LIFe with God: January 9, 2021

Posted on January 9, 2021

Scripture

Acts 28

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Observation

What did the islanders think when they saw the snake bite Paul, and what changed their minds? Why did Paul call a meeting with the local Jewish leaders when he arrived in Rome? What does verse 31 reveal about God’s plan to have Paul in Rome at this time?

Application

What is a specific instance where I jumped to conclusions about the heart of someone based on their bad circumstances? What, if anything, caused me to change my mind? What can I learn about diplomacy within ministry from Paul’s example in Rome?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, Like the blind man that Jesus and His disciples came upon in the Gospels (when Jesus said neither his own sin nor his parents’ sin were the reason he was blind), Paul had not done anything that caused this snake to bite him. I confess that I am sometimes like the islanders here in Acts 28, making assumptions about people based on appearances when only You know their hearts. Keep me from rushing to judgment. Thank You for Your healing power. I ask that You would touch (names of people I know who are ill, injured, or disabled). Help me to be hospitable and encouraging to other believers, especially visitors to church and those who minister for You. I ask that You would give me wisdom to head off any difficulties I can when dealing with potential difficulties. May I welcome all who come to see me and share the Gospel of Jesus Christ clearly, boldly, and without hindrance. 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:

  • Dave & Debbie Spears
  • Mike & Ann Thorn
  • Donna Thurman
  • Steve Vinsonhaler
  • Justin & Bonnie Wilkerson (Janae, Jordan)
  • Sree & Irena Yalamanchili (Aria)

Ministry:

  • Mugabi Charities – ministering to orphans in Uganda

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 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.

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