LIFe with God: May 13, 2013

Posted on May 13, 2013

Scripture

Acts 17

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Observation

What was Paul’s message in the synagogue? What was the positive response? The negative response? Why were the Bereans described as being of more noble character? How did Paul use the circumstances in Athens as a witnessing tool?

Application

Do I share The Gospel plainly and “let the chips fall where they may”, even if it means some will respond negatively? Do I receive teaching with great eagerness and examine the Scriptures to see if it is true? How can I use the situations and life experiences of people within my sphere of influence as an opportunity to share Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, I ask that You will encourage and strengthen me to proclaim the Name of Jesus without shame or apology as Paul did. I ask that You will prepare the hearts of people with whom I come in contact to receive it and respond positively. But help me to do it even when people respond negatively, Lord, and even when it means they might cause me trouble. I ask that You would make me like the Bereans; when I hear or read teaching about You and Your Word, may I search the Scriptures to be sure it is true. Give me insight and confirmation by Your Spirit to accept truth and reject all false doctrine. Help me to recognize and take advantage of ways to relate to people and share the Good News with them, as Paul did in Athens with the shrine to the Unknown God. Train me by Your Spirit and Your Word to be an effective messenger of Christ. 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:

  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis & Hali Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Brandon & Lindsey Dockins
  • Patti Doty
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)

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 our national leaders

  • God’s anointing on them and a desire in them to follow Him
  • For Jesus to once again be Lord and King over our nation
  • For the president and cabinet to seek after God
  • For judges to rule justly and righteously
  • For senators & representatives to pass godly legislation and block sinful bills
  • That our government would protect its citizens and punish evildoers

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Therefore, be imitators of God, as dearly loved children. And walk in love, as the Messiah also loved us and gave Himself for us, a sacrificial and fragrant offering to God. – Ephesians 5:1-2 (HCSB)

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