LIFe with God: November 26

Posted on November 26, 2010

Scripture

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Why did all things need to be reconciled to God, and how did Jesus accomplish this?

Application

Do I recognize Christ’s place in the universe, the church and my life, and give Him the praise and honor due Him? Am I grateful for the reconciliation I have with God because of Him? Do I struggle for the same things Paul did (1:28-2:4)?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, Thank You that in Christ all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church; He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything He might have the supremacy. For You were pleased to have all Your fullness dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile to Yourself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.

Once I was alienated from You and was Your enemy in my mind because of my evil behavior. But now You have reconciled me by Christ’s physical body through death to present me holy in Your sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if I continue in my faith, established and firm, and do not move from the hope held out in the gospel. This is the gospel that I heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I have become a servant. May I rejoice in times when I am suffering; fill up in my flesh what is still lacking in regard to Christ’s afflictions, for the sake of His body, which is the church. I thank You for Your word in its fullness—the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the Lord’s people. To us You have chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in us, the hope of glory. He is the One we proclaim. Help us to be admonishing and teaching each other with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end may I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. My goal is that the people that you’ve put in my life may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. I ask that no one may deceive me by fine-sounding arguments, but that I would remain disciplined and firm in my faith in Christ. In His 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.

  • Doug & Pam Patchin
  • Jared & Amanda Patchin (Alex, Luke)
  • Andrea Rodriguez (Willie, Yulieta)

Ministry:

  • Boise Rescue Mission

CLF:

  • That we will be people who are devoted to giving to the Lord’s work and to anyone who has a need.

Community: Pray for business professionals providing goods and services

  • God to be glorified by excellent work
  • Ministry to occur in the workplace
  • Godly employers and employees
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Sound financial strategies
  • Strong, God-honoring relationships

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
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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