Week 4: Receive Jesus’ Kingdom: REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION of Marketplace Life
By Mr Mike Jeffs, Sunshine Coast, Queensland
Sphere of Influence: Media
Intention: Recognise the Real Test – the ‘Test is not the Test’
Biblical Promises: Matthew 5:39-42, 45 & 48 – “Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it. If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, gift wrap your best coat and make a present of it. And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life. No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. 48In a word, what I’m saying is, Grow up. You’re kingdom subjects. Now live like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you.”
Receive God’s Promises for Marketplace Life:
After being involved in Business for over 40 years now I have come to discover the power of a Biblical Principle, which I term as the ‘Test is not the Test.’ In any given day we face tests and challenges no matter what we do, and I have come to discover that the real test is not actually the test/challenge we face but more importantly how we react to any given test – that is the real test!!!!!
The Bible is full of amazing truth and the above passage clearly demonstrates the ‘Test is not the Test’ principle and how we should react to any given test in life we face. The key to our reaction is to always react in what I term the ‘Opposite Spirit’ – the life of Jesus is a timeless example of this and a modern day example would be Nelson Mandela, as he knew what it was to face the most severe of tests in life, but to his credit he passed those tests by reacting in the Opposite Spirit and as a result his life and legacy is one we can all aspire to.
Pray for REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION:
• Lord, enable us to live by your Holy Spirit – a pure and holy life. Father, enable us to overflow with your generous, gracious love.
• Enable us to be a testimony of your love to our friends and enemies.
• We pause to pray for them now, by name.
• We pray an outpouring of Holy Spirit fire will activate us in your REVIVAL and transformation of Australia.
Activate God’s Promises in Marketplace Life:
So the next time you face a test in life, pause a moment and ask the Lord to show you how to respond, and use the moment to honour God through your actions and responses.
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