LIFe with God: February 23, 2021

Posted on February 23, 2021

Scripture

1 Corinthians 12

Click here to read today’s passage on Bible Gateway

Observation

Does having a particular spiritual gift make one superior to others with different gifts? Why does Paul use the analogy of the different parts of the human body to describe the church?

Application

Do I feel/act superior (or inferior) to others based on the way the Spirit has gifted us? If so, what can I do to get the proper attitude? How can I use my gift(s) for the good of the Body of Christ to help build it up in unity?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:
Dear Heavenly Father, Thank You for including teaching like this passage in Your Word so that I do not have to be ignorant regarding spiritual gifts. I thank You that all the different gifts come from the same Spirit, that the different kinds of service are for the same Lord, to glorify the same God. I thank You for giving different believers different manifestations of Your Spirit for the common good. Help me to be sure to use mine for that purpose. Help me to focus on the Giver, not on the gifts. Remind me that I am a part of the Body of Christ, and I need to do my part for it to function as a unit. Thank You for arranging all the different parts of the Body of Christ just as You wanted them to be. Rather than compare myself to the other parts, may I ever be grateful that I am a part and thankful for the rest of the parts, and work in unity with them.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:

  • Roger & Andrea Gabel; Tom
  • Steve & Gloria Gangwer
  • Doug Gates
  • George Gifford
  • Scott & Kristi Guinn (Josiah)

Ministry:

  • J & G Simon, missionaries to Greece

CLF:

  • Ask that we would be a church that is devoted to true fellowship: Pray that we would be encouraged from being united with Christ, comforted by His love, bonded with His Spirit, tender and compassionate with one another. Pray that we would be like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose. Ask that we would do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider one another better than ourselves, looking not only to our own interests, but also to the interests of each other. Pray that we would all have the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus.

Community: Pray for Ontario…

  • That city leaders would submit to God
  • That people can find and keep gainful employment
  • For sound financial management by city officials
  • Salvation for unbelievers
  • For the mayor, city council members, and public works officials

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