Great Peace

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Word - Psalm 119:162-167 - Great Peace - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Psalm 119:162-167 – Great Peace – Growing As Disciples

I rejoice in your promise like one who finds great spoil. I hate and abhor falsehood but I love your law. Seven times a day I praise you for your righteous laws. Great peace have they who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble. I wait for your salvation, O LORD, and I follow your commands. I obey your statutes, for I love them greatly. Psalm 119:162-167 (NIV) 

Your Word

I love your word. I love to meet with you in your word. I love that you are always ready, willing and able to speak to me from your word. You take your word and apply right to my life, right where I am, in the moments of my day. Your word is a treasure that is far better than any treasure that is in the world. I would not trade your word for silver or gold or anything that the world has to offer me.  That is very good.

I love your word. Your word is changing my heart and transforming my mind. Your word is making me able to think your thoughts. Your word is making me able to do your will. You are guiding and directing my life with your word. Your word has kept me from stumbling around in the darkness. Your word is word has kept me walking in the light with you. That is very good.

I love your word. Your word has taught me to love what is true. Your word has taught me to hate what is false. I wouldn’t trade the greatest wisdom from the world for one thought from your world. It is my delight to hear from you. Your word has been teaching me. Your word has been training me. That is very good.

I love your word. Your word has directed my steps. You word has taught me where to go. Your word has taught me what to do. Your word has helped me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Your word has helped me to know and do your will. That is very good.

I love your word. Loving and obeying your word has brought your peace into my life. Your word has comforted me. Your word has strengthened me. Your word has encouraged me. You word has given me hope. Your word has spurred me on. Your word has kept me following you. That is very good.

I love your word. It is my delight to meet with you in your word. It is my joy to hear from you in your word. I praise and thank you for your word. I will follow and obey your every word. I will watch and wait and listen to all that you have to say to me. Here I am now. Speak to me Lord. I am listening. That is very good.

Lord, your word is a treasure better than any that the world has to offer. I love your word. Thank you for speaking to me as I meet with you in your word. Thank you that your word gives me peace and keeps me from stumbling. Guide my life by your word. Amen

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Not To Us

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Psalm 115:1-3 – Not To Us – Growing As Disciples

Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. Why do the nations say, “Where is their God?” Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. Psalm 115:1-3 (NIV)

Not About Me

I know that life does not revolve around me. I am not the center of attention. All the praise and honor and glory do not belong to me. I am not on everyone else’s mind. People don’t set their clocks around when I will come or go. I don’t command attention. I don’t deserve notice. I don’t light up a room. People do not become quiet because I am about to speak. How long did it take you to come to these realizations? It took me quite a while to come to these realizations. At times, I have wanted to be noticed. I have wanted attention. I have wanted to be recognized. I have wanted to be special. Although, there is something a little odd about me. What’s that? I have also disdained the limelight. I have never wanted to be a part of the “in crowd.” A good part of me has lived in conflict. How so? Don’t get me wrong. There is no chance of that. A good part of me has wanted to feel special but in an out of the limelight sort of way. I get it.

How long has it taken you to realize that you are special? I didn’t realize that I was special until I realized that you loved me. You came into this world for me. You lived and died for me. You gave yourself as a sacrifice for me. You forgave my sins. You cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You made it so I could live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I did.

I now love you because you first loved me. You deserve all the praise and honor and glory. I no longer want the attention to be on me. I no longer want to be recognized or applauded. I don’t want to command attention or deserve notice. What do you want? I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live like you lived. I want to give like you gave. I want to love like you loved. I want to shine brightly as a witness in the world for you. I want to live a life that points others to you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. I want others to come to know and love you just as you have allowed me to come to know and love you. My life will not be about me. My life will be about you. That’s what I want. That is the desire of my heart. That is my prayer. That will be very good.

Lord, at one time I thought life revolved around me. I wanted to be the center of attention. I wanted to receive all the praise, honor and glory. Not now, not ever again. Now, I want to live a life that points others to you. I want to bring glory to your name. Amen

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Guide You Into All Truth

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – John 16:13-15 – Guide You Into All Truth – Growing As Disciples

But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. He will bring glory to me by taking from what is mine and making it known to you. All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is mine and make it known to you. “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” John 16:13-16 (NIV)

Coming Next

Are you telling me that you will help me to know what is coming next? Are you saying that I won’t be left in the dark? You will help me to know how to live and walk in the truth? You will guard and guide my life? You will help me to know what steps I should take next in life? Do I have this correct? Am I right in my thinking? Yes, I will help you to know what is coming next. Yes, as long as you continue to follow me you will never find yourself in the dark. You will walk in the light with me. As you follow me, I will help you to know how to live and walk in the truth. As you follow me, I will be guarding and guiding your life. You will not go where you should not go. You will not do what you should not do. I will make you able to know and do my will. This sounds very good to me. You are describing the kind of life that I want to live. It is the desire of my heart and mind and life to know you. I want to do your will. I want to live in ways that please you. I want to walk in the light with you. I want to be set free to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That is very good. 

How can I make sure that I am following you? Draw near to me and I will draw near to you. Hold on to me as I hold on to you. Sit at my feet. Listen to my instructions. Follow my guidance. Listen to my word. Put into practice all that I am teaching you. Separate yourself from evil. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Do not allow yourself to be conformed to this world. Focus your heart and mind and life on me. Let me use my word to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. Then you will know for certain that you are following me. All of these things I will joyfully do. That will be very good.

Holy Spirit, speak to me now. Show me what is to come and the next steps you want me to take. I’m here in your word attentively listening for your instructions and following your guidance. Take my hand and lead me on the path of life. I will follow you. Amen 

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Light To The Eyes

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – Psalm 19:7-11 – Light To The Eyes – Growing As Disciples

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward. Psalm 19:7-11 (NIV)

A Sword

Do you want my word to do its work in your life? What kind of work do you want to do in my life? How will you do your work in my life? Yes, of course, I want you to do your work in my life. I don’t want to hinder your work in my life in any way. Why have you asked me this question? You can help or hinder my work in your life. How could I hinder your work in my life? To answer this question, I will answer one of your other questions. Which one? You asked me, “How will I do my work in your life?” Yes, I did. I have many ways that I can choose to work in your life. But, I have a primary way that I want use to work in your life. How so? I want to use my word to work in your life. You have heard me refer to my word as, “the sword of the Holy Spirit”? Yes, I have heard you mention that many times to me. What is a sword used for? A sword is used for fighting. That’s right. My Holy Spirit will take my word and fight in you, with you and for you. How will you use your word like a sword to fight in me, with me and for me? Now, we are coming to the answer of how you will be to help or hinder my work in you. How will you place my word in the Holy Spirit’s hand to fight for you? I do that? Yes, you do. If I don’t ever meet with you in your word, your Holy Spirit will never be able to use your word to fight for me. That’s right. The more I meet with you in your word, the more the Holy Spirit will be able to use your word to fight in me, with me and for me. That’s true. Then, I will meet with you every day in your word. That will be very good.

 Lord, I will meet with you every day in your word. I will allow you to use your word to do its work in and through my life. Make me wise with your word. Give light to my eyes, warn and guide my life with your word. Revive me and give me joy with your word. Amen

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Making Your Ear Attentive

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – Proverbs 2:1-6 – Making Your Ear Attentive – Growing As Disciples

My son, if you receive my words and treasure up my commandments with you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the LORD and find the knowledge of God. For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; Proverbs 2:1-6 (ESV)

Listening

Here I am Lord. I am here to listen to you. I want to hear every word that you have to say to me. I will treasure your words in my heart and mind and life. I will take your words in. I will hold on to your words. Your words will not simply go in one of my ears and out the other. I will allow your words to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Give me your wisdom as I turn my heart and mind and life toward you. You are the pursuit of my life. I want to come to know you. I want to live and walk in your ways. I want to do what is pleasing in your sight. Help me, to receive your wisdom. Help me, to find your knowledge and understanding. What you have to say to me is far more valuable than silver or gold or any other hidden treasure. I will not stop seeking you. I will not stop meeting with you in your word. I hunger and thirst for you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than your will. That is very good.

You will find me when you seek me with all your heart. Your heart and mind and life will be changed as you let my word dwell in you richly. You will receive wisdom from me when you come and ask me for it. I will not turn you away. I will not leave you empty handled. You will come to know me. You will walk in my ways. You will accomplish my purposes. You will fulfill my plans. You will do what is pleasing in my sight. You will have knowledge and understanding that comes from me. Seek me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes Lord, that is what I will do. That will be very good. Then you will live and walk with me. Then you will live the life that I have called you to live.

Lord, your words are more valuable to me than silver or hidden treasures. I am raising my voice and crying out for understanding. I will make my ears attentive to what you want to say to me. Give me your wisdom. Help me to know you and walk in your ways. Amen

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He Leads Me

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – Psalm 23:1-6 – He Leads Me – Growing As Disciples

The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.  Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever. Psalm 23:1-6 (NIV)  

Seasons

I am your Good Shepherd. You are one of my sheep. I will lead you. I will guide you. I will carry you. I will comfort you. I will give you courage and strength as you follow me. That is very good to hear. Will anything be required of me? That is a very good question. What do you think? I think I could choose to not let you lead and guide me. I could be stubborn. I could be hard hearted. I could be self-reliant, self-sufficient and self-centered. I could tell you that I don’t want you to be my Good Shepherd. I could fend for myself. I could go my own way. How smart would that be? How wise would you be if you refused to allow me to be your Good Shepherd? You said I was one of your sheep. Yes, I did. Well, sheep are not very smart. Sheep are not particularly wise. That’s an understatement. Yes, it is. I know that for sure. Why is that? I have wandered like a lost sheep. I have made dumb decisions. I have gone where I should not have gone. I have done what I should not have done. My poor decisions left me like a bruised and battered and broken lost sheep. That’s right.

When you wandered away from me what did I do? Did I leave you alone? Did I let you go your own way? Did I let you fend for yourself? No, you did not. You pursued me. You would not let me go. No, I would not. You were right there when I cried out to you. You met me in my need. You made me lie down in green pastures. You led me by still waters. You allowed me to taste of your kindness, mercy and love. You restored my soul. You healed my bruised and battered and broken life. Yes, I did. You gave me a new life to live. You are now leading me on new path. What path is that? You are leading me on your path righteousness. You are helping me to go where you lead me and do what you ask of me. You are helping me to live in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I am. You are guiding me through all the seasons of life. You are with me to help me when I go through dark valleys. You give me courage and comfort when I am surrounded by evil. You will be with me every day until I come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, I will. You are my Good Shepherd. Yes, I am. I am one of your sheep. Yes, you are. That is very good.

Lord, you are my Good Shepherd. You have led me through the seasons of life. You have met my needs. You restored my soul, carried me through valleys, given me courage and comfort and richly blessed my life as I have loved, followed and served you. Amen

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Word Of Christ

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Colossians 3:16 – Word Of Christ – Growing As Disciples

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God.  Colossians 3:16 (NIV)

All Wisdom 

Do you want wisdom from me?  Yes I do.  That is what I have been asking for quite regularly.  Yes, you have.  That tells me that your request is really important to you.  You are very serious about wanting my wisdom.  Yes, I am.

What do you think my wisdom will do for you?  Your wisdom will help me to know and do your will.  It will guide me to make the choices that you want me to make.  Yes, it will help you in that way.

Will my wisdom do more than help you make right choices?  Yes, I probably have no idea of the extent of the importance and value of having your wisdom.  There is surely an inexhaustible list of the benefits of your wisdom.  But wisdom is not just an activity of the mind and a wise way of thinking and acting.  Wisdom involves the heart.  Why do you say that?  I know that you are wisdom itself.  Loving, knowing and following you has changed me and is making me wise as I live with and for you.

How do you think my wisdom will come to you?  Wisdom will come to me from you by asking for it.  My asking must be filled with earnest desire to have what I have asked for from you.  It is not enough to mildly desire wisdom.  I must want and desire it with all my heart.  I must seek wisdom from you as if it were more valuable than silver or gold, which it is.  Yes, it is.  I know that when I am asking for wisdom, I’m really asking for something else.  Tell me what that is.  I want to know you.  Knowing you will make me wise.  Wisdom is really what comes out of drawing near to you and living in your presence.  Yes, it is.  It pleases me that you know and understand this.

What have I used to teach you my wisdom?  How have I been changing your heart and transforming your mind?  You have been using your word.  You have been replacing my old thoughts and ways with your thoughts and ways as I have let your word dwell in me richly.  Letting my word dwell in you richly is part of your earnest desire to know me and have my wisdom, isn’t it?  Yes, it is. 

What will you do with my wisdom as I give it to you?  I will let it overflow my life so that it comes out of my life and blesses others.  This will be in all that you think, say and do, won’t it?  Yes, it will.  Will you teach and counsel others with the wisdom that I give to you?  Yes Lord, I will.

Do you believe that I will abundantly bless your request for wisdom from me?  I have no doubt whatsoever.  Yes, and you are right to be certain about that.

Lord, help me to say yes to all that you want to do for me, in me and through my life so that I can shine brightly in the world. Let all the good deeds that you lead and enable me to do bring thanks, praise, honor, and glory to you. Amen

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Draw Near To God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Faith – Hebrews 10:22 – Draw Near To God – Growing As Disciples

let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Hebrews 10:22 (NIV)

Draw Near

I am calling you to come to me. I have broken down barriers. I have removed every separation. I have forgiven your sins. I have cleansed you of all your unrighteousness. You have been washed by my blood. You have been made fresh and new and clean in my sight. I have made it possible for you to draw near to me. I will draw near to you. You can leave your old life behind. You can begin to live the new life that I have called you to live. I will welcome you to me with my arms open wide. I will celebrate your return to me. There will be rejoicing in heaven when you begin to live your life with and for me. Do you hear my call? Will you turn around? Will you follow me to where I lead you? Will you do what I ask of you? Yes Lord, I have heard your call. Yes Lord, I will turn my life around. I will follow you to wherever you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I am all yours. I am at your service. I want to live my live with and for you. That will be very good.

How will you draw near to me? When will you draw near to me? Where will you draw near to me? Why will you draw near to me? I will start with that last question. I will draw near to you because you loved and gave yourself for me. You paid a high price so that I could be forgiven of all my sins and cleansed of all my unrighteous. You showed me your kindness, mercy and love when I did not deserve it. I now love you because you first loved me. I want my life to be a continual practice of drawing near to you. I want to live in an ongoing and intimate relationship with you. When will I draw near to you? I will draw near to you at set times. I will also draw near to you as you lead me moment by moment through life. Where will I draw near to you? I will set apart a special place to draw near to you. I will also draw near to you anywhere and everywhere you lead me. How will I draw near to you? I will draw near to you in worship and prayer. I will draw near to you in your word. I will draw near to you  in giving and service. There will not be one area of my life in which I will not draw near to you. That will be very good. 

Lord, thank you for forgiving my sins and cleansing me of all my unrighteousness. Your blood has washed me and made me thoroughly clean and completely acceptable to God. Help me to consistently draw near to God with a sincere heart that is full of faith. Amen

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Clear Conscience

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude- 2 Timothy 1:3 – Clear Conscience – Growing As Disciples

I thank God, whom I serve, as my forefathers did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. 2 Timothy 1:3 (NIV)

Take Steps

Do you want to live with a clear conscience? Do you want your prayers to be unhindered? Do you want to live with a thankful heart as you pray for others? Yes, I want all these things. How can I live with a clear conscience? How can my prayers be unhindered? How can I live with a thankful heart as I pray for others?  Those are good questions. I want to clear something up before we talk about these questions. What’s that? You are a sinner. There is no doubt about that. I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words and deeds. I have sinned against you by what I have done. I have sinned against you by what I have not done. Not only that, I have sinned in all these ways against others. That true. What is also true is that you have confessed your sins and asked for my forgiveness. You have been forgiven of all your sins and cleansed of all your unrighteousness. Your sins have been washed away by the blood I shed for you on the cross. You are now holy in my sight. You can’t do anything to earn my forgiveness and cleansing. You have received my forgiveness and cleansing as a gift. Is that clear? Yes, that is very clear. That’s good. That needs to be your starting point before we talk about having a clear conscience. I get it.

To have a clear conscience you must do two things. What’s that? You must continue to confess your sins to me and to the people you have sinned against. Are you willing to keep on doing that? Yes, I am. How hard has it been to keep on confessing your sin to me? Sometimes, I have failed to acknowledge my sins. Sometimes, I have even tried to hide my sins. How has that worked out for you? How has your conscience felt as you have hidden your sins? I have had a guilty conscience when I did not acknowledge and confess my sins. Did your guilty conscience hinder your ability to pray? Yes, it did. Did your guilty conscience make it hard to live with a thankful heart that was filled with prayers for others? Yes, it did. So, first you must confess your sins to me and to anyone you have sinned against. I get it. That’s good. What else do I need to do to have a clear conscience? You will need to take steps to make things right with anyone you have sinned against. What kind of steps do I need to take? You tell me. I will need to admit my sin and ask for forgiveness. That’s right. Then I will need to repair what has broken, replace what has been taken or restore what has been lost. I need to make every effort and take every step I can to be reconciled to anyone I have sinned against. That will be every good. Then I will be able to live with a clear conscience. Yes, You will. 

Lord, I know you have forgiven me of my sins. I cannot earn or merit my forgiveness. Yet, I know you want me to take steps, when needed, to make things right with others so I can have a clear conscience before you and others. I’ll take those steps with you. Amen

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Renewed Day By Day

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Heart - 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 - Renewed Day By Day - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Heart – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – Renewed Day By Day – Growing As Disciples

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV) 

Fix Your Eyes

I want you to have the proper perspective. How can I have the proper perspective? Am I thinking about life incorrectly? Are my values misplaced? Is my attention focused in the wrong direction? Do I have improper priorities? What exactly do you want to tell me? I want to fix your eyes. What does that mean? You are looking at the wrong things. What am I looking at? You are looking at yourself. You are worried about the brevity of life. As you are aging, you have become concerned that your outward body is slowly but surely wasting away. You’re right, I don’t even like hearing the sound of that. I’m definitely not a fan of aging. It is true, I have let myself become discouraged and depressed about the brevity of life and seeing my body get old and continue to as you say, “slowly and surely waste away.” I have not liked watching the passage of time. I have been saddened by the loss of what once was. Yes, I have noticed. There is no need to be discouraged or saddened or depressed. Why is that?

This life is not all that there is. This life is like the snap of the fingers or the blink of an eye. Your life is like the morning mist that quickly burns off when the sun rises in the sky. You will be here today and gone tomorrow. This is supposed to encourage me? This life is like a mirage. Your real life is forever, in heaven, with me. What are your years on this earth compared to your life with me, forever in eternity? Maybe, this life is like less than a blink of an eye or a snap of the fingers. Maybe, my life on this earth is like less than the mist that appears on the ground, in the morning. That’s right.

You said you want me to fix my eyes. Yes, I did. By that, I meant I want to change your perspective. Yes, I’m starting to understand what you wanted to tell me. Now, I want you to fix your eyes. Now, you have me confused. What do you mean you want me to fix my eyes? You have changed your perspective. You are no longer looking at this life as all that there is. Yes, that’s correct. Now, I want you to fix your eyes on me. I want you to fix your eyes on heaven. I want you to see this life and your remaining days on earth from my perspective. I want you to know that even as your external body wastes away, I am renewing you inwardly day by day. I am renewing you and reviving you and refreshing you, so I can use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. Will you fix your eyes on me? Will you allow me to use you to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, my eyes are fixed on you and the things of heaven. I will not grow weary, lose heart or give up as I go through difficulties in life. As my body wastes away I know that day-by-day you are renewing me on the inside. Use me in your service for your glory.  Amen

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