Everything today feels so overwhelming. All my problems seem insurmountable and I cannot see over this hill.
Lord I pray that you will be the sunshine at the end of this dark night in my life and deliver me from oppression, depression and doubt. Lord, let my mind and my eyes be open to your signs and messages, in Jesus’s name amen.
In a recent study conducted by ChristianMingle.com, Christian singles between the ages of 18 to 59 were asked, “Would you have sex before marriage?” The response? Sixty-three percent of the single Christian respondents indicated yes. In my 30 years of youth and adult ministry experience, this is as unfiltered, direct and honest as a question and answer can be.
It is equally honest to say that nearly nine out of 10 self-proclaimed single Christians are, in practice, sexual atheists. In other words, God has nothing to say to them on that subject of any consequence or, at least, anything meaningful enough to dissuade them from following their own course of conduct. It is the ultimate oxymoron. A person who at once believes in a wise, sovereign and loving God who created them and all things, can also believe simultaneously He should not, cannot or will not inform their thinking or living sexually. It reminds me of those famous red letters in Luke’s Gospel where Jesus says, “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46, NIV). There is disconnect between identity and activity.
Dear Lord, Thank you for this day. Thank you for my being able to see, to hear, to speak, to move about this morning. I’m blessed because you are a forgiving and understanding God. You have done so much for me. I have witnessed your hand of blessing, your miraculous power in my life and the lives of those I love, and you just keep on blessing me.
Forgive me this day for everything I have done, said or thought that was not pleasing to you. I ask now for your forgiveness.
Please keep me, my family, and my church family safe from all danger and harm. Help me to start this day with a positive and Christ-focused attitude and plenty of gratitude. Please clear my mind of distractions so that I can hear from you and please direct my steps today. Thank you so much, in Jesus’ name, amen.
I thank you for all the good men whom you have placed on this earth to be godly men and loving fathers. Jesus, you have called them to reproduce and stand by their children. Many have walked away, become abusers and have lost themselves; but LordGod we know you can turn many of them, back home. You can change their ways and you can open and soften their hearts. Lord bring healing and love to them.
Heavenly Father, I pray that you continue to be a sovereign God in all these fathers’ lives and they will know and acknowledge you as Jehovah. Jesus, I pray for single fathers, biological fathers, drunken and drugged fathers, spiritual fathers and adoptive fathers. Be their beckon, their God and their Father, in Jesus name, Amen.
Being a godly woman does not mean that you give up all of your own ideas, opinions, desires, feelings, emotions, convictions, plans and dreams. It does mean that you submit all of yourself and all of these things to Christ and seek His will above your own.
Proverbs 3 (KJV)
5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Being a godly woman does not mean that you give up all of your own ideas, opinions, desires, feelings, emotions, convictions, plans and dreams. It does mean that you submit all of yourself and all of these things to Christ and seek His will above your own. But – you will still be making a lot of choices for yourself – whether you are single or married. It is important for you to be able to think for yourself, my sisters!
IF YOU ARE SINGLE:
You will need to be able to make decisions like –
Do you want to go to college? What should you major in? What is God’s will?
What does God desire you to do about a career?
Deciding where to go to church and how to serve and minister to others
God calls some to the mission field, others to be accountants, and others to be advertising executives, and still others to be construction workers. God never made a distinction between sacred and secular. In fact, the Hebrew word avodah is the root word having the same meaning of “work” and “worship.”
One of the great tragedies of the Christian life is that if we fail to enter into a relationship with God that is born of the Holy Spirit, we are left with a religion, not a relationship. Many a person today lives with an intellectual belief in God, but without a relationship that is based on two-way communication. This is the greatest tragedy of all. It’s like having a brand-new car but never having the gas to run it. It can’t move you anywhere. It only looks pretty, but one cannot enjoy the ride or smell the newness inside.
Everybody is either in a trial now or between trials. You have either just had one, you are going to have one, or you are having one. But why call it a “fiery” trial as Peter does? This is because by its light the fire reveals precisely what we are spiritually.
It is apparent, of course, that this only appeals to those who have a desire to be godly.
These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. —1 Peter 1:7
Excerpted from When God Says “Well Done!” (Christian Focus Publications Ltd., 1993).