Whoever Claims To Live In Him Must Walk As Jesus Did

The Sacramental Life - Day 334 - 1 John 2-3-6 - Whoever Claims To Live In Him Must Walk As Jesus Did - Growing As Disciples

The Sacramental Life – Day 334 – 1 John 2-3-6 – Whoever Claims To Live In Him Must Walk As Jesus Did – Growing As Disciples

We know that we have come to know him if we obey his commands.  The man who says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in him.  But if anyone obeys his word, God’s love is truly made complete in him. This is how we know we are in him:  Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did. 1 John 2:3-6 (NIV)

Know Me

How is it that you thank that you will come to know me? I know that is the desire of your heart. That is not a secret to me. Of that, I am certain. What makes you certain? You have placed this passionate desire in my heart to want to know you.  I also know that what desires you give, you will also grant. But you have asked me how I will come to know you. That’s right. You will allow me to come to know you. It is also your desire that I come to know you. So, our desires are in alignment. I want what you want. That is also correct. Still, I have not answered your question. No, you have not. I do know this, you love me. Yes, I do love you. You have gone to great lengths to demonstrate your love for me. You came into this world to live and die for me. You broke the power of sin over my life. You rescued me from a life without you. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You filled me with your Spirit. You are now guarding and guiding my life. You have lavished me with your love. I now love you because you first loved me. You have filled me with a passionate desire to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. You put a fire in me to live my life with and for you. There is now nowhere I would rather be than in your presence. There is now nothing I would rather do than follow and serve you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask me. I will live my life in an intimate relationship with you. I will walk through life with you. I will think as you thought. I will speak as you spoke. I will live as you lived. This is how I will come to know you. You have answered well. Yes, you will come to know me as you live your life with and for me. Live as I lived. Walk as I walked. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I love you with all my heart, mind, soul, and strength. Your love for me, and my love for you, is motivating my passionate desire to think, and speak, and act like you. Help me to walk like you walked. Help me to live like you lived. Bear fruit through my life. Amen

Key Question…  How is your love for the Lord motivating your desire to think and speak and act like Him?

Living It Out…  Walk as Jesus walked and live your life as He lived His life.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to walk as he walked and live as He lived.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are walking as Jesus walked and living as He lived.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you walk as Jesus walked and live your life as He lived His Life.

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Ask Our Generous God

The Virtuous Life - Day 206 - James 1-2-8 - Ask Our Generous God - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 206 – James 1-2-8 – Ask Our Generous God – Growing As Disciples

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.  For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking.  But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.  Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.  Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:2-8 (NLT)

Be Filled With Joy

If I need anything, I need wisdom. Why do you say that? On my own, I am not wise. I make dumb mistakes. I make foolish decisions. I take missteps from which I must stop, go back, and retrace my steps and start over. I can’t tell you how many times I have thought, or spoken, or acted unwisely. My foolish ways have cost me time, wasted resources, and worn me out. At no time do I need your wisdom more than when I am going through trials. On those occasions, I need to cry out to you in prayer to ask you for wisdom. Maybe that is one of the blessings of going through trials. How so? Trials show you that you need wisdom, Trials cause you to ask for my help. Trials make you come to rely on me. If you never went through trials or if you never needed my help, would you cry out to me and ask for my help? Let me ask you another question. I’m listening. When has your faith grown stronger? Has your faith grown stronger when the water is calm, and everything is smooth sailing or has your faith grown stronger in the storms of life when you have taken refuge in me? My faith has grown stronger when I have been forced to take refuge in you. Then maybe, you should consider giving thanks for the trails have come your way. I could ask you a few more questions. Go ahead. Has your endurance, as one of my followers, strengthened as you have gone through trials in life? Have you developed a more intimate relationship with me as you have suffered trials? Has your prayer life grown deeper as you have prayed faith filled prayers when storms swirled all around you? Have you learned to hold on to me more tightly as you have gone through all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life? Yes, my endurance has strengthened, my relationship with you become more intimate, my prayer life grown deeper and my hold on you stronger as I have gone through trials in life. Then, for that rejoice. Then, for that give thanks. Then, for that be filled with joy for how trails have performed a good work in your life. That I will do. That will be very good. Thank you, Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father, there is no doubt, I need your wisdom, especially when I am going through trials in life. I will, with a heart filled with faith, cry out to you for help. I will rely on you to give me wisdom, grow my faith, and strengthen my endurance as I follow you. Amen

Key Question…  What wisdom has God generously given to you when you asked Him for His help?

Living It Out…  Rely on your Heavenly Father to give you wisdom, grow your faith, and strengthen your endurance as you pray to Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your Heavenly Father will generously give you wisdom as you faithfully ask Him for it.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how your Heavenly Father has given you wisdom in the trials of life.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you ask God for wisdom as you go through trials in life.

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Do You Not Perceive It?

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 79 - Isaiah 43-18-19 - Do You Not Perceive It? - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 79 – Isaiah 43-18-19 – Do You Not Perceive It? – Growing As Disciples

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

Being Perceptive

That is not my strongest gift. What is not your strongest gift? I have not been very perceptive in life. Why is that true? What has prevented you from being perceptive? That is a question without an easy answer. That is a question that has multiple answers that might offer an explanation as to why I have not been very perceptive in life. Let me hear your answers. I should start by being clear. That is a good place to start. Generally, I have not been very perceptive in life in many regards. But in this case, I am thinking and talking about not being perceptive to your activity in and around me. Maybe what generally causes you to lack perception to other things also negatively impacts your being perceptive to me. I am sure there is some overlap. I suppose I should just start describing my lack of perception and see where we end up. That sounds good to me. Alright then, I tend to be very busy. Busyness has often blinded me to what is going on around me. Focusing narrowly on the task at hand has blinded me to the larger picture. It’s like I can see the individual trees but not the whole forest. How is that for a metaphor? That is a pretty good description of one of your problems. You seldom pause and step back to look around at the larger perspective. Yes, that is true. You would do well to live with a couple questions. What questions would those be? Ask me, “What am I doing in and around you today?” Ask me, “How can I join you in what you are doing today?”

But we have jumped ahead and left your main problem too soon, haven’t we? Yes, I think so. Tell me what is your main problem? What most hinders you from perceiving the new thing I am doing in and around you? I’m often stuck in the past. Many times, I have allowed myself to be dragged down, discouraged, and depressed by my own sins. Frequently, I have failed to fully accept your forgiveness and cleansing. When I am in this mode, it is hard to see anything but myself, and how I have taken missteps, made mistakes, and sinned against you. How will you ever be able to move forward with me if your heart and mind and eyes are not on me? How will you ever be able to perceive and join me in the new thing I am doing if you can’t forget the past, receive your forgiveness, and cleansing, and move forward with me? That is the point, isn’t it? Yes, it is. I want you to live the new life I have given to you. Forget the past. It is gone. It is forgiven. It is forgotten. Keep your heart and mind and life focused me. Perceive and join me in what I am doing. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I have allowed former things to drag me down, discourage and depress me. This is, no doubt, a trick of the devil. I will no longer dwell on the past. I will focus my heart, mind, and life on you. Help me to perceive and join you in the new thing you are doing. Amen

Key Question…  When have you perceived and joined the Lord in the new thing that He was doing?

Living It Out…  Keep your heart and mind and life focused on the Lord so you can perceive and join Him in the new thing He is doing.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to perceive and join Him in the new thing He is doing.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are perceiving and joining the Lord in what He is doing.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you forget the things of the past so you can perceive what God is doing now.

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Overflow With Confident Hope

The Spirit Empowered Life - Day 143 - Romans 15-13 - Overflow With Confident Hope - Growing As Disciples

The Spirit Empowered Life – Day 143 – Romans 15-13 – Overflow With Confident Hope – Growing As Disciples

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13 (NLT)

Place Your Trust

Where will you place your trust? I’m not exactly sure what you mean. You know that you live in a broken world. Nothing of this world, in this life, has been left untouched by sin. You live in a fallen world that does not function according to my original design. This life is filled with troubles and trials and challenges. In all the difficulties of life, where you will place your trust? Will you rely on yourself or someone or something else? Will you rely on me? Will you place all your trust in me? Now, I am better understanding your questions. That’s good. I could give you the quick and easy answer. That would be fine if it is the true answer. That is the problem. I know the correct answer to your questions. What is the correct answer to my questions? I will place all my trust in you. The problem is that I haven’t not always placed all my trust in you. That sounds like a dramatic misstatement on your part. It is. How about restating the truth? I have seldom placed all my trust in you. How do you know that to be true? I have lived a life filled with doubt and worry and anxiety. Would this be present in my life if I had placed all my trust in you? You can answer that question. No, I am quite sure that my life would be filled with hope and peace and joy if I fully placed all my trust in you. That is correct. That is right. That is true.

Is there something you would like to say? Is there something different you would like to do? Is there a new way that you would like to live? Yes, to all three of your questions. I would like to ask your forgiveness for my not placing all my trust in you. You alone are worthy of all my trust. You are the only real, eternal and lasting, source of trust. So, I want to live my life by placing all my trust in you. When any doubt or worry or anxiety starts to creep into my life, I will know that it is once again time to reaffirm that I have and will continue to place all my trust in you. That will be very good. What will happen to you when you keep on placing all your trust in me? You will fill my life with hope and peace and joy, by the power of your Holy Spirit, living inside of me. Yes, I will. Will you keep on placing all your trust in me? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, this life is filled with troubles and trials and challenges. If I were to trust in myself, I would be filled with doubt and worry and anxiety. Help me to keep on continually placing all my trust in you so that I will be filled with all your hope and peace and joy. Amen

Key Question…  When has trusting in unreliable sources filled your life with doubt and worry and anxiety?

Living It Out…  Keep on continually placing your trust in God throughout your life so that He can fill you with hope and peace and joy.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your life will overflow with hope and peace and joy as you place your trust in God.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are continually placing your trust in God.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May your life overflow with hope and peace and joy as you place all your trust in God.

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The More You Grow Like This

The Virtuous Life - Day 205 - 2 Peter 1-5-9 - The More You Grow Like This - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 205 – 2 Peter 1-5-9 – The More You Grow Like This – Growing As Disciples

In view of all this, make every effort to respond to God’s promises. Supplement your faith with a generous provision of moral excellence, and moral excellence with knowledge,  and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with patient endurance, and patient endurance with godliness,  and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love for everyone.  The more you grow like this, the more productive and useful you will be in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.  But those who fail to develop in this way are shortsighted or blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their old sins. 2 Peter 1:5-9 (NLT)

Effective And Productive

That is what I want to be for you. What do you want to be for me? I want to be more effective and productive for you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. I want to be like salt and light in the world. I want the life you have given me to live to bring your flavor into the world. I want people to be able to see and taste your goodness by how you are working in and through my life. I want to shed your light on the darkness of this world. I want to shine like a star in the universe for you. You have good desires within you. Well, I know where the desires of my heart come from, they come from you. You have planted your word deeply in my heart and mind and life. As I have come to know and love and follow and serve you, it has become my passionate desire to live a godly life for you. It has become my great goal to be able to know and do your will. Your divine power and the promises of your word are helping me to escape the corruption that is in the world. Yes, my word is doing this work in you.  

So, to be effective and productive for me remain in my presence. Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. Keep on meeting with me in my world. Continue to allow my word to change your heart. Continue to allow my word to transform your mind. Continue to allow my word to guard and guide your life. Then you will bear fruit for my kingdom. Then you will bring glory to my name. Then you will continue to be more effective and productive in my service. Yes, I will do all these things. I will live in an intimate relationship with you. I will keep on meeting you in your word. I will keep on holding on to your promises. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, thank you for giving me everything I need to live a godly life. I will hold on tightly to all your promises. I will take them deep in my heart and mind and life so I will be able to escape all the corruption in the world. Make me effective and productive for you. Amen

Key Question…  How is coming to know and love God changing everything about your character?

Living It Out…  Hold on to all the promises of God so you will be able to escape corruption that is in the world.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God’s divine power is giving you all you need to live a godly, effective, and productive life for Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how living a godly life is making you effective and productive for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you grow in godly character so you can be more effective and productive for the Lord.

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And Now Compelled By The Spirit

The Spirit Empowered Life - Day 141 - Acts 20-22-24 - Compelled By The Spirit - Growing As Disciples

The Spirit Empowered Life – Day 141 – Acts 20-22-24 – Compelled By The Spirit – Growing As Disciples

“And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there.  I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me.  However, I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me–the task of testifying to the gospel of God’s grace. Acts 20:22-24 (NIV)

Finish The Race

That is what I want to do. What do you want to do? I want to finish the race and complete the task you have given to me. I want to go wherever you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. I want to run well and finish strong. That is a great desire that you have in you. This desire does not originate with me. You have placed this desire within me. Yes, that is true.

What spurs you on? What is your motivation? I am compelled by your love for me and my love for you to go and do whatever you ask of me. I am not at your service out of some sense of obligation. I am not begrudgingly following and serving you. I am not hesitant, nor am I reluctant. Nothing gives me more pleasure and joy than to be used by you. It is my hope and prayer that you will powerfully work in and through me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I will hear and answer these prayers of yours. I have been and will continue to work in and through you. I will use your life to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans.

What lies ahead? What can you expect? Those are difficult questions. How am I to know? You can know by listening to my voice. What do you already know? I know that you will lead me over treacherous terrain to do difficult ministry. Following and serving you will not always be easy. The greater the difficulty, the more, I will rely on you for your help. That will be good. That is wise. I will be with you to help you. I will sustain and strengthen you. I will empower you. I will help you to know and do my will.  

What will the outcome be of your life? What do you most want? I want to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live my life in an intimate relationship with you. I want others to be drawn to you through the testimony of my life. I want my thoughts and words and actions to draw others to you. One day, when I am in heaven with you, I would like to know that a multitude of people are there because they saw you shining brightly in and through my life. In other words, I will be happy and blessed if I have born fruit for your kingdom and brought glory to your name. Make that the outcome of my life. Answer that prayer for me. That, I will do. You can count on me. Thank you, Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit, I will listen to you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do what you ask of me. Sustain and strengthen me when the road ahead becomes treacherous and the ministry difficult. Empower me to do what you ask of me. Fully use me in your service. Amen

Key Question…  How is your life focused on going where the Holy Spirit leads you to do what He asks of you?

Living It Out…  Rely on the Holy Spirit to guide you to where He wants you to be and empower you to do what He asks of you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Holy Spirit will guide you to where He wants you to be and give you what He wants you to do.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are relying on the Holy Spirit to guide your life and ministry.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you follow the Holy Spirit to where He guides you to do what He asks of you.

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Apart From Me

The Sacramental Life - Day 333 - John 15-5-8 - Apart From Me - Growing As Disciples

The Sacramental Life – Day 333 – John 15-5-8 – Apart From Me – Growing As Disciples

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you.  This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples. John 15:5-8 (NIV)

Nothing

That is what I can do apart from you. What can you do apart from me? I can do nothing apart from you. It took you quite a while to come to that realization. You proudly protested and pointed to achievements you accomplished by yourself, without my help. Yes, I did. Let me ask you a few questions. I’m listening, ask away. What will your accomplishments, done without my help look like in light of eternity? Will they stand the test of time? Will they have value that will last forever? Forever is a very long time. No, I would say that it would be impossible for me to accomplish something of eternal significance without your help. The best trophies and highest accolades I have secured will amount to nothing, in light of eternity. Already in my short life my best trophies have quickly made their way to the dumpster. Most of my highest accolades are already mostly a distant and forgotten memory. It is very good that you have this understanding.

I have many more questions to ask you. You have my full attention. Will you be satisfied with living a life that accomplishes nothing of eternal value? Will you feel good about living a life that did not store up any treasure in heaven with me? One day, from heaven, wouldn’t you like to be able to look back over your life, with me, knowing that you remained vitally connected to me, so that you could bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Won’t you be exceedingly glad to know that there will be people in heaven because you allowed me to work in and through your life? Won’t you be filled with joy knowing that you stored up treasure in heaven with me? By treasure, do you mean people who have come to know and love and follow and serve you because you spoke to them through my life and ministry? That is exactly what I mean. I want nothing more than to live a life that is vitally connected to you. I want nothing more than to be powerfully used by you. I will rely on you to work in and though my life so I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. And so, you shall and that will be very good.

Lord, for years I lived a life that was self-sufficient and self-reliant. I pridefully relied on myself rather than on you. I lived separated and apart from you. What a dry and barren that life was. Now, I will remain vitally connected to you. Bear fruit through my life. Amen

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Do Not Love The World Or Anything In The World

The Virtuous Life - Day 222 - 1 John 2:15-17- Do Not Love The World Or Anything In The World - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 222 – 1 John 2:15-17- Do Not Love The World Or Anything In The World – Growing As Disciples

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.  For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. 1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)

I Love You

That is what I most want to say to you. What do you most want to say to me? I love you. How much do you love me? I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I love you with all that is within me. Having said that, I still have a powerful and passionate and persistent desire to ask you to fan the flames of my love for you. I want my love for you to completely overpower the love I once had for the things of this world. I want my love for you to guard and guide the entire course of my life. I want all my thoughts and words and actions to be rooted in my love for you. I want the priorities of my life to be formed by my love for you. I want my love for you to make me able to know you intimately. I want my love for you to help me to hear your voice as I walk through life with you. In other words, I don’t want to love you a little bit. In other words, I don’t to know you somewhat. In other words, I don’t want to half-heartedly live my life with and for you. I want to be fully devoted to you today, tomorrow, and forever. My life is at your disposal. I am at your service. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. This is how much I love you. This is how much more I want to love you. You have a very good prayer that you have been and will continue to pray, of that, I am sure. 

Let me ask you a question. I’m listening. Where did this love for me, that is now in you come from? You loved me. I now love you. Your love for me rescued me from a life without you. Your love for me drew me to yourself. Your love for me, placed within me, a love for you. My love for you came from you as a gift. That is correct. That is right. That is true. Do you have any doubts about my hearing and answering this prayer of yours? Will I fan the flames of your love for me? Will you come to know and love me more and more as you continue to live your life with and for me? Will your love for me continue to guard and guide the entire course of your life? Will Your love for me make you able to accomplish my purposes and plans for your life? Yes, I believe that you will fan the flames of my love for you. Yes, I believe that you will help me to come to know and love you more and more as I live my life with and for you. Yes, I believe that my love for you will make me able to accomplish the purposes and plans you have for my life. That is very good. Keep moving forward with me. Keep on loving and following and serving me. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I have had misplaced priorities. I have pursued all that the world had to offer. I have often misspent my life on what will not last. Forgive me. Help my love for you to overpower any old desire to love things of this world. I am fully devoted to loving you. Amen

Key Question…  How is your love for God helping you to reprioritize how you spend your life?

Living It Out…  Let your love for God overpower your old desire to love the things of this world.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your love for God will overpower your old desires to love the things of this world.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how your love for God is overpowering your desires for worldly things.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May your love for God replace the love you once had for the world.

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The Virtuous Life – Day 222 – 1 John 2-15-17 – Do Not Love The World Or Anything In The World – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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Took Note That These Men Had Been With Jesus

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 78 - Acts 4-13 - Took Note That These Men Had Been With Jesus - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 78 – Acts 4-13 – Took Note That These Men Had Been With Jesus – Growing As Disciples

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NIV)

Take Note

That is what I want. What do you want? As I spend time with you, as I am in your presence I want to be changed. I want you to change me into a completely different person. I want no part of my life to be left untouched by you. I want you to mold and shape my life according to your will. I want you to work in and through me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want you to do in and through me what I could never do by myself. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. So, we want the same things. We do? Yes, we do. I want others to be astonished at how I have changed your heart, transformed your mind, and guided your life. I want others to know that I am powerfully working in and through you for my kingdom and glory. I want you to be a bold and bright witness for me. I want you to shine brightly in the darkness of this world. I want others to take note that you have been with me, that you are a constant companion of mine. So, we want the same things. That is what I told you.

So, what will you do if you want all these things to be true of you? As I have said, I will meet with you. I will be your constant companion. I will not only meet with you daily, but I will walk with you continually. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. I will listen attentively to your voice. I will meet with you in your word. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask me. I will live to know and do your will. My heart and mind and life will be sharply focused on you. That will be very good. You will live the life I have given you to live. You will be the person I have called you to be. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will be your constant companion. I will make meeting with you, and walking with you, my priority. Change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life as I meet with you. Help me to accomplish your purposes and plans. Work in and through me. Amen 

Key Question…  How is the Lord making you to be a bold, bright, and powerful witness in the darkness of the world?

Living It Out…  Make it your daily pattern and practice to spend time with the Lord every day.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will powerfully work in and through you as you spend time with Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are living as a constant companion of Jesus Christ.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May others see your courage and take note that you have been with Jesus.

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To Work In You

The Word Centered Life - Day 15 - 1 Thessalonians 2-13 - To Work In You - Growing As Disciples

The Word Centered Life – Day 15 – 1 Thessalonians 2-13 – To Work In You – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NLT)

Work In You

Do you want me to work in you? Do you want me to change your heart? Do you want me to transform your mind? Do you want me to guide your life? Do you want me to mold and shape you into the person that I have called you to become? Do you want to be able to know and do my will? Do you want to be able to resist temptation and stand against evil? Do you want me to use you as a powerful witness in this world? Would you like to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? You have asked me many questions that all have the same answer from me. What is your answer? My answer is, “yes” to every one of your questions. I want all these things to be true in my life. I don’t want to miss the mark or fall short on any of these questions. That is very good.

What must I do? What is my part? What is my role? How can I be sure that all these things will be true in my life? Now, it is you that are asking good questions. It is good that you know that you will have a very important role in these things being true in your life. You will need to be a very active participant in my doing my work in your life. You can help or hinder or even thwart or reject my work in you. It is my desire and goal to welcome your work in me. That is where you need to start. Your desire for my work to continue in you is critically important. Even that desire in me has come from you to me as a gift. I can take no credit for the desire I have for you to do your work in me. That is true. You must allow that desire to take action. What action must I take?  You must accept and receive my word in you. You must take my word deeply into your heart and mind and life. You must hunger and thirst for my word. You must meditate on my word day and night. You must allow my word to dwell in you richly. You must grab ahold of my word and allow it to grab ahold of you. It is my word that will do its work in you. All you hope to be and all you hope to do in life, for me, will be empowered by my word. My word will mold and shape you. My word will guard and guide you. My word will help you to be able to know and do my will. All my purposes and plans for your life will be accomplished as you continue to allow my word to work in you. That I will do, I will allow your word to work in me. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you for your word. I will continue to receive your word into my life. Keep on using your word to do your work in me.  Help me to share your word with others so that they also will come to know and love and follow and serve you with all their hearts. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making it your daily practice to receive the word of God into your life?

Living It Out…  Receive God’s word into your life so that it will continue to do its work in you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the word of God will continue to work in you as you accept it into your life.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are continually allowing God’s word to work in your life.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you continue to accept the word of God so it will work in you who believe.

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