June 30, 2018 1 Kings 8; 2 Chronicles 5; Psalm 99; Colossians 4

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Give Us The Desire | Luisa Penaherrera

S~ May he give us the desire to do his will in everything… 1 Kings 8:58 (NLT)

O~ We are not able to do it alone, but we have a choice to make.

A & P~ This is my prayer for the Penaherrera family

Dear God I ask that you give our family, my husband and me, our children, the desire to do your will in everything. In Jesus’ name. Amen

Opportunistic Love | Kelley Deases

S~ Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders: make the most of every opportunity.  Colossians 4:5 (NIV)

O~ Paul isn’t one to mince words, but to directly, pointedly, and boldly proclaim the gospel and instruct in the ways of Christ.

A~ This specific instruction — to be wise in our actions with respect to non-believers — presupposes we are in contact with those outside the circle of faith.  We are not to be so cloistered among Christian friends and groups that we are not interacting with those who are lost. In a Beth Moore study I took within the last couple years, she brought a number of women on stage with her to stand  shoulder to shoulder facing into the circle, representing our circles of like-minded Christian friends, groups, and Bible studies.  Then she had the women turn around, still should to shoulder, but facing outward.  They were still in community and supportive of one another, but looking out at the needs of the world.  They were poised to “Go and make disciples” according to The Great Commission we have been given.

This verse also reminds me to make the most of every opportunity.  Every day, I have the chance to either smile or scowl at someone I pass on the street.  I can send a note of encouragement or gratitude, or I can grumble and complain.  I can take every chance to speak upon the name of Jesus Christ or be silent.  Paul was in chains, yet he was opportunistic to speak and write and teach and preach.  How much easier is it for me to do the same?

P~ Father, Empower me by Your Spirit to take up the charge — to be wise in my interactions with non-believers and to take advantage of every chance I get to show love over negativity or indifference.

When Opportunity Knocks | Joni Tyner

S~ Use your heads as you live and work among outsiders.

Don’t miss a trick.

Make the most of every opportunity.

Be gracious in your speech.

The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, not put them down, not cut them out.

–Colossians 4: 5-6. The Message

O~ This is my second blog from the Message this week. It’s fun to read and gives a great explanation of how to live out our faith. I love this—“The goal is to bring out the best in others in a conversation, no to put them down, not cut them out.

A~ Joni!—you live and work around people who don’t yet know Jesus. Be ready as opportunities open up to encourage everyone. Be careful what you say!!! This is your mission field, you are Jesus with skin on, make the most of each conversation.

P~ Dear Lord, help me to use my words to build your Kingdom, not scare people away with harsh, judgmental rants. I want to be faithful for you and not miss a trick!

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