Think – Do

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Rhythms - Philippians 4:8-9 - Think - Do - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Rhythms – Philippians 4:8-9 – Think – Do – Growing As Disciples

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)

My Peace

I know that you are filled with anxiety. You have anxieties piled on top of anxieties. Would you like to live in my peace? Would you like to live a life that is free from anxiety? Yes, I would like to live in your peace. I would like to live a life that is free from anxiety. How can I be free from anxiety and live in your peace? That is a very good question.

If you would like to be free from anxiety and live in my peace you must do two things. I’m listening. First you must guard the thoughts that you allow your mind to think. I know that sounds impossible. I know that you are about to say that you cannot simply stop thinking thoughts. That thought did cross my mind. Your thought is incorrect. You can control the thoughts that you allow yourself to think. You can take control of your mind. How can I control the thoughts of my mind? To begin to control the thoughts of your mind you must eliminate from your life whatever feeds the unhealthy and unhelpful thoughts that you have been thinking. How will I do that? Take a close inventory of what is feeding the thoughts of your mind. Stop subjecting your mind to whatever is unhealthy and unhelpful. What is unhealthy and unhelpful for me? That should be easy for you to figure out. I get it. Once you have eliminated what feeds unhealthy and unhelpful thoughts you must then replace them with my thoughts. How will I do that? You tell me. I will let your word dwell in me richly. I will meditate on your word. I will memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will let your word fill my heart and mind and life. Yes, and then you will begin to think my thoughts. Then you will think thoughts that are pleasing to me. That is your first step toward living in my peace.

What is my next step toward living in your peace? Once you have begun to think my thoughts then you will live in my peace as you put all my words into practice. You will live in my peace as you put into practice all that you have learned or received or heard from me. Will you think my thoughts and put my words in practice as you follow me? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I know that my mind is a battle ground. I want to think thoughts that are true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. Use your word to transform my mind. Help me to think your thoughts and do your deeds as I live in peace. Amen

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Serve Others

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – 1 Peter 4:7-11 – Serve Others -Growing As Disciples

The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray. Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:7-11

Given You Gifts

I have given you gifts. It is time for you to use them. I want you to urgently and passionately use the spiritual gifts that I have given to you. I want you to pour yourself out in service to others. You will bear fruit for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. You will go where I send you. You will do all that I ask of you. There is no doubt about that. I want to know and do your will. I want to do all the good works that you have prepared for me to do for you. I want your hand to be on me. It is my prayer that you will richly bless my life. I want to shine brightly for you in the world. I want people to be drawn to you because of the way that you have been working in my life. I want to use every one of the spiritual gifts that you have given to me. I don’t want any one of my spiritual gifts to be unused and go to waste. I want to fulfill all your purposes and plans for my life. I want to reap a rich harvest for your kingdom. Your desires are very good. Your desires are my desires for you.

What’s that? You said that you want me to urgently and passionately use the spiritual gifts that you have given to me. Yes, I did. Can you tell me more about that? Yes, I will. Your time on this earth is short. If you want to bear an abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name, the time to begin is now. There is no time to waste. Wasted time is a wasted opportunity. Keep your eyes open. Listen carefully to my voice. Go where I send you. Do what I ask of you. Join me in the work that you see me doing. Be urgent. What about being passionate? Don’t be half-hearted. Give yourself fully to me and the work that I have prepared for you. My hand will be on you. You will have my blessing. I will use you. I will set you on fire with passion to love, follow and serve me. That is what I want. That is the prayer of my heart. Yes, I know and I will hear and answer that prayer.

Lord, I know that you have given me many good gifts. Help me to urgently and passionately use every one of my gifts to serve others. Powerfully use me to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I will rely on all your strength to bring glory to your name. Amen

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Chosen What Is Better

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Will – Luke 10:41-42 – Chosen What Is Better – Growing As Disciples

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)

Sit Still

What choice will you make? What’s that? Will you choose to sit still so that you can hear from me? Will you calm yourself in my presence so that you can attentively listen to my voice? Will you make listening to me the priority of your life? Will you slow down and rest in my presence so that you will be able to receive all that I want to give to you? Will you wait for my instructions? Will you listen carefully to all my teaching? These are very important questions. Don’t pass over them quickly. Don’t consider them lightly. Take each question into your heart and mind and life. Determine carefully how you will answer me. Be true to your word. Make sure that you don’t say one thing and then do another. What do you mean by that? You know exactly what I mean by that. I should not say that I will come to sit in your presence to hear from you, if that is not what I will really do. That’s exactly right. How you answer these questions will determine the course of your life. If you listen carefully to me then you will know where I will send you and what I will ask you to do for me. If you listen carefully to me you will bear and abundance of fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I understand. I hear all that you are saying to me. That’s very good.

What will happen to you if you don’t come to sit in my presence? If I do not come to sit in your presence I will not hear from you. I will not learn to recognize your voice. I will not be able to hear your instructions. I will not receive your guidance. My life will be filled with chaos. I will chase after one thing after another. I will be aimless. I will not know your will. I will not walk in your ways. I will stumble through life. I will walk a crooked path and waste a lot of time. I will go where you have not guided me to go. I will try to do what you have not given me to do. My life will be unproductive. I will not be able to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom or bring glory to your name. If I don’t come to listen to you I will never be able to fully live the life that you have called me to live. That will not be true of me. Why is that? I have chosen to come to rest in your presence. I will listen attentively to your voice. I will wait for your instructions. I will follow your guidance. I will live my life with and for you. Yes, you will.

Lord, life is hectic and busy and filled with chaos. Protect my life from all the busyness and chaos that is in the world. Help me to choose to slow down to come to sit still in your presence. Help me to listen. Teach me to hear and receive all you have for me. Amen

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A Way Out

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide- God The Father – 1 Corinthians 10:13 – A Way Out – Growing As Disciples

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)

Take It Now

Let’s start with the basics on temptation. I’m listening. You will be tempted. That should come as no great surprise to you. It doesn’t, I have been tempted in what seems like a thousand different ways. It’s not that many. It should also not greatly surprise you in the ways that you will be tempted. Your temptations have been and will continue to be quite predictable. Have you ever noticed the predictability of your temptations? Yes, I have noticed that my temptations usually center around a few basic themes. That’s right. It’s very important for you to recognize when, where, why and how you will most likely be tempted. Why is that? My promise to you is that I will provide you a way of escape out of your temptations. The first way of escape of out of your temptations is to not enter into them in the first place. What do you mean by that? How is that possible? You have a good idea of when, where, why and how you will be tempted, is that right? Yes, it is. Stay away from when, where, why and how you will be tempted. Don’t let anything feed the when, where why and how of your temptations. Is that clear enough to you? Yes, it is. So, you will remove yourself from potentially tempting circumstances before you are tempted? Yes, I will. You will also eliminate from your life anything that feeds tempting desires within you? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

I have a couple more points to make. I’m listening. You will not be tempted in any way that is uncommon to man. What does that mean? You will not experience any unique or unusual temptations that others have or will experience. So, I can’t use the uniqueness of one of my temptations as an excuse, if I were to fail victim to it. That’s right. You will also not face temptations that are beyond your ability to bear. So, I can’t tell myself that I have no hope of overcoming my temptations. That’s right.

Now, I want to talk about two more ways of escape from your temptations. You have my full attention. My word will provide you a way of escape from your temptations. How so? Let my word dwell in you richly. Meditate on my word. Memorize my word. Pray my word. Allow my word to change your heart and transform your mind. Let my word guard and guide all that you think, say and do. As you allow my word to dwell in you richly, My Spirit will use my word to fight in you, with you, and for you, against temptations that you will face in life. Will you allow my word to dwell in you richly? Yes, I will. You mentioned that there was one more way of escape from temptations I will face in life. Yes, I did. What is it? Run from temptation. Don’t hang around temptation. Immediately take the way of escape from temptation that I will provide at the moment I provide it. Take it now, don’t delay. Will you run from temptation when it approaches? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I am under no illusions about my ability to withstand temptation. I will need your strength and ability to flee temptation that will come my way. Help me to always take the way out of temptation you provide at the moment you provide it. Amen

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Lead The Blind

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – Isaiah 42:16 – I Will Lead The Blind – Growing As Disciples

I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.  Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)

Unfamiliar Paths

I’m not a fan of unfamiliar paths. I have never wanted to blindly enter a situation. I would like to know where I am going. I would like to know what I should be doing. I don’t like uncertainty. You know that I have wanted you to give me a roadmap with each step of my way marked out for me. Yes, I am aware of what you have wanted from me. Do you think I will ever give you a roadmap with every step of your marked out for you? No, I don’t think that you will ever give me a roadmap marking out every step of my way. Why is that? I have never heard or seen of you doing that for anyone. That’s right. Why won’t I ever give you a step by step roadmap to follow? I’m not sure. If I gave you a step by step road map would you follow me or the roadmap? That’s a very good question. We both know that if I had a roadmap through life I would follow that roadmap. That’s right. It is not my plan for you to follow a roadmap. It is my plan for you to follow me. I want you to live in a vital and intimate relationship with me. Is that what you want? Yes Lord, I want to live a vital and intimate relationship with you. That’s very good.

What can you be certain of as you follow me? I can be certain that you will lead me by ways that I have not gone before. You will guide me on unfamiliar paths. You will lead me through rough places that I probably would not have chosen for myself. That sounds like a dramatic understatement. Yes, it is, I have wanted to walk on well-marked and familiar paths. I have not wanted to travel through difficulty. You have wanted a smooth path that is well lit and easy to follow. Yes, that’s right. Let’s talk about that. Why do you think I will lead you on unfamiliar and difficult paths? You want me to come to rely on you. You want my faith in you to grow. You want to do in and through me what I could have never done by myself. Those are very good answers. What kind of path has caused you to rely on me? When has your faith in me grown stronger? When have you know with the greatest certainty that I was working in and through your life? All your questions have one answer. You have worked powerfully in and through my life when you have led me on a difficult path. That’s right. What else can you also be certain of as you follow me? You will always be with me. You will never forsake me. You will shed light on my path. You will smooth out the rough spots that are ahead of me as I love, follow and serve you. That’s right. I will lead you through life as you follow me every step of your way.

Lord, I will hold on to your hand through dark places along unfamiliar paths to unknown places. I know you will give me light to guide my way and smooth out the rough spots ahead of me. I will trust in you every step of my way as I follow you. Amen

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Show It

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – James 3:13 – Show It – Growing As Disciples

Who is wise and understanding among you? Let him show it by his good life, by deeds done in the humility that comes from wisdom. James 3:13 (NIV)

Success?

I want to be wise and understanding. I want my life to demonstrate that I am both wise and understanding. Why do you want to be wise and understanding? What do you mean by asking me that? What is wise? What is understanding? How are you defining those terms? Why is it your desire and goal to be wise and understanding? I’m still not fully understanding where you are headed with your questions. Let’s take a step back. I will ask you another question. Go ahead, I’m listening. What possible reasons could a person have for wanting to be wise and understanding? A person might want to be wise and understanding so that they can be successful in life. I suppose you will now ask me what a successful life would look like. You are right about that. What would a successful life look like to you? What would a successful look like to someone else? Now, I’m starting to understand where you are headed with your questions. Someone might evaluate their success in life by how much they have acquired. They would think that their life is successful if they have acquired possessions, power and prestige in an abundance. They might think that their life has been successful if they have lived a life filled with comfort and pleasure. Their desire for wisdom and understanding would simply be tools on that path to their idea of success. That’s right. Is this how you view success? Is this why you want wisdom and understanding? No, it is not.

How do you define success? My life will be successful if I have come to know and do your will. My life will be successful if I have born an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and brought glory to your name. That is a very different definition of success. Yes, it is. Only my followers would ever hold on to that definition of success. That’s right. Loving, following and serving you is my desire and goal in life. So, it should be easy for you to now tell me why you want to have wisdom and understanding. I want to have wisdom and understanding so that I will be able to know and do your will. Wisdom and understanding from you, will guide me on the proper path in life. My life will succeed in bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name if I have your wisdom and understanding. Yes, it will. Without your wisdom and understanding I will be unable to know and do your will. That’s right. It is my prayer that I will have your wisdom and understanding so that I can live my life fully for you. That is a prayer that I will hear and answer.

Lord, I want to be wise and understanding. I want my life to be filled with your wisdom and understanding. Help me to do humble deeds that display wisdom as I follow and serve you. Use my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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Be Content

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – 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 loose 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 with 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. 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

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Love Your Enemies

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Love - Luke 6:27-31 - Love Your Enemies - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Love – Luke 6:27-31 – Love Your Enemies – Growing As Disciples

“But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. Do to others as you would have them do to you. Luke 6:27-31 (NIV)

Hearing You

This is a difficult assignment. This is demanding task. What’s that? You are asking me to love my enemies. You are asking me to pray for everyone who mistreats me. You want me to do good to those who hate me. You are telling me to bless those who curse me. You are saying that if someone strikes me on the one cheek then I should turn to them and let them strike me on the other cheek. You want me to give to others without expecting anything in return. You want me to do to others what I wish they would do for me. Do I have all this right? Am I hearing you correctly and properly understanding all that you are asking of me? Yes, you are understanding me correctly. Can you say any more about what you are asking of me?

Have I done what I am asking of you? Am I asking anything of you that I was unwilling to do? Do you think I am asking of you what I haven’t already done? Haven’t I set before you an example to follow? Haven’t you said that you want to become like me. Haven’t you said that you want to love like I loved. Didn’t I hear you say that you wanted to give like I gave and serve like I served? Isn’t it your hope that you will think, say and do what I thought, said and did? Yes, all that you are saying is true. In every way, I want to become like you. Well then, you can and will follow my example. Yes, I will. That will be very good.

You are right about one thing. What’s that? You cannot live the life that I am calling you to live. You cannot love like I loved, give like I gave or serve like I served with your own effort and strength. Your own efforts will result in failure. What then can I do? You can ask that I live my life in and through you. You can rely on me completely. You can allow my Spirit to work in and through your life. You can ask for my power and strength to make you able to live the life that I have called you to live. Will you allow me to make you able to love like I loved, give like I gave and serve like I served? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, the idea that you want to display your loving mercy through me to my enemies is a difficult assignment. In the past, my worst desire has been to take revenge and get even. Not now, not ever again. Use me as your witness in the world. Amen

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The Lord Is My Portion

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – Lamentations 3:24-26 – The Lord Is My Portion – Growing As Disciples

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. Lamentations 3:24-26 (ESV)

Using Time

Here I am Lord. I am waiting quietly here with you. I am glad to be here with you in this place. I am seeking you with all my heart. I am seeking you with all my mind. I am seeking you with all my strength. Does it take a lot of effort for you to meet with me here in this place at this time? That isn’t an easy question to answer. Why is that? At least it isn’t a question that is easy to honestly answer. What do you mean by that? I am always glad when I have set aside a time and a place to meet with you. It is so good to be in your presence. In your presence I come to know you. In your presence I grow in my love for you. In your presence I can taste of your goodness, kindness, mercy and love. In your presence you restore my soul. In your presence you refresh my life. In your presence you set me on fire to serve you. When I am in your presence I am certain that there is no place that I would rather be. When I am in your presence I am certain that there is nothing I would rather do. You don’t seem to be struggling with your answer to me. These are the honest feelings of your heart and mind and soul. Yes, my heart and mind and soul tells me that you are all that I would ever want or need both now and forever. That is very good.

There is something else you want to tell me. There is something else that you have learned. There is a second answer to my question. Why does it take a lot of effort for you to come to meet with me at this time and in this place? I get distracted. The world and all that is in it screams for my attention. I get busy. The demands of life lay claim to all my time. There never seems to be enough hours in the day to get done what needs to be done. Time runs out. When time runs out are you happy with how you have spent your time? I am only happy with how I have spent my time when I have centered it and started it with you. You are the one who I want to direct my life. You are the one who I want to guide how I use my time. My second answer to your question is that it takes all my effort to listen to what my soul is telling me. What’s that? You are my portion. You are my future. You are my hope. I will seek you. I will wait for you. I will meet with you so that you direct my life and guide how I use my time. That will be very good.

Lord, you are mine. I am yours. All I have that is worth anything is in you. You are my future. You are my hope. You are my salvation. I will wait in your presence. I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul. Help me to know you and all your goodness. Amen

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Seasoned With Salt

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – Colossians 4:6 – Seasoned With Salt – Growing As Disciples

Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6 (NIV)

My Words

What words are coming out of your mouth? How are you evaluating the words that you are allowing yourself to speak? Are you placing a guard over the words that come out of your mouth? Do you think that I will be pleased with every word that you are allowing yourself to speak? Are your words full of grace? Do your words offer kindness, mercy and love? How well am I able to use your words as a witness for me in the world? Are others drawn to your words? Do your words offer a pleasant flavor that is attractive for all to hear or are your words just like everyone else’s in the world? You have asked me a lot of questions. Have I spoken words that are not pleasing to you? Have I spoken words that have not be full of kindness, mercy and love? Have my words been harsh and critical? Have my words been sarcastic and cutting? Have my words been filled with judgement? Have I selfishly spoken words to solely express my own opinion, make my points and win arguments? Now, it is you who has asked me a lot of questions.

I would like to hear you answer the questions that you have asked of me. I thought you might say that. I am sure that I have spoken words that have not been pleasing to you. Why is that? Your questions have caused me to think more about the words that have been coming out of my mouth. What have you heard? I have heard words that were not filled with kindness, mercy and love. I have spoken words that were filled with judgement. I have been harsh and critical and sarcastic and cutting with the words that have come out of my mouth. I have spoken words solely to get my point across so that I could clearly express my opinion. Do you always need to express your opinion? Is there anything far more important than you being able to clearly make your point?

I want to make the most of every opportunity to be used by you. I want my words to be filled with kindness, mercy and love. I want you to use the words of my mouth to draw others to you. I want my words to add a pleasant and attractive flavor in the world. I want my words to stand out as a bright and shinning witness for you in the world. Will that ever happen if you must use your words to express your opinions, make your points and win your arguments? No, when I am speaking in those ways I am sure that you are not speaking through me. At those times, I have speaking my words solely on my behalf. Will you allow me to speak through you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I want to be a witness for you in all I think, say and do. Guard my thoughts. Give me your words to say. Help my life to express your kindness, mercy and love to everyone so that I will be a vibrant life-giving witness for you in the world. Amen

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