S= 10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying to please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a servant of Christ.
O=.I think most of us go through day to day life asking for approval of man instead of seeking the approval of Christ. I think that when we finally realize that the approval of man is first off not needed and secondly that when you stop seeking mans approval Christ will start shining through even brighter.
A=. I can apply this by acting & portraying a man of Christ & not a worldly man. Simply make everything in my life revolve around Christ and everything should simply take care of it self.
P=. Lord I pray that you keep my mind focoused on you and to help me not to worry about what others are thinking or even saying because you are truly the only one that matters! Amen!
Y= 29 Now therefore may it please you to bless the house of your servant, so that it may continue forever before you. For you, O Lord God, have spoken, and with your blessing shall the house of your servant be blessed forever.
2nd Samuel 7:29. It seems to me that as it says here if you serve the lord than you shall be blessed!
S=20 I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.
O=. This to me speaks about sacrifice. There have been times where GOD has spoke to me & said sacrifice your pride & glorify me, but I hesitate & lose the chance to talk to someone about Christ or I don’t fully say what’s on my mind because I’m scared of what someone might think about my beliefs. Jesus died on the cross for us & didn’t care about what anyone thought about anything. That’s the way we need to be. Sacrifice our humility, our pride… Anything that keeps Christ from being number one in our life!
A=. I can apply this by not hesitating, when GOD puts something on my heart & SACRIFICE MYSELF and all my Inhibitions & make a positive effort to be a person who tells everyone what Christ has done for me and my family!
P=. Lord I just pray that you give me the strength and courage to not hide behind what other people might think and do all the things to the fullest of whatever you may call me to do! AMEN!
Y=. 22 And Samuel said, Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to listen than the fat of rams. 1st samuel 15:22
35 The Lord made a covenant with them and commanded them, You shall not fear other gods or bow yourselves to them or serve them or sacrifice to them,36 but you shall fear the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm. You shall bow yourselves to him, and to him you shall sacrifice.
2nd kings 17: 35&36
Sacrifice is talked about numerous times in the bible. These were just some that spoke to me and how sacrificing yourself really can do volumes for your spiritual journey
S=26 for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.
O=. I’ve found that faith is a huge part of being a Christian. Without faith nothing matters. Everything you’ve worked for is deadthere are times when things aren’t going great in life & unless you keep your faith the devil has found a way into your heart. A guy at work asked me if I’d ever seen an angel or why nothing from the bible is taught in our history books & I told him that’s why they call it faith. To me if it was in the history books it really wouldn’t matter because there would be no unknown. There would be no need for FAITH!
A=. Just don’t forget that Christ died for me & that GOD sacrificed him so that we could have the life we live now. Live a Christ like life & be an example by my actions & through my faith.
P=. Father thank you for giving your only son so that I could have the life I’ve got. Help me to keep my faith strong and be a person that leads other people to you through my faith. AMEN!
Y=. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, The righteous shall live by faith. Romans 1:17. To me this scripture says it all about how I need to be & how I need to carry myself!
S=31 So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.
O=. Since Jesus was born to the virgin Mary & never took on Adams blood that is what has made it possible for Jesus to die for our sins. We can all be children of GOD & become more Christ like every day, but it truly takes the sacrifice of dying to yourself. It’s easy to become slaves of your own flesh, but to have the ultimate freedom that GOD has set aside for us we must learn to daily die to our selves which will set us free!
A=. I’ve actually thought about doing a daily communion to start off my day because lately I just feel like I need something extra. I’ll apply this by just making a concies effort to not fall to the daily pressures & make sure I give testimony & tell people about Jesus.
P=. Father I just thank you for this awesome group of people that get together every week because I believe that you have made us all accountable for one another & that on a daily basis we keep our mind focoused on you. I thank you for the ultimate sacrifice you gave to give us our freedom & I pray that all the people come to know you as we have come to know you and we will all be free some day soon! Amen
Y=17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 2nd Corinthians 3:17.
I liked this verse because I believe that it’s key because if you keep God in your life your freedom is already there you just have to take it
S=16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
O=. My observation is plainly that GOD is giving me a huge lesson in what it means to “die to myself”. Everywhere I go everything I listen to is talking about it for the last two weeks & I’ve really made a concies effort to actually fulfill & do it. It really does bring you another step closer to GOD when you take that second & ” die to yourself” and try to fulfill GODS plan!
A= I’m just going to follow my heart when I hear GOD say something to me I really want to just step up & praise him & tell other people about him.
P=. Lord thank you for shining your light down on this & teaching me about your word & I ask that you help me in these areas where I feel weak. I pray that through you I become a stronger & stronger Christian each & every day
S=7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.
O= this is just something that I’ve become very convicted about over the last year to year and a half. I seen first hand what living for GOD & tithing can do for youthat is something thar i feel strongly about. If Sara & tithe absolutely everything that comes into our house it will be lifted from my shoulders & placed into the hands of GOD
A= simply by tithing & living, breathing ,working… For GOD and not falling to ANY sort of ungodly desires
P=lord I pray that you will open new doors for me & my family & I pray that I seek you out daily so that one day I will reap the ultimate gift… The gift of eternal life with you
Y=. 8 As I have seen, those who plow iniquity and sow trouble reap the same.
29 And this shall be the sign for you: this year eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs of the same. Then in the third year sow and reap and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit. 2nd kings 19:29
30 And this shall be the sign for you: this year you shall eat what grows of itself, and in the second year what springs from that. Then in the third year sow and reap, and plant vineyards, and eat their fruit.
I found it interesting that these two verses said almost the exact same thing!
God just showed me a few verses that I really think speak to me on the importance of reaping & sowing. Not just reaping & sowing, but doing it the right way & for the right reasons. I need to have my heart in the right place & be living for GOD