Answers Before Listening

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Wisdom - Proverbs 18:13 - Answers Before Listening - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Proverbs 18:13 – Answers Before Listening – Growing As Disciples

He who answers before listening– that is his folly and his shame. Proverbs 18:13 (NIV) 

Listening Well

Listening well, that is not my strong suit. Why is that? I think you know why. Yes, I know why. But, do you know why? Yes, I know why. But, it’s hard to admit. What’s hard to admit? It’s hard to admit that I am proud. How so? Somewhere, down deep inside me I have this feeling that I don’t need to listen. I have the false belief that I already know the answer. I have this assumption that I have all I need. I know it all. I am always right. I cannot gain anything by listening to someone else. Do you really believe that? Looking at those words, I can’t believe that even a part of me believes them. It is so proud. It is so foolish. It is simply idiotic. Yes, it is. But, what would explain my caring far more about what I might say next than to what someone might have to say to me. This is not a small problem. This is not a minor flaw. This is a big deal. This is a dangerous mindset. How so? Why is that?

If you can’t listen well to others how well do you suppose you can listen to me? Before you answer, think about what I have said to you. You are telling me that how well I listen to others will help me gauge how well I listen to you. Yes, I am. Why do you suppose that is? Whatever hinders my ability to listen to others will also hinder my ability to listen to you. That’s right. What else? I’m not sure. What else is there? How often have I tried to speak to you through the voice of others? Oh, I see. I get it. Do you? Well, I should I say that I understand your question. I have often failed to listen to what you were saying to me through the voice of others. How so? You have tried to give me warnings through the voice of others that I have failed to heed. You have tried to give me direction through the voice of others that I have failed to follow. You have tried to give me wisdom and knowledge and understanding through the voice of others that I have failed to receive. Yes, you have missed my voice as I have tried to speak to you. You have not listened well.  

Do you want to change? Do you want to become a listener? Yes, I do want to change. Yes, I will become a listener. Why is that? I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to do what is pleasing in your sight. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. So, you will listen attentively to me? You will make it a habit to be listening well? Yes, I will. Here I am now, listening to you. Yes, you are. That is very good.

Lord, I have not listened well. I have not payed attention to your voice speaking to me. I have not met with you in your word to hear what you have to say to me. I have been more interested in speaking than listening. No more, I will listen attentively to you. Amen

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Fear Of The Lord

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Proverbs 1:7 – The Fear Of The Lord? – Growing As Disciples

The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. Proverbs 1:7 (NIV) 

I Need You

Do you know it all? Are you full of knowledge? Do you have all you need? Can you guard and guide your own life? Do you know the path to life? Do you know where to walk? Do you know what to avoid? Will you accept wisdom and discipline and instruction from me? Will you make yourself attention to my voice? Will you listen to me? Will you follow and obey me? You are asking me a lot of questions. Yes, I am. Do you have any answers? That is kind of the point isn’t it? What do you mean by saying that? I don’t have the answers. I am not wise. I am not full of knowledge. I desperately need your wisdom and discipline and instruction. I don’t know where to walk. I don’t know what to avoid. I need you to guard and guide my life. I need to you. These are good admissions.

What do you fear? I fear that I will live less than the life you have called me to live. I fear that I will waste what you have given to me. I fear that I will miss something because I have not been fully attentive to your voice. I have a healthy awe and respect and fear of you. My fear of you makes me want to be attentive to your voice. My fear of you makes me take seriously everything you have to say to me. That’s good.

Want do you want? I want to know and love you. I want to follow and serve you. I want to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to walk with you through life. That’s good.

What do you believe about me? I believe that you are my Savior and Lord. You are my God and King. You love and care for me. You will guard and guide my life. You will lead me to where you want me to go. You will give me what you want me to do. My life is in your hands. That’s good.

What have I done in you, for you and through you? You have changed me. You have made me new. You have forgiven my sins. You have cleansed my unrighteousness. You have redeemed my life. You have given me a new life to live. You have given me a hope and a future. You are using me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I have. Yes, I am. Yes, I will.

Keep on loving me. Keep on following me. Keep on serving me. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. Then you will have nothing to fear.

Lord, I do have a healthy awe, respect and fear of you. I am attentive to you. Listening to you is the priority of my life. I want to hear and act on everything you have to say to me. Give me your wisdom and discipline. Guard and guide me as I joyfully follow you. Amen

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His Flesh Was Restored

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – 2 Kings 5:13-14 – Your Instructions – Growing As Disciples

Naaman’s servants went to him and said, “My father, if the prophet had told you to do some great thing, would you not have done it? How much more, then, when he tells you, ‘Wash and be cleansed’!” So he went down and dipped himself in the Jordan seven times, as the man of God had told him, and his flesh was restored and became clean like that of a young boy.  2 Kings 5:13-14 (NIV)

Your Instructions

Would you like me to bless your life? What kind of question is that? Of course, I want you to bless my life. Who wouldn’t want you to bless their lives? You would be surprised. Do you believe that I want to bless your life? Do you know that it brings me great joy to be able to bless your life? I believe that you want to bless my life. I know that it brings you great joy to bless my life. That’s good. I do have a question. Go ahead, ask me, I’m listening. Is there something that could prevent you from blessing my life? Why do you ask that? You used the phrase, “be able to bless” my life. That seems to imply that something could make my life unable to be blessed by you. You have asked a very good question. I will ask you a few questions. Have I ever given you instructions? Have I ever guided you to go somewhere for me? Have I ever given you something to do for me? Yes, you have guided me to go somewhere to do something for you. This is not a rare occasion. Have you always followed me to where I have guided you? Have you always done what I asked of you? No, not always. There are many times that I failed to go where you guided me to do what you asked of me. That’s not good. No, it’s not.

Has your life been blessed by me when you have gone where I have guided you, to do what I have asked of you? Yes definitely. How so? In any number of ways. Name a few. As I have gone and done your will, you have worked in, with, for and through my life. As I have followed and obeyed you, I have borne fruit for your kingdom and brought glory to your name. You have brought healing and hope into my life as I have followed your instructions. As I have done what you have asked of me, you have guarded my life. You have restored my soul. You have healed my life. You have grown my faith. You have changed my heart, transformed my mind and guided my life. You have richly blessed me with many good gifts as I have followed and obeyed you. Yes, that is very true. 

Have you experienced the same blessing on your life when you have not followed and obeyed me? No, I have not. Following my own way and doing my own thing has brought me into trouble and given me great difficulty. Not listening to you has brought the world’s harm rather than your help into my life. That’s true. So what will you do? I will follow your instructions. That will be very good.

Lord, I will tell you now in advance that I will follow and obey you. I will listen carefully to your instructions. I will go where you guide me. I will do what you ask of me. Use my life to fulfill your purposes and accomplish your plans. Help me to bring glory to you. Amen

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Lavished On Us

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Love- 1 John 3:1-3 – Lavished On Us – Growing As Disciples

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. 1 John 3:1-3 (NIV)

I Am Your Child

I am your child. You are my Father. That is difficult to comprehend. Why is that? It is so amazing that the God who created the universe, loves and cares for me. In the vastness of all creation, I am small and insignificant, or so, it seems to me. I could imagine that you are quite busy and would have no time for me. But, that is not true at all. No, it’s not. You love and care for me. Yes, I do. You are watching over my life. Your hand is on me. Your favor rests of me. You are guiding me to where you want me to go. You are giving me what you want me to do. Yes, I am. You went to great lengths to demonstrate your love for me. You paid a very high price so that I could be forgiven of my sins and cleansed of my unrighteousness. Yes, I did. It was that important to you, that I come to live in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, it is. That is amazing. That is astounding. That is head spinning. That is breathtaking. That is heart pounding. I’m glad you think so.

There is something just as amazing. What’s that? You want me to come to know you. Yes, I do. You want me to come into your presence. You want to mold and shape my life as I come to know you. Every day as I draw near to you, I will be changed to be more like you. You will help me to know your thoughts. You will help me to walk in your ways. You will help me to live the life you have called me to live. Yes, I will. Now, in this life I will see and know you only in part. Now, in this life I will become like you only in part. That is true. One day, I will see and know you fully. Then, on that day, I will be changed. I will become like you. Yes, you will. That is my hope. That is my desire. That is what causes my heart to burn with passion for you. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. That is very good.

Father, thank you for lavishing your love on me by making me to be your child. You are my Father! Help me to comprehend and accept all it means to be your child. May all the hope I have in you guide how I live for you now. Amen

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The Very Words

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – 2 Kings 6:12 – The Very Words – Growing As Disciples

“None of us, my lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.” 2 Kings 6:12 (NIV)  

I Need Your Help

I need your help. That’s good to hear. How do you need my help? I lack wisdom. How so? I need your insight and understanding. Why is that? Without your wisdom I am likely to make stupid mistakes and take large missteps. I don’t want to waste time and effort. I don’t want to wander through life. I don’t want to walk a crooked path from one futile thing to another. I’m not asking for your wisdom, insight and understanding for my benefit. Although, I do know that I will benefit greatly by receiving your wisdom, insight and understanding. Yes, you will. But, I’m asking for your wisdom, insight and understanding so that I can know and do your will. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. That is very good.

You do have a ready source of my wisdom, insight and understanding that I have already made readily available to you. Yes, I know. You have given me your word. That is why I am meeting with you every day in your word. I so desperately want your wisdom, insight and understand. I can see that in you. What then, is your problem? What is your need? Sometimes, I am very slow to understand. Sometimes, I am very dense. That is a helpful admission on your part. It is a very good thing that you are admitting your need. It is a very good thing for you to know and acknowledge that you need my help. I will never turn you away when you ask for my help. You can never go wrong by coming to me to ask me for my help. You can never fail to benefit by meeting with me in prayer so you can hear from me. It is my joy and pleasure to give you the wisdom and insight and understanding that you will need as you love, follow and serve me. That is what I thought. That is what I believe. That is what I know. I can come to you and ask for your help. Yes, you can. Here I am now. Give me all the wisdom and insight and understanding I will need as I follow you today. That is my prayer. I will hear and answer that prayer. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I do not know what I need to know. I don’t have all the wisdom, insight and understanding I need. Thank you, that you will give me the wisdom, insight and understanding I will need as I love, follow and serve you. I will rely on you. I will ask for your help. Amen

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Your Path Is A Reckless One

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Numbers 22:32 – Your Path Is A Reckless One – Growing As Disciples

The angel of the LORD asked him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? I have come here to oppose you because your path is a reckless one before me. Numbers 22:32 (NIV) 

Reckless Path 

What path will you walk in life? Where will you go? What will you do? How will you live? I think those questions have already been answered. How so? At one time I walked on a dark and dangerous, reckless path. I did what I wanted when I wanted. I lived for my own comfort and pleasure. I did what was right in my own eyes. I led my own life. I was the center of my own universe. Everything revolved around me. I didn’t want or need anything from anyone else. I was obstinate. I was stubborn. I was filled with pride. No one could tell me anything I did not want to hear. I followed my own counsel. That is a dark and dangerous, reckless path. How did walking on that path work out for you? Not well, at all. Tell me more. No one can live this life without becoming bruised and battered and broken. That is exactly what happened to me. I hit rock bottom. My life was a mess. I reached the end of my rope. I had no hope. So, I cried out to you. Yes, you did. What did I do for you? You pulled me up out of the muck and mire that was my life. You set me on firm ground. You turned my life around. You became my Savior and Lord. You forgave my sin and cleansed my unrighteousness. You set me on a new path of loving, following and serving you. Yes, I did all of this for you. I am now desiring to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. Yes, you do. I can see that. 

But, it’s time to take a little reality check. How so? Are you still trying to assert your rights? Must people live up to your expectations? Will you allow yourself to be mistreated? Will you overlook an offense? Do you need to right every wrong that has been committed against you? Before you answer, I want you to know that I do not expect you to live in an ongoing abusive situation. I am not calling you to allow your life to be under constant threat. But, know also, that I did not assert my rights. I suffered harm. I looked over offenses committed against me. Will you do what I did? Do you want to become like me as you follow me? Yes Lord, I want to become like you. I will do what you did. I will not continue to assert my rights. People must not live up to my expectations. I will overlook offenses committed against me. That is very good. Now, follow me. Yes Lord, I will. That is very good. 

Lord, thank you for taking me off a reckless and dangerous path. You rescued me. You turned my life around. You took me off a path that led to death. You put me on the path of life. You are my Savior and Lord. Guard and guide my life as I follow and serve you Amen

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Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord?

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Genesis 18:13-14 – Is Anything Too Hard For The Lord? – Growing As Disciples

Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son.” Genesis 18:13-14 (NIV)

Too Hard

Is this too hard? Is what too hard? Is this too much to ask? Is what too much to ask? Spell it out, be specific. Don’t be vague in your prayers. How will you ever know If I have heard and answered your prayer if you do not ask me for specifics? Will you be satisfied with a vague answer to your vague prayer? No, I will not. That is lesson number one. Ask me for what you want and need. Give details. Be specific. Being specific and giving details is not new information to me. I know what you want and need before you ask me for it. Giving details and being specific is for you. When you give me details and are specific you will know when I have heard and answered your prayer. Giving details and being specific will also help you to not race through your prayer. That is lesson number two. I want you to linger in prayer with me. Don’t race into and out of prayer with me. Spend time in my presence. Prayer is a dialogue. That is lesson number three. I want to hear from you. You will want to hear from me. Expect to speak and listen when you enter into prayer with me. I didn’t think I would receive so many lessons in prayer today. We haven’t even gotten to your main questions yet. I forgot what those were. I will remind you. 

You asked me, if this was too hard? You asked me if this was too much to ask? Yes, I did. You have a hard and difficult request to ask of me. You are wondering if I will hear and answer your prayer. Yes, I do. Yes, I am. Let me ask you a question. I’m listening. What is too hard and too difficult for me? Can you name something that is too hard and too difficult for me? Well, come to think of it, I cannot. Is there any prayer that you can pray that is too difficult for me hear and answer? No, there is not. What have you just learned? I have just learned today’s lesson four. You are catching on. Let me hear you state this lesson once again. There is nothing too difficult or too hard for you to do for me. I can bring any prayer request to you. Yes, you can. Will you? Yes, I will. I will bring all my prayers to you. That will be very good.

Lord, I will not doubt you. My faith is in you. I believe nothing is too difficult for you to do in, for or through me. Grow my faith in you. Do your work in, for and through me. Use my life to bless a multitude of people in ways that will bring praise and glory to you. Amen

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Appeared To Him In Flames

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Miracles – Exodus 3:1-3 – Appeared To Him In Flames – Growing As Disciples

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight–why the bush does not burn up.” Exodus 3:1-3 (NIV)

Go Over

I’m too busy. My life is filled with frantic activity. I am rushing from one thing to another. I am out of breath. I am weary. I am worn out. I am discouraged and depressed. I am bouncing from one meaningless thing to another. What a crooked path I have walked. This is no way to live. I have no priorities. I have no plan. My life consists of checking off boxes on a never ending to do list. What a mess. Would I ever be able to hear you if you wanted to say something to me? Would I ever be able to see something that you wanted to show me? Is that a question? Yes, that is my question. You tell me. I doubt it. Me too.

You want to lead a different kind of life, I can see that. I can see your sighing. I can hear your groaning. It’s like you are running a treadmill that is going nowhere, without any end in sight. You want to hear from me. You want to see my activity. You want to live in an intimate relationship with me. You want your life to be guided and directed by me. You want to go where I guide you. You want to do what I ask of you. You want to stop walking a crooked path. You want your life to have meaning and purpose and direction. You want to live the life that I have called you to live. You want to live a life that is pleasing to me. Is that right? Yes, you have expressed exactly what I need and want. I want to know you. I want to live out your purposes and plan for my life. That’s good.

It’s time to stop running. It’s time to start listening. It’s time to focus your heart and mind and life on me. How can I begin to do that? You need turn aside from the noise and busyness of life. You need to go over to see what I want to show you. You need to go over to hear what I want to say to you. Go over? What does that mean? Where will I go? That is up to you. Set aside a special time and sacred place to meet with me. Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. Listen to me and I will speak to you. Focus your heart and mind and life on me and I will show you all that I want you to see. Do you understand? Yes, you want me to leave the noise and busyness of my daily life by going over to meet with you at our special time and place. That’s right. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. 

Lord, I have allowed my life to become far too busy. I’m sure that I have raced right by what you wanted me to see. I have not heard you above the noise of my busy life. Help me to slow down to see your activity. Help me to be quiet so that I can hear from you. Amen

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Guard Your Hearts And Your Minds

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Spiritual Warfare – Philippians 4:4-7 – Guard Your Hearts And Your Minds – Growing As Disciples

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7 (NIV)

Unexplainable Peace

You are a very gifted worrier. That doesn’t sound like a compliment. It’s not. You have the ability to worry about things from every angle. You can see problems long before they will become problems, if they ever will. Do you like to worry? No, not at all, worry stresses me out. Yes, I can see that it does. When would you like to make a commitment to stop worrying? I’d like to make that commitment right now, but I don’t know where or how to begin. Would you like my help? Yes, I would. That’s good because you will never be able to stop worrying by your own efforts.

Let’s start with a question. Go ahead. Who is in charge of your life? What do you mean by that? Who controls your future? Is it you or is it me? I’d like to say that it is you. You’re cautious with that answer. Yes. I am. Why is that? I think that my worrying is a pretty good sign that I think I’m in charge of my life and it’s destiny. Yes, it does. You have a choice. Of what? Who are you going to trust? Are you going to trust me or are you going to trust yourself? I want to place all my trust in you.

Trusting me will require a change in your thinking, attitudes and actions. I’m willing to change. I’m sure that I will need your help to change. Yes, you will. Lets talk about where you will need to change. What would you like to change about my thinking and attitudes? I want you to consider who I am and all that I have done for you. You have been given so much. Yes, I know. I have done so much for you. Yes, you have. What do you think will happen when you think deeply about all the blessings that you have received from me? I think that I will be filled with joy, gladness and thanksgiving. Yes, you will. As you give joy filled thanks and praise to me, what will you become more aware of? I will become more aware of your presence with me. Yes, you will. You will know that I am right by your side and ready to help you. With my help you won’t be tempted to take control and worry about your life.

Before something becomes a worry for you, I want you to do something. What’s that? When you start to have a concern about something I want you to turn that concern into a prayer. Can you do that? Yes, I can. Your past worries have been pretty specific haven’t they? Yes, they have been.  I want your prayers to be even more specific than your past worries have been. Why is that? I want you to know that I am hearing and answering your prayers. I also don’t want you to leave any room for worry. Give all the details to me. Do you know what will happen then? Yes, I think that I do. What’s that? I will have a peace from you that will defy all explanations. Yes, you will because your heart and mind will be guarded in Christ Jesus. For that I am eternally thankful.

Lord, thank you that I can bring to you in prayer anything that causes me anxiety. I know you are with me to help me through every difficulty in life. Thank you for loving-kindness. You give me joy and peace that is unexplainable! Amen

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Humble You And To Test You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father- Deuteronomy 8:1-3 - Being Careful - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father- Deuteronomy 8:1-3 – Being Careful – Growing As Disciples

Be careful to follow every command I am giving you today, so that you may live and increase and may enter and possess the land that the LORD promised on oath to your forefathers. Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:1-3 (NIV)

Being Careful 

Are you being careful? Am I being careful in what way? Are you carefully hearing and following my word? I’m not sure. What would that mean? I am glad that you are asking me your question. Why is that? It is good for you to not assume that you are being careful. If you are to be careful you must be careful in two different ways. Not you have piqued my curiosity. That’s good.

First, you must be careful in hearing my word. That means you must know my word. You must listen to my word. You must make my word a priority in your life. You must take my word into your heart and mind and life. Do you know how you will take my word into your heart and mind and life? Yes, I do. I’m listening. I will meet daily with you in your word. I will read your word. I will study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will speak your word. I will teach your word. I will grab a hold of your word so word will grab a hold of me. In every way, I will let your word dwell in me richly. Your word will be on my mind. Your word will be in my heart. Your word will come out of my mouth. These are the ways in which I will be careful to really hear your word and listen to all that you have to say to me. That will be very good.

Next, you must also be very careful in following my word. It will not be enough for you to carefully hear my word. Only hearing my word will not change your heart, transform your mind or guide your life. If you truly want my word to dwell in you richly you must put into practice all that I will teach you from my word. Will you follow my word? Will you obey my word? Will you put my word into practice? Yes Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good. 

As you hear my word and put it into practice, I will bless your life. You will go where I guide you. You will do what I ask of you. You will humbly pass all the tests of life that lie ahead of you. You will be guarded and guided, strengthened and sustained by my word. That is what I want. That is what I will do. I will hear and follow your word. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, you have my full attention. I’m leaning in to hear all you want to say to me. My heart and mind and life are committed to hearing and obeying your word. Guard and guide, strengthen and sustain my life my life by your word as I follow you. Amen

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