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Day 40 – Sunday, 13 April 2014

Week 6: Receive Jesus’ Kingdom: REVIVAL and TRANSFORMATION of Our Nation & Global Region
By Reverend Daniel Willis, Sydney, NSW
Spheres of Influence: Business and Religion

Intention: God’s Word does not return empty but changes all people at every level of society.

Biblical Promises: Isaiah 55:8-13 (NIV) – “My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord… the thornbush will be replaced by a pine tree and the briers by the myrtle (v13).”

Receive God’s Promises for Our Nation & Global Region:
All of my life I have tried to be a gardener. The joy of watching new life burst from the soil and come to fruition in a beautiful flower or piece of fruit or a vegetable is simply stunning. In my gardening I have never tried nor do I believe I could ever transform a weed into a tulip or a thorn bush into a fruit tree and yet this is what God promises in Isaiah 55:8-13.

As we tend the Word of God that has been sown in our community, we are often more concerned about the attitudes and actions of others than our own. And yet if transformation of our community or our country is to take place, transformation must start with us. Our thorniness – anger, resentment, jealousy, hatred, judgmentalism, lack of care and love – must be dealt with before we can even think about transforming others into the likeness of Jesus. It is the very gospel we seek to minister, to bring about change in our country that feeds and waters us and brings change into our very being, transforming our hearts and minds so that we become good stewards of the grace of God. And this is the work of God which is beyond our own understanding (Isaiah 55:8).

Today is Palm Sunday and many will be reflecting on the Triumphal Entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (Luke 19:28-44). Those present were shouting ‘Hosanna to the King’ and those who were supposed to be ministering the Word of God were telling them to be quiet. Jesus rebukes them and says, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out” (v40). All the effort of humans to supress the Word of God will be to no avail for the word that goes out from God “will not return…empty, but will accomplish what [God] desires and achieve the purpose for which [God] sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). As you reflect on the triumphal entry of Jesus may the word of God so transform your heart that it spontaneously cries out “Hosanna! Hosanna, to the King!”

Father, may our ministry never stand in the way of your ministry.
May I so see Jesus that I can do nothing more than bear witness to the great and mighty King.
Lord, transform your people so that as they speak in your name,
those in authority will hear the wisdom and insight that comes from you.
Lord God, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, may the truth of your ways become a reality in our land
and bring about transformation so that all people may live in peace and harmony, giving thanks to you.

Activate God’s Promises in Our Nation & Global Region:
As you write to your local parliamentary members, remind them you are praying for them in their difficult task. Ask God to connect you with others who are humble in spirit and yet firm in conviction of truth as they seek to bring about change for the good of all people.
Consider inviting those you prayed for these 40 days to join you at an Easter service.

Daniel Willis, B.Bus, B.Th, M.Ed
Leading Global Impact – developing national & global leaders
More information: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_Willis

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