This 31-day devotional is designed to help you approach a new year with the Kingdom of Heaven in mind. Matthew 6:10 is the foundational text for this season of devotion. When Jesus responded to His disciples’ request to teach them to pray, He said, “This, then, is how you should pray…Let Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” Over the next 31 days we will explore what it means for the Kingdom of Heaven to come to earth, to be on earth as it is in Heaven.
We will spend 31 days reading, meditating, praying, journaling thoughts and revelations, and activating what we receive. Each day begins with worship and repentance, then scripture reading, followed by a devotional and prayer. Before you begin each day ask God what He wants to teach you by His Spirit. Journal what God is speaking to you and continue to pray and meditate on what you have received throughout the day. Challenge yourself to follow through with the activation. Invite God to show you things unseen to the natural eye. Invite God to show Himself to you in new and powerful ways. Truly challenge yourself to hear and know God in a deeper way.
You may want to fast a meal, fast a day, or even fast the entire month. Fasting is a powerful way to help your spirit become more sensitive to God’s Spirit. Fasting is denying yourself of something that satisfies you, such as food, water, or entertainment. If you are unable to fast food you can fast caffeine, sugar, cream in your coffee, or rich foods, anything that denies your flesh. When your flesh is surrendered the Holy Spirt can take over and give you greater revelation.
Matthew 6:10 is a perfect prayer: “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” The prayer agrees with God and His desire to see His will done on earth as it is in heaven. We can experience the blessings, glories, and realities of heaven here on earth.
Heaven Come is about inviting and enjoying the realities and possibilities of heaven here on earth. It challenges you to realize the significance of God’s Kingdom and His will and to have a revelation of the Presence of God among us, and finishes with a cry for heaven to come to earth. This is for every believer, young and old, male and female. Enjoy all that God has prepared for you! We pray that you will be challenged in the next 31 days to call heaven to earth.
Week 1: Your Kingdom Come
Day 1: What is the Kingdom of God?
“’The time promised by God has come at last!’ he announced. ‘The Kingdom of God is near! Repent of your sins and believe the good news!’” —Mark 1:15 NLT
Broadly speaking, the kingdom of God is the rule of an eternal, sovereign God over all the universe. Several passages of Scripture show that God is the undeniable Monarch of all creation: “The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). And, as King Nebuchadnezzar declared, “His kingdom is an eternal kingdom” (Daniel 4:3). Every authority that exists has been established by God (Romans 13:1). So, in one sense, the kingdom of God incorporates everything that is.
More narrowly, the kingdom of God is a spiritual rule over the hearts and lives of those who willingly submit to God’s authority. Those who defy God’s authority and refuse to submit to Him are not part of the kingdom of God; in contrast, those who acknowledge the lordship of Christ and gladly surrender to God’s rule in their hearts are part of the kingdom of God. In this sense, the kingdom of God is spiritual—Jesus said His kingdom was not of this world (John 18:36), and He preached that repentance is necessary to be a part of the kingdom of God (Matthew 4:17). That the kingdom of God can be equated with the sphere of salvation is evident in John 3:5–7, where Jesus says the kingdom of God must be entered into by being born again. See also 1 Corinthians 6:9.
There is another sense in which the kingdom of God is used in Scripture: the literal rule of Christ on the earth during the millennium. Daniel said that “the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed” (Daniel 2:44; cf. 7:13–14), and many of the other prophets predicted the same thing (e.g., Obadiah 1:21; Habakkuk 2:14; Micah 4:2; Zechariah 14:9). Some theologians refer to the future, open manifestation of the kingdom of God as the “kingdom of glory” and the present, hidden manifestation of the kingdom of God as the “kingdom of grace.” But both manifestations are connected; Christ has set up His spiritual reign in the church on earth, and He will one day set up His physical reign in Jerusalem.
The kingdom of God has several aspects. The Lord is the Sovereign of the universe, and so in that sense His kingdom is universal (1 Timothy 6:15). At the same time, the kingdom of God involves repentance and the new birth, as God rules in the hearts of His children in this world in preparation for the next. The work begun on earth will find its consummation in heaven (see Philippians 1:6).
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Prayer Response: Repentance is a necessary part of the Kingdom. Repentance means to not just confess your sin, but to turn the opposite way of it. Ask God to “Search me and know me, and renew a right spirit within me.”
Activation: Mark 1:15 says to “believe the Good news.” Today, share the Good news with someone.
Day 2: Seek First the Kingdom of God
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” —Matthew 6:33 NLT
The goal and purpose of our everyday Christian life is to seek God. To “seek” something means to search, discover, find, and obtain. Jesus tells us to seek first the Kingdom of God; He desires for you to seek Him first and foremost. The Bible says “You will seek me and find Me, when you seek Me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13, NIV) It is almost as if God is imploring you to seek Him with everything you have. Seeking God also implies a pursuit of God. When you pursue someone or something you chase after it. You don’t let up until you get what you are after. Pursuit requires dedication and devotion.
This kind of seeking can be difficult because we lead such busy lives. We have jobs or careers, we care for our families, have daily chores, schedules to keep, friends, hobbies, and so much more. Martin Luther said, “I am too busy not to pray.” We seek God through prayer.
John Piper says, “Seeking the Lord means seeking His presence. ‘Presence’ is a common translation of the Hebrew word ‘face.’ Literally, we are to seek His ‘face.’ But this is the Hebraic way of having access to God. To be before His face is to be in His presence.” Seeking God literally means to seek His presence.
Are you wondering if you seek God first? Take a look at each day’s activities and priorities. Where do you primarily spend your energies? What gets most of your time, attention, and resources outside of family and work?
When you respond to God’s plan for your life and your day by seeking Him first, you can expect peace and order in your day. If you want a lifetime of deep relationship with Christ, you will need to make a lifestyle of seeking Christ first.
Prayer Response: Be honest with God and ask Him if you are seeking Him first. Where can you improve? Are there good things that are distracting you from God things? How can you grow in the area of seeking God first?
Activation: Set aside a specific time each day to “seek first the Kingdom of God.” Put it on your calendar and set a reminder. Set your alarm. Ask God to help you wake up early or ignore distractions if you seek Him later in the day. Be purposeful!
Day 3: The Kingdom of God is Among You
One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, ‘When will the Kingdom of God come?’ Jesus replied, ‘The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs You won’t be able to say, “Here it is!” or
“It’s over there!” For the Kingdom of God is already among you.’ —Luke 17:20-21 NLT
The Pharisees were looking for a powerful king to come. They were looking for an outward sign of God’s power and presence instead of an inward work of God in the hearts of man who willingly and lovingly follow Him.
Fundamental to the New Testament truth is that the Kingdom of God is the spiritual reality and dynamic available to each person who receives Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. To receive Him -the King- is to receive His kingly rule, not only in your life and over your affairs, but through your life, and by your service and love. “The Kingdom of God is within you.” Jesus said. This is never to be construed as possible if we operate independently of God’s power and grace. Reinstatement to rulership is brought about only through the forgiveness of sins and full redemption in Christ through the Cross.
Salvation brings restored relationship to God and a full potential for His Kingdom’s ruling “within us” as we walk with Him. Jesus has sent the Holy Spirit to cause the anointing of His messiahship to be transmitted to us. (Isaiah 61:1-3; Luke 4:18; John 1:16; 1John 2:20, 27; 4:17) So it is, and on these terms only, that a human being can say, “The Kingdom of God is within me.”
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Prayer Response: Pray, “Holy Spirit, cause the anointing of the Messiah to come upon me.”
Activation: The Kingdom of Heaven is released through your service and love toward others.
Today, release love and acts of service in the Name of Jesus toward others.
Day 4: The Keys to the Kingdom
“Then He asked them, ‘But who do you say I am?’ Simon Peter answered, ‘You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.’ Jesus replied, ‘You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.’”
—Matthew 16:15-19 NLT
Jesus told His disciples that He was giving them, the Church, the keys to the Kingdom of God. Keys are symbolic of authority and access. When you have a key to something you have the authority to lock it or unlock it. You have the power to enter or access something, and you have the power to forbid others from doing so.
Jesus is saying that He has given you the power and authority to forbid and the power and authority to permit things here on earth as it is in heaven. There is no sadness in heaven. There is no sickness in Heaven. We have the keys to lock up sadness, depression, and sickness, and keys to permit joy, worship, praise, and peace.
Prayer Response: Ask God to help you understand what it means to have the keys to the Kingdom. Ask Him to show you what it means to be able to forbid on earth what is not in heaven and to permit and release the beauties and glories of heaven into the earth.
Activation: Find someone who is sick or hurting and invite the Holy Spirit to come and pray through you to forbid sickness and permit health to the person. Thank the Lord even if you don’t see healing at the time of the prayer. Remember that we walk by faith and not by sight. Jesus already purchased healing at the cross and said, “It is finished.”
Day 5: Pray Like This
“Pray like this: ’Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.’” —Matthew 6:9 NLT
Jesus teaches His disciples to pray in Matthew 6 and Luke 11. He begins by saying, “Pray like this.” Jesus is the great teacher. He intimately knows the Father and when He teaches us how to pray, we need to understand that He knows the Father’s deepest desires for us. He teaches us how to agree with the will and desires of God our Father. Jesus desires for us to be one with Him as He and the Father are one. We can only build that relationship through prayer. Jesus knows exactly how to pray, and He wants to teach you to pray by first seeking our Father. We acknowledge that God is our Father, He is holy, and He is in heaven, far above any earthly rule or dominion. He is a good and loving Father. He is faithful and true. He is seated above all principalities and powers in the earth, and nothing compares to Him. Jesus teaches us that when we approach the Father, we must begin by exalting Him, declaring His goodness, His worth, His majesty, His love.
We could stop our prayer right there, but there is a greater agreement Jesus wants us to experience: the agreement of His Kingdom rule and reign in the earth and His will to be done. It takes true humility and surrender to pray prayers like that. Many times we want to pray that our will be done. Your prayer may sound like “I want, I want, I want.” But our will needs to line up with His will. What Jesus is looking for is a prayer that says, “Not my will, but Yours be done. I surrender my wants, needs, and desires because I know that what You have for me is exceedingly greater than what I can ask, think, or imagine. I want Your rule, Your power, Your reign, and Your dominion to be known in the earth. I want to experience the peace, power, and beauty of heaven right here on Earth. I agree with You.”
Prayer Response: You began this day with the words “Our Father in heaven, may Your name be kept holy.” Begin your prayer with worship. Focus on His holiness. Read Revelation 4 and 5. Pray for the revelation of God’s beauty and His holiness in your life and the lives of others.
Activation: Ask God to tell you places He wants His Kingdom to be established around the world. Pray for that nation or people group. Pray for them to experience the beauty of His holiness. There are millions of lost and unreached people across the earth. Pray for them and go and share the good news.
Day 6: What is Kingdom Living?
“For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” —Romans 14:17 NLT
“And then he told them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone. Anyone who believes and is baptized will be saved. But anyone who refuses to believe will be condemned. These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.’” —Mark 16:15-18 NLT
These two passages are two of many scriptures that tell us how we should live in the Kingdom of God. We are to live holy and set-apart lives. We are to live worthy of the calling (Ephesians 4:1-6) and worthy of the Lord (Colossians 1:10). We are to be holy as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16). We are also given assignments to do while here on this earth (Mark 16:15-18).
We are not to be consumed with food and drink but with goodness and peace in the Holy Spirit. Goodness and peace are both fruits of Holy Spirit—evidence that the Holy Spirit is working within you. Just like actual fruit, the fruit of the Spirit is tangible, noticeable, sweet, fragrant, and healthy for you. “But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!” (Galatians 5:22 NLT) Living by the Holy Spirit cultivates a life that is set apart and worthy of the Kingdom of God.
Kingdom living also means to live the Great Commission. Before Jesus left the earth, He gave His disciples—and us—specific instructions. He told His disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received power from on high, and then to go and make disciples. This was a two-step process; wait and then go, pray and then share. We are to share the good news to the ends of the earth and we are to do it with demonstrations of the Spirit’s power. Mark 16 references casting out demons, laying hands on the sick, praying in another languages, and handling snakes/handling the enemy. These are all part of how we are to live in the Kingdom of God. We are to use the authority given to us by Christ to advance His Kingdom with the preaching of the good news, confirming the good news by signs and wonders.
Prayer Response: Examine the fruit in your life. Are you loving, joyful, peaceful, patient, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and self-controlled? Are you like Christ? Are you full of the Holy Spirit, and is it evident?
Activation: Challenge yourself to demonstrate the Kingdom of God in your daily tasks today. Share the good news, heal the sick, cast out demons.
Day 7: The Kingdom of Heaven is Theirs
“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.”
—Matthew 5:3 NLT
When we are poor, we need someone or something to meet our needs. In this passage to be “poor” means to realize our spiritual poverty; to realize that without Jesus we are nothing, and we can do nothing. Spiritual poverty does not come naturally to us. When we are hungry we desire food to meet our hunger and emptiness. When we don’t have any money we rely on our own ability to work and make money, or we rely on someone to help us. Spiritual poverty means to recognize our need for Jesus. It lays aside self-sufficiency, dependence upon ourselves to make something happen, and fully relies upon God.
When we recognize the deep and desperate need for God in our lives, He blesses us with the Kingdom of Heaven. He gives us His keys. He gives us His authority. He gives us His peace. He gives us His acceptance into His family. He gives us new life. He alone makes us rich in Spirit.
Prayer Response: Ask God, “Father, may I see my spiritual poverty! Help me to see past my self-sufficiency and move into complete dependency upon You. I want to be rich in Spirit.”
Activation: Recognize and acknowledge your need for God in everything today. He will continue blessing you with His Kingdom realities.
Week 2: Your Will Be Done
Day 8: Pray to be Filled with His Will
“So we have not stopped praying for you since we first heard about you. We ask God to give you complete knowledge of His will and to give you spiritual wisdom and understanding.”
—Colossians 1:9 NLT
In this prayer, Paul asks that the Colossians may be filled with the knowledge of God’s will. He prays a similar prayer in Ephesians: “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know Him better. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people.” (Ephesians 1:17-19 NIV)
Why is Paul praying for the church to know God and to be filled with the knowledge of His will? What is the significance of praying to know God and to know His will? Because to know the will of God we have to pray and ask for it. Prayer positions us in a place of humility and desire.
It takes a lot of humility to ask for anything. When we ask for something we acknowledge that we do not know the answer. Asking God to fill us with His will is saying to Him, “Lord, I am not equipped to know this apart from You.” Paul also says “through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives.“ It is not enough to simply know or read about God’s will. There has to be a supernatural work of the Holy Spirit to fill us with His will. We do this by allowing the Holy Spirit to empty us of our own will so He can fill us with His will. We ask the Holy Spirit to help us give priority to Him, help us understand His word, help us to live in His ways. We choose to depend on Him completely, to know and to do His will. David prayed “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God.” (Psalm 143:10a NIV) David’s prayer is a practical example of how to ask God to help us know His will.
Praying and asking also signifies desire. We only ask for things that we want. David prays, “I desire to do Your will, my God; Your law is within my heart.” (Psalm 40:8 NIV) To desire something is to desperately want it and pursue it until you get it. When we desire and ask something from God, He responds. “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:8 NIV) The more we desire something, the more we pursue it. Asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will is letting Him know it’s something you really want. It brings excitement to your relationship with God, that He can speak to you and show You His will.
Prayer Response: Ask God, “Father, help me to pray Your will. I want to my will to be Your will.”
Activation: Make Colossians 1:9-10 your prayer throughout today.
Day 9: Salvation for All is His Will
“After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. And they were shouting with a great roar, ‘Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!’” —Revelation 7:9-10 NLT
The book of Revelation tells us that God opens the heavens and tells John that all nations, tribes, people, and languages will worship Him. This means that God intends for all mankind to be saved! 2 Peter 3:9 says, “The Lord is not slow in keeping His promise, as some understand slowness. Instead He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” 1 Timothy says “This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:3-4 NLT)
How is this going to happen? Looking at the current state of all nations, it seems impossible. But God desires ALL people to know Him.
First, God Himself is already at work in the hearts of men. His first act was sending His Son to die in our place. Then He positions us in ways that we can search for Him. Acts 17:24-28 ‘“He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since He is Lord of heaven and earth, He doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve His needs—for He has no needs. He Himself gives life and breath to everything, and He satisfies every need. From one man He created all the nations throughout the whole earth. He decided beforehand when they should rise and fall, and He determined their boundaries. His purpose was for the nations to seek after God and perhaps feel their way toward him and find Him—though He is not far from any one of us. For in Him we live and move and exist. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’” (Acts 17:24-28 NLT) God creates opportunities and positions people to be in the right place so that they can connect with Him in supernatural ways. There are many stories about Muslims encountering angels and Jesus in their dreams. The dreams lead them to seek out missionaries, who share with them the good news about Jesus. There are countless stories like this. Romans says, “They know the truth about God because He has made it obvious to them. For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So, they have no excuse for not knowing God.” (Romans 1:19-20 NLT)
Secondly, God calls us to go and spread the gospel. “Jesus came and told His disciples, ‘I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Prayer Response: Thank God for your salvation, and the salvation of your family and the ones you love. Thank Him for making a way for all!
Activation: Making disciples is about more than just sharing the good news with someone. It’s about teaching and training the person who has made a decision to follow Christ how to be a follower of Christ. If you are not currently being discipled by anyone, look for someone who has gone ahead of you as a follower of Christ and ask them to disciple you. This may involve spiritual conversations, a challenge to read and study the Word of God, prayer, or going to a small group together. Secondly, if you are not making a disciple, look for someone you can teach and train in the Lord.
Day 10: Intimacy is His Will
“…asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God. I pray that your hearts will be flooded with light so that you can understand the confident hope He has given to those He called—His holy people who are His rich and glorious inheritance. I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated Him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms. Now He is far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else—not only in this world but also in the world to come.” Ephesians 1:17-21 NLT
Yesterday we talked about salvation for all people being God’s will. God wants to save all of us. He wants all nations to worship Him. Beyond that, God wants a people that He can have relationship with. This is evident in the beginning of creation; God wanted perfect unity with man, with Adam and Eve. But sin entered the world. When Jesus came to die He started the reconciliation process in our relationship with God.
Salvation is the initial step to that intimate relationship. But there is more to the relationship. The word “know” in this passage in Ephesians is “yada” in Hebrew. It has the meaning or implication of a man “knowing” a woman intimately. Paul prayed that same prayer in Philippians 3:10. This “knowing” goes beyond book knowledge or a superficial relationship with God. It represents a deep connection and intimacy through encounter with the Lord. Knowing God this way is what alters our entire perspective and the way we live our lives because we have met Him face to face.
Why is it important to know God? Stop and think about it for a second. What does it look like to know someone? You only know someone’s wants, desires, and passions by spending more time with them. A man in love is a good example of this; he goes out of his way to get to know the woman he’s in love with. He talks to her friends and family, pursues her, stalks her on social media, goes out of his way to eat the things she likes. You have to invest time in getting to know someone. Prayer and spending time in the Word helps us be filled with the knowledge of God and His will. Taking time out of our schedules to pray and study the Word is the foundation of intentional investment in our relationship with God. The more time we spend with Jesus, the more we are filled with the knowledge of Him, filled with His desires, wants, and passion.
Prayer Response: Pray Jeremiah 33:3: “Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come.” Pray James 4:8: “Come close to God, and God will come close to you.”
Activation: Make it a priority to make God your “one thing,” to know Him, His ways, His will, His desires. It is the sweetest place you can be. To experience the most love, kindness, and tenderness, get to know Him. He is always waiting with open arms.
Day 11: Holiness is His Will
“God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and His ways. Never harm or cheat a fellow believer in this matter by violating his wife, for the Lord avenges all such sins, as we have solemnly warned you before.” —1 Thessalonians 4:3-6 NLT
It is tempting to read this day’s topic and verse and decide to skip it for many different reasons. But allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you. There is nothing more pleasing to God than when we are authentic before Him. Psalm 139:7 tells us we cannot hide from His presence. He is all knowing and sees all.
From our reading today, there is no doubt that God desires that we live a life of holiness. He even says, “Be holy, because I am holy.” (1 Peter 1:16 NIV) Although we are living in His righteousness and covered by His blood, walking out our sanctification can be challenging as we are still living in this world. Being surrounded and saturated in a sinful environment can make living a holy life challenging. “For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world.” (1 John 2:16 NIV) However, God says that the pagan act that way because they do not know Him. We know Him! We have salvation and relationship with God. We know His heart toward sin and we are to respond out of love for Him.
Not only that, we also know that God has given us the grace to do this. 2 Timothy 1:9 says ”For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time—to show us His grace through Christ Jesus.” God has already given us the grace to live a life of holiness. If grace does not seem like enough for you, He says again in 1 Corinthians 1:13b, ”He will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
How do we walk in holiness? Psalm 119:9 says “How can a young person stay pure? By obeying Your word.” Romans 12:1-2 says, “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”
From these verses we know that the Word of God is what helps align our thoughts with God’s thoughts. Renewing our mind helps us think differently than the world. Renewing our mind means we replace the lies we believe about God and ourselves with truth about God. We align our mind, will, and emotions to His Word because it will affect how we choose to live.
When we fall short of living in holiness, our response should always be repentance.
Prayer Response: Pray, “Holy Spirit, help me to be holy as the Father is holy.”
Activation: Examine your thoughts and see if they need to be renewed. See if they line up with what God’s Word says. Are your thoughts focused on God and His faithfulness to His Word?
Do you believe that He is trustworthy? Are your thoughts about yourself like God’s thoughts about you? Do you struggle with your identity in Christ? Do you feel His unconditional love and acceptance? Take some time to identify your thoughts about God and yourself today. They may need some realigning.
Day 12: Doing Good for Others is His Will
“It is God’s will that your honorable lives should silence those ignorant people who make foolish accusations against you.” —1 Peter 2:15 NLT
It is clearly stated that the will of God for us as believers is to do good. Think of our Christian lives this way: A young basketball star thrives in every area of her life. She does well at school and in her games. She is sought after by colleges and universities. Every time she has a great game, people are so impressed by her and want to know who her parents are. Have you ever seen your child do something that makes you so proud that you are quick to say, “That is my child”? The reality is that when we do good, when we are kind, loving, genuine, and faithful, people want to know who our Father is. We reflect our Father in heaven, the God we serve.
We live in a society that is raging against God and all His ways. People are hurting, dying, and grieving in ways that we have never seen before. It is in this darkness that God wants to display His goodness to mankind. “In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” (Matthew 5:16 NLT)
Havilah Cunnington posted a quote on Instagram that said, “Be the reason that someone sees the goodness of God.” Let’s be people of God who are extravagant givers.
What does “doing good” look like? Let’s hear it from James 2:14-17: “What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing, and you say, ‘Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well’—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do?”
In the same way faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. Doing good works is using your time, money, or resources to bless others. Doing good may look like mowing your neighbor’s lawn, saying a kind word to someone, making a meal for a sick friend, serving at the local homeless shelter, or inviting people into your home over the holidays. The reality is that we all have the ability to do good. Find ways to express this!
Prayer Response: “Remember, it is sin to know what you ought to do and then not do it.” (James 4:17 NLT) Pray, “Father, help me to do good for others today. I want to be like You to those around me. Help me to be a vessel of love and respect toward others today.”
Activation: Read and think about 1 John 3:16-18. What is God prompting you to do for others today to fulfill His will?
Day 13: Being Thankful is His Will
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”
—1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT
From our reading today, we see again that being thankful is the will of God for us. The reading doesn’t say be thankful only when we are happy or be thankful when things are going well. No! It says to be thankful in all circumstances. God desires that His people celebrate Him and His goodness at all times. We as Christians have the most to be thankful for. We have been redeemed from the pit of hell to have eternal relationship with the Father! The natural response to this divine grace and favor should be thankfulness. Not only are we saved, but we are filled with the Holy Spirit, a gift from Jesus. A person filled with the Spirit will be filled with thankfulness.
“Let all that I am praise the Lord; with my whole heart, I will praise His holy name. Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things He does for me. He forgives all my sins and heals all my diseases. He redeems me from death and crowns me with love and tender mercies. He fills my life with good things. My youth is renewed like the eagle’s!” (Psalm 103:1-5 NLT)
Why do we need to be thankful? Being thankful honors God: “But giving thanks is a sacrifice that truly honors me.” (Psalm 5:23a NLT)
Being thankful testifies of His goodness: “I will praise the Lord at all times. I will constantly speak His praises. I will boast only in the Lord; let all who are helpless take heart. Come, let us tell of the Lord’s greatness; let us exalt His name together.” (Psalm 34:1-3 NLT) “Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim His greatness. Let the whole world know what He has done. Sing to Him; yes, sing His praises. Tell everyone about His wonderful deeds. Exult in His holy name; rejoice, you who worship the Lord. Search for the Lord and for His strength; continually seek Him.” (Psalm 105:1-4 NLT)
In Psalm 105, being thankful speaks of Gods faithfulness throughout many generations.
Being thankful removes the hand of the destroyer: ”And don’t grumble as some of them did, and then were destroyed by the angel of death.” (1 Corinthians 10:10 NLT)
Prayer Response: Pray Psalm 100:4-5: “Father, I enter into Your gates with Thanksgiving in my heart today. I go into Your courts with exuberant praise. I give thanks to You and praise Your wonderful name! Lord, you are good! Your unfailing love continues forever and ever. Your faithfulness continues from generation to generation.”
Activation: What are you thankful for today? Make a list.
Day 14: Response to His Will is Obedience
“Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with His blood—may He equip you with all you need for doing His will. May He produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to Him. All glory to Him forever and ever! Amen.” —Hebrews 13:20-21 NLT
This week we talked about God’s will in the Bible. We talked about His will for salvation, intimacy, holiness, thankfulness, and doing good. Today we are talking about responding to His will. In this passage the writer of Hebrews not only prays that we are equipped to do God’s will, but also that He will produce in us every good thing that is pleasing to Him.
There are several scriptures that encourage us to do God’s will. “And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” (1 John 2:17 NLT) “Not everyone who calls out to me, ‘Lord! Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.” (Matthew 7:21 NLT) It is one thing to know what God’s will is, and another to do His will. Responding to the will of God is obedience.
Jesus is the example of perfect obedience. He went to the cross with complete surrender to God. He said, “Not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42 NIV) As disciples of Jesus we follow His example. We learn to submit our will to the will of God. Responding to God’s will by reaching others with the good news, praying for the sick, caring for those in need, being thankful even when we don’t feel like it, loving a cranky neighbor, living a holy life. All of these may be tough, but that’s when we remember Jesus, and are obedient anyway because it pleases the Father’s heart. The Father is delighted when we do His will with joy. That is real obedience.
When you obey you are making a decision to yield to the authority of God. It’s a simple “Yes” with follow through, without compromise, excuses, or retaliation, knowing that He is worthy of it. Your obedience is worship to Him. It’s been said many times, obedience is about who gets your worship.
Prayer Response: We respond in obedience because: Obedience is a reflection of our love for God (John 14:23, 1 John 5:2-3). Obedience is a reflection of our devotion as disciples of Jesus (Luke 9:23). God rewards obedience (Hebrews 10:36).
Activation: In what areas of your life do you need to yield to God? What ways are you obedient to God and His will and in what ways are you not obedient?
Week 3: On Earth
Day 15: On earth as it is in Heaven.
“May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 NLT
What do you think of when you think of heaven? Do you think of riding on clouds? Wearing white robes? Becoming a chubby cherub? Do you think everything will be white? Will there be lilies and roses everywhere?
Have you ever really taken the time to meditate on the difference between heaven and earth? The Bible talks about the beauty of heaven. There will be incredible worship in heaven, the Throne of God, the angels, the martyrs under the altar, and all the saints surrounding the throne. The sound, smell, and atmosphere are breathtaking and overwhelming. Heaven will be free of sickness, disease, pain, and sorrow. It is a glorious place. Heaven is made with crystal, gold, pearls, gemstones.
We may love earth too much to allow ourselves a revelation of how wonderful heaven really is. When you have never been to a new place or never tasted something new and different you don’t know if you like it or not. You may have settled all your life for a plain chocolate bar, when you have never tasted rich Belgian chocolate. You don’t know what you are missing if you have never tasted of it.
Heaven can be the same way. You may not long for it, especially if you are reading this, because you have never been there. We can read what heaven is like in the Bible and ask God to give us revelations of what heaven is like. Deep worship and moving into the holy of holies can allow you to receive a glimpse of what heaven on earth can or will be like.
Do you love earth? Do you love being on earth? Do you love what God has given you on earth? We can all probably say an honest yes to most of these questions, because we have not experienced heaven. On earth we experience the beauty of God’s creation, but it is nothing in comparison to what is waiting for us in heaven. It is hard not to love doing, living, and being on earth. God has made some pretty fantastic things. If you can imagine everything you have now, but exceedingly greater, that would still not touch the beauty, majesty, and love that you will experience in heaven.
Prayer Response: Pray for God to bring the Kingdom of God to earth for you today. Let God know that you would love to see His handiwork today in your life.
Activation: What is God showing you in His Word of what heaven will be like? We know from scripture that we will have a home in heaven and that there will be streets, rivers, and trees. When you think about heaven having homes, trees, rivers, and streets, can you get a picture in your mind of what it may be like?
Day 16: In the Beginning Earth was Formless and Empty
“The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.” —Genesis 1:2 NLT
In the beginning the earth was without form and it was void of any life. There were deep waters and no light. It was just an empty expanse. Think about what that may have looked like. Where you see mountains, trees, and fields today, there was nothing. Where you see houses, grass, and streets, there was nothing. Where you see beaches, palm trees, and surfers, there was nothing. It was empty and dark. God sent His Spirit to do a creative miracle at the beckoning of His voice. As God spoke the Word, the Holy Spirit hovered over the earth and created beauty out of nothingness. Hovering means sweeping or moving rather than staying stationary; something continuous and powerful, creating order out of disorder.
When we call the Holy Spirit into a situation, He creates order in the midst of disorder. If you are struggling with disorder in your life, invite the Holy Spirit to come and hover over your life and situation. He makes beauty out of ashes.
Prayer Response: Pray Psalm 8:1-9.
Activation: Take time today to be fascinated with the beauty, majesty, and glory of God’s creation. Invite the Holy Spirit to come and bring order to any chaos that is going on in your life.
Day 17: Life in God’s Garden
“Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there He placed the man He had made. The Lord God made all sorts of trees grow up from the ground—trees that were beautiful and that produced delicious fruit. In the middle of the garden He placed the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. A river flowed from the land of Eden, watering the garden and then dividing into four branches. The first branch, called the Pishon, flowed around the entire land of Havilah, where gold is found. The gold of that land is exceptionally pure; aromatic resin and onyx stone are also found there. The second branch, called the Gihon, flowed around the entire land of Cush. The third branch, called the Tigris, flowed east of the land of Asshur. The fourth branch is called the Euphrates.
The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. But the Lord God warned him, ‘You may freely eat the fruit of every tree in the garden— except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If you eat its fruit, you are sure to die.’
Then the Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.’ So, the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and all the birds of the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. He gave names to all the livestock, all the birds of the sky, and all the wild animals. But still there was no helper just right for him.
So, the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and He brought her to the man. ‘At last!’ the man exclaimed. ‘This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called “woman,” because she was taken from “man.”’ This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” —Genesis 2:8-25 NLT
The Lord desires for us to live in nearness and close fellowship with Him. We were made to have fellowship with Him. He created us to know Him, be with Him, and have relationship with Him. He created Adam and Eve and put them in the beautiful garden called Eden. This garden was a true paradise and a place where there was constant communion with God. He would talk with them and see them face to face.
A garden is a place of beauty, fruitfulness, plenty, and reproduction. In the garden were two trees that were the key to everything in human history. They were a physical means to transact spiritual realities. The Tree of Life is the tree associated with experiencing the life of God, including immortality. The tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil represents human autonomy, self-rule and an assumed independence from God in all areas of life. God warned Adam and Eve that if they ate of the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, they would surely die. Adam and Eve eating of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil brought spiritual death to mankind. In their sin they realized they were naked and ashamed. They withdrew from close communion with God and made an attempt to cover their nakedness. They wanted to cover their shame by themselves.
But it was God who wanted to do the covering. Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, we need a Savior—King Jesus. He is the One who, by His death and resurrection, has restored intimacy and communion with God. Jesus has covered our nakedness and healed us of shame.
Prayer Response: Pray, “Father, I want to be like Adam and Eve in the beginning. They were naked and unashamed before you. There was nothing that hindered their relationship with You. I want that kind of relationship with You, nothing hindering, everything exposed before You.”
Activation: Is there someone you have hurt or have unforgiveness for? First, seek the Lord and ask Him to help you navigate the situation. Always forgive the person who hurt you; your own forgiveness depends upon it. This may not come easily, but the Holy Spirit is there to help you. Secondly, if you have hurt someone, go to them, call them, text them and ask for forgiveness. God wants us all to be free and in unity so He can pour out blessing (Psalm 133).
Day 18: I Go to Prepare a Place for You
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. There is more than enough room in my Father’s home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. And you know the way to where I am going.” —John 14:1-4 NLT
God prepared a beautiful place here on earth for us to fellowship with Him—the garden of Eden. Because of Adam and Eve’s sin they had to leave the beautiful garden. Jesus came to redeem us from a life of sin, death, and separation from God. Before He left this earth, He told His disciples that He was going to prepare a place for them and that He would return for them. Just as God prepared a beautiful place on earth for Adam and Eve, Jesus has gone to be with the Father to prepare a place for us to be with Him for all of eternity.
In Jewish customs and wedding traditions, after the bride and bridegroom had made their engagement official the bridegroom would go to his father’s home and make a place for him and his bride to live. Most of the time the place that was prepared for the bride was an addition off the father’s home. The father would watch over the building of the home. When the father believed the home was ready for his son’s bride, he would blow the shofar and have his son go get his bride and take her to a banquet hall to be married.
This Jewish wedding custom is a picture of Christ making a home for us, His bride, in heaven. As wonderful as life can be here on earth, there will be no comparison to the heavenly home that Jesus is preparing for us, waiting for the time when His Father will blow the shofar and send Him to get His bride, the Church. “Let us be glad and rejoice and let us give honor to Him. For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb, and His bride has prepared herself. She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear. For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.” (Revelation 19:7-8 NLT)
While here on earth, the Church needs to prepare herself for the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It is our role to get to know Jesus as our Redeemer, Savior, Bridegroom, and soon-coming King. We must invite the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher and Helper as we prepare (John 14:26). Worship, prayer and studying God’s Word, and obedience to God’s Word will prepare you for your King.
Prayer Response: Respond to the Lord with thankfulness today. Thank Him for loving you, sending His Son to this earth to die for you, and thank Him that He has prepared a place for you in heaven.
Activation: Release thankfulness throughout the day. Release it into the atmosphere of your work place, home, shopping, gas station, or wherever else you go.
Day 19: Store up Treasures in Heaven, Not on Earth
“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them, and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” —Matthew 6:19-21 NLT
What you do on earth today counts for all eternity in heaven. We may all love some type of treasure, but you can’t necessarily see or put in a safe or a china hutch the kind of treasure that will last for all of eternity. Treasures in heaven are not of a tangible nature, but only of heavenly value.
Matthew 22:37-39 says, “Jesus replied, “’You must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Storing up treasures in heaven means living your life in confident trust in God. Heavenly treasures are enjoying peace, joy, and contentment in your life. When we give a cup of cold water in Jesus’ name, we are storing up treasures in heaven. When we extend a smile, give a helping hand, or cry out on behalf of another in prayer, we are storing up treasures in heaven.
God calls what we do on earth “treasures.” A treasure is something valuable, something precious to Him. Think about the millions of treasures that He has stored in heaven. He is holding and applying them to a treasure bank in heaven for you. Humility, surrender, unconditional love, denying yourself, persecution, faith, sharing His good news, sharing His love, and spending time with Him are all treasures that are stored in heaven.
Prayer Response: Are you storing up treasures in Heaven? Is what you are doing today going to make a difference for all of eternity?
Activation: Be intentional about extending God’s love today, for by doing so you will be storing up treasures in heaven. Don’t just extend God’s love to those you know, but extend it to everyone who crosses your path today, even if they were not so loveable.
Day 20: On Earth There is a Need for Healing.
“After Jesus left the synagogue with James and John, they went to Simon and Andrew’s home. Now Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a high fever. They told Jesus about her right away. So, He went to her bedside, took her by the hand, and helped her sit up. Then the fever left her, and she prepared a meal for them.
“That evening after sunset, many sick and demon-possessed people were brought to Jesus. The whole town gathered at the door to watch. So, Jesus healed many people who were sick with various diseases, and He cast out many demons. But because the demons knew who He was, He did not allow them to speak.” —Mark 1:29-34 NLT
“Yet it was our weaknesses He carried; it was our sorrows that weighed Him down. And we thought His troubles were a punishment from God, a punishment for His own sins! But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” —Isaiah 53:4-5 NLT
God knows our every need even before we know that we need it. On earth there is sickness, disease, depression, death, and so much more. Here on earth we live in mortal bodies that will fade away. Our promise and hope is that we will receive a heavenly body that will be made perfect.
God the Father knew that we would need a Healer while we were here on earth. He knew that we would not only need physical healing, but emotional and spiritual healing as well. Jesus did many healing miracles in His three years of recorded ministry on earth. The Bible says there aren’t enough books to actually record all the miracles that He did. He came to heal the sick, set captives free, release those who were bound, and to bind up the brokenhearted (Luke 4:18-19). He came to bring healing, joy, and restoration to our souls. He doesn’t just heal physically, but emotionally and spiritually as well. The greatest healing is for your spirit to be made spiritually well by surrendering your life to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. That is real healing! Heaven, come to earth today! Come in the form of healing our friends, loved ones, and those we don’t even know.
Prayer Response: If you have any type of sickness or injury, ask the Healer to meet you today.
Pray, “Father, I am thankful for my salvation today. I am thankful that it is the greatest healing of all.
I thank you that you’re the same yesterday, today, and forever. Thank you that you are still
Activation: Find someone that needs healing today and pray for them.
Week 4 As it is in Heaven
Day 21 What is Heaven Like?
“No, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to countless thousands of angels in a joyful gathering. You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect.” —Hebrews 12:22-23 NLT
Many people picture heaven as a never-ending church service in the sky. Or they think we will all become angels who float around on clouds playing harps for the rest of time. Neither of these make eternity seem very appealing. And both are completely inaccurate according to the Bible.
In fact, heaven will be glorious and full of grandeur. We will experience fullness of joy as we live in the presence of God and fellowship with each other.
There are so many reasons to look forward to heaven, I want to give you a glimpse of three.
For one, our friendships will be richer. One of the most fascinating glimpses we have of heaven is who will inhabit Heaven. (Hebrews 12:22-23)…We’re going to spend eternity with God, with His angels, with the Old Testament saints, and with Christians through all the ages. Can you imagine being in an environment like that?
There will be no misunderstandings or tiffs or tension among us. Our relationships will be so much healthier in heaven than here. Down here we have problems even with our closest friends. You know what that’s like. Someone says something to you, and you aren’t sure how to interpret it. You react to it— perhaps overact. You say to yourself, “I wonder what he meant by that? I wonder why she said that?”
In heaven there will be none of that. Our relationships will be open, honest, interesting, loving, and uncomplicated by sin or our sinful natures. We will dwell with God, the angels, and one another in perfect compatibility and refreshing intimacy.
We will all be together in heaven. It won’t make any difference when we lived on earth. Imagine being best friends with people whom we’ve only read about in the Bible or in books. I’m eager to meet Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph. Imagine having all the time we wanted to talk to Augustine, George Muller, Martin Luther, and William Tyndale. We’ll be great friends with our missionary heroes—William Carey, Adoniram Judson, Jim Elliot, Hudson Taylor, Amy Carmichael, and Eric Liddell, the Olympic champion who left it all to go to China for Christ.
Heaven is going to be such an incredible time of unlimited fellowship with people who have lived in all ages that I can’t begin to comprehend it, but I know it’s true. The Lord Jesus even gave us a glimpse of this on the Mount of Transfiguration when He stood there talking to Moses and Elijah, as the twelve disciples listened to the amazing conversation.
Devotional from “What will Heaven be Like?” by Dr. David Jeremiah, Crosswalk.com,
Prayer Response: Pray, “Father, I want my relationships to be on earth as it is in Heaven; no strife or arguments, but joy and peace. I pray blessings, grace, favor, and mercy for my friends and family today. Let Heaven come!”
Activation: “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.” (Hebrews 10:24-25 NLT) Today, let’s motivate others to acts of love and good works.
Day 22: Worship in Heaven.
“Then as I looked, I saw a door standing open in heaven, and the same voice I had heard before spoke to me like a trumpet blast. The voice said, ‘Come up here, and I will show you what must happen after this.’ And instantly I was in the Spirit, and I saw a throne in heaven and someone sitting on it. The one sitting on the throne was as brilliant as gemstones—like jasper and carnelian. And the glow of an emerald circled his throne like a rainbow. Twenty-four thrones surrounded Him, and twenty-four elders sat on them. They were all clothed in white and had gold crowns on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning and the rumble of thunder. And in front of the throne were seven torches with burning flames. This is the sevenfold Spirit of God. In front of the throne was a shiny sea of glass, sparkling like crystal. In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight. Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying,
‘Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—
the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.’
Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,
‘You are worthy, O Lord our God,
to receive glory and honor and power.
For You created all things,
and they exist because You created what You pleased.’” —Revelation 4:1-11 NLT
Today, worship on earth as we will in heaven. There are many words and a variance of meanings for worship in the Bible. All of them have to do with exalting, honoring, adoring, bowing down, kissing heavenward, clapping, dancing, and shouting exuberantly, all for the purpose of showing God His worth. True worship is a response to who God is from a heart that is fully His. True worship is a release of true expression from the spirit of man to the Spirit of the One True God. Worship can be accompanied by music, but the essence of it comes from the heart of man to the heart of God through words, groans, singing, or actions.
Prayer Response: Pray, “I worship You, Almighty God, there is none like You!”
Activation: Take time to extend true worship to the Father today. Express your love, your adoration, and His worth to Him.
Day 23: The Throne Room of Heaven
“I watched as thrones were put in place and the Ancient One sat down to judge. His clothing was as white as snow, His hair like purest wool. He sat on a fiery throne with wheels of blazing fire, and a river of fire was pouring out, flowing from His presence. Millions of angels ministered to Him; many millions stood to attend Him. Then the court began its session, and the books were opened.” —Daniel 7:9-10 NLT
There is a courtroom in Heaven and the One sitting on the throne, the Ancient of Days, is God, the Righteous Judge. He is described as the Ancient of Days because the term Ancient implies wisdom and majesty. This scene displays the grandeur and the magnificence of Him who is sitting on the throne. His garments were as white as snow, completely pure, that kind of purity is incomprehensible to man. His throne was like a fiery flame. Flames of fire in scripture are the chosen symbol of the holiness of God (Exodus 3:2, Revelation 2:18), indicating “the intense, all-consuming operation of His holiness in relation to sin. “
In this passage of Daniel, books were opened. In Heaven there are books that record our life. Jesus has washed away the record of the sin of believers from each page by the shedding of His blood. There is not anything that the accuser of the brethren (the devil) can accuse us with when the books are opened at the end of the age.
Prayer Response: Exalt the Ancient of Days, the Majestic One, the Holy One, the One with eyes like a flame of fire and Whose hair is like white wool.
Activation: If you have a need or know of a need, go boldly to the Righteous Judge and plead your case according to promises that are written in scripture. In the courtroom of Heaven, the enemy is silenced for those who have been washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ. State your case and expect the Righteous Judge, the Ancient of Days that is full of wisdom and purity, to give you what you have asked for.
Day 24: Gateway to Heaven
“Meanwhile, Jacob left Beersheba and traveled toward Haran. At sundown he arrived at a good place to set up camp and stopped there for the night. Jacob found a stone to rest his head against and lay down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed of a stairway that reached from the earth up to heaven. And he saw the angels of God going up and down the stairway.
At the top of the stairway stood the Lord, and He said, ‘I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions—to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.’
Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, ‘Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!’ But he was also afraid and said, ‘What an awesome place this is! It is none other than the house of God, the very gateway to heaven!’” —Genesis 28:10-17 NLT
God revealed Himself to Jacob, as well as revealing the stairway to Heaven. God did something like this with Isaiah in Isaiah 6:1-6, Peter in Acts 10:10-11, and John in Revelation 1:9-20. He is a revelatory God. He is longing for those who will wait and listen for Him to share revelations and mysteries of Heaven with. He is revealing Himself to the ones He loves.
In Jacob’s dream God revealed Himself so gloriously. There was no mistaking that Jacob had heard from God. God promised Jacob and his descendants land and blessing. Jacob’s response was that of awe and wonder. The dream and revelation of the gateway to Heaven was so real and powerful that Jacob was filled with holy fear. You can almost hear the tremble in Jacob’s voice at the awesomeness of God. From his encounter, he knew that it was nothing other than heaven opening up and giving him access to the Lord’s mysteries and secrets for him and his descendants.
When you have an encounter with the Lord it is unforgettable. Isaiah’s encounter with God in Isaiah 6 was a pivotal moment for him. It changed his identity as a sinful man to that of a prophet, boldly declaring the words the Lord had spoken to him.
Prayer Response: Ask God for the spirit of wisdom, revelation, and the knowledge of Him (Ephesians 1:17).
Activation: Allow time to wait in the Presence of God today. You don’t have to say a thing, just wait and expect to hear or get an impression of what He is doing or saying.
Day 25: Bread of Heaven
“’Anyone who eats the bread from heaven, however, will never die. I am the living bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will live forever; and this bread, which I will offer so the world may live, is my flesh.’
Then the people began arguing with each other about what he meant. ‘How can this man give us his flesh to eat?’ they asked.
So Jesus said again, ‘I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. But anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise that person at the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Anyone who eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me, and I in him. I live because of the living Father who sent me; in the same way, anyone who feeds on me will live because of me. I am the true bread that came down from heaven. Anyone who eats this bread will not die as your ancestors did (even though they ate the manna) but will live forever.’
He said these things while He was teaching in the synagogue in Capernaum.” —John 6:50-59 NLT
“Perhaps the Sunday before Thanksgiving is not the time to ask, ‘what are you eating?’ The holidays are the most difficult time of year to stick to a diet. You say, ‘ask me in January.’
But that’s the question that our text implicitly wants to consider: ‘What are you eating?’ -not physically, but spiritually. We hear a lot these days about the importance of a healthy diet. You are what you eat, and a lot of Americans eat a lot of junk food, resulting in a lot of serious, but avoidable health problems. Most of us could benefit by being careful about what to eat.
It is the same spiritually. If you gorge yourself on the latest movies or on the fare that is offered every night on TV, and you seldom feed on the Bible, don’t be surprised if you’re not spiritually healthy. If your spiritual intake consists of a sugary devotional that you grab on the run, like a donut, and an occasional sermon when you aren’t doing something else on Sunday, don’t be surprised if you’re feeling kind of spiritually sluggish. You are what you eat.” -“What Are You Eating?” Bible.org, bible.org/seriespage/lesson-36-what-are-you-eating-john-648-59
“Dear brothers and sisters, when I was with you I couldn’t talk to you as I would to spiritual people. I had to talk as though you belonged to this world or as though you were infants in Christ. I had to feed you with milk, not with solid food, because you weren’t ready for anything stronger. And you still aren’t ready…” —1Corinthians 3:1-2 NLT
Are you partaking of the Bread of Heaven daily? If not, why not? The Bread of Heaven is the Word of God. It is the riches, deep truths, and promises that are available to us in God’s Word. We cannot remain as infants and drink milk, only partaking of spiritual food minimally or the kind of spiritual food that does not put fat on our bones. Meat is known for protein and substance. We need to eat of the bread and meat which is God’s Word. We need to eat it daily and in large amounts. This is the kind of food that you can indulge in and even get addicted to. The Lord is calling you to sit at the table and partake of the good things He has served up on His banqueting table for you.
Prayer Response: Pray, “Lord, help me to hunger and thirst for Your Word. I pray that I would not be satisfied with milk but desire the meat and bread of Your Word.”
Activation: Challenge yourself to dive deeper into the Word of God. Find a Bible Study of one of the books of the Bible. There are many available online. Be intentional about desiring and eating spiritual food.
Day 26: Set Your Sights on the Realities of Heaven
“Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all His glory.
So, put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world. Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming. You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.” —Colossians 3:1-7 NLT
You have been raised to a new life. This new life that we now live will require new thinking, new understanding, new relationships (Father, Son and Holy Spirit for starters), and new habits and patterns. The Bible tells us to think on these things: “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (Philippians 4:8 NLT)
The call to higher things begins with changing our thinking from earthly, natural, and maybe even sinful things to the higher things, higher ways, and higher thoughts of God. Whether you are new to knowing Christ or have been a long-time believer, we must all train ourselves to “…take captive every thought.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
If you get a new car or piece of furniture, you would get rid of the old one, right? If you didn’t you would end up with a lot of excess and unneeded junk laying around. Our life in the Kingdom of Heaven is the same. We need to get rid of the old things, old habits, and old thinking and put on our new lives as a Christian. “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT) We should think on the realities of heaven and not on the past.
Prayer Response: Pray, “Father, I want to think like You! Holy Spirit, teach me to think on the realities of heaven today.”
Activation: Today, purposefully set your sights on the things above. Don’t look at the things of this world to satisfy you and make you complete and fulfilled. Look to God!
Day 27: No Mind Has ever Imagined
“No eye has ever seen, and no ear has heard, and no mind has ever imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” —1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT
God loves us! Because He loves us so much, He wants us with Him. In this verse Paul speaks about the incredible things God has prepared for us. Parents love to surprise their children with amazing surprises or gifts that will bless their children, because they love them and want to do something incredible for them. Most of the time the parent gets as much or more delight in seeing the child receive the gift than the child displays. There is great delight in giving an incredible gift to someone. That is what God does. He loves us so much that He is preparing an incredible place beyond what we can even imagine for us, so we can be with Him.
We have all had incredible experiences in our lives. Some are God’s creation and others are opportunities we have encountered. If we could accumulate the sum of all of our incredible experiences and multiply them by a quadrillion it would still not compare to how incredible heaven
Our finite minds cannot imagine the creative power of an infinite God. The greatness and vastness are beyond what our natural minds can imagine.
Prayer Response: “Then, after doing all those things, I will pour out my Spirit upon all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy. Your old men will dream dreams, and your young men will see visions. In those days I will pour out my Spirit even on servants–men and women alike.” Joel 2:28-29 NLT
Pray for God to pour out His Spirit upon you today. Ask God to give you the gift of prophecy (1Corinthians 12:10, 14:1), to dream dreams and to see visions, that you may get a glimpse of what the Lord has prepared for those who love Him.
Activation: Ask the Lord to use your eyes and ears to hear and see a glimpse of what God has prepared for you today.
Day 28: Behold, I am Making All Things New.
“Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, ‘Look, God’s home is now among His people! He will live with them, and they will be His people. God Himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.’ And the one sitting on the throne said, ‘Look, I am making everything new!’ And then He said to me, ‘Write this down, for what I tell you is trustworthy and true.’” —Revelation 21:1-5 NLT
We can all look forward to the day when all things will be made new. The earth as we know it will no longer exist and there will be a new heaven and a new earth. God will live among His people. It will be holy and beautiful. It will be free from all the cares and pain of this life that we now live.
Do you have a new perspective about heaven after reading and praying about it this week? Is heaven becoming a place that you long for more than you did a week ago? God’s greatest desire is for every tribe, tongue, and nation to be with Him in the New Jerusalem, the Eternal City. To be with Him is truly a place to long for.
Prayer Response: Pray, “Father, I pray that all people may be with You in Your Eternal City. I pray that none will perish. God, burden my heart for those You love that don’t know You yet. Amen!”
Activation: God’s greatest desire is for all people to know and be with Him. Find someone who does not look like you and share Jesus with them through word or act of kindness. Be intentional about looking for someone from a different country than where you are from. “The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9 NLT
Week 5: Let Heaven Come
Day 29: Come Away With Me
“My lover said to me, ‘Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one! Look, the winter is past, and the rains are over and gone. The flowers are springing up, the season of singing birds has come, and the cooing of turtledoves fills the air. The fig trees are forming young fruit, and the fragrant grapevines are blossoming. Rise up, my darling! Come away with me, my fair one!’” —Song of Solomon 2:10-13 NLT
Song of Solomon is a celebration of the love between a man and a woman as well as Christ and the Church, a love that is stronger than death, sealed by the Resurrection. It is an invitation to the Church to a deeper intimacy with Christ. He invites us to arise from lethargy and despair, to leave sin and worldly ties behind, for a greater union and communion with Him.
The winter may refer to years passed in ignorance and sin. Winter seasons are not fruit-bearing seasons. These can be seasons of winter storms that keep us closed off from the blessings of bearing fruit. It is time for that to be over. If you are in a winter season and feel bound, fearful of change, or guilty for staying in that place so long, recognize it. Recognize what is hindering you and make a decision to leave the winter season and the hinderance behind. The Lord has a beautiful blooming and fruit-producing season for you. A season of blessing, favor, and spiritually prospering. The Lord wants to remind you that He loves you even when you are in a non-fruit-bearing season.
It’s time for the turtle doves to sing. It is time for the Holy Spirit to sing a new song through you. It is time for new worship to arise through you. It’s time to arise and come away with Him into greater fellowship. “May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.” (2 Corinthians 13:14 NLT) The Greek word for fellowship is koinonia; fellowship, companionship, communication, intimacy, sharing together, social intercourse, partnership, joint participation, and close mutual association.
Communion means sharing our deepest thoughts, longings, and feelings with one another, having a two-way conversation. Fellowship means friends sharing together, talking to each other, and staying aware of what’s going on in each other’s lives. Partnership means partners, companions, and fellow workers; working together to get the job or mission accomplished. This is the relationship Jesus desires to have with you.
Through these last 4 weeks God has been calling you to a deeper place of fellowship with Him. He is saying, “Come away with Me, My beloved.” He is inviting you to a new and glorious experience with Him.
Prayer Response: Pray, “Lord, I want true fellowship with You. I am leaving the winter behind and I am coming away with You. I believe for a new and fruitful season of relationship with You.”
Activation: When you pray and worship today, allow the Holy Spirit to sing through you with songs, hymns, and spiritual songs (Ephesians 5:19).
Day 30: Show me Your glory.
“One day Moses said to the Lord, ‘You have been telling me, “Take these people up to the Promised Land.” But you haven’t told me whom you will send with me. You have told me, “I know you by name, and I look favorably on you.” If it is true that you look favorably on me, let me know your ways so I may understand you more fully and continue to enjoy your favor. And remember that this nation is your very own people.’ The Lord replied, ‘I will personally go with you, Moses, and I will give you rest—everything will be fine for you.’ Then Moses said, ‘If you don’t personally go with us, don’t make us leave this place. How will anyone know that you look favorably on me—on me and on your people—if you don’t go with us? For your presence among us sets your people and me apart from all other people on the earth.’
“The Lord replied to Moses, ‘I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.’ Moses responded, ‘Then show me your glorious presence.’ The Lord replied, ‘I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. But you may not look directly at my face, for no one may see me and live.’ The Lord continued, ‘Look, stand near me on this rock. As my glorious presence passes by, I will hide you in the crevice of the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. Then I will remove my hand and let you see me from behind. But my face will not be seen.’” —Exodus 33:12-23 NLT
After all Moses encountered in Egypt and while leading the Israelites through the wilderness, you can hear the desperation in his voice, saying he didn’t want to do anything in and of himself. God kept telling Moses to take His people to the Promised Land, but Moses refused to go anywhere unless the Lord showed him who would go with them. Moses told the Lord that if He didn’t send anyone with them to lead, he didn’t plan on leaving the place he was. God had even reassured Moses that His favor and name were upon the Israelites, but that was not enough. Moses wasn’t moving.
Let there be a passion and persistence in the Church like Moses had for God to take the Israelites where they had never gone before. May we be desperately dependent upon God to lead us in everything. May it be our desire as believers and as a Church to sit back and let the Lord lead us, and that we would not make a move unless the Lord goes before us. That God and God alone would take us to a place spiritually that we have never been before. A place flowing with milk and honey, a place where Living Water is flowing, a place where the Holy Spirit is leading and overflowing in every part of our life.
This may take some dying to our own will, desires, and plans. It will take prayer, patience, and surrender. This is exactly what the Lord is looking for in His Church, His bride. A Church that is fully surrendered to Him, in love with Him, and devoted to all of His ways. He wants a Church that is known for His glorious Presence. It is His Presence that sets us apart from all other people.
Prayer Response: Pray, “Father, I surrender my will, my ways, and my plans for Your great plan. Like Moses said, show me Your glorious presence.” Let this be your prayer today and for the next days, weeks, and months to come.
Activation: Ask the Holy Spirit to remind you throughout the day to not do anything without the Lord’s leading.
Day 31: The Spirit and the Bride Say, “Come”
“The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who hears this say, ‘Come.’ Let anyone who is thirsty come. Let anyone who desires drink freely from the water of life.” —Revelation 22:17 NLT
The cry of the Spirit is for the Lord to come. The cry of the bride is for Jesus, her Bridegroom, to come. The bride is the Church that has made herself ready for Him (Revelation 19:7-8). She is longingly waiting with anticipation for His return for her, so that she can be with Him for all of eternity. Their union will be made final at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. The Spirit and the bride are like a beautiful symphony, in complete harmony as they call for the Bridegroom to come. When the Spirit and the bride partner together in unity and call for Jesus’ return, He won’t keep her waiting.
The book of Revelation ends with the cry for Jesus to come. The power of the whole gospel concentrates itself in this, that each of us should be able to respond to this cry of unity between the Spirit and the Church: “Come Lord Jesus, come!” This should be the heartbeat of every soul, to finally be one with Him.
Prayer Response: Cry out in full agreement with the Holy Spirit for the Lord to come!
Activation: Make it a point today to share the good news with those who are thirsty. The cup of cold water that can be given in Jesus’ Name is good news.
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