LIFe with God: April 12

Posted on April 12, 2011

Scripture

Matthew 11 (NET)

(1) When Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in their towns. (2) Now when John heard in prison about the deeds Christ had done, he sent his disciples to ask a question: (3) “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?” (4) Jesus answered them, “Go tell John what you hear and see: (5) The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have good news proclaimed to them. (6) Blessed is anyone who takes no offense at me.” (7) While they were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind? (8) What did you go out to see? A man dressed in fancy clothes? Look, those who wear fancy clothes are in the homes of kings! (9) What did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. (10) This is the one about whom it is written: ‘Look, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.’ (11) “I tell you the truth, among those born of women, no one has arisen greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he is. (12) From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and forceful people lay hold of it. (13) For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John appeared. (14) And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, who is to come. (15) The one who has ears had better listen! (16) “To what should I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces who call out to one another, (17) ‘We played the flute for you, yet you did not dance; we wailed in mourning, yet you did not weep.’ (18) For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ (19) The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look at him, a glutton and a drunk, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” (20) Then Jesus began to criticize openly the cities in which he had done many of his miracles, because they did not repent. (21) “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (22) But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you! (23) And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will be thrown down to Hades! For if the miracles done among you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued to this day. (24) But I tell you, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you!” (25) At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and revealed them to little children. (26) Yes, Father, for this was your gracious will. (27) All things have been handed over to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal him. (28) Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (29) Take my yoke on you and learn from me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. (30) For my yoke is easy to bear, and my load is not hard to carry.”

Observation

How can we find rest for our souls?

Application

Am I anxious, worried, and frazzled, or do I find rest in Jesus?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, May my city be one that responds to Your work and to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. May we not be like the towns Jesus criticized, that responded in unbelief, but rather may we respond in repentance. May we not take offense at Him. I believe that no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son decides to reveal Him. Help us to come to Christ to find rest for our souls. I pray all of this in the mighty and precious name of Jesus, 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, Sophia)
  • 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 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 the poor & imprisoned

  • Salvation
  • That they will trust in God’s provision
  • That they will have hope
  • For mentors in the prison/jail system

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well. – 2 Timothy 2:2 (NET)

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