LIFe with God: February 8

Posted on February 8, 2011

Scripture

1 Peter 5 (NET)

(1)  So as your fellow elder and a witness of Christ’s sufferings and as one who shares in the glory that will be revealed, I urge the elders among you: (2) Give a shepherd’s care to God’s flock among you, exercising oversight not merely as a duty but willingly under God’s direction, not for shameful profit but eagerly. (3) And do not lord it over those entrusted to you, but be examples to the flock. (4) Then when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away. (5) In the same way, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. And all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble. (6) And God will exalt you in due time, if you humble yourselves under his mighty hand (7) by casting all your cares on him because he cares for you. (8) Be sober and alert. Your enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. (9) Resist him, strong in your faith, because you know that your brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same kinds of suffering. (10) And, after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory in Christ will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (11) To him belongs the power forever. Amen. (12) Through Silvanus, whom I know to be a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, in order to encourage you and testify that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it. (13) The church in Babylon, chosen together with you, greets you, and so does Mark, my son. (14) Greet one another with a loving kiss. Peace to all of you who are in Christ.

Observation

What is required of us before we can be exalted? How are we to deal with the devil?

Application

Have I clothed myself with humility before God and toward other believers? Am I alert for the devil’s attacks, ready to resist him and to stand firm in Christ?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father God, I pray for the elders in my church, that they would give a shepherd’s care to Your flock, exercising oversight not merely as a duty but willingly under Your direction, not for shameful profit but eagerly, that when the Chief Shepherd appears, they will receive the crown of glory that never fades away. In the same way, I ask for the flock to be subject to the elders. And may all of us clothe ourselves with humility toward one another, because You oppose the proud but give grace to the humble. I believe Your promise that You will exalt us in due time, if we humble ourselves under Your mighty hand by casting all our cares on You, because You care for us. Help me to be sober and alert, for my enemy the devil, like a roaring lion, is on the prowl looking for someone to devour. Strengthen me to resist him, strong in my faith, because I know that my brothers and sisters throughout the world are enduring the same or much worse kinds of suffering. Thank You that, after we have suffered for a little while, You, the God of all grace who called us to Your eternal glory in Christ, will Yourself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish us. To You belongs the power forever. This is the true grace of God. May I ever stand fast in it. I ask that you would grant Your peace to all who are in Christ, in the 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:

  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Joshua, Jonathan, Sophia)
  • Gil & Lois Estes
  • Gary Friend

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: Pray for marriages in our community…

  • that Christ-like love would be exhibited
  • for good communication between spouses
  • for unity in finances
  • salvation for non-believing spouses
  • that they would balance work and home life
  • that Godly friends and mentors would come alongside them.

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does the will of God remains forever. – 1 John 2:17 (NET)

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