Monday, November 26, 2007

A P.S. for Today's Entry

After I wrote today's blog I ran across a quote (in my personal journal) that confirms today's entry. I felt I should share it with you. Enjoy!

When we live life centered around
what others like, feel, and say, we lose touch with our
own identity. I am an eternal being, created by God.
I am an individual with purpose. It's not only what
I get from life, but who I am, that makes the difference.
Neva Coyle

Prayer for Confidence in One's Identity in Christ

This week I am asking God to give you confidence in your identity in Christ. Many Christians are in an identity crisis. Our human nature causes us to be driven by a desire for approval. I pray you will seek to derive security from Christ alone.

People-pleasing makes me think of Paul’s questions in Galatians 1:10: “Am I now trying to win the approval of men, or of God? Or am I trying to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

O Dear Jesus, our Rock and Salvation,

I lift up the precious readers of this blog to you in prayer. May their souls find rest in God alone; their salvation comes from you. You alone are their rock and salvation; you are their fortress, they will never be shaken. May each one find rest in God alone; their hope comes from you, dear Lord. Their salvation and honor depend on God, no one else. You, God, are their mighty rock and refuge. May they trust in you at all times, pour out their hearts to you for you are their refuge (From Psalm 62:1, 2, 5-8).

Remind them that they have been selected (Ephesians 1:4), saved (Ephesians 1:7-9), sealed (Ephesians 1:13), seated with Christ (Ephesians 2:6), are secure (Ephesians 2:19), and strong (Ephesians 3:16).

In the powerful name of Jesus Christ I pray all these things. Amen.

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Worshipping a Worthy God

One of the hindrances of true worship is attempting to double up in service to make up for quality time spent in prayer and praise. Sadly, this problem prevails in most churches today. Our sovereign God knows that the opposite—placing worship as our top priority, describes his best for us. He has told us so through the familiar story of two sisters—Mary and

According to the gospels, Jesus visited Mary and Martha’s home on a regular basis. On one occasion, Martha was running around frantically trying to serve everyone while Mary sat at Jesus’ feet hanging on his every word. Finally, Martha became so overwhelmed that she went to Jesus and complained. She asked Jesus to make Mary come and help her, but Jesus’ reply to Martha’s complaint was, “Mary has chosen what is better” (Luke 10:42).

God considers worship seeking him. Mary chose to seek the face of Jesus. To God, the act of seeking him far outweighs non-stop service. The Hebrew word for seek is baqash. It means to search out by any method, specifically in worship and prayer, to strive after, ask, beg, beseech, desire and enquire. Let’s pray for each other that we will strive after our Lord and take time out of every day to sit at his feet and enquire of him.

(Definition found in the Hebrew Dictionary in the Strong’s Complete Word Study Concordance, Expanded Edition, James Strong, LL.D., S.T.D., Editor Warren Baker)

Friday, November 9, 2007

Spiritual Disciplines

A good conscience is a tender conscience. The consciences of the godless may be so calloused that they scarcely ever act at all; but the healthy Christian conscience is constantly in operation, listening for God's voice in his word, seeking to discern his will in everything, active in self-watch and self-judgment. The healthy Christian knows his frailty and always suspects and distrusts himself, lest sin and Satan should be ensnaring him unawares; therefore he regularly grills himself before God, scrutinizing his deeds and motives and ruthlessly condemning himself when he finds within himself moral deficiency and dishonesty.

The healthy Christian has a sense of God's presence stamped deep on his soul, trembles at it, and tests and reforms his life daily in response to it. We can begin to assess our real estate in God's sight by asking ourselves how much exercise of conscience along these lines goes into our own daily living.

Dear Lord,
Please teach me how to be a healthy Christian. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Psalm 139:23-24). Forgive me of my sins and purify me from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). Fill me with your Holy Spirit so I can follow where you lead and serve the way you want me to serve. In the powerful and precious name of Jesus Christ I pray all these things. Amen

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Time Alone With Jesus

My church has a prayer ministry that I'm a part of called Bridge the Gap. Church members make up a team that pray for our church 24 hours a day, seven days a week. In our intercessor update for October/November there is a section on how to pray for your pastor and church staff. There are seven great prayers that really apply to any of us that belong to Jesus.

I have decided to customize them and pray each one of the suggested prayer requests for you, too. Each week will find Scripture that goes along with each request. For this week I’m praying over your solitude and personal prayer lives. I love this first week because it is the theme of my ministry-The Listening Heart.

I pray you and I won't ever allow the pressures of everyday life to replace crucial one-on-one time with God.

Dear Lord,

Please inspire myself and each reader of this blog to give ear and come to you, hear you that their souls may live (from Isaiah 55:3).

Like Jacob did near the ford of the Jabbok, I pray that each one of us will get alone with you to wrestle out our issues and daily challenges (from Genesis 32:24).

That we would listen expectantly, waiting in silence for God’s counsel (from Job 29:21).

That we would be still, and know that you are God; You will be exalted among our churches and the nations, You will be exalted in the earth (from Psalm 46:10).

In the precious and powerful name of Jesus Christ and in fellowship with the Holy Spirit I pray all these things. Amen.

Have some awesome one-on-one time and a blessed week. :) :)