LIFe with God: November 23

Posted on November 23, 2010


Philippians 3:1-4:1

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway


What is Paul’s warning regarding teaching righteousness from observing rituals and rites? On what does he focus, and how does he go about doing so?


What things in my past (good or bad) inhibit my walk with Christ? Am I standing firm in the Lord?


Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, I rejoice in You! Keep me alert and on the watch for false teachers, and let me never put any confidence in my flesh. Instead, may I ever worship by the Holy Spirit and glory in Christ Jesus. Whatever things from my flesh that I thought were to my profit, help me to consider them as a loss for the sake of Christ. Even more, may I consider everything rubbish compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. My righteousness is not my own and does not come from the law, but through faith in Christ–it comes only from You and is by the faith that You give me. Help me to know Christ better with each passing day; to better understand the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings, becoming like Him in His death, and so somehow–though it is still a mystery to me–one day be resurrected from the dead. Help me never to think I have already attained all this, nor to give up on it because I have not yet taken hold of it. Rather, inspire me to forget what is behind and to keep on straining toward what is ahead, pressing on to win the prize for which you have called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. In the process, help me each day to live up to what I have attained through Your grace. Help me to follow the example given in Your Word and live according to the pattern You have given there. Keep me ever mindful that, though I currently reside on earth, my citizenship is in heaven. I eagerly await the return of my Savior, Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform my own lowly body so that it will be like His glorious body. Keep me mindful of these things so that I might stand firm in You, Father! I pray 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:

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


  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Austria


  • 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 Ontario…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his law day and night. – Psalm 1:1-2

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