We always carry the death of Jesus in our body
But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us. 8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; 10 always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies. 11 For while we live we are always being given up to death for Jesus’ sake, so that the life of Jesus may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 12 So death is at work in us, but life in you. (2 Corinthians 4:7-12)
Live again for the Lord
Live again, live free!
For God’s glory ever be.
Live again, live worthily!
For God’s honour ever readily.
Live again, live pure!
And for God’s mercy be sure.
Live again, live strong!
And for God’s sake avoid all wrong.
Live again for the Lord Most Holy!
And be kind towards those lowly.
Live again for the Lord Most High!
And be wise in each thought and reply.
Live again for the Lord Jesus Christ!
And crucify the flesh which can entice.
Live again for the Spirit of God!
And reject all things evil and odd.
Why you must know the voice of the Lord?
When the Lord speaks through a person, what they say will be backed up by scripture. But also, when the enemy speaks, he will use misapplied scripture to defend his poison. How will you distinguish? If you’re relying on your intellectual knowledge of scripture to distinguish, be careful, you’re up against the one “more crafty than the rest.” The truth is that you must know the voice of the Lord. If you don’t, you’ll believe the misapplied scripture of the enemy’s agent before you believe the Lord’s servant!
Prayers leading to Christmas – 5
O Lord God, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, fill me with your light. Let all darkness flee from my life, and let your light shine in me. Take away all the things from me, that may cause me to walk in darkness. Let the light of your Holy Word, always enlighten my path, that I may not stumble. By your Holy Spirit lead me each day, that I might grow more and more, in your Son Jesus Christ, the light of the world. Like the Magi, help me to discern, the light to be followed, till I reach my final abode with you, in heaven forever. I also pray especially that your light in me helps others to believe in you O Lord and the Gospel. I ask this in the name of Jesus Christ. Amen.
Prayers leading to Christmas – 2
O Lord God, you who control the ways of the universe, without it controlling you, grant me self control. Send forth your Holy Spirit, to help me bear much fruit, by having self control. Forgive me for the times when I’ve misused my thoughts, logic and impulses, for selfish and worthless pursuits. I ask for wisdom, wherever I lack it, and humility wherever I need it in life. O good Jesus, lead me on the right path, and let me not fall prey to foolish desires and immaturity. Send forth your ministering angels, to go out before me, and destroy all the plans of the Enemy, that have been laid out for me. Like how Joseph was warned in a dream, to avoid danger to his family, so grant me all the knowledge, to refrain from walking in the murky waters hidden about. I know you who are the way, the truth and the life, will guide me away from all self deception, as I trust you above all things. I thank you in advance, for the growth that you will bring in me, prospering in self control. I make this prayer in the name of Jesus Christ, the eternal king of Israel. Amen.