LIFe with God: February 19-20

Posted on February 19, 2011

Scripture

1 John 3:1-10 (NET)

(1) (See what sort of love the Father has given to us: that we should be called God’s children — and indeed we are! For this reason the world does not know us: because it did not know him. (2) Dear friends, we are God’s children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. We know that whenever it is revealed we will be like him, because we will see him just as he is. (3) And everyone who has this hope focused on him purifies himself, just as Jesus is pure). (4) Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. (5) And you know that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. (6) Everyone who resides in him does not sin; everyone who sins has neither seen him nor known him. (7) Little children, let no one deceive you: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous. (8) The one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed: to destroy the works of the devil. (9) Everyone who has been fathered by God does not practice sin, because God’s seed resides in him, and thus he is not able to sin, because he has been fathered by God. (10) By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness — the one who does not love his fellow Christian — is not of God.

Observation

If someone is truly a child of God, how will that be revealed in his/her life? What is the difference between committing a sin and “practicing” sin?

Application

Am I truly grateful for the love the father has lavished on me? Do I make a conscious, ongoing effort to purify myself and keep from practicing sin?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, I am in awe of the love You have given to me: that I should be called Your child — and indeed I am! For this reason the world does not know me: because it did not know Christ. I thank You that all who receive Him are Your children now, and what we will be has not yet been revealed. I believe Your promise that whenever it is revealed we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. Since I have this hope focused on Him, may I purify myself by submitting to Your Holy Spirit, just as Jesus is pure. Keep me from habitual sin, for You said that everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; indeed, sin is lawlessness. Thank You that Jesus was revealed to take away sins, and in Him there is no sin. Everyone who resides in Him does not habitually sin; everyone who habitually sins has neither seen Him nor known Him. Father, let no one deceive me, but always remind me: The one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as Jesus is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was revealed: to destroy the works of the devil. I have been fathered by You, so I will not practice sin, because Your seed resides in me. Thus I am not able to live in a lifestyle of sin, because I have been fathered by You. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are revealed: Everyone who does not practice righteousness — the one who does not love his fellow Christian — is not of God. Therefore, guard my heart and mind, I ask, 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)

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

  • Chris & DeAnn Smith (Sasha, Noah, Gavin)
  • Jeannie Williams
  • 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 Meridian

  • 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

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 Nampa

  • 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

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit – Matthew 28:19 (NET)

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