ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
PATIENCE OF GOD Divine patience is the power of control which God exercises over Himself, causing Him to bear with the wicked and forebear so long in punishing them.
Nahum 1:3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power.
Praise God for His Patience
Praise God that He was and is patient with you. Thank God for His patience. Praise God that patience is no struggle for Him. He exercises patience without effort.
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 our government leaders. Pray for Mayor Whipple. Pray for Governor Kelly, and pray for President Biden.
2 Timothy 1 – Christian Standard Bible
1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by God’s will, for the sake of the promise of life in Christ Jesus:
2 To Timothy, my dearly loved son.
Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
3 I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience as my ancestors did, when I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day. 4 Remembering your tears, I long to see you so that I may be filled with joy. 5 I recall your sincere faith that first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and now, I am convinced, is in you also.
6 Therefore, I remind you to rekindle the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but one of power,[a] love, and sound judgment.
Not Ashamed of the Gospel
8 So don’t be ashamed of the testimony about our Lord, or of me his prisoner. Instead, share in suffering for the gospel, relying on the power of God. 9 He has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time began. 10 This has now been made evident through the appearing of our Savior Christ Jesus, who has abolished death and has brought life and immortality to light through the gospel. 11 For this gospel I was appointed a herald, apostle, and teacher,[b] 12 and that is why I suffer these things. But I am not ashamed, because I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that he is able to guard what has been entrusted to me[c] until that day.
Be Loyal to the Faith
13 Hold on to the pattern of sound teaching that you have heard from me, in the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus. 14 Guard the good deposit through the Holy Spirit who lives in us. 15 You know that all those in the province of Asia have deserted me, including Phygelus and Hermogenes. 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, because he often refreshed me and was not ashamed of my chains. 17 On the contrary, when he was in Rome, he diligently searched for me and found me. 18 May the Lord grant that he obtain mercy from him on that day. You know very well how much he ministered at Ephesus.
You don’t need new truth. If you know the basics of the gospel you have enough truth to thrive. You don’t need a new experience. If you have believed and received the gospel you have the one experience that you need to thrive and endure. You don’t need more emotions. If you get them, great. If you don’t get them, you will be okay if you have believed the gospel and continue to believe it for your day-to-day endurance and life purpose. You don’t need a new job, house, friend, car, church, group, quality of health. If you get them, fine. But if you have the gospel, you have all you need. Simplistic? No, this is true. It is simple, but it is not simplistic. The joy of contentment is right in front of us. God has made it available. We have to continually reach out and receive this gift. We cannot succumb to the gravitational pull of self and discontent. Please don’t trade your spiritual birthright for a “bowl of soup.” Live today as a son or daughter of God. In him, you have all you need.