LIFe with God: September 8-9, 2012

Posted on September 8, 2012

Scripture

3 John

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Observation

How do we demonstrate our faithfulness? What do we learn from the examples of Diotrephes and Demetrius?

Application

Am I walking and loving in truth? Am I demonstrating faithfulness by helping to contribute to the work of the ministry? Would others describe my life as closer to that of Diotrephes or that of Demetrius?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

Dear Father in Heaven, Help me to love my fellow Christians in truth. I pray that the believers You have placed in my life and I may prosper in every way and be in good health, just as our souls prosper. Help me to live a life that will cause others to be glad and testify to my faithfulness to the truth–how I am walking in the truth. I have no greater joy than this: to hear that my siblings in Christ are walking in the truth. May I show my faith by whatever I do for the brothers, and for strangers; may they testify to my love before the church. May we support missionaries on their journey in a manner worthy of You, since they set out for the sake of the Name, accepting nothing from pagans. Therefore, we ought to support such men, so that we can be co-workers with the truth. Help me never to be like Diotrephes, who loved to have first place and did not receive those who ministered for Christ, but slandered them with malicious words and, not satisfied with that, he not only refused to welcome the brothers himself, but even stopped those who wanted to do so and expelled them from the church. Dear Father, may I not imitate what is evil, but what is good, for the one who does good is of You; the one who does evil has not seen You. So may I be like Demetrius, who had a good testimony from everyone, and from the truth itself. I know that the testimony of Your Word is true. I look forward to the day when I will see all those in Christ who have gone before me through the ages face to face. Until then, may Your peace be with me. I ask this 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, Natalie)
  • James Williams
  • Danielle Youngblood (Kayla, Kendra)

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 orphans and children in foster care…

  • that they would come to know the adoptive Father-heart of God
  • that they would be positively influenced by Christian workers
  • that God would bring Christian friends alongside them
  • that they would come to salvation
  • that they would be adopted by godly parents

SUNDAY

  • Jenn Austring
  • Sher Brodoski
  • Debbie & Amy Brueggemann
  • Chris Carlton

Ministry:

  • Provenance

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 marriages in our community…

  • that Christ-like love would be exhibited
  • for good communication between spouses
  • for unity in finances
  • salvation for non-believing spouses
  • that they would balance work and home life
  • that Godly friends and mentors would come alongside them.

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace – Ephesians 1:7 (HCSB)

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