February 13, 2015

Read: Hebrews 6:1, James 1:2-4

When building a house, you begin with a foundation, but if you stop there you will not have a place of safety and shelter in which to dwell when the wind blows and the rain comes.
 
Our relationship with Christ is much the same.  The foundation is laid once we receive Christ as our Lord and Savior.  God has so much more for us beyond salvation.  It’s not that we are to forget the elementary principles of salvation as our foundation of security, but on that foundation we build walls of faith, ceilings of love, and windows of hope to protect us when the storms of life come, establishing for us a safe dwelling place in Jesus.

There is no way to be perfect (mature) if we complain, gripe, and gossip throughout the struggles in our life. Jesus displayed perfection for us in His obedience thru the persecution and suffering He endured.  In life we will suffer, we will be persecuted, and we will be tested. The test is not so much in the suffering, but in the way we respond to it. We are to count the trials in life with ALL joy knowing that the testing of our faith has a greater purpose in moving us on to maturity in Christ.  “For the testing of our faith produces patience, and when we have allowed patience to have its perfect work,” then and only then will we be perfect (mature), complete and lacking nothing. God desires nothing less than for His followers to look just like Jesus.

Pray: 

Adoration: God is holy, mighty, gracious, and merciful. Spend time declaring your love for Him and expressing your thoughts of praise and worship. 

Confession: Ask God to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness. 

Thanksgiving: Express your thankfulness to God for the blessings He has given you. When we consider that we deserve punishment because of our sinfulness, and instead God gives to us His love and mercy, our only response should be one of thankfulness. 

Supplication: Petition God for growth in your desire to know and please Him.  Ask Him to give you a greater love and commitment to Him.  Ask Him for the grace to glorify Him in your life.  Intercede on behalf of your local church, other churches, evangelism and discipleship ministries and other concerns you may have.  Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.