LIFe with God: August 14, 2019

Posted on August 14, 2019

Scripture

Deuteronomy 18

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Observation

Since priests and Levites were dedicated to the Lord’s work and could not own property or pursue other income, what provision did God make for them, and how were the people to carry it out (1-8)? What word, repeated three times in verses 9 and 12, describes God’s view of the practice of child sacrifice and the occult? How were they to avoid these things? What is the test to discern whether a prophet is true or false?

Application

Do I contribute to the Lord’s work and supporting those who carry it out full-time on my behalf in ways I cannot? Do I view as detestable the things God views as detestable (child sacrifice=abortion/sex trade; the occult, etc.)? Do I focus on worshiping and obeying God and delighting in Him to keep myself blameless and free of such things? Am I careful about weighing what self-proclaimed messengers of God have to say against the standards of God’s word?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear God my Father, Help me to be a worthy disciple of Jesus Christ by walking in the power of the Holy Spirit. May I contribute cheerfully and generously to Your work and those who minister full-time to carry it out in ways that I cannot. Help me to view things through Your eyes, considering detestable the same things You consider detestable, and strengthen me to avoid those things, instead focusing on You, Your word, and Your work. May I always hold the words of those who claim to be Your messengers up to the light of Your word, and when their statements contradict it or their prophecies are not fulfilled, strengthen me to shun them as false prophets. I ask this in the name of my true Prophet, priest, and King, 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:

  • Deborah Halkola
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander (Cole, Marcus, Jack, Emma, Lucy)
  • Fred Leonard
  • Dan & Jenn Loeschke

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

CLF:

  • Pray that we would be a church that is dedicated to the breaking of bread, both in the sense of being devoted to observing the Lord’s Supper, and in meeting together for meals to fellowship, to deepen bonds, to heal offenses, and to end disputes.

Community: Pray for our state leaders…

  • Governor & his advisers
  • Judges
  • state senators and representatives
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

Operation Christmas Child:

  • Pray for the National Leadership Team volunteers who work with local churches to distribute the shoe boxes and to implement “The Greatest Journey.”

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