LIFe with God: February 5-6

Posted on February 5, 2011

Scripture

1 Peter 4:1-11 (NET)

(1) So, since Christ suffered in the flesh, you also arm yourselves with the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, (2) in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about the will of God and not human desires. (3) For the time that has passed was sufficient for you to do what the non-Christians desire. You lived then in debauchery, evil desires, drunkenness, carousing, drinking bouts, and wanton idolatries. (4) So they are astonished when you do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify you. (5) They will face a reckoning before Jesus Christ who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. (6) Now it was for this very purpose that the gospel was preached to those who are now dead, so that though they were judged in the flesh by human standards they may live spiritually by God’s standards. (7) For the culmination of all things is near. So be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. (8) Above all keep your love for one another fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins. (9) Show hospitality to one another without complaining. (10) Just as each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of the varied grace of God. (11) Whoever speaks, let it be with God’s words. Whoever serves, do so with the strength that God supplies, so that in everything God will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

Observation

Why do non-Christians vilify Christians? What are Christians to do above all?

Application

Am I overly concerned about unbelievers vilifying me for being a Christian? Do I love my fellow believers fervently?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father, Since Christ suffered in the flesh, may I have the same attitude, because the one who has suffered in the flesh has finished with sin, in that he spends the rest of his time on earth concerned about Your will and not human desires. For the time that has passed was sufficient for me to do what the non-Christians desire. I lived then in sin and wickedness, but You have delivered me from that in Christ. So unbelievers are astonished when I do not rush with them into the same flood of wickedness, and they vilify me. But keep me from responding in kind, for they will face a reckoning before Jesus Christ who stands ready to judge the living and the dead. For the culmination of all things is near. So help me to be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of prayer. Above all strengthen me to keep my love for Your people fervent, because love covers a multitude of sins. Remind me to show hospitality to others without complaining. And may I use the gifts You have bestowed on me by your Spirit to serve others as a good steward of Your varied grace. When I speak, let it be with God’s words. When I serve, may I do so with the strength that You supply, so that in everything You will be glorified through Jesus Christ. To Him belong the glory and the power forever and ever. 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: Treasure Valley Churches – For elders, deacons, workers (volunteer and paid), and their families

  • Encouragement
  • Marriages/families
  • Finances
  • Work/life balance
  • Relationships, good friendships

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 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

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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