This month as we prepare our hearts for worship we want to take a look at some promises of old. We want to be reminded of God’s faithfulness, his heart for the nations, and his heart to use his sons and daughters, now the church, as a vehicle to reach those who do not yet know him.
Before you read through these passages we encourage you to come in a posture of submission to the Word, inviting God to speak to you through these passages today. Perhaps begin with a prayer something like this: “Lord I trust your word is authoritative, and powerful today and forever. I submit to you and your word right now, and want engage with you as your son or daughter as I read your word.”
Now the LORD said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3 ESV)
I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Then the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when my sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.” (Ezekiel 37:26-28 ESV)
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34 ESV)
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)
In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory. (Ephesians 1:13-14 ESV)
What do you learn about God and his heart in these passages?
How do you see Gods faithfulness to his promises throughout each of these passages?
How is God today still fulfilling that promise of old? And how are/aren’t you playing a role?
Set aside some time to pray throughout the day on Thursday. We will be meeting at Arcturus from 12:00pm-1:00pm to pray with whoever would like to join us. As you pray: you can pray through these passages above, you can pray that God would give you a heart like his, you can pray that God would truly give you a heart to care about what is happening both with your neighbor, and throughout the nations.
It is no secret that many brothers and sisters in Christ are being persecuted and even dying for their faith throughout the world. I would love it if we as a family could spend some time praying and empathizing with our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering for the sake of the Gospel.
Finally, brothers, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may speed ahead and be honored, as happened among you, and that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men. For not all have faith. But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one. (2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 ESV)
Third Thursday is one day, specifically set apart each month, to slow down from our daily routine to seek God more intentionally. This posture of prayer, fasting, and worship is something that we want to grow in as a church, as a family. Together, we strive to set aside our busy-ness and passionately seek Him for our lives, our church, our friends, families and our communities.
As part of our rhythm, you are invited into a day of preparation. There are a few things you are invited into:
- Take the day to fast from food (or, if there are dietary restrictions, something else in your normal rhythm of life)
- Join us for prayer from 12-1PM at our Thousand Oaks campus.
- Come prepared to worship, pray, and minister to and with the body at 7PM at our Thousand Oaks campus.