My Witnesses

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Holy Spirit – Acts 1:8 – My Witnesses – Growing As Disciples

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)

Wait

Don’t think that you have power within yourself to be my witness in the world. Don’t think that all your gifts, talents and abilities will be able to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. Be sure in your heart and mind that apart from me you can do nothing. Rely on me fully. Depend on me completely. Don’t rush off to go and do what you think I want you to do without my help and power. Don’t take one step without me. Do you understand what I am saying to you? Yes Lord, I understand what you are saying to me. I have no doubt about the truth of all that you are saying to me. Why is that? I have an abundance of failed experiences trying to know and do your will based on my power and strength. There is no doubt that you have given me gifts and talents and abilities to serve you. Of that, I am sure. I am just as sure that all my gifts and talents and abilities will accomplish nothing if I rely solely on them to try to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. Why is that? You want me to rely on you. You want me to depend on you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want to be able to hear and answer my prayers. The work that I do for you should point others to you. You are the one who should receive all the glory and honor and praise. You want me to be a light in the world for you. You want me to be a witness that draws others to you. The spotlight is not meant to shine on me. The power to bear fruit for your kingdom does not come from me. This is all true.

So what will you do to come to rely on me? I will pray. I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. I will wait for your instructions. I will follow your guidance. I will ask that the power of your Holy Spirit will fill me so that I can go and do your will. I will rely on your Holy Spirit to make me a bold and courageous witness for you in the world. I will let your Holy Spirit’s power work in and through me. I will not rely on myself. I will remain in you. I will wait. When you say go, I will go. That will be very good. The power of my Holy Spirit will work in and through you. 

Holy Spirit, there have been many times when I have rushed off to minister to others without waiting for your anointing. Help me to wait on you. Holy Spirit, fill me afresh so that I will able to be a powerful and fruitful witness for Jesus Christ in the world today. Amen

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Pure And Blameless

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Philippians 1:9-11 – Pure And Blameless – Growing As Disciples

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 (ESV)

Ready

Do you want to be able to know and do my will? Do you want to live the life that I have called you to live? Do you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Do you want to be prepared to meet me face to face? Do you want to go and do what is pleasing to me?  Yes, of course I want all these things. It my earnest prayer that I will one day hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” to me. I don’t want to miss the mark. I don’t want to wander around in the dark. I don’t want to stumble through life. I don’t want to come up short. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Nothing would please me more that to know that I am living a life that is pleasing to you. Yes, I want to be eager and ready for that day when I will meet you face to face. That is very good.

What must I do to know and do your will? What must I do to live the life that you have called me to live? How can I live a fruitful life that is pleasing to you? You must follow me. You must live in an intimate relationship with me. You must become like me. You must love like I love. You must give like I gave. You must serve like I served. You must live like I lived. Follow me. Follow my example. Ask me for help. Rely on me. Ask for my love, knowledge and discernment to fill you. Then you will be able to know and do my will. Then you will go where I guide you. Then you will do what I ask of you. Then you will be ready to meet me face to face. Then you will certainly hear me say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Then you will know with certainty that you have lived a life that was pleasing me. That is what I want. That is what I will do. I will follow you. I will listen to your voice, I will hear your instructions. I will follow your guidance. That will be very good.

Lord, I pray I will be filled with your love, knowledge, and discernment so I will know and do your will. Help me to live the life you are calling me to live. Help me to live a righteous and fruitful life that bears fruit for your kingdom and brings glory to your name. Amen

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He Refused

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – Genesis 39:6b-10 – He Refused – Growing As Disciples

Now Joseph was well-built and handsome, and after a while his master’s wife took notice of Joseph and said, “Come to bed with me!” But he refused. “With me in charge,” he told her, “my master does not concern himself with anything in the house; everything he owns he has entrusted to my care. No one is greater in this house than I am. My master has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?” And though she spoke to Joseph day after day, he refused to go to bed with her or even be with her. Genesis 39:6-10 (NIV)

Remove, Reject And Run 

Do you want to be able to refuse temptation? You are thinking that I have asked you a very easy question. That thought did cross my mind. You should know that I have not asked you an easy question. Why is that? Hasn’t your experience told you that I have not asked you an easy question. What do you mean by saying that? Think deeply about the question that I have asked you. The quick and easy answer to my question, that you could give to me might be, “Of course, I want to be able to refuse temptation.” Has that always been the truth? Have you always wanted to refuse temptation? Have you ever enjoyed being tempted? Have you ever lingered around temptation with the thought that you will refuse it when you get around to refusing it? In the meantime, you enjoyed temptation. Yes, everything you are saying is true. I have enjoyed temptation. I have lingered around temptation. I have even savored temptation in my heart and mind. If you savor temptation in your heart and mind will you be able to refuse it? Will you be able to reject temptation? Will you be able to run from temptation? No, I doubt it. 

What has your experience taught you about refusing temptation? If I want to refuse temptation I must start by removing all its sources from my life. I must put temptation on a starvation diet. There are places I should not go. There are things I should not do. There are even people that I should not allow into my life. I should not be found in the wrong times at the wrong times, if I want to refuse temptation. That’s right.

What has your experience taught you about rejecting and running from temptation? Timing is everything. There is a time to reject temptation. There is time to run from temptation. When is the right time to reject and run from temptation? The time to reject and run from temptation is right now. I have never found the way of escape out of temptation when I have lingered around it. If I linger around temptation, I will surely give in to it. That’s true.

Do you want to refuse temptation? Yes, I do. Will you eliminate sources of temptation from your life? Yes, I will. Will you immediately reject and run from temptation when it comes your way? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will remove myself from all known and obvious sources of temptation. I will not allow myself to be in the wrong places at the wrong times. When temptation comes my way, as it will, I will refuse and run from it, at once, with all my strength and speed. Amen

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Came Back Praising God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Luke 17:15-16 – Came Back Praising God – Growing As Disciples

One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him–and he was a Samaritan. Luke 17:15-16 (NIV)

Give Thanks

Is that what you will do? What’s that? Will you come back to me? Will you return to give me thanks and praise for all that I have done, am doing and will do in your life? You are not giving me a quick answer to my questions. There is some hesitation in you. Why is that? I need to ask for your forgiveness. For what do you need to ask for my forgiveness? I have not returned to give you thanks and praise for all your goodness to me. You have lavished me with your love. You have richly blessed my life. You have withheld no good thing from me. You have given me what I have not deserved. Like what? Where do I begin? Begin anywhere. You have forgiven my sins and cleansed my unrighteousness. You saved my soul. You healed my bruised and battered and broken life. You restored me into a relationship with you. You adopted me into your family. You have made me to be your own child. You have set me apart to love, follow and serve you. You are molding and shaping my life. You are giving me new thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do. Day by day you are making me to be more like you. One day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, you will. That’s a lot to be thankful for. Yes, it is. 

But, you want to make some changes? You want to live your life differently? Yes, I do. I want to acknowledge you every day in every way. I want to stop to consider all the good things you have done, are doing and will do in my life. I don’t want to live an ungrateful, unthankful and thoughtless life. I don’t want to miss an opportunity to give thanks and praise to you. That will be very good.

I have heard you say that you want your life to be filled with joy. That’s true. You said that as one of my followers there should be more joy coming out of your life. You stated that others ought to see joy overflowing your life and be drawn to me. Did I hear you correctly? Yes, you did. I agree with you. I want to see joy overflowing your life. Why is not more joy overflowing your life? What will cause you to live a more joyful life? I see where this is headed. That’s good. As I stop to give you thanks and praise for your goodness, My life will begin to overflow with joy. That’s right. One more thing. What’s that? You are forgiven. Thank you, Lord.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your goodness to me. You have done, are doing and will continue to do good things for me, of that I have no doubt. I am grateful. I am thankful. I will give you all my thanks and praise for the good things you have done for me. Amen

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Out Of The Boat

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Matthew 14:29-31 – Out Of The Boat – Growing As Disciples

“Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” Matthew 14:29-31 (NIV)

Comfort Zone

Is that what you want me to do? What’s that? Do you want me to get out of the boat? Do you want me to leave my comfort zone? I am very pleased that you are asking me these questions. What do you think I am calling you to do? What do you think I will be able to do in and through you if you are unwilling to leave your comfort zone? How will I be able to use the gifts and talents and abilities I have given to you if you never leave your comfort zone? How will you be able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name if you only do what is comfortable to you? I think your questions are giving me a very clear answer to my questions. What’s that? You want me to leave my comfort zone. I will need to leave my comfort zone if I want to take bold steps of faith with you. I can’t really even follow you if I am unwilling to leave my comfort zone. Why is that? You want to lead me to where I have never been. You want me to do what I have never done. To follow you, I must go where you guide me. To follow you, I must do what you ask me of me. Neither where you lead me nor what you ask of me is likely to be comfortable. That’s true. 

You want to become like me. Is that true? Yes, I want to become like you. I have no higher desire than to become like you in all that I think, say and do. I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I want to live my life in ways that please you. Let me ask you a few questions? I’m listening. Did I leave my comfort zone? Did I go to the unfamiliar to do the uncomfortable? Did I take the easy route through life? Was there anything I was unwilling to do? Was there any place I was unwilling to go? Did I set a limit? Did I set a boundary? Did I ever say, “I will do this and nothing more?” No, you did not take the easy route through life. You left your comfort zone. Yes, I did. You were willing to go wherever your Heavenly Father guided you, to do whatever He asked of you. Yes, I was. Will you go where I guide you? Will you do what I ask you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.  

Lord, I have wanted to play it safe. I have wanted to stay in my comfort zone. I have not wanted to go anywhere unfamiliar. I have not wanted to do anything unusual. Help me to get out of my comfort zone. Help me to take bold steps of faith with you. Amen

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If It Is The Lord’s Will

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – James 4:13-17 – If It Is The Lord’s Will – Growing As Disciples

Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” As it is, you boast and brag. All such boasting is evil. Anyone, then, who knows the good he ought to do and doesn’t do it, sins.  James 4:13-17 (NIV)

My Plans 

That’s quite a plan you have there, did you come up with that all on your own? Yes, I did.  This plan is all original and all mine. I didn’t ask anyone for help. No one gave me any advice. From start to finish this is my very own plan. No one will be able to share in the brilliance of this little plan of mine. I shouldn’t use the word little. Why is that? This plan is huge, don’t you think? Yes, I can see that you have tried to think of everything. Obviously, you didn’t want to leave any detail uncovered. That’s for sure. It’s too bad really. You went to all this time and effort. You have worked so long and so hard to implement your plan. What’s too bad? It sounds like you think that I might have wasted my time. You did leave out one very important detail in all your planning and in all your work. What’s that? What detail have I missed? You have left me out of your plans and all your work. You didn’t ask me what I thought. You didn’t seek my counsel and guidance. You just ran off in this direction on your own all by yourself. You don’t like my plan? Isn’t this plan according to your purposes and plans for my life? Isn’t this something that you want me to do? Couldn’t I serve you in this way? I’m asking all these questions of you now. Isn’t now a little too late? If what I am doing is not your plan then I have wasted my time. I have done my own thing.  These huge plans of mine might result in a huge failure. Yes, they might. They might also teach you a very valuable lesson.  

What could I learn from such a huge mistake and colossal failure? You tell me. I have been following my own counsel and pursuing my own plans. Yes, that’s true. Apart from you I can do nothing. Nothing? I can do nothing that will stand the test of time and last for all eternity. Only you can do that kind of work in and through my life. Yes, that’s right. I want my life to count for something. I want you to use my life for your kingdom and your glory. I want to know your will and do your will. Then what must you do? Then I must ask you to show me your will. Then I must ask you to help me to do your will. That’s right. What must you not do? I must not run off in thousand different directions following my own counsel and pursing my own plans. You’ve got that right. Follow me. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I have run off in a thousand different directions based on my ill-conceived plans. I thought I had good ideas and great plans. I was foolish. No idea is good or plan great that doesn’t consult you. I want to know and do your will. Amen

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The Lord’s Will

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Ephesians 5:15-17 – The Lord’s Will – Growing As Disciples

Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV) 

Every Opportunity

Are you being very careful how you live? I’m sure that I’m making mistakes and that I could be much more careful. Yes, you are and yes, you can. What kind of mistakes am I making? You tell me. I’m sure that you are aware of some of your mistakes, right now. Yes, I am. Let’s talk about them.

I’m making the mistake of losing perspective. I forget what is most important and of ultimate value.  Can you give me an example? Yes, I can. Sometimes I live with an earthly rather than heavenly perspective. An earthly, “this is all there is” perspective measures everything with today’s value.  With this perspective, how I am treated, matters a great deal to me. If I’m wronged in some way, I’m likely to react negatively. Setting the record straight or seeking justice for myself becomes a primary concern to me. I’m sure that some of my reactions relate to my expectations. What are you expecting?  I’m expecting that I will be treated with kindness, honor and respect.  Does that seem like a realistic expectation to you? No, not really.  Why not? This world is broken and corrupted by sin.  Yes, it is. People don’t think and speak and act as they should.  No, they do not.

What kind of perspective do you want to have? I want to have an eternal perspective. I want to be aware of the fact, that I am living in a broken world that is corrupted by sin.  What will you do differently with that perspective in mind?  I won’t expect to be treated with kindness, honor, and respect, that’s for sure.  So, I won’t get all bent out of shape when I experience mistreatment. What will you do instead? I will look for every opportunity to do good and be a witness for you in this world, even when I’m being mistreated.  Why will you do that?  This world and this life is passing away.  Life on earth is very temporary. I want my life to be used by you. I want to be a witness for you in this world. I want to bear fruit for you, that will last for all eternity. How will you do that? I will do good, even in response to evil. Doing good in the face of evil will stand out. It will get noticed. People will wonder why someone would respond to evil by doing good. They will ask questions. Yes, they will. What will you tell them? I will tell them about you. I will tell them that I am simply following the example that you have placed before me. They will see that I am loving like you loved. They will see that I am giving like you gave. They will see that I am living like you lived. They will see that you have given me a completely new life to live. They will want the same kind of new life that you have given to me. They will be drawn to you. They will want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, they will because they will see that you are taking advantage of every opportunity to love others with my love. They will see that you are both knowing and doing my will. That will be very good.  

Lord, help me to make the most of every opportunity to serve you in this world. I want to live my life as your witness in the world. Help me to love like you loved, give like you gave and live like you lived. Use me to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. Amen

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Drives out Fear

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Love – 1 John 4:17-18 -Drives Out Fear – Growing As Disciples

In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:17-18 (NIV)

Drives Out Fear 

How will love drive out fear in you? That is a good question. I don’t understand the relationship between love and fear. I will help you to understand the relationship between love and fear. I’d like that. Let me ask you a few questions. I’m game. What are you afraid of? What have been some of the biggest fears that you have faced in life? I have faced the fear of the unknown. I have worried about what may come next in life. I have had anxiety with the thought that I might miss out on something critically important to my life. I have let my mind dwell on the question, “What happens if I make a wrong turn and fail to go and do your will?” You know that I love you, don’t you? Yes, I know that you love me. Do you believe that my love will guard and guide your life? Do you believe that my love will not let you miss out on going and doing my will? Can you trust in my love more than in the uncertainty of the future? Yes, I can trust in your love. Yes, I believe that your love will protect my future. Yes, I believe that your love will guard and guide my life and make me able to know and do your will. Then my love has driven this fear of the unknown out of you, hasn’t it? Yes, it has. That’s good. 

Name another fear. I have feared failure. Sometimes, my fear of failure has been so strong that I have felt paralyzed by it. What have you done when fear has paralyzed your life? When fear has paralyzed my life, I have done nothing. What will doing nothing accomplish? Doing nothing will accomplish nothing and lead to certain failure. That’s true. Will my love for you allow you to be a failure? Will you ever be a failure in my eyes? Do you know that you are the work of my hands? Do you know that I am lovingly making you into my masterpiece? Do you know that I lovingly began a good work in you that I will certainly bring to completion? Yes, I believe that you are working in and through my life. I believe that your love will not allow me to be a failure. Then my love has cast this fear of failure out of you, hasn’t it? Yes, it has. That’s good. 

Let’s talk about one more fear. I have feared death. Why have you feared death? I’m not sure. You can’t say your future, after death, is unknown. No, I cannot say my future after death is unknown. I know that on the day of my death, I will come to live forever in heaven with you. I will leave this life that is filled with pain and suffering and difficulties for my new and eternal life in heaven with you. That’s true. Do you believe that my love has prepared a place for you in heaven? Do you believe that my love has made heaven a place far beyond what you could hope for or even imagine? Yes, I do. Then my love for you driven out your fear of death, hasn’t it? Yes, it has. Live in my love and you will nothing to fear. Yes, I will. I will let your love drive every fear out of me. That will be very good. 

Lord, my life has been filled with both real and imagined fears of every shape, size and kind. This is no way to live. Thank you for the love that we have for each other. Your love is driving fear out of my life because I know that you have everything under control. Amen

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Gift Of God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Faith – Ephesians 2:8-9 – Gift Of God – Growing As Disciples

For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9 (NIV)

An Incredible Gift 

You have given me an incredible gift. You have given me what I did not deserve. You have given me what I could never earn. What’s that? You have given me your gift of salvation. You rescued me from a life without you both now and forever. You forgave all my sins. You cleansed all my unrighteousness. You broke down the barrier that separated me from you. You made it so I could live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You made it so I will be able to come and live with you forever in heaven. Yes, I did. That is an incredible gift. Yes, it is.

You are now both my Savior and Lord. Yes, I am. It is now my joy to live in an intimate relationship with you. I will come to meet with you. I will rest in your presence. I want to come to know you. I will listen to all you have to say to me. I will allow you change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. I want to become like you in all that I think and say and do. I want you to change the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. I will go where you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I know that you have set me apart to love and follow and serve you. That’s true. That is exactly what I have done for you. For that, I am so grateful and thankful. That is very good.

I know for sure that I cannot earn your favor. I know for sure that I cannot merit your salvation. You gave me your salvation as I gift. Yes, I did. I cannot now try to earn or merit what you have already given to me. That’s true. But, I do know that living out my life of salvation with you will involve me go and doing good things that you will give me to do. Yes, it will. It could be said that I was and am not saved by doing good works but that I have been saved for goods. What does that mean? It means that the good works you have given me to do will flow out of the life of salvation you have given me to live. Yes, they will.

I will love and follow and serve you. You are my Savior and Lord. My life is in your hands. I am at your service. It will be my pleasure to do whatever you ask of me. That is very good. 

Lord, I have nothing to boast about. I did not merit or deserve or could not possibly earn your salvation. By your grace I have been saved. You have forgiven my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness. You are my Savior and Lord. I will follow and serve you. Amen

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Who Is This?

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Faith - Luke 8:25 - Who Is This? - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Faith – Luke 8:25 – Who Is This? – Growing As Disciples

“Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:25 (NIV)

Your Faith

Where is your faith? That is a good question. It is a very important question. How so? You really only have two choices about where you place your faith. How can that be? You can place your faith in me or you can place your faith in something or someone else. Have you every placed your faith in something or someone other than me? Yes, I have. Tell me about that. I have placed my faith in myself. I have placed my faith in others. I have placed my faith in my education, knowledge and training. I have placed my faith in my gifts, talents and abilities. I have placed my faith in circumstances with the unfounded hope that everything will somehow work out in the end. How has that worked out? Not well. Tell me about that.

It has been a mistake to place my faith in anyone or anything other than you. Why is that? You alone are worthy of all my faith. Only you can sustain and strengthen me through all the storms of life. Only you can be my refuge in the midst of a storm. How do you know that? I have been let down by placing my faith in anyone or anything other than you. The storms of life have swamped me when I have trusted myself. The storms of life have swept over me when I have trusted anyone or anything other than you. In the storms of life, you have not left me alone. You have stayed with me. You have held on to me as I have held on to you. You have been my fortress. You have been my refuge. You have been my deliverer. You have been my hope and joy and strength. You have brought me through every storm in life. Yes, I have.

Why is it good for you to remember how I have helped you through every storm? As I remember your past help, I am encouraged to rely on your current and future help. I know that you will do for me now, what you have done for me in the past. I can place all my faith in you. Yes, you can.

How has your faith grown as you have trusted me? Little by little and day by day my faith has grown stronger as I have continued to trust you. I will continue to place my faith in you. I will continue to trust you. That is very good. Grow my faith as I continue to rely on you. Yes, I will. 

Lord, I have gone through so many storms in life. You have never left me alone. You have never abandoned me. You have always been with me to help me. You have been my refuge in every storm. I will rely on you. I will place all my faith and trust in you. Amen

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