Jim Elliot, one of five Christian martyrs, died January 8, 1956, Curaray River Ecuador: "He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." (From his journal) [I got his date of death wrong yesterday.]
Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent: Matthew 11:20 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, please help us repent in this community.
"Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you." Matthew 11:21-24 (NKJV)
Jesus, help us respond to what you are doing in our community.
Whoever believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves Him who begot also loves him who is begotten of Him. 1 John 5:1 (NKJV)
Father, thank you for bringing me to new birth.
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep His commandments. 1 John 5:2 (NKJV)
Father, please help me love you by keeping your commandments.
For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world--our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? 1 John 5:4-5 (NKJV)
Holy Spirit, help me overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil by believing in Jesus.
These six things the LORD hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: a proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren. Proverbs 6:16-19 (NKJV)
LORD, deliver me from what you hate.
Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O LORD, in the light of Your countenance. Psalm 89:15 (NKJV)
LORD, bless me with knowing the joyful sound of praising you.
A Word Received: Wait on me; wait for my word.