LIFe with God: March 25, 2013

Posted on March 25, 2013

Scripture

Matthew 16

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Jesus say would be the only sign He would give the Pharisees? What is “the sign of Jonah”? Of what did he tell the disciples to beware? What is “the rock” on which Jesus said He would build His church (hint: it is NOT Peter)? What is the requirement for being Jesus’ disciple?

Application

Do I recognize and attest to Jesus fulfilling the “sign of Jonah”? Do I watch out for false teachers who try to infect the body of Christ? Do I build my life (as Christ builds His church) on the fact that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the living God? do I deny myself, take up my cross, and follow Him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, I believe that Jesus is the Messiah and Your Son, living God, and I believe that He fulfilled the sign of Jonah by rising from the dead on the third day, and I praise You for it! Help me to base my life and all I am and all on do on that. Keep me on guard against the “yeast” of false teaching that tries to infect Your people and lead them away from You. Help me to put You and Your people above myself; may I deny myself, take up my cross, and follow Jesus. In His 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:

  • Theresa Daniels
  • Brandon & Lindsey Dockins
  • Patti Doty
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for Public Service Professionals (Firefighters, law enforcement, and medical personnel)…

  • Strength to serve well
  • Safety/health
  • Salvation for lost & ministry opportunities for saved
  • Strong family/marriage relationships
  • Strong, God-honoring friendships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will find it. – Matthew 16:24-25 (HCSB)

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