Kernel Of Wheat

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Parable Of The Kernel Of Wheat - John 12:23-26 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Parable Of The Kernel Of Wheat – John 12:23-26 – Growing As Disciples

Jesus replied, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. John 12:23-26

If It Dies

Are you listening carefully to me? Are you allowing my words to sink deeply into your heart and mind? I think so, how can I know for sure if I’m really listening to you? That is easy to know. How so? If you do what I ask then we will both know that you are really listening to me.

What are you asking me to do right now? I’m asking you to come to follow and serve me. I’m asking you to go to where I lead you to do what I’m asking you to do for me. What will that require? What will following and serving you cost me? That’s a good question. I don’t want you to be at all confused about what I’m asking of you. That’s good. I like clarity. All right then, here is what I want from you. I want everything. Everything? Yes, everything. I want you to lay your life down so that you are completely devoted to following and serving me. I don’t want you to hold anything back at all. I want you to let go and die to your own thoughts and plans. That’s quite an all-encompassing request. Yes, it is. I’m glad that you understand that there is no part of your life that is outside of my request. You want me to give myself completely to you? Yes, I do.

What will happen to me when I give myself completely to you? You will join me in the work that I am doing. Where I am, there you will also be, right along side of me. Instead of the barren life that you were living, you will begin to bear abundant fruit for me. Your life will reap a rich harvest because I will be working in and through you. I’d like that. Yes, I know that you will.

It feels a little scary to give up everything and to die. Yes, it does. I know exactly how it feels. You do? Yes, that’s exactly what I did for you. I died so that you could be born again to a new life in me. Yes, you did. Do you want this new life that I am offering you? Yes, I do very much. So then you must turn away from your old life. You must die to it and give yourself completely to me. Do you trust me? Yes Lord, I do. Do you believe all that I am saying to you right now? Yes Lord, I do. Then will you die to your old life so that you can live a new life in me? Yes Lord, I will. When will you? Right now Lord, I lay myself at your feet. My life is at your disposal. Use me however you see fit. I am ready to follow and serve you without hesitation at a moment’s notice. Very good, follow me now to where I’m guiding you to serve me. Yes Lord, I am.

Lord, you have my full attention. This life and the things of the world have lost their grip on me. My eyes and ears are open to you. I am ready to respond to your call at a moments notice. Show me how you want to use me today.  Amen

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Laid The Foundation On Rock

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Rhythms - Luke 6-46-49 - Laid The Foundation On Rock - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Rhythms – Luke 6-46-49 – Laid The Foundation On Rock – Growing As Disciples

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say? I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice. He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.” Luke 6:46-49 (NIV)

Storms

Storms will come in life. You can be certain of that. That should come as no surprise to you. It doesn’t. There is one very important question about the storms of life that I want to ask you. What question is that? Will your life be able to withstand the storms of life that are certain to come your way? How could I possibly know the answer to that question? I have no idea of what type of storms will come my way. How could I possibly know if I will be able to withstand the unknown storms of life? That may sound like a good answer to you, but it is not. Why is that? Everyone has a foundation on which they will build their life. You and every one else in the world must choose what will be the foundation of their life. What are some of the foundations on which people will build their lives? I think I can answer that question. Go ahead, I’m listening. Some people will build the foundation of their life on money. The foundation of their life will rest on all that they have been able to acquire. Others will build the foundation of their life on power. The foundation of their life will rest on who answers to them. Still others will build the foundation of their life on position. The foundation of their life will rest on the status that they have attained in life. Do any of these seem like a strong and sure foundation for your life? Do you want to build the foundation of your life on money, power or position? Is any one or all three of these worthy of being the foundation on which you will build your life? These are not strong and sure foundations. Any one or all three of these could be swept away in an instant by the storms of life. Yes, they could. Yes, they will. None of these are worthy of being the foundation of my life. No, they are not.

Do you know the foundation on which you want to build your life? Yes, I do. Tell me about the foundation on which you want to build your life. I want the foundation of my life to be built on hearing and putting your word into practice. I will come to meet with you in your word. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. I will do all that you ask of me. You will be the foundation of my life. Yes, I will. You will help me to stand strong and secure in any storm of life. Yes, I will. You are my strong and secure foundation. Yes, I am. 

Lord, I will dig down deep and allow your word to become the strong and sure foundation of my life. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me in your word. I will gladly do all that you ask of me as I put your word into practice every day in my life. Amen

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Because To This You Were Called

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - Because To This You Were Called- 1 Peter 3:8-9 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Because To This You Were Called- 1 Peter 3:8-9 – Growing As Disciples

Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another; be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.                          1 Peter 3:8-9

Blessing

Let’s talk. About what? About how you respond to people when they mistreat you or say really evil things against you. Let me ask you, “How have you been when responding when someone has wronged you? Not well, I suppose. Tell me more. In the worst case, I’ve tried to figure out if there is a way to get even. Usually I never attempt to get even. But, I think about it a lot. Somehow, I have gotten some kind of perverse joy as I have run revenge strategies through my mind. Even as I have thought them, I’ve known that I wouldn’t take revenge. Why bother with thinking those thoughts then? I don’t know. Some of my revengeful thoughts have had some humor in them. They’ve helped me blow off steam. Do you think I would laugh at your humor in these situations? Not really. You’re right. How else have you responded when others have hurt you? Most of the time I’ve ignored and distanced myself from them. Even in those cases my attitude toward them has been unloving and sarcastic. How would you say that these two strategies are working out for you? Not well, the problem doesn’t usually go away and my bad attitude remains. Would you like me to help you? Yes, what would you suggest?

First let me be clear, what I am about to say is not a suggestion. What is it? It is your calling. I’ve called you to be a blessing. How did I respond when I was mistreated? Did I retaliate? Did I seek revenge? No, you did not. You loved even those who were your enemies. Yes, I did. You are my follower, aren’t you? Yes, most definitely. I know that you are. As my follower I want you to become like me and do what I did. Do you want that too? Yes, I do. Then I want you to love even those who mistreat you. Don’t seek revenge even in your thoughts. Repay evil, wrong, insult, unkindness, and mistreatment with blessing. That is who you are.   That is your calling. Pray for those who wrong you. Think of ways to show love and kindness at every turn.

There is something that I would like to laugh with you about. What’s that? How your love for your enemies is a witness for me. Why would you laugh at that? We will both laugh together when your enemies become my friends through me working as a blessing through your life. Won’t that be something for us to celebrate and laugh about together? Yes, it will. Are you ready to live out your calling to be my blessing to others? Yes, Lord I am. Remember as you are a blessing to others, my blessing will be on your life now and forever.

Lord, I am your follower. I want to be like you. I want to do what you did. Help me to live out my calling to be a blessing. I will repay every mistreatment, hurt and evil with blessing as a witness for you in this world.  Amen

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Wait In Silence

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 310 - Psalm 62:5-8 - Wait In Silence - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 310 – Psalm 62:5-8 – Wait In Silence – Growing As Disciples

For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken.  On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God.  Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah Psalm 62:5-8 (ESV)

Silent Before You

That does not come easy to me. What does not come easy to you? Being silent before you does not come easy to me. Why is that? I have a heart and mind and life that races at high speed. It seems like I am always on the run, with places to go and people to see and things to do. Even if I sit still, it is difficult for me to quiet myself completely before you. I think you are describing the old you, the way you once were. For many years now, you have been spending large amounts of time silently in my presence, is that not true? Yes, I guess that is true. What changed? Why are you now so different from how you once were? I got tired. I became weary. I began to see the foolishness of always being on the run. I came to realize that I would never be able to live in an intimate relationship with you if I could never be quiet before you. I came to see that I would never come to know you, or hear your voice, or receive your guidance or follow your instructions if I was never silent before you. I came to understand that I would never place all my faith and hope and trust in you if I wasn’t able to sit still with you. You would never truly be my rock or fortress or refuge if I did not quietly take shelter in your presence. In other words, I began to clearly see the true cost of always being on the run, with places to go and people to see and things to do. I knew that continuing in that way would lead me to live a life filled with deep regret. I would never be able to live the life that you have called me to live. Isn’t it amazing that you gained such understanding? How did you become so wise? Now, I know that you are asking me trick questions. How so? I can take no credit for gaining understanding or being wise. Why is that? I came to this understanding very slowly after quite a bit of foolish living. But that is only part of it, you alone have been my teacher. You alone have helped me to see the error of my ways. You alone deserve credit for making me able to sit silence with you. You have drawn me to yourself. You have allowed me to taste your goodness and kindness and mercy and love as I have rested in your presence. Now there is no place I would rather be or nothing I would rather do that sit in silence before you. That is very good. Yes, it is and for that I give you all my thanks and praise. All my faith and hope and trust are in you. You are my rock and fortress and refuge. Yes, I am.

Lord, I will carve out time to be silent before you. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. Speak to me as I wait in silence before you. Be my rock and fortress and refuge as I wait silently in your presence. Keep me from being shaken as I trust in you. Amen

Key Question…  How are you carving out time to be silent before the Lord so you can find rest in Him?

Living It Out…  Carve out time each day to be silent before the Lord so you can find rest in Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will find rest in the Lord as you are silent before Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how being silent before the Lord has helped you to take refuge in Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you be silent before the Lord so you can find rest in Him.

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Come Follow Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Rhythms - Matthew 4:18-20 - Leave - Follow - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Rhythms – Matthew 4:18-20 – Leave – Follow – Growing As Disciples

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18-20 (NIV)

Drop Everything 

Will you drop everything in an instant for me? That is an easy question that is hard to answer. I know I can’t successfully answer this question without your help. I could say that I would drop everything. I could want to drop everything. But, would I really drop everything? I don’t know for sure. I’m willing. I want to drop everything for you at anytime and in any place. I always want to make myself fully available to you. That’s a start. I can work with that. I will help you to learn to drop everything for me.

Will you stop to listen for my call? Will you set aside all that you are doing to hear everything I have to say to you? Listening is not my strong point. Stopping is even harder. I’m too busy. I’m always on the go. I will need you to do something dramatic to get my attention. I will need you to say something loudly for me to hear. I want to stop for you. I want to hear you. I will listen to you. I will respond to you. Do all that you need to do to get my attention. Raise your voice. Give me a shout. I don’t want to miss one word of all that you have to say to me. That’s not going to work. That’s not my style. That’s not what I do. What do you suggest? What do you want? Don’t be too busy. Don’t always be on the go. You will need to come to me. You will need to rest in my presence. You will need to quiet yourself before me. You will need to listen attentively to me. Being busy is no virtue. There is no prize for always being on the go. If you want to hear from me you will stop. If you want my instructions you will need to wait. Will you come to me? Will you listen for my call? Will you set aside what you are doing to hear from me? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will hear from me. 

Will you leave your old life behind to come and follow me? My old life is no prize. My old life is bruised and battered and broken, weary and worn out. My old life is full of sin and death. There is nothing from my old life that I want. There is nothing from my old life that I need. I want you. I love you. You are my Savior. You are my Lord. Yes, I am. I want to live the life that you have for me. I want to go where you lead me. I want to do all that you ask of me. I will leave my old life to follow you. That is very good. I will lead you. Follow me.

Lord, you got my attention. You made it so my ears could hear your call. I dropped everything. You helped me to leave my old life behind. You have made me able to follow you.  Lead me to where you want me to go to do all that you have given me to do. Amen

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If A Kingdom Is Divided

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Parable Of The Divided Kingdom - Mark 3-20-30 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Parable Of The Divided Kingdom – Mark 3-20-30 – Growing As Disciples

So Jesus called them and spoke to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. Mark 3:23-26

Love / Hate

Evil is out there. It is on the prowl. Its goal, his goal is to steal, kill and destroy. The Devil and those aligned with him attacked and attempted to kill me. They couldn’t understand or explain me so they said I was out of my mind. They said my power came from the prince of demons. You know they did kill me. Yes, I do. They thought they had won. They thought they took my life. Yes, they did. But, they didn’t take my life. I laid my life down for you and even them. You died for them? Yes, I did. I bled and died as payment for the sins of all mankind. You were entwined and captured by sin just as much as they were. Yes, I was. You had a choice to make. You could turn from your sin and confess them to me or continue on your course away from me. Yes, I made that choice to receive your forgiveness and cleansing. Yes, you did. You are now my follower. Yes, I am.

There are some lessons I want you to learn from how I was attacked. What are those? First, you must know that you will be attacked. The world did not understand me. It won’t understand you. Satan used his tactics of stealing, killing and destroying against me. His same evil will come against you. It will? Yes, it already has in the past and will continue to in the future. How will I be able to stand up against this attack? The Holy Spirit will strengthen you and make you able to stand. As my word abides in you, the Holy Spirit will fight in you, with you and for you. He will lead you through these trials. They will not overcome you. That’s great.

There is something else I want you to think about. What’s that? How did I respond when I was attacked? You continued to love even those who were attacking you. Yes, I did. How long did I continue to love those who sought to kill and destroy me? You loved them right up until you died on the cross that they put you on. Yes, I did. Do you think I stopped loving them once I died? No, I don’t. You know that I continue to love even those completely enslaved in their sins. Yes, I do. It is my desire that they turn away from their sin to love, follow and serve me. Yes, I’m sure that’s true.

Well, here is the hard part. I thought being attacked was the hard part. No, it’s not. The hard part is continuing to love even those who attack and hurt you. Will you do that for me? Will you be my witness in the world? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I know you are the Son of God and Savior of the world. Your life, death, and resurrection from the dead demonstrated the truth of your word. Help me to follow you fully, with undivided loyalty, as my Savior and Lord. Amen

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Do Not Have God Speak To Us

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Guidance - Exodus 20:18-21 - Do Not Have God Speak To Us - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – Exodus 20:18-21 – Do Not Have God Speak To Us – Growing As Disciples

When the people saw the thunder and lightning and heard the trumpet and saw the mountain in smoke, they trembled with fear. They stayed at a distance and said to Moses, ” to us yourself and we will listen. But do not have God speak to us or we will die.” Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. God has come to test you, so that the fear of God will be with you to keep you from sinning.” The people remained at a distance, while Moses approached the thick darkness where God was. Exodus 20:18-21 (NIV)

Hearing Your Voice

Do I want to hear your voice?  That is a good question. The quick and simple answer would be, yes of course, I want to hear your voice.  Who would not want to hear directly from God? But, I can think of reasons why someone wouldn’t want to hear your voice. Tell me what you think those reasons are. Let me speak from personal experience. At one time or another I’ve been afraid to hear your voice for a variety of reasons. Let’s talk about those fears.

I’ve been afraid that you will ask me to do something I don’t want to do.  How likely is that? You’ve got to be kidding me. From my experience, I would say that you are very likely to ask me to do something that I’m not comfortable doing. How concerned do you think I am about your comfort? On one hand, you are very tender, kind and gracious to me. You have cared for me so deeply that I cannot possibly say thanks enough. On the other hand, it has seemed like you have enjoyed making me uncomfortable. That sounds terrible, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. Let me ask you a question. When I have made you uncomfortable what has happened to you?  I’ve grown. Really, I’m glad to hear you admit that. Would you rather be comfortable and staying the same or uncomfortable and growing? I’d rather be growing. So, when I have made you uncomfortable what do you think I have had in mind? My best, you have wanted me to grow. That doesn’t sound too bad after all, does it? No, it doesn’t. When else have you been afraid to hear my voice?

I’ve been afraid that you would ask me to stop doing something that I liked doing. You don’t want to talk about this one too much, do you? Not really. Why is that? Well, some of what you have asked me to stop doing was sinful. We don’t have to go into details now. Let me ask you, why do you think I wanted you to stop sinning? You know that my sinning will harm my relationship with you and others. Sin brings brokenness and death as its wages now and forever. Yes, it does. You have wanted me to live a vibrant life of following you. That requires turning and running away from sin. Yes, it does. How have you felt as you have turned and run away from sin to follow me?  I have felt great, new, fresh and alive.  So, you wouldn’t trade your old life of sin, for the new life you have in me?  Not for a second.  So, hearing my voice, has sounded very good to you? Yes, it has. Let’s talk about one more fear you have had, about hearing my voice.

I’ve been afraid that you will say that I cannot have what I wanted to have. Let me ask you, do you believe that I love you and have your very best in mind?  Yes, I do. When I have withheld something from you, what has happened?  You have given me something different and far better. What else? You have also helped me to understand that what I wanted was not good for me. So, again you have enjoyed hearing my voice? Yes, Lord. Now, I know that I never want to stop hearing your voice.  That is very good.

Lord, I don’t want to remain at a distance from you. Help me to draw near so that I can hear your voice. I am ready and willing to listen, follow and obey all that you want to say to me. Teach and guide my life by your words. Amen

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Refute Every Tongue

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Spiritual Warfare – Isaiah 54:17 – Refute Every Tongue – Growing As Disciples

no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)

Come And Listen

Have you seen those noise cancelling headphones? Yes, I have. What do you think of them? They are really amazing. I can’t imagine how someone was able to design and develop them. You really gifted and inspired the creator of those headphones. Yes, I did. I love how they can turn a noisy room filled with loud voices into dead silence. Why are you asking me about noise cancelling headphones? I don’t even own a pair. Yes, but you like the peace and quiet that they bring. Yes, I certainly do.

Have you ever wished you could cancel out all the voices that have spoken against you throughout your life? I’m not sure what you mean. Haven’t you heard plenty of voices that said you wouldn’t amount to much? Yes, I suppose that I have. Haven’t you heard it said that you were a loser and not worthy of being loved and accepted? Yes, I know that I have. Haven’t you heard voices of criticism, rejection, judgment, and condemnation?   You know that I have. Not all the voices came from other people. Some of those voices have come straight from the evil one that is in the world. You mean the devil? Yes, I do. His goal is to get you to believe all those evil and accusatory words of attack. Once you start believing those words, do you know what will happen? No, I don’t think so. You will start to recite them to yourself. You will attack yourself with those words as you think and say them to yourself. Has that ever happened to you? Yes, more often than I’d like to admit. Listening to all those words and saying them to yourself will discourage and defeat you every time.

Would you like all those words and thoughts to be cancelled out and removed from your mind? Yes, I would. Do you think it is possible that I have my own form of noise cancelling headphones? With you anything is possible? Yes, it is. How can you cancel and remove all those words that attempt to speak evil against me?

Come and listen to these words from me. I love you. You are special to me. You are my child. I am an artist. You are my masterpiece. I created you. I have gifted and blessed you.   I have a purpose and plan for your life. I have prepared in advance good things that you will do for me. My hand is on you. I am leading you through life. You are never alone. I will be with you to strengthen you through every difficulty you will face in life. You are so valuable to me that I sent my Son to die for you so that your sins could be forgiven. One day soon you will begin living in heaven with me forever. How does all that sound to you? These words are wonderful for me to hear. Do they cancel out evil words that have attacked you in the past? Yes, they do. They make them small and insignificant and not even a squeak, really. These words are available for you to hear every day. Where and when? They are in my word. Come to me and listen to my word. I have a lot to say to you. I’m ready to listen and really hear all that you have to say to me.

Lord, I have allowed accusatory words spoken against me to have power over me. I have believed them and recited them back to myself. No more! Instead, I will meet with you in your word to hear all that you have to say to me. Amen

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Do Not Merely Listen To The Word

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Rhythms – James 1:22-25 – Do Not Merely Listen To The Word – Growing As Disciples

Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:22-25 (NIV)

Do What It Says

How goofy would that be, to glance into a mirror and forget what I look like? I will say this; I have made the mistake of taking too quick of a glance into a mirror and failed to notice what I looked like. I failed to see what the mirror wanted to show me. I didn’t have to make that mistake too many times before I learned to take a good and long intent look at myself in the mirror. What about my word, are you taking a good and long intent look at my word or are you making the same kind of quick glance mistakes? That’s a good question. The only consequence of quickly glancing at yourself in the mirror may only be embarrassment. What do you suppose might be the consequences of only taking a quick glance at my word? If I only take quick glances at your word, it will never sink into my heart and mind and life. My heart will not be changed by your word. My mind will not be transformed by your word. I may half hear your word, but, never put it into practice. That’s right. 

Do you want to hear my word? Do you want to put my word into practice? Do you want your heart to be changed by my word? Do you want your mind to be transformed by my word? I want your word to flourish and grow in my life. I want your word to work in me, through me and for me. I want your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. There is not one sentence from your word that I don’t want to hear and put into practice. I want to know and do your word. So, what will you do? I will look intently into your word. I will make hearing and doing your word the rhythm of my life. A day will not go by that I will not meet with you in your word. I will continually ask you to help me to put your word into practice in my life. That will be very good. Your life will be blessed as you hear and do my word.

Lord, I will not be a hearer only of your word. I will listen carefully to your word so that I can also put it into practice. I will make hearing and doing your word the daily rhythm of my life. Help me to remember your word. Bless my life as I hear and do your word.  Amen

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The Seed On Good Soil

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 308 – Luke 8:11-15 – The Seed On Good Soil – Growing As Disciples

“This is the meaning of the parable: The seed is the word of God.  Those along the path are the ones who hear, and then the devil comes and takes away the word from their hearts, so that they may not believe and be saved.  Those on the rock are the ones who receive the word with joy when they hear it, but they have no root. They believe for a while, but in the time of testing they fall away.  The seed that fell among thorns stands for those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by life’s worries, riches and pleasures, and they do not mature.  But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop. Luke 8:11-15 (NIV)

Deeply Planted

Do you want that? Do I want what? Do you want me to deeply plant my word in you? Yes, of course, without a doubt, with no hesitation, I want you to deeply plant your word in me. Why is that true? Why is that your heart felt desire? Why do you feel this so passionately within you? I know what will happen to me if I allow you to plant your word in me. What will happen to you? I will be changed. You will use your word to change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. You will use your word to make me able to resist temptation and fight against evil. You will use your word to help me to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. Your word will guard and guide me. Your word will help me to know and do your will. You will use your word to make me able to live the life you have called me to live. I will be able to shine like a star in the universe for you. I will be able to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I will be able to bring glory to your name. For these reasons and for many more I cannot now think of, and for many more reasons I do not yet know of, I passionately want you to deeply plant your word in me. That is the prayer of my heart. That is the desire of my life. That is very good. You are correct in thinking that I will use my word to do these things in you, for you, and through. My word will make you able to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. Thank you, Lord.

Our conversation is not yet over. I have more to ask you. Go ahead, you have my full attention, I am listening carefully. How will you allow my word to be planted deeply in you? I will meet with you daily in your word. I will set aside a time and place, when and where I will meet with you. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I will meditate on your word. I will memorize your word. I will study your word. I will pray your word. I will sing your word. I will teach your word. Most of all I will take hold of your word and put into practice as I love and follow and serve you all the days of my life. That will be very good.

Lord, I will set aside a daily time and place, when and where, I will meet with you in your word. Plant your word deeply in me. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life so that I can bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. Amen

Key Question…  How are you setting aside a time and place, when and where, you allow God’s word to be planted in you?

Living It Out…  Set aside a daily time and place to meet with God in his word so He can deeply plant His word in you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your heart and mind and life will be like good soil for God’s word to grow.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are allowing God’s word to be planted deeply in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you hear, retain, and put God’s word into practice so you can bear fruit for Him.

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