LIFe with God: July 8, 2013

Posted on July 8, 2013

Scripture

2 Corinthians 8

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Observation

Paul points out in this chapter that at least in one way, comparing ourselves with others is a good thing–in what way? What does he mean when he says “finish the work”?

Application

Would others consider me a generous person? Do I excel in the grace of giving? If not, in what specific ways can I begin to move toward that goal?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, Thank You for Your grace in giving generously to Your people. May I ever be like you in that regard. In severe trials may my extreme joy in you well up in rich generosity, even beyond my ability, that I may have the privilege of sharing in service to the saints. May I give myself first to You and then to Your servants, in keeping with Your will. I ask that Your Spirit would grow me to excel in faith, speech, knowledge, earnestness, and in love for Your people, and also in the grace of giving. May I prove the sincerity of my love by comparing it with the earnestness of others. For I know the grace of my Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for my sake He became poor, that through His poverty I might become rich. May I start well, and then finish the work, eagerly completing it. May I do so with a willing heart, so the gift is acceptable according to what I have, for You do not judge me based on what I do not have. May I give to honor You and show my eagerness to help. 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 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:
Be serious! Be alert! Your adversary the Devil is prowling around like a roaring lion, looking for anyone he can devour. Resist him and be firm in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are being experienced by your fellow believers throughout the world. – 1 Peter 5:8-9 (HCSB)

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