LIFe with God: October 5

Posted on October 5, 2010

Scripture

1 Corinthians 4

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Observation

What is meant by the statement “Nothing beyond what is written”? How does Paul describe the life of an apostle?

Application

Do I ever go beyond what is written in dealing with people and judging what is right and wrong? If so, in what specific ways? If Paul were coming to visit my church today, would he come with a whip or gently in love? Why?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, I pray that I will live so that men will regard me as Your servant. Thank You for entrusting me with the secret things through Your Word and Your Spirit. But since I have that trust, it is required that I am proven faithful–please strengthen me to remain faithful. Help me not to concern myself about being judged by people or any human court, nor even to judge myself or to put too much stock in my own, fallible conscience. Rather, may I always be mindful that it is You who judges me, and so may I live by Your will as revealed in Your Word and through the leading of the Holy Spirit, which will always agree with Your Word. And help me not to judge others, but to wait until the appointed time when Christ returns, when He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motive of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from You. So help me to learn the meaning of the saying “nothing beyond what is written,” that I may not take pride in one person over against another. I have no reason for pride, because I have nothing that I didn’t receive from You. Help me to humble myself and not to think too highly of myself as if I were a king, lording it over others. Instead, help me to remember the humble lives of the apostles and of the Lord Jesus Himself. So may my life imitate that of Paul, who served You humbly. I thank You that Your kingdom is not a matter of talk but of power. Help me to live so that anyone You send to me will be able to come not with a whip, but in love and with a gentle spirit. In the precious Name of Jesus 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:

  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Joshua, Jonathan)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend
  • For the salvation of lost friends, relatives, neighbors, etc.

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: Treasure Valley Churches – For elders, deacons, workers (volunteer and paid), and their families

  • Encouragement
  • Marriages/families
  • Finances
  • Work/life balance
  • Relationships, good friendships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus. – Romans 6:11

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