29 Apr Acts 8:36 (Feed your spirit)
Posted on Wednesday 29 April, 2009
Let’s welcome God every morning before work by taking ~5 min to read this Living In Faith Exchange (LIFE) Group devotion (life-devotions.blogspot.com), which has snippets from Living Faith. All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
As they traveled along the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, “Look, there is water. What is to prevent my being baptized?”
Acts 8:36 (full readings
Living Faith snippets: “What, indeed, prevents me? Not from being baptized (since that happened long ago), but from really opening myself to the grace of that baptism and growing in my faith? The Ethiopian eunuch was moved by the Spirit. He didn’t push that nudge aside, ignore it or try to argue it away. I have to wonder about the nudges I have felt today. What is to prevent me from listening and acting on them?” by Amy Welborn
Rich’s comments: Just like our bodies, our spirit needs nourishment as well. It’s too bad our spirit doesn’t grumble loudly like our stomach when it’s hungry. Regardless, we need to feed our spirits daily so that our faith may grow. The daily spiritual nutrients include reading God’s Word (knowing God), prayer (speaking to God), and quiet reflection (listening to God). Like our bodies, we should avoid unhealthy foods (Worldly things that oppose God’s will), and we should exercise often (strengthen our discipline through spiritual exercises such as fasting). These things should lead to a healthy spirit-filled life that will allow us to grow in Faith with a deeper relationship with God.
Faith Challenge: Let’s challenge each other to joyfully live out the Good News.
* NEW: The body is a good servant, but a poor master. Don’t let your body bully your spirit. Develop spiritual discipline by denying your body things it does not need.
Those who pray together stay together. Fasting ideas below.
* Prayer to end abortion
, abused children, chastity, peace, our enemies, our troops, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife
politicians, illnesses/injuries, jobs, natural disasters, addictions, Mike Castle (Nelda Alford cancer treatment), Bobby Aborn
(wife Christi with medical issues), Carol Nesbitt
(special intention), Stephanie Spader
Faith Quote: “Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you. ” – Saint Augustine
Through Christ our Lord,
* Prayer: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead.’
* Fasting: Let’s fast from things that take our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, gossip, excessive video games, etc) and take on things that fix our eyes on Jesus (selflessness, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, patience, understanding, caring, helping, listening).
* Defend the unborn: ‘Rescue those who are unjustly sentenced to death; don’t stand back and let them die’ (Prov 24:11). ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you’ (Jer 1:5). ‘It is a great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish’ (Blessed Mother Teresa).
* Evangelization: Let’s make room for unbelievers (be a friend, make a friend, lead friend to Christ) and perpetual re-evangelization of self and those near us, by way of daily prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of selfless love, mercy, and service.
Let’s joyfully invite others to join our LIFE Group…Rich or Pat will gladly add them to the devotions distribution list (Mark 16:15)!