Saturday, 13 January 2018

Scripturalizing Your Life

Devotional Itinerary: 
Scripture Reading, Worship Song, Something To Think About: Homosexuality, Dr. Caroline Leaf, Devotional: Fitting In, Marriage Men's Devotional:Soar Like an Eagle or Walk Like a Pigeon and Women's Devotional: The Hope That Is Our Lifeline, Sermon:  A New Outlook:All Eyes On Him  T.D..Jakes. 

Scripture Reading: 
No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Isaiah 54:17 

Something To Think About: Homosexuality.

Devotional: Fitting In
Lee is a diligent and reliable bank employee. Yet he often finds himself sticking out like a sore thumb for living out his faith. This reveals itself in practical ways, such as when he leaves the break room during an inappropriate conversation. At a Bible study, he shared with his friends, “I fear that I’m losing promotion opportunities for not fitting in.” 

Believers during the prophet Malachi’s time faced a similar challenge. They had returned from exile and the temple had been rebuilt, but there was skepticism about God’s plan for their future. Some of the Israelites were saying, “It is futile to serve God. What do we gain by carrying out his requirements . . . ? But now we call the arrogant blessed. 

Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it” (Malachi 3:14–15). 

Lord, help us to keep on encouraging one another to stay faithful to You in this faithless world. 

How can we stand firm for God in a culture that tells us we will lose out if we don’t blend in? The faithful in Malachi’s time responded to that challenge by meeting with like-minded believers to encourage each other. Malachi shares this important detail with us: “The Lord listened and heard” (v. 16). 

God notices and cares for all who fear and honor Him. He doesn’t call us to “fit in” but to draw closer to Him each day as we encourage each other. Let’s stay faithful! 

Lord, help us to keep on encouraging one another to stay faithful to You in this faithless world. Source: Our Daily Bread 

Marriage Devotional: Dr. James Dobson 

Men’s Devotional: Soar Like an Eagle or Walk Like a Pigeon 
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” Isaiah 40:31 

My buddy Dan loves eagles. And while he loves to see them up close in nature he hates seeing eagles in a cage. His thinking goes like this: a “sitting eagle” is a oxymoron. Imagine being created to soar but being grounded in perpetuity in a zoo. Think about it for a second. This is a bird designed by God to drift, wings spread effortlessly, over mountains, climbing thermals and climbing many miles with ease. As far as birds go eagles are strong. They can ascend to 10,000 feet or more, they rarely have to flap their wings when migrating to feeding areas and yet they can hit speeds up to seventy five mile per hour when descending to nest or munch on a rabbit. 

We need to be reminded that every God’s man is an eagle not a pigeon. Many are practically and spiritually acting as if they were pigeons. They are majestic, highly created servants of God who are acting out of character, contrary to their design, wings tucked, and imprisoned by their own bad thinking about themselves and their God. They are swallowing the lies of their feelings, flesh, and fantasies about who they are and what they are supposed to be experiencing. 

Amid the winds of change and challenge, God’s Man must activate, partner and grow with the Holy Spirit – God’s active power on earth. Practically, we do this by embracing the four key SOAR principles,. Say yes to the Holy Spirit now. Open new doors to the Holy Spirit. Actively pursue the powers of the Holy Spirit. Release the power of the Holy Spirit. 
Source: Every Man Ministries 

Women’s Devotional: The Hope That Is Our Lifeline 

Let Us Pray: Psalm 19:7-14