Work Out Your Salvation

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Discipleship Study – Therefore – Philippians 2:12-13 – Work Out Your Salvation – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed–not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence–continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Philippians 2:12-13 (NIV)

I’m Working

How have I worked for you? That is a question that I am very happy to answer. You came into this world for me. You lived and died for me. You paid for my sins on the cross. You forgave all my sin. You cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You rescued me from a life without you. You made me able to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. You filled me with your Holy Spirit as both a sign and guarantee of my new life now and forever in you. You have given me a new life to live. You have given me hope and meaning and purpose in life. I have a new direction in life. What is that direction? I will follow you as you lead me through life. I will go where you guide me. I will do all that you ask of me. Yes, you will.

How have I worked in you? That is another question that I am excited to answer. You have changed my heart and transformed my mind. How have I done that? Am I done changing your heart and transforming your mind? No, you are not finished with me yet, not by a long shot. You will continue to change my heart and transform my mind until the day that I come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, I will. Tell me more about how I have been changing your heart and transforming your mind. You have used your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Your word has given me your thoughts to think and feelings to feel. Your word has helped me to both know and do your will. How so? As I have let your word dwell in me richly my old thoughts and ways have been replaced with your thoughts and ways. Now, it is my delight to know and do your will because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, you do.

How have I worked through you? This question also gives me great joy to be able to answer. Why is that? It is astounding to know, that you, the God of the universe, want to work through me. I am humbled. I am in awe. I am at your service. Use me whenever, wherever and however you desire. Nothing would please me more than to be used by you. Use me in small ways. Use me in large ways. Use me in any way. It will be enough for me to know that I have been used by you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Yes, you will.

Lord, thank you for rescuing me from a life without you. You are my Savior and Lord. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will follow you where you lead me. I will do all that you ask of me. Help me to live out my life of salvation in you. Amen

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Be Transformed

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Discipleship Study – 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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Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful

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Discipleship Study – God’s Will – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Joyful, Prayerful, Thankful- 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 have let circumstances get me down. I have not been joyful in every circumstance. Far from it. I have let circumstances cloud my vision and lose my focus. I have let circumstances steal my joy.  I have let circumstances cause me to take my eyes off you. I have let all my thoughts and words and deeds be guided and directed by whatever circumstance I have found myself. Circumstances have caused me to lose my balance and send me off course. So often, I have lived under the circumstances of life rather than above them. That’s not good. No, it’s not. How have gotten back on course? There is one very positive thing about negative circumstances. What’s that? Negative circumstances have always caused me to cry out to you. Right away? No, not right away. I wish I could say that I would start praying to you right away when circumstances have turned negative around me. Unfortunately, I have tried in vain to fight my own way out of negative circumstances. Sometimes, I have even had to reach rock bottom, when all my own efforts have not brought me through negative circumstances, before I have cried out to you in prayer. I like it that you have tried to fight your way out of negative circumstances. Why is that? Your desire to fight and do battle against negative circumstances is good. Your choice of weapon to fight your way out of negative circumstances is all wrong however. How so? You will never win battles against negative circumstances with your own efforts. You must rely on me. You must choose the proper weapon with which to fight. Do you know what that weapon is? Yes, after so many failures, I have finally learned that I can continually pray prayers that will give me victory through circumstances. Why is that? As I pray to you, my eyes will be on you rather than on my circumstances. You will lead me through my circumstances. You will be my helper. You will be my strength. You will be my guide. I can hold on to you as you hold on to me through all the circumstances of life. Yes, you can. Yes, I will. What will you have as I lead you through all the ups and downs and twists and turns of the circumstances of life? I will have joy. Why is that? My relationship with you will grow deeper and become sweeter as I hold on to you and you hold on to me. Yes, it will. Then you will become truly joyful, prayerful and thankful as you love, follow and serve me. Yes, I will.

Lord, I have not always been joyful, prayerful and thankful. I’m sure that comes as no surprise to you. Help me to be continually joyful, prayerful and thankful. I know I have abundant reasons to be joyful, prayerful and thankful. You have blessed my life. Amen

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Cherished Sin

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Discipleship Study – If – Psalm 66:16-20 – Cherished Sin – Growing As Disciples

Come and listen, all you who fear God; let me tell you what he has done for me. I cried out to him with my mouth; his praise was on my tongue. If I had cherished sin in my heart, the Lord would not have listened; but God has surely listened and heard my voice in prayer. Praise be to God, who has not rejected my prayer or withheld his love from me! Psalm 66:16-20 (NIV)

Confession

Here I am Lord. I have come to meet with you in prayer. There is something that I have not talked to you about much. What’s that? I haven’t talked to you about my sin. I know that I am a sinner. Even now as your follower I know that I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words and deeds. My sins are not in the distant past. I wasn’t once a sinner. I still am a sinner. I know that you have forgiven and paid for my sins on the cross. I know that you have cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. I know that my old life of sin is gone and that I am living a new life of righteousness in you. That’s right. Nevertheless, I still do sin.  I am not perfect. I have thought, and said and done what was not pleasing to you. I sinned in what I have done and in what I have left undone. I am here to confess all my sins to you. That is very good. 

I don’t want anything to come between us. I don’t want anything to hinder my prayers to you. For that reason I will not hang on to anything that is not pleasing to you. I will not let sin captivate me. I will not let sin allure and entice me. I will not let sin catch me in its trap. I will take the way you have provided for me so that I will not fall into temptation. Sometimes, I will make missteps. I will go and do what I shouldn’t have done. I will think thoughts that are not pleasing to you. I will speak words that are not acceptable to you. I will turn away from sinful thoughts, words, and deeds. I will turn to you to live the life that you have given me to live. It will be my regular practice to come to confess all my sins to you. I will continue to live in your forgiveness and cleansing. That will be very good.

You do completely forgive me. You do fully cleanse me. You show me your love and kindness. Yes, I do. You have lavished me with your love. You have done great things for me. It will be my joy, with a heart full of thanksgiving to give thanks and praise and glory to you. I will tell others all that you have done for me. You have heard and answered my prayers. Yes, I have.

Lord, there is no doubt about it. I am a sinner. There is no hiding that fact from you. You and I know it is true. I’m here to confess all my sins to you. I have sinned against you in thought, word and deed. Forgive and cleanse me of all my unrighteousness. Amen

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Salt Of The Earth

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Discipleship Study – Transformation – Matthew 5:13 – Salt Of The Earth – Growing As Disciples

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. Matthew 5:13 (NIV)

My Salt

You are the salt of the earth. Do you have any idea what that means? I’m not sure, but I have some ideas. Let me hear them. Salt adds seasoning to what might otherwise be bland and tasteless. You salt just about everything you eat, don’t you?  Yes, I do. How can you add flavor and seasoning to everything that you think, say and do in this world? On my own, I can’t add any salt seasoning to anything.  Why is that? It is only you living inside of me that makes me able to bring flavor and seasoning to others in this world. I’m glad that you know that. Will you rely on me to use you as flavoring and seasoning in the world?  Yes Lord, I will.

What do you think my salt seasoning looks and tastes like? Your salt is nothing like the salt I use to flavor my food. Your salt dramatically stands out from all the blandness and tastelessness of the world. Your salt is in short supply in the world. When people see the pouring out of your salt, it gets noticed. Your salt changes the hearts and minds and lives of people. Your salt is attractive and highly desirable. People are drawn to you when they experience a taste of your salt.  Once someone tastes your salt, they want nothing else. There is no real substitute for your salt. The excess salt that I eat may harm my body.  Your salt brings health and healing to me and to anyone else it touches. 

I crave your salt.  I want to live in your salt. I want your salt to cover me from head to toe.  I want to be used to spread your salt to everyone I meet.  I want your salt to penetrate all that I think, say and do. There is nothing I want to think, say or do unless it has your salt on it.

You know the words that describe my salt, don’t you?  You know where my salt comes from, don’t you?  You know that my salt will be poured out from your life, don’t you?  Yes, I do. Your salt comes from your Holy Spirit living inside of me. Your salt comes in a variety of flavors. You want me to be a dispenser of your salt seasoning in all that I think, say and do. You want me to season the world with the salty flavors of your love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self- control. Yes, that’s right.  Pour your salt into my life so that it can pour out of my life.  Is that your prayer? Yes, it is.  I will hear and answer your prayer.

Heavenly Father, thank you for making me to be a salty witness for Christ in a bland and tasteless world. Send me to where you want me to go and guide me to what you want me to do for you. Use me according to your plan so others will be drawn to Christ. Amen

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Won’t Believe Me

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Discipleship Study – If – Exodus 4:1 – Won’t Believe Me- Growing As Disciples

But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’?” Exodus 4:1 (NLT)

Under Protest 

Do you think that I ask too much of you? Are the assignments that I give you way beyond your gifts, talents and abilities? Why do you ask that? I think you know why. Go ahead and tell me why I am asking these questions of you. Your assignments scare me. I feel overwhelmed by the size of the tasks that you give to me. Sometimes I feel like I’m frozen with fear and immobilized by what you ask me to do for you. Would you rather that I gave you little assignments that offer no challenge and place no demands on you. No, I certainly don’t want that. What do you want? I want you to continue to give me the assignments that you have planned for me to do for you. Why do you think that I give you assignments that are larger than you can handle? You want me to know where my assignments are coming from. What do you mean by that? I’m the one that would make up and chose the small and easy assignments. Just because an assignment is large doesn’t mean it is always from me. No, I know. I have bitten off more than I can chew many times before. A large assignment does get my attention though. I know that you give me large assignments so that I will come to rely on you. You want to grow my faith, as I trust in you to work in and through me. I can never accomplish your large assignments without your help. That’s for sure. What are some other reasons why I give you large assignments? In the small assignments I am likely to receive praise and thanks for a job well done. Everyone will think that I have accomplished something by my very own hard work. I don’t want to receive the glory. I know that it is you that is working in and through me even in the very small tasks of life. That’s right. But, in the very large assignments you give me it is very clear to all that you are the one deserving all the praise, honor and glory. Your large assignments are God sized. When your assignments are completed you receive all the praise, honor and glory. It is my joy to see you receive praise and honor and glory. That’s what I want. Then I have one more question from you. Go ahead, I’m listening.

Why do you protest when I give you a large assignment? I’m sorry that I have protested and debated with you.  I know that my protests have come from fear rather than from faith. Forgive me. You are forgiven. In the future I will say yes to whatever you ask of me without protest or debate. I want to know and do your will. So, ask me to do whatever you have planned for me to do for you. Yes, I will. I know.

Lord, I have protested and debated with you. I have told you I am unable to do what you have asked me to do for you. That has not mattered. You have called and prepared me. You have asked me to go. You have promised to help me. I will go and serve you. Amen

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My Presence Will Go With You

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Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” The LORD replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:12-14 (NIV)

Help You

I have a large assignment I have given you to do for me. You can’t possible do what I have given you to do for me without my help. This should come as a great encouragement to you. This should not discourage you. This should not cause you to shrink back in doubt. This should not paralyze you with fear. Why is that? You have found favor with me.  I know you by name. My hand is on you. I will work in and through. I will be with you to help you. Be encouraged. Be strengthened. Be ready to move forward with me. Yes Lord, I will.

Can I ask you for some details? Can I have some more information? What would you like to know? Where will I go? What will I do? Who will you send with me? How will you use me? You have a lot of questions. You want to know ever step of your way. Do you think that I will answer every last one of your questions? Will I give you a complete road map before you start your journey? Is that the way I work? Is that what I will do for you? I doubt it. I’m pretty sure you won’t do that. Why is that?

You want me to trust in you. You want me to rely on you for all my help. You alone will be the only road map that you will give me. You will be my guide. You want me to follow you to where you will lead me. You want me to take one step at a time with you. I am pleased with you. I want you to know me. I want you to know my will and walk in my ways. I will teach you. I will train you. I will help you. I will use you for my purposes and according to my plan. Will you follow me? Yes Lord, I will follow you to wherever you lead me to do whatever you ask of me.

Lord, thank you for calling me into your service. It will be my pleasure to serve you. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I will trust you to help me with what you have given me to do. Fill me with your presence. Have your favor rest on me as I serve you. Amen

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Serve The Egyptians

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Discipleship Study – Let Us – Exodus 14:10-12 – Serve the Egyptians – Growing As Disciples

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Exodus 14:10-12 (NIV)

A Way

Here you are. There is no looking back. There is no going back. There is only going forward. There does not seem to be a way forward or backward. I can agree with you about not looking or going back. But, I can’t see my may out of this situation. I can’t see my way forward. That’s good. What do you mean, that’s good? How could it be good that there is no way out of my situation? That’s not what I said. What did you say? I didn’t say that there was no way out of your situation. It’s good that you can’t see your way forward. It’s good that you can’t see your way out of your situation. I’m confused. Just because you can’t see a way forward out of your situation does not mean that there isn’t one. Realizing that you can’t see a way forward out of your situation is what’s good. What’s good about that? You tell me. I’ve got nothing to say. Then I will ask you some questions. Go ahead. What have you done when your situation has looked hopeless? What have you done when you could see no way out of your situation? What have you done when you could see no way to move forward? I have cried out to you. I have asked you for your help. Who have you stopped relying on when you have been in a hopeless situation? I have stopped relying on myself when I have been in a hopeless situation. Is that about where you are right now? Yes, I am in a hopeless situation right now. Does it seem like you have two possible choices right now? Yes, it does. What are your two choices? I could curl up in a ball and quit. Yes, you could. Is that what you want to do? No, that is not what I want to do. What is your other choice? I can cry out to you and ask you for your help. Yes, you can. What would that mean? It would mean that I would stop relying on myself and begin to rely on you. Is that what you want to do? Yes, I want to have faith in you. Yes, I want to trust you. Yes, I want to rely on you. Yes, I want to listen to your instructions and follow you. I believe that you will show me a way when there is no way. Why do you believe that? You have always showed me a way when there was no way when I have cried out to you. You are my way. You have been leading me through life. Yes, I have. Is this a lesson that you can’t seem to remember? Is this a lesson that is very easy for you to forget? Somehow, I occasionally do forget that you are my way when there seems to be no way. Sometimes, I have forgotten to ask you for your help. Forgive me. I do forgive you.  Help me to keep my eyes on you. Help me to follow you as I go through difficulties in life. Help me to rely on you. You are my way when there seems to be no way. Yes, I am.

Lord, I will not allow myself to become paralyzed with fear and indecision by focusing my attention on difficult circumstances I will face in life. Instead, I will place all my faith and trust in you. I know that you will lead me through every difficulty as I rely on you. Amen

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You Are Too Important

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Discipleship Study – If – Galatians 6:2-3 – You Are Too Important – Growing As Disciples

Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Galatians 6:2-3 (NLT)

Too Important

Are you too busy to see the needs of others? Are you so preoccupied that you can’t even hear a cry for help?  Is who you are or what you are doing too important to take time to help others in need? Please don’t say yes you are too busy. Please don’t say yes that you or your work is too important. It would grieve me so to hear those words come out of your mouth. Stop and think. Why have I given you so much? Why do you have gifts and talents and resources in abundance? Don’t answer, just listen to me. I know that you want to be like me. I know that you want me to change your heart. I know that you want me to transform your mind. I know that you want to live the life that I have called you to live. Is all of this true? Yes Lord, I want to be like you. I want to know you. I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I want to go wherever you guide me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. That is very good. 

Was I ever too busy to help someone in need? Was I ever too important to stop what I was doing to help others? No, you were never too busy or too important to help others. Were my eyes open to see those in need? Were my ears open so I could hear the cries of those in need? Did I ever let my life become too busy and preoccupied that I ignored someone who was in need? No Lord, you were never too busy. You were never preoccupied. Your eyes and ears were opened. You never missed out on an opportunity to help someone in need.

What am I asking of you? What is my will? What will you do if you want to follow me? Where do you think I will lead you? What will I ask you to do for me? You will ask me to love like you loved. You will ask me to give like you gave. You will lead me to serve others. You will call on me to use all the gifts, talents and resources that you have given me to share with others. You will ask me to do what you have done. You want me to go and meet the needs of others. Yes, I do. Then you will be like me. Then you will be doing my will. Then you will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Are you ready? Yes Lord, I am ready to serve you as I meet the needs of others.

Lord, I know that there have been many times where I thought I was too busy or too important to help others in need. Forgive me. You have never been too busy or important to help me. Help me now to love and give like you loved and gave. Amen

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You Can Help

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

Discipleship Study – If – Proverbs 3:27-28 – 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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If – Proverbs 3-27-28 – You Can Help – 4 Page Discipleship Study Guide

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