LIFe with God: February 15, 2021

Posted on February 15, 2021

Scripture

1 Corinthians 4

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Observation

What is meant by the statement “Nothing beyond what is written”? How does Paul describe the life of an apostle?

Application

Do I ever go beyond what is written in dealing with people and judging what is right and wrong? If so, in what specific ways? If Paul were coming to visit my church today, would he come with a whip or gently in love? Why?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Lord God, I pray that I will live so that men will regard me as Your servant. Thank You for entrusting me with the secret things through Your Word and Your Spirit. But since I have that trust, it is required that I am proven faithful–please strengthen me to remain faithful. Help me not to concern myself about being judged by people or any human court, nor even to judge myself or to put too much stock in my own, fallible conscience. Rather, may I always be mindful that it is You who judges me, and so may I live by Your will as revealed in Your Word and through the leading of the Holy Spirit, which will always agree with Your Word. And help me not to judge others, but to wait until the appointed time when Christ returns, when He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motive of men’s hearts. At that time each will receive his praise from You. So help me to learn the meaning of the saying “nothing beyond what is written,” that I may not take pride in one person over against another. I have no reason for pride, because I have nothing that I didn’t receive from You. Help me to humble myself and not to think too highly of myself as if I were a king, lording it over others. Instead, help me to remember the humble lives of the apostles and of the Lord Jesus Himself. So may my life imitate that of Paul, who served You humbly. I thank You that Your kingdom is not a matter of talk but of power. Help me to live so that anyone You send to me will be able to come not with a whip, but in love and with a gentle spirit. In the precious Name of Jesus I pray, 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.

  • Mike Daniels
  • Theresa Daniels
  • Travis Davidson (Andrew, Maddy)
  • Pat Dumandan
  • Ken & Twilla Eden (Mattea, Joseph, Joshua, Sophia, Jonathan)
  • Gary Friend

Missionaries:

  • Tim & Miranda Penn (Samid, Sarah), missionaries to Albania

CLF:

  • That Christian Life Fellowship would be a church that is devoted to the Word of God, and that we would be doers of it and not just hearers; that we would study the Word and so always be prepared to give everyone an answer–in season and out of season–and be approved workers who do not need to be ashamed, able to accurately understand and explain it.

Community: Pray for County leaders…

  • Commissioners, Assessor, Coroner, Treasurer, Clerks, Judges, Prosecutors, Defenders, Sheriffs
  • that they would make sound financial decisions
  • that they would all be faithful in carrying out their duties justly
  • that they would submit themselves to God

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