LIFe with God: August 30, 2012

Posted on August 30, 2012

Scripture

1 John 2:1-17

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Observation

How does our relationship with true Christians reveal the state of our spirits? What insight into our spiritual condition can we gain from our perspective on the world, its culture, and its priorities?

Application

Do I love God’s people? Do I love the world and the things that are in/of the world?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father, Thank You for guiding John by Your Spirit to write these things so that I may not sin. But if I do sin, thank You for my advocate, Jesus Christ the righteous One, who is himself the atoning sacrifice for my sins, and not only for my sins but also for the whole world. Help me to know that I have come to know You: help me keep Your commandments. The one who says “I have come to know God” and yet does not keep Your commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in such a person. So strengthen me to obey Your word, that truly in me Your love will be perfected, so I will know that I am in You. Because I say I reside in You, may I walk just as Jesus walked. The darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. The one who says he is in the light but still hates his fellow Christian is still in the darkness. So give me a heart that loves my fellow Christians, proving that I reside in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in me. May I never be one who hates his fellow Christian; one who is in the darkness, walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes. I thank You that my sins have been forgiven because of the name of Jesus, and I know You and have conquered the evil one because of Him. Keep me strong, and let Your word reside in me. I do not want to love the world or the things in the world, because if anyone loves the world, Your love, Father, is not in him, because all that is in the world (the desire of the flesh and the desire of the eyes and the arrogance produced by material possessions) is not from You, but is from the world. And the world is passing away with all its desires, but the person who does Your will remains forever. In Jesus’ 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:

  • Pat & Hannah Kelley
  • Joe & Sheala Lehosit
  • Fred & Shirley Leonard
  • Mark & Michelle Morgan (Cody, Kyle)
  • Michael Morgan

Ministry:

  • Genesis World Mission

CLF:

  • That we will devote ourselves to prayer, individually, in small groups, and as a church.

Community: Pray for young children in our community

  • For Godly influences
  • For safety and protection from accidents, abuse, and predators
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For a heart to learn and to know God from a young age
  • That they will not be prodigals, but remain true to God all the days of their lives

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen. – 2 Peter 3:18 (HCSB)

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