Week 4: Receive Jesus’ Kingdom: REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION of Marketplace Life
By Mr Mark McCrindle – Sydney, NSW
Spheres of Influence: Trade, Finance & Media
Intention: Enduring Amidst Opposition and Overcoming Adversity.
Biblical Promise: 2 Corinthians 1:8-11 – “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again.”
Receive God’s Promises for Marketplace Life:
The Apostle Paul knew suffering and experienced much opposition but importantly he also knew that there was a purpose in his turmoils. Our suffering is not meaningless, and God can bring transformation from pain and opposition. Paul makes clear in verse 9 that “this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God” and just a few verses earlier he states that “the God of all comfort” comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others with the comfort we ourselves have received. So like when Peter was attempting to walk on water amidst the stormy waves, God uses troubles to get us not to focus on the deadly waves but the death-defeating Saviour. And then to be testimonies of God’s rescuing as we encourage and help bolster the faith of those going through their own storms of distress. Paul’s faith in God as he approached an uncertain future came from his experience of the faithfulness of God in the past. Just as David could face the giant Goliath by remembering that God has delivered him from the bear and the lion (1 Samuel 17:37), so we can rest secure in God knowing that He who ensured we prevailed in previous struggles will “continue to deliver us.” (2 Corinthians 1:10)
Pray for REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION:
• Thank you God for your faithfulness in delivering us from perils in the past and for your promise that we can continue to rely on you to deliver us.
• Father, we pray for those who are struggling financially and morally. Enable us to rest in your wholeness and graciousness as our provider and protector.
• In Jesus’ name we bless trade, finance & media spheres of our nation to prosper.
• Lord, give us discernment, wisdom and grace so we serve with integrity and justice.
Activate God’s Promises in Marketplace Life:
Be aware of those around you who may be going through troubles and pray for them and seek a way to offer compassion and comfort to them.
B.Sc (Psychology) M.A.
Mark McCrindle, Emerging Trends, Enduring Truth: The Spiritual Attitudes of the New Generations