LIFe with God: January 29-30

Posted on January 29, 2011

Scripture

James 4 (NET)

(1) Where do the conflicts and where do the quarrels among you come from? Is it not from this, from your passions that battle inside you? (2) You desire and you do not have; you murder and envy and you cannot obtain; you quarrel and fight. You do not have because you do not ask; (3) you ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions. (4) Adulterers, do you not know that friendship with the world means hostility toward God? So whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself God’s enemy. (5) Or do you think the scripture means nothing when it says, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning”? (6) But he gives greater grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but he gives grace to the humble.” (7) So submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you. (8) Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and make your hearts pure, you double-minded. (9) Grieve, mourn, and weep. Turn your laughter into mourning and your joy into despair. (10) Humble yourselves before the Lord and he will exalt you. (11) Do not speak against one another, brothers and sisters. He who speaks against a fellow believer or judges a fellow believer speaks against the law and judges the law. But if you judge the law, you are not a doer of the law but its judge. (12) But there is only one who is lawgiver and judge — the one who is able to save and destroy. On the other hand, who are you to judge your neighbor? (13) Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into this or that town and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” (14) You do not know about tomorrow. What is your life like? For you are a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. (15) You ought to say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then we will live and do this or that.” (16) But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. (17) So whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin.

Observation

What is the source of conflict between Christians? What is the source of lack and unanswered prayer?

Application

Am I humble, gracious, and loving with my fellow believers? Do I ask for God’s provision, in faith?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, I confess that conflicts and quarrels come from the sinful passions that battle inside me. I do not have because I do not ask; I ask and do not receive because I ask wrongly, so I can spend it on my passions. Teach me that friendship with the world means hostility toward You, for whoever decides to be the world’s friend makes himself Your enemy. Remind me of the scripture, “The spirit that God caused to live within us has an envious yearning.” Thank you that You give greater grace. I believe Your word, “God opposes the proud, but He gives grace to the humble.” So I submit to You, God. Empower me to resist the devil so that he will flee from me. Let me draw near to You and please draw near to me. Cleanse my sinful hands and make my heart pure, and keep me from being double-minded. Move me to grieve, mourn, and weep over my sin, turning my laughter into mourning and my joy into despair until my fellowship with you is restored. I humble myself before You, Lord, and trust You to exalt me in Your timing. Remind me not to speak against my brothers and sisters. Keep me from setting myself up as their judge, for there is only One who is lawgiver and judge — You, the one who is able to save and destroy. I am in no position to judge my neighbor. And keep me from becoming arrogant and relying on my own strength and abilities, because I do not know about tomorrow. I am merely a puff of smoke that appears for a short time and then vanishes. May I say instead, “If the Lord is willing, then I will live and do this or that.” Keep me from boasting in arrogance. All such boasting is evil. I want to obey You, Father, for whoever knows what is good to do and does not do it is guilty of sin. I pray all of this in the mighty and 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)

SATURDAY
Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • 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 Teachers & Administrators & School Boards

  • Godly curriculum
  • God’s wisdom in teaching and leading
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Ability to inspire a love of truth and learning

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 young children in our community

  • For Godly influences
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God from a young age
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
The one who says he resides in God ought himself to walk just as Jesus walked. – 1 John 2:6 (NET)

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