And It Will Be Given You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 329 - John 15:7-8 - And It Will Be Given You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 329 – John 15:7-8 – And It Will Be Given You – Growing As Disciples

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 15:7-8 (NIV)

Remain In Me

How have you been remaining in me? How have you been allowing my words to remain in you? It is my joy to remain in you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather hear than your word speaking to me. Drawing near to you is not a duty for me. Meeting with you on a daily basis is not something on my o do list that I must check off before my day is over. I am like a thirsty soul crawling across a desert. You are like a desert oasis to me. You feed my hunger. You satisfy my thirst. You refresh my life. You fill me up when I am empty. I never tire of meeting with you. I want to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want to know your thoughts. I want to do your will. I want to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and your glory. In every way I want to live and demonstrate to the world that I am your disciple. These all sound like prayers of yours, is that right? Yes, these are prayers of mine, but they do not come from me. Where do these prayers come from then? These are prayers that you have given me to pray. Yes, I have.

Let’s talk about these prays of yours. Say them to me again. It is my prayer that I will remain in you and your words will remain in me. It is my prayer that I will love you with all my heart and soul and mind. It is my prayer that I will know you, your will, and your ways. It is my prayer that I will hear your voice as I meet with you in your word. It is my prayer that you will fill me up and refresh my life as I enter your presence. It is my prayer that I will live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. It is my prayer that you will guide me to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. It is my prayer that I will bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and glory. It is my prayer that the fruit that you bear through my life will demonstrate to the world that I am your disciple. Do you believe that I have given you all these prayers to pray? There is no doubt in my heart and mind that you have given me these prayers to pray. Do you believe that I will hear and answer all these prayers of yours? There is no doubt in my heart and mind that you will hear and answer every one of these prayers. Why is that? The prayers that you give me to pray you will most certainly hear and answer. Yes, I will.

Lord, I will remain in you and allow your words to remain in me. Help me to pray prayers that are according to your will and can be heard and answered. It is the desire of my heart to be a disciple that bears and abundance of fruit for the glory of God. Amen

Key Question…  What fruit has God been able to bear through your life as you have followed and served Him?

Living It Out…  Remain in Christ and allow His words to remain in you so your prayers will be answered as you bear fruit for God.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your prayers will be answered and you will bear fruit for God’s glory as you remain in Christ.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has answered your prayers, helping you to bear fruit for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you remain in Christ and His words remain in you so you can pray and bear fruit for God the Father’s glory.

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Help Us In Our Time Of Need

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 327 - Hebrews 4:14-16 - Help Us In Our Time Of Need - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 327 – Hebrews 4:14-16 – Help Us In Our Time Of Need – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.  For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet was without sin.  Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16 (NIV)

In Need

That is not a rare occasion. That is not an infrequent event. What is not a rare occasion or infrequent event? I am in need quite often. My being in need is not a rare occasion or infrequent event. It is a little odd to hear you say that. It is a little strange that you are making that confession. Well, I am making a true statement. Yes, you are, there is no doubt that. What then is odd or strange about what I have said? You seldom ask for my help. You rarely make your needs know to me. You struggle and strive to solve your own problems. You try your best to meet your own needs. Based on how often you ask for my help, one might think that you are rarely in need. So, what is odd, is that you realize, at least to some degree, how often you are in need. Yet, you seldom ask for my help. But the truth of the matter is that you don’t fully realize how desperately you need my help. You don’t completely understand how deeply you are in need. I’m willing to learn. I am ready to listen. I want your help. That’s good.

What do you want me to do? Come to me. Rely on me. Pour your heart out to me. Make your wants and needs known to me. Confidently and expectantly pray to me. Live in an intimate relationship with me. Make it your daily pattern and practice to ask for my help. Let me hear and answer your prayers. Stop relying on yourself. Stop struggling and striving to meet your own needs and solve your own problems. Ask for and receive all that I have for you. Know that I am with you to help you. I will help you in your time of need. I will hear and answer your prayers. Know that my answers to your prayers will be far different and far better than you could hope for or even imagine. Trust me. How does this sound to you? Will you do what I am asking of you? This sounds fantastic. This sounds great. I will do what you are asking of me. I will make my needs known to you. I will allow you to help me when I am in need, which is every day. How does this sound to you? This will be very good. I will help you when you are in need. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, thank you for being my great high priest. You made it so I can confidently approach the throne of grace to ask for what I need. Strengthen me when I am weak. Supply what is lacking. Help me to hold on to the faith I have in you. Use me for your glory. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making it your pattern and practice ask God for help with what you need?

Living It Out…  Make it your daily pattern and practice to ask God for His help.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you can confidently ask God for help when you are in need.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has helped you when you were in great need.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you approach God with confidence knowing that you will receive help in your time of need.

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What God’s Will Is

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 328 - Romans 12:1-2 - What God's Will Is - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 328 – Romans 12:1-2 – What God’s Will Is – 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)

Inside Out

You gave yourself as a sacrifice for me. You died on the cross as payment for my sins. You set me free to live a new life with you. I didn’t deserve your grace and mercy. You showed me your love even while I was living in open rebellion to you. You drew me to yourself when I was living and walking on a path far away from you. You are my Father. You made me to be your child. I am so grateful and thankful for all that you have done for me. I love you now only because you first loved me. I can never thank and praise you enough. What then do you want to do with your life now? I want to live my life fully and completely with and for you. In every way I want to please you. I have nothing to earn. I am yours. All I have from you is a gift. That’s right. My desire to give my life to you as a living sacrifice does not come from any sense of obligation on my part. It is my joy to love you with all my heart and soul and mind. I’m doing what I want to do. Nothing makes me happier than to know that I am doing what pleases you. It is my prayer that my life will be given fully to you as an act of worship. I know that I do not worship you perfectly with my body. But I know that you will help me every step of the way as I follow you. Yes, I will.

I am not finished with you. That’s very good news. What do you want to do with me? What do you think I want to do with you? I know that you want to change my heart and transform my mind. I know that I am a work in your hands. You are molding and shaping my life. Yes, I am. The world is continually trying to squeeze me into its mold. You don’t want me to allow that to happen. No, I do not. What do you think I will use to change your heart and transform your mind? You will use your word to change me from the inside out. You will change my heart and transform my mind with your word. Yes, I will. How often do you think it would be good for us to meet together in my word? That’s an easy question to answer. Why is that? There is not a day that you don’t want to speak to me. There is not a day that I don’t need to hear from you. You want your word to dwell in me richly. You want to use your word to set me free. You want us to meet together in your word every day. Yes, I do.

As we meet together in my word what do you think I want you to know? You want me to know you. You want me to know your thoughts. You want me to know your will. I can only know your will and your ways as I meet with you in your word. You want to speak to me. You want me to listen to what you have to say. You want me to obey what you ask me to do. Yes, I do.  Nothing could be more exciting than to know that you want me to know you, your will, and your ways. So, I’m giving myself fully to you. I’m inviting you to change my heart and transform my mind with your word. That is exactly what I will do for you.

Lord, I am giving my entire being to you as an act of worship. All I am, all I have, and all I hope to be is yours. Change me from the side out. Use your word to change my heart and transform my mind so I can know and do your will. Amen

Key Question…  When are you meeting with God in His word so He can change your heart and transform your mind?

Living It Out…  Meet with God in His word on a daily basis so that He can use it to change your heart and transform your mind.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God’s word will change you from the inside out so that you can both know and do His will.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God’s word is changing your heart and transforming your mind.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you meditate on and memorize God’s word so that He can change your heart and transform your mind.

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Show Me Your Ways

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 326 - Exodus 33:12-14 - Show Me Your Ways - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 326 – Exodus 33:12-14 – Show Me Your Ways – Growing As Disciples

Moses said to the LORD, “See, you say to me, ‘Bring up this people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. Yet you have said, ‘I know you by name, and you have also found favor in my sight.’  Now therefore, if I have found favor in your sight, please show me now your ways, that I may know you in order to find favor in your sight. Consider too that this nation is your people.”  And he said, “My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.” Exodus 33:12-14 (ESV)

Show Me

Yes, that is exactly what I want and need. That is the request that I am making to you right now. What do you want and need? What request are you making to me right now? I want you to show me your ways so I can come to know you. That is a bold request. Yes, I suppose that it is a bold request. I can make it only because you have put that desire and prayer in my heart to request. You have helped me to want to know and love and follow and serve you with all that is within me. Such a desire does not originate with me, there is no doubt about that. Desiring to know and love and follow and serve you is the very best gift you could have given to me. It is this gift that led me to receive forgiveness and cleansing of my sin through your Son’s death on the cross. He paid for my sin. He cleansed my unrighteousness. He secured a new life for me. He made me righteous in your sight. He made it so I can live in an intimate relationship with you. He made it so I can walk through life with you. Once I turned from my old ways and received Him as my Savior and Lord, you filled me with your Holy Spirit. Now, here I am asking you to show me your ways so I can come to know you. That is an excellent prayer to be praying. 

Why do you so passionately want me to show you, my ways? Why do you so strongly want to come to know me? I can only and simply say, “I love you because you first loved me.” Love compels me to want to know and love and follow and serve you with all that is within me. I want to follow you to where you lead me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. I want to fully live the life that you have called me to live. But most of all, I simply want to know you. Knowing you will mold and shape my life. Knowing you will change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. Knowing you will make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Is that enough? Is that sufficient reason for me to want you to show me your ways so I can come to know you? Yes, you have prayed well. You have asked for something I will gladly give to you. I will show you, my ways. I will help you to come to know me intimately. Thank you, Heavenly Father. 

Heavenly Father, you have my full attention. It is my utmost and highest desire to see your ways and come to know you. Have you favor be with me so that I may love and follow and serve you well. I want to fully live the life you have called me to live for you. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making yourself attentive to God so you can see His way and come to know Him?

Living It Out…  Be attentive to God so you can see His ways and come to know Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will show you His ways and help you to come to know Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has most recently been helping you to know Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow God to show you His ways so you can know Him.

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I Will Be With You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 325 - Exodus 3:11-15 - I Will Be With You- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 325 – Exodus 3:11-15 – I Will Be With You – Growing As Disciples

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”  And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”  Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.'”  God also said to Moses, “Say to the Israelites, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers–the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob–has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, the name by which I am to be remembered from generation to generation. Exodus 3:11-15 (NIV)

Who Am I?

I have often asked that question. What question have you often asked? I have often asked, “Who am I?” when you have given me an assignment that is far beyond my gifts, talents, abilities, and resources. Yes, I have heard you ask that question many times and in various ways. Why do you suppose I have often given you assignments that are far beyond your gifts, talents, abilities, and resources? Do I have to answer that question? I would rather not answer that question. Failing to answer that question will not hide from me the fact that you know the answer. Failing to answer that question will not cause me to stop giving you large assignments. Then I will answer your question. I’m listening. You often give me large assignments so I will cry out to you to ask you for help. You give me large assignments so that I will be forced to rely on you. You give me large assignments so I will be drawn close to you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You give me large assignments so that my faith in you will grow. You give me large assignments so I can bear fruit for your kingdom. You give me large assignments so I will know without a doubt that you have worked in and through me to accomplish your purposes and fulfil your plans. The larger the assignment, the more glory I can bring to your name. The larger the assignment, the more brightly I can shine for you in the darkness of this world. The larger the assignment, the more treasure I can store up in heaven with you. My you have given a very good, long, and detailed answer. Are there any draw backs to my large assignments? Do you have any regrets about receiving large assignments from me? Why would you have any hesitancy in answering my question? You know all things. I cannot hide from you that I do not like being uncomfortable. Being challenged is not my greatest desire. Forgive me. You are forgiven. Would you like me to stop giving you large assignments? Absolutely not! No matter what I may feel, in moments of weakness, I want to receive every assignment you have for me. Work in and through me for your kingdom and glory. Help me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Help me to go and do your will. Yes, I will.

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me assignments that are far beyond my gifts, talents, abilities, and resources. In doing so, you have caused me to cry out to you and ask for your help. In doing so, you have caused my faith to grow as I have relied on you. Amen

Key Question…  When have you asked, “Who am I?” when God has asked you to go and do something for Him?

Living It Out…  Rely on God being with you to help you to go and do what He asks of you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will be with you to help you to do what He asks of you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has made you able to do what He has asked you to do for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you go and do what God asks of you because you know that He is with you.

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A Crown That Will Last Forever

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 324 - 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 - A Crown That Will Last Forever - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 324 – 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – A Crown That Will Last Forever- Growing As Disciples

Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 (NIV)

Run

Run in such a way that you will get the prize. What does that mean to you? A great runner trains with great discipline. Their entire life is focused on their training. A great runner continually pushes themself to their limit in each workout. After their workout they make sure that they eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest so that their body can recover and be ready for their next workout. This process repeats itself daily throughout their running career. It’s a never-ending cycle of workout, rest and recover. Day by day the great runner improves little by little until they are ready to run their race to win. They have a confidence about their ability to run well because they have paid the price by training hard. That’s right.

Are you in training? Yes, I am. You’re not training to run are you? No, I am not, at least not like a runner in a race. I do want to run well. But my race is not the physical race of running. I am not running to win a temporary prize like a trophy or an Olympic gold medal. My race is to run well for you. I am training to be all that you want me to be. I’m not primarily training my body, although my body is not exempt from training. I am primarily training my heart and mind and soul to be obedient to you. My body is a secondary part of my training so that it does not hinder my running well for you. My body must obey my heart and mind and soul. That’s right.

Are you all alone in your training? Do you have a coach to help you with your training? I am not all alone in my training. I do have a coach to help train me. I would never be able to train myself. I would be completely without hope if my training depended on myself. You are my coach. You are my trainer. Yes, I am. My main job is to submit myself to your training. How do you do that? I submit myself to your training as I meet with you every day in your word. Your word is my training manual. You guide my training by your word. You train me as you apply your word to my life. Yes, I do. I use my word to mold and shape you into the person I want you to be.

How will you know if you are running well?  There is only one way that I can run well. There is only one way to gauge if I am running well. How is that? To run well I must keep my eyes on you. I must follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. I will know if I am running well if I keep my eyes on you and do what you ask of me. If I were to take my eyes off you I would certainly run off course and have no idea where you wanted to lead me or what you wanted to do through me. So, you will keep your eyes on me? Yes, I will. You will keep meeting with me day by day so that I can train you? Yes, I will. Then you will be training hard, running well, and finishing strong. That is exactly what I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, help to train hard like a great athlete. Help me to run well and in such a way as to get the prize. Help me to keep my eyes on you so I do not run aimlessly without direction. Help me to finish strong and not be disqualified for the prize. Amen

Key Question…  How are you training hard, like a great athlete, as you follow Jesus Christ?

Living It Out…  Train hard, run well, and finish strong as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that Jesus Christ will help you to train hard, run well, and finish strong as His follower.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are training hard and running well as a follower of Jesus Christ.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you train hard, run well, and finish strong as a follower of Jesus Christ.

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Lives Forever

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 323 - 1 John 2:15-17 - Lives Forever - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 323 – 1 John 2:15-17 – Lives Forever – 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)

Love For You

I do not love the world. I do not love the things of this world. I no longer have sinful cravings that come from this life. My eyes are not filled with lust. My heart is not full of boasting. Nothing from this world is motivating my life or filling my desire. What is your desire? What is motivating your life? What has turned you away from pursuing all that this life would offer you? What has given you a new and higher and better perspective? Why is your life on a different course? My love for you has filled me with desire. I want to know you. I want to love you. I want to live my life with and for you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to attentively listen to you. I want to follow your guidance. I want to receive your instruction. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to follow you to where you lead me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. Your love for me and my love for you has turned me away from what is alluring in this life. I will no longer pursue what has no lasting value. I will pursue you and the life you are calling me to live. My heart and mind and life are focused on you. I am living from a heavenly perspective. I want to store up treasure in heaven with you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have very good desires in you. That is because they have come from you. That is true.

Do you know what has happened to you? Do you know where you are on your journey? I am not sure what you mean. Your life of salvation has already begun. My Holy Spirit is in you. You are walking through life with me. Even though life in your current body will end; you will one day come to live forever in heaven with me. My Holy Spirit in you is guiding and guarding you and giving you good work to do, that will last for all eternity. This is the life of salvation I have given you to live now and forever. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, things of this world mean nothing to me. I will not live for the cravings of sin. Instead, my love for you has given me the desire to know and do your will. I will want to please you; in all I do. Thank you that my life of salvation with you has already begun. Amen

Key Question…  Why is doing the will God far more important than anything else you could do with your life?

Living It Out…  Let your love for God give you the desire and ability to know and do His will.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will live in heaven with God for all of eternity.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how your love for God is giving you the desire to know and do His will.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May your love for God give you the desire and ability to know and do His will.

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Your Reward From Heaven Will Be Very Great

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 322- Luke 6:32-36 - Your Reward From Heaven Will Be Very Great - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 322- Luke 6:32-36 – Your Reward From Heaven Will Be Very Great – Growing As Disciples

“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!  And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much!  And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.  “Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked.  You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.                        Luke 6:32-36 (NLT)                                                        

Your Example

I want to be like you. I want to follow your example. What do you have in mind? In what way do you want to be like me? How do you want to follow my example? Well, as much as possible, I want to be like you and follow your example, in every way. But I do now have something specific in mind. I want to love like you love. I want to be compassionate as you are compassionate. Tell me more. I want to love and do good to my enemies. How did I do some of my very best work in loving my enemies. Ha, you loved me, when I was living as your enemy. Was that some of your best work? Well, it was certainly the difference between life and death for me. Then you have your answer to your question. But I will say it brought me great delight in seeing you give your heart and mind and life to me. You responded to my call. You received the gift of salvation that I made available to you. For that, I am grateful. For that, I am thankful. For that, you will have my never-ending praise. I will also say that it brings me great delight in seeing you so passionately want to be like me. You will be doing very well to follow my example. Yes, I will be living the life you have called me to live. I will be the person you have called me to be. I will be living a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I will be living out the life of salvation you have given me to live. Yes, that is exactly how you should be thinking about the way to live your live with and for me.

I do want you to be mindful of something as well. What’s that? You have already received your gift of salvation. Your place in heaven with me is being kept and guarded for you. You have a future in me that will last forever. This is a settled question. This is a done deal, bought and paid for by my death on the cross for you. Your sins have been forgiven. Your unrighteousness has been cleansed. You have been made right in my sight. Now the way that you love and do good to your enemies will be rewarded. The way that you are compassionate as I am compassionate will be repaid. No good deed, no loving act, will go unnoticed and left unrewarded when you come to live forever in heaven with me. I will be mindful of that. I will love as you loved. I will be compassionate as you are compassionate. That will be very good.

Lord, I want to be like you. I want to be compassionate as you are compassionate. I want to love others just as you have loved me. I will follow your example; I will love and do good to my enemies, for I once was also living as your enemy. Yet, you loved me. Amen

Key Question…  How are you mindful of living in a way that will one day rewarded by the Lord?

Living It Out…  Live in such a way that you will one day be rewarded for loving and doing good toward your enemies.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will one day be rewarded for loving and doing good to your enemies.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are loving and doing good to your enemies.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you love your enemies and do good to them.

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Have And Enjoy Life

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 321 - John 10:10 - Have And Enjoy Life - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 321 – John 10:10 – Have And Enjoy Life – Growing As Disciples

The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows). John 10:10 (AMP)

Enjoyable Life

I know that is what you have given me to live. What have I given you to live? You have given me an enjoyable life to live. Yes, that is exactly what I have given you to live. How would you describe the enjoyable life I have given you to live? You have given a life that is filled with hope and meaning and purpose. You have made it so I can live in an intimate relationship with you. You have forgiven my sin and cleansed me of my unrighteousness. You have filled me with your Holy Spirit. I am no longer dead in my trespasses and sins. You have made me truly alive to you. I can come to know you. I can come to love and follow and serve you. I can follow you to where you lead me. I can do what you ask of me. I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I can be a witness for you in the world. I can store up treasure in heaven with you. What could be more enjoyable? Day by day and moment by moment I can walk through life with you. I know that you love and care for me. I am your child. I am your friend. You are guarding and guiding me through life. You are my shelter in every storm. You are my refuge in every adversity. You are with me to comfort me no matter what this sin broken world throws at me. My heart and mind and life are focused on you. You have my full attention. I know that your hand is on me. Your favor is with me. What could be more hopeful? What kind of life could have more meaning and purpose? Living my life with and for you is a life filled with joy. How is that for a description of an enjoyable life? That is very good.

But there is much more. I knew you weren’t finished. I have an eternal, never ending future, that is being kept and guarded in heaven for me. One day, and not too distant from today, I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Then there will be no sickness or sadness. Then there will be no pain or suffering or loss. In your presence I will be made completely new. So, keeping my heart and mind and life focused on you now is reminding me of the glorious future I will have with you forever in heaven. So, I am filled with joy. I can live and enjoy the life I have with you now because I know that it will never end. That is true. That is very good. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I know it is the devil’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy life. I will not let that happen to me. I will keep my heart, mind and life focused on you. I will follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me, so I can enjoy the life you have given to me. Amen

Key Question…  How has loving, following, and serving the Lord given your life enjoyable hope and meaning and purpose?

Living It Out…  Keep your heart and mind and life focused on the Lord so you can enjoy the life He has given you to live.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that keeping your heart and mind and life focused on the Lord will fill your life with joy.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group the joy you have found in loving, following, and serving the Lord.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you have and enjoy the life the Lord has given you to live.

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Get Wisdom Get Understanding

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 320 - Proverbs 4:5-12 - Get Wisdom Get Understanding - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 320 – Proverbs 4:5-12 – Get Wisdom Get Understanding – Growing As Disciples

Get wisdom, get understanding; do not forget my words or swerve from them.  Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Esteem her, and she will exalt you; embrace her, and she will honor you.  She will set a garland of grace on your head and present you with a crown of splendor.”  Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.  I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.  When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble. Proverbs 4:5-12 (NIV)

I Desperately Need Wisdom

That is something I desperately need. That is something I’m surely lacking in my life. What do you desperately need and what is surely lacking in your life? I need wisdom. Well, that certainly is the beginning of wisdom. What is the beginning of wisdom, am I missing something, have I said something important? Yes, you have said something very important. You have said a couple very important things. First, you have humbly admitted that you need wisdom. You are under no illusions about the amount of wisdom you possess. You know that there is a severe shortage of wisdom in you. Humbly acknowledging your great need is the beginning of wisdom. Then, I am at a good starting point. Yes, that is true. But you said something else. You expressed some desperation in your need for wisdom. You have some passion in you about your need for wisdom. That puts you in an even better position regarding wisdom. How so? If you know you need wisdom and you are passionately desiring and seeking wisdom, will you not come and ask me for it? Yes, of course I will come and ask you for wisdom. What would be the point of my admitting and being passionate about need if I did nothing about it? It would be foolish to passionately admit a need and then do nothing about it. That is true. Yet, in this case, your doing, will consist of your coming to me to ask me for my help. This is true, because your admission of desperate need also contains the idea, that you will not be relying on yourself. You will not try to work your way out of being unwise. You will come to rely on me, isn’t that what you will do? Yes, that is exactly what I will do. I will ask for and rely on you for wisdom. I know that you will generously give me wisdom as I ask you for it. Yes, come to me. Ask me for wisdom. Rely on my wisdom to guard and guide your life. That is what I will do. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will not live my life according to worldly wisdom. I will not rely on my own wisdom. I will ask you to guard and guide my life according to your wisdom. Help me to think, and to speak, and to act wisely so I can make decisions that are pleasing to you. Amen

Key Question…  How passionately are you seeking to life your life according to God’s wisdom?

Living It Out…  Ask for, receive, and rely on God’s wisdom to guard and guide you through life.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will generously give you wisdom when you ask Him for it.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has generously given you wisdom throughout your life.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you ask for, receive, and rely on wisdom from the Lord.

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