LIFe with God: April 11

Posted on April 11, 2011

Scripture

Matthew 10 (NET)

(1) Jesus called his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits so they could cast them out and heal every kind of disease and sickness. (2) Now these are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon (called Peter), and Andrew his brother; James son of Zebedee and John his brother; (3) Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James the son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; (4) Simon the Zealot and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed him. (5) Jesus sent out these twelve, instructing them as follows: “Do not go to Gentile regions and do not enter any Samaritan town. (6) Go instead to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (7) As you go, preach this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven is near!’ (8) Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. (9) Do not take gold, silver, or copper in your belts, (10) no bag for the journey, or an extra tunic, or sandals or staff, for the worker deserves his provisions. (11) Whenever you enter a town or village, find out who is worthy there and stay with them until you leave. (12) As you enter the house, give it greetings. (13) And if the house is worthy, let your peace come on it, but if it is not worthy, let your peace return to you. (14) And if anyone will not welcome you or listen to your message, shake the dust off your feet as you leave that house or that town. (15) I tell you the truth, it will be more bearable for the region of Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town! (16) “I am sending you out like sheep surrounded by wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (17) Beware of people, because they will hand you over to councils and flog you in their synagogues. (18) And you will be brought before governors and kings because of me, as a witness to them and the Gentiles. (19) Whenever they hand you over for trial, do not worry about how to speak or what to say, for what you should say will be given to you at that time. (20) For it is not you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you. (21) “Brother will hand over brother to death, and a father his child. Children will rise against parents and have them put to death. (22) And you will be hated by everyone because of my name. But the one who endures to the end will be saved. (23) Whenever they persecute you in one place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through all the towns of Israel before the Son of Man comes. (24) “A disciple is not greater than his teacher, nor a slave greater than his master. (25) It is enough for the disciple to become like his teacher, and the slave like his master. If they have called the head of the house ‘Beelzebul,’ how much more will they defame the members of his household! (26) “Do not be afraid of them, for nothing is hidden that will not be revealed, and nothing is secret that will not be made known. (27) What I say to you in the dark, tell in the light, and what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the housetops. (28) Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Instead, fear the one who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. (29) Aren’t two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. (30) Even all the hairs on your head are numbered. (31) So do not be afraid; you are more valuable than many sparrows. (32) “Whoever, then, acknowledges me before people, I will acknowledge before my Father in heaven. (33) But whoever denies me before people, I will deny him also before my Father in heaven. (34) “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace but a sword. (35) For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law, (36) and a man’s enemies will be the members of his household. (37) “Whoever loves father or mother more than me is not worthy of me, and whoever loves son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. (38) And whoever does not take up his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. (39) Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life because of me will find it. (40) “Whoever receives you receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. (41) Whoever receives a prophet in the name of a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward. Whoever receives a righteous person in the name of a righteous person will receive a righteous person’s reward. (42) And whoever gives only a cup of cold water to one of these little ones in the name of a disciple, I tell you the truth, he will never lose his reward.”

Observation

What does taking up my cross mean? What is “giving a cup of cold water”?

Application

Do I “take up my cross” and follow Jesus? How can I “give a cup of cold water” in His name today?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father God, Help me to give freely, even as I have freely received from You. Help me to be as wise as a serpent and as as innocent as a dove, remembering that I am a sheep surrounded by wolves, and trusting the Good Shepherd to protect me. Remind me that a disciple is not greater than his master, and men hated and abused Jesus, so I should not be surprised if I am hated and abused as His follower. I thank You that I am so valuable to You that even the hairs of my head are numbered, so I need fear no one but You. Help me always to acknowledge Jesus before people, and to love Him above all else. May I daily take up my cross and follow Him. Reveal to me each day how I can do acts of kindness in His name. I ask this in His Name, 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:

  • Amy & Debbie Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton
  • Travis & Hali Davidson
  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Brian & Eileen Davis

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for the elderly…

  • That they will be treated respectfully
  • That they will not dwell on mistakes and regret
  • That God will provide for their health and finances
  • That God will protect them from those who would try to harm them
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • Any broken family relationships restored before they pass on

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

And entrust what you heard me say in the presence of many others as witnesses to faithful people who will be competent to teach others as well. – 2 Timothy 2:2 (NET)

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