do you have a desire to see the community of FBC Altus to have a passion for Christ? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make those coming into our worship services welcome…even if it means giving up your seat or your parking spot?
We are creatures of habit. We may have to give up our comfort or routine to make room for others to experience and encounter God in our worship time and Sunday school.
Fusion is a missions program and their motto is: So Others May Hear And Live. Are you willing to do whatever it takes so that others may hear the gospel message?
March 13, 2019
Acts 2:1-4…When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all gathered together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues of fires appeared to them and rested on each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.
There is power when the church, the blood bought bride of Christ is gathered together in His name. When the body of Christ gathers and has a time of awakening and refreshing, it will have an effect on our homes, workplaces, our community and reach out beyond the city of Altus.
Charles H. Spurgeon said, “A true revival is to be looked for in the church of God. Only in the river of gracious life can the pearl of revival be found. It has been said that a revival must begin with God’s people; this is very true, but it not all the truth, for the revival itself must end as well as begin there.” Pray for God to bring an awakening and refreshing to FBC Altus.
March 12, 2019
Psalm 92:12-15…The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon. They are planted in the house of the LORD; they flourish in the courts of our God. They still bear fruit in old age; they are ever full of sap and green, to declare that the LORD is upright; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.
John 15:8, 16… By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples…You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
We as Christ followers are to bear fruit. A fruit tree only bears one kind of fruit. It reproduces itself. The same is true for us. In the first part of John 15 you read about Jesus is the true vine and his Father is the vinedresser. If we are not connected to the vine we cannot bear fruit. The fruit comes from abiding in Christ. Allowing him to live through us and touching the world around us with the gospel message.
Are you reproducing fruit? Pray for opportunities to share your story of how Christ has changed your life and as you do pray those that hear will desire to know the Christ that dwells in you.
March 11, 2019
Hebrews 11:1…Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Romans 10:17…So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
James 2:17…So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
The revivals of history are full of stories of men and women who had Hebrews 11:1 kind of faith. They had assurance of things hoped for and conviction that it would come to pass through Christ.
If faith comes by hearing the message of Christ and faith without works is dead, then take God at his word and do something. It says we were all given “each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned’’ in Romans 12:3. Our measure of faith can become greater the more we exercise our faith and allow it to grow by hearing through the word of Christ. By faith we pray for God’s kingdom to be on earth as it is in heaven, that is, believing God for things in the spiritual realm that are not present in the physical. Remember the centurion who asked Jesus to heal his servant and Jesus told him he would come and heal him, but he said “but only say the word, and my servant will be healed”. And Jesus said, “…with no one in Israel have I found such faith.” By faith believe God for a spiritual awakening of our church!
March 10, 2019
Ephesians 5:20…giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,
I Thessalonians 5:16-18…Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
Life brings opportunities to nurture a thankful heart. That moment when we realize how blessed we are and our hearts are overcome with thankfulness. If you have nothing that you can thank God for today other than your salvation, that alone should be enough to have a heart of thankfulness. But all of our lives are filled with the blessings of God each day. When we are empowered by the Holy Spirit and a heart of thanks, even when life has thrown us a curveball and yet we are still thankful, others will see it. It is then we will be able to speak life into the lives of others, comfort, peace, hope, joy, love, grace and mercy.
A thankful life is one which realizes it is God’s Spirit working in and through them. Are you thankful in every circumstance good or bad that comes into your life? You can be when you are empowered by the Spirit of the living God.
March 9, 2019
When we choose to live our lives empowered by the Holy Spirit, life becomes an adventure with God. It reminds me of Jasper Altom, who is in Southeast Asia this spring on an adventure with God empowered by the Holy Spirit to take the gospel to the unreached people groups. By faith he stepped out and went through a semester of training (physically, emotionally and spiritually) to prepare him to step into an unknown world where all you can do is trust God to empower and make you bold to share Christ in a country hostile to Christianity.
There is a song, Where Feet May Fail with these lyrics:
Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders
Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me
Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander
And my faith will be made stronger
In the presence of my Savior
Let the lyrics of this song be your heart’s prayer. Allow the Spirit to make you bold in something he’s leading you to do…allow him to take you deeper than your feet could ever wander.
March 8, 2019
Acts 4:33…And with great power the apostles were giving their testimony to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and great grace was upon them all.
Philippians 4:13…I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
The fisherman, Peter, became a preacher after being filled with the Holy Spirit, and he was given great boldness to share his testimony. It is the power of the Holy Spirit that enables us to share our story of how we met the Christ of Calvary and what he has done and is doing in our lives. We are commanded to go and make disciples as we are empowered by the Holy Spirit within us. It’s our responsibility to share and it’s the Spirit’s part to draw, convict and save.
Smith Wigglesworth said, “We may be nothing but in God we can be mighty.”
Pray for God’s strength to empower you so that you can obey him and serve him with your life. Ask him for grace, wisdom, and courage to face every challenge with the confidence of his power and presence.
March 7, 2019
Colossians 3:12-14…Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.
Titus 1:8…but hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy and disciplined.
The Evangelical Revival, covered the years 1739-1791, had preachers like John Wesley and George Whitefield. These two were known for its teachings on holiness and was given the nickname the ‘Holiness Revival’. It was evident that those convicted of sin began to live lives with purity of heart and mind.
Our desire to be Christ-like is not just for ourselves, but for others too. Choose today and allow Christ and the Holy Spirit to make your life pure so the unsaved will see their need for Christ. Pray for God’s church to be made pure.
March 6, 2019
Acts 1:4-5, 8…And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which he said, “you heard from me; for John was baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now…But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
Ephesians 5:18b…but be filled with the Holy Spirit.
John 14:26…But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
The Book of Acts described how the early church was empowered by the Holy Spirit to carry on the mission of Jesus after he ascended to heaven.
Think about this! Ordinary men and women, like you and me, were empowered to carry on the life-changing work of Jesus. What had previously been done by the Son of God is now being continued by ordinary men and women who are filled with and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
God has empowered each of us through the Holy Spirit to take the Gospel to the world? Ask him to give you the boldness to share Jesus with someone or many during this prayer journey.
March 5, 2019
James 1:22…But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.
Galatians 2:20…I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. And the life I live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
Whether we realize it or not, we have influence on those around us each day. Because you call yourself a Christian, people are looking to see if there is anything that sets you apart world.
Selwyn Hughes, founder of Crusade for World Revival, asked this question. “By our attitudes are we nullifying the Christian message? Does our behavior contradict the truths we are trying to get across to others?”
As you look at your life, are you being a good influence for the Kingdom of God? Do others see Jesus in your attitudes and actions?
March 4, 2019
Matthew 21:21-22…And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
Ephesians 3:20-21…Now to him who is able to do more abundantly that all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen
God’s Word tells us to pray with faith to God for whom nothing is impossible. What are you believing God for that only he can accomplish? Are you believing he will move in miraculous ways in answer to your prayers? Mark Batterson wrote: Prayer is the pen that writes history.
Is your prayer life writing history by believing God’s promises for what seems to be impossible?
March 3, 2019
Psalm 119:105...Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
Hebrews 4:12...For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
I John 2:5...but whoever keeps his word, in him, truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him.
Spending time in God’s Word and allowing it to speak truth into our lives will guide us to life that pleases him.
Charles H. Spurgeon explained Psalm 119 in his Treasury of David saying, ‘God’s Word is witness or testimony to grand and important truths which concern himself and our relationship with him. If we keep God’s testimonies they will keep us right in opinion, comfortable in spirit, holy in conversation and hopeful in expectation.’
The more time we spend in God’s Word, the more it will be reflected in every area of our lives, including the way we speak, think, and live. What are you reflecting to the world around you?
March 2, 2019
Jeremiah 29:13...You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Matthew 6:33...But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Consecration: “the act or ceremony of separating from a common to a sacred use...does not make a person or thing really holy, but declares it to be sacred, that is, devoted to God or to divine service” (Webster’s 1828 Dictionary)
As we seek God, seeing our lives from his perspective will cause us to bring our lives to the way he sees them. It will cause us to bring our lives into line with his will. It is not done in our own power but through the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our lives to bring about change.
John Wesley said, ‘In using all means, seek God alone. In and through every outward thing, look only to the power of His Spirit and the merits of His son.’ What are you seeking after?
March 1, 2019
II Corinthians 4:16…So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.
I John 3:2-3…Beloved, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is. And everyone who thus hopes in him purifies himself as he is pure.
We are on a journey of transformation as we walk in relationship with Christ and the Holy Spirit living within us. This is the process of purity. The change is slow, steady and discreet; our thoughts, desires, responses, and attitudes are being transformed into the image of Christ as we allow him to work in our hearts and minds. The outer man is dying, but the inward man is being changed and being renewed through our relationship with God.
Transformation is a daily process, and though we should strive for holiness, all the while knowing we cannot fully reach perfection here on earth, we rest assured knowing that one day we will see Jesus face to face and be just like him.
Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to bring to light the areas in your life that need work in order to reflect Christ in your life.
February 28 2019
Romans 12:1-2... I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
We sing that great hymn, When I Survey The Wondrous Cross, but think about the last stanza: Love so amazing, so divine, demands my soul, my life, my all.
The Apostle Paul is urging us to give him our lives, our all to Christ. He says God is interested in you bringing your body and making it available to him. When he says to present your bodies, he uses what the Greeks call the aorist tense, which means it is something you do once; it is not something you do over and over again. You do it once, and then you set the rest of your life on that basis.
Pray that your life (body) will be as a living sacrifice before the Lord. Ask the Lord to help you to not conform to the ways of this world but to be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Pray the same prayer for all those who are a part of FBC Altus.
February 27, 2019
I Peter 1:14-16...As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, since it is written, “You shall be servants of holy, for I am holy.”
I Peter 2:16...Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God.
As children of God, we need to seek to live our lives in such a way that honors God. Ask the Lord to help you grow in holiness every day. Seek God’s guidance in what you read, watch, and participate in as a child of God. Pray for the strength to seek holiness and to practice it.
Pray that we as believers will be strong in our faith. Pray that God will empower us to use the freedoms he has given us in Christ to show the world what a difference Jesus makes in our daily lives.
February 26, 2019
Psalm 51:10...Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalm 139:23-24…Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
King David was said to be a “man after God’s own heart”. He was just as human as you or me, and he failed miserably many times. He asked God to create, to make new, his heart because he realized the heart is deceitful. The only way to have a clean heart was for God’s forgiveness to wash over it and make it clean when he asked God to forgive his ways.
What is in your heart today? Allow God to search your heart and see if there is any grievous way in you. As you do you will experience a right spirit and direction from the Lord to lead you on the path to righteousness.
February 25, 2019
Ephesians 6:18...praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints.
James 5:18b...The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.
History’s greatest revivals had one thing in common...people passionately prayed for them.
In November 1949 in the Hebrides Island just off of the coast of Scotland, two elderly women in their eighties were burdened about the state of their parish. Not one young person attended church. They invited the church leaders and elders to pray with them. A few weeks later, Duncan Campbell visited the island to preach. Revival broke out and hundreds, came to Christ. One hundred twenty-two young people were saved the first day. Over the next few months, all the bars were empty and so were the jails because revival came to the Hebrides Island.
Are you willing to passionately seek the face of God and see him move mightily in FBC Altus and the city of Altus?Da
February 24, 2019
II Chronicles 7:14-16...if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time.
Prayer is an amazing privilege given to us by God to bring our needs and requests before Him. The God of creation, who spoke the world into existence, allows us to come boldly and with confidence before him.
During this prayer journey, pray for:
- The people of God to seek his face
- Pray they will turn from their wicked
- Ask God for forgiveness and to heal our land.
February 23, 2019
Acts 4:31...And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together, was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.
In 1904, Wales saw more than 100,000 people come to know Christ in less than six months in a revival characterized by prayer, praise, joy, victory, and re-discovery of the Holy Spirit. Evan Roberts who led this revival, was a man known for his intense, passionate prayer and who had believed for over ten years to see the people of Wales come to know Jesus.
Allow God to show us the power of prayer. Evan Roberts and the early church are examples that should inspire us that God still wants to see people come to Christ. Pray for specific family and friends who need Jesus.
February 22, 2019
Ephesians 2:19-22...So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit.
We come together with the body of Christ in the worship center of FBC Altus where God’s majesty and purpose are proclaimed as we join our hearts and spirits in worship of the Great I Am.
Has familiarity clouded your experience of God in worship? Or do you come with an expectant heart believing God will show up every time you show up? Pray that you and each person who walks through the doors of the worship center to have entered with a heart expecting to see God move in our lives.
February 21, 2019
I Corinthians 12:18-19...But as it is, God arranged the members in the body, each one of them, as he chose. If all were a single member, where would the body be? As it is, there are many parts, yet one body.
Paul used the analogy of the body to describe the function of the body of Christ, the church. We each have God given gifts or abilities to be used in the church. When we are working together, there is unity and that is focused on the purpose of the church to reach people for the kingdom of God and to disciple them. What are your spiritual gifts? Are you using them for the glory of God and his church?
February 20, 2019
Acts 2:46-47... And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
Hebrews 10:24-25... And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
From the beginning of the early church in Acts 2, God has been present when believers were gathered together. Matthew 18:20...“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.” We, the body of Christ, are strengthened and encouraged through God’s presence and by the presence of each other. Are you wholly present on Sundays when we gather corporately to worship? We can be present without being present in mind and spirit. Choose today to be wholly present when the body of Christ joins together in corporate worship.
February 19, 2019
John 10:24-25...Now Thomas, one of the Twelve, called the Twin, was not with them Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, "We have seen the Lord." But he said to them, "Unless I see his hands and the mark of the nails, and place my finger into the mark of the nails, and place my hand into his side, I will not believe."
It is said of Evan Roberts of the great 1904 Welsh revival that he read the story of Thomas 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.' Evan's decision was history-changing and your decision today could be history-changing. Will you resolve to be 'present' wherever God is 'present'?
February 18, 2019
Psalm 90:12, 14...So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom...Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all your days.
Psalm 90 was a prayer of Moses that reminds us life can get so busy, and we can forget to be still before God. Maybe this is a prayer that you need to pray and allow God to show you what he is doing and for you to have eyes and ears to experience God’s presence each day and join him in what he is doing.