Dear RG family….for intercession call today we continue with the ONE HK readings. https://go.onehongkong2019.asia We encourage each of you to join this daily reading of the Word together with many other family members in HK. Focus passages: Luke 5:1-16 and Acts 5:12:42.
As we read these two passages today, look at Peter and how he grew in his walk with Jesus. In Luke we see him meeting Jesus for the first time and in Acts we witness his boldness and absolute faith and trust that the message of Christ is worth everything he can give. In Luke 5: 4-5, Jesus asked Peter to do something that made no earthly sense. Jesus was not a fisherman: he was a carpenter. And he asked Peter, the professional fisherman to go fishing after a whole night of working and not catching anything. Peter expresses his doubts but then says: “but at your word I will let down the nets.” And Peter did what Jesus asked. Jesus, through the wisdom of the Holy Spirit and the guidance of Our Father, could see Peter’s heart. But I also wonder if Jesus was testing Peter, giving him the responsibility to choose to obey from his own free will. From this point on, we see Peter growing in his faith and trust in Jesus. And in Acts, we see Peter’s obedience now empowered by the presence of the Holy Spirit in Him. These passages challenge, encourage and strengthen me in my walk with Jesus. When we give ourselves to Him, he promises to live within us and through us. As we pray today, put yourself in Peter’s place….how will you answer when Jesus calls you?
Rejoice in the gift of life today RG family. We encourage you to join in the prayers of the church in Hong Kong to read His word and pray together. We celebrate being the body of christ together. Please go to the link below and read/listen for today 8 March. We strongly encourage you to participate in this daily journey from now until Resurrection Day in April.
The Church’s One Foundation https://youtu.be/j44-l71jTFI
Dear RG family. Today we finish our focus on Paul’s prayer in Ephesians 1:17-23 with the incredible climax… “ 22 And God put all things under Christ’s feet, and he gave him to the church as head over all things. 23 Now the church is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.” (NET)
Jesus, who is head over ALL things, has been GIVEN TO US as our head. As his church, we are his body, his bride (Ephesians 5), his family (Ephesians 3:14) , his dearly loved children (Ephesians 5:1). He is a perfect leader who has fully sacrificed himself so that we can be filled with His Presence. What an amazing statement : we, the church, are given the right and responsibility of holding and displaying his fullness. The word fullness in Greek means completeness and abundance. We are designed and destined to be people who are filed with the presence, power, agency, and riches of Jesus. And not only filled but overflowing… As we pray today, invite the Holy Spirit to fill you, to fill us the RG body of Christ, with the FULLNESS of Himself. Fix your mind, heart and spirit on this truth and live out this reality in your life today…..
Shout to the North and the South https://youtu.be/aUei3JMg2uA
Dear RG family… every day we are exposed to all kinds of people, businesses, interests, ideas, and unseen influences….all competing for our time, attention, money, energy and loyalty. Each one claims to be the latest and greatest answer for our troubles and issues, promising a way to happiness, health, and whatever else we are looking for. If we are not careful, it is easy to become trapped in this maze.
In Ephesians 1: 19b-21, Paul draws our attention back to eternal realities. “That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come”. Note that Paul says that JESUS is :
~FAR ABOVE —-greatly higher in place or rank
~ ALL rule, authority, power and dominion
~ EVERY name …..for all time Think about this truth; let it sink deeply into your heart, mind and spirit. God has placed Jesus FAR ABOVE everything. But are WE doing the same…..are we putting him far above everything in OUR lives?
Above all https://youtu.be/SzOgA2RV6Hs