July 24, 2022
Key Scriptures: Genesis 1 NIV; 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NLT; Luke 23:32-34 NLT; Isaiah 53:12 NIV; Matthew 26:28 NIV; Matthew 9:6 NIV; Luke 6:28 NIV; Matthew 5:43-44 NIV; Romans 12:17-18 NIV; Colossians 3:13 NIV; Matthew 6:14-15 NIV; Romans 8:34 NIV
Dunamis (Greek)– Explosive power of God!
Ochuroma (Greek) – fortified, military, strong-walled fortress or prison.
- Satan cannot change the character of God, and he can not conquer the Word of God, so he attacks our ability to walk out the purpose of God.
- When you operate in the purpose of the church you will storm the fortress of Hell.
- When you operate in shame you will be trapped in the prison of Hell.
- We have to know His character to want to see it become an expression of our lives.
- We are a prophetic expression of God’s character.
- Jesus modeled the importance of prayer.
- Forgiveness is the divine incentive for us to desire to be in the presence of God.
- The greatest form of obedience is to purvey the character of God.
- Jesus’ prayer for you is the prophetic revelation of the character of God needed in the situation you are in today.
Let’s Talk: I remember playing on a summer baseball select team during my senior year of high school. It was a great experience and we were able to play against some really good teams. We played this one team who had an amazing pitcher. He had college scouts watching him every time he played. Coming into the game, we knew it would be tough, but we had a plan. We had played a tournament in South Texas, and we saw something we had never seen before. When they were batting, the dugouts had chants they did to encourage the batter and drive the pitcher crazy! The entire team would chant all together “base hit, base hit” or “ball four, ball four!” The entire dugout would get loud and rowdy! Now, in South Texas, that was just the way they played, but in central Texas, no one did that! We drove that pitcher mad! He was so unfocused he couldn’t throw a strike to save his life! We ended up winning the game 3 to 2 and by the end of the game that pitcher was so frustrated he actually yelled at us to “shut up!” We should have lost that game. When that pitcher was on, he was almost un-hittable, but we were able to take his eyes off the target and get him to focus on all the commotion going on in the dugout. That’s exactly what happens when to us when we allow things to distract us from the purpose God has called us to. The loud chanting of the world can cause us to be off our game of expanding His Kingdom here on the earth. We can go from an Ace Pitcher (Child of the King) to someone who has forgotten our purpose (to strike out the enemy every time!) We can know our identity and understand that we have been blessed, but if we do not operate in purpose, we will miss the goal.
- What are some things that distract you from walking in your purpose?
- How can distraction cause you to be inconsistent as a Christian?
- What are some things you can do to block out distractions?
- Has there ever been a time when you were the distraction for others?
- How can it help others when we are not distracted?
Let’s Think: When we are fixed on the divine source and not the distractions of the enemy, we will reflect God’s identify, purpose, and blessing. This is how we expand the kingdom and live a life that gives God the glory! This is how we storm the gates of hell and cause the enemy to falter in all his plans. God’s answer to the chaos on earth is His people turning people back to God by expressing His true nature and character! Even though we each have our own unique purpose in God, together as the church, we all have the same goal— to rescue the hurting, broken, and lost and bring them to Jesus. We cannot afford to be a distracted church.
- How can you reflect God’s identify, purpose and blessing to others?
- How does a life of reflecting God’s identify, purpose and blessing bring Him glory?
- Who is someone you can reflect God’s Kingdom to?
- How can a life lived for Jesus express His nature and character to others?
Going Deeper: The greatest need of mankind is forgiveness. Out of ignorance, mankind often times doesn’t even see the need for forgiveness because the enemy has them distracted with the circumstances of life, and keeping up with the Jones’s (stuff). Many times, the very people that you may reach out to help cause hurts in your life trying to survive this crazy world. They may be so distracted by the deterioration of their family life, health, or relationships, that they do not even know how to receive help. So what can we do? Pray for those who have hurt you. Pray for a door to open for someone to get through to them with the love of God. Pray for restoration! God is a God of restoration so let’s pray that their hearts will be open to receive what He does best! Also, we cannot become abusive to them by always calling out their sin, but we must instead call out the character of God in them! His image is in there, it’s just hidden. Here’s another thing about us praying for those who hurt and for restoration. When we pray for others, God changes us! We may not see them change, but God will change our hearts so we can better reflect who He is to them.
- Who is someone you know that doesn’t understand that they need God’s forgiveness? How can you pray for them?
- Who is someone who has hurt you that you have been complaining about instead of praying for? Start praying for them.
- Who is someone who needs restoration in their life that you can begin to pray for? As God changes you, be prepared to step out in faith to extend the love of God to them.
- How can you start to call our the image of God in others instead of their sin?
Walk it out: I have read Romans 8:34 many times but have missed the point that Jesus is praying for me. So what is He praying? What is He telling the Father about me, or asking the Father for me? Spend some time in prayer this week and write down what Jesus is praying for you. If you are having trouble with it, ask Him to reveal it to you. Once you have it written down, share it with a friend and encourage them to write down what Jesus is praying for them.