Turn From Evil

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 142 – 1 Peter 3:10-12 – Turn From Evil – Growing As Disciples

For, “Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech. He must turn from evil and do good; he must seek peace and pursue it. For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and his ears are attentive to their prayer, but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.” 1 Peter 3:10-12 (NIV)

A Good Day 

How would you describe that? How would I describe what? How would you describe a good day? That is an unusual question. Why is that? I could pick a hundred different things that might be part of a good day. Are there really that many possibilities? I’m not sure. Why don’t you try to describe just one good day? Maybe, your thoughts will become clearer as you think more deeply about this question. I could ask you other related questions that might help you. Go ahead, ask me, I’d like that. What would a good life look like? If you added up all your good days how would they end up equaling a good life? You’re right, those additional questions have helped me to think about my answer. My thoughts have become clearer. Let me hear your thoughts. A good day would be one that I lived with and for you. A good day would be one in which I walked intimately with you. A good day would be when I turned away from evil to do good. A good day would be when I kept my tongue from speaking any evil or deceitful speech. Most of importantly, good days would be when your eyes are on me and you are attentive to my prayers. Without all of these things, I could not call any day good. So, in conclusion, I would say that good days are one in which I have walked closely with you. Only these days can be added up to equal a good life that was well lived. You have answered my question well.

I have more to say. I’m listening. I want you to help me to live a life filled with good days. I don’t want to live any bad days. I want to continually turn away from evil to do good. I want to continually think good thoughts, speak good words and do good deeds. I want your eyes to be on me continually. I want you to always be attentive to my prayers. I know that you will help me to live these kinds of days and this kind of life. You will watch me. You will be with me. You will help me. You will give me prayers to prayer that you will certainly hear and answer. Yes, I will. This prayer of yours, to live good days and a good life, is one that I will certainly hear and answer. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will turn away from evil in all its forms. I will not think evil thoughts, speak evil words, or take evil actions. Instead, I will do all the good that you have called me to do for you. Help me to live the life you have called me to live. Hear and answer my prayers. Amen

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A Solitary Place

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 141 – Mark 1:35 – A Solitary Place- Growing As Disciples

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35 (NIV)

Withdraw

Is there any place you would rather be? Is there anything you would rather do? No, there is no place I would rather be. No, there is nothing I would rather do. It is my honor and pleasure and joy to meet with you. That is very good. In your presence, you have been changing me. In your presence, you have been molding and shaping me. In your presence, you have been making me to be more like you. I welcome anything and everything you want to say to me. I welcome anything and everything you want to do in and through me. I am happy to have withdrawn to this quiet and solitary place so we could be alone together. I am thankful to be able to withdraw from the crazy and noisy and busy pace of life. Why is that? In my hectic day to day, on the go and busy life, it is not easy to hear your voice speaking to me. It is not easy to receive your guidance and follow your instructions. I need to leave the busyness of life to focus my heart and mind and life on you. Yes, you do.

I have something more to say about drawing near to you. What’s that? I want more of you. I want to live in a more intimate relationship with you. I hunger and thirst for a closer relationship with you. Every time I draw near to you, I am satisfied and yet left hungry for more. I want to be more reliant on you. I want to be more used by you. I want to bear more fruit for kingdom and bring more glory to your name. Most of all, I want to become more like you in all that I think, say, and do. I want to fully live the life that you have called me to live with and for you.  That is very good. But don’t be impatient. Keep on drawing near to me. Keep on listening to me. Keep on doing what I ask of you. These desires for more do come from me. I have given and I will grant your desires for more. So, day by day, I will keep on withdrawing to solitary places to meet with you. I will keep on allowing you to do whatever you want to do in and through me. I am all yours. Here I am, right now. I am glad that you have come to meet with me.  

Lord, here I am. I have withdrawn at this time to this quiet place so that I can be all alone with you. I have left the distracting, busy and noisy pace of life so that I can hear from you. Speak to me Lord. I am listening. I am very glad to be here with you now. Amen

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Not Give Up

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 140 – Luke 18:1-8 – Not Give Up- Growing As Disciples

Then Jesus told his disciples a parable to show them that they should always pray and not give up. He said: “In a certain town there was a judge who neither feared God nor cared about men. And there was a widow in that town who kept coming to him with the plea, ‘Grant me justice against my adversary.’ “For some time he refused. But finally he said to himself, ‘Even though I don’t fear God or care about men, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will see that she gets justice, so that she won’t eventually wear me out with her coming!'” And the Lord said, “Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will see that they get justice, and quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” Luke 18:1-8 (NIV)

Keep On Praying 

Don’t do that. Don’t quit. Don’t give up. Don’t lose heart. I’m not sure what you are talking about. Can you be more specific? Keep on praying. Keep on asking. Keep on coming before me. Persistently with day and night consistency keep on making your needs known to me. Why is that? I will hear and answer your prayers. I will supply what you need. There is something that you must know about me. What’s that? I am both the giver and granter of prayers. What does that mean? Do you think that your prayers originate with you? Are you the author of your prayers? I have never thought of that question before. Do you have an answer now? I doubt that many of my prayers originate with me. I am surely not the author of my prayers. I would say that many if not most and maybe all of my prayers have come from you. How does that thought change your thoughts about prayer? You want me to pray. You want me to come to you. You want me to enter into your presence. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to walk and talk with you moment by moment and day and night throughout my entire life. There is no matter that is too small or too large to become a subject of prayer. That’s right. Will you keep on coming to me? Will you never give up? Will you live in an intimate relationship with me? Will you keep on consistently and persistently praying the prayers I will give you to pray? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will keep on praying. I will keep on crying out to you. I will keep on making my needs known to you. Day and night, I will keep on coming before you. I won’t quit. I won’t lose heart. I won’t give up. Thank you, that you will hear and answer my prayers. Amen

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Into The World

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 139 – John 17:18 – Into The World – Growing As Disciples

As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. John 17:18 (NIV)

Send Me

Go ahead. You can do that. I can do what? You can send me wherever you want me to go. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I have already sent you into the world. You are to be my witness right now, right where you are. There is no need to watch and wait for something more, something bigger or something else. If you do that, you will miss going and doing what I have for you right now. Now, don’t hear me incorrectly. I want you to be watching and waiting for my activity in and around you at all times. I want you to live in a moment by moment intimate relationship with me. In that sense, I want you to always be watching at waiting and listening attentively for me. I just don’t want you to miss the here and now for what you might think or want to happen in the future. I understand. That’s good.

I have more to say. I’m listening attentively to you. A day will not go by that I won’t have something for you to do for me. Every day, I will use you as my witness in the world. Every day, I will give you opportunities to be of service to me. Every day, I will be asking you to love like I loved, give like I gave and serve like I served. I will be asking you to follow my example. You will need to keep your eyes and ears open. Watch and listen for the opportunities that I will give to you. Listen to my voice speaking to you. Follow the prompting of my Holy Spirit living and working in and through you. That I will do. It will be my honor and privilege and joy to live like you lived and do what you did. That will be very good.

There is something you can be sure. What’s that? You will not be alone in your efforts. You will not be operating under your power. How so? I will be with you. I will help you to accomplish everything I ask you to go and do for me. I’m positive that I will need your help. That’s good, because you certainly will need my help. Apart from me you can do nothing. You will need my help in what seems to be small and what seems to be large tasks. Rely on me at all times. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will follow your example. I will do what you did. I will think and speak and act like you. Use me as your witness in the world. Help me to live like you lived. Help me to love like you loved. Help me to give like you gave. Help me to serve like you served. Amen

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Living And Active

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 138 – Hebrews 4:12 – Living And Active – Growing As Disciples

For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12 (NIV)

Your Work 

I welcome you to do your work in me. How do you think I will do my work in you? What tool do you think I will use to do my work in you? You will use a wide variety of tools to do your work in me. That’s true. But, do I have a primary tool that I will use to do my work in you? Yes, you do. You will use your word to do your work in me. I’m glad that you know this to be true. Why is that? Some believe that they can take or leave my word. Some think that it is up to them to accept or reject portions of my word. What do you think about that? I think that if I reject portions of your word I do so at my own peril. I would never set myself up as an authority that has the wisdom to accept or reject portions of your word. I am not the evaluator of your word. Your word is the evaluator of me. I am not the corrector of your word. Your word is the corrector of me. To think otherwise would be incredibly foolish and prideful. No, I will humbly accept all that your word has to say to me. It is my delight to take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I am thankful that you have been using your word to form all my thoughts and words and actions. You have used your word to guard and guide the entire course of my life. Your word has been changing my heart and transforming my mind. Your word has made me able to resist temptation and stand against evil Your word has richly blessed my life. I can’t get enough of your word. I delight to hear you speaking to me. I will hold on to your word. I will believe your promises. That is very good.

I have more to say. I’m listening. Your word has helped me to come to know and to love and to follow and serve you. For that, I am thankful beyond what my words can express. You have revived and refreshed and restored me by your word. You have lifted me up and encouraged me with your word. It is the delight of my life to meet with you daily in your word. Speak to me Lord, I am listening. Yes, you are and that is very good. 

Lord, your word is true. Your word is right. Your word is trustworthy. I will rely on your word. Use your word to do your work in my life. Use your word to form all my thoughts, words, and actions. Guard and guide the entire course of my life with your word. Amen

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For Such A Time As This?

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 137 – Esther 4:4 – For Such A Time As This – Growing As Disciples

For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14 (NIV)  

Your Instrument

Here I am. I am watching. I am waiting. I am ready to be used by you, as your instrument. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I will not hesitate. I will not make excuses. I will jump at the chance to serve you. Don’t think that you will have to wait too long. Don’t think that you will need to go too far. Why is that? I have placed you right where you are. You will have plenty of opportunities to serve me right here and right now. How will I know when and where and how you want to use me? If you are truly watching and waiting and ready to serve me, your opportunities to serve me will become quite obvious to you. Is that right? Yes, it is. I am so glad to hear that. Why is that? I thought maybe I had been set on the shelf. I thought maybe I would be of little use to you.  I thought maybe I had missed my time or lost my opportunity. Nothing could be further from the truth. Nothing could be a more deceptive lie from the devil. I have been preparing you for my use. I have given you many gifts and talents and abilities with which you can serve me. I will use you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. For that, I am so thankful. I have no greater desire than to be used by you. I want to go and do all that you ask of me. It will be my joy and pleasure to serve you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. That is very good. But I must tell you something. What’s that? You already are being used by me. You have already been bearing fruit for my kingdom and bringing glory to my name. You are already going and doing what I have asked of you. Really? Yes, really. Be encouraged. Be lifted up. Be strengthened. That is such good news to hear. But be ready. Why is that? Greater opportunities for you to serve me are coming. Use every opportunity I give you. Make the best use of the time, that is coming to you. Don’t let any opportunity slip by you. Don’t let any opportunity go to waste. I won’t Lord. Help me to be faithful. Help me to say yes to everything you ask of me. You will have my help. I will work in and through you. You will accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. You will continue to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, thank you for placing me right where I am. You have given me unique opportunities to serve you here and now. Help me to go and do all that you ask of me. Help me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Fruitfully use me in your service. Amen

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Let Him Hear

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 136 – Luke 8:4-8 – Let Him Hear – Growing As Disciples

While a large crowd was gathering and people were coming to Jesus from town after town, he told this parable: “A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path; it was trampled on, and the birds of the air ate it up. Some fell on rock, and when it came up, the plants withered because they had no moisture. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown.” When he said this, he called out, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Luke 8:4-8 (NIV)  

Following And Obeying

How will you hear my word? How will you take my word into your heart and mind and life? What effort will you make to hear my word? What will be the true indication that you are in fact hearing my word? I will meet with you in your word on a daily basis. I will set aside a special time and place to meet with you. I will not let anything crowd your word out of my life. The cares of this life will not thwart the growth of your word in me. The pursuits of this life will not lead me away from your word. The trials of this life will not cause me to abandon your word. Rather, I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will keep your word ever before me. I will allow your word to feed my thoughts, form my words and foster my actions. My heart and mind and life will be guarded and guided by your word. It is my prayer that you will cause your word to grow and flourish within me. I will hear and answer that prayer. But let me go back to one of your questions. Two things will indicate that I am truly hearing your word. One, I will be continually putting your word into practice. If I am following and obeying your word that is a very good sign that I am really hearing your word. Yes, it is. Two, if my life is bearing abundant fruit for your kingdom then that is also a very good sign that I am really hearing your word. Both, taken together will clearly help me to know if I am really hearing your word. Is that correct? Yes, that is certainly true. If you hear and put my word into practice, your life will bear abundant fruit for my kingdom. That is what I want. That is my desire. That is very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will make myself available to hear your word on a daily basis. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. Cause your word to grow and flourish in me. I will put your word into practice. Use your word to make me abundantly fruitful for you. Amen

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How You Listen

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 135 – Luke 8:16-18 – How You Listen – Growing As Disciples

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light. For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open. Therefore consider carefully how you listen. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he thinks he has will be taken from him.” Luke 8:16-18 (NIV)  

Listen And Hear

How will you know if you are really listening to me? How will you make sure that you are really hearing what I want you to hear? I will make time to hear from you. I will not race through life making myself unavailable to hear from you. I will sit at your feet. I will quiet myself before you. I will give you my undivided attention. I will make listening to you the absolute and highest priority of my life. I know that there is a difference between casually listening and really hearing. What’s the difference? If I am only casually listening your word might go in my one ear and out the other. Such listening would have no real and lasting impact on my life. It probably would be better to not listen at all than to casually listen. Why is that? Casually listening might fool me into thinking that I was really hearing you. That’s true.

How will you know if you are really listening and fully hearing me? I will put into practice all that you are teaching me. My thoughts and word and actions will be quite different if I am really listening and fully hearing you. How will you know if your thoughts and words and actions are quite different because you have heard from me? I will be shining brightly in the world for you. I will be a bold and bright witness for you. Others will have been drawn to you through the brightness of your light shining in and through my life. I will be receiving all that you want to give me. I will be growing into the person you have called me to become. Is there anything else that you might have missed? Well, it almost goes without saying that I will not be walking in darkness. I will be letting nothing prevent the brightness of your light form shining in and through me. If I have really listened and heard from you, I will be continually walking with you in the light. I will be continually separating myself from darkness so that I will be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, you will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I want my life to shine brightly in the world for you. I do not want your light in me to be hidden. I will guard my life against any darkness that hinder my light from shining brightly for you. I will listen attentively to you. Give me all you want me to receive. Amen

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Who Is This?

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 134 – Luke 8:22-25 – Who Is This? – Growing As Disciples

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s go over to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and set out. As they sailed, he fell asleep. A squall came down on the lake, so that the boat was being swamped, and they were in great danger. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. “Where is your faith?” he asked his disciples. In fear and amazement they asked one another, “Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.” Luke 8:22-25 (NIV)

Storms

I have faced some difficult storms in life. There have been several times when I thought I might drown. Each time, I have cried out to you. Each time, I have come to rely on you. Each time, I have placed my faith in you. Have I done this all perfectly? Absolutely not. I wish that my prayers would have been more faith filled. I wish that I would have been more reliant on you and less filled with fear. But nevertheless, you have heard and answered my prayers. You have never left me alone in a storm. You have drawn near to me as I have drawn to you. You have calmed my storms and brought me through every difficulty. Yes, I have heard and answered your prayers. Yes, I have helped you come to rely on me. Yes, I have helped you to place all your faith in me. 

Do you wish that you would have never gone through any storms in life? Would that make a difference? No, you would still go through storms in life. I went through storms in life. You will go through storms in life. This sin broken world is filled with storms of all kinds. Why then, did you ask me that question? I want you to see the value of storms. What good has come out of the storms you have gone though in life? Would you be willing to trade no storms for what good has come out of the storms you have gone through? The storms of life have caused me to rely on you. The storms of life have caused me to pray to you. The storms of life have grown my faith in you. In every storm, I can say that I have come to know you better. So no, I would not trade having no storms for how I have benefited from them. That’s good. That does not mean I want to go through the same storms again. That’s understood.

Knowing what you know about storms, what will you do differently? I will face storms more calmly and more joyfully and more faithfully. Why is that? I know that you will be with me to help me. I know that you will bring me through each and every storm. I can hold on to you. You will hold on to me. Yes, I will. One day, all the storms of life will be over, and I will come to live forever in heaven you. Yes, you will. That will be very good. Yes, it will.

Lord, I have been in fearful storms in life. At times, I thought I was going to drown. I have cried out to you in prayer. I have placed my faith in you. You have heard all my prayers. Thank you for calming my storms and growing my faith as I have relied on you. Amen

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 133 - Matthew 4:18-22 - Follow Me - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 133 – Matthew 4:18-22 – Follow Me – Growing As Disciples

As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon called Peter and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will make you fishers of men.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John. They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him. Matthew 4:18-22 (NIV)  

Kingdom Harvest 

Would you be willing to drop anything or everything you were doing to go and do what I asked of you? Would you allow my call to alter, and in fact define, the entire course of your life? Would you welcome my purposes and plans into your life, as your very own? Would you keep your eyes and ears open to my call on your life? Would take a second look at interruptions to your schedule to consider if I am giving you a unique opportunity to serve me? Would you make following and serving me the absolute priority of your life? Wow, you have asked me a lot of questions. Do you have an answer to my questions? Yes, I do. I hope that my life has already demonstrated that I will say yes to whatever you ask me to go and do for you. Do I think that I have always given an immediate unqualified yes to you? No, I do not. Sometimes, I have not said yes to you. Sometimes, I have been dull and distracted and unwilling or unable to hear from you. Sometimes, I have gone and done the opposite of what you have asked of me. Sometimes, I have reluctantly and begrudgingly gone and done what you asked of me. Sometimes, I have had a less than perfect attitude even when I have said yes to you. For all these failings, I ask for your forgiveness. You are forgiven. Thank you for all the forgiveness I have in you. I am so thankful for the many and ongoing opportunities you continue to give me to go and do what you ask of me. You have never given up on me. No, I have not. Nor will I ever give up on you. It is my pleasure and joy to be used by you. It is my hope and prayer and desire to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to be a fisher of men. I wanted to be actively working in your kingdom harvest. Make me who you want me to be. Give me what you want me to do. That is the prayer of my heart. I will hear and answer that prayer. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I am willing to drop anything and everything to go and do what you ask of me. I am at your service. I am fully available to you. Make me to be a fisher of men. Help me to lead others to you. Use me in your kingdom harvest. Give me work to do for you. Amen

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