ADORATION – Reflect on God’s Greatness
GOD IS SELF-SUFFICIENT
All things are God’s to give, and all that is given is given by Him. He can receive nothing that He has not already given us.
The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Praise the Self-Sufficient God
You rely on God for everything. Praise Him because He is self-reliant. Praise Him that He gives freely. Confess your reliance on Him.
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 Amelia. Ask God to use her as she serves overseas. Pray that people would come to faith in Christ through her faithful work. Ask God to encourage her.
James 1:18-26 – New International Version
18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.
Listening and Doing
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless.
Are you worried that someone out there somewhere has discovered something that undermines the truth of the Bible and the Christian faith? You may have heard rumors or read articles that “they” have found “this,” and that means the end of confident faith. Nonsense. Who are “they” and what have they found? Nothing. There is nothing to be found that would undermine God and his word. How could there be? God is there, and his word is true. What has happened over and over is some “smart” person has presumed to have discovered something catastrophic to faith, but soon that smart person becomes a dead person, and their theories die with them. It is important that you have full confidence in God and in God’s word. How will you give your life for something you are not quite sure about? This doesn’t mean you can’t have any doubts. It doesn’t mean you won’t struggle from time to time with wondering about how it all works. But you can, and you must, put this to rest once and for all…God has proven himself to be reliable, and his word has proven itself to be true. Settle this. Then when you have questions, don’t question God or his word, just go about looking for answers to the questions. Billy Graham struggled as a younger man with whether the Bible was true. It was a gut-wrenching time for him, and it could have gone either way in his mind and life. He came out on the side of full confidence in God’s word, and he never looked back. The outcome was a life full of God’s power because of full confidence in God’s word.