LIFe with God: April 20-21, 2013

Posted on April 20, 2013

Scripture

2 Corinthians 10:1-11:15

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Observation

What does this passage teach about Christian leadership? What does Paul say is the current state and final state of false teachers?

Application

What can I do this week to encourage others and build them up? How can I guard against temptation and philosophies that appear as virtuous but are actually evil?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Father, I ask that I would be able to cultivate the meekness and gentleness of Christ in my life, but also that I would be bold and unwavering and confrontational when the situation requires. Help me to remember that spiritual warfare is not physical warfare, and the weapons are not the same. The weapons You provide for spiritual warfare have divine power to demolish strongholds. Help me to use them to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of You, and to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Help me to look past the surface, with spiritual eyes enlightened by the Holy Spirit. Help me to use the authority You give me in Christ for building up rather than tearing down. Let me not trust in my own strength or boast in my accomplishments, but if I boast may I boast only in You, for it is only the one You commend who is approved. May I never be led astray from pure and sincere devotion to Christ. Help me to be on my guard against false teachers who appear as messengers of the truth, but are liars and destroyers. I ask that the Holy Spirit would give me discernment to recognize them and speak out against them, that no one in my sphere of influence would be deceived. 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)

SATURDAY

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)
  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin, Natalie)
  • Ross & Christy Stoltey (Spencer, Garrett, Conner, Katie, Grace)
  • James Williams
  • Jason & 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 Caldwell

  • 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

SUNDAY

  • Jenn Austring
  • Amy Brueggemann
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton
  • Mike Daniels

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 Nampa

  • 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

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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