September 11, 2014

Read: Luke 6:43-45

College students have a way of rolling out of bed, pulling on sufficient clothing, and heading to class without much thought. For many, it's their way of life for four years ... surviving all-night study sessions, waking up with Dunkin Donuts, and moving through their class schedule - one class, one day, one semester at a time.

But what's happening on the inside on these students? Are they retaining the material their professors have prepared for them? Are they taking the extra steps to maximize their college experience ... applying for internships? attending leadership seminars? leading student organizations? The only way to know for sure what's inside of these students is to evaluate their actions. Are they passing the tests? Are they keeping office hours? Are they responsible for student groups?

Like the Christian life, our beliefs are evaluated by our actions. What are your actions saying about you today? Evaluate what's on the inside, confess if necessary, and return to the faithful walk God called you to.

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 spiritual insight and understanding of His Word.  Ask Him to help you know what is His direction and purpose for your life.  Intercede for other believers, personal friends, those in ministry and those who are oppressed and in need. Offer prayers for your activities for this day and any special concerns you might have.