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Thursday, February 7, 2013

A Place for Human Responsibility: Prayer Note #114

Dutch Sheets shares with us from the following three verses - Eph. 6:18, 1 Peter 5:8, and 2 Cor. 2:11 "these four conclusions:

1.  Protection from the attacks of our enemy - even for believers - is not automatic. 

There is a part for us to play. 

Though God is sovereign, this does not mean He is in control of everything that happens.

He has left much to the decisions and actions of humankind...Somewhere in our theology we must find a place for human responsibility. 

At some point we must begin to believe that we matter, that we're relevant, for ourselves and for others.

  • 2. God's plan is to warn or alert us to Satan's tactics. This is deducted from the simple fact that since God says not to be unaware of Satan's tactics, He must be willing to make us aware of them. If He says to be on the alert, this must mean that if we are, He will alert us. God wouldn't ask of us something that He wasn't also enabling us to accomplish.

  • 3. We must be alert - remain watchful - or we won't pick up on God's attempts to warn us of Satan's attacks and plans. If these attacks were always going to be obvious alertness wouldn't be necessary. Isaiah 56:10 speaks of blind watchmen. What a picture! I'm afraid it has been a fairly good description of many of us in our watching. We're often like the disciples of old: we have eyes, but we do not (see Mark 8:18). It's time we do more than gaze; we must alertly watch!

  • 4. If we are not alert and watchful, if we are ignorant of Satan's schemes, he will take the bigger portion. He will gain on us, taking advantage of our ignorance.Contrary to popular belief, we really can be destroyed due to ignorance (see Hosea 4:6)... Where Satan has made gains, let's admit it and determine to take them back!"

Today’s Prayer Note #114 - A Place for Human Responsibility, taken from Dutch Sheets’ book, Intercessory Prayer (pgs. 237, 238)

The next Prayer Note: 2/12  Stay Awake!: Prayer note #115

Let's pray:  Father, I ask that You help me to keep alert to the Devil's schemes. My desire is to please You, and to accomplish all that You've designed for my life. May I be found watchful to what You alert me to do. Amen

My personal prayer note:  It is advisable to pray in tongues daily. You’ll allow the Holy Spirit to use you to affect different concerns that you and He have for yourself, others, and situations.

Today’s quote:  Mohandas K. Gandhi – “A small body of determined spirits fired by an unquenchable faith in their mission, can alter the course of history.” [A quote shared by John C. Maxwell]

Our thought for today:  Christ is in me now and works through my personality.

Tomorrow’s post:  Life is a Potluck Dinner  [a message written on GodVine]

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