Missions and Missionaries

(Please pray for these Servants)

Jeff and Barb Chapman and family in Japan.

The Adamsons in the Ivory Coast.

Mark and Rachel Bermenderfer serving with TEL-China.

Jim and Cathy Fry and family and “Miracles can Happen Boys Ranch.”

Choices in Iowa City.

Iowa Valley Habitat for Humanity.

Todd and Pamela Price and family in Bosnia.

Stacey Georgopulous with Intervarsity, NEIU on Chicago’s North side.

Allen and Joy Ann Goddard in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Aaron Strumpel in Louisville, Colorado.

David and Beth Robert in Argentina.

David and Claire in Europe.

Monica Padilla Trueman – Colorado Christian Services.

 

 

 

Standing in the Gap

(Please pray for these Service Men)

Jeff Rothermel

Tom Tharp

Randy Snider

Kris Thoreson

Aaron Cornwall

Daniel Meyer

Corey Johnston

Luke Downey

Josh Meade

Scott Reynolds


Time Alone With God  

     The remarkable feature of Paul’s statement about the crucifixion of the sinful nature in verse 24 is the use of the active voice: Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Galatians 2: 19 and 6: 14 say that Christians have been crucified with Christ, but 5: 24 says that they themselves have acted to put to death their sinful nature. Believers are responsible to crucify their sinful nature.

     Galatians 5: 24 does not teach the same truth as Galatians 2: 20  or Romans 6: 6. In those verses we are told that by faith-union with Christ ‘we have been crucified with him’. But here it is we who have taken action. We ‘have crucified’ our old nature. It is not how a ‘dying’ which we have experienced through union with Christ; it is rather a deliberate ‘putting to death’.

     The active execution of the sinful nature is followed by an active expression of new life in the Spirit: Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit (v. 25). Paul’s combination of an indicative (we live) with an imperative (let us keep in step) is parallel to the same combination of indicative and imperative in verses 1 and 13. The indicative describes God’s gift to us: freedom in Christ and life in the Spirit. The imperative expresses our responsibility: to protect our freedom from slavery under the law, to use our freedom to serve one another in love and to keep in step with the Spirit. Keep in step is a military command to make a straight line or to march in ordered rows. The Spirit sets the line and the pace for us to follow. Keeping in step with the Spirit takes active concentration and discipline of the whole person.

     We have seen that the works of the flesh are many and evil, that the fruit of the Spirit is lovely and desirable, that flesh and Spirit are in continuous conflict with each other so that by ourselves we cannot do what we want to do, and that our duty is to crucify the flesh, rejecting its evil ways, and to walk by the Spirit, fostering His good ways.

     This victory is within reach of every Christian, for every Christian has ‘crucified the flesh’ (verse 24) and every Christian ‘lives by the Spirit’ (verse 25). Our task is to take time each day to remember these truths about ourselves, and to live accordingly. If we have crucified the flesh (which we have), then we must leave it securely nailed to the cross, where it deserves to be; we must not finger the nails. And if we live in the Spirit (which we do), then we must walk by the Spirit. So when the tempter comes with evil insinuations, we must round on him savagely, and say to him: ‘I belong to Christ. I have crucified the flesh. It is altogether out of the question that I should even dream of taking it down from the cross.’ Again, ‘I belong to Christ. The Spirit dwells within me. So I shall set my mind on the things of the Spirit and walk by the Spirit, according to His rule and line, from day to day.’

C. Walter Hansen, Galatians, p. 180f

John Stott, Only One Way, p. 150, 154

Sunday, July 16, 2017
PRAYER TIME ALONE WITH GOD

Beloved Lord God – Galatians 5: 24-26

Select a day to fast from something unto the Lord.

Be sure to practice – Sabbath Rest (A Day).

Feel free to read the verses all around the Scriptures given.

 

MONDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – Salvation. Revival. The Men.  The Overseer/Vision Team.

×        Converge Worldwide Missionaries – All Converge Worldwide personnel need prayer in seven key life spheres: Emotional needs, Physical needs, Relationships with coworkers, Effective ministry, Family life, Relationship with God, Community relationships. Pray for Missionaries Grant and Lindsay Morgan in Sweden.

×        Petition–Self–Purity before God. Blessed are the pure in heart. (Mt. 5:8).

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 23: 42

×        Lectio – Amen – Mark 10: 29

×        Galatians –  Galatians 2: 20-21

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication:

 

TUESDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out. Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – The pouring out of the Holy Spirit and for each of us to grow in Christlikeness.  WLCF – Outreach & ministry to the youth, parents, children, Nursery, Children’s Sunday School, families,  Sunday school teachers, VBS ministry, CYG ministry, Pine Lake  ministry,  Teacher Oversight Team.

×        Petition – Self – Experience the Real Presence of God. Blessed-…they shall see God (Mt. 5:8).

×        Scripture Reading – Ezekiel 23: 43

×        Lectio – The Creation – Psalm 98: 1

×        Galatians –  Galatians 5: 1, 13

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication.

 

WEDNESDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – God’s healing touch to those around you (by name) – physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically, ethically, morally, spiritually, relationally, societally, holistic healing.  Healer/ Deliverer Team.

×        Petition – Self –Fall deeply in love with God. First love, Passion.(Mk. 12:28-31).

×        Scripture Reading  Ezekiel 23: 42, 43

×        Lectio–God, the Healer–Fruit of Holy Spirit—Agape Love – Titus 2: 2

×        Galatians – Galatians 5: 14, 15

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication.     

×        Pray for the High School graduates of WLCF.  This week pray for Jaida Dalton, 2017 graduate.

×        WLCF Prayer Time for today – Cristina Walshire and Mary Sprague and families.

 


THURSDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession. Clearing out. Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – Revival.  Devotion to God at WLCF.  The women.  The communities we represent.  This Body of Christ – Staff –Pastor Mario Padilla, Breann Brown and all ministries. The Servant Oversight Team.

×        Petition –Self – Power – The Power of God to flow through us. (Ac. 1:8).

×        Scripture Reading  Ezekiel 23: 44

×        Lectio – God’s Guidance – I Corinthians 7: 10, 11

×        Galatians – Galatians 5: 16

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication.

 

FRIDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

§       Intercession–Church– Emmanuel Baptist Church, Pastor David Mork, Duluth, MN.

×        Missionaries (on the back). The Evangelist/Prophet/Mission Team.

×        Petition – Self – Fill us with your Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18).

×        Scripture Reading  Ezekiel 23: 45

×        Lectio – Gospel of Matthew – Matthew 24: 17, 18

×        Galatians –  Galatians 5: 17, 18

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication.

 

 

SATURDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – Victory in our spiritual warfare. WLCF – Unity, Purity, Presence,

×        Passion, Power, Revival. Converge Worldwide – Scott Ridout.

×        PLCC – Ben Frank, Roger Sutton, Diana Goodell. The Deacon Team.

×        Petition – Self – Seek God first (Mt. 6:33).

×        Lectio – I Timothy 1: 15

×        Galatians –  Galatians 5: 22, 23

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication.

 

SUNDAY

×        Quiet centering with God and silence before Him (2-5 minutes).

×        Confession.  Clearing out.  Adoration, praise and worship.

×        Intercession – God’s presence and the outpouring release of His Holy Spirit on us today.  Pastor Mario, Revival here at WLCF today. Revival of Christianity across the world. The Herald Oversight Team.

×        Petition – Self – Encounter God.  Hear His voice today! Open our eyes, ears, heart and mind to God, to Jesus.

×        Lectio –  All About God – Genesis 15: 18

×        Galatians –  Galatians 5: 24, 25

×        Closing prayer of reception and dedication.