Sunday, September 25, 2016

God acts

The 19th Sunday after Pentecost

They sinned against me, but I will wash away that sin. They did evil and turned away from me, but I will forgive them. ~ Jeremiah 33:8 (NCV)

(Our Savior Jesus Christ) gave his life to free us from every kind of sin, to cleanse us, and to make us his very own people, totally committed to doing good deeds. ~ Titus 2:14 (NLT)
Lord:

THANKS: It seems that even though we don't attend to you or your plans, you still act on our behalf. You have forgiven us, saved us, and enlisted us to serve as partners in your work. I'm grateful.

REGRETS: But I'm not always consistent in my gratitude. And I'm not totally committed to the mission of doing good deeds -- unless I somehow get something more out of the deal. I'm still pretty self-focused.

INTERCESSION: Please don't give up on me.

PURPOSE: I want to live as a forgiven person dedicated to doing your good.

Amen.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Gtow

Think about it: Just as a parent disciplines a child, the Lord your God disciplines you for your own good. ~ Deuteronomy 8:5 (NLT)

Grow in grace and understanding of our Master and Savior, Jesus Christ. ~ 2 Peter 3:18a (MSG)
Lord, thank you for caring so much that you are willing to put energy into training us. I'm not an easy person to train. I am easily distracted. It is a miracle that I grow at all in my understanding of you. But I am not surprised. You are in the business of pulling off miracles -- even miracles that involve training me to become a faithful follower of Jesus. That is my goal. Thank you for making it happen. Amen.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Listen to God

If you had listened all along to what I told you, your life would have flowed full like a river, blessings rolling in like waves from the sea. ~ Isaiah 48:18 (MSG)

God’s kingdom... is about pleasing God, about living in peace, and about true happiness. All this comes from the Holy Spirit. If you serve Christ in this way, you will please God and be respected by people. ~ Romans 14:17 (part)-18 (CEV)
God,

THANKS: I'm so grateful that you send peace and happiness rolling our way like the waves of the ocean -- one after another -- constant -- consistent. We are so blessed.

REGRETS: Yet, in spite of all that is given to us, I am not so different from the people being chastised in the book of Isaiah. I don't always listen to what God wants me to do. I'm often more interested in what I feel like doing.

INTERCESSION: Please continue to develop my sensitivity to your message and the voice of your Holy Spirit. 

PURPOSE: From now on I'm going to live out the kingdom of God and all that it is about.

Amen.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Caring

Am I supposed to take care of my brother? ~ Genesis 4:9b (GNB)

Care about them as much as you care about yourselves. ~ Philippians 2:4 (CEV)
Lord, because you care for us you have called us to care for each other. This is difficult for me because I'm pretty self-focused and I live in a culture which honors self-ambition. Free me from myself and the cultural influence. Fill me with Jesus so that caring about others is natural and without extra thought. Amen.