Commitment — Day 20

Believe It

Acts 5:29 “Peter and the other apostles replied: ‘We must obey God rather than human beings!”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Commitment is action, not words. A more complete reading of Acts 4 shows us that when the disciples spoke of their commitment to God, they showed it more with acts than with words. They were even ready to give their lives for what they believed. Now ask yourself this: Are you willing to do for truth what others are willing to do for lies?
  2. Commitment is permanent, not temporary. We live in a world without much commitment. People get married and divorced, and married again without giving it much thought. They change their jobs, their homes, their business partners, and even their way of thinking, based many times on how they feel. Loyalty is rare. But notice what the apostles said when confronted with hardship: “We must obey.” For them, commitment was not influenced by their present situation. Hardship made them even bolder!
  3. Covenants are made with God, not with others. The apostles put it well when they said that it was necessary to obey God, rather than human beings. Obedience is not based on votes, surveys, or popular opinion. It always must be based on “Thus says the Lord.” It’s to Him we must give an account.

Share It

Perhaps there is a difficult decision you have been putting off, because of your reluctance to ruffle feathers and/or upset people. Maybe you need to revisit that whole process and ask yourself whether it is time to make a difficult, but right, choice.

My Prayer Today: For the local church pastors.

– Pray that God will protect them from each of Satan’s attacks.

– Pray that they will maintain balance in their lives, during this difficult and busy time.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Family — Day 19

Believe It

Romans 12:8-10: “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good.  Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Be loving. Here’s some good counsel regarding relationships: In the essentials, unity; in the non-essentials, liberty; in everything, love.
  2. Be understanding. An old proverb says: “If you wish to understand another person, walk a mile in his shoes.” It’s easy to label and categorize other people. It’s harder to take the time to understand them. But that’s the right way and it’s what God commands us to do.
  3. Be respectful. One way we show disrespect to others is when we try to force them to change. The following story illustrates this concept. A child was standing in the back seat of a car, as the father was driving on the highway. His father commanded him to sit down. He refused. After repeated threats, he finally sat down. Then he told his father: “Daddy, on the outside, I’m sitting down, but on the inside, I’m still standing.” Our objective is not to pressure others to change. We must respect their individuality. We can give suggestions, make recommendations and give counsel, but don’t make demands and threats.

Share It

Take time today to talk to a person with whom you don’t see eye to eye. Ask if he or she has a need for which you can pray, make that request to heaven today.

My Prayer Today: For special people we have invited.

– Pray that they will arrive safely.

– Pray that God will help them see for themselves the importance of starting a relationship with Him.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Healing — Day 18

Believe It

Psalm 147:2-3: “The LORD builds up Jerusalem; he gathers the exiles of Israel.  He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Your wounds are real. We need to be healed because we have real wounds. These wounds come from the hurtfulness of others and through our own wrong choices. But whatever the causes, we’re still wounded. It’s dangerous to overstate the seriousness of those wounds, but it’s equally dangerous to ignore or minimize them. Your wounds are real.
  2. Your wounds need not hold you back. Some allow the wounds of the past to determine their success in the future. You can do nothing about what has already happened. But you can control your reaction and attitude toward the past. You are not a victim. You are special to God. I would go a step further. God can transform the hurts of your past to be a blessing to others. Out of the greatest pain, God can produce the greatest blessing.
  3. Your wounds can be healed. You can choose healing. God has already prepared people, circumstances, materials, messages, and places to bring healing into your life. Ask Him today to help you find what He is already preparing for you. Remember that recovery is a process. You don’t get well in just one day, but you can get better every day.

Share It

Ask God to show you a person who is suffering because of his or her wounds. Make a commitment with God to be a part of their healing process.

My Prayer Today: For the parking attendants.

– Pray that the personal interaction with guests will be positive.

– Pray that the personal impression they make will cause guests to want to come back.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Love — Day 17

Believe It

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. God loves you. It’s very easy to say we love someone. Every year tens of thousands of couples declare their love and get married. How long does that love last? For three out of five marriages, not very long. But God’s love is different. Love is part of his very being. If God stopped loving you, He would cease to be God, for God is love.
  2. God loves you unconditionally. God does not love you more when you do good, nor less when you behave badly. It’s difficult for us to understand a love like that. We love conditionally, and when conditions chance, we usually change the level of love we express to others. Thank God He is not that way! The real question is not whether God can love you, but whether you can accept His love, even when you know you don’t deserve it.
  3. God also loves those close to you. The love of God is not limited and does not run out. There is plenty for all. A sad reality is that although God loves the whole world, the whole world doesn’t know it or understand it. In a love-impoverished world, it’s our privilege to tell others of the breadth, height, depth, and extent of God’s love.

Share It

We can express love in five different ways: Through gifts, words of affirmation, time spent together, physical affection, and acts of service. Choose one of them and share God’s love with a person who needs it today.

My Prayer Today: For the ushers.

– Pray that God will help them express His love to everyone, especially the guests.

– Pray that God will help them arrive on time each evening.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Joy — Day 16

Believe It

Nehemiah 8:10: “Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.’”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Joy is natural for the Christian. Joy is more than happiness, more than contentment. Joy runs much deeper. It is a result of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our life. As with peace, the world has tried to invent a substitute for joy. But real joy is “the joy of the Lord.”
  2. Joy does not come from outside. What is the joy of the Lord? If we’re honest with ourselves, there are many reasons not to be joyful. It seems that there is a shortage of joy. Outside of ourselves, we see many tribulations and problems. But the joy of the Lord focuses us on God and His power. Where is your focus?
  3. Joy helps your emotions. Today’s text mentions various positive consequences of having the joy of the Lord. Strength is one of the most important ones. Strength is the capacity to remain steadfast, even though your world may appear to be crumbling around you. This steadfastness does not come from a bottle of pills or the counselor’s office. It comes from Jesus Christ.

Share It

Today try to smile at people. When they ask why (and they will) just tell them God has been good.

My Prayer Today: for the children who will attend the meetings.

– Pray that God will help them understand the messages each night, making decisions to follow Jesus as their Savior and leader.

– Pray that God will cause many families to attend, bringing with them their children.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Health — Day 15

Believe It

Psalm 73:4: “They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.”

Jeremiah 33:6: “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security.”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. God is interested in my health. The two Bible texts for today are two examples among many that express God’s intense desire for His people to be healthy. One of the most terrible consequences of sin is sickness, and this is why Jesus came to earth to redeem us. Not only does He care about our spiritual wellbeing, He wants us to be healthy in every area of life.
  2. Claim Bible promises, while receiving medical care. In a study of heart-attack patients, it was shown that those for whom prayer was said experienced fewer complications, died less frequently, and recovered more quickly. Are you sick? Claim as yours God’s promises regarding health. There are two extremes to avoid. Some discount medical care and thumb their noses at anything that has to do with dependence on medicine, pills, hospital care. Others depend so much on medicine that they forget God’s promises concerning physical healing. The best option is to do both.
  3. There is a connection between physical and emotional health. The connection between body/mind/spirit is real. One affects or benefits the other. Jesus wants you to be healthy in all areas of your life. Wouldn’t you like to invite Jesus right now to touch your body, your mind, and your emotions with His health?

Share It

To promote emotional well-being, psychologists recommend doing something good for another person. What can you do today for another person?

My Prayer Today: For those who will volunteer in the children’s program.

– Pray that God will help them lovingly attend every child as Jesus would.

– Pray that God will help them maintain high energy levels throughout the week.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Witness — Day 14

Believe It

Acts 1:8: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Isaiah 43:10 “‘You are my witnesses,’ declares the LORD, ‘and my servant whom I have chosen, so that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor will there be one after me.’”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Witnesses can only talk about what they have seen and heard. In a trial, the eyewitnesses can only testify about what they have seen and heard firsthand, not what they have seen or read in the news or have heard from others. We are God’s witnesses. The same principle applies. We will be effective if we ourselves have experienced the power of God in our lives.
  2. Witnesses tell the truth everywhere, not only where they are well known. You will notice in the text that Jesus told the apostles that they would preach in Jerusalem (familiar) and in Samaria (unknown and hostile). Sometimes God asks us to share our faith in situations and places that appear unfavorable. If God is asking this of you, do it. Leave the results up to Him. He has big plans for you.
  3. A Christian has a defined purpose as he or she witnesses to others. Our purpose is to positively influence the lives of persons who live around us as we make God known. There are a lot of mistaken beliefs about who God is going around. Satan has blinded people to think He is a tyrant, that doesn’t care about us. In the Bible, the prophet Isaiah puts it this way, (God speaks): “That they may know me and believe in me, and understand who I am.” What a privilege that our God has decided to reveal Himself to the world through our testimony!

Share It

Invite someone to church today; it doesn’t matter if the person accepts or not. Leave the results up to God.

My Prayer Today: For those who will work in registration.

– Pray that God will help them maintain a good attitude.

– Pray that God will help them cope with difficult people, or situations.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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This weekend at TAF…

We hope you can join us tomorrow.  
 
Our breakfast, Bible studies and fellowship begins at 10:00am.  Our worship service will begin at 11:00am.  Thomas Watkins will bring us a message entitled Raise The Roof.  Join us for lunch afterwards as we are having soup and sandwiches.  
 
Don’t forget to check-in on Facebook each week.  TAF will make a donation to Second Harvest Food Bank for each and every check-in this month.  
 
How is your 40 days of prayer going?  Who are you specifically praying for?  How has God impacted your life through this time of prayer? 
 
A colporter from the Carolina Conference will be at TAF tomorrow with some children’s books.  See the attached flyer for more information.  
 
A screening of the movie “25 in 24” will occur Saturday night at 6:30pm at the TAF Outreach Center.  This movie follows Jon Foreman (the lead singer of Switchfoot) as he performs 25 concerts in 24 hours.  
 
Don’t forget to support TAF financially.  Together, we can continue to reach our community and present the love and saving grace of Jesus Christ.  
 
We hope to see you tomorrow!!


Victory — Day 13

Believe It

Romans 8:37-39: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Spiritual powers cannot separate us. The apostle Paul’s list is impressive. These are not insignificant forces of human origin; they are great powers held by angels, demons, and other sources. The glue that keeps us connected to God is named Jesus, and with Him it is impossible to lose your connection.
  2. Life’s situations cannot separate us. Death or life, whatever you’re going through or may go through later, nothing can separate you from the love of God. Sometimes the devil brings situations that may try seem to separate us from God. But remember that worry doesn’t solve anything. God does.
  3. Things of the world cannot separate us. I want to share three phrases you can use when temptation comes and Satan tries to separate you from your relationship with God.
    1. No.
    2. I am free in Christ.
    3. Thank-you, Jesus, for the victory.

Share It

Do you know someone who needs to experience victory? Share Point 3 with that person, and perhaps add a Bible text to support each of the three phrases.

My Prayer Today: For members of the church who perhaps have become discouraged and have stopped attending.

– Pray that God will help them return to church during the series.

– Pray that God will heal any wounds, resentment or pain they might be experiencing towards the church.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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Permanence — Day 12

Believe It

John 15:4, 5: “Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

Live It

We can learn three lessons from today’s text.

  1. Growth comes from being connected. Spiritual growth doesn’t come through one’s own efforts. There was once a boy who wanted so badly to grow, that he would hang by his arms from a metal bar, trying to stretch his body (that was me!). The only result of that experiment was that he got sore arms. Your job is to stay connected. His job is to help you grow. He won’t do yours, and you can’t do His.
  2. We produce fruit by being connected. Another result of remaining connected to Jesus is that not only do we grow, we also produce fruit.  Not only is staying connected a blessings to us, other people also see the fruit that God produces in us, and can be inspired to get connected as well. In plant life, the fruit is usually the part that carries the seed to produce other plants. What a marvelous privilege to work to expand the Kingdom of Christ in this world as we plant His seed in our communities.
  3. It’s dangerous to disconnect. “For without me, you can do nothing.” Think about these words of Jesus for a moment. Sobering, no? Nothing. Nada. Zip. Zilch. Not even a little bit. Now, think of them another way. If we can do nothing if while disconnected, how much more effective will we be if we remain connected to Jesus? Staying connected to God, is the secret to growth, expansion, freedom.

Share It

Pause three times during this day and ask God to keep you connected to Him. Become a blessing to others today.

My Prayer Today: For the sound equipment.

– Pray that everything functions properly.

– Pray that the sound engineer will be able to make it with no problems.

My Thoughts: ________________________________________________________________________

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