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Psalm 140:12-13

I know that the Lord defends the cause of the oppressed and vindicates the poor. Certainly the godly will give thanks to your name; the morally upright will live in your presence.

Lord, please reveal to us the damage and corruption that is both in our own hearts and that which seeks to invade our lives daily. Intervene Lord God and protect us from these threats, be our hedge of protection and our strong refuge. Show us what it means to be righteous and upright, and to receive the righteousness of Christ instead of trying to be self-righteous, and do it all on our own. Help us remember today that we are desperate for You, and give us the courage to cry out to You with our needs. You are a Just God and we thank You that You came to save us when we had no hope!

Philippians 1:7-8

For it is right for me to think this about all of you, because I have you in my heart, since both in my imprisonment and in the defense and confirmation of the gospel all of you became partners in God’s grace together with me.  For God is my witness that I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

Lord God, I pray that we would long to serve one another in the body of Christ as Paul describes that he longed to be with the church at Philippi. Again, this echoes Paul's heart for the church, and that he desired to be with them in fellowship. There is power in gathering together as a body of believers, great power in sharing meals, stories, testimonies, hardships, struggles, and joy. We ought to celebrate the love of God together in Christ Jesus, and look for opportunities to do so. Meeting together is an important piece of living out the gospel.

Revelation 12:7-9

Then war broke out in heaven: Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.  But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail, so there was no longer any place left in heaven for him and his angels.  So that huge dragon—the ancient serpent, the one called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world—was thrown down to the earth, and his angels along with him.

Today, I hope that we recognize one truth: "But the dragon was not strong enough to prevail". Earth is Satan's punishment, it is where he was "cast out" to. Satan loses the angelic war in heaven, and the stage is set for God to introduce mankind to the world. We are the recipients of God's abounding grace and ruthless mercy, in the face of the one who was cast out of heaven. We serve the God whose angels are victorious over Satan, and we are saved from the snare of sin and death by Christ Jesus, God the Son. Delivered from hopelessness, we can rest in the power and authority of Jesus.

1 Thessalonians 1:2-3

We thank God always for all of you as we mention you constantly in our prayers,  because we recall in the presence of our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.

The apostle Paul had a heart for the church, and he was expressive and clear about that in his letters. The church at Thessalonica must have felt encouraged and emboldened reading this greeting. He identifies with them building a launch pad of unity and oneness. This is a great example and prepares the hearts of the church to receive Paul's encouragement, instructions, and correction. Greet other believers in this way, with respectful humility and the discernment of the Holy Spirit. "And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love." 1 Cor. 13 (NIV)

Deuteronomy 5:32-33

Be careful, therefore, to do exactly what the Lord your God has commanded you; do not turn right or left!  Walk just as he has commanded you so that you may live, that it may go well with you, and that you may live long in the land you are going to possess.

God uniquely designed each one of us. You may have heard it said, "If God calls you to it, then He will bring you through it." While this is true, remember that God has called you according to your relationship with Him. Because He has called you to move to another country, does not mean He has called everyone else there too. Each of us needs to live as we feel God is leading us to live - and, at the same time, we must carry the gospel with us and be witnesses to His amazing grace and mercy. The church is called by God throughout the earth to share the good news and to glorify His name.