LIFe with God: September 1-2, 2012

Posted on September 1, 2012

Scripture

1 John 3:1-10

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Observation

If someone is truly a child of God, how will that be revealed in his/her life? What is the difference between committing a sin and “practicing” sin?

Application

Am I truly grateful for the love the father has lavished on me? Do I make a conscious, ongoing effort to purify myself and keep from practicing sin?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father in Heaven, I am in awe of the love You has given to me: that I should be called God’s child — and indeed I am! For this reason the world does not know me: because it did not know Christ. I thank You that all who receive Him are Your children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. I believe Your promise that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as he is. Since I have this hope focused on Him, may I purify myself by submitting to Your Holy Spirit, just as Jesus is pure). Keep me from habitual sin, for You said that everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. Thank You that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. Everyone who resides in him does not sin; everyone who sins has neither seen him nor known him. Father, let no one deceive me, but always remind me: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed: to destroy the works of the devil. I have been fathered by God, so I will not practice sin, because God’s seed resides in me. Thus I am not able to live in a lifestyle of sin, because I have been fathered by You. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness — the one who does not love his fellow Christian — is not of God. Therefore, guard my heart and mind, I ask, in the 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)

SATURDAY

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • James Williams
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

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 Unity in the Body of Christ…

  • that we would be united in our love for Jesus and each other
  • that we would encourage and support each other
  • that we would focus on Biblical principles in every arena of our lives
  • that we would have a spirit of cooperation in outreach
  • that Satan’s divisive strategies would be confounded

SUNDAY

  • Jenn Austring
  • Sher Brodoski
  • Debbie & Amy Brueggemann
  • Brook & Erica Butts (Brooklyn, Boston)
  • Chris Carlton

Ministry:

  • Provenance

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 outreaches & service projects

  • Creative strategies
  • Volunteers
  • Anointing of the Holy Spirit
  • Believers working together in unity
  • Provision of necessary resources
  • Salvation for people reached

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18 (HCSB)

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