LIFe with God: April 7

Posted on April 7, 2011

Scripture

Matthew 7 (NET)

(1) “Do not judge so that you will not be judged. (2) For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive. (3) Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye, but fail to see the beam of wood in your own? (4) Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own? (5) You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye. (6) Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces. (7) “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. (8) For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. (9) Is there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? (10) Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? (11) If you then, although you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! (12) In everything, treat others as you would want them to treat you, for this fulfills the law and the prophets. (13) “Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. (14) But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it. (15) “Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. (16) You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? (17) In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. (18) A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. (19) Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (20) So then, you will recognize them by their fruit. (21) “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of heaven — only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. (22) On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do many powerful deeds?’ (23) Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ (24) “Everyone who hears these words of mine and does them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. (25) The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. (26) Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. (27) The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed!” (28) When Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed by his teaching, (29) because he taught them like one who had authority, not like their experts in the law.

Observation

What are Jesus’ instructions regarding making requests of God? About false teachers?

Application

Do I ask God for the things I need? Am I on guard against wolves in sheep’s clothing?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Lord God, I ask that you would help me to keep from passing judgment on others before I examine myself. Help me to bring my needs to You and to trust you to provide them. And help me to be on the alert against false teachers. I ask this in the Name of the Lord 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:

  • 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 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

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who belong to the family of faith. – Galatians 6:10 (NET)

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