LIFe with God: July 28

Posted on July 28, 2010

Scripture

John 19

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Observation

What was the reason the Jewish leaders gave for their insistence that Jesus be crucified? What is revealed about Pilate regarding his reaction to this charge? What does the chief priests’ declaration (“we have no king but Caesar”) tell us about their spiritual condition? Besides being wealthy Jewish leaders, what do Joseph and Nicodemus have in common?

Application

Do I tend to make decisions like Pilate–based on fear of the crowd and those in power–or do I choose to do the right thing, no matter the consequences? Am I a follower of Christ in secret, like Joseph and Nicodemus, or is it well-known that I claim Jesus as my Lord? How can I focus more fully today on the death of Jesus and what it means for me, and for mankind?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord Jesus, let me never take for granted what You did that Friday afternoon at Golgotha. Though others may mock and scorn You and try to put Your Word and Your will to death as the soldiers and Jewish leaders put Your physical body to death, may I always be grateful for Your inestimable sacrifice and boldly claim You as my Savior and Lord. Out of my gratitude for Your shed blood that redeems me, I choose to be a disciple who obeys Your will, even if the crowd and those with earthly power over me may attack me for it. I choose to be Your disciple publicly, and not in secret like Joseph, or sneaking in the night like Nicodemus. But I thank You that both of those men openly prepared Your body and placed it in the tomb. Help me to remember that You gave them grace, and help me to extend that grace to others who may not serve You as openly as I believe they should. I thank You that even though it appeared that You were defeated by your torture and murder, You were in control all along, fulfilling all the prophecies about You. You alone are Savior, Lord, King, the Son of God, and the Redeemer of the World! May You be worshiped and given glory through Your church, now and forever, to the glory of the Father. Amen.

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Patrick Hall
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

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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