Daily Online Family Devotions – June 21

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Robbing God

Talking points:

The book defines robbing God as, “washing my time on things that have no eternal value.  Exercising my God-given gifts and talents for a fee.”

“What am I not doing for God that I am willing to do for others – for a price?”

 

 

Daily Online Family Devotions – June 20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Hypocrisy

Talking points:

  • Do I pretend to be something I’m not?
  • Do I scoff at others’ actions, while doing the same thing myself.
  • Read Matthew 7:3 and discuss.

 

In His Presence Family Connection – June 16

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Lying

(Anne defines this as “anything contrary to the unvarnished truth.”)

Talking points:

  • “What have I said that was designed to impress someone, but wasn’t the whole truth?” (from Anne’s book)
  • Do I exaggerate the truth?
  • Do I try to spare someone’s feelings by lying to them?
  • A “little white lie” is still a lie.  A lie of any magnitude is still sin.

 

Confess the sin of lying to God.

In His Presence Family Connection June 14

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Lack of seriousness toward God

Talking points:

  • Am I serious about my prayer time?
  • Do I believe I’m talking directly to God and He is hearing me in that moment?
  • Is praying a duty or privilege for me?
  • Do I show disrespect to God?
  • Do I give Him my leftovers or my best?

One of the things that I heard Francis Chan say in his Bible Study, “Crazy Love,” is that when he prays, he pictures the throne room of God.  Read Revelation 4.  The Bible paints a magnificent image of where God is.  There are rainbows of color around, jewels, a crystal clear sea in front, creatures that never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy.” (Revelation 4:8)  When the creatures give glory and honor, the twenty-four elders seated around the throne get up and toss their crowns before the throne and worship too.

When you pray, try picturing the throne room in your mind, or at least at times when you are having a very focused prayer time.  Imagine you are kneeling at that magnificent throne before Him.  What a powerful experience.  I believe this will enhance your prayer life.

Confess to God if you have had a lack of seriousness toward God.

 

 

 

In His Presence Family Connection June 13

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Slander

Talking points:

  • Do I say things (even truthful things) which could cause people to think less of the person I’m talking about?
  • Have I talked about someone behind their back?
  • When I start to share something I know about a person, I should stop and check my motives first.  Am I genuinely concerned for the person or am I just gossiping?
  • Read Matthew 15:10-20.

Confess this sin to God.

Work hard at not saying things that would tear others down, whether they are within hearing distance or not!

In His Presence Family Connection June 6

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: A Critical Spirit

Talking points:

  • 1 Peter 3:4 says, “But let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.” (ESV)
  • Do you find fault with others whom you feel don’t measure up?
  • Are you quick to point out what others do wrong?
  • Are you “bossy” in giving direction to others or do you get mad when they don’t do it your way?
  • Could you be described as a “Debby Downer” or “Negative Nancy?”  Nobody enjoys being around someone like that!  Has this perhaps become a habit for you?

Confess this sin to God.

Often a critical spirit is a habit.  Ask God to help you break this and any other destruction habits.  Your relationship with others will be affected if you continue to behave this way.  Remember, we are here on earth to glorify God.

 

In His Presence Family Connection June 7

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Envy

Talking points:

  • Are you jealous of others?
  • Do you struggle when you hear other people receive praise?
  • Do you have bad feelings toward people who are more gifted or more recognizable than you?

Confess this sin to God.  Ask Him to help you be content with the gifts and talents He’s given you.

In His Presence Family Connection June 6

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Pride

Read the definitions found at Websters 1828 Dictionary here.

Talking points:

  • Do I think of myself as superior in talents, beauty, wealth, accomplishments, rank, etc. to the point of thinking I’m better than others?
  • Is it hard for me to see and admit when I’m wrong?
  • How can I use my talents, gifts, and accomplishments to bring glory to God? (Example, Tim Tebow who humbles himself and acknowledges where his talent comes from and is quick to use his status to point to Christ)

Confess this sin to God.  Ask Him to help you capture prideful thoughts.

In His Presence Family Connection June 5

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Love of the World (material things)

Talking points:

  • Do I think my money is mine?
  • Are my decisions motivated by money?
  • Do I think my possessions are mine?
  • Do I choose to use them for God’s glory?

Confess this sin and think of strategies for using your resources to exemplify your love for Christ.

 

 

In His Presence Online Bible Study – June 1

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Every afternoon, I will post something for you to share with your family in the evening.  It may be a talking point, a short video, a Scripture to read, etc.

We have been working through a list of sins from Anne Graham Lotz new book, The Daniel Prayer.

Today’s Post…

Today’s sin is: Neglect of Family

Talking points:

  • Do I put myself and my needs above my family’s?
  • Am I making an effort to spend time with my family?
  • Have I established any habits that make it hard to find time for my family?
  • Are we building each other up spiritually?
  • Do I encourage my family members? Do I tear them down?