September 17, 2014

Read: 2 Corinthians 3 

“Mom, have you ever considered just lip synching in public?  You really should.”  Just yesterday, this helpful suggestion was given to me.  You know what?  It did not hurt my feelings.  She is right.  The realization that I cannot sing is one of which I have been aware for a very long time.  It also did not make me quit singing along with the radio.  I wish I was always that confident, even when I knew I was not particularly good at something.  There have been times when I have not invited someone over because I knew my house was not very clean, and, times when I have ended up not going somewhere because I could not find something I wanted to wear, and, times when I have not volunteered to pray for someone because I was afraid they would think I was being too forward, and, times when I did not speak up for what I believed was right because I perceived those who were talking as being more important than I was, or more successful, or more articulate. The list goes on.

There is a lot of talk these days about youth culture, Millennials, Gen-X, etc.  It is said they do not tolerate the carefully crafted facade of the generations which have come before them.  My question is this, does anyone?  We may have grown accustomed to it, but we have developed a keen sense of discerning what is fake and disregarding it.  The Apostle Paul affirmed the church in Corinth by telling them, “You yourselves are our letter of recommendation, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all.”  Our lives are readable by all.  Let them shine with the image of our Lord and Savior.  They need to tell the world, not that we have arrived, but that we are being transformed.  For we all “with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.”  Once we realize that hiding our imperfections is a losing battle, we break away from the shame that has prevented us from truly embracing the truth of our lives that is seen by all.  That is that, while we may struggle and even fail, we are indeed moving forward in Christ.  We must not forget, “Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”

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 character and personal discipline, and for physical health and strength.  Ask for Him to empower you for spiritual warfare against the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil.  Ask for help regarding your activities of the day and other concerns you have.  Intercede for the poor and hungry, the oppressed and persecuted, and those in control of world resources.  Offer prayers for peace among the nations and current events and concerns.