Praise to Jesus, HEAD OF THE BODY, the CHURCH
“He (Christ) is also HEAD OF THE BODY, THE CHURCH;”
Christ is the founder of the church: the body of believers. Therefore, Christ is the rightful HEAD. And, as a body is lifeless without its head, so our churches are lifeless apart from Christ. We may serve in our church, but if we serve in our own strength, it’s just that – “ours.” What Christ seeks are people like Steven, a disciple in the early church. His job was to serve food to the widows. That might seem like an insignificant task that anybody could do. But listen to whom was sought for the assignment: men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom. (Acts 6:3) Acts 6-7 is a good reminder of how God uses Christians who are filled with the Spirit. Thank you for your service in the church. Be encouraged that as you prayerfully ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit, He’ll use you to His glory.
Lord Jesus, we praise You, HEAD OF THE CHURCH. Fill us with Your Spirit and wisdom so our words and actions are done in Your power and strength; for Your glory.
Praise to Jesus, HEAD OF EVERY MAN
“But I want you to understand that Christ is the head of every man,….”
The word “but” is an important word and has significance. In 1 Corinthians 11:1, the apostle Paul encourages believers to imitate him in seeking the good of others over the good of oneself. However, he is quick to follow his statement by explaining that he is merely an imitator of Christ. Christ is the true HEAD OF EVERY MAN and is the one we are to follow. Isn’t it wonderful that we have Christ as our HEAD leader?
Lord Jesus Christ, HEAD OF EVERY MAN, we praise You, our leader and the one we can imitate!
Praise to Jesus, the GUILT OFFERING
“But the Lord was pleased To crush Him (Jesus), putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a GUILT OFFERING…“
Did you know that God distinguishes between when we sin unintentionally and when we intentionally sin? Yes, He notices. Yet, regardless of whether we were aware or unaware that our behavior was unholy and wrong, God still forgives us. Christ was willing to lay down His life as a GUILT OFFERING for our sin. What a great and wonderful God the Father and Son!
Lord Jesus, we praise You for willingly laying down Your life as a GUILT OFFERING so that we might be forgiven.
Praise to GOD, OUR GUIDE
“I will lead the blind by a way they do not know, In paths they do not know I will GUIDE them.”
Can you imagine being blind and not having anyone to guide you? As difficult as it would be to be physically blind, so it is to be spiritually blind. But God does not leave us groping in spiritual darkness. Rather, He provides Himself as our GUIDE. He GUIDES us on paths of righteousness. He GUIDES us on paths of light toward heaven.
I praise You, my Lord and my GUIDE!
Praying for You
One step at a time. One moment at a time. One day at a time.
Praise to the GUARDIAN OF MY SOUL
“…you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and
Guardian of your souls.”
Of the many ways God is described, I love Peter’s description of Him as the Guardian of your souls. What more could any of us want than to have God as the guardian of our souls? When writing about this attribute in Pray with Purpose, Live with Passion, I discovered that the word “guardian” is translated from the Greek word episkopos and means an “overseer, a man charged with the duty of seeing that things done by another are done rightly.” (page 98) I’m glad God is the Guardian of my soul. Aren’t you glad He’s the Guardian of your soul?
LORD, thank You for being the GUARDIAN OF OUR SOULS.
Praise to GOD, GREAT IN LOVINGKINDNESS
“The Lord is gracious and merciful; Slow to anger and GREAT IN LOVINGKINDNESS.”
Many people don’t know what it means to be the object of someone’s love; or perhaps of great love. But we do. If we’re a Christian, we’ve acknowledged God’s great lovingkindness in sending His Son to die on the cross for our sins. Instead of being the recipients of God’s anger, we’re the recipients of God’s GREAT LOVINGKINDNESS. That’s a reason to shout, friends. That’s a reason to praise!
LORD God, we rejoice and praise You who are GREAT in LOVINGKINDNESS! Thank You for Your love. Thank You for Your kindness. Thank You for Your GREAT LOVINGKINDNESS!
You can record your thankfulness to God for His GREAT LOVINGKINDNESS in the Meditations, Notes, and Prayers section of Prayers of My Heart.
Praise to GOD Who is GREAT
“For You are GREAT and do wondrous deeds; You alone are God.”
Are you hurting, struggling, or stressed? If so, are you crying out to God? That’s what David did; as recorded in Psalm 86. His accolade to God in which he praises Him for being great is not a mindless platitude. Rather, his words are framed in the midst of his afflictions and needs; of him crying out to God. When David states, “You are GREAT and do wondrous deeds;” David is professing his trust in God’s GREATNESS. He is looking at the heavens and saying, “You alone are God. I know nothing is too difficult for You. I know You can help me, so do it!” Do you need to affirm your faith in God’s GREATNESS today? Do you need to say those words?
LORD, You are GREAT and do wondrous deeds! I’m so thankful to have You in my life and look forward to seeing how You work things out.
Record the GREAT things God has done in the past and the great things you are praying He will do in Prayers of My Heart, a keepsake journal of your prayers to God and His answers.
Praise to GOD Who is GRACIOUS
“Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and GRACIOUS, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;”
God led the enslaved Israelites OUT of Egyptian bondage. Moses ascended the mountain where God wrote the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. Moses came down the mountain to find the people playing like harlots. They danced around a golden calf and worshipped it. God’s anger burned. Moses’s anger burned. Moses threw the tablets; shatterering them. Fast forward. The people repented. God called Moses to return to Him on the mountain top and to bring two more tablets of stone. Then the Lord passed in front of Moses and proclaimed His GRACIOUSNESS. Are you grateful for God’s graciousness toward you? If so, praise Him now.
LORD, You are GRACIOUS toward us; not holding our sins against us; but rather, giving us new days and new opportunities. We are thankful beyond words for You. Thank You, Lord God, for being so graciousness.
Each day record a way in which God has been GRACIOUS TO YOU. The Month-At-A Glance section of your Prayers of My Heart JOURNAL is a perfect place.
Praise to the GOOD SHEPHERD
“I am the good shepherd; the good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.”
David describes God as good, as we saw in yesterday’s blog post of Psalm 34:8. Jesus describes Himself as the good shepherd. He wasn’t bragging. Rather, He wanted us to know that He isn’t a tyrant or trickster. We don’t have to be afraid of Him. We can trust ourselves to His care. Are you worried about your future? God is good. Jesus is the good shepherd. Try God out for size. Feast your eyes on what He says in the Bible. Follow Jesus, the good shepherd. “Good” awaits you.
Christ Jesus, You are the GOOD SHEPHERD who has laid down Your life for me. Thank You! I love You.
Record the ways the GOOD SHEPHERD is leading you in the Meditations section of your Prayers of My Heart JOURNAL. It will remind you that God is GOOD and give you further reason to praise His holy name.