Beloved Children – July 12 2016

 

PrayerLife Tracy PhotoThe New Testament book of Ephesians tells us that we used to be “sons of disobedience” engaged in “deeds of darkness” but now we are “beloved children” who are called to imitate our heavenly Father.  Join with me as we pray about understanding our true identity and living it out in our daily life.

Praise The Lord! – July 10 2016

PrayerLife Tracy PhotoIf we fully understood the greatness and glory of God, our lives would be a constant expression of praise.  Psalm 150 is a powerful call for every living being to praise God.

Praise the Lord!
Praise God in his sanctuary;
    praise him in his mighty heavens![a]
Praise him for his mighty deeds;
    praise him according to his excellent greatness!

Praise him with trumpet sound;
    praise him with lute and harp!
Praise him with tambourine and dance;
    praise him with strings and pipe!
Praise him with sounding cymbals;
    praise him with loud clashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord!  – Psalm 150 (ESV)

Free To Be Passionate – July 9 2016

PrayerLife Tracy PhotoWe are designed to be zealous over things that really matter.  Unfortunately we can easily become passionate over trivial things – sports, entertainment, recreation, and possessions.  We are to “love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind” (Matt. 22:37).  Genuine freedom comes when we align our values with God’s priorities and passionately follow Him.

Freedom From Bitterness – July 8 2016

PrayerLife Tracy PhotoBitterness can strangle our freedom in Christ.  It not only effects us individually but poisons our other relationships as well.  Paul writes, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior” (Eph. 4:31).  Invite God’s Holy Spirit to rise up within you and grant you freedom from bitterness.

Freedom Through Renewing Our Minds – July 7 2016

PrayerLife Tracy PhotoOur spiritual vitality depends on our hearts and minds being saturated with the living word of God.  “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Col. 3:1-2).  Paul also exhorts us to “Be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2).  Join with me as we invite God to set us free through the renewing of our minds with His truth.

Freedom From Entanglements – July 6 2016

PrayerLife Tracy Photo“Let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us” (Hebrews 12:1).  When we tolerate things in our lives that are inappropriate, we can easily become entangled in sin and robbed of freedom.  It could be an emotional attachment to a person other than our spouse; the use of alcohol to relax from daily stress, or viewing pornography.  All of theses sinful behaviors (and many more) create an entanglement in our life and rob us from spiritual vitality, joy and life.

Freedom From Deception – July 5 2016

PrayerLife Tracy PhotoJesus said, “You will know the truth and the truth will set you free” (Jn 8:32).  The opposite of being set free by truth is being held in bondage by deception.  Satan is the “Father of Lies” (Jn 8:44).  Satan and his demons are actively at work to blind people to the truth of God’s word, leading them astray into bondage and ultimately … destruction. Jesus invites us to walk in the freedom of His truth.

Freedom From Shame – July 4 2016

PrayerLife Tracy PhotoOne of Satan’s most crippling attacks is shame and condemnation. The Apostle Paul declares that there is “no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus” (Romans 8:1).  Because we have been given the righteousness of Christ as a gift through faith, we have been liberated from any accusation of the enemy.  Celebrate your freedom!