LIFe with God: August 26

Posted on August 26, 2010

Scripture

Acts 24

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Observation

How does Paul defend himself against the accusations filed against him? What is the difference between being a true Christian and being “well acquainted with the Way”?

Application

How can I apply the way Paul defended himself to the way I respond when people treat me unfairly and make unjust accusations against me? Am I a true Christian or just “well acquainted with the Way”–having a knowledge of Christ but not having a transformed life?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God, in this passage we see all sorts of misinformation and false statements leveled against Paul. And yet, he simply calmly stated his case and used it as an opportunity to share the Gospel. Lord, remind me of this when I find myself being treated unjustly, and help me to respond in kind. I, too, declare that I worship the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, and that I am a follower of the Way of Christ. I believe everything that agrees with the Law and that is written in the Prophets, and my hope is in You, that there will be a resurrection from the dead. Help me to keep a clear conscience before God and man. May I never be satisfied in just knowing about You, Lord, but instill in me a hunger to know You more with each passing day. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael Morgan

Ministries:

  • Provenance
  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for business professionals providing goods and services

  • God to be glorified by excellent work
  • Ministry to occur in the workplace
  • Godly employers and employees
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Sound financial strategies
  • Strong, God-honoring relationships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?” – John 11:25-26

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