Prayer Focus

Left Behind!  Who hasn’t at least heard of this series of books and movies made about those left behind at the time of the Rapture!  Great details go into preparing people who miss the rapture.  Of course, much of it is speculation.  No one knows what will truly happen.  Though many will be saved, there will also be many, many more who are not saved.  Paul even goes so far as to say that God will send a strong delusion and that unbelievers will believe a lie.  The best thing we can do now is to pray for lost souls within our sphere.  As we pray, seek God’s wisdom on how to reach them.

It has been my experience that fasting for souls is very fruitful.  Let us have compassion on those God has placed around us by praying and fasting for them today.  Let us pray that blinded eyes would be opened and that people are set free from the god of this world before the Rapture!

Sept. 28 sermon recording

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Legacy assignments for Oct. 1

Jonah (pg. 892)

Get Ready (pg. 1161)

Bragging Rights (pg. 737)

 

Jonah:

 

How does Jonah’s story apply to your life? For example, how do you pray for and treat people

who have deeply offended you?

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See article on page 892 of the Legacy Bible.

Related scripture:  2 Kings 14:25; Matthew 12:38-41; 16:4; Luke 11:29-32

 

Get Ready: 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:28

 

To encourage the believers at Thessalonica, Paul reminded them of Christ’s imminent return.

Through the centuries, the second coming has always inspired hope among believers. Although

no one knows the exact time of Christ’s return, we should always be prepared. This means living

as He wants us to, obeying His Word and sharing His love.

 

The second coming gives me hope because…

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Because I have this hope, I live with these values and passions:

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Related scripture:  Matthew 24-25; 2 Timothy 4:6-8; 1 Peter 4:7-11

 

Bragging Rights: Jeremiah 9:23-24

 

People often trust exclusively in their intelligence, creativity, position, power or wealth. These

attributes and possessions are not bad in themselves, but we should never stake our identity in

them. Through Jeremiah, God tells us to place our confidence in Him alone. God alone is sovereign,

with the power to make a difference in our lives and in our world.

 

Things I have boasted about that have proven to be meaningless:

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Here’s how I would brag about God:

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Related scripture:  2 Corinthians 11:16-12:10; Galatians 6:14; Philippians 3:1-11

Devotional Thought

Today we are praying and fasting for all of our students, from preschool through college.  As you pray, take the words of Paul and make it your prayer for our students:

Pray also for me,that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

We have students who must be willing to speak fearlessly as they represent Jesus Christ as campus missionaries.  Pray for them, that they will have the words to say and that they be fearless in regards to the gospel.  And then, after you’ve prayed for them… pray that you too will be given the words to speak so that you also can fearlessly declare the gospel of Jesus Christ as you should.

Prayer Focus

“Behold, children are a gift of the LORD.” (Psalm 127:3)

The Word of God tells us that our children are a gift from Him.  The word used here is a word rarely used; it actually means an inheritance.  Children are God’s gift as an inheritance to us.  As we look forward to the national “See You at the Pole” day on Wednesday, let us keep our children and grandchildren as a fasting prayer focus today.  As we draw closer and closer to the times of the end, our children, grandchildren or children we minister to in any way, will face more and more challenges.  Let them know you are behind them all the way.

Legacy assignments for Sept. 24

Changed Lives (pg. 1106)

Building to Last (pg. 920)

A Look Back (pg. 924)

The Road to Greatness (pg. 1151)

 

Changed Lives:  Romans 12: 1-2

 

Paul wrote in Romans 12:1-2 that believers should offer themselves as living sacrifices and not be pressed

into the world’s mold but be transformed in all they do and think.

 

As I presented my life to God in the past, He transformed in these ways:

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Now I sense that God is transforming me in these new ways:

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I hope that you allow God to transform you by…

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Related scripture: 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 2 Cor. 3:17-18; Ephesians 4:20-24; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 29

 

Building to Last: Zechariah 4:6

 

As the governor of Judah in the days of Zechariah, Zerubbabel had been charged with rebuilding the

temple in Jerusalem (see Haggai 1). Zechariah encouraged the governor with a promise that success

would come through God’s power, not his own might.

 

Things I have attempted to build in my life with God’s strength:

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What I am building now that I want to last:

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Related scripture: Psalm 127:1; Matthew 7:24-27; 1 Corinthians 3:10-15

 

A Look Back  

Some of my favorite hobbies or pastimes have been (and continue to be)…

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The Road To Greatness: Philippians 2:1-11

In a world in which greatness is obtained with a “dog-eat-dog” mentality derived from self-service and

self- importance, Jesus’ call for humility and selflessness can seem very out of step. However, no matter

how out of step it may appear, Jesus’ way is the only road to greatness. As believers, His way is the path

we are all called to follow.

 

People who have modeled humility and servanthood for me include…

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Here’s how I have struggled with being a servant:

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Here’s how I have experienced true joy in serving:

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Related scripture:  Mark 10:35-45; Luke 14:7-11; John 13:1-17; 1 Peter 5:1-5

Legacy assignments for Sept. 17

Transforming Truths (pg. 1102)

Bought Back (pg. 862)

 

Transforming Truths: Romans 8

Romans 8 is one of the most powerful chapters in all of Scripture. In it Paul talks about our

forgiveness and freedom in Christ, God’s great plan for our lives and God’s pervasive presence and love.

 

These are my favorite verses in this chapter:

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Because…

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Related scripture:  Jeremiah 29:11-13; Ephesians 1:3-14; 1 John 3:1-3

 

Bought Back:   Hosea 1-3

God used Hosea’s family life to illustrate His message of love and forgiveness. He told Hosea to marry

Gomer but warned that she would be a lesson for all the people of Israel. Gomer ran into the arms of

other men, falsely believing they could give her what she craved. Eventually, however, she evidently

accumulated so much debt that she had to sell herself into slavery. Then Hosea, in a tender picture of

God’s love, bought Gomer’s freedom and took her back home. Hosea explained to Israel, “You are this woman.”

 

Ways that I have been like Gomer by giving in to the pressures of the world believing it would give me what I wanted:

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How God’s love won my heart:

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Related scripture:  Luke 15:11-32; Romans 5:6-11; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 1 Peter 1:17-19

Prayer Focus

What does fasting look like for you?

The easiest time for fasting for me was when I was a young adult just out of high school, newly born-again.  All I had to do was tell my mom not to cook for me for 2 or 3 days.  I didn’t have to take care of anyone, had no health issues, etc.  I could just meet with other believers in the evenings and fellowship or pray.  Zooming forward ten years later, I had four children and a husband to care for.  Even if I was fasting, I had to cook and clean up after the kids.  There was a constant stream of mommy, mommy.  Fasting began to take a back seat.  I found at this time that fasting breakfast-lunch would be the most successful for me.  Prayer was tricky.  John Wesley’s mother, who had 13 or more children, put her apron over her head.  When she did that, the children knew not to bother momma.  The story tellers forget to mention that Suzanna had a cook, maid, and nannies.  I can only imagine if I put an apron over my head what would have happened.  For me, prayer had to be an hour before everyone was awake.  Now, there are no children to take care of.  My husband will cook for himself if I need him to.  However, there are still other issues.  I guess what I am trying to say is that often in life, there is no “perfect” time in which fasting is convenient.

Jesus, as busy as He was, found special times to fast and to pray extended periods of time, sometimes all night!  I think the best plan for each of us is to go before the Lord in all honesty and ask for guidance.  The Holy Spirit is all-wise and can lead us if we want to be led.  Press on today as we fast.  Let the Holy Spirit lead and let us follow.

Joyce Lascoe

Legacy assignments for Sept. 10

Warning (pg. 1156)

Work It Out (pg. 1157)

Thank Goodness (pg. 576)

 

Warning: Colossians 2

The Colossians were being influenced by false teachers, so Paul wrote and told them to beware

of empty ideas and to focus on Christ and the truth they had received. The world is filled with

many different ideas. Taken at face value, discerning which ones are true can be difficult. But God’s

Word is truth, so that’s what we need to study and follow.

 

I once believed these ideas that later proved to be untrue:

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Here’s how I have experienced God’s Word as a “lamp to my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105):

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Related scripture: Psalm 1; Proverbs 14:12; John 17:13-19; 2 Timothy 3:14-17

 

Work It Out:  Colossians 3:23-24

In speaking to his original audience, Paul was telling Christian slaves to work hard at whatever they

were doing, as though they were working for God and not for humans. We can expand that principle

to apply to our view of work as an opportunity to serve the Lord; it’s a gift from Him, not just a way

to pass time (see also Colossians 3:17). After all, God has revealed Himself as a worker, and He greatly

values both the work and the individual.

 

I could improve my attitude about work…

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I have learned these lessons through work:

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Here’s how I have made God my partner at work:

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Related scripture: Genesis 1:27-28;2:15; Ecclesiastes 3;13-14,22; Ephesians 6:7-8

 

 

Thank Goodness: Psalm 103

 

In Psalm 103 David expressed his profound gratitude to God, listing a number of God’s acts and

attributes for which he was grateful. Making a list like this changes our focus and recalibrates our hearts.

 

Here’s a list of God’s acts in my life for which I am grateful:

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Related scripture: 1 Chron. 16:7-36; Romans 1:18-23; Ephesians 5:18-20; Colossians 3:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18