Monday, April 16, 2012

Lifewords strength to strength series 26 of 30 a life lived well

lifewords strength to strength series 26/30

five commands for a well lived life

Throughout God's  living, transforming Word, we are given instructions on how to live this life well.   One of my favorites is in 1 Corinthians 16:13. The Holy Spirit, through Paul, commands us to give attention to five things "Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all you do be done in love." . Join me in memorizing these and praying every day for these to be a reality in our lives. A life lived well is a collection of single days lived well. Have faith to believe that the Lord will help you master these five today. He will teach us how and give us grace to obey His leading.

"Be watchful."
We must be alert, alert in prayer, alert in how we spend our time, aware of the hour in which we are living, watchful of the snares and traps of our enemy,  alert in guarding our hearts and actions. Watching and praying. Watching and praising.  Watching and obeying. Watching and armed for battle.
Keeping an alert watch concerning sin in our lives and being quick to repent and receive forgiveness.  Lord, teach us how to be watchful today in Jesus Name. Please forgive us for slackness, not paying attention.

"Stand firm in the faith." 
Standing firm in God's Word. Not being blown off course. Feet planted securely on the foundation of God's promises. Not wavering in doubt or unbelief, but firm in faith.
Lord, teach us how to stand firm in faith this day. Forgive us of unbelief and wavering.

"Act like men." 
Be mature. Grow up in Christ. Don't be foolish but understand what the will of the Lord is. Stop whining. Don't compromise. Don't act like spiritual children, but mature men and women of God positioned as leaders.
  Lord, show us how to act like mature men and women of God, not like foolish children but understanding what Your will is and obeying You. Please forgive us for the ways we have acted like children. Teach us to be men and women of God.

"Be Strong."
Don't  just think about being strong BE strong in the Lord and the power of His might. Don't be weak in unbelief. Be strong in His presence.  Be strengthened with might on the inside by spending time in prayer, in renewing our minds to the Word, staying committed to daily prayer, living a life pleasing to God.
Lord strengthen us with your strength as we submit our lives to you moment by moment. Forgive us for trying to rely on our own strength.

"Let all that you do be done in love." 
Reminds us of the great commandment given to us by Jesus, Love the Lord our God with all our heart soul mind and strength and love others as we love ourselves.  Let love be the motivation of all. Selflessness
. Lord, we love you with all that we are. Forgive us for the motivations of our heart that have not been in expressed in love. Deliver us from selfishness. Teach us how to love like You love. Fill us afresh with Your love so that we can serve and love others as You taught us. In Jesus Name.

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