Not Grow Weary

The Virtuous Life - Day 229 - Galatians 6-9-10 - Not Grow Weary - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 229 – Galatians 6-9-10 – Not Grow Weary – Growing As Disciples

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.  So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith. Galatians 6:9-10 (ESV)

Weary Of Doing Good

I hate to admit it. I dislike it being true. I wish it were not so. I deeply regret that I am in this position. What are you talking about? You know what I am talking about better than I know what I am talking about. Yes, I do. Know this, when I ask you a question, it is not because I am lacking information. It is because I am wanting you to reflect more deeply on a topic. I want you to more fully consider your situation. I want us to engage in a deeper conversation. I understand. That is good. Now, tell me more about what you have on your mind and in your heart. I am weary and worn out. That may be an understatement. I feel like I am running on empty. I am in danger of growing so weary that I stop doing the good things you have given me to do for you. That is not good. Yes, I know.

How have you reached this state of weariness? How have you become so worn out? I can think of several reasons. I’m listening. I have not taken care of my body. I have become unbalanced. I have failed to make sure that I am getting enough sleep, eating a healthy diet, and exercising daily. I know you have given me this body. I can’t have another. If my body is not healthy, I have little chance of serving you well. That is true. Will you start taking care of your body so you will not grow weary in serving me? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

You have mentioned one cause of your being weary, can you think of another? Yes, I can. I am still listening. I have been giving out more than I have been taking in. What does that mean? I have not taken time to leave the noise and busyness of life to rest in your presence. I, unlike Mary, have failed to choose what is better. I know that you will revive and refresh and restore me as I draw near to you. I need to allow you to freshly fill me so I can abundantly and fruitfully serve others. Will you make it your daily practice to allow me to revive, refresh and restore you. Will you draw near to me? Will you come to rest in my presence? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

There is one more cause of your being weary and worn out, can you think of what that is? I have been incorrect in my thinking. I have been unrealistic in my expectations. How so? I failed to remember that sowing and reaping almost always occur in different seasons. I have allowed myself to become discouraged because I have not seen immediate results of my labor. That is not good. I know. Will you trust me? Will you leave the results and fruits of your labor up to me? Do you believe that I will help you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I will. Yes, I do. That is very good.

Lord, I have allowed my life to be unbalanced. I have not taken good care of my body. I have become weary and worn out. Revive and refresh and restore me as I draw near to you. Help me to keep on doing all the good that you have given me to do for you. Amen

Key Question…  When has a lack of sleep, poor diet, and insufficient exercise caused you to grow weary serving the Lord?

Living It Out…  Withdraw from the noise and busyness of life to rest in the Lord’s presence so He can revive, refresh and restore you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will revive, refresh, and restore you as you come to rest in His presence.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are continuing to do the good God has given you to do for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you not grow weary in doing the good God has given you to do for Him.

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Overcomes The World

The Virtuous Life - Day 223 - 1 John 5-1-5 - Overcomes The World - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 223 – 1 John 5-1-5 – Overcomes The World – Growing As Disciples

Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well.  This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands.  This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.  Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John 5:1-5 (NIV)

Place Your Faith

Where will you place your faith? I’m not sure what you mean. Will you place your faith in yourself? Will you trust in your own gifts, talents, abilities, and resources? Will you rely on your own understanding? Will you follow your own counsel? Will you go and do whatever seems right to you? Will you be the master of your own destiny? Will you be the final arbiter of what is good and right and true? That would be exceedingly foolish. How do you know for sure? I know from the voice of experience. I have been there and done that. I have seen the error of my own ways. I have followed my own counsel and listened to my own advice. I have gone and done whatever seemed right to me. Where did all this lead you? It led me on a crooked path. I bounced from one fruitless endeavor to another. It led me into a life filled with bruises and brokenness. I suffered for my mistakes, missteps. and sinfulness. I reached rock bottom. I had nowhere to go. I was stuck in the mud and mire of my own pride filled life. So, what did you do? You know exactly what I did. Yes, I do. I cried out to you. I asked you for your help. I turned my life over to you. I came to believe in you. I placed all my faith and hope and trust in you. Yes, you certainly did. Now, only you, are the arbiter of what is good and right and true. If I think one thing and you say another, then I now know that it is time for me to readjust my thinking and realign my life with you. That is very good.

What has been, is, and will be the outcome of your placing all your faith and hope and trust in me? I am now living the life of salvation that you have secured for me. Your love for me, and my love for you, has made following and obeying your commands not burdensome to me. It has become my joy to do what is good and right and true. I love doing what is pleasing to you. You are helping me to overcome the world, as I live my life with and for you. Yes, you are and that is very good. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I do believe in you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. I love you with all that is within me. I will place all my faith in you. Loving you has made obeying your commands not burdensome. Help me to overcome the world as I follow and serve you. Amen

Key Question…  How is continuing to place your trust in the Lord helping you to overcome the world?

Living It Out…  Place all your faith in the Lord and allow Him to help you overcome the world.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to overcome the world as you place all your faith in Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how your faith in the Lord is helping you to overcome the world.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May your faith in Jesus Christ make you able to overcome the world.

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Goes Into Strict Training

The Virtuous Life - Day 228 - 1 Corinthians 9-24-27 - Goes Into Strict Training

The Virtuous Life – Day 228 – 1 Corinthians 9-24-27 – Goes Into Strict Training

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.  Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air.  No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)

Run Well

That is what I want to do. What do you want to do? I want to run well and finish strong as your follower. That is a very good goal. That is a great purpose and plan. How will you run well and finish strong as my follower? I know one thing, for sure. What’s that? I won’t run well and finish strong without your help. You will keep me on track. You will help me to stay on course. Yes, I will. In fact, you should know that I am praying for you. I want you to run well and finish strong. We both want the same thing. That is not surprising. Why is that? You placed this desire in my heart. Do you believe that I will also grant this desire that I have given to you? Yes, I do. That’s good.

What role do you play in your running well and finishing strong? I need to stay on course. I need to keep on track. What does that mean? I need to distance myself from anything that will hinder my running well as your follower. How will you do that? I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. When hindrances of any kind seek to entrap me and weigh me down, I will throw them off as I run to you. You will lead me. You will guide me. You will guard and protect me. Yes, I will, you can count on me. What else? I need to enter strict training. What will that look like in your daily life? In my daily life with you, I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in your word. I will meet with you in service. I will meet with you in fellowship. In every way, I will live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. In our time together, I am sure that you will direct all my training. Yes, I will. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, it is my desire to run well and finish strong as your follower. I want to bear and abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. With that in mind, I will distance myself from any hindrances and enter strict training as I follow you. Amen

Key Question…  What would entering strict training as a follower of Christ look like in your daily life?

Living It Out…  Enter strict training so you will run well as a follower of Christ.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that entering strict training will help you to run well as a follower of Christ.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group what spiritual disciplines are part of your strict training.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you enter strict training so you will run well as a follower of Jesus Christ.

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Deeds Done In Humility

The Virtuous Life - Day 221 - James 3-13-18 - Deeds Done In Humility - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 221 – James 3-13-18 – Deeds Done In Humility – Growing As Disciples

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom.  But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth.  Such “wisdom” does not come down from heaven but is earthly, unspiritual, of the devil.  For where you have envy and selfish ambition, there you find disorder and every evil practice.  But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.  Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. James 3:13-18 (NIV)  

Demonstrating Wisdom

What does wisdom look like? How will you know if you are thinking and speaking and acting wisely? How will you gauge if you are truly wise? When can you be very sure that wisdom is lacking? What will be the result and end product of your life if you are living wisely? Those are all good questions. Go ahead and answer them. I will start by describing what wisdom is not. That is a good place to start. Wisdom does not harbor bitter envy. Wisdom is not fueled by selfish ambition. Wisdom is not boastful, nor will it deny what is true. Anything that looks or sounds or acts like this is not heavenly wisdom, it is worldly wisdom, that is unspiritual and comes from the devil. Out of this kind of evil springs disorder, discord, disunity, and a host of evil practices. I want none of this so-called wisdom in my life. That’s good.

You have said enough about what is not. Describe what heavenly wisdom looks like. Heavenly wisdom is demonstrated by actions. It is not a lot of talk. A wise person’s life demonstrates wisdom by humbly doing good deeds. They live a life for others. They love like you loved. They give like you gave. They serve like you served. Heavenly wisdom loves peace. It is considerate and submissive. Heavenly wisdom is filled with mercy. It is impartial and sincere. If I am truly wise, I will be known as a peacemaker. If I am truly wise, my life will bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. If I am truly wise, my life will bring glory to your name. Yes, you will. Do you want to live a life filled with heavenly wisdom? Yes, I do. That is the desire or my heart. That is how I will think and speak and act. That will be very good.

Lord, I know that I have often thought, or spoke, or acted unwisely. Forgive me. Help me to live a life of humbly doing good deeds for others. Develop in me all the character qualities that are part of being truly wise. For your glory, bear good fruit through my life. Amen

Key Question…  What character qualities are essential elements of living a life filled with wisdom?

Living It Out…  Demonstrate wisdom by humbly doing good deeds for others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to demonstrate wisdom by humbly doing good deeds for others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are humbly doing good deeds for others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May your life demonstrate wisdom by humbly doing good deeds for others.

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Have This Mind Among Yourselves

The Sacramental Life - Day 341 - Philippians 2-5-11 - Have This Mind Among Yourselves - Growing As Disciples

The Sacramental Life – Day 341 – Philippians 2-5-11 – Have This Mind Among Yourselves – Growing As Disciples

Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.  And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,  so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,  and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)

Your Mind 

Your mind is like a battleground. How so? In this life, in this world, your mind is under attack. The world, the flesh, and the devil will always be trying to conform you to the patterns and practices and values of the world. If you are not careful, if you are not on guard, you will likely live a life that is not pleasing to me. If you are not watchful and vigilant, you will almost surely think, and speak, and act in ways that are not in alignment with my will. I understand. There is something of which I am supremely thankful. What’s that? You have set before me a clear example to follow. What example have I set before you? You humbled yourself. You took on the form of a servant. You did not assert your rights. You did not demand any privileges.  You made it your goal to humbly and obediently, serve your Heavenly Father. You made it your mission to live as a servant of others. All your thoughts, and words, and actions were guided by living a life that was obedient to and in alignment with your Heavenly Father’s will. That is clearly and exactly the example I set before you to follow. Will you think like I thought? Will you speak like I spoke? Will you like I acted? Will you live your like patterned after mine? Yes Lord, I will humbly and obediently follow your example. I will live to serve you and others. Then you will live a life without regret. Then you will live a life that will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Then you will one day hear me say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”It will be to my joy and delight to hear you speaking those to me. Thank you, Lord, for giving me this life to live. 

Lord, thank you for setting before me an example to follow. I will guard my thoughts, words, and actions. I will humbly take on the form of a servant. I will live to serve God. I will live to serve others. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. Amen

Key Question…  Why will you never regret following Christ’s example of humbly living to serve God and others?

Living It Out…  Follow Christ’s example by living to serve God and others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will never regret following Christ’s example of living to serve God and others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are humbly living as a servant of God and others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you have the mind of Christ and be a servant of others.

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Teach Us

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 102 - Psalm 90-12 - Teach Us - 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 102 – Psalm 90-12 – Teach Us – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Psalm 90:12 (NIV)

Heart Of Wisdom

That is what I want. That is my desire. That is my prayer. What do you want? What is your desire? What is your prayer? I want a heart of wisdom. What would you do with a heart of wisdom? Where would a heart of wisdom lead you? What would a heart of wisdom give you to do? Those are great questions that are worthy of my deepest thoughts. Fortunately, they are not new questions or new thoughts to me. You have put those questions before me in many ways and at various times before. So, what are your deepest thoughts in answer to my questions? A heart of wisdom will help me to live a life without regrets. A heart of wisdom will help me to know and do your will. A heart of wisdom will guide the entire course of my life. A heart of wisdom will help me to make the wisest use of every day that you have given me to live. A heart of wisdom will help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have answered well. I have only answered well because the heart of wisdom you have been giving to me. It pleases me that you know this to be true.

Let’s talk more about your receiving all that you are asking of me. Let’s talk more about you gaining a heart of wisdom. I’m listening attentively to you. Well then, you have answered one of my questions without my asking it of you. Listening attentively to me is how you will gain a heart of wisdom. Of that, I have no doubt. How will you make yourself available to me? How will you listen attentively to me? That is a condition of my receiving what I am asking of you, isn’t it? It would be foolish to think that you would give me a heart of wisdom if I failed to listen attentively to you. That is correct. So, I will set aside a daily time and place to meet with you in prayer. I will set aside a daily time and place to meet with you in worship. I will set aside a daily time and place to meet with you in your word. In this set time and place, I will listen to all that you have to say to me. My listening to you will not stop in our set time and place of meeting. I know that you will use our set time and place of meeting to help me to hear your voice guiding through the moments of my day. You are correct, as you keep on listening to me, I will give you a heart of wisdom and teach you to number your days and wisely live the life I have given you to live. Thank you, Lord. I will keep on listening to you. That will be very good.

Lord, I will stop to listen to you. I will wait for your teaching. I will receive your instruction. I will follow your guidance. I will rely on you completely. Give me a heart of wisdom. Teach me to number my days so that my life will be wisely spent in your service. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making it your practice to listen attentively to the Lord teaching you?

Living It Out…  Rely on the Lord to teach you so you will have a heart of wisdom.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will teach you and give you a heart of wisdom as you rely on Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has been teaching you and giving you a heart of wisdom.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow the Lord to teach you so you will have a heart of wisdom.

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He Who Is Greatest

The Virtuous Life - Day 220 - Matthew 23-11-12 - He Who Is Greatest - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 220 – Matthew 23-11-12 – He Who Is Greatest – Growing As Disciples

But he who is greatest among you shall be your servant.  And whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-12 (NKJV)

True Greatness

How would you define true greatness? What will you do to live a life that could truly be called great? Sometimes, I have wondered if desiring to live a life that could be called great is desire that is pleasing to you. Do you think I want you to live a life that isn’t great? Do you think I want you to live a life that would be called average or maybe even below average? Well, that sounds ridiculous. I’m glad that you think so. I’m sure that defining greatness is the key. It is. The world defines greatness in a way that I am certain is at odds with your definition of greatness. How so? The world’s definition of greatness is not rooted in humility. The world’s definition of greatness is not centered in serving others. The world’s definition of greatness revolves around rising above others. It is rooted and centered in a prideful desire to get ahead, and be better, and have more than others. If you are rich, the world would call you great. If you are powerful, the world would call you great. If you did something spectacular and especially noteworthy, the world would call you great. The world would never regard humbly serving others as being great. The world would never regard quietly loving others as expressed by humble acts of service as being great. Greatness according to the world is rising above others to be served by them. It is never following your example of humbly and selflessly loving others with no thought of return. True greatness never expects to be paid back. True greatness loves and gives sacrificially because it is following your example. True greatness does what is pleasing to you. True greatness stores up treasure in heaven with you. The efforts of true greatness bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to live a life that is truly great. I want to follow your example. I want to think as you thought. I want to speak as you spoke. I want to act as you acted. I will humble myself as I serve you and others. That will be true greatness. Thank you, Lord

Lord, you have given me an example to follow. You have shown me what it means to humbly serve others. I will follow your example. I want to live a great life of humbly serving others. I want to bear lots of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

Key Question…  What will you do if you want to live a life that could be called great?

Living It Out…  Follow the Lord’s example and live a great life of humbly serving others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will live a great life as you follow the Lord’s example of humbly serving others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are currently engaged in humbly serving others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you exhibit true greatness by humbly serving others.

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Had Not Confessed Sin

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 87 - Psalm 66-16-20 - Had Not Confessed Sin - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 87 – Psalm 66-16-20 – Had Not Confessed Sin – Growing As Disciples

Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me.  For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke.  If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.  But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer. Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer or withdraw his unfailing love from me. Psalm 66:16-20 (NLT)

Confess

How will you make that a regularly part of your prayer life with me? How will I make what a significant part of my prayer life with you? When will you confess your sins to me? Why is it important for you confess your sins to me? What will happen to your prayers if you fail to confess your sins to me? I will confess my sins to you as I begin my prayers to you. I will not hide my sin. I will not deny my sin. I will regularly ask you to forgive my sins and cleanse my unrighteousness. Do you mean that you will generally confess that you are a sinner and that you will ask for my general forgiveness? No, that is not what I mean, not at all. You and I will review my day. I know that you will help me to see my sin when I come to you. I will make it my daily practice to confess my specific sins to you. Then as I confess them to you, I know that you have forgiven my sin and cleansed my unrighteousness. Yes, I will. As I confess my sins to you, I know that nothing will stand between us. I will be able to live in an intimate relationship with you. Nothing will prevent you from being able to hear and answer my prayers. Yes, that is true.

Why is it important that you confess your specific sins to me? It is important for me to identity and turn from my sin. It is important for me to ask you to help overcome specific sins in my life. It is important for me to know that you have forgiven my specific sins. It would be of little help and encouragement for me to have a vague and general idea that I have been forgiven of my sins. Then I would only be vaguely encouraged or vaguely grateful or vaguely joyful. What power would there be in vaguely knowing that I have been forgiven. What clarity would there be in my testimony if I could only tell others about what you had vaguely done for me? How joyous would my praise to be if I only had a vague idea of what you had done for me? No, just as in all my prayers, you want to hear specifics. It is only in specific prayers, that I can know without a doubt, that you have heard and answered me. That’s true. That’s it exactly.

Lord, thank you for your kindness, mercy, and love. Thank you for forgiving my sins as I confess them to you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayers. It is my joy to tell others about all you have done for me. Your praise will continually be on my lips. Amen

Key Question…  How has confessing your sins to God becoming a starting point in your prayers to Him?

Living It Out…  Make confessing your sins to God a significant part of your life of prayer with Him.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will hear and answer your prayers as you confess your sins to Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how confessing your sins is part of your life of prayer with God.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you confess your sins so that the Lord will hear and answer your prayers.

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What The Spirit Desires

The Spirit Empowered Life - Day 144 - Romans 8-5-8 - What The Spirit Desires - Growing As Disciples

The Spirit Empowered Life – Day 144 – Romans 8-5-8 – What The Spirit Desires – Growing As Disciples

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires.  The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.  Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God. Romans 8:5-8 (NIV)

Mind Set

What will be your mindset? I’m not sure what you mean. What you set your mind on will determine the entire course of your life. What you allow yourself to think and guide all that you say and do. What are my choices? That is a good question. I will let you tell me what choices are before you. As I see it, I have only two choices before me. Only two? That’s right. I can choose to live according to the sinful nature. I can set my mind on what the sinful naturally desires. That would be a very poor choice. That choice would lead to pain and suffering. That choice would lead to anguish and regret. That choice would lead to death, both now, and forever. Saying that would be a poor choice sounds like an understatement, don’t you think? Yes definitely, the anguish and regret and pain and suffering of that choice would be unending. That’s true. That has not been, nor will it ever be my choice. What is your choice? I will set my mind on what the Holy Spirit desires. My thoughts will not be on the things of this world. I will not adopt the values and patterns and practices of this life. I will not allow the world to shape me according to its mold. Instead, I will allow you to mold and shape me. I will listen attentively to you. I will keep your word ever before me. I will allow your word to dwell in me richly. I will meditate on your word day and night. You will guide the course of my life. You will give me thoughts to think, words to speak, and actions to take. I will live my life according to your will. I will go and do what is pleasing to you. You will fill me with life and peace. You will make me able to live a life that is pleasing to you. This is what I want. This is what I desire. This is the choice I have and will continue to make as I love and follow and serve you, with all that is within me. You have made a very good choice. You have made a choice that you will never regret. You will live the life you have been called to live. Thank you, Holy Spirit for helping me to make this choice.

Holy Spirit, I will no longer allow my mind to be set on the sinful nature. I will set my mind on what you desire. Help me to live a life that is pleasing to God. Help me to live a life that is full of life and peace. Help me to think, speak and act according to God’s will. Amen

Key Question…  How is allowing your mind to be controlled by the Spirit helping you to live a life that is pleasing to God?

Living It Out…  Set your mind on what the Spirit desires so you will be able to live a life that is pleasing to God.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will be able to live a life that is pleasing to God as you set your mind on what the Spirit desires.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are setting your mind on what the Spirit desires.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you set your mind on what the Spirit desires so you can live a life that is pleasing to God.

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Following My Example

The Virtuous Life - Day 219 - Philippians 3-17-21 - Follow My Example - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 219 – Philippians 3-17-21 – Follow My Example – Growing As Disciples

Join with others in following my example, brothers, and take note of those who live according to the pattern we gave you.  For, as I have often told you before and now say again even with tears, many live as enemies of the cross of Christ.  Their destiny is destruction, their god is their stomach, and their glory is in their shame. Their mind is on earthly things.  But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body. Philippians 3:17-21 (NIV)

Examples To Follow

You have given me many examples to follow. What kind of examples have I given you to follow? You have given me many examples to follow of what it means and looks like to love and follow and serve you with all that is within me. You have allowed me to see others who have loved and followed and serve you with all their heart and mind and soul and strength. What did you observe? What did you come to understand? How did their examples show you the way? What stood out to you? I will tell you one thing. What’s that? I took lots of mental notes. That’s good, what did you note? I noted that those who lived passionately and powerfully as your followers were fully devoted to you. There were not half-hearted. They were not partially engaged. You were the full focus of their attention. They kept their heart and mind and life fixed on you. The world and all that it offers did not attract them. They were not allured by the treasures of this life. They knew that this life is temporary. They knew that this life is like a mirage. It is like a mist that will quickly fades away. It is like a snap of the fingers or a blink of an eye. They knew without a doubt that their true citizenship is in heaven with you. As they loved and followed and served you with all that was within them, they lived with the encouraging knowledge that one day you would make their lowly, and soon to be worn out bodies, to be like your glorious body. So, they lived for you. They lived to know and do your will. They lived to bear fruit for your kingdom. They lived to bring glory to your name. Is this the life you want to live? Will you follow the examples that I have set before you? This is the life I want to live. I want to live to know and do your will. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good. 

Lord, thank you for giving me many godly examples to follow. Others before me have shown me what it looks like to love, follow, and serve you with all my heart. I will follow their powerful examples. Help me to also live as a godly example for others to follow. Amen

Key Question…  How has the Lord given you examples of how to love and follow and serve Him?

Living It Out…  Follow the examples of loving, following, and serving the Lord that you have been given.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to follow the examples of loving, following, and serving Him you have been given.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how your life is serving as a godly example that others can follow.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you follow the example of loving, following, and serving Christ that you have been given.

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