18 Nov Revelations 3:19 (love is being able to say ‘no’)
Posted on Tuesday 18 November, 2008
Welcome God every morning before your 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 (livingfaith.com). All whatsoever you do in word or in work, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Col. 3:17
Those whom I love, I reprove and chastise. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. Revelations 3:19
Living Faith snippets: “God says “no” to us sometimes and wants us to make good choices. God doesn’t ask for perfection but does expect our very best effort and, when we fail, our repentance. God does not wait for us to make mistakes so he can punish us. He offers guidance and an invitation to forgiveness because we are loved.” by Steve Givens
Rich’s comments: Do you include God in your life decisions? Do you pray and discern with God’s help? Sometimes people do not include God, because they know that the answer to their question will be “no”, or against their worldly desires. They can hear it in their well-formed consciences, the guidance that God is whispering to them in their hearts. Lord, may we include you in our decisions, listen patiently for Your response, and obey Your loving guidance. Amen.
Our Prayers: Prayer to End Abortion
, chastity, our enemies, our troops, natural disasters, depression/ despair, prisoners, ProLife politicians, loss of loved ones, lack of faith, illnesses/injuries, Joe Castle (medical concern), Joe Hourigan (special intention), Pam McGushin (family of six yr old William Hopkins), Mary Ellen Seibert (college daughter Paige has tough virus), Lynn Bishara (aunt Mary with ovarian cancer), Stephanie Spader (babies with twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome)
* Gina (her friend Renee Strohm was recently diagnosed with a massive brain tumor (non-cancerous) and will be having surgery tomorrow (Wed, 19 Nov). Please pray for her and her family that the surgery goes well and she has a speedy recovery.
Faith Quote: “There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those to whom God says, ‘All right, then, have it your way.'” by C.S. Lewis
Through Christ Our Lord,
* Today’s Bible readings
. Reflection on readings at http://www.daily-meditations.org/index2.html* Prayer:
Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, thereby changing us & helping others. Wayne Watson lyrics, “When God’s people pray, there is hope reborn, there is sin forgiven, and miracles you can’t explain await!” ‘If you pray that God will move a mountain and He doesn’t, assume Christ wants you to climb it instead & see Him.’* Fasting:
Let’s fast from things that takes our eyes off Jesus (selfishness, bitterness, being so critical, impatience, judgment, 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 lie 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 live out the Good News and gladly tell others about it (Mark 16:15)!