Day 6 – Saturday, October 20, 2018
Jesus is not content to allow us to wander away. He is continually seeking to save us. Delivers us from destruction and wandering that can cause us to be destroyed or perish. Jesus delivers us to spiritual salvation. He makes us whole. Jesus did all of this simply so we could have relationship with our loving Heavenly Father. Our heart is all He wants. When He has your heart, you will find happiness in His ways. God’s Word tells us that His ways are higher than ours.
“My thoughts are not like your thoughts. And your ways are not like my ways,” announces the Lord. “The heavens are higher than the earth. And my ways are higher than your ways. My thoughts are higher than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIRV)
Our Heavenly Father loves each and every single one of us more than we can even imagine. He wants us to have and enjoy life. Not just any kind of life, but an abundant life.
“…I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).” John 10:10b (AMPC)”
As we continue to seek Him first – making it a priority to be in relationship with Him, He will show us what we need to see, what we need to do. God is on our side. He wants us to be successful and to enjoy life.
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” Matthew 6:30-33 (MSG)
Allow Jesus to take hold of you – make it a daily decision. Choose everyday to make your relationship with God more important than anything else. Focus on the fact that Jesus has saved you, delivered you from death and destruction because our Heavenly Father loves you more than you can think or imagine. Make time to praise and worship Him. Spend time in prayer. Pray in tongues. Just talk to our Heavenly Father every moment you have. Make it a priority and watch how things start changing. Watch how the Holy Spirit leads you and guides you in all that you say and do.
“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.” Ephesians 3:20 (MSG)
Jesus wants to seek and save the lost through us. We must look up and see the fields that are white for harvest. Remember in week 1 when Pastor Don pointed out that all of our spiritual roots can be traced to the Apostles? Think about that. They did not allow the Gospel to stop with them. This urging is still going on today. Jesus is still seeking and saving and He wants to seek and save through us.
Keep coming back, week after week, and we will continue to give you practical insight into how you can be instrumental in seeking and saving the lost in Odessa. We look forward to seeing you at church tomorrow. Service Times are 8:45am, 10:30am and 12:30pm.
Parents, here is a scripture image for your children:
Come back to ocfc.org/seekandsave daily to continue to learn how you can be a part of our Seek and Save campaign.
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Day 5 – Friday, October 19, 2018
The reason it is important to have God’s vision for our lives and for our community is because we are the Light of the World!
Parents, it’s Friday night! How about a dance party with your kiddos?!
Day 4 – Thursday, October 18, 2018
Parents, Read these confessions out loud with your children.
Explain to them about the power of their words.
Day 3 – Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Pastor Don and OCFC is called to pull down and destroy barriers in Odessa and the Permian Basin. Our Father has placed OCFC here in Odessa to tear down and destroy mindsets that are clouded by religion, independence and greed. We are to build up, plant and establish a mindset of God’s grace, unconditional love, freedom and faith. Our Heavenly Father has called this church to lead revival in our community and the world. It starts with us.
We need to make God’s Vision our Vision and then speak that vision. Let’s frame our world – our city, our community with the Word of God. We need to change how we SEE our city, our community, to change how we SEE the people who live here and who are moving here, we need to change how we SEE ourselves.
We are called. We are significant. We can make the difference. Just like Jesus came for the scapegoat – the one man to save many – He has taken hold of us so that we could seek and save many who are lost.
We need to change how we SPEAK about our city and our community, how we SPEAK about the people who live here and who are moving here, we need to change how we SPEAK about ourselves. Let’s frame our city and community by speaking what God says about our community.
Parents, have your children read their verse with you:
Try and remember the motions that go with the verse from yesterday’s video with Ms. Jennifer.
Day 2 – Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Parents, have your children join you to watch this video with Ms. Jennifer, our Kids Faith Church Director:
Day 1 – Monday, October 15, 2018
You may have read Isaiah 61:3-4 on your handout yesterday and wondered what in the world that verse has to do with Pastor Don’s teaching “The Scapegoat” or “Seek and Save”.
Last week we learned that Jesus is come to seek and save the lost. We also learned that we were once lost and that once we have allowed Jesus to take hold of us He has saved us. Once we accept salvation we can embrace the abundant life Jesus came to give us. But it does not stop there…unless WE ALLOW it to do so.
Jesus wants to seek and save the lost through us. Again, we must look up and see the “…fields that are white for harvest…”
Read Isaiah 61:3-4 again: “…and they will be called righteous trees, planted by the Lord to glorify Him…”
Those righteous trees are us! We are planted where we are in order to glorify God. Let’s think of some ways we can glorify God:
1 ) Through our actions
2 ) Through our words
Let’s take a closer look at how we can glorify God with our words. First of all, speaking His Word definitely glorifies Him. Singing words of praise and worship is another way to bring Him glory.
What do you think would not bring Him glory? How about complaining? Ugh, that’s a rough one. We all do it. But it’s one of the worst things we can do with our words. Joyce Meyer, along with other ministers, have been known to say, “Complain and you will remain.” Wow! Think about that for a minute. When you complain about something, you will be stuck with the very thing you are complaining about. There are examples of this all throughout the Bible. But take this into consideration: how did God form the universe? With His Words! And that same power lives within us. We are currently living in a world that has been spoken into existence.
Let’s finish Isaiah 61:3-4, “…They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore the former devastations; they will renew the ruined cities…” We, the righteous trees who are planted here to glorify God are to rebuild, restore and renew! We may not literally be living in an area that has been labeled as a disaster area, but think of what we are surrounded by – depression, fear, anger, rejection, disease, hopelessness, etc. We are called to change all of that. We have been planted in Odessa, Texas to bring restoration, renewal and to rebuild the people that God brings here. All we have to do is get His vision and speak His Word.
Keep checking back daily for more about how we can make God’s Vision our Vision.
Parents, read this verse with your children:
On Sunday, October 14, 2018, everyone in attendance received this handout:
Read this aloud every day this week.
Every Child in Kids Faith Church, Grades 1 – 5, also received a handout:
Read this aloud with your children every day this week.