Day 10: Biblically Grounded, Spirit-Led, Christ-Centered
OUR DESIRED CULTURE
- We are increasingly biblically grounded, Holy Spirit-led, and Christ-centered.
REHEARSE: Spirit of the Living God
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people—the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel that has come to you. In the same way, the gospel is bearing fruit and growing throughout the whole world—just as it has been doing among you since the day you heard it and truly understood God’s grace. You learned it from Epaphras, our dear fellow servant, who is a faithful minister of Christ on our behalf, and who also told us of your love in the Spirit.
For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
(Colossians 1:3-14 NIV)
In his prayers for the saints and faithful brothers and sisters in Colossae, Paul asks that they would lead lives worthy of the Lord, which included bearing fruit, growing in their knowledge of God, and being strengthened with power. He reminded them of their inheritance, their rescue and their forgiveness and redemption in Christ. He prayed that these foundations would be built into their lives in order that they might be able to endure difficulties with patience and joy. We come from a rich heritage of Navigator men and women who the Word of God deeply. In a culture that is increasingly biblically illiterate, may we continue to be a people committed to knowing the Word of God, being led by the Holy Spirit, and centered on the person of Jesus Christ.
How have you seen the importance of these commitments in seasons of opposition? How will you commit to building these in your life now?
- Ask that God would give us a deeper hunger for His Word, increased sensitivity to the Holy Spirit, and a radical commitment to being Christ-centered.
- Pray that the Holy Spirit would empower and lead us at every moment during the NSG.
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