LIFe with God: July 9, 2013

Posted on July 9, 2013

Scripture

2 Corinthians 9

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Observation

What is the principle of sowing and reaping? With what kind of attitude are we to give? From where does what we sow and reap come?

Application

Should I give with the expectation that by giving $50 I will “reap” $500? When I give, is it from a cheerful and willing heart? Do I give thanks to God for providing me with even what I am giving?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, Give me a heart that is eager to help my brothers and sisters in Christ. May my enthusiasm stir others to action. Help me to remember that whoever sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. May I always give cheerfully, and not reluctantly or grudgingly, for You love a cheerful giver. You are able to make all grace abound to me, so that in all things at all times, I will have everything I need and abound in every good work. You are the one who supplies everything–seed to the sower and bread for food–and You will also supply and increase my store of seed and enlarge the harvest of my righteousness. You make me rich in every way; may I always be thankful for the wealth of blessings You bestow and may I be generous on every occasion, resulting in thanksgiving to You. May I be able to participate not only in supplying the needs of Your people, but also in overflowing in many thanks to You. I ask that as a result of any service You may enable me to perform, men will praise You and the Gospel of Christ will be furthered. May others’ hearts go out to me because of the surpassing grace You have given me. Thank You for Your indescribable gift! 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: Pray for marriages in our community…

  • that Christ-like love would be exhibited
  • for good communication between spouses
  • for unity in finances
  • salvation for non-believing spouses
  • that they would balance work and home life
  • that Godly friends and mentors would come alongside them.

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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