ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
GOD CREATED EVERYTHING – The whole of creation came into existence through the will and power of God.
Revelation 4:11 You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being
John 1:3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.
Praise the Creator God
Praise and Thank God for His good creation. Praise Him that He created solely through His will and power. Give praise to Him for specific aspects of His creation.
CONFESSION: Confess your sins to God and receive his continued mercy.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
THANKSGIVING: Giving thanks to God for his specific blessings in our lives.
“Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 100
SUPPLICATION: Bringing our requests to God.
- Bring your personal prayer requests to God.
- Pray for Youth Horizons – Ask God to encourage their staff as they serve boys and girls at-risk. Pray that God would use Youth Horizons to introduce kids to Christ.
- Ask God to speak to you as you read the scriptures.
Galatians 6 English Standard Version
Bear One Another’s Burdens
Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor. 5 For each will have to bear his own load.
6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. 9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Final Warning and Benediction
11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12 It is those who want to make a good showing in the flesh who would force you to be circumcised, and only in order that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For even those who are circumcised do not themselves keep the law, but they desire to have you circumcised that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither circumcision counts for anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And as for all who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.
17 From now on let no one cause me trouble, for I bear on my body the marks of Jesus.
18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brothers. Amen.
“Conceited” is a word that means “empty of glory.” When we are living out of our emptiness then we “provoke” and “envy” one another. We live in relationships in life-sucking rather than life-giving ways. The life-giving example that Paul gives is to come alongside those who are “caught” in a sin. We are to seek to restore them to full relationship with God but we are to do this being wary of pride. If we help others from a sense of superiority then we are liable to fall to the same kinds of sins we are supposed to be helping them escape from. But even more likely we will fall prey to spiritual pride and think more highly of ourselves than we ought. This is as destructive as it is stupid. Destructive because pride takes us out of the flow of God’s grace. God opposes the proud but gives his grace to the humble. Stupid because, well think about it…what do we really have to be proud about? What do we have that God has not given? Since God has given it then why do we boast as it has come from ourselves?