By Faith

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 312 - Hebrews 11:7- By Faith - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 312 – Hebrews 11:7- By Faith – Growing As Disciples

By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God. Hebrews 11:7 (MSG)  

Great Faith

I know that you want to develop this in me. I know that you will require this of me. What will I develop in you? What will I require of you? You will develop great faith in me. You will require great faith of me. How do you know this to be true? This is what you have been doing in me. This is what started on the day I turned my life over to you. Little by little, and step by step, and day by day, you have been developing my faith in you. This is the journey I have been on as I walk through life with you. That is true. I want your faith in me to grow and develop.

What must you do if you want your faith to grow? What must you do if you want to have great faith?  What must you keep on doing if you want me to powerfully use you? I must keep on saying yes to you. I must keep on following you to where you lead me. I must keep on doing what you ask of me. Will it always be easy for you to say yes to me? Will you always completely understand what I am asking of you? Will you always know exactly where I am leading you? Ha, I would ask almost the opposite questions. Will it ever be easy to say yes to you? Will I ever completely understand what you are asking of me? Will I always know exactly where you are leading me? If every request of yours was easy, or if I always completely understand what you were asking of me, or if I always knew where you were leading me, where would the step of faith be? Where would my opportunity to rely more fully on you develop? How would my faith in your grow stronger? How would you develop great faith in me? So no, steps of faith will never be clear and easy and completely understandable. It pleases me that you come to understand this to be true.

I have more to say. I’m listening. We have not even talked about persistence over time in the face of ridicule and opposition. What do you want to say about persistence over time in the face of ridicule and opposition? It will be required. It is part of saying yes to you. It may be easy to say yes to you initially. But I can’t think of many significant assignments you have given to me that did not require me to keep on saying yes to you when the going got tough. How so? I have experienced ridicule and opposition and obstacles of every kind. Sometimes, the ridicule and opposition and obstacles has even come from what I would call “friendly fire”. In the face of all of this, I have had to keep on reaffirming that I will continue to do what you ask of me. I have and will keep on saying yes to you. That will be every good. Then I will keep on developing great faith in you. I will keep on using you for my purposes to fulfill my plans. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I will say yes to you. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I will keep on pressing on even when I face opposition and ridicule. I will not give up. I will not quit. I will keep on following and serving you with all the strength that you will give to me. Amen

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Close To The Brokenhearted

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 311 - Psalm 34:8 - Close To The Brokenhearted - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 311 – Psalm 34:8 – Close To The Brokenhearted – Growing As Disciples

The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 (NIV) 

Crushed

Well, I have been that.  You have been what? I have been crushed. I have been brokenhearted. I have been filled with pain and suffering. I have experienced seemingly unending tears. It’s no fun, I will tell you that. I wouldn’t wish pain and suffering and crushing brokenness on anyone. But I know a couple things for certain. What’s that? Sin has broken this world. This life is not as you intended it. Nothing in this world has been left untouched by sin. No one will go through this life free of pain and suffering and crushing brokenness. You suffered. Why would I not suffer? You experienced pain. You went through what I would call, crushing brokenness. Why wouldn’t I as well? Doesn’t that sound quite discouraging and depressing and defeating to you? It might, except I also know something else as well. What’s that? You are with me. You will never leave me. You will never forsake me. No, I will not. For that, I am thankful. For that, I am thankful. Your closeness to me gives me hope. So no, I am not discouraged or depresses or defeated. That is very good.

I have something to say that might sound a little weird. What’s that? I wouldn’t want to live a life that had no pain or suffering in it. I wouldn’t exchange the crushing brokenness I have experienced for a pain free life on easy street. You’re right, that does sound a little weird. Let me ask myself some questions. Go ahead, this sounds interesting. Would I know you as well if I had never gone through suffering? I don’t think so. Would I have come to rely on you as much as I do if I had never experienced setbacks? I’m sure not. Have I not drawn near to you and you to me in the deepest and darkest and most painful moments of my life? Without, a doubt. Have I not experienced deeper measures of your love as I have cried out to you in anguish? That is for certain. Would I know you as well as I do if everything about my life was easy and went perfectly? Not hardly, maybe not even at all. Do I sound weird now? No, not at all.  How about this? You have even made me able to comfort others with the comfort you have given to me. That’s great. On top of that, you have held on to me. You have always lifted me up. You have carried me. You have led me though life. You have kept me moving forward with you. So no, I would not trade the life I have lived with you, for any other kind of life, especially one that seemed to promise me no pain or suffering or setbacks or defeat. That’s very good. Keep on leading me Lord. Yes, I will.

Lord, I know this sin tainted world is filled with brokenness and suffering. I have experienced my share of pain. I am thankful you have been near to me when have I been brokenhearted. You have comforted and lifted me up and kept me moving forward with you. Amen

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We Trust

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 310 - Psalm 20:7 - We Trust - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 310 – Psalm 20:7 – We Trust – Growing As Disciples

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 (NIV)

My Trust

That is a good question. What is a good question? Where will I place my trust? That is the question that is on my mind. It is easy to say that I will place all my trust in you. It is another thing altogether to actually place all my trust in you. How do you know that? Many times, I have made the mistake of placing my trust in myself, someone else, or in something else. Tell me more about what you have trusted. I have trusted my own gifts and talents and abilities. I have trusted my own wisdom and power and strength. I have trusted my own money and resources. Was your trust well placed in these things? No, not at all. When it comes right down to it, I’m not all that gifted or talented or wise or strong. I don’t have all that much money or resources either. So, trusting in myself has not been wise. What else have you trusted? I have trusted other people. I may have a bleak view of things. But other people are even more untrustworthy than my trusting in myself. I’m not down on people. It just that, we are all flawed. We are all weak. We all take missteps. We all make mistakes. We all sin. To rely on someone else is no better and has frequently been worse than relying on myself. What else have you trusted? I have trusted in circumstances. I have blindly believed that everything would work out fine in the end. I guess that would be trusting in fate. How has that worked out for you? Not really well, trusting in circumstances is probably the most unreliable of all things to trust. Sometimes, things work out and sometimes they don’t. I can see why the question of who you are going to trust is on your mind.

Who would you like to trust? How would you like to live your life differently? Where do you want to place all your trust? I want to place my trust in you. I will place all my trust in you. That will be very good. What will be a sign to you that you are placing all your trust in me? I think the content of my prayers will tell me if I am or am not placing my trust in you. How so? If I am not praying and asking for your help, then I can’t possibly be placing my trust in you. If I am praying and continually asking for your help, then I won’t be relying on myself. The minute I stop praying and asking for your help will be a sign to me that I have started, once again, to place my trust in myself, someone else, or in something else other than you. So, I will keep on praying. I will keep on asking for your help. I will keep on relying on you. I will keep on placing all my trust in you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I don’t understand every difficult circumstance, significant obstacle, or tremendous battle in life. All I know is that you are worthy of my placing all my trust in you. You will be with me. You will help me to overcome. You will keep me moving forward with you. Amen

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Clothed With Power

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Holy Spirit - Luke 24:45-49 - Clothed With Power - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Holy Spirit – Luke 24:45-49 – Clothed With Power – Growing As Disciples

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:45-49 (NIV)

Stay

That is a very hard word for me to put into practice. What word is that? Stay. I have a very difficult time staying in one place. I want to be on the go. I want to be on the move. I don’t like sitting around doing nothing. Is that what you think it means to stay? If I tell you to stay, do you think that is the same as me telling you to do nothing? That’s a good question, that I haven’t considered. I have only thought of staying as doing nothing and being a waste of time. That’s not correct thinking on your part. I need to hear more.

Let’s talk about what is a waste of time. I’m listening. That’s good. Have you ever wasted your time and effort by doing something that I didn’t ask you to do? Yes, many times. Have you ever wasted time and effort by trying to do something under your own power, without my help? Yes, many times. Have you ever wasted your time and effort by running ahead of me and trying to do something before you were ready? Yes, many times. Have you ever wasted your time and effort by not carefully following my instructions? Yes, many times. Might you have greatly benefited by staying with me, in my presence before making all these mistakes? Yes, I’m sure that is true. That’s good.

So, tell me how you will wisely use the time, when I tell you to stay in one place. I will stay and wait for your guidance. I will stay and wait for your power. I will stay and wait for you to prepare me. I will stay and wait for your instructions. Does waiting in any one of these ways seem like a waste of time to you? No, not at all. Do you believe that you really need to stay in one place until you have received these things from me? Yes, I do. Without your help I can do nothing. Without your power, my efforts will be fruitless. I desperately want and need your help. I will come to fully rely on you. I will place all my faith in you. That is very good. I will use you to be my witness in the world. You will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name.

Holy Spirit, it has been difficult for me to wait. Often, I have run ahead of you and tried to do your work under my own power. What a fruitless mistake. I’m here now. I’m waiting. Fill me. Clothe me. Empower me to do your work and be your witness in the world. Amen

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My Lost Sheep

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 309 - Luke 15:4-7 - My Lost Sheep - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 309 – Luke 15:4-7 – My Lost Sheep – Growing As Disciples

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:4-7 (NIV)

Join Me

Do you want to join me in what I am doing? Of course, I want to join you in what you are doing. What are you doing? How can I join you in what you are doing? You said yes to me without qualification. You offered to join me without knowing what I was doing. Yes, I did. Isn’t that the way it should be? Shouldn’t I be willing to go wherever you lead me to do whatever you ask of me? Shouldn’t I be willing to take steps of faith to leave the unknown to do what might be uncomfortable? Must I always know where I am going and what I am doing before I say yes to you? I don’t think so. That is not the way the life of faith is, of that I am sure. So, I have given you my unqualified yes. That is very good.

Where I am going and what I am doing should come as no secret or surprise to you. Why is that? I have always been going and doing the same thing. That seems unlikely to me. You would be incorrect in that line of thinking. You will change your thinking when I tell you where I am going and what I am doing. I’m listening with expectant anticipation. You have my full attention. I am going to seek and save the lost. I am wanting to find my bruised and battered and broken lost sheep. You are right, I am not at all surprised. Why is that? You have never stopped, nor will you ever stop looking for your lost sheep. How do you know this so well? I was once one of your lost sheep. I was bruised and battered and broken. I was wandering away on a path that led away from you. You would not let me go. You pursued me. You sought me out. You made it so I could turn my life around and begin to love and to follow and serve you. You rescued me from a life without you. You and all of heaven rejoiced on the day I gave my life to you. Yes, that is true.

Do you want to rejoice with me and with all of heaven? Do you want to join me in seeking to save the lost? Will you join me in what I am doing? Can I use you in helping me to seek and find my lost sheep? Can I use you to help others to come to know and love and follow and serve me? Yes Lord, you can use me to help find your lost sheep. I am at your disposal. I am ready for your use. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you for seeking and finding me, one of your lost sheep. You rescued me from a life without you. You pulled me off the path that led away from you. You rejoiced on the day I returned to you. Help me now, to join you in seeking and finding lost sheep. Amen

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Hear The Word Of God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 308 - Luke 11:28 - Hear The Word Of God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 308 – Luke 11:28 – Hear The Word Of God – Growing As Disciples

He replied, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it.” Luke 11:28 (NIV) 

A Blessed Life

What must you do if you want my blessing to be on your life? That might seem like a difficult question. That might seem to be a question with an unknowable answer. Is it? Nothing could be further from the truth. You have made it quite simple and very obvious what I must do if I want your blessing to be on my life. For that, I am quite thankful. For that, I am exceptionally grateful. Let me hear your answer. If I want your blessing to be on my life I must hear and obey your word. That is correct.

So, what will you do to assure that you are both hearing and obeying my word? First, I will take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life. I will not casually hear your word. I will not occasionally hear your word. I will make hearing your word the utmost and highest priority of my life. Why would I not? Why would anyone not want to hear from you? Why wouldn’t hearing your voice speaking to me be the burning and passionate desire of my heart? Why wouldn’t hearing from you be far above all other possible hopes or dreams of mine? So, you really and truly and passionately want to hear from me? Yes, I do. That is why I have set aside a daily time and place to meet with you. Our time together is carved into my schedule. That is very good. Yes, it is.

What about obeying my word, how are you going about obeying my word? I have learned a secret. What’s that? You have been changing my heart and transforming my mind as I met with you in your word. Your word has been forming the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. Your word has been molding and shaping me. Your word has been guarding and guiding me. Your word has fought like a sword, in me, with me, for me and through me. Your word is making me able to stand against temptation and fight against evil. Your word has given me the desire to hear and know and do your will. Your word is guiding the entire course of my life. Your word has been given me the powerful desire and strong ability to obey you. Why is that? As I continue to meet with you in your word my love for you grows stronger every day. I hunger and thirst for you. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. You have richly blessed my live by helping me to hear and obey you. You are my strength. You make me able to know and do your will. In that, I rejoice. In that, I give thanks. In that, I give you praise. Being able to hear and obey you has richly blessed my life. That is very good. Yes, it is.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your word. I will take your word deeply into my heart, mind and life. Every day I will meet with you in your word. I will obey your word. I will allow your word to form all my thoughts, words and actions. Guide my life by your word. Amen

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What Do You Want?

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 307 – Mark 10:51-52 – What Do You Want? – Growing As Disciples

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked him. The blind man said, “Rabbi, I want to see.” “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road. Mark 10:51-52 (NIV) 

What Do You Want? 

Are you really asking me that question? That would be a hard question to answer. Why is that? I don’t want to ask for just anything. I want to ask for what is critically important. Do you think that you can ask only so much of me? Do you think that you only have a set number of requests you can make of me? No, not really. But I do want to ask for what you have placed in my heart and mind as priorities. So, I could say that, “I want what you want”. If you said that, you would need to tell me what you think I want for you. I’d like to try to do that. Go ahead, I’m listening. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to listen to your voice. You want me to obey your commands. You want me to know and love and follow and serve you. You want me to go and do what you ask of me. You want me to bear fruit for your kingdom. You want me to bring glory to your name. You want me to humble myself as I live to serve others. You want me to shine brightly for you in the darkness of this world. You want me to lead others to you. You want me to go and make disciples. You want me to teach others what you have taught me. You want me to intercede in prayer for the needs of others. You want me to love like you loved. You want me to serve like you served. You want me to give like you gave. I realize that this list is rather random. But I know that you want all of these things for me. You want to do all these things in and through me. So, when you say, “What do I want?” I want all of these things to be true in my life. I want you to develop all of these qualities in me. Basically, I could sum all of these qualities up by simply saying, “I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you.” I want or need nothing more or nothing less. I would be far beyond happy and grateful if you were to answer these requests of mine. Do you believe that I will hear and answer these prayers of yours? Yes Lord, I do. You can be sure that I will hear and answer these prayers of yours. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I will bring my prayers before you. I will ask you for all that I need. I will be persistent in prayer. I will pray as you guide me. I will ask for not only my needs but also for the needs of others. Teach me to pray prayers that you will gladly hear and answer. Amen

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Watch And Pray

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 306 - Matthew 26:41 - Watch And Pray - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 306 – Matthew 26:41 – Watch And Pray – Growing As Disciples

“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Matthew 26:41 (NIV)

Watch And Pray

That is exactly what I will do. That is exactly what I need to do. What’s that? I need to watch and pray so that I will not fall into temptation. No statement could be truer than, my spirit is willing, but my flesh is weak. It is a good thing that you do believe what I am saying to you. Yes, it would be a foolish mistake for me to think that I can stand against temptation with my own strength. How will watching and praying help you to stand against temptation? That is a very good question. It is a question you need to know how to answer. I think I know how to answer your question. I would love to hear your answer. I have more than one answer. I’m listening. Watching and praying will help me to see temptation approaching. I cannot tell you how many times I have fallen into temptation simply because I allowed myself to enter into or remain in a tempting situation. One strategy to avoid falling into temptation is to run and distance myself from it before it arrives. If I allow myself to linger in the presence of temptation, I am likely to fall prey to it. I must never knowingly allow myself to enter into tempting situations. Watching and praying will help me to avoid temptations before they become overpowering. That is one way watching and praying will keep you from falling into temptation. Yes, it is.

Watching and praying will help me to resist temptation in an even more important way. How so? Watching and praying will align my heart and mind and life with yours. Watching and praying will help me to want to know and do your will. Watching and praying will transform my thoughts and words and actions. I will want to think your thoughts, speak your words and take your actions. Watching and praying will motivate a passionate desire within me to do what is good and right and pleasing in your sight. The passionate desire you have placed in me to live my life with and for you will overcome the power that temptation once had over me. Yes, it will. Watching and praying will help me to remain dead to sin and alive to you. So, I will continue to watch and pray so that I will run from temptation and so I will have an ongoing powerful and passionate desire to live my life in way that is pleasing to you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I know my spirit is willing and my flesh is weak. Only you can make me both faithful and fruitful. Reorder all my priorities and transform all my thoughts, words, and actions, as I watch and pray. Keep my heart and mind and life entirely focused on you. Amen

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The Greatest

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 305 – Matthew 23:11-12 – The Greatest – Growing As Disciples

The greatest among you will be your servant. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted. Matthew 23:11-12 (NIV)

Great 

What does it mean to be great? Is it a sin to want to be great? Do you define greatness in a way that is unique, and different from the world? Do you want me to be great in some way? You have a lot of questions about greatness. I can see that you are more than a little uncomfortable with the idea of being great. Yes, I am, without a doubt. Well, I am going to ask you to answer your own questions for me. I thought you might say that. Go ahead, I’m listening. Your definition of greatness is far different than the world’s definition of greatness. How so? Being great according to the world’s definition is very self-serving, self-centered and self-reliant. Being great according to the world’s definition includes a desire to be better and have more than anyone else. The idea of being great is rooted in pride. It desires and demands attention. It wants to be noticed and recognized and applauded. The person wanting to be great, in the eyes of the world, can’t take their thoughts off of themselves. In fact, everything and all of life revolves around the worldly greatness seeker. Yes, it does. Your idea of greatness is the exact opposite. You want me to be great at loving and caring for others. You want me to be great at helping and serving people in need. Your idea of greatness is rooted in humility. A truly great person, in your eyes, has taken their thoughts off of themselves. Their focus is on you. They want to know and do your will. They want to follow your example. I know that you want me to follow your example. How so? You want me to take on the form of a servant. You want me to lay aside my rights and privileges. You want me to love like you loved. You want me to give like you gave. You want me to serve like you served. Yes, I do want all of these things for you.

How will you ever be able to be like me? How will you ever be able to be great as a servant? Not by my own power and strength that is for sure. But I know one thing. What’s that? You will change me. You will mold and shape me. You will make me as you want me to be. Yes, I will. What will you do? I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. In your presence I will be changed. It your presence you will make me to be like you. You will make me great in loving and serving you and those all around me in this world. Yes, I will. Keep on loving, following and serving me. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I believe what you are saying about true greatness. I will follow your example. I will take on the form of a servant. I will humbly serve others. Help me to think and speak and act like you. Help others to see you in me. Use me to help draw others to you. Amen

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Make Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 304 - Matthew 28:18-20 - Make Disciples - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 304 – Matthew 28:18-20 – Make Disciples – Growing As Disciples

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

Go

That is a powerful word. What is a powerful word? “Go”, is a powerful word. Why is that? You have given me a commission. I have your command before me. You have given me your guidance and direction. You have made known what you want me to do for you. What’s that? You want me to, “go”. You don’t want me to sit around and do nothing. You want me to get up and go. With what purpose do I want you to get up and go? You want me to get up and go and make disciples. You want me to help others to become your followers. Yes, I do.

Let me ask you a question. I’m listening. Where would you be if someone didn’t take seriously my command to go and make disciples? I would be lost and without hope in the world. I wouldn’t be one of your followers today. I would have never become one of your disciples. I would still be walking on the path that led away from you. I would still be dead in my sins. I would have no hope of eternal life forever with you. I would not be living in an intimate relationship with you. No, you would not. But someone did respond to my call. Someone got involved in your life. Someone took the time and made the effort to help you to come to know and love and follow and serve me. Yes, they did.

I have a couple more questions to ask you. I’m still listening. Did a total stranger lead you to me? Did someone you did not know have a great and powerful impact in your life? No, not really. Someone I knew reached out to me. Someone who cared about me took the risk of sharing the Gospel with me. Someone took the time to establish a relationship with me so that they could help me to come to know you. They loved and cared for me. I know now that they were praying for me. They invested their time in my life. They allowed you to use them to minister to me. Yes, they did. Did they have to go far and travel a great distance to help you to become one of my disciples? No, they did not. Will you do the same for others? Will you get and go and help make disciples of the people you know, who live around you right now? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will respond to your command. I will say yes to you. I will do what you ask of me. I will go and make disciples of all nations. I will teach others what you have taught me. Use me to help others to love and follow and serve you. Empower me to serve you. Amen

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