Seek Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 111 - Jeremiah 29:11-13 - Seek Me- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 111 – Jeremiah 29:11-13 – Seek Me- Growing As Disciples

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

Your Plans

I am so thankful that you have a good plan for my life. You have filled my life with hope. You have given me a future. What do you like best about my plans for your life? That is not a hard question for me to answer. I don’t have to think very deeply to know my answer. My answer is in the top of my mind. My answer burns within my heart. I am most thankful that it was in your plan for me to come to know and love and follow and serve you. You drew me to yourself. You rescued me from a life without you. You helped me to turn my life over to you. You led me to confess all my sins to you. You broke the power of sin over my life. You forgave my sin and cleansed my unrighteousness. You filled me with your Spirit. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. Even now, you are fanning the flame of my desire for you. You all are helping me to seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. You have made it possible for me to know and love and follow and serve you. I am so thankful that I can live in an intimate relationship with you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. You are with me. You are helping me. You are guarding and guiding me through life as I keep on seeking you with all my heart. You are guiding me to where you want me to go. You are giving me what you want me to do. There is nothing I would rather do than your will. You are making me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. One day, I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Could there be any better plan that this?  What do you think? Absolutely not. I could not ask for or desire anything better or more than what you are already freely given to me. You are so good to me. So, I am thankful beyond words for plans for my life. That is very good.

Lord, thank you for drawing me to you. It is you who has given me this passionate desire to seek you with all my heart. Fan the flame of this desire. Make me white hot in desire for you. I will come and pray to you. I will listen to you. I am fully devoted to you. Amen

Key Question… How has the Lord awakened a desire in you to seek Him with all your heart?

Living It Out… Make to the priority of your life to seek God with all your heart.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will find the Lord when you seek Him with all your heart.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are seeking the Lord with all your heart.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you seek the Lord with all your heart.

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Ask, Seek, Knock

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 112 - Matthew 7:7-8 - Ask, Seek, Knock - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 112 – Matthew 7:7-8 – Ask, Seek, Knock – Growing As Disciples

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

Last Resort?

I have had a bad habit. What’s that? For much of my life, I have thought of prayer as a last resort. How so? Well, if after an exhaustive effort on my part, I couldn’t solve my own problems, then I would turn to prayer. Or if some need was far beyond my ability to meet, then I would turn to prayer. What’s wrong with that approach to prayer? You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to come to rely on you. You are my loving Heavenly Father. You want to give good gifts to me. It is your joy to hear and answer my prayer. Yes, it is my desire to give you what you will need in life.

Why is it that you have been so reluctant to pray? Do you think that I am too busy to listen to you? Do you believe that your request will be some kind of bother to me? Do you regard it as some kind of virtue to solve your own problems, without my help? I don’t have any good answers. I do know one thing. I have learned one thing. What’s that? I have learned that apart from you I can accomplish nothing of true and lasting and eternal value. I don’t want to live a life apart from you. I don’t my life to be an accumulation of check marks off of an insignificant to do list. What do you want? I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice. I want to live in an ongoing prayer dialogue with you. I want to talk with you about anything and everything. I want you to teach me how to pray. I want you to give me prayers to pray. I want to be able to pray prayers that you will hear and answer. Those are all very good desires. I’m sure that these desires come from you. Yes, they do. 

What must you do if you want to live a life of prayer? What must you do if you want me to teach you to pray? What must you do if you want to be able to pray prayers that I will hear and answer? I must meet with you in prayer. I must set aside a time and a place when and where I can begin to develop a daily pattern of meeting with you in prayer. I must enter your prayer classroom. Will you do that? Will you ask, will you seek, will you knock in prayer? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will not remain silent. I will not “go it alone”. I will rely on you. I will make my needs known to you. I will be persistent, and passionate in the prayers I pray. I will ask. I will seek. I will knock. I will wait patiently for you to hear and answer my prayers. Amen

Key Question…  Why does the Lord want you to come to ask Him for what you need?

Living It Out…  Pray to the Lord and ask Him for what you need.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will hear and answer the prayers you pray to Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group what prayers you are praying to the Lord.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you keep on asking and seeking and knocking as you make your needs known to the Lord.

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Be Content

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 30 – 1 Timothy 6:6-8 – Be Content – Growing As Disciples

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT)

What Will Last?

You know that you can’t take anything with you when you leave this life? Yes, I know that. Have you been slow to come to this realization or have you known it all along? I wouldn’t say that I have known that I can’t take anything with me all along, that’s for sure. What would you say? I would say that even now, I lose sight of the fact that I can’t take anything with me when I leave this world. Why is that? Too often I find myself pursuing money and all the things that it can buy. I must tell myself that if I can’t take something with me I might as well get maximum enjoyment and contentment from it while I have it now. Let’s talk about contentment since you have used that word. I’m listening. Have you found contentment with money and all that it can buy? Think of something that you have had to have. Do you have something in mind? Yes, I do. What do you have in mind? I have a red convertible sports car in my mind. You wanted that for a very long time didn’t you? Yes, I did. You thought that you had to have that shiny red convertible sports car? Yes, I did. You thought your life would be filled with joy and excitement once you had that shiny new sports car didn’t you? Yes, I did. You finally got the car didn’t you? Yes, I did. That was a very exciting joy filled day, wasn’t it? Yes, it was. How long did your joy and excitement last with the purchase of your new car? I was excited about the shiny new sports car for a couple months at the most. That’s It? Yes, that was it. What happened to your exciting shiny new red sports car? It became a car. I had it. It was mine. I was no longer excited about it. It did not fill me with joy. What then? After the sports car, I started to want something else that was bigger and even better. I wanted something more that would fill me with excitement, joy, and contentment. I’m not even going to ask you about that. But, what have you found out? I have found out that money and all that it can purchase will never fill me with lasting joy and contentment. It is foolish to pursue what can’t make me content. It is doubly foolish to pursue what I can’t take with me when I leave this world. Yes, it is.  No amount of money or no accumulation of things will ever make me content and fill the void of emptiness that always leaves me wanting more. That’s right.

You however can fill the emptiness that I feel inside. You can fill me with joy and contentment now and forever. Yes, I can. I have learned that as I love, follow, and serve you, I will be filled joy and contentment that will never end. Yes, you will. I have also learned that I can take something with me when I leave this life. What’s that? I can take with me the fruit that you have born in and through my life as I have loved, followed, and served you. Yes, you can. You will bear fruit through my life that will last forever. Yes, I will. Now that is something that will bring me lasting joy and contentment! Yes, it is.

Lord, I have sought contentment through money and all that it could buy in this world. I have learned that pursuing what I can’t take with me, out of this life, is foolish. Help me to continue to learn to be content, as I love, follow, and serve you. Amen

Key Question…  Why will money and all that it can buy never be able to make you content?

Living It Out…  Pursue a contented life of loving, following, and serving the Lord.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will bring contentment into your life as you love, follow, and serve Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how loving, following, and serving the Lord has made you content in life.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you pursue a godly and contented life of loving, following, and serving the Lord.

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Train Yourself

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 29 – 1 Timothy 4:7-8 – Train Yourself- Growing As Disciples

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)

My Coach

What would you do if you wanted to train yourself physically? That depends on the level of physical fitness I was trying to achieve. What do you mean by that? Well, there is a big difference between being in good physical health and being physically trained to function at peak performance. What level of training most appeals to you? Being physical trained to function at peak performance appeals the most to me. What would that require? That kind of training would require a well mapped out regime of rigorous exercise, healthy diet, and adequate rest, that would be best provided by a coach. You would need a coach? Yes, a good coach would make sure that each day’s training would build on all the prior training. A good coach would make sure that a healthy diet and adequate rest accompanied the rigorous exercise. A healthy diet and adequate rest would be just as important as the rigorous exercise so that my body would have a chance to rest, recuperate, and rebuild. The exercise, diet and rest would not be haphazard? No, it would it would be well planned, under the close supervision, of a gifted coach. At the end of a long training regime what would be your reward? I would be in excellent physical condition and able to function at peak performance. I would be able to compete at the best of my abilities. There is some value in that. Yes, there is some value in that.

What would you do if you wanted to train yourself spiritually? I would need your help. I would need you to be my coach. I might think of coaching myself in physical training. I would never think that I could coach myself through spiritual training. I would need you to teach me. I would need you to train me. I would need you to guide me. So, I would start off my desire to be trained spiritually by asking you to help me. I would ask you to be my coach. That’s a very good start. What would be required as part of your spiritual training? I would need to come to listen to you. I would need to begin to receive your guidance. I would need to begin to follow your direction. That’s good. What would be a good and healthy start? What do you think I would ask of you? I think you would ask me to leave my old sinful life behind so I could follow your coaching. That’s right. What do you think would come next? I think that you would ask me to come to meet with me in your word. Why is that? You want to speak into my life. You want to use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. That’s right. Then what? As you are changing my heart and transforming my mind you will ask me to begin to live the new life you have given me to live. How will you do that? I will follow you. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. That will be very good. What will be the reward of your entering into spiritual training with me? I will have a new life to live with you both now and forever. Yes, you will.

 Lord, in the past I have spent a great deal of time and energy in physical training. This training holds value only for a very short time in this life. Help me now to enter training in godliness which will hold promise both in this life and in the everlasting life to come. Amen

Key Question…  What spiritual disciplines are part of balanced spiritual training in godliness?

Living It Out…  Allow yourself to enter spiritual training in godliness.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that entering spiritual training in godliness will hold promise now in this life and forever in the life to come.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you have entered spiritual training in godliness.

Prayer To Bless Others…  My you enter spiritual training in godliness as you love, follow, and serve the Lord.

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Stop Passing Judgment

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 28 – Romans 14:13 – Stop Passing Judgment – Growing As Disciples

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. Romans 14:13 (NIV)

Make Up Your Mind

Judging others will never be your job. Leave that to me. If you are monitoring your own thoughts, words, and actions you won’t have time left over to judge others. What will happen to you if you continue to judge others? I will receive back what I give out. If I give judgment, I will receive judgment. Yes, you will. You want to receive my forgiveness, is that right? Yes, I do. You want to receive my grace and mercy? Yes, I do. You want to be giving second, third, and even more chances in life, is that right? Yes, I do. You don’t ever want me to give up on you, is that also right? Yes, it is. You would like to hear words of encouragement and affirmation from me, is that right. Yes, I need all the encouragement and affirmation I can get. All of what you want from me, I want you to freely give to others.

What do you think I want you to do instead of judging others? You want me to love others with your love. You want me to encourage others with your encouragement. What you have done for me, you want me to do for others. You want others to see your love on display in and through my life. Others will never see your love and mercy if I have a judgmental heart. Others will never receive encouragement and affirmation from me if I don’t let your mercy flow through my life. The heart of love that you have toward me must overflow into the lives of others. You want me to give to others all that I have received from you. Yes, I do. You want me to be for others, and to be on their side, just has you are for me, and have been on my side. Yes, I do. You want my life to serve as an example that others can and will follow. You don’t want anything from my life to be a barrier, obstacle, or stumbling block to anyone’s faith. So what will you do? Have you made up your mind? I will stop passing judgment on others. That’s a good start.  I will love others with your love. That will be a good finish.

Lord, I would like my life to serve as an example that others can follow. I never want to be a barrier to anyone’s faith. Instead, I will love others with your love. I will stop judging others and I will start encouraging them in their faith in you. Amen

Key Question…  How has the Lord used you to encourage someone in their walk of faith with Him?

Living It Out…  Never be a stumbling block to someone’s faith but rather encourage them in their walk of faith with the Lord.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to encourage others in their walk of faith with Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has used you to encourage others in their faith.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you not judge others but rather encourage them in their faith.

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Spur One Another On Toward Love

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 27 – Hebrews 10:24 – Spur One Another On Toward Love – Growing As Disciples

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

Consider

There is something that I want you to really consider. I don’t want you to quickly pass over this thought. I want you to really think deeply about this question. You have my full attention. I’m listening attentively to what you want to ask me. Here are my questions. Who can you spur on, inspire, and stir up to show my love and do my good deeds to others? This is not as easy of a question as it might seem. Why is that? What will it take for someone to be willing to listen to what you have to say on this subject? That complicates the question, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. Why is that? I think at least two things are required for someone to be willing to listen to me. First, I need to have a close enough relationship with other people so that they are willing to listen to what I have to say to them. No one is going to listen a stranger’s words of encouragement to show love and do good deeds to others.  A stranger has no reason or right to be heard. The encouraging and challenging words from a stranger are quickly dismissed. That’s right. What else is just as important? If I hope to encourage others to show love and do good deeds then I need to be a role model and example of one who loves others and is doing good deeds. My words alone will not be enough to encourage others to show love and do good deeds. No, they will not. Anything less than my being a role model of showing love and doing good deeds will cause others to think that I am a hypocrite that says one thing and does another. Yes, that’s right.

You are living in close relationship with many people. You are also actively engaged in showing love and doing good deeds to others. Does this mean that you are now ready to tell everyone around you how they can show love and do good deeds towards others? No, it does not mean that. What else is needed? I think there is a right time and place to spur on, inspire, and stir up others to show love and do good deeds. How will you ever know the right time and place? Without your help I will probably never know the right time and place to offer the right words of encouragement. I need your help. I need your prompting. I need you to open up the opportunities for me to encourage others to show your love by doing your good deeds. Yes, you do need my help. Yes, you do need my prompting. Yes, you do need the right time and place to speak my words of encouragement. Listening to me and following my prompting is a vital part of considering how you can you spur on, inspire and stir up others to show my love and do my good deeds. Will you allow me to use you to encourage others? Will you act when I prompt you? Will you speak up when I give you the right time, right place, and right words? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will consider how I might spur others on toward showing your love and doing your good deeds. Let my life serve as a role model for others to follow. Help me to stir up, inspire, and spur others on to serve you by showing love and doing good deeds. Amen

Key Question…  How has your life served as a role model to others of showing love and doing good deeds?

Living It Out…  Allow the Lord to use you to spur others on to showing His love and doing His good deeds.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will use you to spur others on to showing love and doing good deeds.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how someone has spurred you on to show love and do good deeds.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow the Lord to use you to spur others on to show love and do good deeds.

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Run With Perseverance

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Hebrews 12:1 – Day 26 – Run With Perseverance – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

Marked Out

It’s all marked out for you. What’s all marked out for me? The race that I want you to run is all marked out for you. It is? Yes, it is, that’s what I just said. What do you mean by that? You know who you are following, don’t you? Yes, I am following you. You’re not following the world and its values? No, I am not. If you are following me what will you be doing? I will be keeping my eyes on you. I will be depending on you instead of relying on myself. I want to go where you guide me to do what you ask for me. I want to do what pleases you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and your glory. I want my life to be a tool in your hand. In every way I want to know and do your will. That will be very good. You are not in this race running alone. You have others that are running right alongside you. Do you know why that is important? I can give and receive encouragement, as I keep on running the race marked out for me. When others are tempted to quit the race and give up, I will be there to encourage them. When others are weary and worn out, I will be there to encourage them to keep moving forward with you. Yes, you can and yes you will. As you encourage and strengthen others you yourself will be encouraged and strengthened. You have others that have gone before you who have completed their race. They are waiting for you at the finish line. Do you know why this is important? If I become discouraged, I will know that others have run well and completed their race. If I become weary, I will know that others have kept running well right up to the finish line. Yes, and what else? Just as others have run well and kept on running right up to the finish line, so will I. One day, I want my life to serve as a witness that will encourage others. I want my life to help cheer others on as they run the race that you have marked out for them. Keep following me. Keep your eyes fixed on me.  Then you will run well and finish your race. Who else will be waiting for you at the finish line? Who else will be praying for you and giving you strength as you run your race? You are at the finish line. You are praying for me. You will give me strength to run. My eyes will be fixed on you as I run the race you have laid out for me. Run well. Run with my strength in you. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, all the witnesses that have gone before me or are now beside me give me great encouragement to run the race you have marked out for me. I will throw off anything that hinders my running. I will fix my eyes on you as you lead me to the finish line. Amen

Key Question…  How will fixing your eyes on Jesus help you to run the race marked out for you?

Living It Out…  Throw off every hindrance and sin that prevents you from running the race that has been marked out for you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will give you endurance and strength to run the race that has been marked out for you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are running with endurance the race marked out for you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you run with perseverance the race that Jesus Christ has marked out for you.

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Love The Lord Your God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 113 – Deuteronomy 6:4-9 – Love The Lord Your God – Growing As Disciples

Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (NIV)

Desires

This is what I want. What do you want? I want you to be in my heart and on my mind at all times. I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want to begin and end each day with you. I want my heart and mind and life to be focused on you throughout all the moments of my day. I want to know you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to be fully attentive and completely devoted to you. I want to follow you to where you lead me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to live the life you have given me to live. I want to be the person that you have called me to be. These are all very good desires that you have in your heart. 

How will these desires be fulfilled in you? First of all, I would say that these desires come from you. You are both the giver and granter of these desires. Yes, I am. Secondly, I would say that we both want the same thing. These desires are in alignment with your will. You want to see these desires accomplished in my life. Yes, I do. Then I don’t see how these desires will not be fulfilled in my life. Am I missing something? Probably not. But let me ask you a question. I’m listening. What role do you have in these desires being fulfilled in your life? It is my role to come to you. It is my role to live in an intimate relationship with you. It is my role to make myself attentive to you. It is my role to listen to your voice. It is my role to go and do what you ask of me. It is my role to rely on you completely. It is my role to follow you fully. You have answered well. Come to me. Listen to me. Rely on me. Then all these desires of your heart will be accomplished. That is what I will do. That is very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is my desire to live in an ongoing intimate relationship with you. I will listen attentively to you throughout all the moments of my life. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. Amen

Key Question… How has your love for the Lord grown as you have continued to follow and serve him?

Living It Out… Live a life of prayer with the Lord throughout all the moments of your life.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you can live in an ongoing intimate relationship with the Lord.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are fully devoted to loving, following and serving the Lord.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you love the Lord with all your heart and mind and soul and strength.

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Becoming Like Christ – Day 113 – Deuteronomy 6-4-9 – Love The Lord Your God – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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Paid Attention

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - 365 Days Of Guidance - Day 25 Isaiah 48:17-18 - Paid Attention - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 25 Isaiah 48:17-18 – Paid Attention – Growing As Disciples

This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:17-18 (NIV)

Direction

Do you want me to teach you what is best? Do you want me to show you the way that you should go? Do you want to experience my peace overflowing your life? Do you want to live a righteous life that is as consistent as the waves of the sea? Lord, I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I want to go where you guide me. I want to know and do your will. I want to do whatever is pleasing to you. Nothing would give me more peace than knowing that I am doing whatever you ask of me.

What must you do if you want to live the life that I have called you to live? You’re asking me? I thought you might tell me. No, you tell me. First of all, I must answer your call. You called me to come to you. Yes, I did. I gave my life to you. I said that I was going to turn away from my sin to follow you as my Savior and Lord. On that day you began your new life in me. Yes, I did.

That was the start of my walk with you on my journey through life. How have you known where to walk? How have you known what to do? I have followed you. How have you followed me? I have followed you to where you have led me. I have been careful to do what you have been asking of me. How have you been paying attention to me? I have been listening attentively to you. I have been meeting with you in your word. You have spoken to me through your word. You have helped me to know you. You have helped me to do your will. You have helped me to walk in your ways. You have changed my heart and transformed my mind. You have given me the desire to love, follow, and serve you. Your word has become the subject of my thoughts. Your word has been the content of my prayers. Your word has filled my heart with praise, and thanks, and worship. Your word has sustained my life, overflowed me with your peace, and helped me to live my life fully for you. Yes, it has.

Lord, you are my God. You have redeemed my life. Thank you for teaching me your will and showing me what is best for me. You direct me on the path through life. Help me to pay full attention to you and obey all your commands. Amen

Key Question…  When have you failed to pay attention to your lack of peace about a decision and suffered for it?

Living It Out…  Pay attention to the Lord and obey His commands so that He can teach you what is best for you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will teach you what is best for you as you pay attention to Him and obey His commands.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group the peace you have in following and obeying God.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you pay attention to the Lord so He can show you what is best for you.

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365 Days Of Guidance – Day 25 – Isaiah 48-17-18 – Paid Attention – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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In His Ways

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - 365 Days Of Guidance - Day 24 - Psalm 25:8-10 - In His Ways - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 24 – Psalm 25:8-10 – In His Ways – Growing As Disciples

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. Psalm 25:8-10 (NIV)

 Your Ways

I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. In the past, I know that I have been strong willed, independent, and self-sufficient. I have thought that I needed no guidance and instruction. I was quite sure that I knew all that I needed to know. I was positive of where I would go and what I would do. I was absolutely filled to the brim with my own pride. I was full of myself. No one could teach me. No one could guide me. I did not have a humble heart. I did not have a listening ear. So, I went and did my own thing. I walked on my own path and went my own way. How did that work out for you? Following my own counsel and walking on my own path did not work out well for me. I got lost along the way. I thought what I should not have thought. I said what I should not have said. I went where I should not have gone. I did want I should not have done. In every way, my life was a mess. I was weary and worn out. I was bruised and battered and broken by all my poor thoughts, words, and actions. My life was like a barren wasteland of unfruitfulness. I felt empty and without hope in the world. Yes, you were.

You learned a valuable lesson along the way. Yes, I did. What valuable lesson did your pride filled life teach you? I learned that I need all the help that I can get. I don’t know it all. I don’t have all I need. I don’t know where to go and what to do. I need your wise counsel. I need all your instruction. I need you to lead and guide me along the path of life you have laid out for me. What do you want to say to me? I want to ask your forgiveness for my prideful independence. You are forgiven. What do you now want to do differently? I want to humbly rely on you. I will trust you to teach and guide me through life. I will follow you to where you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. I will follow and obey you with all my heart, and mind, and soul, and strength. That will be very good. I will teach you to know my will and walk in my ways. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I have been proud and unteachable. I thought that I knew it all. My stubbornness has been a sin. I have headed in the wrong direction and no one including you could guide me. No more, I will humbly accept all your guidance. Amen

Key Question…  What attitude must you come to the Lord with if you want Him to guide and direct your life?

Living It Out…  Humbly come to the Lord to ask Him to guide your life as you allow Him to teach you His will and ways.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will guide your life as you humbly come to ask him for His help.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has guided your life and shown you His will and ways.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you humbly allow the Lord to teach and guide you in His ways.

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365 Days Of Guidance – Day 24 – Psalm 25-8-10 – In His Ways – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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