LIFe with God: July 27

Posted on July 27, 2010

Scripture

John 18

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Observation

When Jesus said “I am He”, the soldiers and officials drew back and fell to the ground. What does this display of verbal power show about His proceeding trial and crucifixion? What does Jesus’ response to Pilate teach us about his kingdom and about what is important in it?

Application

Do I respond to those who hate Christianity as Peter did, or as Jesus did? Peter stood up for Jesus one moment, only to deny Him repeatedly a short time later. How is this like or unlike my testimony for Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, I see Your almighty power in just a few calmly spoken words in this passage, which caused some of the world’s most highly trained soldiers and religious leaders to stagger back and fall to the ground. I thank You that, though at any time You could have used Your power to free Yourself from these men, You allowed them to crucify You out of Your love for me. Thank You, Jesus, that even at the moment when evil men came to take You to Your death, You were looking out for the safety of Your followers. May I remember that the next time I am afraid or anxious. Thank You for drinking the cup the Father had given You, in spite of the turmoil and agony You knew it involved. Strengthen me to follow You through difficult times. I confess that I am too much like Peter; standing up for You one moment, only to deny You the next. Cleanse me and make me a bold and consistent disciple. I thank You that You are the King of a kingdom not of this world. As I see the sin and continuing downward spiral of the world around me, help me to remember that I am a citizen of Your kingdom. Help me to lead others to You, the ultimate truth. Amen

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Joshua, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend

Missionaries:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than oursleves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

Pray to BLESS!

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God – John 1:12

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