ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
GOD IS LOVE
God’s love is so great that He gave His only Son to bring us
into fellowship with Him. His love encompasses the world, and embraces each of us personally and intimately.
1 John 4:7-10 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
Praise the God of Love
Praise Jesus because He demonstrated His love by going to the cross. Praise Jesus that He is an example of love. Praise God because He loved us even though we do not deserve love.
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 Jason and Lisa. Ask God to encouragement them, guide them, and use them as they serve overseas.
1 Timothy 2:11-15 New International Version
11 A woman should learn in quietness and full submission. 12 I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet. 13 For Adam was formed first, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner. 15 But women will be saved through childbearing—if they continue in faith, love and holiness with propriety.
The context of 1 Timothy 2 is the spirit of Christian worship. God wants us to have pure hearts as we worship him in spirit and truth. When we worship God, whether in gathered public worship on Sunday mornings or in our own devotional time in God’s word, we are submitting to God’s authority. We are acknowledging that we are not in control. We direct attention away from ourselves and remind ourselves of what is true.
One of the things that characterizes contemporary culture is a deep suspicion of authority. We can view authority as a negative thing. But, in the Christian worldview, God’s authority is not opposed to our freedom; it is the source of our freedom! God’s commands are for our good and for our flourishing.
What barriers in your life keep you from believing God’s commands are for your good? What areas in your life do you need to surrender in order to find greater freedom and greater joy in Christ?