Day 21 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 5

Comment of the day from 1/20/11

This chapter shows how we should be/act, we should be humble, and we should act with kindness. If we are boastful, proud and high minded then we are wrong. We must never forget that God gives the Increase, Health, Peace, Joy and Blessings. A person that is blinded by this world, will worry about what others might think, worry about paying tithes/offering, worry about spending time in prayer, outreach, worship, etc. While the world may judge us and consider us fools we should only care what the real Judge (God) will say; well done or depart from me. God knows our hearts and minds he sees all and will Judge all we are foolish if we think we can hide, our real heart and mindset will always reveal itself. For this very reason we must be Doers and not just Hearers of the Word, we must be kind, considerate and caring, and we must repent while we can, Dear Jesus forgive us.

Bro & Sis Boyd

Day 21 Prayer Focus

Today is the thirty-eighth anniversary of Roe v. Wade. Pray for a worldwide conviction of the sin of abortion and for a new perception of children as gifts from the Lord.

1 Corinthians 5

1It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.

2And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.

3For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,

4In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,

5To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

6Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?

7Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

8Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

9I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:

10Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world.

11But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

12For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within?

13But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.

 

Day 20 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 4

Comment of the Day from 1/19/11

3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

This verse tells us that no matter how much scripture we know or how many times we teach a Bible study if we still have envy, strife, or division we are carnally minded and working against God.
Romans 8:7 says “Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. ”

I would hate to get to the day of judgement and say “…Lord, Lord, have I not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?” (Matthew 7:22) and have the Lord say depart from me ye worker of iniquity.

Pastor has set the vision and it is up to us to BE CHURCH and help see the vision come to pass. We all play a part in the work that God desire to do in this city. So, we must be spiritually minded and destroy all carnality.

Marquita Crockett

Day 20 Prayer Focus

Take note of the armor of God in Ephesians 6. Pray that the church will arm itself to withstand every attack. Pray for unity and victory of both the strong and the weak.

1 Corinthians 4

1Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God.

2Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

3But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of man’s judgment: yea, I judge not mine own self.

4For I know nothing by myself; yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord.

5Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God.

6And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another.

7For who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?

8Now ye are full, now ye are rich, ye have reigned as kings without us: and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you.

9For I think that God hath set forth us the apostles last, as it were appointed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men.

10We are fools for Christ’s sake, but ye are wise in Christ; we are weak, but ye are strong; ye are honourable, but we are despised.

11Even unto this present hour we both hunger, and thirst, and are naked, and are buffeted, and have no certain dwellingplace;

12And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:

13Being defamed, we intreat: we are made as the filth of the world, and are the offscouring of all things unto this day.

14I write not these things to shame you, but as my beloved sons I warn you.

15For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel.

16Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me.

17For this cause have I sent unto you Timotheus, who is my beloved son, and faithful in the Lord, who shall bring you into remembrance of my ways which be in Christ, as I teach every where in every church.

18Now some are puffed up, as though I would not come to you.

19But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord will, and will know, not the speech of them which are puffed up, but the power.

20For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.

21What will ye? shall I come unto you with a rod, or in love, and in the spirit of meekness?

 

Day 19 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 3

Comment of the Day from 1/18/11

14 “But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

A common mistake today is believing that a person has the Spirit of God through having one of the gifts of the Spirit. But closer look at this scripture says the natural man (a man without the HolySpirit) cannot receive those things of the Spirit and goes on to say they are foolishness to them. To receive the gifts of the Spirit-you must first HAVE the Spirit. How did the Apostles determine if someone
HAD the Spirit? In Acts 46-47 Peter states “they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God.” Then he gives us the command to be baptized in Jesus’ name.

When this is obeyed, the natural man is regenerated or born of the Spirit (as promised in Johhn 3:3-5) and is eligible to receive the gifts of the Spirit!

There is no gift of faith, gift of healing, etc without first having the gift of the Holy Ghost with the signs following. EVERY promise of God in the Bible has been accompanied with an outward, physical sign. Research it! Tongues is the sign of having the Holy Ghost.

Lisa Soliz

Day 19 Prayer Focus

Put legs on your prayers today. Do something for someone within your sphere of influence. Ask God what He wants you to do and He’ll send you to the person who needs it the most.

1 Corinthians 3

1And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ.

2I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

3For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?

4For while one saith, I am of Paul; and another, I am of Apollos; are ye not carnal?

5Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man?

6I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase.

7So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

8Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour.

9For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building.

10According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

11For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

12Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;

13Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

14If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.

15If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

16Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

17If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

18Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a fool, that he may be wise.

19For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.

20And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.

21Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are your’s;

22Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are your’s;

23And ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s.

 

Day 18 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 2

Comment of the Day from 1/17/11

vs 10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment. 11 For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.” Paul is trying to emphasise how important it is that we should come together and not fight.
vs 14 “I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius; 15 Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name. 16 And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other. 17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel:…” I found it interesting that not only did Paul not baptize many people but he goes as far as to say he was not called to baptize but to preach. Paul knew that people would turn and start to argue over how they were baptized or about who did it, and even about the prestiege of those who did do the baptizing. Paul understood that as long as people weree baptized in Jesus name for the remission of sins, the amount of time in which they were held under water, which direction they were facing, water temps, or time of day didn’t much matter. Sometimes as people we want to fight when it doesn’t amout to “a hill of beans”. People were fighting over something that should build a church and were fixing to cause the church to split…

vs “27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: 29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.” We must remember that we are weak and simple. God is the strong and wise one. If we keep this attitude then we will stay humble and therefore get to see God continue to use us to reach the lost. We must also remember we were created for Him, made in His image, to bring Him glory.

Lets unite not only in the prayer of the day, but also looking at the big picture and bring God glory. Lets be a UNITED CHURCH.

kevin baker

Day 18 Prayer Focus

Put a face to your prayers today. Write down the names of five individuals and cover them in prayer. Then write, call, or email them. Keep in contact. Build friendships.

1 Corinthians 2

1And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God.

2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

3And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling.

4And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

5That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

6Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought:

7But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory:

8Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.

9But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

10But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

11For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

12Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.

14But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.

15But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.

16For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

 

Day 17 Prayer Focus and 1 Corinthians Chapter 1

Comment of the day from 1/16/11 – Seems to be a word in the SPIRIT!

VS 17-20 Paul is waring his brothers and sisters to stay away from others who cause division and others by teaching false doctrine. Paul warns people like this are not serving Christ but thier own desires. Paul states for them to do good and stay away from evil and the GOD of peace will crush satan under your feet.

Jim Gulley

The apostle said :love one to another,with sincere love. He remarked pay attention to those who cause divisions. I think before to go to examine others we have to do ourselves, our tongue ,the way that we talk (our comments) could be cause of division. Be alert of that. In Jesus Name.

Araceli Marquez –

He was giving honor to those that were walking after the vision. Then he goes on to say 17 “Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. Paul wanted to make it clear that those that cause division will be harmful to the body of Christ. So stay away from them because verse 20 “And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”

God is going to bring judgement to those that bring harm to the church and cause division.

Marquita Crockett

17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

Division in the house of God is never the will of God. The members of the body of Christ should not war against themselves. Division causes a spiritual handicap for the church. The scripture is very clear how to handle people who would cause division; Avoid them. The remedy for division is obediance to God and the leadership of the church. Catch the vision, Be CHURCH!

LeAnn Castillo

Throughout this chapter it mentions…”my co-workers in Christ Jesus”. That tells me that it is very important who you surround yourself with. Verse 17 (Message Version) gives us a warning saying…I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them. People can influence who you listen to, what you do and where you go. Surround yourself with good and good will come forth.

Martha Castillo

Paul sends his personal greetings and final admonitions in this chapter; he makes it known that their obedience is known abroad. This is a high compliment to the church and the reason that they have obtained this good report is because of obedience to the doctrine. This is also why Paul says to mark them which cause “divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine”. People who divide congregations willfully with vain words and fair speeches are not of God but they are serving their own bellies. We know that Paul is warning of more than just misunderstandings and what we would call common church disagreements, he is warning of people that would lead the simple astray, lead the sheep astray, avoid them.

AJ Galvan

Day 17 Prayer Focus

Pray without ceasing. Look at Ananias. If he hadn’t been praying, he would have missed the single greatest opportunity of his life when God sent him to Paul to instruct him and baptize him. If you pray, God will send you to hungry heart.

1 Corinthians 1

1Paul called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ through the will of God, and Sosthenes our brother,

2Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both their’s and our’s:

3Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ;

5That in every thing ye are enriched by him, in all utterance, and in all knowledge;

6Even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you:

7So that ye come behind in no gift; waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ:

8Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

9God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

10Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.

11For it hath been declared unto me of you, my brethren, by them which are of the house of Chloe, that there are contentions among you.

12Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ.

13Is Christ divided? was Paul crucified for you? or were ye baptized in the name of Paul?

14I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius;

15Lest any should say that I had baptized in mine own name.

16And I baptized also the household of Stephanas: besides, I know not whether I baptized any other.

17For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

18For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

19For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

22For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

23But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

24But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

25Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29That no flesh should glory in his presence.

30But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:

31That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

 

Day 16 Prayer Focus and Romans Chapter 16

Comment of the Day from 1/15/11

V2 “Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.”

If I could put a title on this chapter, I would call it “People Pleasers.” The idea of being a people pleaser is generally a negative one, to the point that when you talk of “people pleasing” you’re labeled as something of a kowtow-er (I use this term because there are not many genteel labels for this…) and/or doormat. There is a popular rejection of the attitude and lifestyle, yet here Paul gives us true perspective in this area.

People pleasers as the world knows them generally act the way they do for selfish or self-centered reasons; usually they are trying to make themselves feel better about themselves or look better to others (stemming from insecurities/low self-worth, from too much attention paid to how “self” appears to others, having a need for constant validation from others, etc.) Don’t get me wrong, the terms “selfish” and “self-centered” can come off as harsh but I’m not trying to villainize these sorts of people, just point out the truth of what’s going on underneath (likely even unbeknownst to a good number of people in this category.) I personally have struggled with this so if there are any fingers to point, let them fall first on me. However, people pleasing as Paul writes here comes from a completely different motive. It comes from love, leading to true servanthood; you can’t truly serve others if your actions are ultimately just to serve yourself.

V3 “For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.”

Matt 20:26-28 “26 But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 27 And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant: 28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.”

Jesus gives us the ultimate example of servanthood. He came to this earth, robed in flesh, so that He could minister to humanity, lead them to a better way in Him (the then soon-coming New Covenant), and even suffer the death on the cross and later make available the gift of His Spirit, all for love’s sake. It was entirely selfless.

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

John 15:1-14 “10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.

11 These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

12 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you.

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.”

In being a true servant or a true people pleaser, we serve out of love in working love towards one another, thus fulfilling Jesus’ commandment and the law (Rom 13:8-10.) We don’t need to shun the whole idea of people pleasing, we just need to make sure our motive is pure and our actions are pleasing first and foremost to God.

Virginia Lowe

Day 16 Prayer Focus

Pray for a fresh sanctification in your own life and in the Christian community. Like David, cry out for a clean heart and a right spirit (Psalm 51:10). Renew your commitment to separation from the world and fellowship with God.

Romans 16

1I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea:

2That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.

3Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:

4Who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.

5Likewise greet the church that is in their house. Salute my well-beloved Epaenetus, who is the firstfruits of Achaia unto Christ.

6Greet Mary, who bestowed much labour on us.

7Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.

8Greet Amplias my beloved in the Lord.

9Salute Urbane, our helper in Christ, and Stachys my beloved.

10Salute Apelles approved in Christ. Salute them which are of Aristobulus’ household.

11Salute Herodion my kinsman. Greet them that be of the household of Narcissus, which are in the Lord.

12Salute Tryphena and Tryphosa, who labour in the Lord. Salute the beloved Persis, which laboured much in the Lord.

13Salute Rufus chosen in the Lord, and his mother and mine.

14Salute Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermas, Patrobas, Hermes, and the brethren which are with them.

15Salute Philologus, and Julia, Nereus, and his sister, and Olympas, and all the saints which are with them.

16Salute one another with an holy kiss. The churches of Christ salute you.

17Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them.

18For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.

19For your obedience is come abroad unto all men. I am glad therefore on your behalf: but yet I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.

20And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.

21Timotheus my workfellow, and Lucius, and Jason, and Sosipater, my kinsmen, salute you.

22I Tertius, who wrote this epistle, salute you in the Lord.

23Gaius mine host, and of the whole church, saluteth you. Erastus the chamberlain of the city saluteth you, and Quartus a brother.

24The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

25Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

26But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

27To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

 

Day 15 Prayer Focus and Romans Chapter 15

Comment of the Day from 1/14/11

This chapter is so powerful. I am thankful to God to be a part of the UPCI even though each church may vary a little bit in the details, We have the truth and the Bibilical plan of Salvation. the message Bible says 12:1
“Welcome with open arms fellow believers who don’t see things the way you do. And don’t jump all over them every time they do or say something you don’t agree with—even when it seems that they are strong on opinions but weak in the faith department. Remember, they have their own history to deal with. Treat them gently.”

Thats what makes POFW feel like home that we come together and build each other up. as it says in Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens anothe

Not through our judgment, not through our words, but through our being together as a body of Christ do we strengthen each other and encourage each other to become stronger in the faith.

joe castillo

Day 15 Prayer Focus

Want God to delight in you? Seek Him diligently. Pray and fast. Be sensitive to the Holy Spirit. Like Daniel, your consistent prayer life can make you “greatly beloved” of God (Daniel 10:11).

Romans 15

1We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

2Let every one of us please his neighbour for his good to edification.

3For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.

4For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

5Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:

6That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

7Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God.

8Now I say that Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers:

9And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy; as it is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.

10And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.

11And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.

12And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

13Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.

14And I myself also am persuaded of you, my brethren, that ye also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.

15Nevertheless, brethren, I have written the more boldly unto you in some sort, as putting you in mind, because of the grace that is given to me of God,

16That I should be the minister of Jesus Christ to the Gentiles, ministering the gospel of God, that the offering up of the Gentiles might be acceptable, being sanctified by the Holy Ghost.

17I have therefore whereof I may glory through Jesus Christ in those things which pertain to God.

18For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient, by word and deed,

19Through mighty signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God; so that from Jerusalem, and round about unto Illyricum, I have fully preached the gospel of Christ.

20Yea, so have I strived to preach the gospel, not where Christ was named, lest I should build upon another man’s foundation:

21But as it is written, To whom he was not spoken of, they shall see: and they that have not heard shall understand.

22For which cause also I have been much hindered from coming to you.

23But now having no more place in these parts, and having a great desire these many years to come unto you;

24Whensoever I take my journey into Spain, I will come to you: for I trust to see you in my journey, and to be brought on my way thitherward by you, if first I be somewhat filled with your company.

25But now I go unto Jerusalem to minister unto the saints.

26For it hath pleased them of Macedonia and Achaia to make a certain contribution for the poor saints which are at Jerusalem.

27It hath pleased them verily; and their debtors they are. For if the Gentiles have been made partakers of their spiritual things, their duty is also to minister unto them in carnal things.

28When therefore I have performed this, and have sealed to them this fruit, I will come by you into Spain.

29And I am sure that, when I come unto you, I shall come in the fulness of the blessing of the gospel of Christ.

30Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ’s sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;

31That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;

32That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.

33Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

Day 14 Prayer Focus and Romans Chapter 14

Comment of the Day from 1/13/11

Verse 11 gets my attention, the NIV “And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed”.

So many dont realize the importance of salvation. So many treat life like a dream. They make believe that sin has no consequences, and question if heaven or hell exist. Being spiritually asleep, will cause failure to hear God’s word, praise or worship. Spiritually asleep is like being motionless, inactive, speechless and doing nothing.

God wants us to be spiritually awake. Be aware of the roaring lion, be praisers, and be worshippers. Being awake, we realize God’s coming is near, prepare for it, and wont miss the rapture!

Rod Castillo

Day 14 Prayer Focus

As our nation celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Day, pray for the breakdown of racial and social barriers. Pray that God would build a multicultural church from every kindred, tongue, people, and nation (Revelation 5:9).

 

Romans 14

1Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.

2For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.

3Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him.

4Who art thou that judgest another man’s servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.

5One man esteemeth one day above another: another esteemeth every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind.

6He that regardeth the day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, for he giveth God thanks; and he that eateth not, to the Lord he eateth not, and giveth God thanks.

7For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.

8For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord: whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord’s.

9For to this end Christ both died, and rose, and revived, that he might be Lord both of the dead and living.

10But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.

11For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.

12So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

13Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock or an occasion to fall in his brother’s way.

14I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.

15But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.

16Let not then your good be evil spoken of:

17For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

18For he that in these things serveth Christ is acceptable to God, and approved of men.

19Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another.

20For meat destroy not the work of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence.

21It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor any thing whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.

22Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.

23And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

Day 13 Prayer Focus and Romans Chapter 13

Comment of the Day from 1-12-11

Presenting our bodies as a living sacrifice isn’t easy. Sometimes it is doing things that we don’t want to do, but are of necessity. Renewing our mind daily in the spirit of God will give us the wisdom and direction on how to present our bodies as that sacrifice. It is a sacrifice of the way we think to not be conformed to the world, to be humble and not high minded, to love without dissimulation, hate evil; cleave to good, be kind; not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality, blessing them which persecute. rejoicing with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep, being of the same mind one toward another. If we can live out these things on a daily basis, keeping our flesh under control and being ruled by the spirit, we truly will be a living sacrifice unto the Lord.

Sis. Watts

Day 13 Prayer Focus

In anticipation of the Lord’s return, pray for yourself and your family to be shielded from spiritual deception, for Jesus warned of the possibility that even the elect could be deceived.

Romans 13

1Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.

2Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.

3For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:

4For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.

5Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.

6For for this cause pay ye tribute also: for they are God’s ministers, attending continually upon this very thing.

7Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour.

8Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

9For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

10Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

11And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

12The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.

13Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying.

14But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

 

Day 12 Prayer Focus and Romans Chapter 12

Comment of the Day from 1/11/11

Message 33-36Have you ever come on anything quite like this extravagant generosity of God, this deep, deep wisdom? It’s way over our heads. We’ll never figure it out.

Is there anyone around who can explain God?
Anyone smart enough to tell him what to do?
Anyone who has done him such a huge favor
that God has to ask his advice?

Everything comes from him;
Everything happens through him;
Everything ends up in him.
Always glory! Always praise!
Yes. Yes. Yes.

What a mighty God we serve!!!

Marquita Crockett

Day 12 Prayer Focus

Pray that traditional marriage would prevail in our society and for righteous relationships between men and women. Pray against divorce, cohabitation, same-sex relations, and abusers.

Romans 12

1I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

2And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

3For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

4For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:

5So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.

6Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;

7Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;

8Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.

9Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.

10Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;

11Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;

12Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;

13Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.

14Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

15Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.

16Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

17Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.

18If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.

19Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.