LIFe with God: February 4

Posted on February 4, 2011

Scripture

1 Peter 3:13-22 (NET)

(13)  For who is going to harm you if you are devoted to what is good? (14) But in fact, if you happen to suffer for doing what is right, you are blessed. But do not be terrified of them or be shaken. (15) But set Christ apart as Lord in your hearts and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope you possess. (16) Yet do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander your good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse you. (17) For it is better to suffer for doing good, if God wills it, than for doing evil. (18) Because Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring you to God, by being put to death in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit. (19) In it he went and preached to the spirits in prison, (20) after they were disobedient long ago when God patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. (21) And this prefigured baptism, which now saves you — not the washing off of physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience to God — through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, (22) who went into heaven and is at the right hand of God with angels and authorities and powers subject to him.

Observation

What does it mean to “set Christ apart as Lord in your heart”? How can I always be ready with an answer for those who want to know more about my hope in Christ, and how am I to share it with them?

Application

Have I set Christ apart as Lord in my heart, or am I still on that throne? Do I spend time regularly in the Word so that I can give an answer about the hope of Christ to anyone who asks?

Prayer

Dear God, If I happen to suffer for doing what is right, help me to remember I am blessed, and not be terrified of them or be shaken. But may I set Christ apart as Lord in my heart and always be ready to give an answer to anyone who asks about the hope I possess. Help me to do it with courtesy and respect, keeping a good conscience, so that those who slander my good conduct in Christ may be put to shame when they accuse me. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if You will it, than for doing evil. Thank You that Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, to bring me to You, by being put to death in the flesh but by being made alive in the spirit. In it He went and preached to the spirits in prison, after they were disobedient long ago when You patiently waited in the days of Noah as an ark was being constructed. In the ark a few, that is eight souls, were delivered through water. And this prefigured baptism, which now saves me — not the physical water washing off physical dirt but the pledge of a good conscience to You — through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who went into heaven and is at Your right hand with angels and authorities and powers subject to Him. 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)
  • Keith Rast
  • David Reynolds
  • 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 area pastors and their families:

  • Encouragement
  • Faithfulness in the Lord’s work
  • Finances
  • Marriage/family relationships
  • Work/life balance
  • Deep friendships and support from other Christian leaders

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose – Romans 8:28 (NET)

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