Good morning! Canceling service is never what we hope to do, but we wanted to be sure everyone was safe this weekend. Let’s enjoy this beautiful snow! We hope you are able to connect with us this way just the same at home today.
This week, we begin something new as we look toward all that God wants to do in 2019. We pray you would unite with us and ask that the Holy Spirit will refresh our minds and spirits.
This is a new beginning. And yet, this is only the beginning!
We believe that God is stirring up a new season for LifeChurch as He prepares us for the harvest and that requires much preparation in resetting many old, familiar ways. It’s easy to get stuck in the motions of what should be, how it’s always been, or what we’re comfortable with. But, there are times in life when God shakes up all that you have known as familiar, in order to reset your spirit for the future.
We spent the last two weeks at church in gratitude and releasing, building up to this moment— now let’s get ready to go to Rehab!
Last year, as many of you know, we were up close and personal in the rehab process with Tori’s Dad after he had a massive stroke. It was amazing to see the miracle of the moment when he survived despite all that the doctors believed and said. But the incredible part that required partnership and action was the rehabilitation after the miracle. God began speaking to us on a spiritual level of the necessity of going through a REHAB of our souls. He showed us the physical process of what it looks like to have to completely re-learn the basics in order to move into a new life.
We prayed through physical therapy—that he would re-teach us how to walk, speech therapy—that he would re-teach us how to talk, emotional therapy—that he would re-teach us how to love, and occupational therapy—that he would re-teach us how to live our daily lives.
This scripture challenges us to not allow the ways of old— past mindsets, yesterday’s faith, or familiar patterns—to guide us into this new season:
And he has taught you to let go of the lifestyle of the ancient man, the old self – life, which was corrupted by sinful and deceitful desires that spring from delusions. Now it’s time to be made new by every revelation that’s been given to you. And to be transformed as you embrace the glorious Christ-within as your new life and live in union with him! For God has re-created you all over again in his perfect righteousness, and you now belong to him in the realm of true holiness. Ephesians 4:22-24 TPT
It’s time to be made new by every revelation that has been given to you! Let’s do it!
This week, we will spend time praying and fasting together in order to walk through the Rehab of our souls. We were recently reminded of the disciples and how they walked with Jesus in ministry for three years, but the beauty and power of what took place in the Upper Room at Pentecost was something glorious! Why? All of them came to that room broken. Peter had denied Jesus, Thomas had doubted him, Mary had lost her son this side of heaven…
This led us to the thought— perhaps coming to the “room” broken, makes way for the Holy Spirit to do something brand new.
Maybe you feel that something in you is broken today. It may be a mindset you have battled, a heartache that needs healing, it may be that you feel a burden for the lost and don’t know where to begin in your calling. We pray that God would allow each of us to see these broken places so that he can reset our hearts, and revive our spirits! It’s a new day, and we’re ready to walk out miracles.
Rehab Prayer & Fasting (Mon-Fri):
This fast is done out of a desperate desire for breakthrough. We pray spirits will awaken for a new move of God. It’s so easy to become desensitized to our yearning for Him because of the chaos and movement constantly around us. In many ways, fasting is counter-cultural because it quiets everything else and allows His voice to lead us into new seasons.
For those who are joining in this for the first time, fasting is voluntarily going without food — or any other regularly enjoyed thing — for the sake of a greater connection with Jesus. We ask that you pray about what you should give up individually in order to clear a place and make way for God to speak to you. For many, it has been things of distraction— social media or TV, or any enjoyment that may be set aside to focus fully on Him.
As we begin tomorrow, be sure to create a plan. This time should have a specific spiritual purpose for your life. Come with an expectant heart, ask for specific things. Write down what those things are and make a plan to replace the time you normally spend eating or doing that thing you are fasting. You’ll yield the best results when you’re fully invested and willing to sacrifice something in order to allow God to begin this rehab of your body, mind and spirit.
Beginning Monday at 7am, and through Friday, you will receive an email from us. We will join together, wherever we are, united in one rehabilitating thought and scripture for each day. Our focus will be as follows:
Reset your patterns
Renew your mind
Retrain your mouth
Rethink your victory
Revive your spirit
Then, we’ll come together on Friday night at church at 7pm to worship as a family. We will celebrate restoration and revival as we have partnered with the Spirit to bring forth a new movement, and new wine.
Thank you for joining with us to contend for greater things. We love you and we are praying for you this week.
Good things are happening!
Pastors Josh + Tori