Thoughts of John

What is on my mind.

Twenty Days of Prayer: Day 7

Scripture

1 Timothy 6:6-8 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, (7) for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. (8) But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.

1 John 2:15-17 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world–the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions–is not from the Father but is from the world. (17) And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.

Materialism and worldliness are among the most pervasive (yet unacknowledged) sins of modern Christians. Quite often, believers are blind to materialism that subtly saturates our very souls. Rather than adhering to God’s standard of moderation, high debt has become the norm. Many believers truly covet the symbols of worldly status and wealth. Indeed, our very affluence has become a huge spiritual hindrance.

Questions for Reflection:

Do you barely tithe and yet pay enormous interest to creditors? In purchases, have you been motivated more by greed than seeking God’s direction? Does your financial history reflect biblical principles of low debt and modest living? Has your debt caused you to miss payments and thus damage your witness? Do you lust for things? Would you be willing to live with less in order to embrace more God-centered patterns for your money? Financial pressures strain many marriages. Is high debt straining yours? Can you truly say, “Jesus Christ is in control of my desires and finances”? Have you fervently prayed about financial decisions or simply gone with the materialism of the world? Have you ever withheld your tithe because you did not get your way at church?

Third Category (Sins of Speech)

God places enormous importance on our speech. In Matthew 12.36 Jesus makes a sobering statement. “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account of in the day of judgment.” Often without even knowing it, many believers have become involved in significant sins of speech. Ask God for discernment as you prayerfully examine your words.

Scripture

Ephesians 4:29 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.

Ephesians 5:4 Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving.

Questions for Reflection:

Do you ever speak slang words that are crude and inappropriate? Do you use God’s name in any way other than worship, honor and praise? Have you engaged in off-color jokes or conversation? Do you use any slang to add emphasis to what you are saying? Honestly examine your speech and ask God for His forgiveness. Be specific in your confession of improper speech.

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October 18, 2009 - Posted by | Bible, Bible Study, Biblical Interpretation, Christian, Christianity, family, God, Jesus, New Testament, Prayer, relationship, Religon, Theology

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