Heart Reflects

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Discipleship Study – Character – Proverbs 27:19 – Heart Reflects – Growing As Disciples

As water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man. Proverbs 27:19 (NIV)

Your Heart

Lord, what do I look like? How can I know? Is that a hard question? You have looked down into water many times. Yes, I have done that many times. What have you seen? I have seen my reflection looking back at me. That’s right. Does your reflection give you a good or poor picture of what you look like? My reflection gives me a very precise picture of what I look like. Yes, it does. You can trust what your reflection from the water is showing you about what you look like. Yes, I can. I doubt that you were wondering what you looked like physically. No, I wasn’t. I want to know what look like as a person. What do you mean by that? I want to know about who I am. I want to know more about my character.  Do you want to know the condition of your heart? Yes, that’s exactly what I want to know. Are you sure? Yes, I’m sure.

Just as water reflects your face, your thoughts, words, and deeds will reflect the condition of your heart. You can know the condition of your heart by the thoughts that you think. You can know the condition of your heart through the words that you speak. You can know the condition of your heart through the actions that you take. Your thoughts, words and deeds will give you a very clear picture of the condition of your heart. Just as you trusted your reflection on the water to give you a physical picture, you can also trust that your thoughts, words and actions will give you a spiritual picture of the condition of your heart. Oh, that’s great. You don’t sound too excited. I’m not. Why not? 

If my thoughts, words and actions are giving me an accurate picture of the spiritual condition of my heart then I am in desperate need of your help. Why is that? I am not entirely happy with the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and actions of my life. I have thought, said and done things that I deeply regret. You say to me that you have sinned in your thoughts, words and actions? Yes, without a doubt. Have you confessed these sins to me? Yes, I have confessed these sins to you. Then you are forgiven and cleansed of all your sins. I have made you clean.  I have given you a clean heart. You have a fresh start. You have a new life to live. Don’t ever think that you will be able to live a perfect life. You have and will sin in your thoughts, words and actions. Keep on confessing your sins to me. Keep on allowing me to cleanse your heart and mind and life. Keep on following me to where I lead you. Keep on doing what I ask of you. I will be changing your heart, transforming your mind and guiding your life every day as you love, follow and serve me. You will live the life that I have called you to live. Your heart will reflect that I am working in you, for you and though you. Now that, is exciting! Yes, it is.

Lord, I know all my thoughts, words and actions reflect the condition of my heart. Thank you, for forgiving my sin and cleansing me of all my unrighteousness. Keep changing my heart and mind. Let my heart reflect that you are working in, for and through me. Amen

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We Know

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Discipleship Devotional Study – Character – Romans 5:3-5- We Know – Growing As Disciples

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)  

Know What?

What do you know? What do I know about what? What do you know about difficult trials and painful suffering? I know that I would like to avoid difficult trials and painful suffering as much as possible. How about a more serious answer? I am serious. I don’t like difficult trials and painful suffering. I get that. How about a more realistic answer? You do know that you will go through difficult trials and painful suffering in life? I went through difficult trials and painful suffering. You will too. Difficult trials and painful suffering are part of life in this sin broken world that you live in. Yes, I know. That doesn’t mean that I must like or enjoy difficult trials and painful suffering, does it? That is a very good question. You didn’t think it was a good question when you asked it, did you? No, I did not.

What has happened to you when you have gone through difficult trials and painful suffering? I have drawn near to you. I have relied on you to help me through difficult trials and painful suffering. Have I helped you? Yes, you have been very near to me when I have gone through trials and suffering. Have you come to know me in a deeper way during your trials and suffering in life? Yes, I have come to know your love for me in a deeper way. Is that something to rejoice about? Can you give thanks because you have come to know me in a deeper way through trials and suffering? Yes, I can. Then trials and suffering are not all bad? I can bring great good even out of trials and suffering? Yes, you can. I’m glad that you know that.

What else have I developed in you as you have gone through difficult trials and painful suffering? You have made me stronger as I have faced resistance. You have developed perseverance within me. As you have developed perseverance in me you have also strengthened my character. What has grown in you as your perseverance has developed and your character has been strengthened? Hope has grown in me. Why is that? I have had hope grow in me, because I have known that you were working in my life to make me into the person you have called me to be. To do that, what have I been using? You have been using my trials and suffering to mold and shape my life. Yes, I have. Why would I do that? You are molding and shaping my life because you love me. Yes, I do. You can rejoice in that, can’t you. Yes, I can. Yes, I will. Yes, I am. That is very good. 

Lord, I am not a fan of trials and suffering. Help me to endure every one of them. Develop perseverance, character and hope in me as I rely on you. I will rejoice in the work you will do in me, through every difficulty. Make me into the person you want me to be. Amen

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Whatever Happens

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Whatever happens, conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or only hear about you in my absence, I will know that you stand firm in one spirit, contending as one man for the faith of the gospel Philippians 1:27 (NIV)

Worthy Of You

You know the future. I do not. I have no idea where you will lead me or what you will ask of me. There are some things I am certain about however. Like what? I am certain that you will lead me. I am positive that you give me things to do for you. I also know that life will not always be easy. There will be difficulties and challenges ahead of me. That’s true. I am also sure that you will be with me to help me. You will never leave me. You will never forsake me. You will hold on to me as I hold on to you. That’s right.

I have a question. Go ahead, ask, I’m listening. How can I live a life that is worthy of you? I know that difficulties and challenges ahead will test me. I know that you want me to be on guard. You want me to conduct myself in a manner that is worthy of you no matter what happens. Yes, I do. How can I do that? I would never claim that I am living in a manner worthy of you. Why is that? I know that I am a sinner. I will make mistakes. I will take missteps. I will miss the mark. I will think what I should not have thought. I will say what I should not have said. I will do what I should not have done. I will even leave unsaid and undone what should have been said and done. Yes, you will. What will you do when you make mistakes, take missteps and miss the mark? I will confess my sins to you. Yes, you will. You have already received my forgiveness and cleansing of all your sins. I have forgiven your past, present and future sins. What will you do after you confess your sins to me? I will receive your forgiveness and cleansing. Yes, you will. What else? I will keep following you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. Isn’t confessing your sins and following me to where I lead you and doing what I ask of you, living a life that is worthy of me? Yes, it is. Doesn’t my forgiving and cleansing you of all your sins make you worthy of me? Yes, it does. Keep on loving, following and serving me. Yes Lord, I will. 

Lord, no matter what happens I know that you are with me to help me. You will not leave or forsake me. Help me to keep on faithfully serving you through difficult circumstances in life. Help me to guard my conduct and serve you well, no matter what happens. Amen

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Outward Appearance

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Discipleship Devotional Study – Character – 1 Samuel 16:7 – Outward Appearance – Growing As Disciples

But the LORD said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NIV) 

Heart Surgery 

That is exactly what I want you to do. What’s that? I want you to look at my heart. Are you really that confident about the condition of your heart? No, not at all. Just the opposite is true. I want you to do surgery on my heart. Why is that? I have thought things that I wish I had not thought.  I have said things that I wish I had not said. I have done things that I wish I had not done. The same question always comes to my mind. What’s that? How could I think what I thought, say what I said or do what I did? How do you answer those questions? You and I both know the answer to those questions. Yes, we do, let me hear your answer. Everything that I think or say or do comes from what is in my heart. A good barometer of the condition of my heart are the thoughts of my mind, the words from my mouth and the deeds of my life. The condition of my heart cannot be hidden from anyone, especially not you. That’s right.

So, you want me to do surgery on your heart? Yes, I do. What do you think I will use to do surgery on your heart? You will use your word to do surgery on my heart. How will I do that? Your Holy Spirit will take your word and apply it to my life. A day will not go by that you won’t use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Your Holy Spirit will use your word to fight in me, with me and for me. Your Holy Spirit will use your word to fan flames of desire in me to love you will all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Your word will give me the delight and desire to be fully devoted to you. Your word will change my thoughts, form my words and guide my deeds. Your word will make me able to know and do your will. Your word will make me able to live a life that is pleasing to you. You will never stop using your word to work in and through my life. Use your word to do heart surgery in me as I love, follow and serve you. Yes, I will.

Lord, I know that you don’t look at the outward appearance. You don’t evaluate me by how good I look. What do you see in my heart? I want you to see someone who loves you with all their heart and mind and soul and strength. Let that be me and my heart. Amen

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Send Out Laborers

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Discipleship Devotional Study – Discipleship – Luke 10:2 – Send Out Laborers – Growing As Disciples

And he said to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Luke 10:2 (ESV)

My Harvest Field

Someone prayed for me, I’m sure of that. What do you mean by saying that? Can you explain yourself? That’s it. There is no good explanation for me to be here working in your harvest field. I didn’t wander out into this harvest field all by myself. I didn’t choose myself to be a worker in your harvest field. If I were to dream up my own harvest field, it wouldn’t be this one. I wouldn’t have chosen to be here doing this work. Don’t take what I am saying wrong. There is no chance of that. I don’t resent being called and sent out to work in this field. I am thankful for any and every opportunity to serve you. It is my joy to be a laborer in your harvest field. I want to go wherever you send me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. I am trying to say that I could not have dreamed this up, serving you in this harvest field. There is another thing. What’s that? Longevity and sticking to something are not my long suits. You could have fooled me. Really? Not, really. But, you have worked in this harvest field for many years. Yes, I have and that is surprising to me. I should not be surprised. Why is that? You have made me able to work in this harvest field over these many years. You have sustained me. You have strengthened me. You have given me joy as I have gone and done your will. Yes, I have. What else? You have made me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I have. I am very thankful to you about that. That’s good.

What else have you noticed about working in my harvest field? I have noticed that there are not enough workers in your harvest field. There is a lot of work to be done in your harvest field. More workers are needed in your harvest field. Your harvest field is a lonely place sometimes. It shouldn’t be. Yes, I know. What will you do about there not being enough workers in my harvest field? I will pray for more workers to be sent out into your harvest field. What else? I will ask others to join me in the work in your harvest field. Who will you ask? That’s a good question. As I am praying for more workers to go out into your harvest field, I will be counting on you to lead me to them. Will you show me who you want to join me in the work in your harvest field? Yes, I will. Then I will ask them to join me in the work in your harvest field. That will be very good.

Lord, your harvest field is plentiful. Thank you for calling me to go out and work in your harvest field. I have noticed an absence of workers. There is much work to be done. There are not enough laborers in your harvest. Send an abundance of more workers. Amen

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Guard Your Hearts

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Discipleship Devotional Study – Heart – Philippians 4:6-7 – Guard Your Hearts – Growing As Disciples

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 4:6-7 (NIV)

On Guard 

Are you on guard? Am I on guard over what? Are you on guard over your heart? What does that mean? How can I guard my heart? What do I need to be on guard against? Can something attack my heart? What might put my heart in danger? Those are very good questions. I think it would be very helpful for you to answer your own questions. I know that you have a good idea of what will endanger your heart. I would like to hear your answers. You talk, I will listen.

It seems to me that my heart is under constant attack from the world. The world is a noisy chaotic place. It shouts for my ear and demands my attention. Life in this world is filled with worries of every shape and size. There are financial worries. There are physical worries. There are emotional worries. It would be easy to allow my life to become paralyzed by worry. Have you ever let your heart become paralyzed by worry? You know the answer to that question. I have frequently let my heart and mind and life become paralyzed by worry. How will you guard your heart against worry? That seems like an odd question to me. Why is that? Aren’t you the one who will guard my heart? Aren’t you the one who will fill my heart and mind and life with your peace? Won’t your peace guard my heart? Yes, my peace will guard your heart under certain circumstances. Under what circumstances will your peace guard my heart and mind and life? That again, is a question you can answer. If you want my peace to guard your heart and mind and life you must answer that question with both your words and actions. I get it. I must turn all my worries into prayers to you. I must come to rely on you. I must ask for your help. I must present all my requests to you. I must believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. When I pray to you, I must thankfully consider your help as a certain and settled matter. You will hear me. You will help me. When I rely on you I will have your peace. Your peace will be with me in and through every twist and turn and up and down in life. I will be able to hold on to you as you hold on to me. I will be able to live in your supernatural peace that will guard my heart and mind and life. Yes, you will. 

Lord, too often I have carried my worries and anxieties on my own all by myself. Help me now to turn all my worries and anxieties into thanksgiving filled prayers to you. Guard my heart and mind with your unexplainable peace. Amen

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God’s Workmanship

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Discipleship Devotional Study – Promises – Ephesians 2:10 – God’s Workmanship – Growing As Disciples

For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.  Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

Molding And Shaping

You are my masterpiece. You are the work of my hands. I have molded and shaped your life according to my purposes and plans. You are the person that I have made you to be. I have designed you to join me in doing the work that I have prepared for you to do. What do you think about all of this? These thoughts are wonderful to hear. To think that you have taken the time and made the effort to mold and shape my life leaves me in humble thankfulness. To think that I might be inadequate to do what you have called me to do couldn’t be true. Why is that? You have not only uniquely prepared me to do good works but you are inviting me to join you in doing them. I am not alone. No, you are not. You are working in me and through me. Yes, I am.

I am not finished with you. What does that mean? I’m still molding and shaping your life. My work in your life will continue until the day we meet each other face to face. How does that sound to you? Well, I would rather be a completed work. Yes, I am sure that you would. Being a completed work sounds more comfortable to you doesn’t it? Yes, It does. You know that some of my molding and shaping of your life might make you uncomfortable, don’t you? Yes, I do. Tell me more about that. There is no “might” about it. Whenever you have molded and shaped my life you have always taken me out of my comfort zone. You don’t like that? Not too much. Would you rather that I stopped molding and shaping your life? Would you like to remain as you are right now? No, I don’t want that, not at all. What do you want? I am thankful that I am your masterpiece. I am grateful that you are continuing to mold and shape my life. So, you want me to continue to my work of molding and shaping your life, is that true? Yes Lord, it is. I would like to say more on this subject. What’s that? I welcome your ongoing work in my life. You might hear a groan or a sigh here or there. It might seem like I am protesting and that I want you to go no further, that I want you to stop molding and shaping my life. Do me a favor. What’s that? Ignore my groans and sighs. Disregard what may seem like a protest on my part. Know this, I want you to keep working in my life. I don’t want you to stop molding and shaping me until we meet each other face to face. I’m glad to hear this prayer of yours. You, know this, under no circumstance will I stop making you into the person I want you to be. Then we are in complete agreement. Yes, for the moment we are in complete agreement. There will be times and moments in the future I may remind you of this conversation. Will that be all right with you? Yes, I’m sure that I will need every reminder that you will give to me. So, here I am. Keep on molding and shaping me. Keep on working in and through me. Use me according to your purposes and plans. Help me to join you in the work that you have given me to do for you. Use me for your kingdom and your glory. Yes, I will.

Lord, thank you for designing and creating me as your masterpiece. It is so healing and encouraging and humbling to know that I am the work of your hands. It is my honor and joy to join you in doing the good works you have prepared for me to do. Amen

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I Can

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Discipleship Devotionals Study – Mixed Emotions – Philippians 4:13 – I Can – Growing As Disciples

I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 (ESV) 

Impossible

This is too hard. This is too difficult. You have asked too much of me. This is beyond my gifts, talents and abilities. I can’t possibly do what you are asking me to do for you. Why do you do this to me? Do what to you? Why do you ask so much of me? You have done this to me many times before. What have I done to you many times before? You have asked me to do the impossible. You have asked me to do something that I cannot do. You have asked me to do something that was way outside the scope of my gifts, talents and abilities. You’ve noticed, that’s good. You’re right, I have done this to you many times before and you can be sure that I will do it to you many times again. What? Why is that? You tell me. I’m not sure. Take a guess.

You have given me impossible assignments so that I would be forced to come to rely on you for your help. You got it. How good would you be at relying on me if I gave you nothing but easy assignments? I see your point. You haven’t answered my question. I have had a long history of trying to be self-sufficient and self-reliant. If you gave me nothing but easy assignments I would do nothing but rely on myself to accomplish them. That’s right. 

Could there be another reason why I might give you impossible assignments? Let me think. Go right ahead, give my question some depth thought. You want me to learn that you are with me to help me. You want me to know that you will work in and through my life. You want me to know that your hand is on me. You want me to know that you will use my life to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That’s right. 

Could there be one more reason why I might give you impossible assignments? You want everyone to know that you are the one who has accomplished the impossible. I have not accomplished the impossible. I will not receive credit for doing what I could not have done. It is you that will receive all the praise and glory and honor in doing what could not be done. When the impossible gets done, fruit is born for your kingdom and glory is brought to your name. But, I do get to rejoice and give thanks that you have worked in and through my life. That’s right. Will you come to rely on me? Will you allow me to do the impossible in and through your life? Will you allow me to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name through your life? Yes Lord, I will. That is very good.                               

Lord, what is there that I cannot do with your strength? Nothing? I know that I am weak. I know that you are strong. I will rely on you to give me strength to do what I couldn’t possibly do by myself. Help me to be able to do what you are asking me to do for you. Amen

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I Will Listen

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Discipleship Devotional Study – Character – Psalm 85:8 – I Will Listen – Growing As Disciples

I listen carefully to what God the LORD is saying, for he speaks peace to his faithful people. But let them not return to their foolish ways. Psalm 85:8 (NLT)

Your Ways

I’m speaking to you. Are you listening to me? Have you made yourself fully available to me? Have you turned your ear to me so you can clearly hear me? I want to guide you. I want to guard you. I want to protect you. I want to teach and train you. I want to speak into your life. I am listening. I have come to a complete stop. I have withdrawn from the crowd. I have left the busyness of the fast lane. I am not chasing one thing after another. I am not running myself into the ground. I am not weary. I am not worn out. I am at rest. I am seated. I am quiet. Here I am. I am meditating on your word. I am carefully considering everything you want to say to me. I am waiting right now, right here. Speak into my life. I’m listening. That is very good. 

What has my word done for you? Why are you so eager to hear from me? How has my word changed your life? You word has brought peace into my life. Your word has helped me to know who I am. Your word has guided me to what I should do. Tell me more about that. I am your child. You are my Father. You love me. You care for me. You are leading me through life. You are always with me. You will never forsake me. I have a future with you both now and forever. You have a purpose and plan for my life. I am not wandering from one thing to another. I am not chasing some impossible dream. I am not entangled and ensnared in a life filled with foolish thoughts, words, and deeds. I know where I am heading. I know what I am becoming. I know what I will me doing. What’s that? I am headed where you lead me. I am following you. I am becoming more like you. I am learning to giving like you gave, serve like you served, and love like you loved. Am I doing this perfectly? No, I am not. But, day-by-day you are using your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. I am learning to know your will and walk in your ways. I am delighting in going and doing what is pleasing to you. This is what your word has done for me. This is why I am so eager to hear from you. This is how your word has changed my life. Speak to me Lord, I am listening. That is very good.

 You have my full attention. I have learned my lesson. I have listened to the wrong voices and taken the wrong paths. I have gone where I should not have gone. I have done what I should not have done. Foolish me. Forgive me. I will follow and obey you. Amen

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Present Your Requests To God

Discipleship Study - Gratitude - Philippians 4:6 - Present Your Requests To God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Study – Gratitude – Philippians 4:6 – Present Your Requests To God – Growing As Disciples

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6 (NIV)

Specific Prayers

Do you have really vague worries? I’m not sure what you mean. Do you feel worry but don’t know what you are worrying about? No, I can’t say that I do. That’s what I thought. My worries are usually very specific. I may have no real cause to worry but at least I know what I’m worrying about.

So then, if your worries are well defined and quite specific why do you offer vague prayers about them? I’m not sure. If you offer a very vague prayer how will you ever know if I answered it? I might have a vague feeling that my prayer was answered. That’s my point. You would never know for sure if your prayer was or wasn’t answered. I get it.

When you pray do you really expect that I will hear and answer your prayers? I hope that you will. That doesn’t sound like a real answer to me. When I pray I wonder if I’m asking for something that is worthy of being asked and answered. Let me tell you something. What’s that? If something causes you to worry then its worthy of turning it into a prayer to me. Do you know why that is? You don’t want me to worry. That’s right. What do I want you to do instead of worrying? You want me to have faith in you. Yes, but be more specific. You want me to have faith that you will hear and answer my prayers. Why would I do that for you? You love me and I am your child. Yes, you are. Do you delight in hearing and answering requests from your children? Yes, I really do. You can be just as sure that I do as well, even more so.

If you have faith that I will hear and answer your prayers, with what attitude will you make them? I will make my prayers to you with joy and thanksgiving because I know that you are listening to me. Yes, I am. What then will happen to the worry and anxiety that you have been carrying? When I pray to you my worries and anxieties will be replaced with joy and thanksgiving. Yes they will.  Now start praying specific prayers that I can hear and answer for you. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I will no longer hold on to my worries and struggle through them on my own. I am so thankful that I can turn all my worries into very specific prayers and petitions to you. Thank you for hearing and answering me in my need. Amen

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