Vertical Church http://verticalct.com Inspire - Develop - Empower Sun, 31 Aug 2014 04:58:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 February 1: To be Filled with God’s Gloryhttp://verticalct.com/february-1-to-be-filled-with-gods-glory/ http://verticalct.com/february-1-to-be-filled-with-gods-glory/#comments Sat, 01 Feb 2014 06:28:24 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=696 Pray that Vertical Church would be a city set on a hill and “salt and light” to the world. Pray that we would influence other nations with righteousness rather than by transporting unholy lifestyles. Pray we would have God’s perspective in how we align with other nations and that we would please the Lord in a Biblical alliance with Israel. Ask God to fill this land with His glory.

All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations. (Psalm 22:27–28; NASB95)

For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea (Hab. 2:14, NKJV)

The Glory of God

At a time when Israel was rebellious, immoral, and indifferent towards God, Moses prayed, “Lord, show me Your glory!” God was quick to respond to this prayer. And Moses saw with his own eyes a portion of the glory of God. But he also heard the voice of God declaring His glory:

God defined His glory by describing His nature. “I am the Lord, God! I am compassionate, merciful, loving and forgiving. And I am perfectly just and will not excuse the guilty.”

“Yahweh! The Lord God!
The God of compassion and mercy!
I am slow to anger
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations.
I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin.
But I do not excuse the guilty.
I lay the sins of the parents upon their children
and grandchildren;
the entire family is affected—
even children in the third and fourth generations.”
Exodus 34:6-7

So when we pray for God’s glory to come, we are praying for His nature to overwhelm our nature. We are seeking His nature to drive out the influence of sin nature, demonic nature or any influence in a region or culture that is counter to Him.

This hour for us is not unlike the time when Moses prayed this great prayer. We too are at time when our nation and the world have never been so contentious with God. The name of Jesus stirs deep resentment in many people. Holiness is rare. Morality is in rapid decline. And the church of Jesus Christ is in a battle for its existence. In America, 3500-4000 churches a year close their doors. Churches lose 2.7 million people a year to nominalism or secularism. And 1500 pastors a month are leaving the ministry. (Barna stats)

Moses could have prayed, “God meet our needs.” But this circumstance demanded so much more than “meet our needs.” He prayed, “Show me Your glory!”

We are in a desperate place today. We join our hearts in intercession to pray, “God, show us Your glory!” Overwhelm the numbness of our hearts with your fire. Revive Your church with Your presence. Show your glory in the church. Show us your glory in Connecticut. Show us Your glory in America and all over the world.

“Father God…Show us Your Glory!”

Read the following verses and ask the Lord how they could be applied in your life.

  • Psalm 101:2 (NIV84) — I will be careful to lead a blameless life— when will you come to me? I will walk in my house with blameless heart.
  • Deuteronomy 7:25–26 (NASB95) — “The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. 26 “You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned.
  • Acts 19:19–20 (NASB95) — And many of those who practiced magic brought their books together and began burning them in the sight of everyone; and they counted up the price of them and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver. 20 So the word of the Lord was growing mightily and prevailing.
  • Joshua 7:10–13 (NASB95) — So the LORD said to Joshua, “Rise up! Why is it that you have fallen on your face? “Israel has sinned, and they have also transgressed My covenant which I commanded them. And they have even taken some of the things under the ban and have both stolen and deceived. Moreover, they have also put them among their own things. “Therefore the sons of Israel cannot stand before their enemies; they turn their backs before their enemies, for they have become accursed. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy the things under the ban from your midst. “Rise up! Consecrate the people and say, ‘Consecrate yourselves for tomorrow, for thus the LORD, the God of Israel, has said, “There are things under the ban in your midst, O Israel. You cannot stand before your enemies until you have removed the things under the ban from your midst.”
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January 31: To Experience God’s Presence and Powerhttp://verticalct.com/january-31-to-experience-gods-presence-and-power/ http://verticalct.com/january-31-to-experience-gods-presence-and-power/#comments Fri, 31 Jan 2014 09:55:48 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=688 Pray that corporate gatherings in churches will be marked by the tangible presence of God and that every time people gather in large or small groups they will have a supernatural life-changing encounter with God. Ask in faith for God’s Spirit to manifest in repentance, worship, united fervent prayer, acts of kindness, supernatural healings, miracles, and new births in Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to empower those in government who will transform the political system and return it to the ideology of the founding fathers.

O send out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places. Then I will go to the altar of God, To God my exceeding joy; And upon the lyre I shall praise You, O God, my God. (Psalm 43:3–4; NASB95)

…enable your servants to speak your word with great boldness. Stretch out your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the name of your holy servant Jesus. After they prayed the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly (Acts 4: 29-31, NIV)

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January 30: To Uphold Righteousness and Justicehttp://verticalct.com/january-30-to-uphold-righteousness-and-justice/ http://verticalct.com/january-30-to-uphold-righteousness-and-justice/#comments Thu, 30 Jan 2014 05:24:12 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=684 Seek the welfare of our region so there will be a spiritual climate for the gospel to expand rapidly. Pray for righteous leaders and just laws. Ask that governmental officials would gain God’s perspective on any injustices occurring in your area and revelation of how to solve them. Pray for the media to be honest, truthful, and report accurately the news that really matters in our region.

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne; love and faithfulness go before you (Psalm 89:14, NIV)

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January 29: To Experience Revivalhttp://verticalct.com/january-29-to-experience-revival/ http://verticalct.com/january-29-to-experience-revival/#comments Wed, 29 Jan 2014 03:16:36 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=681 Pray for a marketplace revival to sweep our region. Pray for revival to break out on your street, in schools, government, business, media, entertainment, and congregations. Ask the Lord to raise up dedicated Christians who will become a voice to reform our region.

Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you? (Ps. 85:6, AMPL) 

Revive us, and we will call upon Your name. O LORD God of hosts, restore us; Cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved. (Psalm 80:18–19; NASB95)

Our Part to See Revival 

It is pointed out that 2 Chronicles 7:14 is addressed specifically to Israel. That is true. But surely the passage shows God’s heart for any people, any land.

What does God want from us? First, we must humble ourselves. We must admit that God is God and we are not. We must submit to God and come to Him in brokenness and repentance.

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

Second, we must pray and seek God’s face. No revival or awakening comes without prayer. Extensive prayer. Fervent prayer. Corporate prayer. Continual prayer.

It is worth noting that the prayer here is focused on seeking God’s face and not God’s hand. We are seeking God for Himself and not for what He gives us. We are locked in on God’s glory, not on our need.

Third, we must turn from our wicked ways. God wants obedience not religious ceremony. We cannot just say the words of repentance and pray the prayers of repentance. We must do the deeds of repentance and obey God in every part of life.

If we do these three things, then God promises to respond in three ways. First, He will hear us. He will hear those prayers. Second, He will forgive our sin. He will remove our sin as far as the east is from the west. And third, God will heal our land. He will pour out His favor and blessing upon us. He will heal our land.

In 1861 Abraham Lincoln had just been elected President. The nation was tottering on the brink of war. There was cruel slavery in the land. The President faced widespread opposition and hostility. He issued a proclamation for our country, a proclamation which expresses the spirit of this passage.

“Whereas a joint committee of both houses of Congress has waited on the President of the United States and requested him to recommend a day of public humiliation, prayer and fasting to be observed by the people of the United States with religious solemnities, and the offering of fervent supplications to Almighty God for the safety and welfare of these states, his blessing on their arms, and a speedy restoration of peace. And whereas it is fit and becoming in all people at all times to acknowledge and revere the supreme government of God, to bow in humble submission to his chastisement, to confess and deplore their sins and transgression, in the full conviction that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and to pray with all fervency and contrition for the pardon of their offenses and for a blessing upon their present and prospective action. Therefore I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, do appoint the last Thursday in September next as a day of humiliation, prayer and fasting, for all the people of the nation. And I do earnestly recommend to all the people, and especially to all ministers and teachers of religion of all denominations, and to all heads of families, to observe and keep that day, according to their several creeds and modes of worship, in all humility, and with all religious solemnity, to the end that the united prayer of the nation may ascend to the Throne of Grace, and bring down plentiful blessings upon our country.”

 

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January 28: To be Cleansed of Sinhttp://verticalct.com/january-28-to-be-cleansed-of-sin/ http://verticalct.com/january-28-to-be-cleansed-of-sin/#comments Tue, 28 Jan 2014 06:36:46 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=678 Understand that a city or region cannot receive God’s blessing if it is built on sin and bloodshed. That type of foundation causes the people to labor and gain nothing. Pray, and ask that God’s mercy and forgiveness be poured out in our region for any sins that have been committed. Name and repent for any specific sins you are aware of such as injustices or covenant breaking.

Look upon my affliction and my trouble, And forgive all my sins. (Psalm 25:18; NASB95) 

I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s house, have committed against you. We have acted very wickedly toward you. Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’ (Ne1:6b, 8-9 NIV)

Repent?  Who?  Me?

In a meeting of diverse Christian leaders someone said, “the church in our city needs to repent.” One response to the statement was, what do we need to repent for? Then the individual asking the question went on to talk about all the good things the church in that city was doing and finished by trying to make the case that there was not a need for repentance and the seeking of forgiveness from God but rather the favor of God was resting on the city.

1 John 1:8–10 — If we say that we have no sin, we are deceiving ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar and His word is not in us.

The scriptures reveal the sinfulness of cities such as Sodom, Gomorrah, Nineveh and other cities too. Those that repented and turned to God were blessed and those that did not, well some of them do not even exist anymore.

God loves to take a sinful city and turn it into a revival center. He did just that in Antioch, Ephesus, Jerusalem, Nineveh and more recently in Cali Columbia, Fiji, Guatemala, Uganda, Brazil and hopefully very soon in Connecticut.

How does it happen that an entire community or city repents to the extent that it gets God’s attention and a transformation begins to occur? It begins by individuals getting honest with God confessing their sin and crying out to Him for forgiveness and freedom.

The real question is not, can it happen in our community, but will you allow it to happen in you?

This is day seventeen of our time of fasting and prayer. Seventeen is the number for victory; so let’s go for it by being honest before God about those things in our heart, confess our sins to Him and repent!

 

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January 27: To Value Integrityhttp://verticalct.com/january-27-to-value-integrity/ http://verticalct.com/january-27-to-value-integrity/#comments Mon, 27 Jan 2014 13:03:30 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=652 Pray that leaders in our area would uphold a standard of godliness in business dealings and financial planning. Ask God to strengthen their employees against the temptation to compromise. Pray that those in the workplace would walk in God’s ways and honor Him with their finances.

How blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who greatly delights in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; The generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in his house, And his righteousness endures forever. Light arises in the darkness for the upright; He is gracious and compassionate and righteous. It is well with the man who is gracious and lends; He will maintain his cause in judgment. (Psalm 112:1–5; NASB95)

…we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every good work (Col 1:9-10, NIV)

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January 26: To be a Habitation for God’s Presencehttp://verticalct.com/january-26-to-be-a-habitation-for-gods-presence/ http://verticalct.com/january-26-to-be-a-habitation-for-gods-presence/#comments Sun, 26 Jan 2014 06:05:50 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=645 Lift your neighbors before the Lord, asking for God’s presence to fill the atmosphere, making it conducive for God to speak and work in the lives of all who live around you. Pray for your neighbors by name, asking God to reveal Himself to each one.

Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Psalm 100:3; NASB95) 

For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you would hear His voice, 8 Do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah, As in the day of Massah in the wilderness, (Psalm 95:7–8; NASB95)

I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer, without anger or disputing (1 Tim 2:8, AMPL) 

Our Community to be a Habitation for God’s Presence 

Matthew 13:58 …. and he did not do many miracles there …. Oh how that breaks my heart because I so desire that God be active in my community! Therefore, I must pray.

Several times in scripture we see God looking for a person who will stand in the gap for a people, a nation and for the land. He desires to come with blessing, healing and salvation and is looking for someone, or a group of someones, to agree with Him by paving the way for His coming in prayer.

The Biblical record reveals the Lord descended with His presence on Nineveh, Antioch, Ephesus, Jerusalem as well as other cities too. Today, we have documented reports of the same kind of Divine activity in over 1000 communities in the past several years.

The thought resounds why not here; why not now? It is possible because our heavenly Father wants to exalt His Son over our community! There is not a formula to accomplish this but there are some things we should give ourselves to as we invite Him to come. Christian researchers have discovered all 1000 communities that are experiencing God’s abiding presence have five things in common. Here they are in bullet form:

  • Persevering spiritual leadership.
  • United efforts of prayer
  • Social Justice and reconciliation, compassion evangelism
  • Public Power Encounters
  • Spiritual Mapping / Diagnostic Research… what’s going on in your community, what are the desperate needs?

So, let’s get to it! Find out who the spiritual leaders of our community are and pray for them regularly. Attend community wide prayer events where Christians gather to pray for the community. Pray for social justice and compassion efforts to rise up and be successful. Join in public displays of your faith with other believers. Lastly, ask God to give wisdom about transforming the underlying issues in our community where powers and principalities derive their power.

 

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January 25: To Prepare Our Members to be Agents of Transformationhttp://verticalct.com/january-25-to-prepare-our-members-to-be-agents-of-transformation/ http://verticalct.com/january-25-to-prepare-our-members-to-be-agents-of-transformation/#comments Sat, 25 Jan 2014 05:34:28 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=639 Pray that your congregation would join with others across the area to equip the body of Christ to do the work of the ministry, transform their spheres of influence, and impact the world for Christ in publicly meaningful and tangible ways. Pray for a foundation in the Word of God to be laid again in the lives of Christians and for the restoration of Biblical principles in God’s people in our  area.

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes.  It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing—life forever. (Psalm 133:1–3; NASB95)

His intention was the perfecting and full equipping of the saints (His consecrated people), that they should do the work of ministering toward building up Christ’s body (the church) (Ephesians 4:12 AMPL)

 

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January 24: To be Served by Visionary Leadershttp://verticalct.com/january-24-to-be-served-by-visionary-leaders/ http://verticalct.com/january-24-to-be-served-by-visionary-leaders/#comments Fri, 24 Jan 2014 10:05:05 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=634 Ask God to give the pastors and church leaders prophetic vision for the New Year. Pray that the Lord would revitalize each leader and his family spiritually, physically, and mentally. Pray that the Lord would prepare “fresh bread” for them to serve God’s people and that they would speak with one voice. Ask God to show them how they can speak to the issues of the day with boldness and truth and as such become reformers for society’s problems.

He rained down manna upon them to eat And gave them food from heaven. (Psalm 78:24 NASB95)

I will stand my watch and set myself on the rampart, and watch to see what He will say to me (Habakkuk 2:1, NIV)

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January 23: To Receive a Fresh Outpouring of God’s Spirithttp://verticalct.com/january-23-to-receive-a-fresh-outpouring-of-gods-spirit/ http://verticalct.com/january-23-to-receive-a-fresh-outpouring-of-gods-spirit/#comments Thu, 23 Jan 2014 09:04:26 +0000 http://verticalct.com/?p=630 Ask God to prepare your congregation with a new wineskin in order to receive the new wine He wants to pour out upon His people this year. Invite the Lord to sweep “the house” clean of any impurities and welcome His Holy Spirit to come in a fresh new way.

Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:2 NASB95)

Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. (Psalm 51:7 NASB95)

But new wine must be put into new wineskins (Mark 2:22 b, NIV)

To Receive a Fresh Outpouring of God’s Spirit

It seems for many believers a major disconnect occurs between the heart and mind. “The longest foot in the universe is from our head to our heart”. That being said a fresh outpouring of God’s Spirit is greatly connected to our conscious awareness of His indwelling. John’s gospel states clearly the sending of the Holy Spirit, “the Comforter” for encounter not only with us but to dwell (live His life) IN US. We must be aware of His presence more than our sin.

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:5 )

Jesus having become sin for us dealt the death blow to sin’s hold on us. Now the removal of the residue of sin’s power is no less than Christ promise to us.

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 6:11) 

There are many word pictures or descriptions of the Holy Spirit; one is WATER. Notice the request from the Psalm 51 is for “another” to wash, cleanse, and purify us. The very work of the Spirit invokes the idea of cleansing or purifying by literally being the “Living Water” flowing in power from within. Also Ephesians speaks of Christ and His bride “that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word”. The living water and living word are ever present to do their work; we simply must say “YES” to His will and way in us and through us!

The new wineskins spoken of in Mark can refer to fresh governing or new governing of our lives. When the new spiritual “mind-set” being the awareness of Christ’s promise is fixed, fresh outpouring, “New Wine” will follow. When new wine comes “times of refreshing” in the Spirit of the Lord will overcome and overtake us with breakthrough in all aspects of our lives and those we influence. Sure did on the Day of Pentecost and throughout the book of Acts. Jesus started the church the way he wanted it, NOW He wants the church the way He started it! He wants us saturated with FRESH OUTPOURING!

 

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