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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

28 Day Journey-Day Three

Wednesday 12//07//05
3 Movement

Jesus is a movement. It's what He is all about. He's not into monuments, systems or external structures. He is a river of life, “And everywhere the river flows everything lives.” Movements are fluid, not static. Movements move... and are not always predictable.

A decade ago Passion started as a movement among this collegiate generation. It's not the first and won't be the last. We are not the beginning or the end of anything, just one of thousands of tools in the hands of God. More than anything, we seek to fight the tendency to settle and conform, to categorize and crystallize.

To remain a movement we have to have more than words. More than catchy phrases. More that a recognizable identity. More than a declaration. More than events. Our brand must be altered lives...those fueled by radical obedience for the sake of His Name.

The external stuff of Passion06 is not what we're after…not what we need. God is asking us to bring ourselves...to come before Him openly and honestly, exposing whatever's within so that He can reclaim us for His purposes in this world.

Some will be fooled because they fill an arena and sing the songs... deceived because they feel the emotion and shed the tears. Yet without a heart that is torn open before Him, no Spirit-birthed river can flow from once barren places to water the earth.

If Passion06 is going to be part of a movement, Jesus must have freedom to flow in every heart.

“The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

Father, we know all movements begin with You. You are the first mover in all of life and creation. Help us-help me-to not bog down in this world and all that surrounds me today. I do not want to settle. I want to keep moving with You.

Wind of the Spirit, fill my sails. Blow me onward. Forward. Freely. Godward. Wildly. Powerfully.

Lord, we will not be satisfied by outward signs of spirituality… outward expressions alone. Help us. Assist us. We desire to tear our hearts open before You. To move beyond outward layers that deceive and impress, but do not revive the soul. Jesus, lead us in power. Amen

Through the day: Jesus, move freely through me.

15 Comments:

  • Lord, Help me never settle for any thing less than YOU! You are greater, more loving, more terrifying , more Holy that I could ever imagine in this life.

    I bow my head down again

    I lift my hands,

    say You are my King

    I will live for You alone

    I know you are my only hope.

    By Blogger David, at 12/07/2005 7:47 AM  

  • Jesus,
    I lay my heart open before You- completely dependent on Your mercy and grace. Show me the areas of sin in my life that I still regard, that I esteem, that I protect and hold on to. By the power of Your Holy Spirit bring me to the place of Godly sorrow over them - sorrow that produces repentence - genuine repentence; not just remorse for having made mistakes, a prideful disgust with myself. May my confession not be just sentimental emotionalism but may I see my sin as You see it-may I agree with You about it and grieve because of the pain it causes YOU- my Precious Savior! And then, open and honest-bare before You-may I "draw near with confidence to the throne of grace so that I may receice mercy and find grace to help in my time of need" (Heb. 4:16)
    Lord-be glorified in me, in Your people and in the world - for You alone are worthy!

    By Blogger bev strob, at 12/07/2005 10:45 AM  

  • "Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
    Lord, I want to be passionately zealous in my devotion to you. I want you to help me "tear open my heart" so that for your Glory, I can be conformed more and more to the image of your Son, Jesus Christ. You are holy, holy, holy and I trust in You! In the Powerful, Pleasnat, Glorious, Sovereign name of Jesus I ask and pray, AMEN...

    By Blogger danieljordanreeves, at 12/07/2005 10:59 AM  

  • Dear Heavenly Father,
    As you prepare our hearts for what you have in store for us at Passion '06 may we be open to you fully and completly with no reservation! God find in us a pure and holy heart willing to do your will and make your name great... "not to us, but to YOUR NAME be the GLORY!"
    God move in us, use us, bend, shape and make us by the potters hand so that your kingdom may be blessed!
    In the Name of Jesus Christ!
    AMEN!

    By Blogger Carolyn Carter, at 12/07/2005 11:53 AM  

  • amen to that.

    I ask for your prayers for God's provision. I know that God will provide for everything that He has called me to. Please pray that I would be able to pay for this conference and that I would have faith that He is a God who provides.

    By Blogger Brooke, at 12/07/2005 12:29 PM  

  • God,
    move in Your church!!! begin the greatest movement for Your Name and renown that we've ever seen! Amen.

    let's all pray for this. i believe the group of students from my church attending Passion 06 (and really my whole church) are on the verge of a breakthrough in understanding that our whole life is all about living for God's glory! i'm praying Passion is just the thing God will use to push our college group and church over the edge!
    Let's all pray for this in the many churches who will be there. There are probably a ton of students on this same edge who need a little push.

    God, move in our midst during that 1st week of January!

    By Blogger patrick, at 12/07/2005 1:29 PM  

  • Jesus, you are the Way. To be with you is to move. Yahweh, the heart and desire of Passion is pure. I ask that you continue to give vision and passion to Louie and his team. I pray that you continue to speak out of the overflow of his life. I ask that you hasten this movement for Your renown's sake. Holy Spirit, clothe this movement with power from on high, that they may know you. Jesus, shower Passion with grace that is more than enough for the movement you have started. Father, have mercy, and let your kingdom come and will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Amen.

    "being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."

    By Blogger timothy, at 12/07/2005 2:45 PM  

  • Lord You Are! And because of that we live and move. You created us for your good pleasure - help us to find our worth in knowing that the most powerful desires relationship with us. May our generation and every generation return to love freely shown to us in praise and obedience. Help our unbelief oh God - by teaching us how to flow in your Spirit, and Truth. Help us to receive your Holy Spirit in fullness so that we are transform into Your reflection. Thank you in advance for your Love.

    In Jesus Name we Pray

    Amen

    By Blogger Reco, at 12/07/2005 2:57 PM  

  • mmmm, amen. so true. reminded me of what Martin Smith said on the History Maker track of the live Hillsongs/Delirious cd... Martin said, "this is not a youth movement. this is the Church!" i was so floored by that, so true.

    thanks for Day3's thoughts. begins inside out.

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 12/07/2005 4:14 PM  

  • When I come before Your presence to worship You.
    When I come into Your presence I draw near to You.
    Lord, I feel Your Holy Spirit rushing down over me,
    and my only prayer is for You to fill me.
    Father, You are worthy of our praise!

    By Blogger Nowell, at 12/07/2005 8:18 PM  

  • I pray that You Lord will move on people in a powerful way. Only the Holy Spirit can reveal who you are. Touch people in a surprising way and help them to carry this passion you instill in them to their campuses and truly live their small life in Bigger story of You. Thank you Lord that you can move in ways we can't even imagine. Touch lives that have never felt you before. Bring open hearts to Nashville.

    By Blogger Christina in ATL, at 12/07/2005 10:03 PM  

  • Father,
    I come before You desiring a fresh flow of Your Spirit. I want You to penetrate and imerse me with You form the inside out. Lord, without Your breath I am but dry clay. Mold me and shape me so that I can be a vessle declaring Your glory!

    By Blogger Michelle, at 12/07/2005 10:47 PM  

  • Oh Father, you are so amazing and I am so ready for you to take me and mold me into what you created me to be. I love you so very much. I pray that you bless everyone who will be attending Passion06 and those who wish to go but are not able. I thank you Father for giving me life. Please help me to let you take control of my life because I keep trying to do things my way and we both know that it doesn't work that way. Give me patients and a soft heart. I am small and you are big. I love you dad.

    By Blogger Chels, at 12/07/2005 11:17 PM  

  • Father, I thank you that you desire to meet with us and fill us with Your Spirit. I pray Lord that each person at Passion will allow your Spirit to work freely and completely in their lives. Prepare our hearts Lord. May we come with one purpose- to see You and spread Your greatness. Lord tear away any other motives in us. Break us so that we may truly see You! I thank you Lord for what You will do at Passion 06!

    By Blogger Natalie, at 12/07/2005 11:55 PM  

  • Yes Jesus,
    I want to move with YOU!!You are the only way!!!I want nothing more but to please you!!Jesus use me in your way!!I thank you for all that you do in my life!!Jesus thank you.
    I thank you that though I make mistakes and sin.You still love me just the same.You deserve so much praise!!Thank you Jesus.I also pray that the students that go to Passion this year would feel your presence that they would bow before you!!That they would be filled up with you spirit!!In Jesus name I pray AMEN.

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 12/09/2005 9:03 AM  

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