Living transformed lives

Today’s reading for MULTIPLY discipleship is Romans 12. This passage fits perfectly following a very powerful day at our church. We had a great missions service in the morning with a packed out house. It’s Missions Emphasis, so it’s always exciting to hear what God is doing in the toughest places of the world.

We had a Prayer and Praise night last night that focused specifically on missions. Local and global, we had 90 minutes of powerful intercession.

This morning, I see this passage to read and hear these words from the Spirit: “Lock it in. You’ve broken through in some significant areas. The enemy is alerted and ready to lash back. Lock it in.”

Live transformed thinking this week. Live in a way that keeps our eyes UP, alert to what the enemy is doing… and attack more. Don’t let up.

I then saw this C.S. Lewis quote passed along by a friend on Facebook:

” In religion, as in war and everything else, comfort is the one thing you cannot get by looking for it. If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end: if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth — only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin with and, in the end, despair.” – C. S. Lewis

Pray with an alert spirit this week!

LIVE DEAD SCRIPTURE

Through the fall I will be preaching through a series called “LIVE DEAD.” 

Live Dead is a call to missions in our movement, but I also believe it is a call our church needs to hear as well. As we move through the fall, these are the texts we will reflect on and the dates I will be preaching:

Sept. 7 – Rom. 13:8-14
Oct. 5 – Phil. 3:4-14
Oct. 12 – Phil. 4:1-9
Oct. 19 – I Thess. 1
Nov. 9 – I Thess. 4:13-18
Nov. 16 – I Thess. 5:1-11
Nov. 23 – Eph. 1:15-23

I invite our congregation to use these passages for reflection and prayer through the week as we lead into those studies on those Sundays. We need our lives transformed. This is our prayer. 

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Transformational Living — Romans 12

I am given grace for MY life. There is a measure of faith given TO ME. I cannot measure my life in Christ against someone else. I cannot live my life in Christ in front of the world as a marketing tool.

Judging yourself with sober judgment is near impossible in a Facebook gazing, self-marketing world. But that is our call.
We need to live in this powerful realization: “I am part of the Body of Christ and what I contribute matters. It may not be noticed or blogged about or trumpeted by others. It may not go viral. But it matters.”
God has given me a measure of faith for my assignment. I am to understand my gifts and live in my assignment. 
 
When all is said and done, Jesus isn’t going to look at how many “Likes” I had on Facebook. He is going to examine how I did with the faith measured out to me. Do I understand the gifts Christ has given to me? Am I being equipped in those gifts? Am I using those gifts?
The power of transformational life is the ability to live joyfully for Christ alone without regard to the measures others may have in their lives, or the measures others may want to put on our lives.
Lord, I need renewed thinking in my life today. May my body, my spirit, my mind be laid before you so you can do with my life as you will. You are King… I am your apprentice.

Transformed Life

As you do all this, you know what time it is. The hour has already come for you to wake up from your sleep. Now our salvation is nearer than when we first had faith. (Rom 13:11, CEB)

“As you do all this…” All what? What Paul has talked about through Romans 12 and 13. This is about living the transformed life. This is about a people who will finally step away from the conformity to this world and rise up to the higher call of living out the Kingdom in power.

It is time for the transformation of the saints to take hold. It is time to hunger for his presence, hunger for his kingdom, and allow the transforming work of the Spirit have the authority in our lives.

It is time to wake up.

A baptism of holiness, a demonstration of godly living is the crying need of our day.
– Duncan Campbell

Thoughts on Transformation and the Cross

If we are going to live transformed lives,
If we are going to live lives as true believers in Jesus Christ,

We must have the Kingdom agenda in mind.
That Kingdom’s agenda will clash with our own worldview and our definitions of success.

In that moment we find the Cross of Jesus Christ.

That is where we lose our lives only to find true life in Christ.