Conformed To The Likeness

Discipleship Study - Promises - Romans 8:29-30 - Conformed To The Likeness - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Promises – Romans 8:29-30 – Conformed To The Likeness – Growing As Disciples

For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:29-30 (NIV)

Like Him

I have a plan. I have had it from the very beginning. For most of your life you would have never been able to guess my plan. For the same length of time you would not have believed in my plan.  For many years of your life you would have wanted no part of my plan. You would have laughed off my plan. You’re not laughing now are you? No, I am not. Now you don’t need to guess. You know what my plan is for your life. Yes, I know your plan. What is my plan? Your plan is that I will become like your Son, Jesus Christ. Yes, that is my plan. You will mold and shape my life everyday so that I will conform to the image of your Son. Yes, I will. How do you feel about my plan? I like the plan that you have had for me from the beginning. I want what you want. I want to become like your Son more than anything else in all of life. Then we are on the same page. We both have the same goal in mind. Yes, we do.

Do you think it is a little strange that you now passionately want to become like my Son? I don’t know if it is strange. It is definitely a miracle that only you could accomplish. Why do you say that? You pointed out to me that I would not have guessed, believed in or wanted your plan. Yes, I did, do you think I was right? Yes, you were right, there is no doubt about that. What happened to you? What caused your desires to change? I can’t believe that you are asking me what happened. I’m sure that you know. That’s not why I’m asking you what happened. Why are you asking me what happened? I want you to take time to think about what happened to you. I want you to know why your desires have changed. I had enough. Of what, did you have enough? I had enough of myself. I had enough of my self-centered, selfish life. I had enough of all that the world had to offer. I had enough of my own sin. I had enough of my own pain and brokenness. I wanted more. Of what, did you want more? I couldn’t articulate it at the time. I cried out to you. It was more like a scream, wasn’t it? Yes, it was.  I asked you to show yourself to me. Did I, show myself to you? Yes, you did. Obviously, I was empty. I knew that there was a void in my life. There was an emptiness that only you could fill. Now I know that the “more” I wanted was you.

You put this desire for “more” in my heart, didn’t you? Yes, I did. It was your plan that I would want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul. Yes, it was. It was you who has filled me with this passionate desire to know you. It is you that has made me hunger and thirst for you. Yes, I did. It was you that has given me great joy in my wanting to become like your Son. It is you that has given me delight in doing what pleases you. Yes, it is.

Heavenly Father, I like the plan that you have had from the beginning. I want what you want. I want to become like Jesus Christ. Mold and shape my life according to your plan. Do your work in me and make me to be like Him. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

Promises – Romans 8-29-30 – Conformed To The Likeness – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Promises | Leave a comment

Prepare Your Minds

Discipleship Study - Character - 1 Peter 1:13-16 - Prepare Your Minds - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Character – 1 Peter 1:13-16 – Prepare Your Minds – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 (NIV)

In Your Presence

Are you ready for action? Am I prepared for what kind of action? Are you prepared to live the life that I have called you to live? What kind of life have you called me to live? You tell me. I know something about the life that you have not called me to live. Tell me about that. You do not want my heart and mind and life to be conformed to the values, patterns and practices of the world. You do not want me to think and speak and act just like everyone else in the world. You do not want me to live the corrupt and evil life that I once lived. You don’t want me to live a self-centered, self-sufficient, and self-indulgent life. You don’t want my life to be all about pursuing comfort and seeking pleasure. No, I do not.

How can I live a life that is ready for action? How can I be prepared to live a Godly life that is pleasing to you? How can I live a self-controlled life that desires to do your will? You are Holy. That’s right. You want me to become like you. That’s true. On my own, with my own strength I cannot live a holy life. Without your help, I cannot be holy. Without your working in me, I cannot become like you. No, you cannot. Well, I want to become like you. I want to know you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to follow you to wherever you lead me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. I want all my thoughts and words and deeds to be holy and pleasing in your sight. That’s good. Have you given me impossible desires? No, I have not given you impossible desires. What have I called you to do? You have called me to come to you. Where and when and how do you think you will be changed? I will be changed in your presence. That’s right. You will keep on changing me as I keep on coming to you. That’s true. Do you believe this? Will you keep on coming to me? Will you set your hope fully on me? Yes, I will keep coming to you. I will set my hope fully on you. Then you will be changed. You will think my thoughts, speak my words and do my deeds. You will be holy, because I am holy.  I welcome you to do your work in and through me. Mold and shape me according to your purposes and plans. Yes, I will and that will be very good.

Lord, at one time I allowed my life to be conformed to the world. My thoughts and words and deeds were all evil. But, that all changed when you called me. You changed my heart, transformed my mind and gave me a burning desire to love, follow and serve you. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

Character – 1 Peter 1-13-16 – Prepare Your Minds – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Character | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Love Of Money

Discipleship Study - Character - 1 Timothy 6:6-10 - Love Of Money - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Character – 1 Timothy 6:6-10 – Love Of Money – Growing As Disciples

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NIV)

Treasures In Heaven

You brought nothing into this world. You will take nothing out of this world. Is that something that you have considered?

Have you given that much thought? No, not really. That explains a lot of your past behavior, doesn’t it? What do you mean by saying that? You know exactly what I mean. Are you sure? Are you kidding me? Yes, I’m sure. Tell me why I know that you haven’t thought much about the futility of loving money and pursuing things. If I had given the subject much thought, at all, I would have realized how futile it is to love money and pursue things. Why is that? Life is short. My life on this earth is here today and gone tomorrow. In a blink of an eye or at the snap of the fingers my life on this earth will be over. That’s true. I am just passing through this life. This is not my forever home. Trying to stockpile money and acquire possessions is a waste of time and energy. Everything I think I own will be left here when I leave this life. That’s right.

As you have said, I brought nothing into this world and I will take nothing out of it. That’s what I said, but, I need to make one very important clarification. What’s that? You can store up treasures in heaven. What does that mean? How can I do that? You have heard me say that I will reward you for the good that you do for me in this life? Yes, I have heard you say that. I want to explain that to you. But first, let me be clear. You will be coming to live forever in heaven with me. You are my follower. You have received my forgiveness and cleansing of your sin. For that I am forever grateful and thankful. That’s good. Coming to live with me in heaven is a gift, it is not a reward. So, when I have told you that you will be rewarded for all the good that you will do for me in this life I am not talking about your salvation. I am not talking about your eternal life in heaven with me. That would be good enough for me. I would need nothing more. I don’t need any rewards. That is a good attitude to have. But, all the fruit you will bear for me in this life will be storing up treasure in heaven with me. You will be rewarded. I will pay you back. That’s sounds incredible. It will be fantastic.

So, I want to ask you a question. Go ahead, I’m listening. Do you want to pursue the treasures of this life or do you want to store up treasure, that will last forever, in heaven with me? I want to store up treasure in heaven with you. Then do the good things that I give you to do for me. Go and bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I have wanted money and material possessions. I have been discontent. I have gone down a destructive path pursuing what will not last. No more. I want to love, follow and serve you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name.  Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

Character – 1 Timothy 6-6-10 – Love Of Money – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Character | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

In My Heart

Discipleship Study - God's Word - Psalm 119:11 - In My Heart - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – God’s Word – Psalm 119:11 – In My Heart – Growing As Disciples

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:11 (NIV)

Hide It

You don’t want to sin against me, is that true? It’s true, I certainly don’t want to sin against you. You want to be able to stand against temptation and resist evil, is that also true? Yes, it is also true that I want to be able to resist temptation and stand against evil. Do you have any idea how you will be able to stand against temptation and resist evil? I’m not sure. That’s not good. You need to be sure. Tell me what has not worked in your efforts to stand against temptation and resist evil? Standing against temptation and resisting evil with my strength alone has not worked out so well. Obviously I cannot stand against temptation and resist evil under my own power. No you cannot.

You do know how you will most likely be temptation. You are not usually taken completely by surprise by temptations. You can usually predict with great accuracy when, where, how and why you will be tempted. Have I said anything that is not true? All your statements are true. Can you remove yourself from people, places, and situations in which you will be tempted? Yes, I can. That would be a very good start. That will not be enough however. You will never be able to completely remove yourself from every person, place, or situation that will tempt you. If even that were possible you will not be able to resist temptations and evil by the strength of your will alone. I know that to be true.

Does my word speak to how you have and will be tempted? Yes, it does. Has my word given you strength to stand against temptation and resist evil? Yes, it has. How so? As I have hidden your word in my heart it has been working in me. Your word has been changing the thoughts of my mind. Your word has been changing the desires of my heart. Your word has given me new thoughts to think. You word has given me new desires to feel. I want to think your thoughts. I want to do your will. I want to love and follow and serve you with all my heart and soul and mind and strength. The thoughts and desires I have to live my life for you are overpowering the power of temptation and evil that comes against me. As I draw near to you in your word, and resist temptation and evil, it flees from me. Yes, it does. Your word is working your victory in me. Your word has set me free to live my life for you. Your word is working in me, with me and for me as I hide it in my heart. Yes, it is. Continue meeting with me in my word. Continue to hide my word in your heart. Yes Lord, I will. 

Lord, thank you for your word. It is my delight to hide your word in my heart. Your word is changing my heart and transforming my mind. Your word is fanning the flames of my love and devotion to you. Your word is helping me to not sin against you.  Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

God’s Word – Psalm 119-11 – In My Heart – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in God's Word | Leave a comment

Do Not Love The World

Discipleship Study - Mixed Emotions - 1 John 2:15-17 - Do Not Love The World - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Mixed Emotions – 1 John 2:15-17 – Do Not Love The World – Growing As Disciples

Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever. 1 John 2:15-17 (ESV)

Do My Will

Do you love the world? Do you love the things of this world? Is your heart and mind and life filled with fleshly desires that come from the world? Are your eyes captivated by all that the world offers? Are you living a pride filled life? I hope not. I would say not. Have I been tempted by the world and the things in it? I would say so. Have my eyes been captivated by what the world offers? I would say so. Have I been proud? I would say so. But, the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and the pride of life do not have control of my life. I have left these behind so that I could follow and serve you.

What makes you so certain that you do not love the world and the things of the world? I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is impossible to love you and the world at the same time. That’s true. If I loved the world, love for you would not be in me. That’s right. What else? I know you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than to listen to you. I know your will. I am walking in your ways. It is my delight to do what pleases you. I will go wherever you send me. I will do whatever you ask of me. That’s very good.

What can you be sure of because you know and love me? What can you be sure because you are going and doing my will? I can be sure that I will live forever. You are my Savior and Lord. You have given me a completely new life to live. This new life that you have given me to live began on the day that I stopped loving the world and started loving you. Yes, it did. Keep on following and serving me. Keep on going to do my will. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will not love the world or the things of the world. Instead, I will love you with all my heart, mind, soul and strength. I know the world and all tis desires is passing away. Thank you that I can know your will and walk in your ways as I follow and serve you. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

Mixed Emotions – 1 John 2-15-17 – Do Not Love The World – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Mixed Emotions | Leave a comment

Do Not Be Anxious

Discipleship Study - Mixed Emotions - Philippians 4:6-7 - Do Not Be Anxious - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Mixed Emotions – Philippians 4:6-7 – Do Not Be Anxious – Growing As Disciples

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (ESV)  

Worries Into Prayers

I am not in charge, I know that. You are not in charge of what? I am not in charge of my life. I don’t know the future. I don’t control my own destiny. My life is in your hands. You are in control. You are in charge. You know my future. You have a purpose and plan for my life. You will lead me. You will guard and guide my life. You will take care of me. You will watch over me. Your hand will be on me. You will help me. You are worthy of all my trust. I can rely on you for all that I will need. You will not withhold any good thing from me. You will hear and answer my prayers. I like what you are saying to me. I like what I am hearing from you. That’s good.

There is a problem. What’s that? What might I say in response to all that you have said to me? I don’t know. I will ask you a couple questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. Since you can trust in me, do you have anything to worry about? I’m not sure what you mean. Oh, I think you know what I mean. Let me hear your thoughts on this subject. I do worry quite a bit. Yes, you do. When your life is filled with worry are you trusting me? When your life is paralyzed by anxiety are you relying on me for all that you need? No, I am not. Who then, are you relying on? When my life is filled with worry and anxiety I am trusting myself. That’s a good thing for you to admit to me. Do you want to be free from worry and anxiety? Do you want to live in me peace? Yes Lord, I do want to be free from worry and anxiety. I do want to live in your peace. That’s good.

Let’s take this one step at a time. Let’s take this one worry and one prayer at a time. If you want to be free from worry and anxiety and live in my peace you will need to develop a new habit.  What habit will I need to develop? You can answer that, can’t you? What is my word telling you? I need to develop the habit of turning my worries into prayers to you. That’s it. How will you start turning your worries into prayers to me? I will start with one worry and one prayer at a time. When I start to have a worry, I will bring it to you it to you, I will turn it into a prayer. That will be very good. When you turn a worry into a prayer you will experience my peace. That is my promise to you. Thank you, Lord, for all your promises to me.

Lord, I will turn all my worries into prayers to you. You are in charge of my life. You are in control of my destiny. I know that I can trust you. Thank you for guarding and guiding my life and making me able to live in your peace as I love, follow and serve you. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

Mixed Emotions – Philippians 4-6-7 – Do Not Be Anxious – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Mixed Emotions | Leave a comment

Do Not Drift Away

Discipleship Study - So That - Hebrews 2:1 - Do Not Drift Away - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – So That – Hebrews 2:1 – Do Not Drift Away – Growing As Disciples

We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. Hebrews 2:1 (NIV)

Pay Attention 

Are you paying attention? Are you taking a firm grip on what you have heard? Yes, I think I am paying attention. Who are you paying attention to? I am paying attention to you. I am listening carefully to all that you want to say to me. I have carved out a time and a place to meet with you, everyday in your word. What happens when you meet with me? I stop everything and give you myself fully to you. I lean in to hear all that you might want to say to me. The noise from the world quiets down. The crazy pace of life stops. All others demands for my mind are set aside. I enter into your presence to devote myself fully to you. Yes, I am paying attention to you. I can see that you are.

Why are you so devoted to paying attention to me? Why do you so passionately want to hear from me? I want to know you. I want to love you. I want to follow you. You are my Lord and Savior. You gave yourself fully to me. I want to give myself fully to you. There is no place that I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing that I would rather do than listen to you.  I know that you are changing me. My heart is not the same. My mind is different. You are allowing me to think your thoughts. You are allowing me to feel your feelings. Day by day you are molding and shaping my life. You are making me to be more like you. I welcome your work in my life. I want to be all that you want me to be. I want to do all that you want me to do. Keep on coming to me and both your desires will be true.

What won’t happen if you keep on coming to me? I won’t drift away from you. I won’t loose interest in what you want to say to me. I won’t grow tired of how you want to work in and through me. Why is that? Just the opposite is happening to me, as I pay attention to you. Just the opposite is happening to me, as I take hold of all that you want to teach me. What do you mean? Instead of drifting way I want to draw near. I want to be closer and even more attentive. Instead of growing cold and distant I am growing hotter and closer. The closer I am to you the more on fire I am for you. You are setting me on fire to love you and be your witness in the world. Yes, I am. You are making me able to be who you have called me to be. You are making me able to do all that you have asked me to do. Yes, I am.

Lord, you have my full attention. I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I will firmly hold on to all that I have heard and been taught by you. Keep and guard me from drifting away from you and the life you have given me to live. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

So That – Hebrews 2-1 – Do Not Drift Away – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in So That | Leave a comment

I Will Be With Your Mouth

Discipleship Study - Therefore - Exodus 4:10-13 - I Will Be With Your Mouth - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Therefore – Exodus 4:10-13 – I Will Be With Your Mouth – Growing As Disciples

But Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue.” Then the LORD said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak.” But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” Exodus 4:10-13 (ESV)

Go And Do

What do you know about my call on your life? I know that you will ask me to do things for you. Yes, I will. What else? I know that you will ask me to do things for you that I cannot possible do all by myself. Why would I ask you to do what you cannot do by yourself? You want me to come to rely on you. You want me to know that you are working in and through my life. You want me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Apart from you I can do nothing of eternal value. That’s right.

How have you responded to me when I have asked you to do what you could not do by yourself? I have argued with you many times. I have found a hundred different reasons why you couldn’t possibly be asking me to do what you have asked me to do for you. I found a dozen other things to do for you instead of what you were asking me to do for you. I have also asked you to send someone else instead of me. In every way possible I have tried to avoid the difficult things that you have asked me to do for you. Why is that? I have been afraid. What have you been afraid of? I have been afraid of failing. What is a bigger failure, failing at trying to do what I asked you to do or failing to do what I asked you to do? I have never thought of that before. Do you have an answer for me? It would be a far bigger failure to fail to do what you asked me to do than to fail trying to do what you asked me to do. That’s right.

Do you trust me? Do you have faith in me? Yes, I trust you. Yes, I have faith in you. Do you believe that I will make you able to do all that I ask of you? Yes, I believe that you will help me to do whatever you ask of me. That’s good. Then go and do what I am asking of you. Yes Lord, I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I will be with you to help you.

Lord, I know you will challenge my faith. I know you will ask me to do what I have never done before. I know you will ask me to do what I cannot do without your help.  I know you will cause me to rely on you. Help me to say yes to all that you ask of me.  Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

Therefore – Exodus 4-10-13 – I Will Be Your Mouth – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Therefore | Leave a comment

Do Not Be Frightened

Discipleship Study - Mixed Emotions - Joshua 1:9 - Do Not Be Frightened- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Mixed Emotions – Joshua 1:9 – Do Not Be Frightened- Growing As Disciples

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 (ESV) 

Bold And Courageous 

Will you go where I send you? Will you do what I ask of you? Yes, I will. Will you go where I send you with courage? Will you do what I ask of you with boldness? Those are much harder questions. Why is that? I am willing to go where you send me to do whatever you ask of me. I am just not as sure that I will go where you send me with courage and do what you ask of me with boldness. That is a problem. Yes, it is. Would it surprise you to hear that I don’t want you to go somewhere for me if you do not go with courage? Would it also surprise you to hear that I don’t want you to do something for me if you do not do it with boldness? Yes, both of those statements do surprise me. Can you think of why I would make both of those statements? Yes, I can. That’s good.

Let me hear why you think I don’t want you to go and serve me if you are not going to go with courage and serve with boldness? You want me to rely on you. You want me to trust you for all that I need. You want me to rely on your power working in and through me. You don’t want me to try and serve you with my own gifts, talents and abilities. I know that you will use my gifts, talents and abilities. Yes, I will. You gave me my gifts, talent and abilities. Yes, I did. You intend to use my gifts, talents and abilities. Yes, I do. There is a big difference between relying on myself and my resources than relying on you to be with me to help me. If I rely on myself I will not go anywhere with courage. If I rely on myself I will not do whatever you ask me with boldness. That’s right.

Why do you think I want you to rely on me for all that you will need in the daring and difficult assignments I will give to you? You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to know that you are working in and through my life. You want me to feel the joy and experience the exhilaration of knowing that I am bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name. Yes, I do. What else? You want me to shine as a bright witness for you in the world. I can only do that as I rely on you for all that I will need to serve you. That’s true. All of this will happen as I rely on you to go and do all that you ask of me. Yes, it will and that will be very good.

Lord, I will go and boldly serve you wherever you send me to do whatever you ask of me. I know that you are with me to help me wherever I go. I will rely on your power and strength. I will trust that you are working in and through me every step of my way. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

Mixed Emotions – Joshua 1-9 – Do Not Be Frightened – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Mixed Emotions | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Did Everything

Discipleship Study - Miracles - Genesis 6:22 - Did Everything - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Miracles – Genesis 6:22 – Did Everything – Growing As Disciples

Noah did everything just as God commanded him. Genesis 6:22 (NIV)

Yes I Will

I want you to understand something of vital importance. What’s that? You will not always understand exactly why I have given you something to do for me. Does that come as a great shock to you? No, it does not. Let me continue. Go ahead, I’m listening. You will not always be able to see the value of doing what I have asked you to do for me. You may wonder if you have really heard from me. You may doubt your call. You may question your work. Does any of this sound familiar to you? Yes, I have entertained doubt, wondered about your call and questioned my work. Let’s keep going. I am enjoying our conversation. I am encouraged by your words. You will grow weary. You will become tired. You will want to give up and quit. Is this true? Have you felt every one of these feelings? You know me. Yes, I have experienced all these feelings. I will say more. It may take days and months and even years to recognize the importance and value of the work that I have given you to do for me. You may need to look back over your entire life to see how my hand has been on you to use you for my purposes to accomplish my plans. You will not fully understand how I have used your life to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name until we look back over your life when we are together in heaven. Can you wait until that day? Can you keep on following me? Will you keep on serving me? Yes Lord, I will keep on following and serving you.

How can you be certain that you will keep on following and serving me? My certainty rests on you and not on myself. You will be with me to help me. You will refresh me when I am weary. You will strengthen me when I am weak. You will give me hope when I am discouraged. I will not walk through life all alone. You will be ahead of me leading me on every step of my way. You will be beside me to encourage me. You will be above me to watch over me. You will be behind me to push me forward on the path that you have laid out for me. Yes, I will.

I only need to understand one thing. What’s that? I only need to understand that you have asked me to do something for you. I don’t need to understand when and where and why and how. I only need to understand “who.”  That “who”, is you. If you have asked me to do something for you, I know that you will show me anything and everything else I need to know, to go and do your will. So, yes it will be my joy to keep on serving you day after day and year after year because I will know that I will be doing your will. I want you to use my life to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That is very good. Yes, I will.

Lord, I have not always understood what you were asking me to do for you. I have had questions and doubts and have not always said yes to you. Forgive me. I will go wherever you guide me to do whatever you ask of me. Use my life according to your purposes. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship study guide click here:

Miracles – Genesis 6-22 – Did Everything – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship study guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Miracles | Leave a comment