July 21, 2018 2 Kings 18,19; 2 Chronicles 32; 1 Timothy 6:11-21

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Responsibilities/ Ambassador for Christ | Chelsea Horne

S~ “With Him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God to help us and fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said. 2 Chronicles 32:8 (NIV)

O~ As ambassadors of Christ, we are automatically leaders in a broken world. This is why we are encouraged to “Fight the good fight of the faith” (1 Timothy 6:12a). When people see us, they see Jesus, even if they don’t know it. We carry His Spirit in our hearts, so we have a front row seat to watch Him work miracles in our lives and the lives of others.

A~ What am I doing to partner with Jesus in His pursuit of His children? I haven’t been taking my role as His daughter, and ambassador, very seriously lately. The enemy likes to weave lies in like,

“What’s one more sin?”

“You don’t want to be left out, do you?”

“You’re just a college student, what can you do to help these people? You know nothing about life.”

“You’ll be left all alone if you don’t act/talk/think like them.”

just to name a few.

I am dearly loved by God. I am holy and blameless in His Sight because of Jesus, and my acceptance of Him into my life. I also have more responsibility than I realized. But that is not something to run away from, it is something to be embraced. I don’t have to be afraid to fail, because God will use my “failures” for His Good.

P~ Lord Jesus,

I want to partner with You today. Arm in arm, Hand in hand, and Heart in heart. I no longer want to allow myself to be a stumbling block on anyone’s way to You. Please use me as a conduit in whatever way will glorify You. Please help me to always remember that it’s all about You, and only You. Nothing that I do is about me, and I never do anything alone. Please use me in my current role as a cashier to be a conduit for Your Love and Grace to others. Help me to see them through the lens of Your Love. I’m sorry for judging my brothers and sisters in the past. Please curb my heart, and teach me to live in You, and not in the world. I love You, Lord. Thank You for loving me as much as You do!

In Jesus’ Name I pray,

Amen

Guard What is Yours | Kelley Deases

S~ Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. 1 Timothy 6:20a (NIV)

O~ Paul is urging his spiritual son to take good care of those people God has placed in his path and given to him to preach to and care for.

A~ My husband has been similarly charged in his employment as a corrections officer: guard the inmates who have been entrusted to his care. In that context, he is to ensure the work-release participants only go where they are authorized to go when they are authorized to go there, receive their medications as needed, and refrain from fights or disruptions, among other things. There would be severe negative consequences for John’s continued employment and the overall safety and security of the whole facility if John were to neglect these responsibilities.

I have been entrusted with a son (well two, but one is already raised and out of the house) whose care I need to guard well. When he determines to argue or show disrespect, try to manipulate me or harp on an issue again and again, the temptation is to take the path of least resistance and capitulate. But I, along with his dad, am called to rise up to the challenge of this enormous responsibility, training him up in the way he should go.

P~ Father, You have entrusted this child to this mother. Give me the wisdom, discernment, patience and fortitude to care for what You have entrusted to me.

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