LIFe with God: July 31, 2013

Posted on July 31, 2013

Scripture

Hebrews 12:1-13

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Observation

What do I need to do in order to run with endurance the spiritual race set before me? How should I respond to God’s discipline?

Application

Have I laid aside anything that would hold me back from following Jesus? Do I keep my eyes on Jesus, or am I easily distracted? Do I endure discipline with a thankful heart as a loving gift from God?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father in Heaven, help me lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares me, that I might run with endurance the race that lies before me, keeping my eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of my faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of Your throne. Remind me to consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, so that I won’t grow weary and lose heart. In struggling against sin, I have not yet resisted to the point of shedding my blood. May I never forget the exhortation that addresses me as Your child: “My child, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly, or faint when you are reproved by Him; for the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and punishes every son whom He receives.” Strengthen me to endure it as discipline, remembering that You are dealing with me as Your child. May I ever submit to You, Father, and live, because You do it for my benefit, so that I can share Your holiness. No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the fruit of peace and righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Therefore, empower me to strengthen my tired hands and weakened knees, and make straight paths for my feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but healed instead. In Jesus’ name I pray,  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:

  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack)
  • 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 teens and young adults (middle school through college age) in our community

  • For Godly influences and teachers
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives
  • That they would turn to God to fill every need, not to addictive substances and behaviors
  • Respect for parents and other authority

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
and whenever you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear this command behind you: “This is the way. Walk in it.” – Isaiah 30:21 (HCSB)

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