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Awakening Champions Day 7 – AWAKENING COMPASSION

Awakening Champions Day 7 – AWAKENING COMPASSION

 

com•pas•sion

moved with mercy; to feel deeply, i.e. bowls of compassion; to experience the sorrow and

suffering of another; to show restraint and constraint in moderation of consequences;

to feel someone’s pain.

 

“I have compassion on the multitudes.”—Jesus

(SIX WORDS)

 

Introduction:                                                                                              

These six words sum up the life and ministry of Jesus Christ!  Sin brought brokenness, isolation, fear, shame, and despair.  The Godhead had already envisioned what free-will and love’s choice would bring upon Adam and Eve’s heritage.  The Father would IDENTIFY us with compassion; the Son INVOLVED HIMSELF in our dysfunctional estate and save us from our sins; the Holy Spirit would be sent to be a very-present help and offer an ever-present compassion to INFLUENCE us where we were, but to take us to where we were intended to be.

As each day before, during our 8 Days of Prayer and Fasting, we are asking, not just something to meet our needs, we are literally asking for God Himself.  When we pray to AWAKEN COMPASSION.  We are actually asking for God’s very own heart to be in us, to walk with us, and work through us!

Compassion is mentioned 43 times in the Bible and directly or indirectly refers to God Himself in every reference.  By AWAKENING COMPASSION we are again “the word becoming flesh”.   It is Incarnate Ministry of Christ’s body—it is Jesus with skin—His arm outstretched to the lost and dying, wounded and crying ones of our own generation.  It is the Good Samaritan love of our neighbor—it is the good and faithful servants going to the “least of these”Psalm 145:8 says The LORD is gracious, ad FULL OF COMPASSION.  Let’s pray for the FULLNESS OF COMPASSION to overflow through us.

Tonight as we pray through Scripture and pray to the heart of God, let’s believe and receive, the AWAKENING OF COMPASSION in four areas:

  • Eyes to SEE with Compassion.
  • Hearts to FEEL with Compassion.
  • Hands to WORK with Compassion.
  • Feet to GO with Compassion.

 

I.  OPEN OUR EYES TO SEE AS JESUS SAW – Vision with Compassion 

But when (JESUS) SAW THE MULTITUDES,

He was moved with compassion for them

because they were weary and scattered

like sheep having no shepherd.  (Matt. 9:36 NKJV)

 

PRAY FOR:

  • Fresh Vision – “Without a vision, the people perish.” (Prov. 28:19)
    • The ability to see things others do not see.
    • The capacity to have visual compassion on the lostness of family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, community.
    • To envision God’s foresight of the multitudes whose souls are being “weighed in the balance” and in the “valleys of decision”.
    • Believers get a visual perspective on the brokenness, confusion, and lostness of humanity—to be moved to intercession and pray for laborers.
    • Revelation of God as our Redeemer: (Ps. 78:35-38)
      • I came to seek and saved that which was lost.
      • Leaves the 99 to find the one lost sheep.
      • Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.
    • Compassionate visionaries who will find ways to help people who are searching for truth, struggling with addictions, and drowning in despair—a “Visionary Missionary” sent out.
    • For God to give us a visual of hell and the eternal reality of those who are going there.

(100,000 people die every day –most go to eternity without Christ)  (Jam. 5:19-20; Jude 20-23)

  • To see the prodigal son’s/daughter’s with the Father’s eyes. (Lk. 15)

 

II.  TO FEEL WHAT JESUS FELT – Heart of Compassion                       

But when (Jesus) saw the multitudes,

He was MOVED WITH COMPASSION for them

because they were weary and scattered

like sheep having no shepherd.  (Matt. 9:36 NKJV)

 

But whoever has this world’s goods and sees his brother in need and

SHUTS UP HIS HEART OF COMPASSION FROM HIM,

how does the love of God abide in him?  1 Jn. 3:17

PRAY FOR:

  • Soul winners who will be “compelled by love” and moved by compassion to the highways and byways of weary, scattered multitudes “he that wins souls is wise”.
  • Believers who will embody the heart of the Good Samaritan who will not just see needs and pass by but will show other’s the love of the Father by visiting them in their distress and helping them to recover from their losses.
  • Christians to learn to identify with the struggles of weaknesses of sinners so that they can share empathy and show mercy as a witness of Jesus. (Heb. 4:14-16)
  • God’s people to have God’s own heart of compassion towards other believers, lostness of sinners, and hatred of evil. “The Lord is gracious and FULL OF COMPASSION…”  (Psalm 145:8)
  • To remember that it is because of God’s compassion on us—that we were not consumed with self-destruction and hell.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning…”  (Lam. 3:22-23 NKJV)

  • To possess a heart of compassion towards brothers and sisters in Christ. (Zach. 7:9; Gal. 5:13-14; 6:10; 1 Pet. 4:7-8)
  • Develop the desire to care as Jesus did—Desire is the beginning of all achievement.
  • Have love that covers a multitude of sin and turns sinners from the error of their ways. (Jam. 5:19-20; 1 Pet. 4:8)

 

III.  TO DO WHAT JESUS DID – Compassion in Action 

But when (Jesus) saw the multitudes,

He was MOVED with compassion for them

because they were weary and scattered

like sheep having no shepherd.  (Matt. 9:36 NKJV)

PRAY FOR:

  • Believers who will not just feel empathy for the outcasts, misfits, dejected, and helpless, but will INVOLVE themselves in compassion ministries of outreach of care.
  • Christians constrained by love and moved into action by having the mercy of God flowing through their hearts to their hands and feet.

“Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.  And on some have compassion, making a distinction; but others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire…”  (Jude 21-23 NKJV)

  • New breed of disciples who will indeed make a difference on “Least of these” (thirsty, hungry, naked, stranger, prisoners, shut-ins).
  • Believers who will “Be Jesus with skin” to flesh out compassion –first, to the body of Christ and then also to the multitudes in the harvest fields of souls. (1 Pet. 3:8-9)
  • Allow compassion and love to be the motivation of being about their FATHER’S BUSINESS, DOING GOD’S WILL, and FINISHING HIS WORK.
  • Christians will act in compassion and forgive others the way they have been forgiven. (Mt. 18)
  • Pray for and reach out to persecuted Christians and refugees in other nations.

 

IV.  TO GO WHERE JESUS WENT – Compassion in Motion    

Then (Jesus) said to His disciples, 

“The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.

Therefore PRAY THE LORD OF THE HARVEST TO SEND OUT

 LABORERS INTO HIS HARVEST. (Mt. 9:37-38 NKV)

 

  • Go into all the world, preach the Gospel and make disciples. (Mt. 28:18; Mk. 16)
  • Go to the highways and byways and compel them to come in.
  • Whom shall I send and who will go for Me?
  • Follow Me and I will make you fishers of men.

 

PRAY FOR:

  • God’s children to be led by the Spirit into:
    • Crossroads of humanity where the lost are seeking and the blind have questions.
    • Intersection of relationships to minster to the harvest by sowing, watering, and reaping.
    • Dark places and lowest of hell’s where the abused, misused, forgotten wait.
  • Go to the widows and orphans in need. (1 Jam. 1:27)
  • Go to the poor and needy and show care and compassion in helping.
  • Harvest fields of unreached people groups, those who haven’t heard the Gospel once.
  • Go to individuals and groups who need fathering and discipleship.
  • Go to places of destruction and desperation (sex trafficking, human trade, oppressed, imprisoned, shut-ins, cast outs, lonely, broken and hurting, bound by addictions)

 

 

CONCLUSION:                                                                                    

Give us a heart after God’s own heart—like David.

I have found David son of Jesse

A MAN AFTER MY OWN HEART, HE WILL DO EVERYTHING I WANT HIM TO DO—

David served his OWN PURPOSE FOR HIS OWN GENERATION…

(Acts 13:22, 36 NIV)

 

  • Believe and Receive:
    • Father’s Heart of Compassion for Our Generation
    • Father’s Heart to do Whatever He tells us.
    • Father’s Heart in Serving His Purpose to Our Generation.

 

TONIGHT WE THANK YOU FOR:

I.      New Vision – To see As Jesus SEESVision with Compassion

II.    New Heart – To Feel As Jesus FEELS Passion with Compassion

III.  New Focus – To Do What Jesus is DOINGAction with Compassion

IV.  New Direction – To Go Where Jesus Is GOINGMotion With Compassion

 

Blessing:  I commission you as soul winners, fishers of men, those sent out with power and authority:

  • Go out with joy and be led forth with peace
  • With joy and compassion go out and experience the joys of heaven when one sinner come to repentance.
  • Go be “salt” and “light” to your own generation!
  • That the joy of Jesus be in you and your joy be full!