Life In His Name

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Word - John 20:30-31 - Life In His Name - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – John 20:30-31 – Life In His Name – Growing As Disciples

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31 (NIV)

Name

Your name is good and right and true. There is love and joy and peace and hope in your name. There is meaning and purpose and power in your name. Your name is above all names. At your name everything in heaven and on earth will bow down. Your name is holy. In your name there is forgiveness of sin. In your name there is deliverance from evil. In your name there is healing. There is fullness of life in your name both now and forever. Your name is certainly worthy of all my praise and worship. Yes, it is.

Your name has stopped me in my tracks. Your name turned my life around. Your name caused me to come to you. Your name led me to bow down and confess all my sins to you. Your name has forgiven all my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness. Your name has given me a completely new life in you. Yes, it has.

How is that you have come to believe in me? How is that you have come to turn your life over to me? How have you welcomed me into your life as your Savior and Lord? How is that you are continuing to live the life that I have secured for you? I have heard your word. I have listened to your word. I have held on to your word. I have let your word dwell in me richly. I have taken your word into my heart and mind and life. I have allowed your word to change the entire course of my life. Your word has changed my heart. Your word is transforming my mind. Your word is guiding my life. I am living in the fullness of life that you have secured for me because I am loving and following and obeying you. Yes, you are.

What will you continue to do with my word? I will continue to hear and listen attentively to your word. I keep your word ever before me. I will not let your word out of my sight. Your word will be in my heart and on my mind. Not a day will go by that I will fail to hear and follow and obey your word. I can say this only because I know that you will help me to hold on to your word. You will strengthen me by your word. You will guard and guide me by your word. Your word will give me the fullness of life you have for me both now and forever. Yes, I will.

Lord, thank you for your word. Your word has spoken powerfully to me. Reading and hearing your word has caused me to believe in you. Believing in you has changed the entire course of my life. Believing in you has given me a new life in you now and forever. Amen

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Will Set You Free

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Word - John 8:31-32 - Will Set You Free - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – John 8:31-32 – Will Set You Free – Growing As Disciples

So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” John 8:31-32 (ESV)

Free

On the one hand, I know that you set me free on the day I came to believe in you. You broke the power of sin over my life. You eliminated the gulf between us. You set me free to love, follow and serve you. You gave me a completely new life to live. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You made it possible for me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I did. For that I am and will be eternally grateful and thankful. That’s very good.

What is on the other hand? Before I get to that, I have more to say. Go ahead. You have changed everything about me. My thoughts and words and deeds have been radically changed. I do not resemble the person I once was. No, you do not. But I’m not completely changed. I make mistakes. I take missteps. I still do sin against you by doing what I should not do. I still sin against you by not doing what I should do.  You are telling me you are not perfect? You are telling me that you still need and want my forgiveness? You are telling me that you want to become more like me? You want to please me in all that you think, say and do, is that correct? Yes, you are correct. 

Guess what? What? You will never be perfect in this life. Does that surprise you? It doesn’t surprise me. It does disappoint me. I don’t like falling short. I don’t like missing the mark.  Why is that? I don’t want to disappoint you. I don’t want to displease you.  It would disappoint and displease me if you thought you could become perfect. It would disappoint and displease me if you thought you didn’t need me. Well, I want and need you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, you do and that is very good. 

There is something that I want you to stop doing. What’s that? I want you to stop thinking that you can and should be perfect. I want you to place all your faith in me. I want you to believe that I am molding and shaping your life. I want you to trust that I am making you into the work of my hands. I know what I am doing. I will not fail. You are and will become my masterpiece. Do you believe me? Do you trust me? Yes, I do. Will you patiently allow my work in you to continue? Will you place your faith in me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, sometimes I am very impatient, and I would like to ask you to speed up the process of you using your word to completely set me free right now. I will continue to hold on to your word. I will think and speak and act as one of your disciples as you change me. Amen

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