Does The Will Of God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life - 1 John 2:15-17 - Does The Will Of God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – 1 John 2:15-17 – Does The Will Of God – Growing As Disciples

Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world–the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does–comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.  1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)

Love Of The Father

Loving the world, that is something I don’t want to do. This world is passing away. My days in this life are short. There is nothing from this life that will last forever. There is nothing from this life that I can take with me. Everything of value that I now see will one day amount to nothing. A lot of what I have pursued will have been like a mirage on the road ahead. I will have chased after nothing. I don’t desire that kind of life anymore. I want my life to have counted for something. I want my life to have mattered. I want to look back from heaven knowing that my life on this earth was well spent. So, I don’t love this world. I don’t crave all that this world has to offer.  I don’t lust after this world’s delicacies.  I take no pride in what I have or in what I have done.

What do you really want most of all? Most of all I want to know and love you. Loving you or loving the world may seem like a hard choice to some. It isn’t to me. Why is that? I have tasted of your goodness. I have felt your kindness. I have experienced your love. I have received your forgiveness and cleansing. I know that I am your child. I have been accepted into your family. You are my Father and my God. Yes, I am. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather hear than your voice. There is nothing I would rather see than your glory. There is nothing I would rather do than to love, follow and serve you. I have no greater joy than to know that I have been used by you. I am at your disposal. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom and glory. One day I want to hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Only you can make that possible. Only you can make me faithful. Yes, I can.

It is my prayer that I will be able to receive all that you want to give me. It is my prayer that I will do all that you have asked of me. Do you believe that I will hear and answer your prayers? Yes, I do believe. Why do you believe?  It is unlike me not to crave all that the world has to offer. It is unlike me not to lust after what I have seen with my eyes. It is unlike me not to boast about what I have or what I have done. You have changed my heart and mind and desires. Yes, I have. You have made me hungry and thirsty for you. Your love for me has made me to want to love you. I want to live in your love. Your love has filled my heart and my mind and my soul. Yes, it has. I will live my life with and for you. Yes, you will.

Lord, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It is my desire to both know and do your will. Guard my heart and mind from loving the world or anything in it. Help me to do your will in all that I think, say and do. Amen

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Ignores Discipline

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 291 - Proverbs 13:18 - Ignores Discipline- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 291 – Proverbs 13:18 – Ignores Discipline- Growing As Disciples

He who ignores discipline comes to poverty and shame, but whoever heeds correction is honored. Proverbs 13:18 (NIV) 

Constructive Criticism

Ouch, that doesn’t sound fun to me. I’m not sure I like the sound of that. I’m not sure that I would welcome that into my life. What might you not want to welcome into your life? I might not want to welcome constructive criticism into my life. Why is that? Criticism of any kind, even if it is constructive, is not pain free. Besides, who gets to decide if criticism is constructive or destructive? How will I know if criticism I am given is valid and constructive? It sounds to me like you may be more than a little resistant to criticism, even if it is constructive, is that true? Yes, that is no doubt true. Why is that? I have been proud. I have been stubborn. I have been resistant. That is not good. Yes, I know it is not good. Tell me why it is not good. I have flaws. I am not perfect. I make mistakes. I take missteps. I sin. I even have blind spots of which I am largely unaware. So, there are plenty of times when I am completely unaware of my own misbehaviors. Yes, all of what you have said is true. Let me ask you a question. You have my full attention. Would you rather be blessed by receiving and acting on constructive criticism or would you rather continue to suffer harm by failing to receive and act on constructive criticism? I see your point. Only a fool would want to continue to suffer harm by failing to receive and act on constructive criticism. That’s true. That’s right.

So, what do you want to do differently now that you understand the importance of receiving and acting on constructive criticism? I want to welcome constructive criticism into my life. I want to give permission to others, who love and care for me, to give me constructive criticism. I will make sure I am sending out signals to others that I am ready and willing and able to receive constructive criticism. I will not be defensive. I will not be stubborn. I will not be resistant. That’s good. What else will you do with constructive criticism? I will bring it to you. I will make it a matter of prayer. I will ask you to show me the course corrections I need to make. I will allow you to mold and shape my life with the constructive criticism that comes my way. I will allow you to bless my life as I make the course corrections you are directing me to make. I will also ask you to protect me from criticism that is not constructive, is invalid and is in fact destructive. I will trust you to help me to discern the difference between constructive and destructive criticism. This will all be very good. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I know I have blind spots. I have flaws within me that I cannot see by myself. I will welcome constructive criticism into my life. I will not be defensive. I will not be stubborn and unresponsive. I will take action and make course corrections I need to make. Amen

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Open My Eyes

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 290 - Psalm 119:17-24 - Open My Eyes- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 290 – Psalm 119:17-24 – Open My Eyes- Growing As Disciples

Do good to your servant, and I will live; I will obey your word. Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. I am a stranger on earth; do not hide your commands from me. My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times. You rebuke the arrogant, who are cursed and who stray from your commands. Remove from me scorn and contempt, for I keep your statutes. Though rulers sit together and slander me, your servant will meditate on your decrees. Your statutes are my delight; they are my counselors. Psalm 119:17-24 (NIV)  

My Prayer

That is my prayer. What is your prayer? I want to see wonderful things in your word. I want to hear and see all that you want to show me. I will ask you to show me the wonderful things that are in your word. That is a very good desire and prayer you have within you. How will you be able to see wonderful things in my word? What will be your responsibility? I will meet with you in your word. I will hunger for your word. I will delight in your word. I will listen attentively to your word. I will meditate on your word. I will think deeply about all you have to show me from your word. I will put your word into practice. That will be very good.

What has my word done for you? Your word has changed my heart and transformed my mind. Your word has given me your thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do. Your word has been my counselor. Your word has been my guide. Your word has put the things of this short life on earth into proper perspective. This life is not all that there is. This life is like a snap of the fingers or a blink of an eye. I am just passing through this life. Your word has shown me that my true and everlasting home is with you in heaven. Your word has given me wisdom. Your word has taught me to number my days. How so? Your word has given my life a purpose. Your word has given me a passion. Your word has sent me on a mission. I want to be used by you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want to shine brightly for you in the darkness of this world. I want you to use my life to help lead others to you, so that they can also be able to follow you as their Savior and Lord. Yes, my word, has done all these things for you. Listen carefully to my word. Watch closely to all that I will show you. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I long for your word. I delight in your word. Your word has been my counselor. Your word has guarded and guided me through life. Open my eyes to see all the wonderful things you want to show me in your word. Thanks for speaking to me. Amen

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Love Must Be SIncere

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 288 - Romans 12:9-13 - Love Must Be Sincere - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 288 – Romans 12:9-13 – Love Must Be Sincere – Growing As Disciples

Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Romans 12:9-13 (NIV)

Love Others

I need your help. Without your help I will be a miserable failure. Without your help I will not be able to live as you lived or do what you did. How do you need my help? What are you asking of me? I need your help to be able to genuinely and deeply love others, with all that is within me, from the depths of my heart. I have had enough of superficial and convenient expressions of love. I know that you want me to love and care for others on a completely different level. You want me to love others just as you love me. You want me to follow your example. Yes, I do.

What does genuine love look like? What will you do if you are loving others just as I love you? I will be devoted to others. I love and care for them just as you have loved and cared for me. What does that mean? I will enthusiastically and energetically and fervently help others who are in need. I will be generous and willing to share what you have given to me. What have I given to you? You have given me time, talent, and resources. Will you generously share your time, talent and resources with others? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

What else will you do for others? It will be my joy to honor others above myself. Life is not all about me. I will take the spotlight off of my own life. I don’t or want to be the center of attention. Instead, I will call out and celebrate the great things you are doing in the lives of others around me. I will allow my words to lift others up and spur them to keep on boldly living their lives to serve you. Not only will I lift others up with my words, but I will support them with my prayers, as they go through all the twists and turns and ups and downs of life. That will be very good.

Do you believe that I will help you to love others just as I have loved you? Yes, I do. That is my prayer. That is my hope. That is my earnest expectation and certain belief. I know that you will help me to love like you love, give like you gave, and serve like you served. Yes, I will, without a doubt. Thank you. Lord. 

Lord, I want to love others with all that is within me, from the depths of my heart. Help me to love like you love. Give me your strength. Keep me fervent and energetic. Make me prayerful. I will run from evil and hold on to good as I serve you and others. Amen

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Discern What Is Best

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 287 - Philippians 1:9-11 - Discern What Is Best - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 287 – Philippians 1:9-11 – Discern What Is Best – Growing As Disciples

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)

Discern

That is what I want to be able to do. What do you want to be able to do? I want to be able to discern what is best. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I want knowledge and insight that comes from you. I want you to be proud of the life I am living for you. I want my life to bear and an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Those are very good desires that you have in you. This is a good prayer that you are praying.

How will you know if you are living a life that is good and right and pleasing to me? How will you know if you have received knowledge and insight from me? How will you know if I will be proud of the life you are living? I could ask you. Yes, you can definitely ask me. It is always good for you to come and ask me what you do not know. I will help you to see what you cannot see. I will help you to know what you do not know. Never stop coming to me. Never stop asking for my help. Never stop relying on me. I will always come to you. I will always pray to you. I will always rely on you. That will be very good.  

Have I given you an example to follow? Have I shown you how to live your life? Yes Lord, you have given me an example to follow. I can pattern my life after yours. How will you pattern your life after mine? First of all, my love for you, will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I will consider your life. I will go where you went. I will do what you did. Where did I go? What did I do? You went to those who were in need. You loved and cared for others. As I keep my heart and mind and life focused on you, I will love like you loved, served like you served and give like you gave. Where else did I go? What else did I do? You went to prayer. You lived in intimate and ongoing relationship with your Heavenly Father. You received your guidance and direction from Him. He gave you all the knowledge and insight you needed to live a life that was good and right and pleasing to Him. That is true. Follow my example and you will have all that you have asked of me. That, I will do. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, help me to discern the best way to live my life. Show me what really matters. Cause my love for you to keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. Help me to live a life that bears fruit and brings glory to you. Help me to love others with your love. Amen

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Know Him Better

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 286 - Ephesians 1:17-20 - Know Him Better - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 286 – Ephesians 1:17-20 – Know Him Better – Growing As Disciples

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, Ephesians 1:17-20 (NIV)

Know You

That is the desire of my heart. What is the desire of your heart? It is the desire of my heart to know you. That is a very good desire. I don’t want to know you a little bit. I don’t want to be your acquaintance. What do you want? I want to know you intimately. My interest in knowing you intimately is not a weak desire either. The desire to know you intimately burns within me. It is my passionate desire to know you intimately. What do you think I want? Where do you suppose the desire that is in you came from? I believe that you passionately want me to know you as well. My desire to know you certainly did not come from me. I did not conceive of this desire within me. No, you did not. You planted this desire in my heart. You gave me this desire. Yes, I did.

What do you know about me, in regard to the desires of your heart? You are both the giver and granter of desires. Why is that important to know? If you have given me a desire, you will certainly grant me a desire. Since you have given me this passionate desire to know you, you will certainly make it so I can and will be able to come to know you intimately. Yes, I will.

Will your coming to know me require any effort of your part? Will the desire that is within you cause you to take any kind of action? Of course, because I love you and want to know you intimately, I will seek you with all my heart. I will be fully devoted to you. I will draw near to you. I will listen attentively to whatever you have to say to me. I will keep my heart and mind and eyes open for your activity in and around my life. I will live my life in an ongoing dialogue of prayer with you. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will be at your service. I will be at your disposal. I will allow you to work in and through my life. I will do none of these things because I should or must. No, I will do all of these things because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. That is very good. You will come to know me intimately. 

Heavenly Father, it is my passionate and burning desire to better know you. I also have the same desire for others to better know you. Please fulfill both desires. Give me your Spirit of wisdom and revelation. Powerfully use me to pray for and minister to others. Amen

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Good Stored Up In Him

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Heart – Matthew 12:35 – Good Stored Up In You – Growing As Disciples

The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. Matthew 12:35 (NIV)

Storing Up 

What are you storing up in you? That’s an odd question. What does that mean? How can I sore up something within me? My question is not odd at all. Let me ask you a couple questions. I’m listening. Have you ever said something that you deeply regretted? Yes, of course I have said things that I deeply regretted. I’m not finished. Have you ever said to yourself, “Where did that come from?” Have you ever wondered how you could have blurted out something that was so regrettable? Should I answer your question now? Yes, go ahead. I can’t tell you the number of times I have deeply regretted saying something. Yes, I have wondered where what I said came from and how and why I could have said it. The fact that I could have said some so regrettable has been deeply troubling to me. Well, I have some bad and good news for you. What’s that? I’ll start with the bad news. There is no mystery here. Whatever you think and say and do comes from your heart. If you have thought or said or done something regrettable it came from something regrettable that you have allowed to be stored up in your heart. That’s why you asked me what I am storing up in me. That’s right.

What’s the good news? You get to choose what you will allow to be stored up in your heart. You can choose to store up in your heart what is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent and praiseworthy. You can choose to store up my word in your heart. What you store up in you will change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. Each day you will be presented with a choice. How so? You will be asked, what will you allow to be stored up in your heart and mind and life. If you do nothing, the world and all its evil will be stored up in you. You live in a world filled with evil. Every day the world will try to conform your heart and mind and life according to its patterns, practices and values. If you do nothing, you will think and speak and act just like everyone else in the world. Is that what you want? No, it is not. I want to be storing up your word in me. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. That is what will happen as you keep storing up my word in you. Then you will think and speak, and act based on what has been stored up in your heart.

Lord, I want to store up good in my heart and mind and life. I will store up your word within me. I will let your word dwell in me richly. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Use your word to bring abundant good out of my life. Amen

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At Work In You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 285 – 1 Thessalonians 2:13 – At Work In You – Growing As Disciples

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV)

Receiving Your Word

I want you to be able to do your work in me. I don’t want anything I do or don’t do to hinder your work in me. That’s good. It sounds to me like you already know what will hinder my work in you. By the way, that is not a guess on my part. Yes, I know that you know my thoughts even before I think them. Yes, I do. Nevertheless, it is my joy to listen to you. I like to hear your thoughts. So, tell me your thoughts. I value your thoughts and words. When I say, I value them, I mean that nothing is of higher value to me than your word. I hope my life demonstrates my belief. How so? Well, I am richly receiving your word into my heart and mind and life on a daily basis. I have set aside a time and a place to meet with you in your word. I am allowing your word to dwell in me richly. You have my full attention. I am listening very carefully to everything you have to say to me. Yes, you are and that is very good. Your life does demonstrate that my word is of the highest value to you. For that, I am very thankful.

Does it trouble you knowing that many of my followers spend very little time in my word? Does it concern you that many of my followers are not allowing my word to work in them? Yes, it does. I think it is a trick and trap of the devil to try to convince your followers that receiving your word is not all that important. What is most troubling and concerning to you about my followers not spending time meeting with me in my word? You use your word to mold and shape. You use your word to guard and guide. You use your word to teach and train. You use your word to strengthen and empower. You use your word change hearts and transforms minds. I don’t know how you can do these things apart from your followers receiving your word. Although, I do know that with you all things are possible. That’s true. I wouldn’t want my life with you to be short circuited by my not meeting with you and receiving your word. I would not wish that to be the case in anyone else’s life either. No, you wouldn’t and that is very good. Keep on praying. Keep on writing. Keep on proclaiming my word. Yes Lord, I will. 

Lord, I want you to be able to do your work in me. I know that one of the most vital and important tools you use to work in my life is your word. Therefore, I will make sure I am richly receiving your word into my life day by day as I love, follow and serve you. Amen

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Reap A Harvest

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 284 – Galatians 6:9 – Reap A Harvest – Growing As Disciples

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9 (NIV) 

Give Up

That is something I will not do. What will you not do? I will not give up on serving you. Why do you say that? Do you have unusual staying power? Do you have superior discipline? Do you have incredible will-power? I have developed none of these qualities within me. What does that mean? I do not naturally have staying power, superior discipline or incredible will-power. Far from it, on my own, I am weak and inconsistent. On my own, I have the tendency to become easily discouraged and defeated. Growing weary, giving up and quitting would not be a remote possibility for me, if I were to rely on myself to go and do your work. That’s true.

So why then, are you not giving up and quitting? Well, I am not relying on myself. I am relying on you. I know that you will encourage and strengthen me. You will lift me up. You will keep me moving forward with you. You will empower me to do your work. You will make me able to know and do your will. You will help me to reap a rich harvest for your kingdom. Yes, I will.

When can you expect to reap a rich harvest for my kingdom? I’m not sure what you mean. Will a rich harvest come quickly and easily? Will you be likely to reap a rich harvest right after your initial efforts? No, not likely. Why is that? There is a time for sowing and a time for reaping. Rich harvests do not usually occur over night. Rich harvests are often the result of continuous effort over many years. That’s right. What does that principle mean to you? I need to keep on working day after day and night after night. I must not grow weary. I must not give up and quit. I must keep on relying on you to give me strength and encouragement and hope as I continue to serve you. Will you keep on serving me? Will you keep on giving me your best efforts? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

What promise can you hold on to? What is most certainly true? What can you believe without a doubt? I will reap a rich harvest for your kingdom if I do not give up. Will you keep on serving me? Will you keep on going and doing what I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will reap a rich harvest for my kingdom. You will bring glory to my name. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will not give up. I will not grow weary. I will not quit. Why is true? You will strengthen me. You will encourage me. You will empower me. You will make me able to bear a rich harvest for your kingdom. For that, I will give my best and unending efforts. Amen

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Thoroughly Equipped

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 283 - 2 Timothy 3:16-17 - Thoroughly Equipped - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 283 – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 – Thoroughly Equipped – Growing As Disciples

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) 

Thoroughly Equipped

That is what I want. What do you want? I want to be ready for your use. I want to be thoroughly equipped. I want to be able to do every good work you have prepared for me to do for you. That is a very good desire you have in you. How will you be prepared and made ready for my use? What will I use to mold and shape you? What will I use to teach and train you? What will I use to guard and guide you? Are these difficult questions for you to answer? No, they are not difficult questions for me to answer. You will use your word to make me ready for your use. You will use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Your word will transform the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Your word will make me thoroughly equipped for your use. Yes, It will. 

What role do you have in allowing my word to do its work in your life? How will you allow my word to thoroughly equip you? I will meet with you every day in your word. I will allow your word to dwell in me richly. How so? 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 proclaim your word. I will teach your word. Most importantly, I will put your word into practice. What do you mean by that? I will live my life according to your word. I will think and speak and act according to your word. To sum all my thoughts up, I will grab ahold of your word so your word can grab ahold of me. Without a doubt, your word will be the foundation on which every aspect of entire life is built. That will be very good. 

How have I used my word to fight for you? You have used your word like a sword. How so? Your Holy Spirit taken your word and used it like a sword to fight in me, with me, for me and through me. Your word has helped me to resist temptation and stand against evil. You have taught me with your word. You have rebuked and corrected me with your word. You have used your word to train me to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. Everything that you have done, are doing and will do in and for and through me has been according to your word. So, I will continue to richly welcome your word into my heart and mind and life. That will be very good.

Lord, I will meet daily with you in your word. I will listen attentively to all you have to say to me. Use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. Use your word to guard and guide my life. Use your word to thoroughly equip me for every good work. Amen

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