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"The Great Power of Love"

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"The Great Power of Love"

Memory Verse:
“And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.” Philippians 1:9

 R.C. Chapman was a pastor, teacher, and evangelist in the 19th century. Some in his day referred to him as the “apostle of love”. Chapman is a good example of what the Apostle Paul is striving towards in his words to the Philippians. Essentially, we cannot overlook the power of loving one another. Paul’s prayer is that our love would abound…more…and even more still. We must pray for a super abundance of the power of love. Love can get side lined in the mix of schedules, deadlines, programs, and obstacles. R.C. Chapman said, “Though Christ can be grieved at a thousand things in us that no eye but His can see, yet none is so easily pleased as He by our little endeavors of love.”  

 Prayer points:

  • Almighty God, help me remember that I am loved by You. You surround me by Your love. Help me to love others in Your name.

His Strong Support

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"His Strong Support"

Memory Verse:

For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him.” 2 Chronicles 16:9

 It has been said that “…you can fool some of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool God anytime”. People can only see the mask we put on. They cannot see our hearts. But God looks beyond the mask into our hearts. “Blameless” does not mean sinless or perfect. It does, however, reflect the redemptive work of Christ upon all those who believe in Him by faith. The Spirit then begins to create a desire for Christ that propels us to seek Him diligently. The fruit of a blameless heart is the strong support of God. He is waiting to bless. He wants to guide. But we will miss Him on every point until He becomes our priority. Will He be your priority in 2016?

 Prayer point:

  • God of mercy and grace, draw my heart to You because in You alone is peace, wisdom, strength, and everything I need to live completely for You.

"Stop and Think"

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"Stop and Think"

Memory Verse

“But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.’” Matthew 1:20

 Joseph was a very wise man. He was facing a huge decision; what to do about Mary? Joseph is a wonderful example for us all to follow. He did not merely react to his circumstances. He did not do what seems like anyone else would have done. He stopped and “considered these things.” Joseph was a thoughtful man. He examined his situation. He did not jump forward in a knee-jerk reaction but he stopped. He thought before he acted. During that time, the Lord spoke to him and gave him his assignment. What about you? Do you speak or act before stopping and thinking. Stop and ask the Lord what He wants you to do then follow in obedience.

 Prayer point:

  •  Lord, help me to stop and consider what You are doing before I proceed with words or actions. Then give me the courage to follow You in obedience. 

 

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