LIFe with God: May 8, 2013

Posted on May 8, 2013

Scripture

Acts 13

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Observation

What was the church in Antioch doing when the Holy Spirit spoke to them and gave them a mission? How did Paul respond to the false prophet who was trying to countermand his teaching? In Paul’s sermon, what does he teach is the central meaning of the resurrection for his listeners (verses 38-39)?

Application

Do I ever spend time fasting as I pray and worship and seek God? What can I learn from this passage about responding to evil men who try to “spin” the Word of God? When I am sharing the Gospel with someone who believes that You have to be good to get into heaven, how can I use this passage to witness to them?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, I rarely seek You as earnestly as I can or should. Place in my heart such a strong desire for You that I will be willing to skip meals in order to spend time praying and worshiping You and seeking Your direction through Your Word. I thank You for Your promise through the prophet Jeremiah that I WILL find You if I seek You with all of my heart. And when I hear from You during these times of fasting and seeking, strengthen me to obey You and carry out Your mission.

Lord, so many Christians today seem more worried about not offending anyone than they are about standing up for You and Your truth. When wicked men try to skew Your Word for their own ends to the detriment of those who would come to Christ, help me to boldly speak the truth and rebuke them, regardless of any offense that might cause. There are so many people out there, Lord, trying to earn their way into eternity with You, and living under a terrible burden of guilt and shame, and feeling overwhelmed. Help me and other believers to effectively communicate to these people that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to them; that through Him everyone who believes is justified in everything, and that they could not be justified by the law–Yours or theirs. Thank You, Lord, for that wonderful message of Your saving grace! 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:

  • Robin & Florence Henderson
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus)
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover
  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Darrell & Fralina Leatham

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 orphans and children in foster care…

  • that they would come to know the adoptive Father-heart of God
  • that they would be positively influenced by Christian workers
  • that God would bring Christian friends alongside them
  • that they would come to salvation
  • that they would be adopted by godly parents

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different ministries, but the same Lord. And there are different activities, but the same God activates each gift in each person. – 1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (HCSB)

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