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Daily Prayer Guide

He Promised

I Peter 2:12

Keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation.

Daily Prayer Guide

He Promised

Colossians 3:17

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.

Sermon Outline, April 30, 2017, “Exalt Christ in the Home”

Exalt Christ in the Home

Ephesians 5:22-33

 Exalt Christ in the Home through Leadership.

            Husbands demonstrate the leadership of Christ through Sacrificial Love.

                        ~ Romans 8:33-34       Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us.

            Husbands demonstrate the leadership of Christ through Sanctifying Love.

                        ~ Proverbs 31:10         An excellent wife, who can find?  For her worth is far above jewels.

            Husbands demonstrate the leadership of Christ through Satisfying Love.

                        ~ I Peter 1:22  Since you have in obedience to the truth purified your souls for a sincere love of the brethren, fervently love one another from the heart,

~ I Peter 4:8    Above all, keep fervent in your love for one another, because love covers a multitude of sins.

            Husbands demonstrate the leadership of Christ through Selfless Love.

                        ~ I Corinthians 13:5     does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,

~ Philippians 2:3-4      Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.

Exalt Christ in the Home through Submission.

            Wives reflect submission by Respecting their Husbands.

                        ~ I Corinthians 11:3     But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man, and the man is the head of a woman, and God is the head of Christ.

            Wives reflect submission by Obedience to their Husbands.

                        ~ I Peter 3:1    In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives,

Exalt Christ in the Home through Commitment.

            Commit to the Priority of the Marriage Relationship.

                        ~ Proverbs 18:22         He who finds a wife finds a good thing And obtains favor from the Lord.

            Commit to the Covenant of the Marriage Relationship.

                        ~ Hebrews 13:4           Marriage is to be held in honor among all, and the marriage bed is to be undefiled; for fornicators and adulterers God will judge.

 

Daily Prayer Guide

He Promised

James 4:7

Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

God is Our Provider

There’s nothing quite like the satisfaction of a glass of cold spring water on a hot afternoon, a cold shower after mowing the lawn, a dive into a stream after a long hike, or sometimes a glass of lemonade fresh out of the refrigerator.  Being satisfied means you’ve been filled, you want nothing more, and that the thirsty longing has been quenched.

That’s exactly how Jesus satisfies.  To have Him means that you have it all.  To trust Him means that your needs are met.  To know Him is to realize that He is your dearest, most faithful companion.  The next time you pour a cold drink on a hot afternoon, pause and praise the Lord for the way He quenches your thirst.  Wellspring of water overcomes, subdues, fulfills, and satisfies like nothing else, like no one else.

Garnett Langley

Daily Prayer Guide

He Promised

Hebrews 4:14-15

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin.

Understanding Our Calling

Take a moment and think about the disciples that walked with Jesus?  I am sure you have done this lots of times before from several different perspectives, but this time I am asking you to think about them from the perspective of living a new life with Jesus.  Matthew, Simon Peter, Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, Thomas, James, Simon, and Judas.  Each of these men came from different backgrounds, but Jesus saw something in them.  He called them to follow and be fishers of men.  Jesus, God’s Son, called them.  He told them to leave everything behind and that they would suffer and be persecuted.  He told them.  He taught them how to love, how to serve, and how to lay down their lives for the cause of the Gospel.  As they were changing into these powerhouse messengers for the greatest message ever to be told, stop and wonder what they might have been changing from.  I don’t know for sure where all of these men came from in regards to their personalities, but I have an idea.

When I was in college I worked in a factory for a short time and also on a house framing crew for several summer and winter breaks.  Both of these work areas were tough places for me spiritually.  The conversations were often very offensive and degrading to anyone.  There were moments that I was fierce with my faith and worked hard to be a witness, but there were times when I also stumbled and fell on my face in my walk.  The wisest choice for me was to leave these areas.  Simply flee.

In the midst of these times I received my call to ministry.  It was a literal phone call.  I rejected it at first, but a year later accepted.  The call was to serve as a youth minister for a very small rural church.  I am pretty sure I was called by the church because of the example of faith my parents had set in the community. I would be in charge of all programming from birth through college age.  My first week in the ministry the seriousness of my calling became a reality.  The children and students that followed my example and leadership needed me to be something that I wasn’t in my every day life.  I needed to change. I needed to… accept my call.  To do this I had to know more about Jesus and allow Him to multiply inside of me.  He needed to have more space in my heart and push out the stuff that shouldn’t be there.  I had to learn to walk like I was worthy of my calling.

Now, take a look at Ephesians 4:1-6.  It is here that Paul reminds us of our call. Our call to be united. To be humble, gentle, patient, and bearing with one another.  As we search together I encourage you to allow Christ to multiply in you!  To change you from the inside before he mulitiplies your impact outside!

Matt Lee

Daily Prayer Guide

He Promised

Romans 12:1

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

Daily Prayer Guide

He Promised

I Corinthians 10:13

No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.

Exalt Christ in the Home – Ephesians 5:22-33

MARVELING THE MESSIAH  

Did you know there are just two places in the Bible where Jesus was “marveled”?  Mark 6:1-6 states that Jesus “marveled” at the unbelief of His own hometown friends and family! It was so bad that He did not do a mighty work there!  He left!

In contrast, the other place Jesus marveled is found in Luke 7:1-10.  Jesus “marveled” at the great faith of the centurion.  This non-Jewish soldier understood and believed that Jesus did not need to see his sick servant to heal him!

Why is it, that at times those of us who should know and believe in Jesus are the last to demonstrate our faith in Him?  I want to marvel the Messiah the way the centurion did!  I pray that if Jesus walked into my home at this very moment, He would see that He is first!

My family and I do some of the things most Christian families do; we attend church, pray together and tithe but I know there is much more we can do.   I realized quickly that I am very lacking in this area!  I decided to ask a few of my family and friends what they did to exalt Jesus in their homes.  To my surprise and honestly, to my relief, I found that we all felt inadequate in exalting Jesus.  My eighty-one year old mother, whom I compare to the Proverbs 31 woman, admitted that she should have done more to put Christ first in her home.  We all agree that it is our heart’s desire to exalt Jesus every day!  Here are a few things that we strive to do:

  1. Pray together as a family, even in public. Your goal is to make prayer a priority, thanking God for all things.
  2. Have a family prayer request list, acknowledging when prayers are answered.
  3. Wives and husbands should be emotionally and physically faithful to each other in all ways. Remember, our children are watching our example.
  4. Wives and husbands should show each other in the BEST light, not highlighting faults and failures, especially in front of others.
  5. Families should demonstrate forgiveness and mercy to each other when feelings have been hurt. We are to forgive as Christ has forgiven us.
  6. Families should give each other the gift of unconditional love. We may not always approve of their choices but we still love them.
  7. Strive to make your home a safe haven for your family. Putting Jesus first will eventually lead to a place of peace where all will know they are welcomed and loved.

I am certain our Lord would not want us to feel defeated and inadequate but rather motivated in finding meaningful and creative ways to demonstrate our faith in Him.

A good friend of mine left me with this thought,  “If you or I were on trial for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict us?”

If Jesus entered our homes today, I pray that He find an abundance of mounting evidence of our love for Him.  I pray that He would be greatly pleased and possibly, quite possibly be marveled at our witness.

Mary Mirre

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