Encouragement & Prayer (8/3/20)

 

This is the audio from the August 3, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Living Free:  Free From the Wicked

Living Free: Free From the Wicked

Freedom.  It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not.  When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything.  Over the next 2 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.

Here is day thirty-one with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free from the influence of the wicked.

Free From the Wicked

“But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.
Psalm 129:4 (NIV)

How much influence does the deeds of the wicked have on you?  How do you know?  How much influence do your own wicked deeds have on you?  What influence do the sins of your past still have on you today?  Does that influence lead you in a good way, or bad?  Why?  Does living free from “the wicked” mean that you never have interaction with anyone who does bad things?  Explain.  How does God’s righteousness not only free you from the wicked, but frees you from the acts of wickedness?

Our first thoughts in regard to living free from the wicked often turns to freedom from the evil deeds of others.  God does give us freedom from the eternal results of their actions even if we face the temporary consequences of what they do.  But the truth is, God also frees us from our own wickedness and the penalty we deserve because of it.  In both aspects, we are free through the righteousness of God and not as the result of any form of goodness we may have.  As you pray, ask God to help you know freedom from all wickedness.  Pray that you would live free because of His righteousness in you.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (8/2/20)

 

This is the audio from the August 2, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Living Free:  Free By The Truth

Living Free: Free By The Truth

Freedom.  It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not.  When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything.  Over the next 3 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.

Here is day thirty with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free because of truth.

Free By The Truth

To the Jews who had believed him, Jesus said, ‘If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’
John 8:31-32 (NIV)

What is your view of truth?  How much value do you place on it?  Why?  Have you ever been caught up in a lie told by someone else?  In a lie of your own?  What had the power to set you free from those lies?  What are some lies that the enemy tries to get you to believe about yourself?  Has he ever lied to you about your value, your beauty, your being loved?  Why are there times his lies are so believable?  How does a careful look and understanding of God’s Word free you from the lies which seek to destroy you?

In a culture that often views truth as relative; God continues to pronounce Himself as absolute truth.  Satan has become very good at making lies believable and it seems that the world is always doing its part to make us believe the lies.  Just as the only thing that will ever overcome darkness is light, the only thing that will ever set us free from the lies of the enemy is truth.  As you pray, ask God to help you see through the lies of this world so that you would know truth.  Pray that you would know the Truth that is Jesus and be set free by Him.  Pray that your freedom would help you walk in truth each day.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (8/1/20)

 

This is the audio from the August 1, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Living Free:  Free From Traps

Living Free: Free From Traps

Freedom.  It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not.  When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything.  Over the next 4 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.

Here is day twenty-nine with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can live free from the traps of the enemy.

Free From Traps

“Since you are my rock and my fortress, for the sake of your name lead and guide me.  Free me from the trap that is set for me, for you are my refuge.
Psalm 31:3-4 (NIV)

Have you ever been caught in a situation that you later realized was a trap that had been set for you?  How did you feel?  How comforting would it be to know you have a ready refuge to help you avoid traps?  After being caught in a trap or two, how useful would it be to have someone with a wider view show you where the traps are and what they look like?  Would you listen?  Would you live with greater confidence if you believed God had the power, and desire, to free you from all traps set for you as well as all traps you fall into?

The nature of traps can lead us to feelings of embarrassment when we fall into them.  Satan then likes to use that embarrassment to keep us from admitting we fell and turning to the One who can free us from the trap.  By gazing intently into God’s perfect law, we can often avoid many of the traps the enemy sets for us, but we can also find refuge and help when we are caught in one of those traps.  As you pray, ask God to set you free from any traps that you currently find yourself in.  Pray that you would look to God and His Word to guide you away from traps that the enemy has set for you.

In prayer,

Tom  

Encouragement & Prayer (7/31/20)

 

This is the audio from the July 31, 2020 live social media broadcast of encouragement and prayer by Impact Prayer Ministry’s director, Tom Lemler.

You can find the live video feeds of these encouragement and prayer times on Impact Prayer Ministry’s Facebook page and YouTube channel.

In prayer,
Tom

Living Free:  Free To Stand Firm

Living Free: Free To Stand Firm

Freedom.  It seems everyone wants to be free yet we often struggle to even admit when we are not.  When Jesus stated that holding to His teachings would lead people to know the truth that would set them free, the religious leaders bristled at even the hint that they had ever been slaves to anyone or anything.  Over the next 5 days I will be sharing the daily devotions from the book, “Living Free”, that I wrote several years ago to help you discover a life of freedom found through a consistent gazing into, and practice of, the perfect law of God’s Word.

Here is day twenty-eight with an important reminder that living free in Christ means that you, and those around you, can stand firm in your freedom.

Free To Stand Firm

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1 (NIV)

Do you have difficulty in sticking with a thought, belief, or action?  Why?  Would your closest friends agree with your answer?  When you begin something new, why is it often tempting to go back to what was familiar?  How much influence does fear of failing at what is ahead have on our decisions to return to something that wasn’t good?  What role does confidence have in being able to stick with something even through difficulty?  Would assurance of success simply by completing, help you stay with something no matter what?  Why?

I am a creature of habit and generally prefer the familiar over trying anything new.  For me, it can be difficult to stay with something new long enough to see if it will work out.  When it comes to our faith, Christ has set us free with the assurance that it will work out to our benefit if we stand firm and remain in Him.  Knowing that we have indeed been set free by Christ should equip us to stand firm in our faith.  As you pray, ask God to free you from the sin of the past so that you can stand firm in your faith.  Pray that you would help share freedom with others who need to stand firm.

In prayer,

Tom