LIFe with God: October 28

Posted on October 28, 2010

Scripture

2 Corinthians 10:1-11:15

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What does this passage teach about Christian leadership? What does Paul say is the current state and final state of false teachers?

Application

What can I do this week to encourage others and build them up? How can I guard against temptation and philosophies that appear as virtuous but are actually evil?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Father, I ask that I would be able to cultivate the meekness and gentleness of Christ in my life, but also that I would be bold and unwavering and confrontational when the situation requires. Help me to remember that spiritual warfare is not physical warfare, and the weapons are not the same. The weapons You provide for spiritual warfare have divine power to demolish strongholds. Help me to use them to demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of You, and to take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. Help me to look past the surface, with spiritual eyes enlightened by the Holy Spirit. Help me to use the authority You give me in Christ for building up rather than tearing down. Let me not trust in my own strength or boast in accomplishments, but if I boast may I boast only in You, for it is only the one You commend who is approved. May I never be led astray from pure and sincere devotion to Christ. Help me to be on my guard against false teachers who appear as messengers of the truth, but are liars and destroyers. I ask that the Holy Spirit would give me discernment to recognize them and speak out against them, that no one in my sphere of influence would be deceived. 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:

  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael Morgan

Ministries:

  • Provenance
  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for Media Industries (TV/Movies, Radio/Music, Print/Internet)

  • Godly themes/influences
  • Christian workers at all levels sensitive to God’s leading
  • Salvation for influential media leaders
  • Courage to share God’s message
  • Financial rewards for wholesome media

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. – Philippians 4:6

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