Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Confess Our Sins and Pray for One Another

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. James 5:13–16 (ESV)

Key Truth Summarized
Real fellowship (Koinonia) in the church family is about sharing in the good and hard issues of love. When we do life together, the good is twice as good and the bad is only half as bad.

Key Verse whole text

What Is God Saying to Me?
Real church meetings are places where real people can openly confess real hurts, habits, and hang-ups and find grace and support.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I Do It?
Be real, be transparent, count on fellow believers to be supportive, and give grace to all. Give grace to those who are broken and grace to those who like to judge broken people; they are broken too, they just don’t know it.

Prayer
Help us in GracePoint to build a safe place for the healing of people who are broken. Amen.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

1 Peter 4:7-11 Love Each Other Deeply

7 The end of all things is at hand; therefore be self-controlled and sober-minded for the sake of your prayers. 8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 9 Show hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: 11 whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:7–11 (ESV)

Key Truth Summarized
Love one another, serve one another for God’s glory.

Key Verse
8 Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins

What Is God Saying to Me?
Fellowship with and ministry to (and in) God’s family must be based on love for one another. And it must be motivated for God’s glory.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?
Keep right methods and right motives in Christian service.

Prayer
Lord I am often overwhelmed by the idea of doing holy work with human hands. Keep me always focused on Your presence and purpose.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Heb 10:19-25 A Call to Persevere

19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Heb 10:19–25 (ESV)

Key Truth Summarized
Our salvation is fully assured and we should like it.

Key Verse
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful

What Is God Saying to Me?
My salvation is sure and true. God is faithful and I should be faithful too.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?
God is saying: “try Me, trust Me.”

Prayer
Lord forgive for the sin of trying to live saved on my own strength. Help me to quit trying in that way and start trusting you to hold me and grow me as you see fit.


Thursday-Friday, Nov 9, 2018

Phil 2:5-11-Imitating Christ’s Humility (Continued)
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Phil 2:5–11 (ESV)

Key Truth Summarized
Christian Humility is the core of the heart of all those who believe.

Key Verse
5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

What Is God Saying to Me?
Never trade your humility for your pride or for those who want you to think more of yourself.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?
He must increase, I must decrease.

Prayer
Thank You Lord, for forgiving me of the sin of trying to make my life all about me.


Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Phil 2:1-4 Imitating Christ’s Humility

1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Phil 2:1-4 (ESV)

Key Truth Summarized
God calls His children to unity and humility.

Key Verses: 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves.

What Is God Saying to Me?
There is encouragement in Christ comfort in love, participation in the Spirit, affection and sympathy all over and throughout the family of God. But you have to get over yourself is you desire those graces in your life and local church.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?
He must increase, I must decrease. My preferences, priorities, prerogatives, and pride must be yielded to the Prince of peace.

Prayer
Forgive me for the sin of making so much of my life all about me. Teach me the ways of unity in the body of Christ. Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in thy sight.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Rom 12:1-8 Living Sacrifices

1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. 3 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. 4 For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function, 5 so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another. 6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness. Rom 12:1–8 (ESV)


Key Truth Summarized
We are saved by grace through faith alone, through Christ alone. The calling of the saved is to worship as a living sacrifice. It is not because we have to, but because we want to.

Key Verse
1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.

What Is God Saying to Me?
Living for Jesus is an old hymn. Live for Jesus is all that matters.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?
God is calling me to live a surrendered life.

Prayer
Hear am I Lord, send me. Use me.


Monday, November 5, 2018

Eccl 4:9-12 Two Is Better Than One

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. 10 For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11 Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12 And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Eccl 4:9–12 (ESV)

Key Truth Summarized
Christianity is a community affair. We need each other. A body with parts missing is going to deal dysfunctions.

Key Verse
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

What Is God Saying to Me?
Do what you can to maintain the fellowship of faith.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?
24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Heb 10:24–25 (ESV)
Prayer
Father help me to be a peacemaker. Allow me the grace to work towards unity. Let me do my part as a member of the body of Christ striving to preserve unity and diversity for your glory. Amen.



Friday, November 2, 2018

Proverbs 15:1-12 Contrasts Between the Wise that the Foolish, the Righteous and Wicked

1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly. 3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good. 4 A gentle tongue is a tree of life, but perverseness in it breaks the spirit. 5 A fool despises his father’s instruction, but whoever heeds reproof is prudent. 6 In the house of the righteous there is much treasure, but trouble befalls the income of the wicked. 7 The lips of the wise spread knowledge; not so the hearts of fools. 8 The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but the prayer of the upright is acceptable to him. 9 The way of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord, but he loves him who pursues righteousness. 10 There is severe discipline for him who forsakes the way; whoever hates reproof will die. 11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord; how much more the hearts of the children of man! 12 A scoffer does not like to be reproved; he will not go to the wise. Prov 15:1–12 (ESV)

Key Truth Summarized
This section speaks of the contrast between the words/mouths of the wise and the foolish.

Key Verse
1 A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. 2 The tongue of the wise commends knowledge, but the mouths of fools pour out folly.

What Is God Saying to Me?
3 The eyes of the Lord are in every place, keeping watch on the evil and the good

God sees, God knows, and one day Go will judge.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?
Live right and control my tongue.

Prayer:
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer. Psalm 19:14 (KJV)


Thursday, November 1, 2018

Acts 2:42-47 Fellowship of the Believers

42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. Acts 2:42–47 (ESV)

Key Truth Summarized
God’s people are called to a fellowship (sharing together) in the word, fellowship of meals, and prayers. Fellowship is about sharing, both the blessings and the problems.

Key Verse
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.

What Is God Saying to Me?
2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Gal 6:2 (ESV)
What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?
Support the unity of the fellowship in the local church.

Prayer
Father help me to always be a part of the unity and fellowship of our faith. When there are issues and problems let me be a part of the solution. Amen.


Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Proverbs 14:28-35 Civic Duty

28 In a multitude of people is the glory of a king, but without people a prince is ruined. 29 Whoever is slow to anger has great understanding, but he who has a hasty temper exalts folly. 30 A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot. 31 Whoever oppresses a poor man insults his Maker, but he who is generous to the needy honors him. 32 The wicked is overthrown through his evildoing, but the righteous finds refuge in his death. 33 Wisdom rests in the heart of a man of understanding, but it makes itself known even in the midst of fools. 34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people. 35 A servant who deals wisely has the king’s favor, but his wrath falls on one who acts shamefully. Prov 14:28–35 (KJV)

Key Truth Summarized
God’s people have a civic duty to influence the world of politics for good and not evil.

Key Verse
34 Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.

What Is God Saying to Me?
Do not join in the atmosphere of hatred and animosity in the current political world.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?
My part is not to add to the hatred but to be a source of reason and love. God’s people need to do right regardless of their political persuasion.

Prayer
Father help to be a peacemaker; Amen.


Monday, October 29, 2018
This morning I am picking back up in Proverbs where we left off as we started introducing the GracePoint Key on October 8th. I will continue to use the KEY in Proverbs; and I will go back and forth between Proverbs and the selected readings that are being sent to us by Pastor Shane. He is giving us 3 reading a week on the Key. Hope you enjoy and that together, we continue to grow in faith and experience. Love-B

Proverbs 14:11-15 Issues of the End of Life

11 The house of the wicked will be destroyed, but the tent of the upright will flourish. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. 13 Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief. 14 The backslider in heart will be filled with the fruit of his ways, and a good man will be filled with the fruit of his ways. 15 The simple believes everything, but the prudent gives thought to his steps. Prov 14:11–15 (KJV)

Key Truth Summarized
Godly retribution is coming for both the wicked and the upright. The wicked face eternal judgment; the upright eternal blessing.

Key Verse
. 12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.

What Is God Saying to Me?
Verse 14 reminds me to persevere in matters of faith and life. No believer will lose salvation for backsliding but there are consequences in this life for the way we live.

What Is God Asking me to Do and How Will I do It?

God is not saying do good so you can go to Heaven’ He is saying believe and you are going to Heaven. Because of that truth; do good.

Prayer
Father, I thank you for the day when righteousness will reign in all of my life and in all of the earth. Amen.