LIFe with God: May 17, 2013

Posted on May 17, 2013

Scripture

Acts 21

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Observation

Why is Paul so stubborn about going to Jerusalem, in spite of repeated warnings? Were the people warning him doing so based on mere opinion and speculation? What happened to him in Jerusalem that may have made him wish he had listened to the warnings?

Application

Am I ever so stubborn about doing what I think is right that I neglect even the Spirit-led counsel of trusted believing friends? What has been the result? How can I learn from Paul’s experience?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord, sometimes, like Paul, I get something in my head and do everything I can to force the situation, forgetting to consult with You or to listen to the counsel of godly, Spirit-filled people You place in my life. Help me to have the humility and wisdom to step back and evaluate whether my mission is really coming from You or just from my idea of what I think You want. Help me to heed Your clear warnings and to trust You to work out Your will in Your way in Your time. But Lord, on the other hand, Paul said he was compelled by The Spirit to go to Jerusalem, even though the Spirit has warned him that hardships and prison await him there. And so I ask that, like Paul, I would have the courage of my convictions when I do believe You have truly spoken to me, even if it means great difficulty will face me as a result. 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.

  • Moy & Janeth Ortiz
  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luc)
  • Keith Rast
  • Travis & Consuela Sauer (Mikayla, Christian, Donte, Cheyenne, Sera, Ella, Thomas)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

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, 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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