LIFe with God: May 13, 2018

Posted on May 13, 2018

Scripture

Revelation 3

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

What can we learn from this passage about how a church appears versus its true state? What does this passage teach us regarding how Jesus feels about “moderate” Christianity?

Application

Spend some time evaluating the true level of your obedience to and witness for Christ. Am I an on-fire radical disciple of Jesus, or am I moderate in my faith, love, and obedience to Him?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Father, It is so easy for me to go through the motions and give the impression that I am living for You, when I am really spiritually weak and just deceiving myself like the people in the church at Sardis. I pray that You would keep me from falling into that trap, and that instead I would realize that I have very little strength, and so I need to rely on You and hold onto Your grace completely. Keep me ever mindful of the solemn pronouncement of the Amen, the faithful and true Witness, the Originator of God’s creation, the One who knows my deeds. I want to be hot with a godly passion and zeal for the Gospel! I don’t want to be lukewarm, among those Jesus is going to vomit out of His mouth! May I never say, “I am rich and have acquired great wealth, and need nothing,” but may I realize that I am wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked. I will take Christ’s advice and buy gold from Him refined by fire so I can become rich! I will buy from Him white clothing so I can be clothed and my shameful nakedness will not be exposed. I’ll buy eye salve to put on my eyes so I can see! I will buy these things with my faith in You and Your Word. All those Jesus loves, He rebukes and disciplines. So I earnestly repent! I hear Him standing at the door of my life and knocking! I hear His voice and I now open the door, inviting Him to come into my home and share a spiritual meal with me, and me with Him. I thank You that He grants all those who conquer through Him permission to sit with Him on His throne, just as He, too, conquered and sat down with You, Father, on Your throne. I hear what the Spirit says to the churches, and I choose to obey, 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)

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries.

  • Dustin and Amy Barton
  • Debbie Brueggemann
  • Michelle Caldwell
  • Kathi Carr
  • Loran “Bud” Clark

Ministry:

  • Compassion International

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 our national leaders

  • God’s anointing on them and a desire in them to follow Him
  • For the president and cabinet to seek after God
  • For judges to rule justly and righteously
  • For senators & representatives to pass godly legislation and block sinful bills
  • That our government would protect its citizens and punish evildoers

Catechism

PART 1: GOD, CREATION AND FALL, LAW

Question #19: Is there any way to escape punishment and be brought back into God’s favor?

Children’s Answer: Yes, God reconciles us to Himself by a Redeemer.

Adult’s Answer: Yes, to satisfy His justice, God Himself, out of mere mercy, reconciles us to Himself and delivers us from sin and from the punishment for sin, by a Redeemer.

Memory Verse

Isaiah 53:10–11 (HCSB)

Yet the LORD was pleased to crush Him severely. When You make Him a restitution offering, He will see His seed, He will prolong His days, and by His hand, the LORD’s pleasure will be accomplished. He will see it out of His anguish, and He will be satisfied with His knowledge. My righteous Servant will justify many, and He will carry their iniquities.

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