The Message Of The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Prayer - 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 - The Message Of The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 – The Message Of The Lord – Growing As Disciples

Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:1-3 (NIV)  

Spread My Word

Will you honor my word? Will you take my word into your heart and mind and life? Will you hunger and thirst for my word? Will you value my word just as if it were more valuable silver or gold or any earthly treasure? Will you allow my word to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life? Will you look intently into my word? Will you allow my word to dwell in you richly? Will you allow my word to form the thoughts of your mind, words of your mouth and deeds of your life? Will you let my word guard and guide your life? Will you allow my word to make you able to resist temptation and stand against evil? Will you read my word? Will you study my word? Will you memorize and meditate on my word? Will you teach and proclaim my word? Will you pray my word? Will you grab a hold of my word so it can grab a hold of you? Finally, will you put my word into practice? You have asked me a lot of questions. That’s right, I have asked you a lot of questions for which there is only one answer, if you will truly honor my word. That’s what I thought. To say no to any one of your questions would be dishonoring to your word. That’s true.

I can only say yes to you not because I have no choice, but because I have no other desire. It will be no sacrifice for me to honor your word. If I say that I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength, which I do, how could I not also love the words that have come out of your heart and mind and life? How could I not want to honor everything you have to say to me? How could I not passionately desire that your word will grow and flourish in my life? How could I not want your word to spread rapidly to others just as it has to me. I will pray diligently and work heartily to see that your word will be honored and spread all around the world. Use me for this purpose. Use me for this plan. Yes, I will use you to honor and spread my word far and wide to others all over the world. Thank you, Lord!

Lord, it is my desire to honor and accept your word into my life. You have used your word to change my heart, transform my mind, guide and guard my life. It is my prayer that you will use me to honor and spread your word to others as it has been to me. Amen

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A Workman

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – 2 Timothy 2:15 – A Workman – Growing As Disciples

Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (NIV)

A Workman 

That is exactly what I want to be. What’s that? I want to be a workman that correctly handles your word. That is a very good desire. Why do you want to be a workman that knows how to correctly handle my word? I know that the only way to live a life that is pleasing to you is to hear and obey your word. If I love you, I will obey your commandments. If I want to want to have a secure foundation for my life, I need to put your word into practice. These are all part of being a workman that correctly handles your word. That’s right.

What effort are you willing to make to become a workman that correctly handles my word? I will set aside a daily time to meet with you in your word. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. I will immerse myself in your word. I will meditate on your word day and night. I will study your word. I will memorize your word. I will hide your word in my heart, so I will not sin against you. I will allow you to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life with your word. That is very good. 

How will you allow me to use you as a workman that correctly handles my word? It is my prayer that your word working in and through my life will make me a bright and bold witness for you in the world. So, I will not keep your word as a secret. I will teach your word. I will pray your word. I will share your word with others so that they can come to know you. I know that your word will give me hope and meaning and purpose. How so? I will allow your word to guide me to where you want me to go. I will allow your word to give me what you want me to do. I will allow your word working in me to bear fruit for your kingdom so that glory can be brought to your name. That will be very good.

What can you be sure of as a workman who correctly handles my word? I will never regret following and obeying your word. I will never be embarrassed because I put your word into practice. I will live a life that will be filled with joy because I have correctly handled your word. There is no better way that I can possibly spend my time than becoming a workman who correctly handled your word. I will life a life with no regrets because I will have known you and done your will. That’s right. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will immerse myself in your word. I will let your word dwell in me richly. I will mediate on your word day and night. I will allow your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Help me to be a workman who rightly handles your word. Amen

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Faith Comes By Hearing

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Romans 10:17- Faith Comes By Hearing – Growing As Disciples

Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17 (NIV)

Hear

What does it mean to hear? That is a very good and important question. I will listen to your answer. I thought you might say that. I will tell you one thing. What’s that? Hearing that will cause my faith to grow is not passive. No, it’s not. Hearing that goes in one of my ears and out the other will not benefit me in the least. No, it will not.  

In order to hear your word, I will need to take action. What kind of action? I will need to set a specific time and place to meet with you in your word. An I will meet with you when I get around to it approach will not work at all. Days and weeks and months and maybe even years could go by without me ever meeting with you in your word. With that approach, I will hardly ever hear your word. My faith would not be strengthened by your word. No, it would not.

Once I begin to regularly hear your word, I need to take the next step. What’s the next step? The next step is to accept your word into my heart and mind and life. Accepting your word includes taking steps like meditating on and memorizing your word. Just a half-hearted mental assent to your word will not do at all. No, it will not. I really need to let your word dwell in me richly. I certainly need to allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Yes, you do.

Finally, to indicate that I have fully heard your word, I need to put it into practice. Your word needs to become the foundation of my life. Your word needs to guide the thoughts I think, words I speak and deeds I do. In this step, I need to go where you guide me. I need to do what you ask of me. I need to allow your word to work in and through my life so that I will be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name.  Yes, you do.

When I take all three of these steps, I am pretty sure that I will have truly heard your word. That’s good. When I take all three of these steps, I am positive that you will have been able to use your word to grow my faith. Yes, I will. That is what I want. That is my desire. That is the prayer of my heart. That is very good. 

Lord, thank you for your word. I will make it my daily priority to meet with you in your word. I want to hear all that you have to say to me. I will accept your word and take it into my heart and mind and life. Help my faith to grow as I put your word into practice. Amen

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To Teach Us

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Romans 15:4 – Teach Me – Growing As Disciples

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.               Romans 15:4 (NIV)

Teach Me

Will you teach me? Will you train me? Will you make yourself available to me? What do you mean by that? My word has been written down for you. My word is designed to teach and train you. Will you study my word? Will you take my word into your heart and mind and life? Yes, I will take your word into my heart and mind and life. I will allow you to guard and guide my life, by your word. How often should I study your word? How frequently should I let your word dwell in me richly? How often and how frequently do you want me to teach and train you? That is a good question. There is no time that I don’t want you to be teaching and training me. I always want you to be guarding and guiding my life by your word. That is very good.

So, what will you do? I’m starting to understand how your teaching and training will work. How so? You are the teacher. I am the student. You are always ready, willing and able to teach and train me. Yes, I am. Am I always ready, willing and able to be taught and trained by you? That is the question. Will I set apart a daily time and place to meet with you in your word? That is another question. Will I carry what you are teaching me from your word with me throughout my day? That is the final question. In other words, will you meditate on my word day and night. Will you keep my word ever before you, in your heart and mind and life? Yes, I will keep your word ever before me. Yes, I will meditate on your word day and night. Yes, I will set apart a daily time and place to meet with you in your word. That will be very good.

What do you expect to learn as you study my word? I expect that I will come to know you. Why is that? I will be quieting myself before you. I will be listening to you as you speak to me. That’s good. What else? I expect that I will learn to walk in your ways. Why is that? I will be hearing and putting into practice all that you are teaching me. That’s good. What else? I will receive everything that I need. I will receive everything you want to give me. Like what? To name a few, I will receive endurance through trials, encouragement through difficulty and hope in seemingly hopeless situations. What I will receive from you will be without limit, as I meet with you in your word. That’s true. Keep on meeting with me in my word. Yes Lord, I will. I know that you will teach and train me with your word. That is very good.

Lord, thank you that your word has been written down, so I can be taught by it. Your word has given me hope in seemingly hopeless situations, encouragement through struggles and patience endurance through all the trials of life. I will gladly study your word. Amen

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Spoke The Word

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Acts 4:31 – Spoke The Word – Growing As Disciples

After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly. Acts 4:31 (NIV)

Speak Boldly 

That is what I would like to be able to do. What’s that? I would like to be able to speak your word boldly. Why is that? I want to be used by you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. I would like to see a multitude of people come to know and love and follow and serve you through the work you give to me. I am very tired of operating under my own strength. I know that I will not be able to go where you guide me and do what you ask me by functioning under my own power. No, you will not. 

How do you think I will make you able to do the work I give you to do? You will empower me by your Holy Spirit living and moving and working in and through me. You know that? Yes, I know that. If you know that, then why do you not ask for that? I’m not sure what you mean. How often have you asked for my Holy Spirit to fill you? How frequently have you asked my Holy Spirit to move and work in and through you? Not nearly enough. Not frequently enough, of that I am certain.

What is more important your hard work or your hard prayers? I am sure that my prayers to you are far more important than the work that I might attempt to do for you. Don’t think that one is not needed. Both are required. But, what have you done? I have launched off on my own and used my best efforts to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Is that all? Is there something else that might be out of alignment with my will and my ways? I suppose so. Tell me about it. I have frequently engaged in many solo efforts. I have not joined together with my fellow believers. Both not relying on my Holy Spirit and not working together with your fellow believers is not good. No, it is not.

What will you do differently? I will ask your Holy Spirit to fill and empower me to do your work. I will gather in prayer with my fellow believers to engage in the work that you have given us to do for you. That will be very good. Then you will be able to speak boldly for me. Then you will bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom. Then a multitude of people will come to know and love and follow and serve me. That is what I want. That is the desire of my heart. That is very good.

Holy Spirit, here I am. I am waiting for you to fill me. I am waiting for you to empower me. I am asking you to powerfully use me. Help me to boldly speak the word of God so that a multitude of people will be able to come to know and love and serve God. Amen

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Wherever You Go

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – Joshua 1:8-9 – Wherever you Go – Growing As Disciples

Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:8-9 (NIV) 

Your Thoughts

What are your thoughts? That seems like an odd question to me. Why is that? I don’t know that I have ever been asked, what are my thoughts. Really? Well, if I have been asked about my thoughts there has usually been some context. You gave me no context. You simply asked me about my thoughts. Yes, I did. I will ask you some follow up questions. That will help. What do you allow your mind to think? Do you think thoughts that are good and right and true? Do you think thoughts that are pure and helpful and healthy? What do you allow your mind to dwell on? Do you take control of the thoughts of your mind? Do you focus your attention on what you want to think? Do I have control of my mind? Can I choose or reject the thoughts of my mind? You tell me. I know that my mind is a battleground. I know that I think good and bad thoughts. A thought may come into my mind but that does not mean I must continue to think about it. I can choose to reject thoughts that are not good and pleasing to you. Yes, you can.

Is your mind strong? How successful have you been at rejecting thoughts that are not good and pleasing to me? At one time my mind was very weak. I would continue to think about every thought that came into my mind. What has changed? How has your mind grown stronger? Meditating on your word has changed my mind. How so? Meditating on your word has given me a hunger for your thoughts. Meditating on your word has given me a distaste for thoughts that are not good and pleasing to you. Meditating on your word has been cleansing and healing and transforming my mind. You are changing my heart, transforming my mind and guiding my life by your word. Yes, I am.

So, I will answer your question. Go ahead. My thoughts are on you and on the life you have called me to live. I want nothing less and nothing more than to know and do your will. I want my thoughts to be good and right and pleasing to you. So, I will keep on meditating on your word. I will meditate on your word day and night. I will be careful to do everything written in your word. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I will meditate on your word day and night. Your word will constantly be on my mind and in my heart. Help me to put into practice everything you have written in your word. Guard, guide and bless my life by your word as I follow and obey you. Amen

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I Will Come In

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Revelation 3:20 – I Will Come In – Growing As Disciples

Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:20 (NIV)  

You Started This 

You started this. I started what? You started my relationship with you. I would like to hear you say a lot more about that. You pursued me. I’m embarrassed and sad to say that I had no interest in you. My heart and mind and life were busy. My heart and mind and life were distracted. How so? I was pursuing what interested me. I was living the life I wanted to live. I lived for myself. I was self-sufficient, self-indulgent and self-reliant. I thought that I didn’t need or want anything from anybody, including you. I know how that sounds now. How does that sound? It sounds pathetic. It sounds ridiculous. It sounds arrogant. It is hard for me to admit. It is difficult for me to confess. I was desperately in need of you and I did not know it. That’s true.

That’s not the end of the story. I’m thankful that there is much more to the story. Let me hear the rest of the story. You would not let me go. You kept on pursuing me. You kept on reaching out to me. You kept on trying to get my attention. You knew it was just a matter of time before I would turn to you. Why is that? Your word says that the wages of sin is death. I was living a dark and sinful life. It was just a matter of time before I would begin to receive the full wages of the life I was living. My wages were pain and suffering. My way of life left me bruised and battered and broken. My course left me with no purpose and meaning or hope. Peace and joy were out of question. Finally, I reached rock bottom. You knew I would. Yes, I did. You knew that I would cry out to you. You knew that I would ask you for help. Yes, I did.

You were not far away from me. You were right next to me. You did not judge and condemn me, when I cried out to you. No, I did not. You came right into my heart and mind and life when I confessed my sin and turned my life over to you. Yes, I did. You had been waiting. You had been knocking. You were waiting for me to invite you into my heart and mind and life. Yes, I was.

What about now? What do you mean? I want to come into your heart and mind and life every day. I want us to live in an intimate relationship together. I want us to live in a constant dialogue of prayer together. What do you want? I want the very same thing. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would hear than your voice. There is no person I would rather talk to than you. So, you will keep on welcoming me into your heart and mind and life? Yes, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I hear you knocking. You have gotten my full attention. I clearly hear your voice. I am listening attentively to you. I am opening the door to you. I welcome you to come into my heart and mind and life. Help me to live in an intimate life of prayer with you. Amen

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Ask Or Imagine

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Ephesians 3:20-21 – Ask Or Imagine – Growing As Disciples

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21 (NIV)

More

You want more. I can see that. You are not likely to ever become complacent. You are always likely to have some measure of dissatisfaction within you. You will never sit down to rest on your laurels. Yesterday’s accomplishments are old news to you. You want to press on. You want to keep on moving forward. For you there are bigger hills to climb. There is more to be accomplished. Do I have a clear picture of what is at work in you? Do I understand your makeup? You made me. You have molded and shaped me. You understand me better than I understand myself. Nothing about me is hidden from you. That’s right.

Do you think I want more for you? Yes, I am certain that you want more for me. I’m sure that there is much more that you want to do in me, for me and through me. I think the desire in me for more comes from you. That’s true. Do you think I am unhappy with you? Do you think that I am dissatisfied with your progress? I think you are pointing out a danger to me. What’s that? Since, I continually want more there is a danger that I might be unhappy and dissatisfied with myself. If I allow those kinds of thoughts to dwell in me, I am likely to become discouraged and depressed. If I am discouraged and depressed, I am not likely to be moving forward with you. Being discouraged and depressed will make it harder for your work in me, for me and through me to be accomplished. Being discouraged and depressed will also hamper the prayers I pray to you. Maybe, I should come back to your question. That would be good. I don’t think you are dissatisfied or unhappy with me. You’re right. Your desire for more is pleasing to me. You want me to hold on to you so you can lead me through life. You want me to keep praying to you. You want to hear and answer my prayers in ways that are beyond what I could ask for, think or even imagine. That’s right, I want to hear your prayers. I will answer your prayers. I will do in you, for you and through you far beyond what you could ever ask, think or even imagine. Will you keep on praying? Will you keep on asking for more? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will pray prayers filled with faith. I believe there is no prayer that is either too small or too large to pray. I believe that you will hear and answer all my prayers in ways far beyond what I could ask for, think, or even begin to imagine. Thank you for that. Amen

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Hearts Burning

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Luke 24:30-32 – Hearts Burning- Growing As Disciples

When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them. Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight. They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:30-32 (NIV)

Ignite

That’s exactly what I want. What is exactly what you want? I want you to ignite my faith. I want you to give me a passionate desire to love, follow and serve you. Do you not already have a passionate desire to love, follow and serve me? Yes, I do. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. But, I want more. What more do you want? I want to burn white hot for you. I want to shine brightly for you in this dark world. I have heard it said that I could shine brightly like a star in the universe for you. That’s what I want. I want to be so passionate in loving you that nothing will stop me from moving forward with you. I don’t want to move forward slowly. I don’t want to move forward reluctantly. I don’t want to move forward half-heartedly. I want to be all in. I want to faithfully go where you guide me. I want to boldly do what you ask of me. I want no retreats. I want no regrets. I want to hold nothing in reserve. That is very good.

How will you receive what you want? First, I believe that I want what you want. I believe that all I have said I want, comes from you. None of these desires could have originated in me. That’s true. These desires did not originate in you. That gives me great confidence. Why is that? I know that you are both a giver and granter of desires. I know that I can confidently ask you to grant a desire that you have clearly placed in my heart. Yes, you can. So, I will receive what I want by asking for it from you. I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will keep on asking you to set me on fire for you. I will keep on asking you to make me burn white hot for you. I will keep on asking you to help me to faithfully go where you guide me to boldly do what you ask of me. Then I will shine brightly like a star in the universe for you. Then I will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, you will. 

Lord, I will make myself attentive to your voice. I will listen carefully to everything you want to say to me. Lead me through all the setbacks, and disappointments of life. Ignite my faith. Set me on fire. Give me a passionate desire to love, follow and serve you. Amen

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I Put My Hope In You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Prayer - Psalm 25:4-5 - I Put My Hope In You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Prayer – Psalm 25:4-5 – I Put My Hope In You – Growing As Disciples

Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you. Psalm 25:4-5 (NLT)

Humbly Ask

Do you want me to show you the right path? Do you really want me to point out the right road to follow? Do you want me to lead you? Do you really want me to teach you? Without hesitation, I will say to you, I want you to show me the right path. Yes, I want you to point out the right road for me to follow. With all that is within me, I will say to you, I want you to lead and teach me. That is very good.

If you want me to lead and teach you there are some things that you must do. What’s that? It is not enough for you to say with your words that you want me to lead and teach you. What must I do? You must humbly ask me to lead and teach you. Notice that I have used two very important words. What words? I have used the words “humbly” and “ask”. What has prevented you from listening to my teaching and following my guidance in the past? I see, I have pridefully relied on myself. I have followed my own guidance. I have listened to my own instruction. Where has that led you? I have mistakenly gone where I should not have gone. I have foolishly done what I should not have done. Since, I was not listening to you, I have been unable to know and do your will. What will help you to know and do my will? I will humbly come to rely on you. I will humbly ask you to lead and guide my life. I will humbly ask you to teach me. I will place all my hope in you. That will be very good. 

There are two more things that you must do if you want me to lead and teach you. What’s that? Once you have come to rely on me in prayer you must wait for my answers to your prayers. What has happened when you have not waited for me to answer your prayers? I might as well have not prayed when I have not waited for your answers. Why is that? Once again, I have rushed off and gone where I should not have gone to do what I should not have done. That’s true. So, will you wait for me to answer your prayers? Yes, I will. Then there is one more thing that you must do if you want me to lead and teach you. What’s that? You must listen to my instruction and follow my guidance. It is not enough to pray and then wait to hear from me. You must put into practice what I will teach you. You must go where I guide you. You must do what I ask of you. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will. I will humbly come to you in prayer. I will wait for you to answer my prayers. Then I will listen to you. I will go where you guide me and do all that you ask of me. In every way, I will place all my hope in  you as I love, follow and serve you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I have often pridefully relied on myself for my own guidance. I have mistakenly gone where I should not have gone and foolishly done what I should not have done. I have learned my lesson. Now, I will wholeheartedly rely on you to teach and guide me. Amen

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