Awaken My Soul – Psalm 111 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Awaken My Soul Prayer – Psalm 111 – Maranatha Vision Project

In our hearts, Father, and throughout all nations, we desire awakening. Holy Spirit, awaken our souls to your glory. Let our awakening be for your renown alone, let our praises arise to your throne and be received in a such a way that your joy increases. May your heavenly kingdom power flow here to the earth you created; let your sovereign will be accomplished in your Church. Awaken my soul and sing of the splendor and righteousness of Jesus Christ. Let me see clearly; let me me listen willingly.

Let the dawn fill the darkness with light and flood creation with Truth; let the twilight seal your promises revealed during the day. Let the night shine brightly, for the stars and spinning galaxies proclaim your amazing grace and guide us forward to your soon return.

Glory Celebration > Shout hallelujah to Yahweh! May every one of his sons and daughters hear my passionate praise to him, even among the council of the holy ones. For God’s mighty miracles astound me! His wonders are so delightfully mysterious that they leave all who seek them astonished. Everything he does is full of splendor and beauty! Each miracle demonstrates his eternal perfection. His unforgettable works of surpassing wonder reveal his grace and tender mercy. He satisfies all who love and trust him, and he keeps every promise he makes. He reveals mighty power and marvels to his people by handing them nations as a gift. All God accomplishes is flawless, faithful, and fair, and his every word proves trustworthy and true. They are steadfast forever and ever, formed from truth and righteousness. His forever-love paid a full ransom for his people so that now we’re free to come before our Abba Father to worship his holy and awesome name! Where can wisdom be found? It is born in the fear of God. Everyone who follows his ways will never lack his living-understanding. And the adoration of God will abide throughout eternity! (Psalm 111 TPT)

Father, thank you for adopting us as beloved sons and daughters, for creating spaces at the Lamb’s wedding feast for me and my family. Thank you for counting this generation worth saving, our land worth redeeming. Thank you for sharing your glory and telling the gospel story to the nations, a story that inspires our hearts and teaches our minds and provides all we need to help us navigate our decisions as we follow Jesus by faith.

Father, your perfection is eternal, your power is mighty, and your mercies are abundant. Forgive us when we struggle to be satisfied, when we surrender to temptation and forget your loving kindness. Awaken my heart today with a fresh faith in your compassionate care for me and my family. Show me how the resources and relationships I already have are sources of your generosity. Grow my faith as I drink daily from the wellspring of hope.

Face-To-Face > But during the night he got up and awakened his two wives and his two concubines and eleven sons, and sent them across the Jordan River at the Jabbok crossing with all his possessions, then returned again to the camp and was there alone; and a Man wrestled with him until dawn. And when the Man saw that he couldn’t win the match, he struck Jacob’s hip and knocked it out of joint at the socket. Then the Man said, “Let me go, for it is dawn.” But Jacob panted, “I will not let you go until you bless me.” “What is your name?” the Man asked. “Jacob,” was the reply. “It isn’t anymore!” the Man told him. “It is Israel—one who has power with God. Because you have been strong with God, you shall prevail with men.” “What is your name?” Jacob asked him. “No, you mustn’t ask,” the Man told him. And he blessed him there. Jacob named the place “Peniel” (“The Face of God”), for he said, “I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is spared.” The sun rose as he started on, and he was limping because of his hip. (That is why even today the people of Israel don’t eat meat from near the hip, in memory of what happened that night.) (Genesis 32:22-32 TLB)

Jesus, one day I will see you face-to-face, one day I will receive a body that can never die. I praise you for giving me a soul that is already fulfilling an eternal destiny. I am so much more than my body, I have so much more than my belongings. I can take nothing to the next age but my soul and spirit, and I praise you for sealing my name in the Lamb’s Book of Life, for baptizing me with salvation through the blood of my Redeemer soaked into Calvary’s cross. The greatest treasure we can ever receive is eternal life security.

And indeed, I am secure because of Jesus. I am free because of Jesus. I am loved because of Jesus. I am alive because of Jesus. I am at rest in your arms, Father, because of Jesus. I am filled with the Holy Spirit because of Jesus. I worship you, Father, because of Jesus. I seek to fulfill my destiny because Jesus paid it all, and all to him I gladly owe.

Resurrection Lifestyle > So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it. Pursue the things over which Christ presides. Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you. Look up, and be alert to what is going on around Christ—that’s where the action is. See things from his perspective. Your old life is dead. Your new life, which is your real life—even though invisible to spectators—is with Christ in God. He is your life. When Christ (your real life, remember) shows up again on this earth, you’ll show up, too—the real you, the glorious you. Meanwhile, be content with obscurity, like Christ. So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It’s your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it. Let the peace of Christ keep you in tune with each other, in step with each other. None of this going off and doing your own thing. And cultivate thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ—the Message—have the run of the house. Give it plenty of room in your lives. Instruct and direct one another using good common sense. And sing, sing your hearts out to God! Let every detail in your lives—words, actions, whatever—be done in the name of the Master, Jesus, thanking God the Father every step of the way. (Colossians 3:1-4,12-17 MSG)

Father, we want to understand, embrace, and live out your resurrection culture, for each one of us has shared in our Master of Sorrow’s crucifixion: we have tasted a grain our Savior’s pain, we have faced many crossroads to give up or persevere, and by your grace we endure because you never give up on us. Deepen our hope, Lord, let the rivers of our joy run deeper: deeper than suffering, deeper than spiritual battles won or lost, deeper than all the hellfire of the dragon’s rage flooding our lives with temptation and lies, for the war is won and Jesus Christ has overcome. Our Redeemer lives, and he prays for us.

Father, unveil any blindness of our eyes, deafness of our ears, wandering of our hearts, and unbelief of our minds. Please teach us how to follow Jesus with all that we have, all that we are, and all that we desire. Clothe us with compassion and overflow kindness out of our tongues. Humble us with trials and strengthen our weaknesses with your Holy Spirit. Discipline us with challenges and baptize us with a spirit of gratitude, a culture of giving thanks and counting our blessings. Let our decisions reflect our treasures, for we cherish you Father, we cherish you Jesus, and we cherish you Holy Spirit.

Now, Father, we commend ourselves into your care: trusting you with our lives and sidestepping from the snares that threaten to halt our progress of lifelong perseverance. We open up our minds, resources, and plans to you, we lay down whatever tempts us to depend on anything or anyone besides you, and we surrender to your leadership. Thank you for your promise to awaken all who seek, your covenant to save all who ask. We rest in you, listening to your voice, diving into your glory, and overflowing with faith, hope, and love, in Jesus’ name we pray, believe, and trust you, amen. Maranatha!

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Make A Way Prayer – Isaiah 43

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Make A Way Prayer 

Heavenly Father, 

We love you and praise you. We praise your name and want all the nations to know you. We cry out Maranatha! We say, “Glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest!” Blessed is Jesus your Son and our Savior. Thank you for counting your creation worth rescuing. As with Noah, you could have wiped out any generation you wanted and started over with one family, like that story with Moses when he intervened and asked you to have mercy and you faithfully forgave Israel.

We need new streams in our lives Lord, new streams of ancient things. We need your holiness to cover us, your love to fill us, your power to flow through us. We need you to make a way where our skills, resources, and experiences don’t make any difference. 

We need your intervention, we need you to move in the ways where we are incapable and unworthy, your glory transforming the impossible into a spectacle of your salvation.

Wilderness Streams > Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. The wild animals honor me, the jackals and the owls, because I provide water in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland, to give drink to my people, my chosen, the people I formed for myself that they may proclaim my praise. (Isaiah 43:18-21 NIV)

Let us perceive your movements in our hearts, let your living water streams fill us as empty vessels thirsty for your kingdom to come your way according to your will within your perfect timing in righteous pathways that echo your Truth to the ends of the earth. 

We desire for our prayers, our service, our worship, and our disciple-making to reach every people and tribe. We want our desires and the accomplishments of our lifetimes to bear eternal fruit and lead others currently walking blindly in darkness to awaken to your light and join us in Jesus’ freedom and experience the fullness of your covenant love. 

We want the wastelands to become orchards, we want the wilderness to become cities of peace & righteousness. We want you to reach every nation with vindicating victory that exposes the principalities who deceive world governments and corrupt could-be godly leaders into wicked persecutors and violent barbarians. So let your streams flow in the wastelands, let your living waters overflow in the wild frontier where lost sheep roam.

Fiery Warriors > Early in the morning a servant of the Holy Man got up and went out. Surprise! Horses and chariots surrounding the city! The young man exclaimed, “Oh, master! What shall we do?” He said, “Don’t worry about it—there are more on our side than on their side.” Then Elisha prayed, “O God, open his eyes and let him see.” The eyes of the young man were opened and he saw. A wonder! The whole mountainside full of horses and chariots of fire surrounding Elisha! When the Arameans attacked, Elisha prayed to God, “Strike these people blind!” And God struck them blind, just as Elisha said. (2 Kings 6:15-18 MSG)

Father, Elisha could see, but his teammate could not see. His physical eyes saw but his spiritual eyes could not perceive what was right in front of him. Please Father, make a way in us to see what you’re doing, what your plans are, what your will is, as we join with the transforming restoration of your daily spiritual renewal within our minds & hearts.

If you can open up this servant’s eyes, then you can open up mine. Thank you that our blind eyes, deaf ears, and cold hearts are not barriers to your kingdom coming and your will being done. Thank you for the unseen ways that you bring your goodness and beauty into every one of our days, and thank you for teaching us to be thankful for every blessing, counting & treasuring every gift from above received below.

Resurrection Sight >  “But Lord,” exclaimed Ananias, “I’ve heard many people talk about the terrible things this man has done to the believers in Jerusalem! And he is authorized by the leading priests to arrest everyone who calls upon your name.” But the Lord said, “Go, for Saul is my chosen instrument to take my message to the Gentiles and to kings, as well as to the people of Israel. And I will show him how much he must suffer for my name’s sake.” So Ananias went and found Saul. He laid his hands on him and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you might regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” Instantly something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he regained his sight. Then he got up and was baptized. Afterward he ate some food and regained his strength. (Acts 9:13-19 NLT)

Father, let the scales come off, let the old wineskins burn, let the new wineskins be filled. Let the old ways die and let the ancient ways arise once again. You are calling our generation to an immensely difficult task: to finish what Jesus started and the Apostles continued but did not complete. You are asking us to make disciples in every nation.

Though we are free of condemnation ourselves because of Christ’s work @ Golgotha, we readily embrace the condemnation with which others accuse us, so that we may share in our Master of Sorrow’s experience. For how can we be ambassadors for a kingdom that heals if we have never endure pain; a kingdom that rescues if we have not been lost?

As Ananias made hard decisions that required personal sacrifice that could have ended in his very own imprisonment, torture, and death, we must ask are we so bold? Have we laid it all down? Have we truly died and been crucified along with the Friend of Sinners?

We press in today to the two blessings Ananias gave to Saul > to regain any sight or vision we have lost, and to be filled to overflowing with the presence, peace, purpose, and power of the Holy Spirit. We now let go of whatever troubles us and look above & beyond to an eternal kingdom of blazing light. We refresh our desire to receive and walk in your Truth and freedom, your glory and our identity as beloved sons & daughters.

Stand Strong > So put away all pride from yourselves. You are standing under the powerful hand of God. At the right time He will lift you up. Give all your worries to Him because He cares for you. Keep awake! Watch at all times. The devil is working against you. He is walking around like a hungry lion with his mouth open. He is looking for someone to eat. Stand against him and be strong in your faith. Remember, other Christians over all the world are suffering the same as you are. After you have suffered for awhile, God Himself will make you perfect. He will keep you in the right way. He will give you strength. He is the God of all loving-favor and has called you through Christ Jesus to share His shining-greatness forever. God has power over all things forever. Let it be so. (1 Peter 5:6-11 NLV)

The battle belongs to the Lord, we believe you Father. We believe that you are Zion’s Mighty Warrior who rides on the winds of the dawn and returns in power & fire upon the clouds of heaven. Our Bright Morning Star, we fix our eyes on the Author & Potter of our Faith, for your daily intervention in our souls spanning across our lifetimes through ever- changing seasons forms the anchor of our hope, persevering in every storm & tribulation.

Thank you God of our Salvation for lifting us up in every dark day and troubled season of our faith journey. Thank you Guardian Shepherd for covering us with your love and surrounding us with your peace that is truly impossible to describe. Thank you God of All Comfort for navigating our souls through every spiritual attack and releasing your compassionate grace as a Cascading Waterfall of Mercy over us: a healer’s balm we can taste & see that it is good and spread the word to everyone around us who will listen.

We praise you that the dragon does not have all authority, and that this present evil too shall pass. We praise you because the enemy wants us to focus on him as a raging lion seeking to devour; in contrast, you are Greater, for you are Judah’s Lion who roars, and the power of your voice conquers the most entrenched demonic powers of our land. 

Shield & Rampart, True Light of Wisdom, thank you for shining where we can see with eyes you created to enjoy the beauty, and with hearts surrendered and available to listen to your voice, embrace your wisdom, and walk intentionally in your revelations. We are yours, now and forever. We are purchased & sealed by the blood of the Lamb of God.

We give your our dreams and desires, we return our resources and relationships to you, we lay down all that we have taken up apart from your will, and we rest in your presence available to see, believe, and follow wherever you want to guide us as we live the rest of our lives in your amazing grace in Jesus’ name we pray & worship, amen. Maranatha!

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2020 Deep Dive Year Prophecy

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2020 Deep Dive Year Prophecy 

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For the last two years, the Holy Spirit has guided me to ask for a prophetic word of knowledge about the next year of my life; to give each year a name. 2018 was the year of Restoration, and 2019 has been the year of the Wild Frontier. Our Lord Jesus told me back in November that all year, God’s people will receive new dreams of heavenly things, and in these dreams we will discover ancient truths & pathways, and through these truths we will discern next steps for fulfilling our destinies.

This summer I began asking for a name for the year 2020. The obvious name is “Clear Vision,” since 2020 is associated in ophthalmology with perfect eyes that do not require vision correction. As I listened more intently, I heard the Holy Spirit say, “The name of the year 2020 is Deep Dive.” As I listened to our Good Shepherd’s voice, I received three revelation keys to understanding this name > 1) Wonder, 2) Worship, & 3) Wisdom.

In 2020, our Heavenly Father has anointed this year with a Wonder Awakening. So many people are dazed & sleepwalking, mesmerized by technology and digital entertainment, wandering in the wilderness of a global society increasingly hostile to the ways & wisdom of Jesus Christ. Our Father wants to awaken us, to deliver us out of our slumber, our hypnotism on Pinocchio’s Pleasure Island, our covenant with the Lost Boys of Neverland. 

As Jesus’ Church recaptures her calling to wonder at the awesome nature of our Creator & his creation, our response will be a Worship Mission. We will walk with the Holy Spirit and practice God’s presence intentionally throughout our daily routines. We will be filled to overflowing with his love and spiritual fruit & gifts, keeping our eyes focused upon Jesus: our Faith Author & Cultivator, our Soul Shepherd & Overseer, our Eternal Life King. 

This worship mission will produce a Wisdom Culture. The true wisdom of heaven is not correct doctrine or intricate theology. Wisdom is the person of Jesus Christ; he is Heaven’s Wisdom. The greatest practical wisdom available to humanity is to nurture day & night all our days a growing, deepening relationship with our Friend, Jesus Messiah.

Deep Dive Keys > I searched the Scriptures for three passages to guide us +>>

Wonder > “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake out the wicked? Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? What is the way to the abode of light; where does darkness reside? Have you entered the storehouses of snow or seen where hail prepares for days of war and battle? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain and a path for the thunderstorm? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons? Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God’s dominion over the earth?” (Job 38 NIV, selections)

Worship > Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship. Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you fulfill your destiny, living a beautiful life that is satisfying and perfect in his eyes. (Romans 12:1-2 TPT)

Wisdom > Dear brothers and sisters, even when I first came to you I didn’t use lofty words and brilliant ideas to tell you God’s message. For I decided that I would speak only of Jesus Christ and his death on the cross. I came to you in weakness – timid and trembling. The Holy Spirit’s power was in my words proving that the message was from God. I lead you this way because I want your faith to stand firmly upon God, not on man’s great ideas. Here is the source of our confidence of faith in God’s revelations: God has sent his Spirit to tell us, and his Spirit searches out and shows us all of God’s deepest secrets. He has actually given us his Spirit, which is completely incompatible with the world’s spirit, to tell us about the wonderful free gifts of grace and blessing God has given to us. Anyone who does not follow Jesus cannot understand or accept thoughts from God, because only a reborn spirit can understand spiritual truths revealed from heaven by the Holy Spirit. (1 Corinthians 2 TLB, selections)

Maranatha Prayer > Heavenly Father, may all the peoples and every tribe worship your name in Spirit & Truth, let every nation praise the Lamb of God who was slain for the sins  of the world. Lord Jesus, you are the Radiance of God’s Glory, the visible expression of hidden realities. Thank you for sustaining us with your divine power and sovereign will. Our generation needs refining & fine tuning, we need a recalibration, a realignment to your design, for we are beautifully made in your image and wired to worship. Yet, we are prone so quickly to wander away and lose ourselves in the latest craze of our dark days.

Lord Jesus, we thirst for you. We are deer panting for pure streams, we are sheep searching for carefree & nourishing pastures. The Living Water and Safe Sanctuary we desire & seek is always freely available in your presence. So, let your glory rain down, Overflowing Blessings Fountain. Open the floodgates of heaven, and draw our generation deeper into your righteous wisdom mysteries than ever before in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen. Maranatha!

[James Harvey, CEO/Founder Blazing Trees, blazingtrees.org/maranatha]

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Maranatha Overflow – Isaiah 41 – Maranatha Storytellers Church

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“Overflow” is the excess or surplus fluid unable to be contained by any available space; a vessel filled beyond its own capacity; to spill over, to rise above the rim and stream forth.

Overflow Sign > The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the LORD, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together, that they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it. (Isaiah 41:17-20 NKJV)

Perpetual Overflow > Every living thing that gathers where the river goes will live. There will be very many fish, because these waters go there and make the salt water clean again… All kinds of fruit trees will grow on both sides of the river. Their leaves will not dry up, and they will never stop giving fruit. They will give fruit every month, because their water flows from the holy place. Their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing. (Ezekiel 47:9,12 NLV)

Make Disciples

  1. Emptiness – “Empty” means containing nothing, poured out and dry as dust, having no value or clear purpose. Life without Jesus Christ is desolate and worthless. Let us confess our exhaustion, admit our dissatisfaction, and repent of our wandering away.
  2. Emancipation – “Freedom” is deliverance out of slavery into eternal sonship; from lost and wandering to adopted and beloved. Our Father so loved us, that he sent Jesus Messiah to cast our shackles into the sea and place us in favored seats at his table.
  3. Escalation – “Escalate” means rapid increase, growing intensity, to skyrocket above the earth and soar beyond the stars. Once we are satisfied in Jesus and listening to our Shepherd’s voice, the Banner of All Nations will cultivate increasing fruitfulness.

Holy Spirit Prayer

  • Give me clear sight to discern those around me who are poor and seeking water.
  • Father, thank you for not forsaking us; thank you for leaving the 99 to carry us home.
  • Our Heavenly Father is the Wellspring Tender: he creates living water in desolation.
  • The nations will recognize the presence of the Holy Spirit; he will draw them to Jesus.
  • Let us go down to the river to pray; let us gather at the river to praise the Lord in Spirit!
  • The Holy Spirit moves at the Father and Son’s pace; let us not run ahead or fall behind.
  • Help us to be vessels of gospel acceleration while resting alone in Christ.

Personal Reflections > What are the initial signs of my spiritual burnout and emotional exhaustion? How do these Scriptures give me strength to face difficult times and dry seasons? When will I spend more time during this new week enjoying and releasing Holy Spirit overflow?

Maranatha Overflow Verses

Abundance > “Along the bank of the river, on this side and that, will grow all kinds of trees used for food; their leaves will not wither, and their fruit will not fail. They will bear fruit every month, because their water flows from the sanctuary. Their fruit will be for food, and their leaves for medicine.” (Ezekiel 47:12 NKJV)

Depend > Happy are those who have the God of Jacob to help them and who depend on the LORD their God, the Creator of heaven, earth, and sea, and all that is in them. He always keeps his promises; he judges in favor of the oppressed and gives food to the hungry. The LORD sets prisoners free and gives sight to the blind. He lifts those who have fallen; he loves his righteous people. He protects the strangers who live in our land; he helps widows and orphans, but takes the wicked to their ruin. (Psalm 146:5-9 GNT)

Holy Spirit > “When, however, the Spirit comes, who reveals the truth about God, he will lead you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own authority, but he will speak of what he hears, and will tell you of things to come. He will give me glory, because he will take what I say and tell it to you.” (John 16:13-14 GNB)

Horn of My Salvation > I love you, O LORD, my strength. The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalms 18:1-2 ESV)

Mighty Warrior > Mighty warrior, strap your sword at your side. In your majesty and splendor – in your splendor ride triumphantly in the cause of truth, humility, and justice. May your right hand show your awe-inspiring acts. (Psalms 45:3-4 HCSB)

Radiance of God’s Glory > The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After making purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. So he became higher in rank than the angels, just as the name he inherited is superior to theirs.” (Hebrews 1:3-4 HCSB)

Vine > “Remain united to me, and I will remain united to you. A branch cannot bear fruit by itself; it can do so only if it remains in the vine. In the same way you cannot bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine, and you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will bear much fruit; for you can do nothing without me.” (John 15:5-6 GNB)

 Yahweh Our Righteousness > “The days are coming” – this is the LORD’s declaration – “when I will raise up a Righteous Branch of David. He will reign wisely as king and administer justice and righteousness in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. This is what he will be named: Yahweh Our Righteousness.” (Jeremiah 23:5-6 HCSB)

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Maranatha Jesus – Acts 2 – Maranatha Storytellers Church

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Maranatha Jesus

“Jesus” is God’s beloved Son. He came to earth to save us and restore us to God’s family. Jesus is loving and compassionate, powerful and wise. He will return soon. Maranatha!

Jesus Messiah > “My friends, I must speak to you plainly about our famous ancestor King David. He died and was buried, and his grave is here with us to this very day. He was a prophet, and he knew what God had promised him: God had made a vow that he would make one of David’s descendants a king, just as David was. David saw what God was going to do in the future, so he spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah when he said, ‘He was not abandoned in the world of the dead; his body did not rot in the grave.’ God has raised this very Jesus from death, and we are all witnesses to this fact. He has been raised to the right side of God, his Father, and has received from him the Holy Spirit, as he had promised. What you now see and hear is his gift that he has poured out on us. For it was not David who went up into heaven; rather he said, ‘The Lord said to my Lord: Sit here at my right side until I put your enemies as a footstool under your feet.’ “All the people of Israel, then, are to know for sure that this Jesus, whom you crucified, is the one that God has made Lord and Messiah!” (Acts 2:29-36 GNT)

Make Disciples

  1. Redeemer – “Redeem” means to cover for someone so their debt is paid and they become free. Our Redeemer lives! Jesus is the only One who can save us; we cannot save ourselves. Even better, we are eternal family in our Heavenly Father’s kingdom.
  2. Revealer – “Reveal” means to awaken others to what we do not know. The dragon is an evil prince of darkness: deceiving the nations and manipulating them to follow his leadership. Jesus reveals God’s truth, shines light into shadows, and shares wisdom.
  3. Ruler – To “rule” means the authority to govern a people. When Jesus rose from the dead, our Father gave him all authority on earth and all spiritual realms. Jesus rules in heaven, and he will return in glory to judge the nations and inaugurate the next age.

Holy Spirit Prayer

  • Jesus is the Resurrection and the Life. He removes my dead heart and makes me new.
  • Jesus is King David’s prophesied descendant. He is the Messiah and Israel’s true king.
  • The grave could not prevail against Jesus. He is risen, raised, and reigning in heaven.
  • Jesus ascended for a purpose: to send the Holy Spirit to dwell inside and guide us.
  • In the end, our Father will place every adversary under Jesus’ feet. Flawless victory.
  • Jesus demonstrates true love through his suffering and death at Calvary for our sake.
  • “Messiah” means Promised Deliverer. Jesus is the Savior Shepherd of all mankind.

Personal Reflections > Time for a heart check: just how important is Jesus to my life? Have I fully surrendered everything to Jesus; is he truly Lord of all? In this next week, how can I rearrange my calendar to spend more time with my Salvation King? Jesus said to pray at all times in the Holy Spirit: how do I practice his presence every day?

Salvation Fountain Scriptures

Beautiful Freedom > “A slave does not belong to a family permanently, but a son belongs forever. If the Son sets you free, then you will be really free.” (John 8:35-36 GNB)

Discerning Vision > I ask the God of our Master, Jesus Christ, the God of Glory, to make you intelligent and discerning in knowing him personally, your eyes focused and clear, so that you can see exactly what he is calling you to do, grasp the immensity of this glorious way of life he has for his followers. (Ephesians 1:17-18)

Living Water > Jesus answered the woman, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:13-14)

Merciful Love > God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms; we are united with Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:4-6)

Repentance Confession > Job replied to the LORD: “I know that you can do anything and no plan of yours can be thwarted. You asked, “Who is this who conceals my counsel with ignorance?” Surely I spoke about things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. You said, “Listen now, and I will speak. When I question you, you will inform me.” I had heard rumors about you, but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore, I take back my words and repent in dust and ashes.” (Job 42:1-6)

Salvation Declaration > If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” (Romans 10:9-11)

Solid Foundation > Everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against the house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

Wisdom Journey > Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed. (Proverbs 3:13-18)

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Victorious Boy Warrior – 1 Samuel 17 – Storytellers Bible Project

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Victorious Boy Warrior Story

1 Samuel 17

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Giant Enemy – huge warrior & boy – Let me tell you a story about how a brave youth killed a terrifying giant champion.

Widespread Fear – running coward – The Israeli and Philistine armies were camped on opposite sides of a valley. Goliath the giant dared any soldier from Israel to fight. Everyone ran away, afraid of his intimidating power.

Lion Slayer – lion face – David, Jesse’s youngest son, visited his brothers in the army to bring them food. He told King Saul he could defeat the giant, because he already killed both a lion and bear to protect his flock.

Glorious Triumph – boy, sword, giant head – David fought the giant, killed him, and cut off his head with his sword. Israel won a great victory over their sworn enemy that day.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Samuel Anoints David – 1 Samuel 16 – Storytellers Bible Project

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Samuel Anoints David Story

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Royal Anointing – horn & oil – Let me tell you a story about how the prophet Samuel found Israel’s King David. God sent Samuel to find and bless King Saul’s successor.

Pure Heart – heart & crown – God rejected Saul as king of Israel because of his rebellious heart. He sent Samuel to find a new king with a passion for loving and obeying God.

Faithful Shepherd – shepherd, flame, sheep – Samuel thought he knew the next king on sight, but he was wrong. God saw young David’s faithful heart and chose him to lead.

Consecrated King – two men & flame – Samuel sent for David from the pastures. He anointed David with holy oil in his family’s presence, and the Holy Spirit rested upon him.

Storyteller Discipleship

The following activities will help you remember the story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Pray. Listen to the story. Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • Pray. What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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Maranatha Refresh – Matthew 11 – Maranatha Vision Project

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Maranatha Refresh

“Refresh” means to give new strength or energy to someone, renew fading hope and heal exhaustion, stoke embers into flames and replenish whatever has been poured out.

Refreshing Renewal > Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)

Saving Power > See, I was born in sin and was in sin from my very beginning. See, you want truth deep within my heart. And you will make me know wisdom in the hidden part. Take away my sin, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and happiness. Let the bones that you have broken be full of joy. Hide your face from my sins. And take away all my wrong-doing. Make a clean heart in me, O God. Give me a new spirit that will not be moved. Do not throw me away from where you are. And do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Let the joy of your saving power return to me. And give me a willing spirit to obey you. Then I will teach wrong-doers your ways. And sinners will turn to you. (Psalm 51:5-13 NLV)

Make Disciples

  1. Recovery – Following Jesus and making disciples invites spiritual warfare. One reason we are still here is because there is so much intense distraction around fulfilling the Great Commission. When we participate in Jesus’ mission, we share in his suffering.
  2. Master – Jesus invites us to learn from him, to watch how he faces spiritual attacks in the Gospels, to watch the early missionaries in Acts. As lifelong apprentice disciples, we will always be learning how to facilitate Jesus’ kingdom coming within all peoples.
  3. Trust – Trust means to lay down my rights to be in control, and to give my life over to follow the leadership of another. Trust means I don’t need all the answers. Trust means I don’t have to understand. Trust leads me to rest and refresh in the Spirit.

Holy Spirit Prayer

  • Jesus wants to give rest to his disciples, but we have to value and desire his rest.
  • Every disciple gets exhausted and worn down. Jesus heals and refreshes our spirits.
  • Jesus is our Great Shepherd and Wise Teacher; he patiently guides us with love.
  • We will struggle against sin across our lifetime; we must keep asking forgiveness.
  • We need new wineskin hearts. We depend on the Holy Spirit to keep us humble.
  • Jesus saves! We can trust him and surrender. We can model peace for others.

Personal Reflections > How am I weary and heavy burdened today? What influences in my life cause me to struggle or burn out? When is sometime soon that I will rest and refresh in the Spirit? Who do I know right now that needs some guidance to enter into Jesus’ rest?

Refreshing Renewal Scriptures

Living Water Rivers > On the most important day of the Feast of Tabernacles, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds – “All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!” Jesus was prophesying about the Holy Spirit that believers were being prepared to receive. But the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon them, because Jesus had not yet been unveiled in his full splendor. (John 7:37-39 TPT)

New Self > But that is not how you learned about the Messiah, assuming you heard about him and were taught by him, because the truth is in Jesus. You took off your former way of life, the old self that is corrupted by deceitful desires; you are being renewed in the spirit of your minds; you put on the new self, the one created according to God’s likeness in righteousness and purity of truth. (Ephesians 4:20-24 HCSB)

Recovery Refuge > Jesus said, “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me – watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” (Matthew 11:28-30 MSG)

Saving Power > See, I was born in sin and was in sin from my very beginning. See, you want truth deep within my heart. And you will make me know wisdom in the hidden part. Take away my sin, and I will be clean. Wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. Make me hear joy and happiness. Let the bones that you have broken be full of joy. Hide your face from my sins. And take away all my wrong-doing. Make a clean heart in me, O God. Give me a new spirit that will not be moved. Do not throw me away from where you are. And do not take your Holy Spirit from me. Let the joy of your saving power return to me. And give me a willing spirit to obey you. Then I will teach wrong-doers your ways. And sinners will turn to you. (Psalm 51:5-13 NLV)

Trustworthy Comfort > On that day you will say, “Praise the Lord! He was angry with me, but now he comforts me. See, God has come to save me! I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord is my strength and song; he is my salvation. Oh, the joy of drinking deeply from the Fountain of Salvation!” In that wonderful day you will say, “Thank the Lord! Praise his name! Tell the world about his wondrous love. How mighty he is!” Sing to the Lord, for he  has done wonderful things. Make known his praise around the world. Let all the people of Jerusalem shout his praise with joy. For great and mighty is the Holy One of Israel, who lives among you. (Isaiah 12 TLB)

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Refreshing Rest – Psalm 23 – Seraphim River Project

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Comfort > Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my anointing upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my anointing is easy to bear, and the mantle I give you is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)

Desert Streams > “See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land.” (Isaiah 32:1-2 NIV)

Eternal Glory > Now the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little. The dominion belongs to him forever, amen. (1 Peter 5:10-11)

Falling Rain > “May he endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. May he be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth. In his days may the righteous flourish and prosperity abound till the moon is no more.” (Psalm 72:5-7 NIV)

Morning Joy > LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you healed me. LORD, you brought me up from Sheol; you spared me from among those going down to the Pit. Sing to Yahweh, you his faithful ones, and praise his holy name. For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor, a lifetime. Sorrow may last for the night, but his joy comes in the morning. (Psalm 30:2-5)

Refreshment > The LORD is my Shepherd; he faithfully provides everything that I need. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. He restores my soul; he guides me along the right paths for his name’s renown. (Psalm 23:1-3)

Rest > Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him. Truly God is my Rock and my Salvation; he is my Fortress, I will not be shaken. My salvation and honor depend upon God; he is my Mighty Rock, my Refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our Refuge. (Psalm 62:5-8)

Strength > Yahweh is my Strength and Shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me,  and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving. Yahweh gives his people strength. He is a Safe Fortress for his Anointed King. Save your people! Bless Israel, your special possession. Lead them like a Shepherd, and carry them in your arms forever. (Psalm 28:7-9)

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Overflow Mission Week – Seraphim River Project

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Overflow Mission Prayer Focus

Prayer Focus Overview > This week’s prayer focus is about overflowing in the Holy Spirit, practicing being filled with the Holy Spirit as a lifestyle and culture rather than an event, truly being satisfied alone in Jesus Christ, identifying any and all footholds our adversary has in our hearts or lives and bringing those strongholds to him for deliverance, healing, and spiritual renewal, becoming spiritual gift givers to the nations through our prayers, friendship, and disciple making. Maranatha!

Open Rivers > The poor and needy seek water, but there is none, their tongues fail for thirst. I, the LORD, will hear them; I, the God of Israel, will not forsake them. I will open rivers in desolate heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water.

I will plant in the wilderness the cedar and the acacia tree, the myrtle and the oil tree; I will set in the desert the cypress tree and the pine and the box tree together, that they may see and know, and consider and understand together, that the hand of the LORD has done this, and the Holy One of Israel has created it. (Isaiah 41:17-20 NKJV)

Prayer Focus > forsaken places, forgotten lands, miraculous streams, diverse trees, new life in the desert, breathing on dry bones, living water wellsprings

Counterfeit Glory > There was no water for the people, so they came together against Moses & Aaron. They argued saying, “We should have died in front of the LORD as our brothers did. Why did you bring the LORD’s people into this desert? Are we and our animals to die here? Why did you bring us from Egypt to this terrible place? It has no grain, figs, grapevines, or pomegranates, and there’s no water to drink!”

So Moses & Aaron left the people and went to the entrance of the Meeting Tent. There they bowed facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them. The LORD said to Moses, “Take your walking stick, and you and your brother Aaron should gather the people. Speak to that rock in front of them so that its water will flow from it. When you bring the water out from that rock, give it to the people and their animals.”

So Moses took the stick from in front of the LORD, as he had said. Moses & Aaron gathered the people in front of the rock, and Moses said, “Now listen to me, you who turn against God! Do you want us to bring water out of this rock?” Then Moses lifted his hand and hit the rock twice with his stick. Water began pouring out, and the people and their animals drank it.

But the LORD said to Moses & Aaron, “Because you did not believe me, and because you did not honor me as holy before the people, you will not lead them into the land I will give them.” (Numbers 20:1-12 NCV)

Prayer Focus > temptation to impatience, not raising ourselves up, trusting and waiting on God’s provision, quick to listen and slow to become frustrated, unconditional love for everyone

Holy Spirit Fountain > Jesus replied, “If you only knew who I am and the gift that God wants to give you – you’d ask me for a drink, and I would give to you living water.” The woman replied, “But sir, you don’t even have a bucket and this well is very deep. So where do you find this ‘living water’? Do you really think that you are greater than our ancestor Jacob who dug this well and drank from it himself, along with his children and livestock?”

Jesus answered, “If you drink from Jacob’s well you’ll be thirsty again and again, but if anyone drinks the living water I give them, they will never thirst again and will be forever satisfied! For when you drink the water I give you it becomes a gushing fountain of the Holy  Spirit, springing up and flooding you with endless life!”

The woman replied, “Let me drink that water so I’ll never be thirsty again and won’t have to come back here to draw water.” (John 4:10-15 TPT)

Prayer Focus > Jesus is the key, love God with all our hearts, discern worldly and heavenly waters, Holy Spirit “Thirst Quencher,” cultivate filling and overflowing Holy Spirit lifestyle

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