LIFe with God: August 14, 2012

Posted on August 14, 2012

Scripture

Romans 14

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does this chapter teach us regarding legalism–imposing our non-biblical values on other Christians? What does it teach regarding exercising our freedom in regard to weaker fellow believers? What is the key principle to remember (17-19)?

Application

Do I judge my fellow Christians in areas where God does not? Am I more concerned about my rights than my relationships? Do I make every effort to live in peace with and to edify my spiritual family?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, I must confess that I need to submit my views and opinions to Your word. Help me not to judge anyone on my opinions and preferences, and may I not regard someone as ‘in sin” if they have not violated Your word but merely my extra-biblical values. Conversely, I confess that I am far too often more concerned with my rights than with how exercising those rights may impact others. May I never cause someone else to sin simply because I refuse to limit my own freedom. Remind that your kingdom is not about eating or drinking or what day we’re supposed to meet together, it is about walking in the righteousness of Christ and the peace and joy of the Holy Spirit, serving Christ so as to please You and be approved by Your people. May I therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. 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:

  • Brandon & Lindsey Dockins
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Jonathan, Sophia)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)

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:
The LORD your God is among you, a warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with gladness. He will bring you quietness with His love. He will delight in you with shouts of joy. – Zephaniah 3:17 (HCSB)

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