LIFe with God: June 4, 2013

Posted on June 4, 2013

Scripture

1 Samuel 8

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What did Samuel’s sons do? How did Samuel feel about the people’s request for a king? What did God tell him? What warnings were the people given regarding their request, and how did they respond?

Application

Do I walk in the ways of the Spirit, or do I succumb to dishonest gain, bribes, and perverted justice? Do I look for human government to meet my needs rather than God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, In this chapter I find two negative examples: Samuel’s sons, and the elders of Israel. Keep me from the error of Samuel’s sons. May I follow in the paths shown to me by Your Word and the godly examples You have placed in my life, and not turn toward dishonest gain, bribes, and perverted justice. And keep me from the error of the elders of Israel, who decided that human government was the solution to all their problems and needs, rather than trusting You to lead and provide. 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:

  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn (Hannah, Sean)
  • Deborah Halkola

Missionaries:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than ourselves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

Community: Treasure Valley Churches – For elders, deacons, workers (volunteer and paid), and their families

  • Encouragement
  • Marriages/families
  • Finances
  • Work/life balance
  • Relationships, good friendships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil, but what is good. The one who does good is of God; the one who does evil has not seen God. – 3 John 11 (HCSB)

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