Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, Dallas Police Officers... Our country has immense problems. The question for us today is, how should we address them? What is the role of the disciple of Jesus, with regard to #justice?
July 10, 2016 • Pastor Léonce Crump Jr.
Day 21 | Saturday, January 26th
January 26, 2019
Day 21: Saturday, January 26th 2 Chronicles 7:12–14  Then the LORD appeared to Solomon in the night and said to him: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a house of sacrifice.  When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people,  if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. We are the temple of the Lord. God has chosen our bodies as a place for himself as a house of sacrifice. When trials come, the temple of God must make ready to receive him. It cannot stand on its own. It needs its owner to come and fill it. Humility is what Yahweh requires for his presence. Repentance is what draws the Father’s ear and turns his face toward his people. He is faithful to forgive, to heal his people and their land. Prayer: Lord of Israel, God’s chosen people, I need you. I cannot and will not make it on my own in this world. I prostrate myself before you, begging you to hear and forgive my sins, with all the confidence of a daughter or son whose dad loves them. You say you are faithful to forgive and that you will clean and heal me from my unrighteousness. Do it again, Father. I need you again, Jesus. I need your cleansing blood to cover my shame. I need your strength to carry on. I’m never beyond needing your forgiveness and healing. Thank you that you’re never beyond forgiving and healing. Amen.
Day 20 | Friday, January 25th
January 25, 2019
Day 20: Friday, January 25th Mark 9:14–29  And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, and scribes arguing with them.  And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed and ran up to him and greeted him.  And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?”  And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute.  And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, and he foams and grinds his teeth and becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, and they were not able.”  And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.”  And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, and he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth.  And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood.  And it has often cast him into fire and into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.”  And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”  Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”  And after crying out and convulsing him terribly, it came out, and the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.”  But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him up, and he arose.  And when he had entered the house, his disciples asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?”  And he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.” Jesus was God and man. One need only look briefly at the Gospel of John to discover that. But Jesus released many attributes in order to live life as a Spirit-led man (though they were still available to him. See Philippians 2). His disciples were unable to cast out a demon for lack of faith. But all things are possible for the one who believes. All things. Not some things. But only for the one who believes that all power in heaven and on earth has been given to Jesus. This belief is evident in prayer and fasting. The spiritual realm is real, but so often we disregard it. Because we can’t see it. Because we want evidence. Because we don’t have faith. Prayer: Jesus, bring me along as you perform your miracles. I want to believe I can do anything when I trust you. I don’t want to “learn” how to perform miracles, how to cast out demons; I want to trust you that they will come out. Spirit, be my weapon. As I pray and fast, steady my feet and hold me in your strength. Help me learn to rely on you rather than myself. Grow my faith, Father. Recreate me in your Son’s image. Let me be the outlier of this faithless generation. Amen.
Day 19 | Thursday, January 24th
January 24, 2019
Day 19: Thursday, January 24th Habakkuk 2:14  For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. The earth is filled with brokenness, pain, rivalry, divisiveness, warring, and every kind of evil. But God’s will is not on hold. God’s will cannot be stopped. God’s plan cannot be thwarted. He will accomplish his redemptive ends. His glory will cover the earth, like waters, cover the sea. He greatness and worth will so permeate this world that it will be its very essence. “In him we live, and move, and have our being” will not be a distant idea; it will be reality. God’s character and worth will overwhelm and overcome every opposition to it, and we will find our truest life swept up in his glory. Prayer: God of glory, God of patience, do with me and with this world what you have purposed to do. Dissolve every pretense, every opposition, every will that would set itself up against you. Permeate this broken world with your shalom. Bring wholeness, goodness, and healing to our land. Cover your children with the refuge of your wings. Protect us from the deceitful schemes of the Evil One who only desires to destroy and divide. Fill me with your Spirit, with living water, with the knowledge of your glory. Amen.