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"A Short "To-Do" list"

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A Short "To-Do" list

Memory Verse

“Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:13,14

 Paul closes his first letter to the Corinthians with a short “to-do” list. First we are to be watchful. We are told to be on guard and alert in prayer. Is your prayer life watchful or is it lazy? He then tells us to stand firm in the faith. Where are the men and women who will stand firm against the current of this broken and fallen world system? It takes courage and it is somewhat risky to take a stand in the face of a sea of opposition. Paul next says we should act like men. Elsewhere in Scripture, the people of God are encouraged to grow up and stop drinking milk. Instead, we are to feed on the meat of the Word. Finally, be strong and love. This world needs to know the love of Jesus Christ more than anything else. Be salt and light in your home, church, and community.

 Prayer Points:

  • Lord God, may Your strong hand strengthen me as I step out of my comfort zone and into the mission field You have placed me in.   

"The Lord Must Build...Or Else"

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"The Lord Must Build...Or Else"

Memory Verse

“Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” Psalm 127:1

 The Lord God has orchestrated our lives, church, and missions in such a way that we must depend on Him. Oswald Chambers said, “It is not the strength of one man’s personality being super imposed on another, but the real presence of Christ coming through the elements of the worker’s life. When we preach the historic facts of the life and death of Our Lord as they are conveyed in the New Testament…God uses them to create in those who listen that which is not created otherwise. What a wonderful personality! What a fascinating man! Such marvelous insight! What chance has the Gospel of God through all that? If a man attracts by his personality, his appeal is along that line; if he is identified  with his Lord’s personality, then the appeal is along the line of what Jesus Christ can do. The danger is to glory in men; Jesus says we are to lift Him up.”

 Prayer Points:

  • All giving Father, help me to understand that You have called me to be faithful and obedient. Thank You that I can rest in Your mighty Hand. Help me to remember to trust in Christ and not my own talents.

"He is Near"

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 He is Near

Memory Verse

The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

 Don’t wait to pray as a last resort. Too often we are driven to our knees to pray only after we’ve tried everything else and nothing has worked. The sovereign Lord has promised to be near to those who call on him. So why do we not pray more? The temptation to take matters into our own hands is great. Yet how often have we taken up a matter ourselves and it turned out profitable? Pray first, pray often, and pray fervently. The presence of the Almighty God is what we need in our lives, homes, and churches. His presence will bring needed light to an otherwise dark situation.

 Prayer point:

  • Lord, help me to pray with the confidence that You are with me. Help me to remember that Your presence makes all the difference in the world. Thank You for Your promise to be near me.

 

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