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Beware the Charlatans

Father, I am grateful for Your love and forgiveness, for Your mercy and grace. And those words and the reality of those words are not just concepts to be tossed about. I have experienced them and continue to experience them. I surely don’t deserve it but You day after day lavishly bless me with these things and so much more. Praise Your Holy Name! Amen!

2 Peter 2:1-3 (<<click here)

Lord, another reason that we must be diligent in reading Your word and speaking with – and listening to – You is to assure that we are not led astray. Most definitely those who proclaim Your word are not infallible, we have our struggles, we make mistakes. Because of this, Your people must be discerning. We should pray for and lift up Your servants.

But another reason we should pray for discernment is that for millennia there have been charlatans who have not been driven by desires to further Your Kingdom but instead are all about fulfilling their own agendas of power or prosperity – some, at their core, have as their goal to undermine Your Kingdom. They are all about discrediting Your Church and Your name.

I’m sure some started with their hearts in the right place but those first tastes of power and control moved things from their hearts to their heads. They were in charge. They deserved their portion of the “profits.” They, little by little, came to see themselves living above the Law.

Lord, first of all, may we all be diligent in keeping ourselves true to You – striving to immerse ourselves in the Bible and spending quality time in Your presence. Then may we fervently pray for those who lead us. May we pray for their purity of heart. May we not hesitate to come to them if realignment is necessary for their lives. May we do so in Your love but may we not shy from the responsibility. And Lord, if they will not change may we not hesitate to remove ourselves from their influence of our lives.

Help us to seek Your face and to live pure and holy lives in Your power and strength. Amen.

Mar 17th, Fri, 6:33 am

Prayer: A Foundation for Joy and Gratitude

Father, thank You so much for Your presence this weekend – in our travels, with my family, in worship, then with more family. I realize I am still a work in progress but also I am grateful that I am closer to where You want me to be than I have ever been. I know You will continue to work with me for Your love and patience is never-ending. Strengthen my resolve. Help me to hold my tongue until my head and my heart for Your glory can catch up. You alone receive the glory for who I am and where I am today!

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (<<click here)

What a goal for which to continually strive! To always be joyful, praying and thankful! As my study Bible* alludes to prayer is foundational – if we pursue prayer throughout our days it will direct us to You, Lord. In doing that, You will help us by guiding us to the best courses of action for our lives which will bring joy and gratitude as we see You at work in our lives and the peace we find in being in the center of Your will.

Lord, please help me to pray through the midst of this day. Draw my thoughts to You, help them to linger on You. Influence, by Your presence, my words and thoughts and deeds. May my life be filled with joy regardless of my circumstances for You’re with me and love me and are working in every aspect of my life. And if these things come to fruition, how can I not be grateful! Thank You, Lord!

August 3, Mon, 5:53 am

*New Living Translation Life Application Study Bible