Clear Conscience

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude- 2 Timothy 1:3 – Clear Conscience – Growing As Disciples

I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 2 Timothy 1:3 (NIV)

Take Steps

Do you want to live with a clear conscience? Do you want your prayers to be unhindered? Do you want to live with a thankful heart as you pray for others? Yes, I want all these things. How can I live with a clear conscience? How can my prayers be unhindered? How can I live with a thankful heart as I pray for others?  Those are good questions. I want to clear something up before we talk about these questions. What’s that? You are a sinner. There is no doubt about that. I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words and deeds. I have sinned against you by what I have done. I have sinned against you by what I have not done. Not only that, I have sinned in all these ways against others. That true. What is also true is that you have confessed your sins and asked for my forgiveness. You have been forgiven of all your sins and cleansed of all your unrighteousness. Your sins have been washed away by the blood I shed for you on the cross. You are now holy in my sight. You can’t do anything to earn my forgiveness and cleansing. You have received my forgiveness and cleansing as a gift. Is that clear? Yes, that is very clear. That’s good. That needs to be your starting point before we talk about having a clear conscience. I get it.

To have a clear conscience you must do two things. What’s that? You must continue to confess your sins to me and to the people you have sinned against. Are you willing to keep on doing that? Yes, I am. How hard has it been to keep on confessing your sin to me? Sometimes, I have failed to acknowledge my sins. Sometimes, I have even tried to hide my sins. How has that worked out for you? How has your conscience felt as you have hidden your sins? I have had a guilty conscience when I did not acknowledge and confess my sins. Did your guilty conscience hinder your ability to pray? Yes, it did. Did your guilty conscience make it hard to live with a thankful heart that was filled with prayers for others? Yes, it did. So, first you must confess your sins to me and to anyone you have sinned against. I get it. That’s good. What else do I need to do to have a clear conscience? You will need to take steps to make things right with anyone you have sinned against. What kind of steps do I need to take? You tell me. I will need to admit my sin and ask for forgiveness. That’s right. Then I will need to repair what has broken, replace what has been taken or restore what has been lost. I need to make every effort and take every step I can to be reconciled to anyone I have sinned against. That will be every good. Then I will be able to live with a clear conscience. Yes, You will. 

Lord, I know you have forgiven me of my sins. I cannot earn or merit my forgiveness. Yet, I know you want me to take steps, when needed, to make things right with others so I can have a clear conscience before you and others. I’ll take those steps with you. Amen

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Renewed Day By Day

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Heart – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – Renewed Day By Day – Growing As Disciples

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV) 

Fix Your Eyes

I want you to have the proper perspective. How can I have the proper perspective? Am I thinking about life incorrectly? Are my values misplaced? Is my attention focused in the wrong direction? Do I have improper priorities? What exactly do you want to tell me? I want to fix your eyes. What does that mean? You are looking at the wrong things. What am I looking at? You are looking at yourself. You are worried about the brevity of life. As you are aging, you have become concerned that your outward body is slowly but surely wasting away. You’re right, I don’t even like hearing the sound of that. I’m definitely not a fan of aging. It is true, I have let myself become discouraged and depressed about the brevity of life and seeing my body get old and continue to as you say, “slowly and surely waste away.” I have not liked watching the passage of time. I have been saddened by the loss of what once was. Yes, I have noticed. There is no need to be discouraged or saddened or depressed. Why is that?

This life is not all that there is. This life is like the snap of the fingers or the blink of an eye. Your life is like the morning mist that quickly burns off when the sun rises in the sky. You will be here today and gone tomorrow. This is supposed to encourage me? This life is like a mirage. Your real life is forever, in heaven, with me. What are your years on this earth compared to your life with me, forever in eternity? Maybe, this life is like less than a blink of an eye or a snap of the fingers. Maybe, my life on this earth is like less than the mist that appears on the ground, in the morning. That’s right.

You said you want me to fix my eyes. Yes, I did. By that, I meant I want to change your perspective. Yes, I’m starting to understand what you wanted to tell me. Now, I want you to fix your eyes. Now, you have me confused. What do you mean you want me to fix my eyes? You have changed your perspective. You are no longer looking at this life as all that there is. Yes, that’s correct. Now, I want you to fix your eyes on me. I want you to fix your eyes on heaven. I want you to see this life and your remaining days on earth from my perspective. I want you to know that even as your external body wastes away, I am renewing you inwardly day by day. I am renewing you and reviving you and refreshing you, so I can use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Will you fix your eyes on me? Will you allow me to use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, my eyes are fixed on you and the things of heaven. I will not grow weary, lose heart or give up as I go through difficulties in life. As my body wastes away I know that day-by-day you are renewing me on the inside. Use me in your service for your glory.  Amen

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Let Nothing Move You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – 1 Corinthians 15:58 – Let Nothing Move You – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:58 (NIV) 

Is It Worth It?

It is worth it? Is what worth what? Is all your faithful and hard work for me worth it? I would have never expected you to ask me that kind of question. Why do you think I’m asking you that question right now? It’s a good question to think about when I’m not weary and worn out or going through great difficulty. Why is that? I think it’s important to have an answer to that question in advance before I’m at one of my weakest points in life. Yes, it is. There will be days that your advance decision-making will help you through temptations and trials.

Are you thinking about your answer? Yes, I am. What’s on your mind? I’m sure that every second, minute and hour of service to you is worth it. I want my life to be one long act of continual service to you. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and your glory. I want to be well used by you. I don’t want any gift, talent, ability or resource that you have given me to go to waste. I want to better know your will and your ways as I serve you. There is a “but” coming isn’t there? Yes and no, kind of sort of, I suppose. Tell me what you are thinking. I can’t answer your question completely. The worth of my serving you can’t be completely known or fully measured in this life. I can only partially know the value of my service until the day I look back with you in the light of eternity. On that day I so want to hear you say, “Well done good and faithful servant.” I’m serving you now with that hope in mind. Hearing those words from you would make every day of my work for you worth it, of that I am sure. Yes, it will. 

Looking forward to your eternal life with me in heaven motivates your service to me today, is that right? Yes, my eyes are fixed on heaven. My focus is on you. I know my future is securely in your hands. I know that you have a place prepared for me. Knowing this has given me strength. Knowing this has given me hope. Knowing this has given me courage to stand firm, allowing nothing to move me. It is the desire of my heart to give myself fully to the work that you have given me to do. You have prepared good works for me to do and I am going to do them with all the power that you have given me. I know that all my labor will never be in vain. Yes, it is worth it! Yes, it is.

Lord, thank you that my future in heaven is secure and awaits me. Help me now to stand firm, letting nothing move me, as I give myself fully to the work that you have called me to do for you. I know my labor will not be in vain. Amen

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Thoroughly Equipped

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – Thoroughly Equipped – Growing As Disciples

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

Preparing You

Why have I given you my word? What do you think I want to accomplish in you by my word? You have given me your word to make yourself known to me. Without your word I would know very little about you. You want to teach me your will and show me your ways. You want to rebuke me when I’m wrong. You want to correct me and set me on the path of righteousness as I love, follow and serve you. Yes, I do.

What must you do in order for my word to accomplish my work in you? I’m not exactly sure what you mean. What will short circuit my word working in your life? I need to spend time meeting with you in your word. I need to let your word dwell in me richly. I need to meditate on your word day and night. What else? I need to hear and obey all that you are saying to me.  I need to put into practice whatever you show me. I need to be a hearer and a doer of your word. Yes, that’s right.  As your word dwells in me, I will be strengthened to go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. I will be able to stand against temptations in this world and the evil that the devil throws at me. Yes, you will.

Is my word just for you? Do I have another very important purpose in mind that I want to accomplish in you, by my word? Your word is not just for me. You want to change my heart and transform my mind and guide my life by your word. Yes, I do. Then what? You do have another very important purpose in mind. What’s that? You want to use me for your kingdom and glory. You want me to bear an abundance of fruit for you.  Yes, I do. So, what is my word doing in you now? Your word is preparing and equipping me to do the work that you have given me to do for you. You have good works planned for me to do for you. Yes, I do. Whatever you guide me to do, you will prepare me to do. Yes, I will.

So why is it so important that you spend time with me in my word? You will use your word to change who I am. You will use your word to prepare me to do what you have given me to do. Yes, I will. 

Lord, I delight to hear your word. Your word has changed the course of my life. Your word is teaching and training me to live the life you have called me to live. Thank you that your word is equipping me to do the work you have given me to do for you.  Amen

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Accomplish What I Desire

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Isaiah 55:10-11 – Accomplish What I Desire – Growing As Disciples

As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.  Isaiah 55:10-11 (NIV)

Working in Your Life

My word is working in your life. My word will accomplish the purpose for which I have sent it. Do you know what I purpose and plan to do in your life with my word? Is that something I can know? What do you think? I don’t think you would ask me a question I could not answer, at least, not very often. Tell me then why I have given you my word? You have given me your word so that I can know you and your thoughts. You want to reveal yourself and your will to me. It is not your plan to hide yourself from me. So, I have made myself available to you so I can listen attentively to all that you want to say to me. I don’t want to miss out on even one word you want to say to me.  You have gone to great lengths to make yourself known to me. That’s right.  What else? You have given me your word so that I can think your thoughts and do your will. Knowing your thoughts and your will has shown me how much higher and better your ways are than mine. Knowing your thoughts and your ways has helped me to forsake my own thoughts and ways. I want your word to have free reign in my life. I now know that it is your plan to change my heart and transform my mind as I meditate on your word. Yes, it is. What else? As you change my heart and transform my mind with your word you are also making me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. Just as a rainstorm or a snowstorm waters the earth so is your word refreshing, renewing, and sustaining my life. Your word is causing me to grow into the person you want me to be. Your word is helping me to do what you have called me to do for you. Your word has been my guide. You have taught me to wait and to listen to your word. You have shown me how to rest in your presence so that I can hear from you.  You are guiding every step of my life by your word. Your word has become my delight. Yes, it has. What else? As I bear fruit for your kingdom and glory I am filled with great joy and peace because I know that I am doing what pleases you. I am fulfilling the purpose for which you made me. There is nothing I want more in life than to know you and do your will. There is nothing I want more in life than to have your will accomplished in my life. So, I invite you to speak to me. I am here to listen to your word. I am ready to follow and obey you. I want what you want. I want your word to accomplish everything you have in your mind and in your plan that you have spoken. I welcome your word to work in my life. That is very good. 

Lord, thank you for refreshing and sustaining my life by your word. Your word has been my guide. Your word has shown me that your thoughts and ways are higher than mine. Your word has helped me to bear fruit for you. Your word has given me peace and joy. Amen

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Make Known

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – Isaiah 12:4 – Make Known- Growing As Disciples

In that day you will say: “Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done, and proclaim that his name is exalted.              Isaiah 12:4 (NIV)

Tell Others

What have I done for you? I don’t know how to answer that question. Does nothing come to mind? Can you not think of something that you are thankful for? Is there nothing for which you want to give me your thanks?  Do you have any desire to make known to others all that I have done for you? It’s not that nothing comes to my mind. It’s that I hardly know where to begin. You have done so much for me. I have so much for which I am grateful and thankful. I am filled with desire to tell others about your kindness, mercy and love. It would be my honor and joy to tell others all that you have done for me. I am not reluctant.  I have no hesitation to proclaim all that you have done, are doing and will do for me. Where do I start? Start anywhere. Say what is in your heart and on your mind.  

You saved me. I was on a path walking away from you. I was living in sin. I was walking in darkness. I was living a bruised and battered and broken life. You pulled me out of the muck and mire. You turned my life around. You helped me to draw near to you as you drew near to me. You forgave my sin. You cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You set me on a new path of loving, following and serving you. You gave me a completely new life to live. Will you tell others about me? Yes Lord, I will.

You made me. You are with me. You are helping me.  You are guiding me. You are molding and shaping my life. You are changing my heart. You are transforming my mind. You are giving me thoughts to think. You are giving me words to speak. You are giving me deeds to do. Everything I have and everything I am and everything I hope to be comes from you. There is nothing that I have done or will do that you have not made me able to do. You have given me gifts and talents and abilities with which I can serve you. You have made me able to bear fruit for your kingdom. You have made me able to bring glory to your name. You are making me to be a light to shine for you in the darkness of this world. Will you tell others about me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, you are worthy of all my thanks, praise and worship for who you are and for all that you have done. You are my Savior and Lord. I will call upon your name. I will make your name known to those who need you. I will bow down and proclaim your goodness. Amen

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Set Your Minds On Things Above

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – Colossians 3:1-2 – Set Your Mind On Things Above- Growing As Disciples

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)

Eyes On Me 

I have had the wrong mindset. My heart and mind have been set on the things of this earth. For far too long my life has been one long pursuit of what this world has had to offer me. I have pursued pleasure. I have lived for comfort. I have wanted things. How has this pursuit worked out for you? I have lived a life filled with discontent. I now know that the things of this earthly will never satisfy my soul. I will never find hope and meaning and purpose in pursuing comfort and pleasure in the earthly things of this life. No, you will not.

Your mindset has changed. You have a different perspective. You are no longer living for comfort and pleasure in the things of this world. No, I am not. You have changed my heart. You are transforming my mind. You have given me hope and meaning and purpose. My eyes are no longer on the things of this earth. I am no longer living for all that this world offers. My heart and mind and life are set on you. You have my full attention. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I am pursuing you. I am living the life that you have called me to live. It is now my joy to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to accomplish your purposes. I want to fulfill your plans. In every way, I want to live my life fully with and for you. That is very good.

You are right, my perspective has changed. Now, I know that I am passing though this life. This world is not my real home. My time here is fleeting. My life here on this earth will be like the blink of an eye or the snap of my fingers. To pursue what this life offers is a waste of time and energy. It is like chasing after the wind. I entered this world with nothing. I will leave this world with nothing. That is not entirely true. What do you mean by that? You are right, you cannot take anything from this world with you. But, you can store up treasures in heaven. You can bear fruit for my kingdom. You can go where I guide you. You can do what I ask of you. You can allow me to use you. You can bring glory to my name.  Will you keep your eyes on me as I lead you though life? Will you follow and serve me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, for so long my thoughts have been set on things of this earth. My heart and mind have been all about pursuing all that this life offers. I want a new heart and mind. Help me to focus myself on heavenly things from above. Guide all my thoughts and plans. Amen

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A Sound Mind

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – 2 Timothy 1:6-7 – A Sound Mind – Growing As Disciples

Therefore I remind you to stir up the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NKJV)  

Holding You Back

What is holding you back? I’m not sure what you mean. Are you sure? I might have some idea of what you are asking me. Could you be clearer? Yes, I can be crystal clear. What is preventing you from stirring up and using all the spiritual gifts that I have given to you? Have I left some of my spiritual gifts under-utilized or even completely unused? What do you think? If you are asking me what is holding me back then I’m certain that I have either left my spiritual gifts under-utilized or maybe even completely unused. That is not a happy thought for me. Why is that? I can think of little else that is more important than using the spiritual gifts that you have given to me. I want to use all my gifts. I want to go wherever you guide me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. I don’t want to waste any of what you have given to me. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Those are very good desires that you have in your heart and mind.

Let’s come back to the question I asked you. What is holding you back? I’m tempted to say that I’m not sure what is holding me back. That would not be true, would it? No, it would not be true. You know what is holding you back, don’t you? Yes, I know what is holding me back. I’m listening. Fear is holding me back. I am afraid. What are you afraid of? I am afraid of failure. I am afraid to fail. What would be more of a failure, not trying at all or not succeeding when you tried. I know what is safer. That is not what I asked and I don’t think you really know what is safer. It would be the far larger failure to have never tried to do what you have called me to do. Would it be safer to not try to do what I have called you to go and do for me? No, it would not be safe, at all. That’s true.

Let me clarify some things for you. I’m listening. I have given you spiritual gifts. I have prepared good works in advance for you to do for me. I will call you to go places and do things for me. I have given you my love, a sound mind and my power. Do you think that I will not help you to go and do what I ask of you? Do you think that I will allow your efforts to end in failure? Do you think it is my plan that you will be unable to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans for your life? No, I do not. I believe that you will help me. I believe that you are with me. I know that you will help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I will. Don’t let anything hold you back. Follow me to where I lead you. Do what I ask you to do. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, help me to discover all the spiritual gifts you have given to me. I don’t want any to lie dormant and go unused. Show me when, where, and how to use my spiritual gifts in a sound, loving and powerful way to bear abundant fruit for your kingdom and glory. Amen

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Understands Nothing

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – 1 Timothy 6:3-5 – Understands Nothing – Growing As Disciples

If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.  1 Timothy 6:3-5 (NIV)

The Truth

I am not interested in wide-ranging debates. I am not attracted to quarreling about words. I am not enticed by an unhealthy interest in controversies. Strife, malicious talk, and evil suspicions are repulsive to me. I can’t stand to live in constant friction caused by corrupt minds that are engaged in evil thoughts. I’m not at all drawn to the idea of making money through some twisted form of so called godliness. What does interest you? What words do you find attractive? What kind of talk would you find to be pleasant to your heart and mind and soul? Those are good questions.

I am attracted to the truth. I want to know the truth. I want to be set free by the truth. I want to be guarded and guided by the truth. I want to be molded and shaped by the truth. How will you know what is true and what is false? Where does the truth come from? The world is filled with falsehood. The world is motivated by selling the latest and greatest idea and calling it the truth. The world’s truth is constantly changing to satisfy the motives of whoever is peddling it. The truth certainly does not come from the world or anything that is in it. The truth comes from you. You are the truth. Your words are the truth. Your word is truth. Your truth does not change to fit the desires of the moment. Your truth is a solid rock of stability. Your truth can be trusted, followed and obeyed. Your word will endure forever. When everything passes away, your truth will remain. Yes, It will.

What will you do with my word? What will you do with the truth? I will take your word into my life. I will read your word. I will study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will put your word into practice. I will even teach your word to others. In every way, I will take a hold of your word so that it will take hold of me. I will let your word guard and guide my life. I will let your word change my heart and transform my mind. I will live and walk with you in your word, which is the truth. That will be very good.

Lord, help me to be on guard against unbiblical, ungodly and un Christ-like teaching. Help me also to hear, receive and apply your sound teaching in my life on a daily basis. Teach and train me by your word so that I will live for you. Amen

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I Thought Like A Child

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Mind - 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 - I Thought Like A Child - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 – I Thought Like A Child – Growing As Disciples

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 1 Corinthians 13:11-12 (NIV)

Childish Ways

Have you put aside childish ways? What do you mean by that? Have you stopped thinking like a child? Have you stopped talking like a child? Have you stopped reasoning like a child? I hope so. I think so. You’re not sure? No, I’m not sure. Will I ever confidently say that I have completely put aside all my childish ways? What is your answer to that question? I doubt it. Why is that? I will never be perfect in this life. My thoughts will never be perfect. My words will never be perfect. My deeds will never be perfect. Does that discourage you? Not really. Why is that? I know that you are working in me day-by-day. I am not the same as I was yesterday. I will be different tomorrow than I am today. Each day you are helping me to put away childish thoughts, words and deeds. Each day you are making me to be more like you. You are helping me to think your thoughts. You are helping me to speak your words. You are helping me to do your deeds. Yes, I am. So, I am not discouraged. Instead, I am greatly encouraged. I know that I am your work in progress. I know that you are molding and shaping my life. I know that your work in me will continue every day until I come to meet you face to face. Yes, it will.

What will happen when you come to see me face to face? I will be completely changed. What makes you certain of that? Now, I see you in part. Now, I am changed in part. I cannot remain the same as I come into your presence. Meeting with you always leaves me changed. That’s right. When I see you in full, I will be changed completely. When I see you in full your work in me will be finished. When I see you in full, I will completely be the person you have called me to be. When I see you in full, I will have completely put away all my childish ways. That’s right. Continue now, to let me change you, day-by-day until that day. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, many times I have thought, acted and talked like a child. Help me to put all my childish ways away so that I can be all that you want me to be. I need your wisdom, insight and understanding. Help me to know and do your will. Amen

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