Now for our third “G”…
there is no health in my body.
8 I am feeble and utterly crushed;
I groan in anguish of heart.
9 All my longings lie open before you, Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.
10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me;
even the light has gone from my eyes.
Before we touch on our third and final "G," I'd like to insert a section that points out our responses to different personalities...
Last week we touched on the importance of being a giving people and God as The Perfect Example of being a Giver. This week we'll consider the Second “G”:
GEN'TLY, adv. Softly; meekly; mildly; with tenderness...Without violence, roughness or asperity (harsh tone or manner). From the KJV Dictionary.
This past weekend my message was on 3g Service and 31 Personalities. Here’s the link to the VIDEO if you were unable to join us in person. Below is the outline I used, and as you’ll be able to tell, I went back and added more meat to the bones of it to further drive each point home for you. The video itself is only 26 minutes if you’d just rather watch that.
I began our time together by reading Romans 12:1, which says…
When we think of cell phone reception. We think of 5g, 4g, 3g, 2g, 1g…So, for the allotted time that we have together I figured a 3g message would be reasonable for today. Thus, I’ll be discussing three words that God laid on my heart…each beginning with the letter “G.”
The first “G”:
If anything, I highly recommend checking out the song In Jesus Name below. It’s one of my favorites on the radio right now and very applicable to today’s challenge.
Have you ever spent time praying for a friend or for anyone else before? Have you struggled with knowing what to say, how to pray, how to make a request to the Lord? If so, then I trust that the prayers mentioned in today’s challenge will be of great assistance to you.
The apostle John’s prayer for his friend Gaius in 3 John 1:2 (HCSB) is as follows, “Dear friend, I pray that you may prosper in every way and be in good health physically just as you are spiritually.”
Was the apostle John endorsing the prosperity gospel, or just naturally praying that his friend would succeed in life and be in good health? Here’s a LINK from gotquestions.org that will aid in our understanding of the apostle John’s prayer.
We tend to live in a very competitive and self-absorbed world…praying such prayers for others is what ought to set us apart from the world. In your time of prayer today let me encourage you to take the focus off yourself and pray for someone else as the apostle John did for Gaius. Ask the Lord to lay someone on your heart and then send them a message…letting them know you’re praying for them, cheering them on. Trust me, we all need a prayer cheerleader in our lives.
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, a pastor, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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