LIFe with God: August 14-15

Posted on August 14, 2010

Scripture

Acts 14

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Observation

What contributing factors enabled Paul and Barnabas to speak so effectively in Iconium? How did they react when some of the people there stirred up trouble and resistance against them? How did they respond when the people of Lystra credited them with the miracles and tried to worship them? What did Paul do after he was stoned and dragged out of the city, left for dead?

Application

Without the anointing of the Holy Spirit and being grounded in His Word, can I be an effective witness, especially in the face of skeptics and antagonists? How can I be better equipped to proclaim and defend the Gospel of Christ? When faced with the opposition that Paul and Barnabas faced, would I continue to minister or call it quits?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father God, I thank You for Your Holy Spirit, who anoints, empowers, and guides believers who submit themselves to You in obedience. And I thank You for Your Word, which reveals Your character, Your love and grace, and Your truth. I pray that You would grow in me a strong desire to immerse myself in both, such that I may be an effective minister for You to the lost. I know that I can expect opposition from the forces of Satan and the philosophical thinking of this fallen world. When I meet resistance, give me perseverance like Paul and Barnabas had. May I never take credit for Your work, but give You all the glory for all that You do. May I be willing to continue to minister even to those who would hate me and try to harm me. Give me a heart, mind and will that say, “I must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God.” Make me an encouragement and source of strength for other believers. 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:
SATURDAY

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin)
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)
  • Janeth & Moy

Ministry:

  • Chapel Mission India

CLF:

  • That we would be devoted to thanksgiving and praise to our Lord–for what He has done, for what He is doing, for what He will do, and for who He is–in good times and bad.

Community: Pray for our state leaders…

  • Governor & his advisers
  • Judges
  • state senators and representatives
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

SUNDAY

  • Franceine Anderson
  • Jenn Austring
  • Sher Brodoski

Missionary:

  • Lito Dictican, Port of Tacoma

CLF:

  • That we will be devoted to evangelism and growth; that the Lord will add to our numbers those who are being saved.

Community: Pray for County leaders…

  • Assessor, Coroner, Treasurer, Clerks, Judges, Prosecutors, Defenders, Sheriffs
  • that they would make sound financial decisions
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life. – John 5:24

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