Apprising Ministries shares this post by CRN contributor Christine Pack of Sola Sisters. All the more important when you consider wildly popular Southern Baptist quasi-elder Beth Moore recommended it on her program this year.
Fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God.
Lord, I present my body a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to You, my God, which is my reasonable service. And I will not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of my mind, that I may prove what is Your good and acceptable and perfect will. Just as I presented my members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now I present my members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. In Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon us.
By this You, my Father God, are glorified, that I bear much fruit; so I will be Your disciple. Jesus chose me and appointed me that I should go and bear fruit, and that my fruit should remain, that whatever I ask You, Father, in Jesus’ name, You may give me.
As You transform my mind and I discern Your perfect will, Lord God, may I bear fruit that enriches Your kingdom and glorifies You.
Colossians 1:10; Romans 12:1–2; Romans 6:19; Galatians 6:15–16; John 15:8; John 15:16
You are He; You are the first,
And You are also the last. (Isaiah 48:12)
The God and Father of the Lord Jesus is blessed forever. (2 Corinthians 11:31)
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being, upholding all things by His powerful word. After He cleansed our sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, having become as much superior to angels as the name He has inherited is more excellent than theirs. (Hebrews 1:3–4)
Pause to express your thoughts of praise and worship.
The ways of a man are before the eyes of the Lord,
And He examines all his paths. (Proverbs 5:21)
Ask the Spirit to search your heart and reveal any areas of unconfessed sin. Acknowledge these to the Lord and thank Him for His forgiveness.
Since I live in the Spirit, may I also walk in the Spirit. (Galatians 5:25)
May God fill me with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that I may walk worthy of the Lord and please Him in every way, bearing fruit in every good work, and growing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power according to His glorious might, so that I may have great endurance and patience with joy. (Colossians 1:9–11)
Pause to add your own prayers for personal renewal.
I cry out to You, O Lord,
And say, “You are my refuge,
My portion in the land of the living.” (Psalm 142:5)
Family and Ministry
Sharing Christ with others
Helping others grow in Him
My activities for this day
As the Father sent the Son into the world, He also has sent us into the world. And He has prayed for those who will believe in Him through our message. (John 17:18, 20)
The fulfillment of the Great Commission
Like Jesus, my food is to do the will of Him who sent me and to accomplish His work. (John 4:34)
This is love: that I walk in obedience to God’s commandments. And this is the commandment: that as I have heard from the beginning, I should walk in love. (2 John 6)
Pause to reflect upon these biblical affirmations.
The Lord God will swallow up death forever,
And He will wipe away the tears from all faces;
He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth.
For the Lord has spoken.
And it will be said in that day,
“Behold, this is our God;
We have waited for Him, and He will save us.
This is the Lord;
We have trusted in Him.
Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.” (Isaiah 25:8–9)
The Holy City, new Jerusalem, will come down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. A loud voice from the throne will say, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God, and He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the first things have passed away.” He who is seated on the throne will say, “Behold, I make all things new.” (Revelation 21:2–5)
Pause to offer your own expressions of thanksgiving.
You have sworn by Yourself;
The word has gone out of Your mouth in righteousness
And will not return.
Every knee will bow before You,
And every tongue will acknowledge You. (Isaiah 45:23)
You are worthy to take the scroll
And to open its seals,
Because You were slain,
And with Your blood You purchased men for God
From every tribe and language and people and nation.
You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God,
And they will reign on the earth. (Revelation 5:9–10)
Pastor and writer Daryl Wingerd asserts:
The true Christian who becomes absorbed in the study of God’s word, who spends the largest percentage of his otherwise unallocated time in serious, concentrated and thoughtful Bible reading, who orders his life around this pursuit and the behaviors that flow naturally from it, will rarely suffer long-term defeat in his battle against sin.