John 5:44 (Poor in Spirit) by Franz Chenet

07 Apr John 5:44 (Poor in Spirit) by Franz Chenet

Welcome God today with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).
“How can you believe, when you accept praise from one another and do not seek the praise that comes from the only God?” John 5:44 (full readings)
Franz’s Reflections: The Israelites thought they could get out of the desert without God’s help. They trusted themselves more than they trusted God. They created their own god to follow their will. We still do the same thing today. Our sinful nature wants God to do our will. Our “drive through” culture demands that we should have whatever we want when we want it. Submitting to the will of God and humbling ourselves is one of the hardest things for most people to do. But Jesus tells us “Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them” (Matt 5:3). We all have our crosses to carry. Some people cling to their crosses thinking that they can handle the burden all by themselves. God’s time is not our time. To truly submit to Him is to also submit to his time. To realize that you need help, God’s help especially, is having a poverty in Spirit. Humbling yourself before God will actually make you stronger.
* Franz Chenet, an Air Force videographer/broadcaster, lives in the D.C. area with his wife Jomary and four kids. Franz is active in his parish Life Teen youth group.
Faith Challenge: “Lighten your load” by having a poverty of Spirit. What worry or stress can you give to God? What can you let go of and trust that He will handle it?… His own time.
Our Prayers: Prayer to end abortion, Spiritual Adoption, Alpha Center, Peters family (JP). Add Prayers on our website. Pray with meals, bedtime, wake up, LIFE Runners, etc. Consider mid-week Family Rosary (17 min). Let’s pray now.
Feast Day: St. John Baptist De La Salle

Faith Quote:
“Freedom consists not in doing what we like, but in having the right to do what we ought.” ~ Pope John Paul II

Through Christ our Lord,
1 Cor 4:7

* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize:Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.

Counter-Culture News: 40 Days for Life (ends 17 Apr), LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action

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