Before reading this briefing, please take a look through the message from Pastor Wes to start the year. You can find it here.
Through the 21 days we are encouraging disciples to fast and to read the word and pray everyday for a minimum of an hour a day. Each week of the 21 days will have a different theme to focus on.
Week 1 - Let your light shine personally - radical consecration
Week 2 - Let your light shine in the family - family dedication
Week 3 - Let your light shine in the church - church multiplication
Each day we have also selected scripture to read, reflect on, pray into and apply. To help you with your devotional time please read Sara Castellanos’ guide to The Word, Prayer & Fasting. You can find that here.
We will also be meeting throughout the three weeks for prayer, events and more. Find out how to get involved here.
Let’s be the light.
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE PERSONALLY - RADICAL CONSECRATION
We want to live as children of the light. There must be no darkness in us. We must be determined to walk in the light and see God’s light shine brightly in our lives.
We must be determined and disciplined to get rid of all bad attitudes, unconfessed sin, stubbornness, being judgemental, unforgiveness. We need to deal with all cynicism, unfaithfulness and pride.
DAY 1 - TUE 3RD JAN
Psalm 119:105, “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
Proverbs 6:23, “For this command is a lamp, this teaching is a light, and correction and instruction are the way to life.”
2 Samuel 22:29, “You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.”
DAY 2 - WED 4TH JAN
Psalm 119:135, “Make your face shine on your servant and teach me your decrees.”
Psalm 31:16, “Let your face shine on your servant; save me in your unfailing love.”
Ephesians 5:8, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.”
DAY 3 - THU 5TH JAN
John 3:21, “Whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.”
1 Corinthians 4:5, “Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.”
DAY 4 - FRI 6TH JAN
Romans 13:12-13: ‘Let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armour of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy.”
Psalm 90:8, “You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your presence.”
DAY 5 - SAT 7TH JAN
Ephesians 5:8-9, “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth).”
Psalm 19:8, “The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.”
DAY 6 - SUN 8TH JAN
James 1:17, “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Psalm 89:15, “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk in the light of your presence, Lord.”
DAY 7 - MON 9TH JAN
Matthew 13:43, “The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”
Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.”
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE IN THE FAMILY - FAMILY DEDICATION
Jesus Christ brings family restoration, renewal and wholeness. He brings the light and the darkness flees. Despite our sin and mistakes, through the blood shed by Jesus we are brought into the family of God and He shows us the pattern of how we should live as families.
As a church we must stand together to raise a generation of light that will shine brightly to everyone around. We must stand to build priesthood families that will serve the Lord together. We need to multiply powerful households of faith. We want to see God’s presence and glory manifest powerfully in the homes.
We need to believe for loving and devoted marriages in the church and commit together to see the next generation released fully in their purpose calling.
DAY 8 - TUE 10TH JAN
Numbers 6:22-27, “The Lord said to Moses, ‘Tell Aaron and his sons, “This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: ‘“‘The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face towards you and give you peace.’” ‘So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.’”
DAY 9 - WED 11TH JAN
Psalm 37:3-7, “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: he will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”
DAY 10 - THU 12TH JAN
Daniel 12:3 (MSG), “Men and women who have lived wisely and well will shine brilliantly, like the cloudless, star-strewn night skies. And those who put others on the right path to life will glow like stars forever.”
DAY 11 - FRI 13TH JAN
Ephesians 5:13-17, “But everything exposed by the light becomes visible – and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. This is why it is said: ‘Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.’ Be very careful, then, how you live – not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”
DAY 12 - SAT 14TH JAN
Exodus 13:21, “By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.”
DAY 13 - SUN 15TH JAN
Isaiah 58:8, “Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.”
Isaiah 60:20, “Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end.”
Job 33:28, “God has delivered me from going down to the pit, and I shall live to enjoy the light of life.”
DAY 14 - MON 16TH JAN
Luke 1:76-80, “And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.’ And the child grew and became strong in spirit.”
LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE IN THE CHURCH - CHURCH MULTIPLICATION
Where there is faithfulness and formation there will be great fruitfulness. The light of God will bring unity and dispel all division. We must come to a new level of spiritual maturity and be open to discipleship. We must work together to take the light of God to everyone that we meet. And we must believe God for a multiplication of the light as we multiply small groups and services.
DAY 15 - TUE 17TH JAN
Matthew 5:14-16, “‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”
DAY 16 - WED 18TH JAN
1 Peter 2:9, “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”
DAY 17 - THU 19TH JAN
Ephesians 5:25-28, “Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.”
DAY 18 - FRI 20TH JAN
1 John 2:9, “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates his brother is still in the darkness.”
1 John 1:7, “If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another.”
DAY 19 - SAT 21ST JAN
Psalm 112:4, “Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.”
Proverbs 4:18, “The path of the righteous is like the morning sun, shining ever brighter till the full light of day.”
DAY 20 - SUN 22ND JAN
Colossians 1:9-12, “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.”
DAY 21 - MON 23RD JAN
Philippians 2:12-16, “Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed – not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence – continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, ‘children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.’ Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labour in vain.”