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"Victory!"

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Victory!

Memory Verse

“We know that our old self was crucified with him in order that the body of sin might be brought to nothing, so that we would no longer be enslaved to sin.” Romans 6:6

 

The “old self” is who we were before repentance and faith in the full and completed work of Jesus Christ on the cross. The Bible is very clear that our “old self” is dead and gone. It was crucified with Christ. This does not mean we will never sin again. But it does mean that we are no longer enslaved to sin. We are not obligated to obey sin. Sin is not our master. Sin has no claim over us. We are free, in Christ, from the clutches of sin. When temptation comes our way, use the power of prayer, use the power of the Scriptures, and use the power of personal accountability to fight off temptation and sin. Truth defeats lies every time.

 Prayer points:

  • Sovereign Lord, may You be magnified in my life. Help me to not be defeated by sin but to acknowledge Your atonement and substitutionary death on the cross for me. Oh living God, let me see victory over sin.

"Just Trust"

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"Just Trust"

Memory Verse

“Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.” Isaiah 12:2

 

The word “behold” in this verse indicates a sense of wonder and amazement over the news that Almighty God is my salvation. The verse goes on to describe trust that is born out of our relational dimension with God that is real and personal. God promises to deliver His people from anything that might destroy them. What great reason the child of God has to be strong in the face of an army of opposition. What an abundance of praise ought to fill our hearts as He fuels our song to Him. He is worthy of our praise. Perhaps the greatest hindrance to a life of praise and worship is the lack of time in our busy schedules to stop and say “Thank You.”

 Prayer points:

  • Lord God, You are my salvation. You have never let me down. I ask that You would draw me to You in worship. Help me to order my day so that You have the first and best time on my schedule.

"Love"

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"Love"

Memory Verse

Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. 1John 4:8

It has been said that love is a noun that becomes a verb. God is love and therefore we love others through our actions. Sometimes we think that because I do not hate anyone I must be in good standing in the love department. Yet, not hating is not equal to active love. Love reveals itself in selfless actions. Love puts others and their needs before our own. Lack of love is a far greater problem in the church of Jesus Christ than outright hatred. The Lord tells us to love our enemies, love those who misuse us, and love those who are different from us. As we love others, we are engaging in the work of God.

 Prayer points

  • Loving Lord, help me to better understand Your immeasurable love for me displayed on the Cross. Help me to serve others out of love so that they may more clearly see Christ in me.

 

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