Teach Me, O Lord, To Follow

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - Teach Me, O Lord, To Follow - Psalm 119 - 33-37 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Teach Me, O Lord, To Follow – Psalm 119 – 33-37 – Growing As Disciples

Teach me, O LORD, to follow your decrees; then I will keep them to the end. Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart. Direct me in the path of your commands, for there I find delight. Turn my heart toward your statutes and not toward selfish gain. Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:33-37

Huddle

There is a lot of noise out there. I know, it’s so distracting. Sometimes it gets so loud it’s hard to think straight. I feel like my life is under a constant bombardment of noisy messages from the world. What are they saying? Do this. Go there. You will be happy if you have this or try that. You can’t possibly be happy without this or that. If I listened to all these voices I would have no direction in life at all. I’d be running around in circles and wanting to pull out my hair in frustration. How do you know that’s true? I’ve lived it. I’ve made the mistake of falling under the influence of the world. At times I have felt like I’ve been running on a treadmill that leads to nowhere. Do you want to get off? Yes, I do. How can I?

I want you to imagine that you are in a very large stadium. The crowd is roaring so loud your ears are beginning to hurt. Down on the field there is a football game being played. You are on the team and in the game. What do you need to do to learn what the next play will be? I would need to huddle up, lean in, and listen very carefully for the next play to be called. Would there be any other way to learn the play? I’m not sure what you mean. Would the crowd ever be able to shout out the next play? Would the opposing team give you the correct signal? Would you be able to guess what you were supposed to do next? No, the only way that I would know what to do next is by leaning in and listening very carefully. That’s exactly right. How does this help me? 

The stadium is like the world. The crowd noise is every thought, opinion and suggestion the world has to offer. The game is life and you are a player in it. The plays that are called in the huddle are what you are to do next. You will only know what to do next as you lean in and listen very carefully. I am the signal caller. You are on my team. You are my follower. Leaning in and listening is called prayer. The playbook is my word. Now, I get it. Do you? Tell me what you understand.

As your follower, it is my role to know your word and lean into you in prayer. As I study your word and come to you in prayer, you will guide my life. Yes, you do understand. Is this what you will do? Yes Lord, I will.

Father, in the midst of the noise of this world I will huddle up and lean in to you in prayer to listen to your instructions. I will study and know your word to allow it to guide my life. I will follow where you lead and do what you ask.  Amen

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If Your Enemy Is Hungry

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Give - Proverbs 25:21-22 - If Your Enemy Is Hungry - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Give – Proverbs 25:21-22 – If Your Enemy Is Hungry – Growing As Disciples

If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.  In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22 (NIV)

It’s Your Move 

Will you take the first step? Will you make the first move? What first step? What first move? Will you reach out to your enemy? Will you do something extraordinarily nice for someone who regards you as their enemy? Will you think deeply about the needs of your enemy and then go meet them? That sounds quite risky? I don’t even want to get close to my enemy. I would much prefer to keep a safe distance from my enemy. I did not ask you about your preferences. I asked you if you would make the first step and take the first move to do smoothing extraordinarily nice for your enemy. Is that what you are asking me to do? Is that what you want me to do for you? Yes, that is what I want you to do for me? What if my enemy spurns my efforts? What if they reject my outreach? It would be humbling enough to do something nice for my enemy. Why is that? They certainly wouldn’t deserve anything nice from me. My enemy has continually tried to harm me. They have attacked me at every turn. I have been deeply hurt and wounded by my enemy. They have caused me a great deal of pain. Why should I have to make the first move. I am the aggrieved and innocent party. You think so? Well, I may not be totally innocent.

You are right. There is no good reason for you to do something extraordinarily nice for your enemy except that I am asking you to do this for me. Were you not once living as my enemy? Yes, I once lived as your enemy. Did you deserve all that I have done for you? No, I did not and have not deserved all that you have done for me. Did you readily accept me? Didn’t you initially spurn my efforts to reach out to you? Yes, I did initially spurn what you had done for me. Didn’t I humble myself and die on the cross for you? Yes, you died on the cross for my sins. Are you willing to humble yourself and do what I am asking of you? Yes, I am willing to go and do what you are asking of me. I will humble myself and offer my service to my enemy. That will be very good. In humbling yourself you will be my witness. Your enemy will see my love shining through your life. They may even become my follower and your friend. Wouldn’t that be spectacular? We could celebrate that together. Yes, that would be quite a celebration. It’s your move.

Lord, I want to be a vibrant witness for you. Help me to reach out to anyone who regards me as their enemy. Show me how you I can express your kindness to even those who are my enemies. Help me to turn enemies into friends as I help them with their needs. Amen

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Now I Know

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Knowing God - 2 Kings 5:13-15 - Now I Know - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – 2 Kings 5:13-15 – Now I Know – Growing As Disciples

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy. Then Naaman and all his attendants went back to the man of God. He stood before him and said, “Now I know that there is no God in all the world except in Israel. Please accept now a gift from your servant.” 2 Kings 5:13-15 (NIV)

Pride Versus Humility

Do you think that you know it all? Do you have every question answered? Do you know every decision to make and step to take? I definitely don’t know it all. I certainly don’t have every question answered. I don’t even know what I don’t know. Take one look at my life and you will see that I have made many missteps. I have left a trail of foolish and unwise decisions. Well, it is very good that you recognize your need for help. Why is that?

You want to know me. Yes, I want to know you. Nothing will hinder you from coming to know me more than pride. Why is that? You tell me. What are you like when you are filled with pride? When I am filled with pride I am self-reliant and self-sufficient. No one can tell me anything when I am filled with pride. Then I think that I know it all. Then I am sure of my decisions to make and steps to take in life. My life could look like a train wreck waiting to happen to everyone around me and no one would be able to flag me down to change my course. Why is that? I would not listen. My pride would make me so sure that I am absolutely right. Has that ever happened to you? Yes, I have gone full speed into bad decisions more often than I want to admit. When you are filled with pride how well have you listened to me? When I have been filled with pride I have had no need to listen to you. I have thought I had no need for you to guard and guide my life. That’s true. That’s why pride will hinder you from coming to know me. I get it.

Nothing will help you more to come to know me than humility. Why is that? You tell me. What are you like when you are filled with humility? When I am filled with humility I am open to listen to whatever you have to say to me. I spend time with you in your word. I listen attentively to your voice. I allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I allow you to replace my thoughts and ways with your thoughts and ways. Even the pace of my decisions slows way down. Why is that? I am willing to wait for your instructions. I don’t want to run ahead of you or lag behind you. I want to follow you to wherever you are leading me to do whatever you are asking of me. I especially want you to guard and guide my life. Then you will come to know me as you rely on me. Is that what you want? Yes Lord, I will humbly rely on you so that I can come to know you.

Lord, I admit it. I don’t have the answers. I don’t know every decision to make or step to take. I have been foolish and unwise. I have gone left instead of right. I have stopped instead of started. I have retreated instead of advanced. I will follow and obey you. Amen

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Continue To Do

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Will - Hebrews 10:36 - Endurance - Continue to Do - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – Hebrews 10:36 – Endurance – Continue to Do – Growing As Disciples

Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised. Hebrews 10:36 (NLT)

Endurance

Now, that’s a very important word. What’s that? Endurance, you won’t find many more important words than that one. Why is that? I will ask you a few questions. I will make a few statements. I’m listening. Do you know that I have called you by name? Do you know that I have forgiven all your sins and cleansed you of all your unrighteousness? I am your Savior and Lord. Do you know that I have adopted you into my family? I am your God and Father. You are my child. I am molding and shaping your life. I am making you to be the person that I want you to become. You are my masterpiece. I started my work in you on the day that you were born. I will continue my work in you until the day that you come to live forever in heaven with me. Do you know that I have a purpose and plan for your life? Do you know that I have good works prepared in advance for you to do for me? I have given you gifts, talents and abilities that you can use to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I am with you. My hand is on your life. I will help you. I will strengthen and sustain you as you love, follow and serve me. How does all this sound so far? It sounds fantastic! I am so thankful for all that you have done, are doing and will do for me. That’s good. 

Life will get hard. Your road ahead will not always be easy. There will be twists and turns and ups and downs that you did not expect. You will suffer pain. You will experience loss. You will go through trials and testing. You will be faced with many questions. What questions will I need to answer? Will you continue to love, follow and serve me?  Will you hold on to me as I hold on to you? Will you patiently endure all that life throws at you? Will you come to rely on my strength? Will you seek my counsel? Will you trust in my wisdom? Will you keep on moving forward with me? Now, do you see why that word endurance is such an important word? Yes Lord, I do understand. I will endure. I will keep on loving, following and serving you. I will keep on doing the work that you have given me to do for you. I will rely on you to supply me with whatever I need. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will not give up. I will not slow down. I will not quit. I will patiently endure and continue to do your will. I will follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will not retreat. I will have no regrets. I will hold nothing in reserve. Amen

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Have Faith In God

 

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 296 - Mark 11:22-25 - Have Faith In God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 296 – Mark 11:22-25 – Have Faith In God – Growing As Disciples

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God.  I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart.  I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours.  But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.” Mark 11:22-25 (NLT) 

Ask Me For Help

Will you do that? Will I do what? Will you ask me for help? Don’t I ask you for help? Haven’t I asked you for help? This are good questions. Let me ask you some more questions. I’m listening. When do you ask me for help? Am I your last resort before you have tried everyone and everything else? How do you ask me for help? Do you pray prayers that are filled with faith? Those are some tough questions. I can see what you are pointing out. What am I pointing out? You want me to come to rely on you. You want me to ask you for help. You want me to bring all my prayers to you. You don’t want to be my last resort after I have exhausted every other possibility or avenue of help. You want me to draw near to you in prayer, to pray faith filled prayers that you will hear and answer. You want me to live my life in a constant dialogue of prayer with you. Yes, you do understand what I am trying to point out. I stand ready to hear and answer your prayers. Don’t let anything stand in the way of your developing an intimate prayer life with me. What could stand in the way of my developing an intimate prayer life with you? You tell me. I will try, here goes. I could allow myself to become busy and so caught up in the activities of life that I fail to set aside time to pray. I could become so self-reliant and self-sufficient that I don’t think I need to pray. I could become proud and think that I can take care of all my wants and needs by myself. I could allow myself to become so filled with doubt that I couldn’t pray prayers that you will hear and answer. I could live a dark and sinful life that would crowd out any desire to come to meet with you in prayer. I could hold on to grudges and live a bitter, unforgiving, prayerless life. How am I doing? You have well stated reasons why you, or anyone else, could fail to develop an intimate life of prayer with me. What is the one reason you will develop an intimate life of prayer with me? I know that you love and care for me. You delight in hearing and answering my prayers. Yes, I do. Will you live an intimate life of prayer with me? Yes, I will. That will be very good. 

Heavenly Father, I have something to confess. I have not always asked for your help when I have been in trouble. Often, turning to you, in prayer, has been a last resort. Forgive me. Now, I will continually pray faith filled prayers as I walk through life with you. Amen     

Key Question…  How are you learning to turn to God right away when you find yourself in difficult circumstances?

Living It Out…  Immediately turn to God to ask for His help when you find yourself in trouble.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will hear and answer your faith filled prayers to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has been hearing and answering your prayers.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May rely on God as you pray faith filled prayers to Him.

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Be Transformed

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Will - Romans 12:1-2 - Be Transformed - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – Romans 12:1-2 – Be Transformed – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God–this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)

Stop And Start 

I want to present my entire being to you as an act of worship. I want to live my life in a way that is completely pleasing to you. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to accomplish your purposes and plans. I don’t want my life to miss the mark. I don’t want to fall short of doing what you have planned for me to do for you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. That’s very good.

How can I know and do your will? How can I live a life that is fully devoted to you? How can I present myself fully to you as an act of worship? Those are good questions. Why do you say that? By asking me your questions you are admitting to me that you need my help. That’s true. Only you can make me able to know and do your will. Only you can help me to live my life fully devoted to you as an act of worship. My own efforts will only result in miserable failure and certain defeat. I desperately need your help to live a life that is pleasing to you. Yes, you do. By asking me your questions you are also expressing faith that I will hear and answer your prayers. You do believe that there is way that I can and will help you to live a life that is fully devoted and pleasing to me. Yes, I do. That is very good.

To live your life as a living sacrifice that is fully devoted to me you must do two things. Just two things? Yes, just two things. You have my complete attention. What are these two things? You must stop letting the world conform you and start letting me transform you. How is the world trying to conform me? You tell me. The world and all that is in it is trying to mold and shape my life so that I think, speak and act like everyone else in the world. The world wants me to adopt all its values, patterns and practices. Everyday my heart and mind and life are being bombarded by everything that the world values. That’s right. How will I ever be able to be different from the world since I do live in it? You won’t without my help. The only way to stop letting the world conform you is by starting and continuing to let me transform you. How will you transform me? My process of transforming you started on the day that you asked me into your life as your Savior and Lord. On that day, I gave you a new heart and a new mind. I made you new in me. But, that was just the beginning. I want to make you new every day. I want to change your heart and transform your mind every day. How will you do that? I will use my word to change your heart and transform your mind. Instead of taking in all that the world is throwing at you, you must let my world dwell in you richly. You must meditate on my word day and night. You must come to meet with me in my word. Will you let my word change your heart and transform your mind? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I want a new heart and a new mind. Use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I want you to give me a new way of thinking so I can know and do your will. Use my entire being, all that I am and hope to be, as a spiritual act of worship. Amen

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Your Trust May Be In The Lord

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – So That – Proverbs 22:17-19 – Your Trust May Be In The Lord – Growing As Disciples

Pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach, for it is pleasing when you keep them in your heart and have all of them ready on your lips. So that your trust may be in the LORD, I teach you today, even you. Proverbs 22:17-19 (NIV) 

Apply Your Heart

Do you want to be wise? Yes, I want to be wise. Do you think that it is easy to be wise? Do you think that wisdom will just drop into your lap? Will wisdom require any effort on your part? I don’t think that wisdom comes easily. I don’t believe that wisdom will just drop into my lap. No, it won’t. What do you think will be required of you if you want to be wise? I think the first thing I must do is admit that I am not wise. I don’t know it all. I am liable to make some very unwise decisions if they are left up to me. How do you know that? I have already made a whole host of dumb mistakes and unwise decisions. I have already fallen flat on my face when I thought I was so very wise. Are you ready to admit that you aren’t wise and that you need wisdom? Yes, I am ready to admit that I need wisdom.

What do you think is your next step toward wisdom? After I have admitted that I am unwise and that I need wisdom I must wait for it. What do you mean by that? It’s easy to say I am unwise. It’s harder to back up my admission with action. What action? Waiting for wisdom is an action that says that I will no longer be relying on myself. It says that I will be relying on you. Relying on you is my next step toward wisdom. That will be a very good step.

What will be another step toward wisdom? As I am waiting and relying on you for wisdom, I must pay attention and apply my heart to all that you want to teach me. What do you mean by that? There is nothing particularly productive about simply waiting. Relying on you will require me to listen with all my heart and mind and strength. It will take great effort and focused attention to listen and apply my heart to all that you want to teach me. Yes, it will.

What will you do once you have heard from me if you want to be wise? Once I have heard from you I will put into practice all that you have taught me. It would be very foolish to wait to hear from you and then fail to do what you have taught me. Yes, that would be very foolish. 

Is there anything that you want to tell me? Yes Lord, I am so thankful that you want to teach me. I welcome all your instruction. I will rely on all your teaching. I’m here. I’m waiting. I’m watching. I’m listening. I will pay attention and apply my heart fully to all that you have to say to me. I will put into practice all that you have to teach to me. Yes, you will.

Lord, here I am. I’m paying attention and applying my heart to your wisdom. Thank you for caring enough to teach even me your wisdom. I trust you and all you want to teach me. I will keep your wisdom in my heart on my lips so I can share it with others. Amen

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Claims To Have Faith

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - James 2:14-17 - Claims To Have Faith - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – James 2:14-17 – Claims To Have Faith – Growing As Disciples

What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17 (NIV)

Real Faith

There are two things about which I don’t want you to be confused. What are they? You know that my salvation is a free gift. You know that you cannot earn or in any way merit your salvation. You know that you cannot make yourself acceptable in my sight. My Son came into this world to die and pay for your sins. In faith you turned from your sins and accepted Him into your life as your Savior and Lord. Yes, your Son, Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. He forgave my sin and cleansed me of all my unrighteous. He made me acceptable in your sight. Yes, He did. This is first of all what I want you to be clear about. I understand. By faith Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord. By faith you are my God and Father. By faith I know that I am filled with your Holy Spirit. What else do you want me to be clear about?

Your faith in me is real and alive and active. Your faith in me will show itself to the world. How will my faith in you show itself to the world? I will be working in and through your life everyday. I will open your eyes to what I want you to see. I will open your ears to what I want you to hear. I will open your heart to what I want you to do. Because of your faith in me you will want to do what I ask of you. Because of your love for me you will want to do what I have given you to do for me. You will want to go where I send you. You will want to do what I ask of you. Does this sound like a hard and burdensome task to you? No, not at all, it will be my pleasure and joy to serve you. I want to be used by you. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Yes, I know that is what you want to do for me. You will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name, as your faith in me is real and alive and active. This is very clear to me. This is the desire of my heart that is filled with real faith in you. That is very good.

Lord, I want my faith in you to be real and alive and active. I want my faith in you to be demonstrated to the world. Open my eyes to see how you want to use me. Open my heart to do good deeds you have given me to do. Draw others to you through my faith. Amen

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If You Can Help

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - Proverbs 3:27-28 - If You Can Help - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – Proverbs 3:27-28 – If You Can Help – Growing As Disciples

Do not withhold good from those who deserve it when it’s in your power to help them. If you can help your neighbor now, don’t say, “Come back tomorrow, and then I’ll help you.” Proverbs 3:27-28 (NLT)

Do It Now 

Don’t delay. Don’t put off the good that you can do today for tomorrow. Don’t ask others to come back tomorrow for what you can do for them right now. You have today. You have right now. Make the best use of the time that you have been given. Bear all the fruit for me that you can right now. Don’t leave any of your debts unpaid.  Don’t leave any of your responsibilities unfilled. Do all that you are able to do as soon as you are able to do it. Do you understand why what I am asking you to do is so important? I think so. Tell me why. I have today. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring. You may have a plan for tomorrow that will not leave time to do what you want me to do today. Yes, that’s true.  What else? If I put off doing what is good and right and fair today I may forget to do it tomorrow. It’s easy to walk away from debts and responsibilities one day at a time. The day of doing what is good and right and fair may never come. That’s right. Have you ever slowly walked away from your debts and responsibilities one day at a time? Have you ever rationalized why you no longer have to repay your debts and fulfill your responsibilities? Have you ever lost the urgency of doing what is good and right and fair because you made it your plan to do it tomorrow? You know the answers to these questions. Yes, I have slowly walked away from debts and responsibilities one day at a time. Yes, I have allowed delay to aid me in rationalizing why I no longer owe a debt or need to fulfill a responsibility. Yes, I have erased the urgency of doing what is good and right and fair by planning do it tomorrow or the next day or certainly the next day after that. Those days of doing what is good and right and fair never came, did they? No, they did not.

What kind of witness will you be for me if you delay doing what is good and right and fair? What kind of witness will you be for me if you don’t repay your debts or fulfill your responsibilities? I will be a poor witness for you. I will have a faith that is not attractive. I will have a faith that no one will want. Rather than attract people to you, I will push people away from you. You don’t want that. No, I do not. When I quickly do what is good and right and fair I will be a bold and bright witness for you. When I obey you my life will bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I will bring glory to your name. Yes, you will. That is what I want. That is what you will have as you follow and obey me.

Lord, there have been many times I have delayed doing what is good, right and fair. I have made others wait for what I could have done right away. Forgive me. I will now obey you and do immediately whatever good I am able to do for others. Amen

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Those Who Hope In The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Guidance - Those Who Hope In The Lord - Isaiah 40:29-31 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – Those Who Hope In The Lord – Isaiah 40:29-31 – Growing As Disciples

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:29-31

Strength

I’d like to ask you a question. Go ahead, I’m listening. Do you think that you are strong? Since you are asking I know that the answer can’t be yes. Is that really the only reason? No, my life experience has taught me that I am weak and prone to get weary and stumble and fall. But, there have been plenty of times that you have thought that you were pretty strong, aren’t there? Yes, that’s true, I suppose. How strong do you feel right now? Not very. Actually, my opinion of my own strength and power is getting weaker all the time. Why do you think that is true? As I draw close to you, I’m getting a clearer understanding and picture of your power and my weakness. I look at you and say to myself, I have none of that.

Would you like strength and power from me? Yes, I definitely would. Why is that? I would like your power and strength so that I can be and do all that you ask of me. You don’t want it for yourself? You won’t strut around like some muscle man wanting to demonstrate his great strength? No, I desire your strength to accomplish your purposes and plans. You have given good answers. I won’t give my strength and power to the proud. Usually, they don’t ask for it because they think they don’t need it. That works out then. It does. I also won’t give my strength and power to those who can’t and won’t use it. What do you mean by that? Do you need my strength and power while you are sitting around on a couch watching television and eating potato chips? No, I’m sure not. My power and strength is given when you need it as you engage in the work that I’m calling you to do. I get it. Are you sure? Haven’t you tried to do my work without asking for my strength and power? Yes, many times. Why is that? I was confused. How so? I thought I had all that I needed and I was completely wrong. I’m glad that you see that now. Me too.

How much of my strength and power do you want? All that I need to live for you and accomplish the tasks that you have called me to do. How willing are you to come and ask and wait for my strength and power? I will devote myself to coming, asking, waiting, and relying on you for all your help. Let’s review this. You will come? You will ask? You will wait? You will work? Are all these true? Yes, these are the commitments that I am making to you today. Good. When you do these I will most certainly hear and answer your prayer. You will have my power and strength.

Lord, life has left me weary and worn out. I’m tired and weak. I need your power and strength. I will wait here in your presence. Refresh, revive and renew my life. Help me to soar like an eagle on currents of wind as I trust in you.  Amen

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