Your Gift to God – Prayer

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

Revelation 8:3-4

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“And another angel came and stood at the altar with a golden censer, and he was given much incense to offer with the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar before the throne,  and the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.”
Revelation 8:3-4

  • Here the word saint is used to desribe every believer who accepts Jesus Christ as his or her savior. The picture of heaven given to John and shared in the book of Revelation reveals where your (and all saints) prayers go…from your heart to where?
  • Your prayers rise to heaven and are placed on the golden altar of God before the throne…Awesome! What prayer would you like to place now on the altar of the Almighty God? Allow the picture to form in your head…from your heart to God!

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Place your prayer on the altar of the Almighty! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God -Honor Him with Your Body

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

1 Corinthians 6:12-20

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“Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own,  for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
1 Corinthians 6:19-20

  • Do you ever think about that? Do you think about your body as the temple of the Living God!?
  • You are! If you are a believer in Jesus Christ – you were purchased by His blood & your body is His dwelling place. Do you mistreat your body (food/sex /porn/exhaustion/sleeplessness)?
  • Pray on it. Is there something that you need to change in your life so that you are glorifying God in your body?

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Honor God with your body – it brings Him glory! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God -Show Him You Love Him

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

1 John 2:1-6

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“My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous.  He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.

 And we can be sure that we know him if we obey his commandments.  If someone claims, “I know God,” but doesn’t obey God’s commandments, that person is a liar and is not living in the truth. But those who obey God’s word truly show how completely they love him. That is how we know we are living in him.  Those who say they live in God should live their lives as Jesus did.”
1 John 2:1-6 NLT

  • How can we be sure we know Him?
  • What does this reveal to the world?
  • If we desire to live in God who is our model?
  • God knows we are not perfect. Reread the verses 1 & 2. Besides your role model, what are the other roles of Jesus in your life given here?
  • We are not in this alone… (“for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2Timothy1:7). He both desires our obedience and works in us to accomplish it. Pray and ask God to give you the power, love and self control to demonstrate how much you love Him.

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Show the world you love God – it is your gift to Him! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Songs of Praise

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

Psalm 59:16-17

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“But I will sing of your strength;
I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.
For you have been to me a fortress
and a refuge in the day of my distress.
 O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for you, O God, are my fortress,
the God who shows me steadfast love.”
Psalm 59:16-17

  • List the reasons given in this Psalm for you to sing praises to the almighty God.
  • Praise Him for His strength (see also John 16:33, Philippians 4:13, Romans 8:31b).
  • Praise Him for His steadfast love (see also 1 John 4:10, Romans 8:38-39).
  • Praise Him that He is your fortress and refuge (see also Matthew 11:28, and Deuteronomy 33:27).

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Check out this song written and sung here by Michael Neal and Krissy Nordhoff
“Your Great Name”

SING IT!!!! AND PRAISE HIS GREAT NAME

this song was released  by Natalie Grant on her album “Love Revolution”

Praise the name of the only one who is worthy of our praise! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – A Light in the Darkness

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

John 8:12
Matthew 5:14-16

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‘”Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’”
John 8:12

 Jesus said, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16

  • In the John passage, Jesus presents two choices…light or darkness. If people choose not to follow Jesus they walk in darkness – what does that mean (see also Romans 12 & Ephesians 6:12)?
  • What does Jesus tell you will result if you follow Him?
  • Aren’t you so thankful that you have the light of life! Jesus tells you in the Matthew passage exactly what to do with that light. What is your call to action?
  • What is the result of your willingness to share the light of Christ?
  • You have the opportunity EVERY DAY to bring glory to God by sharing the light of Christ with others…are you? If not, pray about it & write down some changes you can make in your life that will let that light shine!

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Check out this song by Addison Road

This Little Light of Mine

Praise the Lord that we have the light of life! Now show it to all you meet! I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – A Living Sacrifice

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

Romans 12:1-2

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“And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”  
Romans 12:1-2

  • Here Paul pleads with the Romans – and you – to present God with what kind of sacrifice?
  • Do you think of yourself as a living sacrifice? What does that look like to you (Mark 12:31-32)?
  • What is the purpose of this kind of sacrifice?
  • You are warned not to conform to the ways of this world, what are you called to do instead?
  • What are the results of this transformation?
  • REMEMBER: God can not transform you unless you are willing to begin by putting your sweet sacrifice on His altar. Will you do it now?

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God wants you as a holy & acceptable sacrifice! Lay yourself down for Him now – it will bring amazing changes. I will be praying for you! 

Your Gift to God – Encourage One Another

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Ask the Spirit to guide you as you read God’s word for today. Remember to read the entire passage

1 Thessalonians 5:9-11

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“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up.”  
1 Thessalonians 5:11

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  • When you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior you obtain what?
  • Through whom did you obtain your salvation?
  • Because Christ died for you…what is your ultimate destiny?
  • Define the word therefore…
  • This passages tells us….that because God has saved us from wrath & given us salvation through Christ so that we might live with Christ forever we should___________.
  • Based on this passage where should our source of encouragement come from?
  • When you encourage others, does it ever occur to you to encourage them by reminding them of their eternal destiny? Is there really any better encouragement?
  • So often we get caught up in our worldly circumstances. We give encouragement based on what people have or have done. But, here God tells us to encourage one another based on what Christ did for us! A reminder of our ETERNAL destiny.
  • Who can you encourage today?!

Encourage one another. Build up the Body of Christ!  I will be praying for you!