40 Days of Prayer | Day 40

day40SEND FORWARD6 …who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well… 3 John 1:6 NKJV

In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another: “Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.” 4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke. 5 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the LORD Almighty.” 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” 8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:1-8 NIV

It all comes down to our obedience to the Lord and what He’s called us to do.

You’ve made it! Today is day 40! Yesterday we began to bring this journey to a close, concluding that the ultimate way to go, step, reach, look, and send forward is to obey. It all comes down to our obedience to the Lord and what He’s called us to do.

In today’s passage, Isaiah has a vision in which he sees the Lord. In the first few verses he recognizes the Lord’s holiness. Do you recognize the Lord’s holiness? Pause for a minute and reflect on who God is. In verse 5, Isaiah recognizes his own sinfulness, especially compared to the Lord. Think for a minute about all that our holy God has done for you and all the ways He has made you new. In the last few verses, Isaiah, now cleansed and forgiven, readily answers the Lord’s call. Are you answering the Lord’s call?

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few” (Matt. 9:37 NIV). When the Lord asks who will go, will you? When He asks who will give, will you? When He asks who will serve, will you? When He asks who will share, will you? Oh, that our response might be that of Isaiah’s, “Here am I. Send me!” May we know the sweet goodness of the Lord and may we offer all that we are, and all that we have, in worship back to Him!

“Here am I. Send me!”

APPLICATION
– Think about what the Lord is calling you to do. Does He want you to tell someone about Him, to give to His work on earth, to serve in a Connect Group or volunteer position? Offer yourself to Him now and commit to do exactly what He asks.
– Pray for the services this morning at each Liberty campus. Pray for those who will be making commitments to the Forward initiative. Pray that they would trust God enough to obey. Thank Him for His promise to “throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it” (Mal. 3:10 NIV).
– Thank God for this 40-day journey. Pray that He will use it in your life and in the life of our church for many years to come. Pray that Liberty would always be moving Kb>forward and that we would always do whatever it takes to send the Gospel forward for generations to come. Pray for the vision God has given us of reaching Hampton Roads and beyond with the Gospel.
– Pray that many people from Hampton Roads would come to know Jesus because of our obedience. Pray that their eyes and hearts would be opened to His truth and that they would respond to His invitation.

40 Days of Prayer | Day 39

day39SEND FORWARD6 …who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well… 3 John 1:6 NKJV

23 but I gave them this command: Obey me, and I will be your God and you will be my people. Walk in obedience to all I command you, that it may go well with you. 24 But they did not listen or pay attention; instead, they followed the stubborn inclinations of their evil hearts. They went backward and not forward. Jeremiah 7:23-24 NIV

It’s hard to believe our 40-day journey is coming to a close. We’ve read and prayed so much about going, stepping, reaching, looking, and sending forward. Prayerfully the Lord has done a new work in your heart and you are excited to move forward in all that He has called you to do.

Only those who “do well” will hear Jesus say, “Well done.”

Being excited is a great thing! So is being willing and wanting and hoping to move forward. Now, we actually have to do and live out the work that He’s done in our hearts. Only those who “do well” will hear Jesus say, “Well done.”

Today’s verses are a powerful way to summarize this prayer journey. In this passage, the Lord is clear on what is necessary to move forward, and that’s obedience. In Luke 11:23, Jesus says, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters” (NIV). There is no place for neutrality. There is no option to stand still. We are either going forward and are helping to accomplish the Lord’s mission, or we are moving backwards and are hindering it.

Every word we say and every decision we make is an opportunity. Which way do you want to go? Will you obey and move forward or will you chose your own way and go backward? Will you live in such a way that you hinder the cause of Christ or will you help launch it forward with all that you have?

It is a privilege to get to be a part of the Lord’s work. May we do whatever it takes to keep going, stepping, reaching, looking, and sending forward!

APPLICATION
– Spend some time praying about specific ways you need to obey in order to send the Gospel forward. Commit to follow through with what the Lord has spoken to your heart during this prayer journey. Ask Him to help you keep moving forward.
– Thank God for a church who desires to move forward to send the Gospel forward for generations to come. Thank Him for His work in and through our church. Thank Him that He has given us a practical way to be involved in His activity here on earth.
– Pray that our church would always obey what the Lord has called us to do. May we be quick to offer what is required in order to accomplish His work.
– Pray that many would commit to taking part in the Forward initiative at Liberty. Pray that the Lord will use it far beyond our imaginations!

40 Days of Prayer | Day 38

day38SEND FORWARD6 …who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well… 3 John 1:6 NKJV

And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. 2 In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. 3 For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5 And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. 2 Corinthians 8:1-5 NIV

As we have seen the past several days, there are a variety of things the Lord uses to send the Gospel forward– hospitality, generosity, technology, etc. We have also seen that it is a privilege to be a part of the Lord’s work! The believers that Paul was writing to in 2 Corinthians 9 were filled with “eagerness” to help (2 Cor. 9:2 NIV). The Israelites in Exodus 35 brought so much to contribute to the Lord’s work that Moses had to tell them to stop. Today we read that the people in the Macedonian churches “urgently pleaded” with Paul to share in service to the Lord’s people, even in the midst of “a very severe trial.” We can certainly learn something from these examples!

Our God is hope for the hopeless, truth for the confused, righteousness for the sinner, and a light for those lost in darkness.

There is something extremely special about being a part of the Lord’s work here on earth. Our God is hope for the hopeless, truth for the confused, righteousness for the sinner, and a light for those lost in darkness. When we get to play a role in someone experiencing His salvation, it is awesome! Not only are individual lives changed, but marriages are restored, families are mended, relationships are reconciled, and hope is launched forward for generations to come.

Though on our own our righteousness is like filthy rags, God still allows us to bring our time, our resources, and ourselves as offerings to Him. He works in us and through us, and allows us to experience His presence and His power and to play a role in others experiencing it as well. Wow!

What is holding you back from being a part of God’s work? There is no greater cause to give your time, money, and life for than the cause of Christ! Do you want to play a role in sending His Gospel forward?

APPLICATION
– Thank God that He allows you to be a part of His work. Thank Him for giving you money, resources, time, and talents that you can offer back to Him in worship. Ask the Lord what He would have you to give in order to send His hope forward.
– Praise God for His work through Liberty. Praise Him for how He has used our church to bring many to Him. Pray that He would continue that work and that we would be quick to offer all that we have to Him, so that His purpose may be accomplished.
– Pray again over your commitment card for the Forward initiative. If applicable, talk to your spouse and decide together what commitment you will make on Sunday.
– Pray for the continual spreading of the Gospel. Pray that the people in Hampton Roads would know the hope, truth, righteousness, and light that He offers.

40 Days of Prayer | Day 37

day37SEND FORWARD6 …who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well… 3 John 1:6 NKJV

4 Moses said to the whole Israelite community, “This is what the LORD has commanded: 5 From what you have, take an offering for the LORD. Everyone who is willing is to bring to the LORD an offering of gold, silver and bronze; 6 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 7 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; 8 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 9 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
10 “All who are skilled among you are to come and make everything the LORD has commanded: Exodus 35:4-10 NIV

God has specific plans for you. We’ve read that several times over this prayer journey. He has uniquely gifted you and has a path marked out for you that is totally different from everyone else’s… and it’s a good one!

Throughout Scripture, we read of specific tasks that God has given to groups of individuals as well- conquering Jericho, rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, building the temple, etc. In today’s passage, the Lord through Moses instructed His people to build a tabernacle, a place for His presence to dwell. Just like the people we read about yesterday, the Israelites could not wait to be a part of this work. “Everyone who was willing and whose heart moved them came and brought an offering to the LORD for the work on the tent of meeting…” (Ex. 35:21 NIV). We read that the men and women brought all kinds of materials to be used for this cause. We also read that they used the skills God specifically gave them toward the work. So much so that Moses had to tell them to stop bringing offerings (36:6-7)!

There is nothing like being a part of God’s activity here on earth!

The Lord has given Liberty the specific task of changing lives, communities, and the world for Jesus Christ. For this season, He has called us to use technology to send the Gospel forward through Liberty Anywhere and our new Ministry Platform, and to continue sending the Gospel forward through our Hampton, Harbour View, and Greenbrier Campuses. In the future, we plan to send the Gospel forward through new campuses in order to reach the 1.7 million people in Hampton Roads. What resources and skills do you individually have that you can offer to this work of the Lord? There is nothing like being a part of God’s activity here on earth! It is such a privilege! Are you eager to offer what you have to this life-changing mission?

APPLICATION
– Praise God for allowing you to be a part of His work here on earth. Thank Him for the privilege of getting to serve Him and of getting to offer your resources to Him. Pray about a specific offering that you will make to God’s work through the Forward initiative.
– Thank God for His calling on Liberty. Thank Him that He has strategically placed our church here and now for a specific reason. Pray that God’s hand would forever be on our church! Pray that we would be a people quick to offer everything we have to the tasks He has called us to.
– Pray that the Gospel would continually be sent forward through you individually and through our church. Pray that God would use us to bring many to Himself. Pray that more Connect Groups would be formed and more campuses would be launched in order to share the Good News of Jesus.

40 Days of Prayer | Day 36

day36SEND FORWARD6 …who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well… 3 John 1:6 NKJV

6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written: “They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 12 This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. 13 Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. 14 And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. 15 Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 NIV

In addition to hospitality, generosity is certainly another way we can send the Gospel forward. Our passage for today is overflowing with promises and effects of being generous. In verses 6-8, we are told that if we give generously we will reap generously, that God loves a cheerful giver, and that He will bless abundantly those who give. Verses 10 and 11 remind us that the Lord will provide not just for our physical needs, but He will fuel our spiritual nourishment as well. What great promises!

Even beyond rewards and benefits for us personally, our generosity results in others praising the Lord.

Even beyond rewards and benefits for us personally, our generosity results in others praising the Lord. That is the definition of sending forward – doing something now that will launch the hope and love of Jesus Christ to others, even long after we are gone. Paul tells the church in verses 12 and 13 that others will praise God because of their generosity!

The passage concludes with Paul praising God for His indescribable gift. God is the ultimate giver. We are never more like Him than when we give. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that He gave….” Praise God that He gave! Praise God for all that His gift means for us!

The believers that Paul was writing to were eager to give (2 Cor. 9:2). They understood the great implications of generosity! May we too understand, and may we generously give of ourselves to others, out of gratefulness for all that Christ has done for us. Through giving our time, our money, and our resources, may we play a part in sending the Gospel forward!

APPLICATION
– Praise God for His generosity towards us. Thank Him for giving His Son and for all that gift means to you. Ask God to help you live generously. Pray about what commitment you can generously make to the Forward initiative.
– Pray that our church would continue to be generous. May we be quick to support God’s servants and God’s work. May we be quick to give to those who do not know Christ.
– Pray for those you know who do not know Christ. Pray for an opportunity to share with them about the greatest gift there is.
– Remember to mark your calendars for the Wednesday night series Pastor Grant will be doing on Finances. It begins January 4 and will be a great opportunity to learn more about giving generously, even long after we are gone. Topics will include budgeting, financial planning, insurance, retirement, wills, trusts, leaving a legacy, etc.

40 Days of Prayer | Day 35

day35SEND FORWARD6 …who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well… 3 John 1:6 NKJV

Acts 13:13-52

Every person is either helping to send the Gospel forward or is hindering the cause of Christ.

In the letter of 3 John, John commends Gaius for the hospitality he showed to his brothers in the faith by sending them forward to do the work of the Lord. Every person is either helping to send the Gospel forward or is hindering the cause of Christ. In this case, Gaius was a huge help!

Being hospitable means “receiving or treating guests or strangers warmly and generously.” There’s something special about being around a hospitable person! Feeling welcomed and loved by someone goes a long way.

Our passage for today gives insight into the time Paul and Barnabus spent in Pisidian Antioch. One Sabbath, they shared the message of salvation. The people invited Paul and Barnabus to speak further the next week (v. 42). We read, “On the next Sabbath almost the whole city gathered to hear the word of the Lord” (v. 44), and that “the word of the Lord spread through the whole region” (v. 49). Wow! What an effect an invitation had!

There are so many ways we can show hospitality in order to advance the Gospel. We can invite, host, provide, give, love, welcome, etc. We can be hospitable at home, at church, at the ball field, in a restaurant, or anywhere. As shown in today’s passage, because of the invitation Paul and Barnabus received, the Gospel was spread through an entire region! Does the way you treat people hinder or help the cause of Christ? Remember, there is no telling what the Lord has in store through one step of obedience!

APPLICATION
– Praise God again for the people before you who prepared the way for you to hear the Gospel. Thank Him for those who have shown hospitality to you along the way and have encouraged your walk with the Lord. Ask the Lord to use you in these same ways.
– Pray about the possibility of opening your home to host a Connect Group. If you are willing to host, call the church and let us know. You don’t have to lead in order to open your home.
– Pray that Liberty would be a hospitable church. Ask the Lord to help us always be warm and generous in the way we treat others. Pray that we would be hospitable when people come in our buildings, but also when we are out in the community.
– Pray that many people around Hampton Roads would be drawn to Jesus because of our hospitality. May we help and not hinder, the spread of the Gospel.

40 Days of Prayer | Day 34

day34SEND FORWARD6 …who have borne witness of your love before the church. If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well… 3 John 1:6 NKJV

5 For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:5 NIV

1 I will sing of the LORD’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations. Psalm 89:1 NIV

Being a part of the Lord’s work here on earth means that you are a part of something so much bigger than yourself!

Being a part of the Lord’s work here on earth means that you are a part of something so much bigger than yourself! From creation, the Lord had a good plan for His people. Adam and Eve sinned, but the Lord sought them out when they were naked and ashamed. He wrapped them in animal skin and forgave them. What a picture!

The Lord used Noah’s obedience to save His people from the flood, Moses and Joshua’s obedience to lead the people to the promised land, Esther’s obedience to protect them from annihilation, and so many more. John the Baptist prepared the way for the Lord. Mary birthed him and raised Him as a child. The disciples followed Him and spread the good news of the Gospel.

Fast forward thousands of years and God used someone else’s obedience to tell you about Jesus! You got to experience His love and forgiveness, just like Adam and Eve. His work, which began at creation, continues today. “His love endures forever and his faithfulness continues through all generations!”

When Noah obeyed, there is no way he could have known all that was in store. The same goes for each person throughout history that the Lord has used. His work is so far beyond us! What a privilege it is for us to get to be a part.

This week, the final week of our 40 Days of Prayer, we will be talking about ways that we can send the Gospel forward. Send means to launch. May we be faithful, as so many were before us, to send forward the message of hope for generations to come!

APPLICATION
– Praise God for the obedience of so many people before you. Thank Him for the person or people who shared the Gospel with you. Pray that you will be faithful in sending the Gospel forward.
– Praise God for those who have gone before you at Liberty. Thank Him for their vision of relocating the Hampton Campus to its current location on Big Bethel Road. Thank Him for the vision of multiple campuses and for the fruition of that vision at Harbour View and Greenbrier. Thank Him for the vision of continuing to reach Hampton Roads and beyond with the Gospel through many more campuses.
– Pray about your role in sending the Gospel forward from here. Pray about the commitment you will make on Sunday to the Forward initiative. Pray about ways you can serve through Connect Groups or other Liberty ministries to share the Gospel with those who have not heard.
– Pray that the work the Lord began so many years ago would continue today. Pray that many more will come to know the love God has for them.

40 Days of Prayer | Day 33

day33LOOK FORWARD14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 2 Peter 3:14 NKJV

6 …All flesh is grass, and all its beauty is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades when the breath of the LORD blows on it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever. Isaiah 40:6-8 ESV

What a full week it’s been looking forward to all that is ahead! We talked about expectation of the Lord’s return motivating our present obedience, like it did Abraham and Moses. We talked about the importance of evangelism in last days, knowing that there is a devastating end in store for those who are not in Christ. Finally, we talked about the importance of examining our present lives to ensure that we will be found faithful when He returns.

The last concept we will look at this week is evaluation. Peter ended his second letter saying, “17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand….” The “this” in that line is referring to what he has said about false teachers in the last days. “…knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability. 18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen” (2 Peter 3:17-18 ESV).

May we determine now that we will value God and His word above everything else!

Evaluation means to determine or set the value or worth of something. False teachings will arise and other things will vie for our affection. May we determine now that we will value God and His word above everything else! May we stay mindful of all that He has said about what’s to come. May we not be “carried away” by other influences, may we continue to “grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord,” and may we desire His glory “both now and to the day of eternity!”

The Word of the Lord is true. “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.” Jesus will come again. Let us look forward to that day!

APPLICATION
– Praise God that His Word is true and that it stands forever. Pray that He would help you to value it above all else. May we always evaluate things through the lens of the Bible, not the Bible through the lens of other things.
– Pray for the Liberty family. Pray that we would not conform to the pattern of this world, but that we would be transformed by the renewing of our minds so that we may discern God’s will (Rom. 12:2). Pray that we as a church would value God and His word above all else.
– Pray for the continual spreading of the Gospel through our church. As other teachings and philosophies arise in the last days, pray that we would be faithful to preach Jesus and His truth no matter what. May we, like those in the early church, consider it a privilege to face persecution for the sake of the Gospel.

40 Days of Prayer | Day 32

day32LOOK FORWARD14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 2 Peter 3:14 NKJV

…when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8b NIV

At the end of our devotion yesterday, the question was asked, “Are you living today with the Lord’s return in mind?” Since we do not know when He will return, it’s important that we do daily what we want to be found doing when that day comes.

If the Lord returns today, will He find faith in your life?

In today’s passage, Jesus asks a similar question. Explaining the parable of the persistent widow, and teaching the disciples to pray and not give up, He asks them if He will find faith when he returns. Think about that question for a minute. If the Lord returns today, will He find faith in your life? Are you actively believing His promises are true? Are you actively believing our God can heal, redeem, restore, and save, and that He goes before you, comes behind you, and can work beyond you? Are you actively believing that He is coming again and that those who do not know Him will be separated from Him for all eternity? Are you actively praying and not giving up?

Those are hard questions but certainly worthwhile ones! Examine your heart. Ask the Lord to examine your heart. Look forward to His coming and think about how He will find you when He returns. Will you be found faithful with all that He has given you?

May today be a new day! May you trust Him for a new work and look forward to His return and to the fulfillment of His promises. He does keep them!

May we be found faithful!

APPLICATION
– Thank the Lord again that He is the Author and Perfecter of our faith. Thank Him for being a God who keeps His promises. Ask Him if you are currently living in such a way that you’ll be found faithful when He returns. Pray for His Spirit to continue to work in your life so that you will be found faithful one day.
– Pray that we as a church would be found faithful when He returns. Pray that we would make the most of the opportunities and resources He’s given us. May we individually make up a collective body that is faithful to the Lord.
– Pray for our Connect Groups, for the use of our new Ministry Platform, and for Liberty Anywhere. Pray for the ministry at our Hampton Campus, Harbour View Campus, and Greenbrier Campus. Pray that we would use the resources God has given us to advance the Gospel. Pray that many would come to know the Lord through these endeavors.

40 Days of Prayer | Day 31

day31LOOK FORWARD14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 2 Peter 3:14 NKJV

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing. 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11 NIV

What are you looking forward to? Is it a trip, life change, or upcoming event? Does the Lord’s return stir your spirit like these other things? This week we’ve talked about living with expectation of what’s to come and the importance of evangelism while we wait. Prayerfully you are stepping, reaching, and looking forward to that glorious day when we will see our Savior face to face! Prayerfully that hope has a great effect on your present days.

Our passage for today reminds us that the Lord will come “like a thief in the night” or “as labor pains on a pregnant woman.” We do not know when that will be. While those who do not know the Lord may be caught off guard, we as Christians should not be surprised. How do you want to be found when He returns? “Awake and sober,” living ready for the day, or asleep and distracted, not taking His promise seriously? Do you want to be found growing in the things of God, giving to the work of God, and going on mission for God? Or, do you want to be found giving all of your energy and efforts to things that will not last?

Are you living today with the Lord’s return in mind?

Paul urges us to be sober, to put on faith and love, to remember the hope of our salvation, and to encourage one another in these things. Think for a minute about the faith we read about in Hebrews 11, about the love we read that shows others we are Christians, and about the hope of our salvation coming to ultimate fruition, ultimate reconciliation. Examine your life. Are you living today with the Lord’s return in mind?

APPLICATION
– Think about what you are looking forward to. Confess to the Lord if His return is not one of those things. Ask Him to help you be mindful that He may come at any moment. If you are looking forward to His coming, spend some time praising Him again for all that His coming will mean for you.
– Pray for our church family. Pray that we could be characterized as a body looking forward to the Lord’s return. Pray that we would encourage each other to put on hope, faith, and love daily. Pray specifically for the encouragement that is taking place in Connect Groups. Ask the Lord to raise up more leaders and more homes so that more groups can be started throughout Hampton Roads.
– Pray that the final days of Liberty Loves Hampton Roads would make a huge difference in our community. Pray that many would hear the good news of what all the Lord has in store for those who love Him.

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