07 Jul




Jeremiah 31: 3 The Lord has appeared of old to me, saying: “Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love; Therefore, with lovingkindness I have drawn you.”

James 4:7-10 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Father, we want to come near to you this week.  We want to experience Your presence. We want to be transformed.  We want to be set on fire to pray more and more.  We  want to be made useful in these last days for Your service.

THANKSGIVING:  Psalm 100:4 We enter His presence with thanksgiving.

  • Thank God for sending Jesus for us.
  • Thank God for sending the Holy Spirit.
  • Thank God for His presence with us as we pray.
  • Thank God for being our loving Heavenly Father.
  • Thank God for positioning us in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2:6


Psalm 139: 1-4 O Lord, You have searched me and known me. 2 You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. 3 You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.

Psalm 139:23,24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; 24 And see if there is any wicked way in me, And lead me in the way everlasting.

In the Bible, whenever God was about to bring a change for the people they had to prepare themselves.  Exodus 12:7 they had to put the blood of a spotless lamb on their doorposts and lintels as a sign that they were under the mercy of God.

In Joshua 3 before crossing the Jordon River the people had to sanctify themselves. This meant washing whatever was dirty, getting their house in order and preparing to move forward and watching for the Ark of the Covenant to move.

John the Baptist, who prepared the way for Jesus, preached repentance to the people of Israel. Luke 3:3 “And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,”

In the book of Acts 1 and 2, the people were to go to the Upper Room and wait on the Holy Spirit to come.  There was a preparing of hearts to receive what God was about to bring.

If we are going to move forward with the Lord in these crucial days we must prepare ourselves.  We must be purified, prepared, and made ready to receive what God has for us and to be able to be led by His Spirit into what God has for us individually and corporately.  This is a very serious day.  We must humble ourselves before God.   No one is perfect or without blemish.

In the Bible, every encounter with the presence of God brought a realization of human weakness and sin.  Isaiah encountered God and immediately became aware of his sin.  Isaiah 6:5 “So I said: “Woe is me, for I am undone! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, The Lord of hosts.”.

But God wants to purify, sanctify us, wash us with His Word and make us useful for His Kingdom. Isaiah 6:6 “Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; Your iniquity is taken away, And your sin purged.”

Repentance and then receiving forgiveness made him immediately useful to the Lord and God put him right to work.  Isaiah 6:8-9Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: “Whom shall I send, And who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.” 9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people…”

We want to be useful to the Lord in this season. Let’s humble ourselves before the Lord today.  We will not point fingers at anyone else.  We cry out to God to forgive US!  Wash us Lord!  Purify us Lord!  I encourage you to ask God what He sees when He looks at you.  Allow Him to speak to you about what needs to be confessed and repented of.

Repentance must first be very personal and very honest. It is between you and the Lord.  He wants to come and forgive and cleanse.  We pray for God to move among His people today and wash us clean and forgive us.  Nothing is hidden from Him. But He is so gracious and willing to forgive.

Pray for God to bring genuine repentance among His people.  We cannot move forward until we have sanctified ourselves (things we need repent of) and God sanctifies us (washes us with His Truth, calls us out of sinfulness and sets us apart for His service).

Read Hebrews 12 New Living Translation

Joel 2:12-13 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, With fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.” 13 So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the Lord your God, For He is gracious and merciful, Slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

1 John 1:9-10 9If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

Repentance From:

  1. Rejecting intimacy with God: Prayerlessness, Rebellion to His Word, Accusing God.

Jeremiah 24:7 “Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”

Luke 11:28 “Blessed is he who hears the Word of God and observes it.”


  1. For our “Plan B”. Having our own plan concerning a matter “if God does not come through for us” like we want or on our schedule.  Not fully trusting You. Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding;

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall [a]direct your paths.


  1. Lack of Love for God and for People: Matthew 22:37-4037 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”


  1. Unforgiveness toward others: Matthew 6:14-15 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.


  1. Traditions of men: If we have embraced any belief that is manmade.  If we have accepted traditions that are contrary to the Word of God we ask you to forgive us.  We renounce any cultural or tribal influence that is not in agreement with Your Word. Mark 7:6-8 “He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips,

But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—

Colossians 2:8 “Beware lest anyone cheat you through philosophy and empty deceit, according to the tradition of men, according to the basic principles of the world, and not according to Christ.”


  1. Religious Pride: Selfish ambition in the church. Wanting people to be impressed with us instead of being drawn to God.

Philippians 2:3 Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.


  1. Dishonoring the Holy Spirit in us. Sins of the flesh: Galatians 5:19-21 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.


Father, forgive us and deliver us from these sins and build Your Kingdom in us!  May our hearts be good soil for Your Word.  May our lives grow Your good fruit of the Spirit: Gal. 5:22-26  22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. 24 And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. 25 If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”


  1. Lack of concern for the lost. Matthew 9:36 “But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd.”

Matthew 24:14 “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Matthew 28:18-20 “18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Mark16:20 “20 And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen


SANCTIFY: We need to be “separated or called out” from worldly things and be dedicated to fellowship with God and service for Him. Sanctification is deliverance from the power of sin. God is presently at work through the Holy Spirit sanctifying us, making us more and more like Christ.

2 Corinthians 7:1 “Therefore, having these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

In the Name of Jesus Christ, the Son of Our Living God, we break any alliances we have made with anything contrary to the Word and Will of God. We ask You Lord to wash and purify us with Your Word and we align, in the Name of Jesus with You.  Lord, make us very sensitive to when we are being drawn into anything that is ungodly.  May we be quick to reject falsehood and quick to embrace Your Truth.

John 17:17 17 Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

We pray for Your bride: May she arise to be spotless and blameless before You.

Ephesians 5:26-27 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.

Make us to shine Your light in this dark and broken world.

Philippians 2:15 “that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world,”


“Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.” Joshua 3:5 NIV

On the threshold of the Promised Land, God said to His people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you. ”When you consecrate yourself to God He will do things in you, with you, for you, and through you that will amaze you.

We want to do amazing things for God, and that seems noble. But we’ve got it backwards. God wants to do amazing things for us. That’s His job, not ours. Our job is consecration. And consecration is more than going to church, keeping the Ten Commandments, tithing, sharing your faith, repeating the sinner’s prayer, volunteering for a ministry, raising your hands in worship, and going on a mission trip. All those are good things, but that isn’t consecration.

The utensils used in temple worship were considered “consecrated.” In other words, they were set apart for the exclusive use of God. They were devoted to His service. Consecration means dethroning yourself and enthroning Jesus as Lord of your life. It’s the complete divestiture of all self-interest. It’s giving God veto power. It’s surrendering all of you to all of Him. It’s a simple recognition that every second of your time, every ounce of your energy, and every penny of your money is a gift from God and for God. Consecration is an ever-deepening love for Jesus, a childlike trust in your heavenly Father, and a blind obedience to the Holy Spirit. So the word for you today is—consecrate yourself to God. – Jentzen Franklin

REFRESH AND RENEW:  Lord we have been corrected, discipline by You our loving Heavenly Father.  And we have repented and received Your forgiveness.  Thank You that You wash us as white as snow.  Now, Father we ask that You will pour the Living Water of the Holy Spirit on us to refresh us and renew us in You.

Acts 3:19 “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.”

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Ephesians 4:23 “and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,”

Titus 3:5 “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,”


We rejoice in You, Lord, knowing that You are cleansing us and transforming us into the image of Your Son, Christ Jesus.  Thank You, Lord for Your forgiveness and Your great love for us.


Philippians 4: 4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. 6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


Exodus 18:9 Then Jethro rejoiced for all the good which the Lord had done for Israel, whom He had delivered out of the hand of the Egyptians.

1 Samuel 2:1 And Hannah prayed and said: “My heart rejoices in the Lord; My horn is exalted in the Lord. I smile at my enemies, Because I rejoice in Your salvation.

1 Chronicles 16:10 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!

Psalm 5:11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name Be joyful in You.

Romans 5:1-2 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”