LIFe with God: September 14

Posted on September 14, 2010

Scripture

Romans 6:12-23

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

According to this passage, we are slaves to one of which two masters? What does this passage say about those who teach that it doesn’t matter how you live once you’re saved? What marks a true Christian?

Application

How does this passage contradict the world’s philosophy that people can’t change inherited behavior? In what ways have I offered the parts of my body to sin, and in what ways can I offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, Because of Your saving grace, I count myself dead to sin but alive to You. Therefore I do not have to let sin reign in my body! I can choose not to offer the parts of my body to sin. Instead, I choose to offer myself to You as one who has been brought from death to life, as an instrument of righteousness. Sin is not my master because, thanks to Jesus, I am not under the Law but under Your grace! Help me never to take for granted or abuse Your grace, as if sin isn’t an issue because I’ve been forgiven already. By no means! I have offered myself to You as a slave and I choose to obey You. I thank You that, though I used to be a slave to sin, I am now Your slave and I give myself wholeheartedly to obeying Your teaching. I am now a slave to righteousness, not to sin. Just as I used to offer the parts of my body in slavery to impurity and ever-increasing wickedness, so now I offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When I was a slave to sin I was free from the control of righteousness. But those things reap only shame and death. Now that I have been set free from sin and have become Your slave, the benefit I reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift You’ve given me is eternal life in Christ Jesus my Lord! In His Name I pray with a heart of thanks and devotion, 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:

  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Joshua, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend
  • For the salvation of lost friends, relatives, neighbors, etc.

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 ourselves, 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.

Community: Pray for our state leaders…

  • Governor & his advisers
  • Judges
  • state senators and representatives
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
If anyone chooses to do God’s will, he will find out whether my teaching comes from God or whether I speak on my own. – John 7:17

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