Daily Devotion

PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL WARFARE

 

Almighty and everlasting Father, we thank You for being our point man and rear guard. We thank You for watching over our coming and going both now and forevermore! We thank You that no matter how hard things get, You are with us. We thank you for how you strengthen us and help us and hold us up with Your victorious right hand.

 For all authority and power is Yours Jesus. For in You all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through You and for You.

 As so we ask Holy Spirit, help us to be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power. Show us how to put on the full armor of God, so that we can stand against the devil’s schemes in Fifth Ward, in our own lives and in the community of faith – Sloan Memorial UMC. Send Your angel armies to stand in the gap with us and to tear down every spiritual stronghold.  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 

 Jesus assist us in putting on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, we may be able to stand our ground. May the belt of truth be around our waist, and the breastplate of righteousness guard our heart. Place shoes on our feet that will help us walk and deliver Your peace to those in Fifth Ward and beyond.  Strengthen us to take up the shield of faith, with which we can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Guard our minds with the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is Your Word God. Remind us to stand in the gap and pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. 

 Gracious Father, please forgive us for those times when we’ve doubted your power, and given in, or given up in the face of evil. Help us to forgive others the way you have forgiven us, and to bear no grudge or resentment against them.

 Thank You, Holy Spirit, for helping us not yield to temptation and for delivering us from the evil one.

 All honor and glory to You God forever and ever! You are the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; You alone are God. In Jesus’ Holy Name we pray. Amen.

 Based on: Isaiah 52:12; Psalm 121:8; Isaiah 41:10; Matthew 28:18; Colossians 1:16; Ephesians 6:10-18; Matthew 6:12-13; 1 Timothy 1:17.

 

  "All In" Manifesto

From Mark Batterson’s “ALL IN” –

Resource for Sloan’s Current Bible Study Sessions.

 

 

 Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death.

Set God-sized goals.  Pursue God-ordained passions.

Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention.

Keep asking questions.  Keep making mistakes.  Keep seeking God.

Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution.

Stop repeating the past and start creating the future.

Stop playing it safe and start taking risks.

 Expand your horizons.  Accumulate experiences.  Enjoy the journey.

Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can.

Live like today is the first day and the last day of your life.

Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God.

Burn sinful bridges.  Blaze new trails.

Don’t let fear dictate your decisions.  Take a flying leap of faith.

 Quit holding out.  Quit holding back.

Push all of your chips to the middle of the table.

It’s time to ante up all of your faith.

It’s time to go all in.

It’s time to go all out.

 

 

 

1 Corinthians 13 - The Message (MSG)

The Way of Love

13 If I speak with human eloquence and angelic ecstasy but don’t love, I’m nothing but the creaking of a rusty gate.

If I speak God’s Word with power, revealing all his mysteries and making everything plain as day, and if I have faith that says to a mountain, “Jump,” and it jumps, but I don’t love, I’m nothing.

3-7 If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

8-10 Love never dies. Inspired speech will be over some day; praying in tongues will end; understanding will reach its limit. We know only a portion of the truth, and what we say about God is always incomplete. But when the Complete arrives, our incompletes will be canceled.

11 When I was an infant at my mother’s breast, I gurgled and cooed like any infant. When I grew up, I left those infant ways for good.

12 We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t be long before the weather clears and the sun shines bright! We’ll see it all then, see it all as clearly as God sees us, knowing him directly just as he knows us!

13 But for right now, until that completeness, we have three things to do to lead us toward that consummation: Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly. And the best of the three is love.

 

10 Scriptural Affirmations

for Students

 

There are certain Biblical truths that students should grow up knowing with absolute confidence.  The world will inundate them with many thoughts and ideas, but if the Word of God is firmly established in their hearts, they will be able to separate “the truth” from “the lies”.  Below are ten affirmations every student should know!  They reflect God’s promises of a successful future, freedom from fear, a sound mind, and more!

 I am loved by God. – John 3:16

God has a great plan for my life. – Jeremiah 29:11

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Philippians 4:13

I am healed by the stripes of Jesus. – I Peter 2:24

God supplies all my needs. – Philippians 4:19

I have the  mind of Christ. – I Corinthians 2:16

All things are possible to me because I believe. – Mark 9:23

Greater is He that is in me that he that is in the world. – I John 4:4

God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind. – 2 Timothy 1:7

God satisfies me with  long life and shows me His salvation. – Psalm 91:16   

 

 

 "SCRIPTURE AFFIRMATIONS"

as shared by REV. AUDREY MITCHELL

We need to be in agreement with God about

WHO WE ARE and WHAT WE CAN DO "WITH HIS HELP"!

 

 

 

     It's not enough to just read scriptures. We have to make them personal and apply them to our lives. That's where "SCRIPTURE AFFIRMATIONS" come in. They are the first step to take in applying God's Word to our lives. Repeat these affirmations until your mind repeats them back to you; and then repeat them some more. Write them in your PRAYER JOURNAL! Tape them up in your WAR ROOM! Post them on your refrigerator, on your bathroom mirror, on the console of your car/truck. "SCRIPTURE AFFIRMATIONS" are high-powered food supplements for your spirit!

   

"SCRIPTURE AFFIRMATIONS"

These are power tools for the Christian, scriptures quoted as affirmations that when you speak out loud in Jesus' name, you command your body, your mind, and even your demons to do what you say.

 

Proverbs 3:5-6 (MSG)   I trust God from the bottom of my heart; I don't try to figure out anything on my own. I listen for God's voice in everything I do, everywhere I go; He's the one who will keep me on track.

 

Colossians 1:13-14 (MSG)   God rescued me from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He's set me up in the kingdom of His Son He loves so much, the Son who got me out of the pit I was in, got rid of the sins I was doomed to keep repeating.

 

Psalm 27:1 (MSG)   Light, space, zest - that's my God! So with Him on my side I'm fearless, afraid of no one and nothing.

 

Philippians 4: 13 (MSG)   Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am.

 

Colossians 3:16 (MSG)   I let the Word of Christ-the Message-have the run of the house. I give it plenty of room in my life to instruct and direct me, using good common sense. And sing, I sing my heart out to God.

 

John 10: 4-5 (MSG)   The Good Shepherd leads me and I follow Him because I am familiar with His voice. I won't follow a stranger's voice, but will scatter because I am not used to the sound of it.

 

Nehemiah 8:10 (MSG)   He told me to go home and prepare a feast, holiday food and drink; and share it with those who don't have anything. This day is holy to God. I don't feel bad.  The joy of the Lord is my strength!

 

I Peter 2:24 (MSG)   He used His servant body to carry my sins to the Cross, so that I could be rid of sin, free to live the right way. His wounds became my healing.

 

Psalm 138:8b (MSG)   Finish what you started in me, God. Your love is eternal - don't quit on me now.

 

Psalm 91:10-11 (MSG)   Evil can't get close to me, harm can't get through the door. He ordered His angels to guard me wherever I go.

  

"Pray Without Ceasing"

"Pray without ceasing.  In every thing give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." 

 -1Thessalonians 5:17-18

 

 9:00 AM

Thank God for another day! - “Lord’s Prayer” Get Dressed! - “Put on the FULL ARMOR of God”

12:00 NOON

Let your petitions be made known to Almighty God!   

3:00 PM

Praise HIM! . . . Just because of who HE is!

6:00 PM

Thank HIM for “traveling grace”!   Praise HIM for yet another day’s journey!

 

Remember our Sick and Shut-In Members 

with a card, a call, but most of all,

remember them in your prayers.  

Prayer Changes Things!!!

 

 

Ms. Betty Conley

Mr. Robert Conley

Ms. Elva Jean Foster

Mr. John Gilliam

Ms. Doris Harvey

Ms. Vanessa Hawkins

Ms. Myrtlene Hooey

Mr. Luke Hopkins, Sr.

Ms. Pshaun Hopkins

 Mr. Theodore Hunter, Sr.

Ms. Hazel Johnson

Ms. Margie Lewis 

Ms. Berdine Randle

Mr. Arthur Sewall

Ms. Bobbie Walton

Ms. Mary Welcome 

 Ms. Paulette Williams

 Ms. Celestine Johnson 

Whatever You Do . . . Don't Stop Praying!

 "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving." - Colossians 4:2

  Note:  Sloan UMC "Prayer Journals" - Don't Leave Home Without Them!

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