Monday, June 01, 2009
As we start another week I send my prayers and best wishes to you that you may have a great week; a week that brings you joy and fulfillment and that finds you being faithful to the priorities of God.
As I have shared the last two Sundays, God’s priorities can be summed up in three areas:
- First, we will give an account of what we did with Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:17)
- Second, we will give an account for what we did with Jesus’ Bride, which is the Church (Ephesians 5:32)
- Third, we will give an account for how we fulfilled our mission here on earth (The Great Commission\Matthew 28:19)
Knowing this simplifies life. Everything we do, from the mundane chores of life like taking out the trash to the important things in life like trying to earn a living must be shaded by God’s priorities. In other words, either directly or at least indirectly, honoring Jesus Christ in all things, providing for, protecting and serving the Church and fulfilling the Great Commission must be the focus of everything the devoted follower of Christ does.
Currently I am asking the FMCOG family to prepare for a major day on our Church Calendar: Friend Day (June 28, 2009). This is one of the days that we are most intentional about the Great Commission. On this day we will promote and declare the Gospel and give God’s invitation to all (Isaiah 1:18)
To help us prepare for that day, I am asking you to join with me in the following:
- Pray everyday
- Pray at every official FMCOG function
- Participate in our prayer vigil (details coming soon)
- Fast a meal on Wednesday
- Prepare yourself spiritually and prepare to give your very best as you serve on Friend day.
- This makes Friend day personal. When we invite someone we are no longer just praying, fasting, and preparing in a general way; suddenly we are praying and fasting and preparing for someone, and that makes all the difference.
The theme of this year has been living wisely. The first question that we ask in determining the wise course of action is: “What does the revealed will of God have to say about it? Proverbs 11:30 says that “He who wins souls is wise.” The Bible could not be clearer, if we want to be wise in making our days count then being true to one of God’s few priorities – fulfilling the Great Commission is truly the wise thing to do.
I am truly excited to see what God is going to do in our church over then next month. I assure you that I will be devoting myself to making sure that we have the assurance that the Gospel will not only be declared in words only but in power and with the anointing of the Holy Spirit (I Thessalonians 1:5).
With warmest regards,
david l. kemp
Prayer of the day…
- Father God, todayI was directed to the example of the disciples Simon and Jude. We know virtually nothing about them, yet they were devoted followers of Christ. Also today in my prayer journal the young man that Sonja and I sponsor through World Vision came up – Dagnachew Keto. Just as with Simon and Jude, I know virtually know of him but I do have a name and that gives me a connection.
- Today I lift up this young man and pray that You will look upon him kindly and bring people into his life that will genuinely look out for his best interest and that above all he will be brought into the fullness of Christian discipleship.
- Furthermore, I ask that You will bring to remembrance in all our lives at the FMCOG “names.” Help us to not just pray in general but to also call specific people’s names in prayer. As we prepare ourselves this month for presenting the Gospel on June 28th help it to be in the context of specific people! Help us to be the answer to someone’s prayer by bringing the hope and help of Jesus Christ to people who are lost and in need.
- Finally, today I pray for the strength and wisdom to fulfill the mission that You have given me for this day and above all, please keep your hand of mercy upon my family, my church family and all those who call upon your NAME. I ask these things in the name of the Lord, Jesus. AMEN
Affirmation of the day…
My “Giving Covenant”
- I affirm God’s full ownership of me (1 Corinthians 6:19-20) and everything entrusted to me (Psalm 24:1). I recognize that my money and possessions is in fact His. I’m His money manager, His delivery person. I will ask Him what He wants me to do with His money.
- I will set aside the first-fruits – starting with at least 10 percent – of all I receive, treating it as holy and belonging exclusively to the Lord. I do this in obedience to Him, desiring His blessing (Malachi 3:6-12). By faith I take God up on His challenge to test Him in this.
- Out of the remaining treasures God entrusts to me, I will seek to make generous freewill gifts. I recognize that God has entrusted wealth to me so that I can be “generous on every occasion” (2 Corinthians 9:11). Realizing I can rob God by withholding not only the tithe but whatever offerings He calls upon me to give, I ask Him to make His will clear to me.
- I ask God to teach me to give sacrificially to His purposes, including helping the poor and reaching the lost. I commit myself to avoiding indebtedness so that I don’t tie up His funds and can therefore feel greater freedom to follow the Spirit’s promptings to give.
Quotes of the Day: “Much of the fuel we all run on is simple appreciation.” _Gordon MacDonald, When Men Think Private Thoughts, page 144 (See Proverbs 12:25)
- We all know what it is like to live in an environment where appreciation is seldom expressed. There is not much we can do about that but one thing we can do is express appreciation to others.
- In other words, we can’t change others but we can change ourselves; and the Bible teaches that we reap what we sow.
- Therefore if you will develop the habit of expressing appreciation for other people’s contributions you will find that God will send encouragers into your life as well.
Stories and other thoughts:
- The TV hit series called, “Survivor.” Every week someone was voted off the island. It is easy to do that with God and church. We allow a busy day to crowd out the essentials in our lives and therefore we vote God and His church off the island of our day/life.
- (Staying true to the mission) “As long as God gives me breath, I expect to preach the gospel! While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor, lost girl upon the streets, where there remains one dark soul without the light of God-I’ll fight! I’ll fight to the very end!” _William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army
- (Negative thinking) Negative thinking is like putting a handful of sand in your engine block each morning. Soon your engine will lock down.