Evening Prayer

PUT ON A NEW SELF 
Colossians 3:5-10

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that you will put to death whatever belongs to your earthly nature. God has sent His Holy Spirit to live in you; to give you a new nature. Therefore, may you keep out any remnant of your old self -immorality, evil desires, and idolatry . May you have no tolerance for lies and filthy language. I pray that you will make every effort to completely rid yourself of your old nature and practices. Since you have been born again by the Spirit, I pray that you will put on the new self and continually be renewed in the image of Christ.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Days of Heaven Upon Earth

Ye are not in the flesh but in the Spirit if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ he is none of His
~ Rom 8:9

A spiritual man is not so much a man possessing a strong spiritual character as a man filled with the Holy Spirit. So the apostle said: Ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you.

The glory of the new creation, then, is not only that it recreates the human spirit, but that it fits it for the abode of God Himself, and makes it dependent upon the sun, as the child upon the mother. The highest spirituality, therefore, is the most utter helplessness, the most entire dependence and the most complete possession of the Holy Spirit. Therefore, the beautiful act of Christ in breathing upon His disciples, and imparting to them from His own lips the very Spirit that was already in Him, expressed in the most vivid manner the crowning glory of the new creation. And when the Holy Spirit thus possesses us, He fills every part of our being.

God Chose to Save

For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9 [NLT]

After reading through the Old Testament people often mistake God as being quick to anger. This is further from the truth. God saved us by offering up His son as a sacrifice. He did this so that we can have a personal relationship with Him. He hears your prayers and responds to your heart with love. He showers you with blessings and brings healing to your life. Our God chose to save us out of love, not anger. If you see God as an angry God, take a closer look. 

Evening Prayer

CLOTHED IN PATIENCE 
Proverbs 19:11, 25:15; Ecclesiastes 7:8; Colossians 3:12

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that God will bless you with extraordinary patience. May you not be easily offended by those who affront you – remember that it is to your glory to overlook an offense. May you exercise self-control in discussions and arguments. May you constantly cultivate forbearance and remove pride from your heart. As God’s chosen, may you clothe yourself with patience.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Walk With The Wise

Walk with the wise and become wise; associate with fools and get in trouble.
~ Proverbs 13:20 [NLT]

We can all learn a thing or two from who we spend time with.  The question is whether the person we spend time with is making us a better person in turn.  When we are around others we begin to see different viewpoints, attitudes, and behaviors.  Over time, our minds embrace these thoughts which can make us either a healthier person or lead us down a foolish path.  Are you walking with wise people who share their wisdom to you? 

Eternal Perspectives

While Scripture places a value upon the ability of a person to act in an unconstrained or uncoerced way, it places a greater value upon the individual acting in accordance with the truth, in accordance with what is right. “Freedom” in Scripture is not the freedom that an amoral individual has to do what he wants to do; it is the service of God. It is this freedom, in contrast to the bondage to sin, that Christ promised to his followers (John 8:32-6). So however “free”—politically, financially or in other ways—a person may be, if his uncoerced choices are sinful then that person is not free but is in bondage. 

The freedom of heaven, then, is the freedom from sin; not that the believer just happens to be free from sin, but that he is so constituted or reconstituted that he cannot sin. He does not want to sin, and he does not want to want to sin.

~ Paul Helm, [The Last Things]