LIFe with God: April 17, 2013

Posted on April 17, 2013

Scripture

2 Corinthians 6:3-7:16

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Observation

Why does Paul make such a long list of how his ministry is authentic? Why was Paul glad he wrote his first letter to the Corinthians?

Application

Does my witness and ministry withstand difficulties such as those Paul listed? Even though confrontation is awkward and unpleasant, am I willing to confront and to be confronted for the purposes of correction and spiritual growth?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord, as I read of all the things Paul went through for the sake of the gospel, I am both inspired and convicted. Help me to commend myself as an authentic follower of Christ, regardless of my circumstances or the trial and persecution it might bring. Enable me to open my heart wide to other believers. I ask that You would keep me from “yoking” myself with unbelievers–attaching myself to their lifestyle and moving with them toward their goal. Rather, may I ever yoke myself only with Christ and His committed disciples. Show me how to purify myself from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for You. I pray that I would wrong no one, corrupt no one, and exploit no one. Give me a heart that is willing to live or die for You and for my spiritual siblings in Christ. May other believers be able to take great pride in me and be encouraged by me. Sometimes it is necessary to confront other believers or for them to confront me. Though it may very well hurt, at least for a little while, help me to give and receive godly rebuke in love when it is warranted, not to cause sorrow for its own sake, but so that godly sorrow will bring repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret. I ask this 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)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover
  • Fred & Gwen Iovine
  • Pat & Hannah Kelley

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for Boise & Garden City…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials
  • Gowan Field Military Base

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for God’s glory. – 1 Corinthians 10:31 (HCSB)

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