The Pure In Heart

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 206 - Matthew 5:8 - The Pure In Heart- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 206 – Matthew 5:8 – The Pure In Heart- Growing As Disciples

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Matthew 5:8 (NIV) 

Guard Your Heart

That is exactly what I will do. What will you do? I will guard my heart and mind. It sounds like you have a very strong desire to guard your heart and mind. Yes, that is a very strong desire in me. Why is that a strong desire in you? Well, I should first say that the desire to guard my heart and mind did not originate with me. I can take no credit for this desire in me. You placed this desire in my heart and mind. You have fanned the flame of this desire within me. For that I am very thankful. Why is guarding your heart and mind so important to you? Why is guarding your heart and mind of the highest priority to you? I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice speaking to me. I want to be able to see your activity in my life and in the world around me. I don’t want to be dull of hearing. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to be able to receive your guidance and accept your instruction. I want your favor to rest in me. I want you to use me. I want to able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans.  Above all, I want to walk through life with and for you. That is very good. I have more to say. You asked another question. Yes, I did. I will listen to your answer. None of what I have just said I wanted to happen will come about if my heart and mind and life are filled with impurity. Impurity in my heart and mind and life will dull my hearing and make me uninterested and undesirous of your activity in my life. I want to live my life in tune with you. My life will do nothing but play sour notes if it is filled with impurity. That is true. I have more to say. I’m still listening. My life is under constant bombardment by the thoughts and opinions of the world. My life is also subject to being influenced by sin, the flesh and the devil. In other words, my heart and mind and life lives in a completely hostile environment. If I am not careful, if I am not watchful, If I am not diligently and continually guarding my heart it could easily become filled with impurity. That’s true. I also know that I cannot keep and guard my heart alone. To rely on my own strength alone would be foolish and ineffective. I need your help. So, what will you do to receive my help? I will draw near to you. Daily, I will meet with you in your word, in prayer and in worship. I will submit myself to you. I will resist evil of every kind. That is very good. Then evil will flee from you. Then you will have a pure heart. Then you will hear and see me today, tomorrow and forever. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, only you can make my heart and mind pure. Only you can forgive and cleanse my heart and mind. Thank you for giving me a heart and mind that loves, follows and seeks you. Help me to continually guard my heart and mind so impurity does not enter it. Amen

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The Merciful

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 205 - Matthew 5:7 - The Merciful- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 205 – Matthew 5:7 – The Merciful- Growing As Disciples

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Matthew 5:7 (NIV) 

Mercy

You have given me an example to follow. What example have I given to you to follow? Well, you have given me many examples to follow, but I have one in mind right now. You have been merciful to me. You have given to me what I have not deserved. What’s that? You have given to me your forgiveness of my sin and cleansing of my righteousness. You have given to me your love and care. You have given to me your help and encouragement. You have given to me your kindness and love. None of these have you have given to me in small measures. You have lavished with your kindness and love. You have surrounded me with your love and care. You have given me your complete forgiveness and cleansing. You have restored me to a new and intimate relationship with you. You have adopted me into your family. You have made me to be your child. You have filled me with a passionate desire to be like you in all that I think, say and do. That is very good. Yes, it is.

You are a generous giver. So, I want to be a generous giver. There is no limit to your kindness and mercy and love. So, I want your kindness and mercy and love to flow in me and through me to others. What you have generously given to me, I want to generously give to others. Isn’t that the way it should be? Aren’t your blessings meant to be passed on to others? Yes, I have richly blessed your life. Yes, I want you to richly bless the lives of others. What I have freely given to you, I want you to freely give to others. So, I am on the right track. I have the right desire in me. Yes, you have the right desire in you. Yes, you are on the right track. Your desire to generously give kindness and mercy and love to others definitely comes from me.

What will happen as you give my kindness, mercy and love to others? Others will be drawn to you. Others will want to give their lives to you. Others will want to become your followers. Why is that? They will have seen your life being lived out in and through me. I will be a witness for you in the world. Yes, that is true. Is that what you desire? Yes Lord, above all else, I want to be used by you. I want to shine brightly for you in the darkness of this world. That is very good. Help me to be kind and loving and merciful to others, just as you have been and continue to be to me. You will have my help. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, you have generously shown me your mercy. You have forgiven all my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness. I want to be like you. Help me to generously give mercy to others. Help me to love and care for others just as you have loved and cared for me. Amen

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Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 204 - Matthew 5:6 - Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 204 – Matthew 5:6 – Hunger And Thirst For Righteousness- Growing As Disciples

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Matthew 5:6 (NIV)

Hunger And Thirst 

I have this hunger and thirst within me. It isn’t a slight hunger for a sample or a snack. I am not a little hungry and thirsty. I don’t want or need just a bit of something to tide me over. Can you describe your hunger and thirst more specifically? I am hungry and thirsty for you. I want you to feed my hunger and satisfy my thirst. How will I do that for you? Well, my hunger and thirst draws me to you. My hunger and thirst causes me to seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. My hunger and thirst for you fills me with desire to love and follow and serve you. My hunger and thirst for you makes me want to be the person you have called me to be. My hunger and thirst for you makes me want to go and do whatever you ask of me. This need and desire you have placed in me is passionate and insatiable. It never quits. It never gives up. It always wants more. For that, I am very thankful. In your presence, my hunger and thirst is satisfied. Yet, you always leave me wanting more. Isn’t that good? Yes, that is very good. I always want to be seeking you. I always want to be hungry for you. I always want to be living in an intimate relationship with you. That is very good. Yes, it is.

How has hungering and thirsting for me and my righteousness changed the course of your life? That is exactly what hungering and thirsting for you and your righteousness has done for me. You have changed my heart, transformed my mind and guided my life as I have hungered and thirsted for you. Your righteousness has left nothing about me unchanged. Your righteousness has been, is doing, and will continue to do its work in me. Day by day, moment by moment, you are changing the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and actions of my life. You are making me into the person you want me to become. You are giving me the work you want me to do. Am I a finished product? Am I completed work? No, I am not. But I am excited about your work continuing in and through me. I invite you to keep on doing your work in me. I am hungry and thirsty for you. I am hungry and thirsty to live in an intimate relationship with you. I am hungry and thirsty for your righteousness. I want to become like you in all that I think, say and do. I will continue my work in and though as you draw near to me, as you walk through life with me. I will fill you as you continue to hunger and thirst for my righteousness. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I hunger and thirst for your righteousness. My hunger and thirst is not for little samples and snacks. I want to drink deeply and feast fully of the righteous life you are calling me to live for you. Stir up and satisfy my desire for you and your righteousness. Amen

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The Meek

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 203 - Matthew 5:5 - The Meek- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 203 – Matthew 5:5 – The Meek- Growing As Disciples

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (NIV) 

Meekness 

That is exactly what I need. What do you need? I need meekness. I need to have a meek and humble heart. Why is that? What have you learned? What has been your experience? I have experienced the foolishness of being a “know it all.” I have suffered under my own self-sufficiency and self-reliance. I have followed my own wisdom and received my own guidance. How has that worked out for you? I have made a boat load of mistakes. I have gone and done what has unwise. I have foolishly wasted time. I have unwisely spent resources. I have lived as if I was a full glass. What does that mean? No one, not you, not others could tell me anything. Nothing could be poured into my life. I was entirely full of myself. That is not good. No, it is not. That will lead you to live a bruised and battered and broken life. That is a life filled with pain and suffering. Yes, it is, I know that to be true. That is a life that I cannot bless. That comes as no surprise to me. That’s good.

But there is good news. What’s that? The pain of a self-sufficient and self-reliant life is difficult to endure. Yes, it is. I could not stand it. I could not live it for long. No, you could not. That bruised and battered, and broken life got my attention. My pride and arrogance led me to rock bottom. Guess who was there with me at rock bottom? I don’t need to guess. I suppose not. You were there at my rock bottom. Yes, I was. You heard my cry. You heard my plea. You answered my prayer. Yes, I did. 

How have you changed? I am all ears. I am ready and willing and able to hear from you. Why is that? You have changed my heart. I want nothing more or less than your wisdom. It is my joy follow your guidance. It is my pleasure to receive your instruction. I don’t want to go anywhere or do anything without you leading me. I want to know and do your will. I want to follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. My heart and mind and life are in your hands. Yes, they are. I humbly and meekly ask you to use me to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. May your favor rest on me. It will. I am at your service. Yes, you are. That is very good. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I don’t think I know it all. I need your wisdom. I will follow your guidance and receive your instruction. I will accept your warnings and hear your caution. With a humble and meek heart, I will listen attentively to you. I will love, follow and serve you. Amen

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Those Who Mourn

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 202 – Matthew 5:4 – Those Who Mourn – Growing As Disciples

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4 (NIV)

Mourning 

What do you know about mourning? That is an interesting question. I’m not exactly sure how to answer that question. I have experienced pain and suffering and loss. Of that, I am very sure. Have others experienced greater pain and suffering and loss and mourning than I? Yes, I suppose that is true. Is my share of pain and suffering and loss yet to arrive? That may be true. At one time, I thought I liked change. I’m not so sure anymore. Change has brought its own grief and sadness. I have mourned the loss of what once was and is no more, nor can ever be again. My youth is gone. I mourn that. Friends and family are gone. I mourn that. Past roles and responsibilities are gone. I mourn that. I even mourn my weaknesses and failings and sin. Maybe “even”, is the wrong word. I especially mourn my weaknesses and failing and sins. Sometimes, I ask, “Why is there so much pain and suffering and loss and mourning in this life?”  The only answer I have to that question is that this is a sin broken life. I mourn that too.

What has happened to you in your mourning? Has nothing good come from out of your mourning? Much good has come to me in my mourning. In my mourning, I have cried out to you. My mourning has formed many of my prayers to you. Those prayers have not gone unheard and unanswered. You have drawn near to me as I have mourned. You have mourned when I have mourned. You have comforted me in my mourning. Had I never mourned I would have never need comforting. Had I never been comforted I would have never known your love and care for me. Had I never mourned my weaknesses and failing and sins, I would have never confessed them to you. Had I never confessed my sins and received your forgiveness and cleansing, I would have never come to know you. I tell you what. What? I would much rather mourn. That’s good. Out of my mourning you have richly blessed my life. That is true.

What has your mourning taught you? My mourning has taught me that you love and care for me. My mourning has taught me that a better life awaits me. One day, I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Then there will be no sickness and sadness and suffering and loss. There will be no mourning when I am in heaven with you. My mourning has taught me to look to you now and to remember that I have a future forever in heaven with you.  Yes, you do. That is very good. Yes, it is.

Lord, you have never left me alone in my mourning. You come alongside me to comfort me. You have drawn me close to you and held on to me. You bandaged my wounds and healed my broken heart. You have lifted me up and kept me moving forward with you. Amen

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Poor In Spirit

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 201 – Matthew 5:3 – Poor In Spirit – Growing As Disciples

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 5:3 (NIV)

Spiritual Poverty

Nothing is more certain. Nothing is surer of being true. What is that? Apart from you, I live in spiritual poverty. Apart from you, I am a spiritual pauper. That is a very important discovery. That is a very important acknowledgement. I know that to be true, without a doubt. Why is that? It was the discovery and acknowledgment of my spiritual poverty that led me to you. I did not know why I felt empty. I did not know why I felt no hope and meaning in life. I did not know why I had no purpose and direction in life. I just knew that I was living a bruised and battered and broken life. I was certainly living and walking on a path that led away from you. There is no doubt that I was living a life that was not good and right and pleasing to you. I was weary and worn out. I was desperate for something more or different. I wanted something else. What that was, I did not know. If someone would have told me that I was poor in spirit, they would have received no argument from me. That’s good.

What happened to you? You are asking me that question? Yes, I am. You happened to me. You would not let me go. You rescued me from a life without you. You heard my poverty filled cry. I asked you to show yourself to me. I asked you to come into my life. I asked you to be my Savior and Lord. Not that I get any credit for crying out to you. It was you who drew me to yourself. It was you that made me able to see and acknowledge my spiritual poverty. It was you who forgave my sin and cleansed my unrighteousness. It was you who has enabled me to live in a vibrant and intimate relationship with you. I love you now, because your first loved me. You adopted me into your family and made me your own. Yes, I have done all these things in you and for you. For that, I am thankful beyond words. That is very good.

What do you know now? I know that apart from you, I will always live in spiritual poverty. I know that living in a vibrant and intimate relationship with you will bring your blessings into my life. You will guard and guide me. You will lead and direct me. You will use me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. You will allow me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You will bless my life as I love, follow and serve you. Nothing will ever be better than living my life with and for you. That is true. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I know that, apart from you, I live in spiritual poverty. I know that I need to come to rely on you for all my spiritual needs. I know that you will revive, refresh, restore and bless my spiritual life as I live in a vibrant and intimate relationship with you. Amen

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God’s Will For You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 200 – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – God’s Will For You – Growing As Disciples

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV)

Circumstances

I know something about circumstances. What’s that? My circumstances will be uncertain. My circumstances will be unpredictable. My circumstances will not always be enjoyable. Does this come as some big surprise to you? No, not really. I know that this is a sin broken world. There is pain and suffering and evil in this world. There are temptations and trials in this life. You experienced the pain and suffering and evil that is in this world. You were not exempt. Why would I be exempt? No, I am certain to experience adverse and difficult circumstances in life. That’s true.

How will you go through circumstances in life? Will you allow your circumstances in life to dictate your thoughts, feelings and values? Who will you rely on as you go through difficult circumstances in life? Will you rely on yourself? Will you rely on me? How will you respond to painful and troubling circumstances in life? Those are all very good questions. There is one thing I know for certain. What’s that? You will be with me to help me as I go through all the circumstances of life. Yes, I will be with you to help you.  I will never be alone. That’s right. It seems to me that trying circumstances will give me focused opportunities to draw near to you. In every difficult and trying circumstance I can draw close to you. You will comfort me. You will strengthen me. You will encourage me. You will carry me through every difficulty. Yes, I will do all these things for you. Receiving your help fills my heart with joy. Experiencing your presence fills my heart with thankfulness. So, even in the midst of trying circumstances, in the midst of great difficulty, I can be joyful and thankful because I know that you will be with me to help me. Yes, I will. In the midst of difficult circumstances, I will know that I will be learning to come to rely on you. I will know that I will be learning to know and do your will because I will remain joyful and thankful as I place all my hope and faith and trust in you. I will keep on being joyful and thankful and prayerful as I walk with you through all the difficult circumstances in life. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord for being with me to help me. 

Lord, I need your help. I want to be joyful and thankful and prayerful throughout all the varied circumstances of life. I want to know and do your will everyday as I love and follow and serve you. You are my joy. For you I give thanks. To you I make my prayers. Amen

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Say No To Ungodliness

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 199 - Titus 2:11-14 - Say No To Ungodliness - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 199 – Titus 2:11-14 – Say No To Ungodliness – Growing As Disciples

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. Titus 2:11-14 (NIV)  

No

I understand the importance of that word. You understand the importance of what word? I understand the importance of the word, no. Is there something that you want to tell me about the word, no? Yes, I have something to say about the word, no. I’m listening. You have taught me why to say no ungodliness and worldly passion. You have taught me when to say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. You have taught me how to be able to say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say. You already know what I will say. Yes, that is true. But that does not mean that I won’t have joy in hearing what you have to say. Here goes. You have taught me why it is important that I say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. Why is that? If I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you, I will say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. If I want to shine brightly as your witness in the world, I will say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. If I want to live a life that bears fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name, I will say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. Yes, those are all very good reasons for you to say no to ungodliness and worldly passion.

You have taught me when to say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. It is also critically important that I make an advance decision to say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. Why is that? Ungodliness and worldly passion is not something to be uncertain about or play around with. Making an advance decision about ungodliness and worldly passion will help me to not enter into tempting situations in the first place. My advance decision will also help me to immediately flee ungodliness and worldly passion when I see it approaching. The surest way to fall into temptation is to linger around it. So, the time to make a decision about ungodliness and worldly passion is right now. Yes, it is. And the answer is no. That is very good.

Finally, you have taught me how to say no to ungodliness and worldly passion. This has taken me the longest time to understand. The only way that I will ever be able to say no to ungodliness and worldly passion is by keeping my heart and mind and life focused on you. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I am excited and anxiously awaiting your return. I am filled with all the hope I have in you. I want to live the life you have called me to live. My mind is made up. Why would I want anything else or less? I don’t. I know that you will make me able to say no to ungodliness and worldly passion as I love, follow and serve you. Yes, I will. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will say no to ungodliness and worldly passions. I will not allow myself to enter into tempting situations. I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I am anxiously awaiting your return. I know you will help me to live a life that pleases you. Amen

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Who Am I?

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 198 - Exodus 3:11-12 - Who Am I? - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 198 – Exodus 3:11-12 – Who Am I? – Growing As Disciples

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:11-12 (NIV)  

Who Am I?

Haven’t I asked you that question many times before? Yes, you have asked me that question many times. Why have you asked me that question? What did you have on your mind when you asked me that question? I have asked you that question when I have felt incapable and unqualified and unprepared to go and do what you have asked of me. I have asked you that question when I have felt insignificant and powerless to accomplish your purposes. I have asked you that question when I have felt that you have asked too much of me. I have asked you that question when I have been timid and filled with worry and doubt and anxiety. So, this question is not a prelude to your expressing all your great faith and trust in me. Not at all. You have expressed this question when you have thought that you would be left all alone to go and do what I asked of you. In response to the assignment I wanted to give you, you took a personal inventory of yourself and said, “no way, it’s not going to happen. Send someone else, I’m not up to the job. I can’t do what you are asking of me.” That’s right. I’m not proud of my response to you. But what you have said is the absolute truth.

How have I responded to you when you have tried to turn down an assignment from me? Generally, you have not accepted my turning down your assignments. How do you feel about that? Would you have preferred that I moved on to someone else? Would you like it better if I never asked you to do something for me? No, not at all. I want to go and do what you ask of me. I want to be used by you. That’s good. What have I also done for you when you have tried to turn down my assignments? You have assured me that you will be with me to help me. You have always empowered me to go and do what you have asked of me. Yes, I have done both of these things for you so you could take on and complete my assignments.

I would like to clear a few things up for you. Like what? You are not small and insignificant. You are not incapable, unqualified or unprepared. Since I will always be with you to help you there is no need for you to be filled with worry, doubt and anxiety. You also may be sure that I have been and will be preparing you for all the assignments I will give to you. You can also be certain that I have given you gifts and talents and abilities to serve me. Oh, and one more thing. What’s that? You can be positive that my assignments will always be challenging. My assignments will cause you to place all your faith in me. You will need to rely on me as you go and do what I ask of you. Is that a bad thing? No, that is very good thing. I want to grow in my faith. I want to rely on you. I want place all my faith and trust in you. That is very good. Now, go and do what I ask of you. Yes, Heavenly Father, I will.

Heavenly Father, I am happy to take on any assignment you give to me. I will go and do what you ask of me. I know you will be with me to help me. I have faith to believe you will work in and through me to accomplish your purposes for your kingdom and glory. Amen

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Confess Your Sins

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 197 - James 5:16-18 - Confess Your Sins - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 197 – James 5:16-18 – Confess Your Sins – Growing As Disciples

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. James 5:16-18 (NIV)

Powerful And Effective

That is what I want. What do you want? I want my prayers to be powerful and effective. I want to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. I don’t want anything to hinder my prayers. What will hinder your prayers? Sin will hinder my prayers from being heard and answered. Why do you suppose that Is? Well, first of all, if I am living in sin, it is certain that I will be far less likely to pray. Is this the voice of some of your past experience? Yes, it is. Nothing is more likely to keep from drawing near to you in prayer than living a sinful life that is not good and right and pleasing to you. That’s true. What else? If I am not living a life that is vitally connected to you, it is very unlikely that I will be able to pray prayers that are according to your will. Why is that? Living a life that is not vitally connected to you will definitely dull my ability to hear your voice speaking to me. It is almost impossible for me to know and do your will when I am not living in an intimate relationship with you. In this condition, I or anyone else are much more likely to be listening to voices other than yours. That’s not good. No, it’s not.

What will you do if you want me to hear and answer your prayers? I will draw near to you. I will confess my sins to you. I will also confess my sins to anyone that I have hurt or harmed in anyway. I will make sure that no sin of any kind is hindering my prayers and my relationship with you. I will receive your forgiveness and cleansing. That will be very good. What else? I will live in an ongoing relationship and dialogue of prayer with you. I know that you want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I do. In the context of our intimate relationship you will both give and grant me prayers to pray. What does that mean? You will give me prayers to pray that you will hear and answer. You will teach me to pray according to your will. Yes, I will do that for you, as you live in an intimate relationship with me. Living in an intimate relationship, vitally connected to you, will help also me to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. This is the righteous life that I will live with all your help and power and strength. You will have all you need from me. You will be praying powerful and effective prayers. For that I am thankful beyond words. That is very good.

Lord, you have forgiven my sin and cleansed my unrighteousness. You have made me righteous in the eyes of God. The position I have in you, does not release me from living a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. That is how I will live before you Amen

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