My posts come from my personal daily scripture readings and a part of my personal accountability. If we are going to grow as followers of Christ, we must be in the Word! If you miss these a few days, something has kept me from it; but if they're gone for too many days, call me on the carpet. We need to hold one another accountable. Join me on this journey as our lives are to Reflect the Image-and Jesus IS the image. Peace, Carla Sunberg
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Prayer during the West Africa Field Conference.
Psa. 70:0 To the leader. Of David, for the memorial offering.
1Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.
O LORD, make haste to help me!
2Let those be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life.
Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor
who desire to hurt me.
3Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”
turn back because of their shame.
Psa. 70:4 Let all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you.
Let those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
5But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay!
This Psalm of David repeats some lines and themes from previous Psalms. However, this one is short, and to the point. Here, there is a sense of urgency where we find it placed between two lengthy laments. Each lament concludes with words of praise, which may serve as a reminder that when the solution to a problem is not at hand, we must wait on the Lord.
At the same time, while we are waiting, we may discover that it’s hard to distinguish our friends from our enemies. There are always those who are ready to cry out, “aha” and declare guilt without knowing the details. It’s when we hear the words from their mouths that we know that either they are declaring guilt, or joining in those who seek out salvation and speak, “God is great!”
Whether applying to David’s life, the final moments of Jesus’, or our very own, this becomes a model of prayer. When we find ourselves in troubled circumstances we need to become engaged in fervent prayer. This prayer is a cry for help, for shame to be brought to enemies, and eventually, joy to friends.
As we continue through this Holy Week, may we be led daily to the place of prayer. There are moments when we must engage in fervent prayer: moments when we find our hearts breaking because of what we are facing. Jesus, faced with the cross, cried out for help to his Father in prayer. Sometimes we simply don’t know what else to do but to cry out to God for help.
Throughout this week may we join Jesus in fervent prayer. We seek the face of God in the midst of circumstances which may be beyond our comprehension, but the cross takes us to transformation.The night that he was betrayed Jesus was in the garden, engaged in fervent prayer.When we join Jesus at the point of the cross, we discover the possibility of the image of God being stamped upon our lives.
There is no guarantee that the Christian life will be easy because if we join Jesus, we will follow him on the journey.The lenten journey will lead us to the cross, but also to the resurrection. Then we can rejoice in our salvation and say forevermore, “God is great!”
I am in great need of God, and therefore, I seek his face, day in and day out. In this, we are challenged to live a life of fervent prayer.
Lord, I need to learn more about prayer. Your gracious love and patience is overwhelming. Amen.
Rom. 6:22 But now that you have been freed from sin and enslaved to God, the advantage you get is sanctification. The end is eternal life. Rom. 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Two sides of life are presented here in great contrast. One is a life of sin and enslavement to evil. The other side of life is freedom which provides the advantage of sanctification (or holiness as some translate the word) that leads to eternal life. The options here are a life of sin, slavery and death; or freedom, holiness and eternal life.
The advantage of holiness or sanctification is the benefit of the life of freedom. Jesus died so that we might be made holy like him and this is something that is offered as a “fruit” or “advantage” right now. The end is eternal life — but the living of life is that it can be lived out in holiness.
The next verse is really just an affirmation of the verse 22. Sin will lead …
Scripture: Mark 8:31 Then he began to teach them that the Son of Man must undergo great suffering, and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 He said all this quite openly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are setting your mind not on divine things but on human things.” Observation:
Peter had openly declared that Jesus was the Messiah when suddenly the conversation shifted to suffering, rejection and death. With his affirmation of Jesus as Messiah, Peter had brought with him all of the connotations of that term. Jesus was to be a great military leader, a Davidic Messiah, who would save the people from the earthly authorities. Jesus’ description was a paradigm that didn’t fit into Peter’s thinking.
Peter’s rebuke of Jesus was severe. The language reflects a long and unpleasant conversation. The…
Scripture: Rev. 3:14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the origin of God’s creation: Rev. 3:15 “I know your works; you are neither cold nor hot. I wish that you were either cold or hot. 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, ‘I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing.’ You do not realize that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 Therefore I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich; and white robes to clothe you and to keep the shame of your nakedness from being seen; and salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19 I reprove and discipline those whom I love. Be earnest, therefore, and repent. 20 Listen! I am standing at the door, knocking; if you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to you and eat with you, and you with me. 21 To the one who conquers I will give a plac…