Intercession ~ Key Verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings.  He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God.”  Colossians 4:12, NLT

We have been included in the communion of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  This communion is part conversation.  Intercession is the privilege we have to talk with God about the needs of others.  Epaphras prayed for the spiritual growth of the men and women in the church he had left.  He still felt connected to them.  He still cared for them.  Even when he was not with them, he could still be part of God’s work among them.

I am supremely blessed when people who have been a part of our fellowship for a day, a week, or a couple of years, write back and say, “I’ve been praying for you all!”

D.L. Moody said, “Every great movement of God can be traced to a kneeling figure.”

I’m hoping for a great movement of God in Vancouver.  I’m trusting God is raising up those who kneel in prayer with us.

 

“Epaphras, a member of your own fellowship and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends you his greetings.  He always prays earnestly for you, asking God to make you strong and perfect, fully confident that you are following the whole will of God.”  Colossians 4:12

Rejoice ~ Key Verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“Always be full of joy in the Lord.  I say it again–rejoice!”  Philippians 4:4

This past week I felt my heart breaking at the news of two young men dying in the river at Golden Ears.  One of them was a dear family friend whom I had known since he was three months old.

While grief seemed to fill every corner of my heart, I also felt joy breaking in.  As I chose to consider the hope and the promise we have in Christ Jesus, joy would accompany my grief and the tremendous loss I felt.

It may seem strange to grieve with joy; but in darkness I was glad that Jesus was with us.  So I could rejoice in the Lord.  Music helped.  Scripture helped.  Praying helped.  Sitting quietly in nature helped.  Being with people who trust Jesus helped.  But ultimately I found I had to ask God to send His Spirit to help me rejoice in the Lord.

“Always be full of joy in the Lord.  I say it again–rejoice!”
Philippians 4:4

Obedience ~ Key verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“Those who accept my commands and obey them are the ones who love me.  And because they love me, my Father will love them.  And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”  John 14:21

Dogs and owners.  Last Sunday after the Origin gathering we were hanging out at UBC and I saw a funny sight.  A young man shows up at the park with his dog.  Sends the ball across the park.  Tells the dog to go get it.  The dog runs over and promptly defecates on the ball!  The dog did not bring that ball back.  The owner was disgusted, but picked up the ball, cleaned up after his dog, and tried again.  That was Scene 1!  The next ten minutes provided us with more entertainment and laughs for the rest of the day as the dog had its own mind and will and the young man shouted and threw his hands up in the air in disgust.

The young man needed to go to obedience school!  With the dog.

Life with the Lord Jesus Christ is also obedience school but it might be better to say we have been gracefully invited into the School of Love!

Jesus connects obedience to love.  If we love Him we will obey Him.  Our intention matters here.  As he gives us a new vision of life through His commands, our intention to obey is a response generated by the grace of His love.  We are not obeying to get God to like us.  We are obeying as a response to Him and His love towards us.  The delight here is that He keeps loving us and revealing Himself to us.

“Those who accept my commands and obey them are the ones who love me.  And because they love me, my Father will love them.  And I will love them and reveal myself to each of them.”  John 14:21

(Key verses are great for memorizing. Write it on a card and review, review, review.)

Love ~ Key verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

Love ~ Key verses — GLORIFYTHELORD

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.  So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.”  1 John 3:16 NLT

Love as demonstrated in the Gospel is a “giving-of-ourselves-impulse.”

Jesus did gave Himself for us and in doing so he created a new family.

Now in Jesus’ new family the church we have been made to be brothers and sisters with people outside the lines of our own blood and the law.

How shall we treat them?  How shall we move toward them?

With love.  With the “giving of ourselves impulse.”

I’m excited!  Where will love strike next?

“We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us.  So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters.”  1 John 3:16

(Key verses are great for memorizing.  So make a card, and review, review, review.)

Glorify ~ Key Verses ~ GLORIFYTHELORD

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31 NLT

Growing up in a biology influenced family we had a few magnifying glasses around.  As a kid a magnifying glass was a wonderful thing.  With it the small things hidden to my eyes became visible –bigger.  Bugs are awesome!  And then from another perspective, the light of the sun could be focused in such a way to burn patterns on paper and leaves.  For me 1Corinthians 10:31 works that way.  It brings my life into focus and it focuses the light and majesty of God on my life.

Magnify God with my life.  My life lead by Jesus–the small decisions of daily life can reveal the glory of God.

Focus God on my life.  My life lead by Jesus–the intent to bring glory to God submits my life to the sometimes searing and burning intensity of God.  His Spirit and His Word create new patterns and burn at what is keeping me from Christlikeness.

“So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”
1 Corinthians 10:31