Now No Condemnation

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 60 – Romans 8:1-2 – Now No Condemnation – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

Set Free

You have been set free. You have been forgiven of all your sins. There is no now condemnation for you because you are in Christ. Is that hard for you to believe and accept?  I know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sin. I know that I have turned from sin and given my life to Him. I know that you have given me a new and completely different life in Him. You have changed my heart and are transforming my mind. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I now want to live in ways that please you. I have been born again to a new life in you. You haven’t really answered my question, at least not directly. I’m getting around to it. I have no doubt that I have been forgiven and cleansed of all my sins. I know that I have been adopted into your family. You love and accept me. Yes, I do. I will say that all that you have done for me is so wonderful. I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. I accept all that you have done for me. Is it hard for me to believe and accept that I have been forgiven of all my sins and that there will be no condemnation for me because of my sins? Yes, that was my question. If I said that this was hard to believe and accept it would not be because of doubt or a lack of faith. I have learned to believe that everything you say is completely true. I don’t doubt your word. I have complete faith and trust in you. What you have done for me is so wonderful. It seems like it will take my lifetime and maybe a good part of eternity to fully comprehend all that you have done for me. I will never be condemned for my sin. I will always be forgiven and cleansed of all my unrighteousness because of what Jesus Christ has done for me. This is a gift that I didn’t deserve and couldn’t earn. No, you could not. I believe and accept your gift. Help me to understand and live in all that you have done for me everyday as I follow you. Yes, I will. Let’s talk a little more about that.

There is a way that you can know for sure that you have been forgiven. There is a way that you can know that you will never again live under condemnation. How is that? My Spirit now lives inside of you. You are now being led and guided by my Spirit. You said that you want to do everything that pleases me. Yes, I did. That desire and your ability to live in ways that please me comes from my Spirit living in you. If my Spirit were not living in you, you would not have that desire. If you were not forgiven and cleansed of your sins and free from condemnation my Spirit would not be living in you. But now my Spirit is leading you. Yes, he is. There is now no condemnation for me. I have been forgiven and cleansed of all my sins. That’s right.

Lord, all my faith is in you. I have turned from my old life of sin to follow you. You are my Savior and Lord. Thank you for giving me a new life of being led by your Spirit and free from any condemnation over my sin now and forever. Amen

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Hope And A Future

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 59 – Jeremiah 29:11 – Hope And A Future – Growing As Disciples

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Plans For You

Do you believe that I have good plans prepared for you? Yes, I do. Do you believe that you have reason to hope in the future that I have planned for you? Yes, I do. Tell me what you think are the good plans I have prepared for you. Tell me the reason that you have hope in the future I have planned for you? Your plans for me have a past, present and future. Start with the past.  

It is important that I never forget what you have already done for me. What have I done for you? You sent your Son into the world to die as payment for my sins. You rescued me from a life without you. You broke down the barrier of sin that separated me from you. You made it so I could live in a relationship with you. You showed me your love, forgiveness and mercy. You first loved me so that I want to love you. Yes, I have done all of this for you. You are my father. I am your child. Yes, you are.  

What about the present, what am I doing for you now? What you are doing for me now started in the past. On the first day of my new relationship with you until now you have never stopped working in my life. You are molding and shaping me into the person you want me to be. How am I doing that? You are using countless ways to mold and shape my life.  Name a few for me.

You are using your word to change my heart and transform my mind. You are helping me to think your thoughts and know your will. Yes, I am.  You have given me places to go and things to do for you. You are helping me to bear fruit for your kingdom and your glory. You have shown me your will and your ways as I have followed and served you. Yes, I have.  You have drawn me into prayer and worship. As I have been in your presence you have restored my soul. You have led me in paths of righteousness. I have hungered and thirsted for you and you have satisfied me with your goodness. You have renewed and refreshed my life. Yes, I have. Through every twist and turn and up and down in life you have shown me that I can place all my trust in you. You have given your peace in the midst of every storm. You have held on to my life and led me through every difficulty. Yes, I have. It has been your plan all along for me to know and love you with all my heart and soul and mind. There is nothing better than that. No, there is not. 

But that is just the past and the present. I know that there is much more ahead. The future that lies ahead is beyond my imagination. Yes, it is. Heaven and eternal life with you awaits me. Yes, it does. Nothing could ever be better than that. Nothing could ever give me more hope or a brighter future than to know that I will live forever in heaven with you. That’s right. I look forward to that day with great anticipation and excitement. Me too.

Lord, I want your plan and future for my life rather than my own. You have given me hope. You unfold plans you have prepared for me. You have blessed my life as I have followed you. I look forward to my future home in heaven with you. Amen

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He Is A Shield

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 58 – Psalm 18:30 – He Is A Shield – Growing As Disciples

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.  Psalm 18:30 (NIV)  

My Way

What’s the difference between your way and my way? Your way is flawless. My way is flawed. You have an eternal perspective. You see everything. Nothing escapes your notice. I have a very limited perspective. I can only see portions of my past and present. I have no knowledge of the future. I miss so much. I fail to see so many things that are right before me. A lot escapes my notice. My way is far from perfect. So much of what I see revolves around my own thoughts and feelings and values none of which are perfect. Sin has not distorted your picture. You see things as they really are. In every way my perspective has been tainted by my own sin and the sin that is in the world. On my own I have no hope of living and walking in the truth. You are the way and the truth and the life. My own way does not lead to the truth and the life. That’s right.

You do have hope. You do have a reason to have faith. You can walk in the way, the truth and the life. Yes, I am sure of that. What make you so sure? You love me. You gave yourself for me. You broke the power that sin had over my life. You set me free to live my life with and for you. You want me to walk in the way, the truth and the life. You don’t want me stumbling around in darkness. You want to teach me. You want to guard and guide my life. Yes, I do.

How will you be able to receive all that I want to give to you? You are my refuge and my strength. I can come to you for all that I need. You will not withhold any good thing from me. I can rely on you. Yes, you can. Your word is flawless. It has proven itself to be completely true. I can meet with you in your word. I can listen to your voice. Yes, you can. Your word will guard and guide my life. Your word makes your thoughts and your ways known to me. Your word will change my heart and transform my mind. You will allow me to think what you think and feel what you feel. Yes, I will. Your word will keep me on the path walking with you. I will follow you to where you lead me to do all that you ask of me. Why is that? Your word will both give and grant me the desires of my heart. I will desire to do what pleases you. You will be pleased to grant to me the desires you have placed in my heart. Yes, I will.

What are the desires of your heart? My desire is to live and walk with you. I want to know you and your word. I want to hear all that you have to say to me. I want my thoughts, words, and deeds to be in complete agreement with your will and your ways. In every way I want to please you. Why is that? You love me and I love you. Yes, I do. I am so thankful that you have given me your flawless word to guard and guide my life. So, I will keep coming to you to meet with you in your word. Yes, you will.

Lord, thank you that your way is perfect. Thank you that your word is flawless. Thank you that your word has been a shield around me. Thank you that I can take refuge in your word. Guide all my thoughts, words and deeds by your word. Amen

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Many Advisers

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 57 – Proverbs 15:22 – Many Advisers – Growing As Disciples

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

Wise Counsel

Do you want to receive wise counsel? Will you listen to trusted advisors? Those are two questions that seem very easy to answer. But you aren’t so sure of your answers, are you? No, I am not. Why is that? I know that it is easy, in theory to say that I want wise counsel and that I will listen to trusted advisors. So, saying yes in theory is much harder than saying yes in your actual practice, is that correct? The difficulty is correct. My answer, however, is not correct. I would like to hear more from you on this subject. As you know, I have been stubborn. I have been filled with pride. I have tended to follow my own advice and listen to my own counsel. Yes, that comes as no surprise to me. I have observed you in action. Keep talking, I’m listening. Well, because I have not received wise counsel from trusted advisers, I have experienced many setbacks. I have suffered many defeats. I have had to retrace my steps. I have had to start over. Fortunately, you have always allowed me to begin again. You are the God of second chances, there is no doubt about that. You have forgiven my sins. You have cleansed my unrighteousness. You have shown me your kindness and mercy and love. You have even allowed me to learn from my mistakes, missteps, and sins. That is a painful way to learn, don’t you think? Yes, it is. What would you like to do differently? What changes are you willing to make? I am willing to listen attentively to you. I am willing to slow down and quiet myself before you, so I can hear from you. I am willing to set aside my thoughts and plans and goals. I am willing to let go of my agenda. Why are you willing to do all these things? I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I would much prefer your thoughts and plans, and goals. Why is that? Your ways are so much higher and better than mine. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That is very good.  Tell me what you know about trusted advisers. They are valuable. They are rare. They may not offer wise counsel without being given permission. Explain what you mean. If I send off signals that I will not receive wise counsel from trusted advisers, I will be unlikely to hear any. That’s true. Will you seek wise counsel? Will you listen to trusted advisers? Yes, I will. That’s good, because I have been and will continue to bring them into your life.  Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, in times past, I have not sought out trusted advisers. I have relied on myself by following my own counsel. What a mistake. I have suffered unnecessary setbacks. Plans have failed. I have experienced defeat. Now, I will listen to trusted advisers you give to me. Amen

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Hears The Word

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 56 – Matthew 13:18-23 – Hears The Word – Growing As Disciples

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.  The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy.  But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away.  The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful.  But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” Matthew 13:18-23 (NIV)

Bear Fruit

Do you want your life to bear fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to bring glory to my name? Do you want to live the life that I have called you to live? Yes, to all three of your questions. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to live the life you have called me to live. What will you be sure to do if you want these to be the certain outcomes of your life? I will listen attentively to your word. How will you do that? I will meet daily with you in your word. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I will allow your word to change my heart. I will allow your word to transform my mind. I will allow your word to guard and guide the entire course of my life. That will be very good. Yes, it will. You will help me to understand your word as I daily come to meet with you in it. You will teach and train me by your word. You will mold and shape me by your word. Yes, I will. Even the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and the deeds of my life will be formed by your word. Your word will bring my life into alignment with your will. Your word will help me to walk in your ways. As I hear and understand and put your word into practice, I will certainly bear fruit for your kingdom, bring glory to your name, and live the life you have called me to live. I could have no higher desire. I could have no more fervent prayer. That is very good. That is a prayer I will hear and answer. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I will meet with you daily in your word. I will make hearing and understanding and putting your word into practice the priority of my life. Teach and train me with your word. Use your word to help me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. Amen

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More Than Conquerors

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 55 – Romans 8:35-39 – More Than Conquerors – Growing As Disciples

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)  

More Than A Conqueror

You will go through pain and suffering and loss in this life. This is a sin broken world. This world no longer functions according to its original design. I suffered. I felt pain. I experienced loss. Why would your experience be any different than mine? Do these thoughts surprise you? Do these thoughts overwhelm you? I have been no stranger to pain and suffering and loss. So, no these thoughts do not surprise or overwhelm me. I know this is a sin broken world. I don’t expect to live a life that was different than yours. You suffered, you felt pain, you suffered loss, so will I. Does this realization discourage, depress or defeat you? No, not at all, not in the least. Why is that? I have hope. I have faith. I have trust. Tell me about your hope and faith and trust? I can place all my hope and faith and trust in you. You will be with me in every adversity. You will carry me through every difficulty. I can rely on you in every trouble. How do you know that? You love and care for me. You came into this sin broken world to live and die for me. You demonstrated your love for me by paying for my sins by your death on the cross. You poured yourself out for me. You made it so I could be forgiven of all my sins and cleansed of all my unrighteousness. You have been leading and guiding me through life. You have been my shelter in every storm. Never have you abandoned me. Never have you forsaken me. You have comforted me in every affliction. You always been with me to help me. For that I am thankful. For that I am grateful. That is very good.

What else do you know? This life is not all that there is. What else is there? You have secured a place for me in heaven. My life in heaven with you, is being kept and guarded by your power. So, no matter what happens to me in this life; victory has already been won. I am more than a conqueror because you lived and died for me. You made me to be your very own. I am your child. One day soon, I will come to live forever in heaven with you. That will be very good. Yes, It will.

Lord, I know I will go through pain and suffering and loss in this life. I also know you will be with me to help me. You will comfort and encourage and strengthen me. You will bring me through every adversity. Your love has made me more than a conqueror. Amen

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A Word Aptly Spoken

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 54 – Proverbs 25:11-13 – A Word Aptly Spoken – Growing As Disciples

A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.  Like an earring of gold or an ornament of fine gold is a wise man’s rebuke to a listening ear.  Like the coolness of snow at harvest time is a trustworthy messenger to those who send him; he refreshes the spirit of his masters. Proverbs 25:11-13 (NIV)

Speak And Act Wisely

Do you want to be able to speak the right words at the right time? Do you want to be able to share wise words that will uplift, encourage, and guard and guide others? Do you want to be able to speak life giving words that will refresh others like the coolness of snow at harvest time? In other words, do you want me to speak through you? Do you want me to use you? Do you want to be able to speak and act wisely? How could I say no to any of your questions? I would be foolish to say no to any one of your questions. Yes, I want to be able to speak the right words at the right time. Yes, I want to be able to share wise words with others. Of course, I want to speak life giving words. I do want you to use me. I do want you to speak through me. I want to be able to speak and act wisely. I am glad to hear you saying yes to all my questions. Now, comes the hard part. What must you do if you want to be able to speak the right words at the right time? What must you do if you want my wisdom to come out of your mouth? What must come before wise speaking or wise acting? I see where this is headed. Let me hear what you have to say. Wise listening comes before wise speaking or wise acting. That is correct. Why do you suppose I referred to that has the hard part? I have not been known to be a good listener. Why is that? To be honest, at many points, I have been full of myself. I have been something of a know it all. I have been filled with pride. Instead of being quick to listen and slow to speak, I have been just the opposite. I have been quick to speak and slow to listen. If I want to speak wisely, I will need to listen wisely. I need to listen more attentively. I need to speak more carefully. Wisdom does not reside in me. Wisdom does not come naturally to me. Without your counsel, without your help, I am sure to offer my own foolish and unwise opinions. So, to be clear, for me to be able to think and speak and act wisely, I need to ask you for wisdom. When you give me wisdom, I need to listen to it and act on it. So, I need to slow down and ask for your wisdom. I need to wait to hear from you. Only then will I be able to speak and act wisely. Will you ask for my wisdom? Will you listen attentively to me? Will you act on the wisdom I give to you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I know pride has hindered my ability to hear words of wisdom. I have been something of a know it all. Forgive me. Help me to be able to hear and receive and act on words of wisdom. Help me to also be able to speak life giving words of wisdom to others. Amen

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A Pure Heart

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 53 – 2 Timothy 2:22-26 – A Pure Heart – Growing As Disciples

Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.  Don’t have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.  And the Lord’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.  Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,  and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. 2 Timothy 2:22-26 (NIV)

My Witness

Do you want to be my witness in the world? Do you want me to use your life to draw others to me? Do you want to bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to bring glory to my name? Yes, I want to be your witness in the world. Yes, I do want you to use my life to draw others to you. I would like nothing better than to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. It is my highest priority and strongest desire to fully live the life you have called me to live. That is very good. What must you do if you want all these things to be true and come into being in your life? I can think of several things. Go ahead, I’m listening. I must flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace so I can call on you with a pure heart. That is true. I must guard against being drawn into foolish and stupid arguments. Why is that? Foolish and stupid arguments lead to quarreling. Quarreling will make me ineffective as a witness for you in the world. How so? People are not drawn to a quarreler. People are repulsed by a quarrelsome person. If I am quarrelsome, no one will want to listen to me. That is also true. What must you be instead of being quarrelsome? I must be kind and gentle. I must be willing to gently instruct others who need to know the truth. I must be willing to help others to break free from deceptive traps of the devil, so that they can turn from their sin and begin to love and follow and serve you. Will you be this kind of person? Will you live this kind of life? Will you allow me to use you in these ways? Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good. Then you will be my witness in the world. Then you will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Thank you, Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father, I will flee the evil desires of youth. I will pursue righteousness, faith and love, so I can call on you with a pure heart. Help me to live the life you are calling me to live. Use me to kindly and gently minister to others so they can come to know you. Amen

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Let Nothing Move You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 52 -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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Our Citizenship Is In Heaven

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 51 - Philippians 3:17-21 - Our Citizenship Is In Heaven - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 51 – Philippians 3:17-21 – Our Citizenship Is In Heaven – Growing As Disciples

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

Your Citizenship 

Your citizenship is not on this earth. You are just passing through this life. Your life on earth is like the snap of the fingers or the blink of an eye. Your life on earth is like the mist on the ground in the morning but by midday is completely gone. All that you now see is like the water on the sun scorched road just ahead. Don’t live for a mirage. Don’t seek what will not satisfy. Don’t allow your life to become all about seeking comfort and pleasure. Don’t try to accumulate what you cannot keep. Do all these thoughts discourage you? Does the shortness of your life on earth sadden you? No, these thoughts do not discourage me. No, the shortness of my life does not sadden me. Why is that? What is your hope? One day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. You have a place prepared and kept and guarded in heaven for me. Yes, I do. The glories of this life will not compare to the splendor of heaven. In heaven there will be no sickness or sadness or mourning or death. Your glory will fill heaven. I will be breathless and in awe and bowed down before you in heaven. Praise and worship and thanksgiving will fill my heart and mind when I am in heaven with you. I will be made new in heaven. My old and tired and worn out earthly body will no longer be with me. I will have a new and glorious body like yours, when I join you in heaven. Yes, you will. 

So, how will you use your remaining time on earth? What will be your focus? What will be your passion? I will tell you one thing for certain. What’s that? My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. I am eagerly waiting your return or my coming to you, whichever comes sooner. How will focusing your heart and mind and life on me guide the use of your time? I will invest my life in the things of heaven rather than on the things of earth. How so? I will seek to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will allow you to use me as your witness in the world. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will allow your light and life to shine through me so that others will come to know and love and follow and serve you. That will be very good. Yes, it will. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, my heart and mind and life are completely focused on you. Thank you that my citizenship is in heaven with you. One day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. In the meantime, help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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