LIFe with God: November 6-7

Posted on November 6, 2010

Scripture

Galatians 5:13-26

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Observation

If we have been made alive by the Spirit, why do we still struggle with sin? Is Paul condemning everyone who ever commits a sin, or those who revel in a sinful lifestyle? How can we tell when we are walking in the Spirit–what is the “fruit” produced from such a lifestyle?

Application

How should I respond to someone who claims his freedom in Christ allows him to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants, wherever he wants(verse 13)? What sinful things are dead and buried in my life, and which are alive and well? What spiritual fruit do I see God blossoming in my life?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Thank You for giving me freedom in Christ and calling me to be free! May I never use my freedom to indulge my sinful nature; rather, help me to serve You and Your children in love. Help me to fulfill Your entire law by loving my neighbors as myself. May I not bite and devour them, so that we won’t be destroyed by each other. Instead, help me to live by the Spirit and so not gratify the desires of the sinful nature, for it desires what is contrary to the Spirit. My flesh and Your Spirit are in conflict with each other, and so sometimes I don’t do what I want. The sinful nature reveals itself obviously, via behaviors and attitudes like sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. Those who live like this will not inherit Your kingdom. But if I walk in Your Spirit, the results will be equally obvious: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things. I belong to Christ and have crucified my sinful nature with its evil passions and desires. Therefore, strengthen me, I pray, to live by the Spirit, keeping in step with Him. So do not let me become conceited, provoking and envying others. May I always live in freedom by living in Your love and Your Spirit. In the precious Name of Jesus, 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 the relationship between generations–parents, children, grandparents

  • That the true Christian faith of older generation would be clearly communicated and passed down to children
  • That saved children in unsaved families would clearly exhibit and communicate the faith to their parents and grandparents
  • A harvest of souls of all ages
  • Good, nurturing relationships

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 orphans and children in foster care…

  • that they would come to know the adoptive Father-heart of God
  • that they would be positively influenced by Christian workers
  • that God would bring Christian friends alongside them
  • that they would come to salvation
  • that they would be adopted by godly parents

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. – 1 John 1:9

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