Corporate Prayer for Peace

1 Timothy 2:1-4New Living Translation (NLT)

Instructions about Worship

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.

The primary activity of believers is meeting together in fellowship and to minister to the Lord in prayer. Prayer should be given on behalf of all people. As believers, our primary responsibility is to pray for the government of our nation. We are to ask God that we may lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and reverence. The government we live under affects the life we lead. We are to ask that our government will achieve conditions in which we who are under the government may lead a quiet and peaceful life. We are to lead a life in all godliness and reverence. We must pray that our government will do its job well and properly. We are to pray for a good government. The basic purpose of our Constitution that was put together by our founding fathers was to create a country where people could lead a quiet and peaceful life in all godliness and reverence. God approves of good government. God desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. God wants the truth of the Gospel proclaimed to everyone everywhere. We know that good government is the will of God because it helps the preaching of the Gospel, and that is the primary purpose of God for our world. What goes on is not beyond our control. We must grasp the limitless possibilities of prayer and praying according to God’s will that is revealed in his Word. Pray for the government.

Matthew 18:19-20New Living Translation (NLT)

19 “I also tell you this: If two of you agree here on earth concerning anything you ask, my Father in heaven will do it for you. 20 For where two or three gather together as my followers, I am there among them.”

When two or more are lead together by the Holy Spirit in the name of Jesus, they can count on His presence. If we are in different places praying in solitary, our prayers still come up before the Lord’s presence as one corporate voice as we pray His will and in His name. Pray 1 Timothy 2:1-4 as a corporate prayer for peace.

 

 

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Obeying Authority

Romans 13:1New Living Translation (NLT)

Respect for Authority

13 Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.

Do we or do we not obey the authority of those who are over us? Our country is falling within itself due to noncompliance to authority. What I mean by this is that there is a noncompliance to those in law enforcement. There are those who are choosing to take away their ability to enforce law.

Are there good law enforcement officials and bad law enforcement officials? Yes there are. But, we have to trust God in those who rule over us. Romans 13:6-7 says, ‘For because of this, you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to the very thing. Render to all what is due them; tax to tax is due, custom to whom custom, fear for who fear, honor to whom honor’.

When you read these Scripture verses, they do not say to do this only sometimes. Paul says that they are servants of God. This is the attitude or context of submission. If law enforcement or those in authority rule over us and are corrupt, pray for the government and work toward godliness and reverence.

We have very controversial situations going on in our country, but this is an opportunity for light to shine in the darkness. Take your light and allow it to shine. Pray for our government and leadership.

Strength and Courage

Michael

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Know Yourself, Know Jesus

II Corinthians 13:5,6 (NKJV) Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Do you not know yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you?—unless indeed you are disqualified. But I trust that you will know that we are not disqualified. 

God knows you, knows your heart.  He knows me.  I know this, through study of His word and prayer and conversation with Him.  By faith, I know that He knows you and He knows me.  

How well do you know yourself?  How well do I know myself?  In verses 5 and 6 above, Paul is challenging us to do just that, examine, know yourself.  Why?  When you surrender your life to the lordship of Jesus Christ, you receive the Holy Spirit.  God takes up residence within you.  To know yourself, I mean really examine yourself, is another way expand your knowledge of who God is.  It’s another way to draw closer and strengthen the relational bond we should all be striving for.

So what’s that introspection look like?  What does it require?  I think for starters, it takes a thoughtful evaluation of the things we do or don’t do.  What are our thoughts, feelings and ultimately actions, reactions and responses?  What do these things say about us?  What kind of person do we see?  What kind of person do other’s see?  

Secondly, I believe a great deal of answers of who we are can be found in scripture.  Reading the history found in the Old Testament unlocks where we’ve been and the progression of God’s grand plan.  It illuminates past transgressions from which we can learn.  It allows you to draw parallels between ourselves and those of antiquity, where they fell short, the results of those shortcomings and God’s response.  The New Testament further shows us who Jesus is, who we are and who we should be.  It softens our hearts and turns on the light.  The bible helps us to know God and consequently, no more about ourselves.

Thirdly, Pray.  Too often for too many of us, prayer is reserved for times of need, crises, rescue or want. Prayer should be constant, conversational, worship filled.  Ask God to open our hearts that we may see, hear and feel Him more fully.  I have never asked God to help me see me, my heart the way that He does.  I believe my faith is very strong, growing daily, but what does God see?  I haven’t been testing it, as Paul suggests.  

Heavenly Father, show me what you see, Lord.  Open my eyes and heart to what you see so that I may draw closer to you Lord.  Amen

In full pursuit of the greatest Trophy,

Scott Pace 

Clean House

Are you ready to have guests stop by today?  Keeping a house clean and in order takes work and regular vigilance, if not by you, then by someone living there.  When you were younger, maybe keeping things in order was not a high priority.  As we get married and households grow, so does the speed with which it can turn into a mess.  Sometimes we end up cleaning up one another’s messes to get the job done.  If it is our mess, we may feel a bit guilty, and if it is not our mess, we may feel a bit resentful, but the goal is to put things back in order.  We may never fully have everything perfect, but to an acceptable level where everyone can function, or at least have clean dishes to eat from. 

For we are taking pains to do what is right, not only in the eyes of the Lord but also in the eyes of man.  2 Corinthians 8:21

Living a life for God takes work, it doesn’t just happen naturally.  Our natural disposition is to do what feels best for me, to live for myself.  When we ignore God, and the message of his Word, this is where we most often end up, worshiping the sensual and the created instead of the creator.  If we are living a life to impress others around us and not for God, we will have the appearance of a good Christian, but still be empty on the inside if we have not given our all to God.  Sometimes we rely on the help of others to get us through a difficult stretch, sometimes we can’t do it and God shows us our limitations to humble us and bring us back to him.  Keeping our spiritual ‘house’ in order takes as much or more vigilance as does the house that hides all our stuff. 

So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.  Matthew 24:44

If we knew the Lord was returning a week from today, a lot of people would make a lot of changes in a short amount of time.  The same would happen if we knew our lives would be ending soon.  When we know guests are coming over, a sense of urgency takes hold of us to get our houses in order.  We are not often given a timeline of when to prepare for the end of things, but we can live as if we did.  If I am regularly demonstrating patience, forgiveness, and love toward my fellow man, then I should be ready to meet my maker on any given day.  Let us strive to live in expectancy of the coming of our Lord, and if we are not ready to receive him, let us prepare our houses and our hearts to do so. 

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.  Philippians 4:8

Strength and Courage in Christ,
Clark

Weird Relationships

This week I met with my Life Group.  It is a group of guys who love Jesus, love the church, and love me.  We talked about issues men deal with, what we are learning in the scripture, the challenges we are facing, and the dreams God has put in our hearts.  We ask hard questions of God’s ways, we pray over each other, and encourage each other to keep the faith.  I am so grateful for these men of God!

eae0a1daHebrews 10:19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

The veil is torn and access to relationship with Jesus has been purchased by Jesus, so let us not swerve from the HOPE we have.  When this was written there was a nation in moral decline, the foundations of the nation were crumbling, and leaders were walking in compromise.  Sound familiar?  It is easy to loose hope.  That is why we need each other!  We can’t do life alone.  

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Spur each other does not sound fun or feel good, yet we need it to keep the hope.  Do not give up meeting together. Again we can not do this alone.   Then it says to encourage each other as we see the Day approaching.  The Day is referring to the return of Jesus.  This is a reminder that this life is not the end and we have a lot of reason for hope!

So who do you need to be in a Life Group with.  If you ever loose Hope, need a spur, or need encouragement, Jesus designed us to find it in each other through Him. So find a group, make room in your busy schedule, and find hope, a spur, and encouragement.  What if you could do the same for them?

Recklessly, obsessively following Jesus

Brandon Sereg

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