Day 5 of 10 – Turning from Safety to Serving
Philippians 2:5-8 (NLT)
5 You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.
6 Though he was God,
he did not think of equality with God
as something to cling to.
7 Instead, he gave up his divine privileges;
he took the humble position of a slave
and was born as a human being.
When he appeared in human form,
8 he humbled himself in obedience to God
and died a criminal’s death on a cross.
You are Rescuer and Deliverer
Psalm 18:16-19 (NLT)
16 He reached down from heaven and rescued me;
he drew me out of deep waters.
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemies,
from those who hated me and were too strong for me.
18 They attacked me at a moment when I was in distress,
but the Lord supported me.
19 He led me to a place of safety;
he rescued me because he delights in me.
Isaiah 43:2 (NLT)
2 When you go through deep waters,
I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
you will not be burned up;
the flames will not consume you.
Forgive us for clinging to safety and being fearful of following you when it requires risk, embolden us by your unfailing love which quenches fear & Forgive us for our sin, oh God: religion, doubt, and unbelief.
Proverbs 24:11-12 (NLT)
11 Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to die;
save them as they stagger to their death.
12 Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.”
For God understands all hearts, and he sees you.
He who guards your soul knows you knew.
He will repay all people as their actions deserve.
A harvest in Middle East & North Africa.
Luke 24:46-47 (NLT)
46 And he said, “Yes, it was written long ago that the Messiah would suffer and die and rise from the dead on the third day. 47 It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’
PRAY: for God’s believers to risk what it takes to serve others in love, pray for the Body to move boldly into the gaps to grow the kingdom & for the bible to be accessible & readable in all languages.
FROM PRAYER TO MISSION:
Turn from Safety to Serving:
Make a sacrifice today to serve someone else in a practical way, especially an unbeliever.
Romans 15:20-21 (NLT)
20 My ambition has always been to preach the Good News where the name of Christ has never been heard, rather than where a church has already been started by someone else. 21 I have been following the plan spoken of in the Scriptures, where it says,
“Those who have never been told about him will see,
and those who have never heard of him will understand.”