LIFe with God: August 7-8

Posted on August 7, 2010

Scripture

Acts 7-8

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Observation

Why did Stephen go through Israel’s history in his speech before the high priest? Other passages in the New Testament tell us that Jesus is seated at God’s right hand (showing that His work was completed), yet Stephen saw Him standing–what is the significance of this? How does Stephen show he is a true follower of Jesus just before his death? Why was Simon’s offer to pay the apostles such a grievous sin? What did the Ethiopian man need?

Application

How do I see God’s work through history in relation to His work through me? How can I better show that I am a true follower of Christ? What does this passage teach me regarding seeking spiritual gifts more than the One who gives them? How can I prepare myself to be able to teach others from the Scriptures when the opportunity affords itself?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Oh Lord my God, I thank You for the way You have shown Your mighty hand down through history. I am truly blessed to have such a spiritual heritage. I thank You that all of history since The Creation led up to the appearance of Jesus of Nazareth, and all of history since His ascension is leading up to His imminent return. I confess that I am too often a stiff-necked person with an uncircumcised heart and ears, and too often I resist the Holy Spirit, and I repent. I thank You for Your servant Stephen who willingly gave His life for Jesus, and was faithful to the end, even forgiving his murderers and asking that You also forgive them. Lord, give me a heart, a spirit, a will, and a faith like that. I thank You, Lord Jesus, that You stood up to receive him into Heaven and look forward with great hope to the day You will do the same for me.

I thank You, Lord, that though the early church was harshly persecuted, they remained in You, and You brought them through it and have always saved a remnant unto Yourself down through the ages. I thank You that I have not had to face such persecution, but if You ever decide to allow me to go through such trials, I ask that You would strengthen me and fill me with Your Spirit, that I, too, would remain faithful even unto death. May I even now begin preparing my heart and mind and submitting my will to You to be ready should such an event occur. I ask that Your people would repent and rally to You, and that You would do mighty things through us in our communities so there will be great joy in our cities. I ask that You would grant Your people discernment to distinguish false teachers from true, and that anyone who would try to buy or sell the gift of God with money would repent, turn from their wickedness, and cry out to You for mercy.

I pray that You would guide those Your Spirit is drawing to Your people, or guide us to them, as You led Philip to the Ethiopian man in this passage. I pray that we would study Your Word and become fully equipped to answer questions and lead them to You from any part of the Bible they have been reading. May Your Spirit draw the hearts of many toward You, and may Your people lead them to Jesus. In His Name I pray, 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:
SATURDAY

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin)
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)
  • Janeth & Moy

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for orphans and children in foster care…

  • that they would come to know the adoptive Father-heart of God
  • that they would be positively influenced by Christian workers
  • that God would bring Christian friends alongside them
  • that they would come to salvation
  • that they would be adopted by godly parents

SUNDAY

  • Franceine Anderson
  • Jenn Austring
  • Sher Brodoski

Missionary:

  • Lito Dictican, Port of Tacoma

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for marriages in our community…

  • that Christ-like would be exhibited
  • for good communication between spouses
  • for unity in finances
  • salvation for non-believing spouses
  • that they would balance work and home life
  • that Godly friends and mentors would come alongside them.

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. – 2 Corinthians 5:21

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