What do you ask God on a daily basis? How much of those prayers/conversations have to do with self or with others? I am guilty sometimes of only considering my walk with God and then if I run into people who need to know about Jesus’ love, good for them that I interact with them on a Spiritual level. In the Bible, there is a huge emphasis on asking things of God.
Matthew 7:7 speaks about “asking, seeking and knocking”
Matthew 21:22 directs us to ask God in prayer and then believing for an answer
Philippians 4:6 instructs us to be anxious for nothing and to make our requests known to God
When we look at those verses, we can put the priority on ourselves first without regard to others and if you think about it, that is actually the opposite of how God wants us to think.
Philippians 2:3 (Good News Translation)
Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble toward one another, always considering others better than yourselves.
I think this verse doesn’t just pertain to the flesh-filling things in life, but prayers that are only considerate of self and not others. Jesus trusted us with the greatest message of not just eternal salvation, but internal peace and direction in life that is unprecedented. When we only pray prayers that involve ourselves, we miss out on one of the greatest gifts we can be given as a follower of Jesus; the ability to be a transformation agent in the life of someone else.
Today, tell God what is on your heart, but be careful to listen to what is on his. God’s heart is not only for us, his children, to be cared for in every way but for every living being to have an opportunity to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus. Ask God for opportunities to share his love with others and live the full life that God has intended for you.
We encourage you to take time to read Proverbs 13 and let it take root.
Proverbs 13 New International Version (NIV)
1 A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,
but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.
2 From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,
but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.
3 Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,
but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.
4 A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,
but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.
5 The righteous hate what is false,
but the wicked make themselves a stench
and bring shame on themselves.
6 Righteousness guards the person of integrity,
but wickedness overthrows the sinner.
7 One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;
another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.
8 A person’s riches may ransom their life,
but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.
9 The light of the righteous shines brightly,
but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
10 Where there is strife, there is pride,
but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
11 Dishonest money dwindles away,
but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick,
but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
13 Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,
but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
14 The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,
turning a person from the snares of death.
15 Good judgment wins favor,
but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.[a]
16 All who are prudent act with[b] knowledge,
but fools expose their folly.
17 A wicked messenger falls into trouble,
but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
18 Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame,
but whoever heeds correction is honored.
19 A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,
but fools detest turning from evil.
20 Walk with the wise and become wise,
for a companion of fools suffers harm.
21 Trouble pursues the sinner,
but the righteous are rewarded with good things.
22 A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children,
but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
23 An unplowed field produces food for the poor,
but injustice sweeps it away.
24 Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
25 The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,
but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
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This weekend, we were challenged by our senior pastor to find a Bible verse and then look for an open door to share that verse with someone. It seemed like a reasonable request, as part of our relationship with Jesus should be to share His love with the world around us and not just serve ourselves with the church. Our pastor then asked us to turn and pray with someone near us that we would hear from the Holy Spirit and give open doors to share those verses. I turned to Yolanda and started to pray and something came out of my mouth that was profound as I thought about our role in television and proclaiming the good news of Jesus every day of our working lives. I prayed, “...and God, please don’t let us thinking that we do outreach everyday with television get in the way of what we personally need to do in sharing your love and this Bible verse with someone who needs to hear about you.” After I said it, I started to chuckle, finished the prayer and had a revelation.
The primary reason why Yolanda and I have been in ministry our whole lives is to share Jesus with the world but sometimes, we can think that our religious job is fulfilling our personal responsibility to reach out to the world around us. We have invited and brought our neighbor to church a few times and prayed with people we have come in contact with, but I think anyone who is in full time ministry needs to realize that their job is not the same as their personal responsibility to share Jesus with the lost.
Believe me, I have felt the stress of working in full time church ministry while organizing events for volunteers and church workers to reach out into the community with the intent of reflecting Jesus’ love. I have also now been doing para-church ministry for three years with some of those same stresses. My team and I work daily to keep our television station running and presenting the gospel over the airwaves in a way that honors Jesus and helps make it easy for someone to invite their neighbor to church. Essentially, we are in charge of outreach ministry to Denver, Cheyenne Wyoming and soon, Colorado Springs and Pueblo but that does not take the place of reaching out to people that we each come in contact with on a daily basis.
Outreach to people around us is important not only in an organized sense with a church or Christian Television, as in our case, but also simply reaching out in an “unorganized” way. What I mean, is that we need to be asking the Holy Spirit to interrupt our day-to-day activities for the sake of a detour that leads us to people in need. The greatest enemy to loving someone like Jesus is not demonic oppression as much as it is putting our priorities in life above God’s.
Today, go and be an “unorganized” blessing to someone who needs to see and hear how much Jesus loves his creation. If you are the one needing love, know that Jesus has everything you need to not only fill your cup but to overflow it so that you spill his love wherever you go.
Praying for you today and God bless!
Tomorrow, May 3rd is the National day of Prayer.
The theme for this year's prayer is unity!
Please join the prayer at the Denver Capitol Building on the West Steps from 11am - 1pm.
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In church circles, love of self is not talked about a lot. In fact, if the love of self is brought up, it is normally in the context of pride and needing to remove that love to be able to love God and those we come in contact with on a daily basis. I can remember being taught to love God from a very young age and that one of the greatest obstacles to true Godly love was the dirty, rotten, disgusting and putrid flesh.
37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’
38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
We are to essentially love God on a personal level (YOUR God) with every part of our being; heart and the things we feel, soul and who we are eternally and our mind and the things we think about. This is known as the first and greatest commandment because, essentially, everything we do and who we are flow out of our heart, mind and soul.
Then we have verse 39 that is a directive like the previous greatest commandment; to love your neighbor as yourself. It doesn’t say, “Love your neighbor and hate yourself because your rotten fleshly nature is disgusting and vile in the sight of God.” It actually uses the words, “...as yourself.” To me, this says that the level of love I give out to others is directly proportional to the love I have for myself. And even more importantly, that the love of God with all my heart, soul and mind is the key for healthy self-love that will lead to my care of others. What a cool concept. God wants us to love him in all ways, so that WE can feel his love not only for others but for ourselves as well. So when we don’t spend time getting to know God and his love for US we don’t have a concern for the world because in essence, we don’t care about ourselves or we have an overestimated love of self that has no room for others. In either case, we break that flow of the love of God from him, through us to the world.
I can honestly say that when I have read verses about loving others and God, I have sometimes wondered where I fit into the stream of that love. The verses in Matthew 22 are proof that we are actually a part of that love flow from God to the people we need to reach.
Remember today that God doesn’t want to leave you behind in the process of his love for the world and even the term “the world” includes followers of Christ as well. When we consider that our finite minds cannot fully comprehend God’s plan for man, we will learn to just trust the process God has set out for us. We will dig into his Word and spend time with him and develop that love of God and self which will give us the tools to love a lost and dying world around us.
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