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Create In Me A Clean Heart
I pray as we go to the hospital of healing this morning, that we allow the Word to penetrate our hearts that we are not only hearers but doers of God's Word. Have a Blessed Day!
Father, please circumcise our hearts that we are a people with hearts and minds after Your own. Please forgive us for the times that we are double-minded preaching/speaking one thing and doing another or practicing hypocrisy -- judging the specks in others’ eyes without addressing the plank in our own.
Today, may The Word that we read/study convict us and not allow us to become comfortable and/or return to the sins of our youth/past. Father, please continue to strip away things that hold us in bondage preventing us from going forth in Your name with the "full" authority from Heaven. Strip away relationships that are unfruitful and/or fatal to our calling/purpose and deliver us from things that we think we must have.
Search us this morning and deliver us from our deceitful/lying ways, adulterous spirits, backbiting, bitterness, anger, unforgiveness, malice, mistrust, rebellion, and coveting ways. You said You came to set the captives free, set us free today Master. Let us pray without ceasing, fast, diligently study and apply Your Living Word that we may live the abundant life freely. Keep us faithful to the Truth of Your knowledge. Help us to read, retain and regard Your knowledge as our pattern for life. In the Name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me. Psm. 51:9-11
We ALL Have A Purpose
We have all been created in God's image to praise, worship and serve Him. My prayer for each of us today is that we seek God's face regarding our earthly assignment. There is plenty of work to do in the vineyard -- let's get to work, the clock is ticking.
Father, thank You for men and women of faith throughout history whose hearts were fashioned in Your image. They faithfully served Your purpose in their generation, staying the course, running faithfully their race. As we continue to seek You first, please reveal to us our earthly assignment. Please keep us sober, strong and vigilant as we run this race at a steady pace before us and not anxiously as a sprint. In this race, we’re not in competition to be the only prizewinner. Instead we take hold of the hands of those who run with us, those who’ve fallen and struggle to get up, and we invite others on the sidelines to join us in life's marathon. As we cross the finish line we will receive the grand prize of life eternal with You because of Jesus. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. 1 Cor. 9:24-27
August 22-28, 2016
"Who Will You Honor?"
Our scriptures this week focus on Jeremiah 2:4-13. Psalm 81:10-16 and Luke 14:1, 7-14. Will we humble ourselves before God or will we be stubborn and continue to follow whatever catches our attention, seeking to be seen as one who would know better than the promise of God what was right and what was not worthy of our attention?
Jeremiah reminds us that the Creator while patient will not wait forever for the people of Israel to come to their senses. The prophet reminds them that YHWH brought them out of bondage into a land that sustained them but they soon ignored the Creator for gods and idols created by false prophets and people of other lands. The exchanged their wholeness and blessings for the allure and promises of earthly honors.
Jesus invited to a dinner at a Pharisees home on the Sabbath witnesses the guests jockeying for positions of honor at the table. He then shares a parable with the guests about people invited to a wedding and all seeking the places of honor at the table. Jesus reminds them that it is better to sit at the lower end of the table and have the host invite them to a place of honor than to have that host come to them and remove them from a chosen seat saying that that seat is for one more important than they.
It is in our nature to seek to be the best, to have the most, to be recognized as a person of importance, or to just garner the attention of the masses through our behavior, words or deeds. We have forgotten the true purpose for our existence on earth. God called us to be faithful people, to serve those who are less fortunate than ourselves and to have the willingness to allow other the accolades of glory and honor for the promise of eternal life.
We have seen the shiny things of this world and surrounded ourselves with things that give us the illusion of power and authority when we should be humbling ourself before God and seeking God's will in our life.