LIFe with God: July 12

Posted on July 12, 2010

Scripture

John 7

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does this passage teach about following God’s laws? Why is Jesus so adamant about not judging by outward appearances?

Application

In what ways do I follow the letter of God’s Word, but not its intent? Do I often get caught up in judging people and situations by outward appearances? What action steps can I take?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father in Heaven, may I follow Jesus’ example in waiting for Your timing in the affairs of my life. So often, I want to move things forward by the force of my own will, and so often, that gets me into trouble. Help me to remember that Your timing is always perfect. While other people around me may be like the Jews in this passage, saying that Jesus was a good man or a deceiver, I confess that He is the Son of God and Savior of the world! I thank You that He was sent from You, Father, and His teaching came from You. As I speak with people about You and Your Word, may I only teach what comes from You. Help me never to be like the Pharisees, who took great pride in following the letter of the law, but missed its intent. Rather, help me to remember that the whole law can be summed up in loving You and loving my fellow man. Help me to stop judging according to outward appearances, but rather help me judge according to righteous judgment. Each day of my life, lead me to drink deeply of Your Holy Spirit; so deeply that the Spirit wells up deep within me. Thank You for the gift of the indwelling Spirit in the life of everyone who receives Your Son. In Jesus’ Name, Amen

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Amy & Debbie Brueggemann
  • Travis & Hali Davidson
  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Brian & Eileen Davis

Ministry:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

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)

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. – Romans 6:23

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