LIFe with God: October 29, 2013

Posted on October 29, 2013

Scripture

3 John

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Observation

How do we demonstrate our faithfulness? What do we learn from the examples of Diotrephes and Demetrius?

Application

Am I walking and loving in truth? Am I demonstrating faithfulness by helping to contribute to the work of the ministry? Would others describe my life as closer to that of Diotrephes or that of Demetrius?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father in Heaven, Help me to love my fellow Christians in truth. I pray that the believers You have placed in my life and I may prosper in every way and be in good health, just as our souls prosper. Help me to live a life that will cause others to be glad and testify to my faithfulness to the truth–how I am walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my siblings in Christ are walking in the truth. May I show my faith by whatever I do for the brothers, and for strangers; may they testify to my love before the church. May we support missionaries on their journey in a manner worthy of You, since they set out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from pagans. Therefore, we ought to support such men, so that we can be co-workers with the truth. Help me never to be like Diotrephes, who loved to have first place and did not receive those who ministered for Christ, but slandered them with malicious words and, not satisfied with that, he not only refused to welcome the brothers himself, but even stopped those who wanted to do so and expelled them from the church. Dear Father, may I not imitate what is evil, but what is good, for the one who does good is of You; the one who does evil has not seen You. So may I be like Demetrius, who had a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. I know that the testimony of Your Word is true. I look forward to the day when I will see all those in Christ who have gone before me through the ages face to face. Until then, may Your peace be with me. I ask this 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:

  • 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 Teachers & Administrators & School Boards

  • Godly curriculum
  • God’s wisdom in teaching and leading
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Ability to inspire a love of truth and learning

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to attest these things to you for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright Morning Star.” – Revelation 22:16 (HCSB)

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