Perfect In Weakness

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 91 - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - Perfect In Weakness - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 91 – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – Perfect In Weakness – Growing As Disciples

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV)

Power

Well, this is certainly good news. What is good news? It is good news that your power is made perfect in my weakness. I take that to mean that your power and glory are best seen when you are doing in and through me what I could never have done on my own. Everyone, including me, will know that you have done in and through me what only you could have done. That’s right. In that way you will receive all the praise and honor and glory. That’s true.

Let’s talk more about this. I’m listening. Knowing what you know, what can you expect from me? I can expect you to give me assignments that I cannot accomplish with my own efforts alone. Why is that? You want me to come to rely on you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to ask you for your help. You want to work in and through my weakness. Yes, I do. 

What attitude must you have when I ask you to go and do something for me? I must have an attitude of faith to believe that you will make me able to do whatever you ask of me. What will happen to you as you go and do what I ask of you? I will come to know you more intimately as I rely on you. I will grow in my faith in you as I allow you to accomplish in and through me what I could have never done by myself. Yes, you will.

What will be the result of your allowing me to work in and through you? I will be an instrument in your hands. Your work will be accomplished. Your purposes and plans will be fulfilled. People will be drawn to you. Lives will be changed. Others will turn away from their life without you. Others will turn to follow you as their Savior and Lord. I will be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will store up treasure in heaven with you. One day I will hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Yes, you will.

Will you do what I ask you? Will you take on the assignments I give you? Will you allow me to work in and through you? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I have plenty of room for you to operate in my life. I have many weaknesses in which your power can be on display through my life. Thank you for being strong when I am weak. Thank you for making me able to bear much fruit for your kingdom and glory Amen

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A Quiet Place

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 90 – Mark 6:30-32 – A Quiet Place – Growing As Disciples

The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. Mark 6:30-32 (NIV)

Withdraw

If ever I needed to withdraw to a quiet and solitary place to be with you, it is right now. Why is that? I am absolutely churning inside. I am frustrated. I am discouraged. I am disappointed. There is no doubt that my heart and mind are under attack. I feel like circumstances have conspired against me to rob me of peace and joy. There is no doubt that I am out of whack. Did I mention that I was angry? I shouldn’t be as overcome with emotion as I am. I want to shout, “This should not be happening to me!” Do I have so little margin? Do I have so little in reserve that I let what is relatively minor and inconsequential overcome my life? You are asking very good questions. Maybe you are in a little object lesson. Maybe you are going through exactly what you need. How so? What lesson do I need to learn? Answer your own questions. It is apparent that I don’t have a lot in reserve. It is obvious that I do need to withdraw from the craziness and busyness of life. In my own strength, with my own abilities I will not be able to live the life that you have called me to live. Without your help, I will not be the person you have designed me to be. It is crystal clear to me that I need to develop a regular pattern of withdrawing to a quiet and solitary place to be with you. I need to come to rest in your presence. I need to receive your instruction. I need to follow your guidance. Most importantly, I need to allow you to revive and refresh and renew my soul. You are learning a very valuable lesson. This object lesson that you are in has served you well. I’ll take that.

How often do you think you will need to withdraw from the busyness and craziness of life to meet with me? Today, that is an easy question for me to answer. I can’t go one whole day without drawing near to you. I need to remain in a close and intimate relationship with you throughout my day. That will start with meeting with you at a special time and in a sacred place so that I can hear from you. I need you to speak into my life. I will need to come to rely on you. I need to listen to you. I will need to receive all that you have for me so I can go and do whatever you ask of me as I live the life you are calling me to live. That will be very good.

Lord, I have become weary and worn out by all the busyness of my life in the world. I will withdraw to a quiet and solitary place so that I can be alone with you. Thank you that you will revive, refresh, and renew my life as I come daily to rest in your presence. Amen

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Confess Our Sins

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 89 – 1 John 1:8-10- Confess Our Sins – Growing As Disciples

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word has no place in our lives. 1 John 1:8-10 (NIV)

Examined

I must admit that I have never liked to be examined. I have never looked forward to being under examination. Why is that? Being examined might reveal a problem. So, would you rather not know if you have a problem? Has ignoring a problem ever made it go away or get better, be resolved or fixed? You have asked me two very good questions. If I ignore the thought that I might have a problem, then it will never be resolved or fixed or made better. I will simply live under vague unresolved stress because deep down I will know that I have an unresolved issue in my life. It is far better to know if I have a problem, than to ignore the possibility that I might have a problem. Are there any other reasons you might want to avoid an examination? I’m sure that pride plays a factor. How so? My pride might say that I have no need to be examined. It might try to suggest to me that if there is a problem it lies with someone else and certainly not with me. How likely is that? That a problem in my life most certainly lies with someone else? Yes. Not likely. If I suspect that there is a problem in my life, it certainly lies with me in part, at a minimum. That is good for you to admit. What is another reason you might want to resist, or delay being examined? Being examined might be painful. It might hurt to see the nature of my problem. Will living with a problem be better than resolving a problem? No, certainly not. That is also good for you to knowledge.

We have been talking about an examination of a problem. What is your problem? My problem is that I have sinned. My problem is that I will sin. My problem is that I am a sinner that is in need of your forgiveness and cleansing. Will it help you to ignore your sin? Not at all. Will it hurt you to come under my examination? No, you are kind and loving and forgiving. It is your desire to forgive, cleanse and heal my life. Will you allow me to examine your life? Will you ask me if there are any specific sins that you need to confess to me? Yes, I will. Will you freely confess your sins to me? Yes, I will. How often will you come to me and ask me to examine your life? Every day. How often will you confess your sins to me? Everyday. That is very good. Then you will live under my forgiveness and cleansing. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will make no attempt to fool myself or you. I will make no claims that I have not sinned. I have sinned and will sin. There is no doubt. Yes, I do need and ask for your forgiveness of my sin. Thank you for forgiving my sin and cleansing my unrighteousness. Amen

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Live By The Spirit

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 88 – Galatians 5:16-18 – Live By The Spirit – Growing As Disciples

So I say, live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other, so that you do not do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under law. Galatians 5:16-18 (NIV)

Led By The Spirit

This world is a battle ground. How so? Every day my heart and mind and life are under the constant attack of the thoughts, opinions and values of the world. The world seeks to conform me into its image or fit me into its mold. The world would like me to think and speak and act according to its patterns and practices. What’s wrong with that? The world, the flesh and the devil all stand in opposition to you. I really only have two choices in life. What are those choices? I can either live my life according the world, the flesh and the devil or I can live my live according to the Spirit. In other words, I can either follow you are be filled with all the fleshly, worldly and evil desires that are in the world. There is no middle ground. Why is that? The battle is intense. No one can win victory over the world without being led by the Spirit. If I were to try, with my own strength, to live in victory over the flesh, the world and the devil, I would fail miserably. That sounds like the voice of experience. Yes, it certainly is the voice of experience. I have had far too many failed experiences trying to live in victory under my own power. That does not work. No, it does not.

What is it that you desire? I desire to be led by the Spirit. That’s good. What has my Holy Spirit led you to do so that you can live a life that is in alignment with my good, perfect and pleasing will? Your Holy Spirit has led me to turn away from my old life. I have put off all the thoughts and opinions and values and practices of my old life. I have repented of my sin. I have asked for your forgiveness. I have received your cleansing. You have filled me with your Holy Spirit. I am now loving, following and serving you as my Savior and Lord. That is very good. What else? The Holy Spirit has led me to meet with you in your word. I have been letting your word dwell in me richly. I have been meditating on your word day and night. With what purpose? You have been using your word to change my heart and transform my mind. You have been helping me to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. The Holy Spirit has been using your word like a sword to fight in me, with me, for me and though me against evil that is in the world. That is very good. What else? The Holy Spirit has led me to put on the new life I have in you. How so?  I am listening to your voice. I am going where you guide me. I am doing what you ask of me. I have been allowing you to both give and grant new desires in my heart. What is the strongest desire that you have in your heart? It is the utmost desire of my heart to know and love and follow you. You indeed, you are being led by the Spirit. Yes, I am and for that I am very thankful. That is very good. 

Holy Spirit, I know that only you can empower me to live in victory over worldly, fleshly and sinful decisions. Take God’s word and use it to fight in me, with me, for me and through me. Lead my life so I can live according to God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. Amen

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Set My Heart Free

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 87 – Psalm 119:25-32- Set My Heart Free – Growing As Disciples

I am laid low in the dust; preserve my life according to your word. I recounted my ways and you answered me; teach me your decrees. Let me understand the teaching of your precepts; then I will meditate on your wonders. My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word. Keep me from deceitful ways; be gracious to me through your law. I have chosen the way of truth; I have set my heart on your laws. I hold fast to your statutes, O LORD; do not let me be put to shame. I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free. Psalm 119:25-32 (NIV)

Your Word

What do you want my word to do in you? I want you to use your word to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans in my life. I want what you want. Yes, I know that you want what I want. I am also sure that you want me to accomplish my purposes and plans for your life. But I did ask you what you want my word to do in your life. Try to answer that question. I want your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I want your word to help me to know and do your will. I want your word to guard my life. I want your word to revive, refresh and restore me. I want your word to lift me up and encourage me. I want your word to guide the entire course of my life. I want your word to fill me with joy. I want your word to overflow my life with thanks and praise to you. I want your word to help me to come to know you. I want your word to help me to think your thoughts, speak your word and do your deeds. I want your word to help me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want your word to help me to hear your voice speaking to me. I want your word to help me to know that I am living my life with and for you. I want your word to help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Most of all, I want your word to give me the most passionate desire to love, follow and serve you. Then as you are using your word to do all these things in, for and through me, I want you to make me to be like you. I want people to be drawn to you because they see your life being lived out, in and though me. These are the things I want your word to do in me. This is my prayer. This is what I am asking of you. I will hear and answer your prayer. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, your word is sweet to me. You preserve and protect my life with your word. Your word has lifted me out of discouragement, weariness and sorrow. Your word has been guiding the course of my life. Thank you for using your word to set my heart free. Amen

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Strong And Courageous

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 86 – Joshua 1:7-9 – Strong And Courageous – Growing As Disciples

Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 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 1:7-9 (NIV)  

Strong And Courageous 

That is what I want. What do you want? I want to be strong and courageous. I want to stay on course. I want to keep on moving forward with you. I don’t want to turn to the right or the left. I don’t want to lag behind you. I don’t want to run ahead of you. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me, with the power and strength and courage that you will give to me. Those are very good desires.

How will I make you strong and courageous? How will I keep you on course? How will I keep you moving forward with me? You will use your word to accomplish all of these things in and through me. That is correct. What role will you have in allowing my word to work in and through you? I will need to take your word into my heart and mind and life. I will need to meditate on your word day and night. I must keep your word every before me. How will you keep my word every before you? I will read your word. I will study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will speak your word. How often will you do these things with my word? There is not a day that I will not need to let your word dwell in me richly in these ways. So, I will set apart a special time and place every day to meet with you in your word. Our special time together will just be the start of my living each day moment by moment in an intimate relationship with you. My heart and mind and life will be attuned to you. I will attentively listen to you as you speak into my life. That will be very good. Then you will be strong and courageous. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will follow and obey your word. I will meditate on your word day and night. Your word will be on my heart and in my mouth. I will put your word into practice. Use your word to keep me on course. Use your word to help me to be strong and courageous. Amen

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Set Your Minds

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 85 – Colossians 3:1-4 – Set Your Minds – Growing As Disciples

Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Colossians 3:1-4 (NIV)  

Mind Set

I will set my heart and mind on heavenly things rather than on earthly things. What do you mean by that? I will not pursue all that this world has to offer. I will not misspend my life on what will not last. I will not waste my time, talents and resources trying to acquire things. My life will not be about seeking to live in comfort and experience pleasure. You have made it so I can truly say that I am completely dead to the world and fully alive to you. That’s true. Do I always live out this reality? Does the world never succeed in capturing my attention? I know that I am not living out a perfect life. I do take missteps, make mistakes and sin. But you are guiding and guarding the course of my life. I am living my life with and for you. You forgive my sin. You cleanse my unrighteousness. You keep me moving forward with you. Yes, that is exactly what I am doing with and for you. For that, I am very thankful. That’s good.

What do you hope to gain? What do you hope to accomplish with your life? I hope to come to know you intimately. I hope to be able to know and do your will. I want to be used by you. I want to be an instrument in your hands. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to fully love, follow and obey you. I want to shine brightly as your witness in the world. I want others to be drawn to you through the testimony of my life. I hope to bear abundant fruit for your kingdom. I hope to bring glory to your name. How will all these desires be fulfilled? You have given me these desires. You will fulfill these desires. I know you. You are both the giver and granter of desires. Yes, I am.  You give me prayers to pray that you will hear and answer. Yes, I will.

Is there anything else that you want? I want all that you want for me. I want nothing more. I want nothing less. One day when you appear in your glory, I want to be with you. I want to be able to hear you say, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.” Only you can and only you will make this possible. Have I asked for enough? Yes, you have asked for everything that I want to and will give to you. I will hear and answer your prayers. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, help me to live a life that is completely dead to the world and fully alive to you. I will set my heart and mind on heavenly things, of lasting and eternal value, rather than earthly things, so I can bear much fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Amen

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A Good Work In You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 84 – Philippians 1:3-6 – A Good Work In You – Growing As Disciples

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)

Under Construction 

I know that I am under construction. You are continuing to do your good work in me. Yes, I am. For that, I am thankful beyond measure. I am so glad that you are molding and shaping my life. Why is that? I want what you want. I want to become the person you have called me to be. I know that I am a work in progress. You are not finished with me yet. There is something that you are not saying. Sometimes, I get discouraged that I have not made more progress. Are you frustrated with the pace of my work in you? No, I am not frustrated with you or your work in me. I am frustrated with me. Let me ask you a few questions. I’m listening. You have my full attention. Will your frustration and discouragement do anything positive to advance my work in you? I doubt it. Actually, I’m pretty sure that my frustration and discouragement will actually slow down and hinder your work in me. Why is that? I have never seen anything good come out of my frustration and discouragement. What will pull you out of your frustration and discouragement? I need to remind myself that you are continuing your good work in me. Your good work in me will not stop until the day I come to meet with you in heaven. That’s true. So, what will you do? I will believe your promise. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. I will focus my attention on you. I will keep my eyes on you. That is very good.

What will you also be doing as you focus your attention on me? What will you also be doing as you keep your eyes on me? I will be taking my eyes off of myself. I will stop continually trying to measure my progress as your follower. When I take a misstep, make a mistake or sin, I will simply confess my shortcomings and weaknesses and sin to you. In those moments, I will simply drawer nearer to you, so I can keep on moving forward with you. Yes, you will and that will be very good. Always be confident and sure that you are under construction and my good work will always continue in you. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I welcome your work in me. Keep on molding and shaping my life. Use me for your purposes so I can accomplish your plans. Guide my prayers for others. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name as I partner with others. Amen

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He Did Not Retaliate

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 83 – 1 Peter 2:20-23 – He Did Not Retaliate – Growing As Disciples

But how is it to your credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before God. To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. “He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth.” When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.  1 Peter 2:20-23 (NIV)

Patiently Endure

That is what I want to do? What do you want to do? I want to follow your example. I want to patiently endure suffering and mistreatment without retaliating. That is very good. What will happen to you if you follow my example? For one, I will stand out in the world. Why is that? Most everyone living in the world does not patiently endure suffering and mistreatment without retaliation. This is an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth world. Payback is far more common than patiently enduring. Yes, it is. Why are you willing to patiently endure suffering and mistreatment. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I want to do what you did. I want to become like you in all that I think, say and do. Can you say more about what will happen to you as you patiently endure suffering and mistreatment? Well, I will certainly draw nearer to you. Why is that? I won’t have the ability to patiently endure suffering and mistreatment without your help. Without, your help I am more likely to retaliate than patiently endure. So, I will draw nearer to you as I ask for your power and strength. What else? I will shine brightly for you as a bold witness in the world as I patiently endure suffering in the world. As I have said, that counter culture like response will stand out and be noticed. In doing so, I will be pointing others to you. Others will see and recognize that your life is being lived out, in and through me. Your kindness, mercy and love will be flowing in and through my life. Not only will this behavior stand out and be noticed, it will also be highly attractive. Others will see the life I have in you. They will want to come to know and love you through the bold witness of me living the life you have called me to live. Yes, they will. So, as I patiently endure suffering and mistreatment, my life will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. So, that is what I will do with all the power and strength that you give me. That will be very good. 

Lord, there have been plenty of times when I have wanted to retaliate against those who have mistreated me. Doing so would ruin any opportunity I might have to be a bold witness for you in the world. Help me to follow your example by enduring mistreatment. Amen

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Search Me, O God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 82 - Psalm 139:23-24 - Search Me, O God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 82 – Psalm 139:23-24 – Search Me, O God – Growing As Disciples

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. Psalm 139:23-24 (NIV)

Search Me

I’m not sure if this is the best or worst time to pray this prayer. Why is that? I am so frustrated. I am absolutely churning inside. There is no calm within. Do you mean to say that you are angry? Yes, I am angry. Do you have ample reason to be angry? Are you justified in being as angry as you are? Probably not. Do you think that I am pleased with your anger? Certainly not. Have you let a relatively minor situation get the best of you? Without, a doubt. Have you lost all your perspective and allowed yourself to overcome with emotion? There is no doubt about it. Guess what. What? This is a perfect time to draw near to me. This is an ideal time to ask me to search you to remove any offensive way that is within you. Why is that? What is at the surface? What has coming bubbling out of you? What is obvious for both of us to see? I can see that I am unnecessarily angry. I can see that I have foolishly let something upset me. I have let a minor detail in life cause me to lose all perspective. That is good. What is good about that? It is good that you see these things. It is great that you are confessing them to me. You are not trying to hide anything from me. No, I am not. That’s very good isn’t it? Yes, I can see that now.

What would you like me to do for you? I would like you to forgive me. You are forgiven. I would also like you to search me. That is never hard for you, but it is especially easy today. Yes, it is. Well, I would like you to remove this anger from me. What anger? Yes, I get it. You have already removed this anger from me. Is there something else that you would like me to do for you? Yes, I would like you to help me to overcome situations that might be frustrating. I would like you to give me victory over anger. What do I want you to do? You want me to be quick to listen, slow to speak and be slow to become angry. Yes, I do. That’s what I want as well. Good, I will hear and answer your prayer. I will lead you in my everlasting way. You will live the life that I am calling you to live. Thank you, Lord.  

Lord, I welcome you to search me. I don’t confidently say that thinking you will find no offensive way that is within me. Just the opposite is true; I am sure you will find an offensive way in me that certainly needs to be removed. I welcome your work in me. Amen

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