Endure Hardship

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 66 - 2 Timothy 2:3-7 - Endure Hardship - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 66 – 2 Timothy 2:3-7 – Endure Hardship – Growing As Disciples

Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs–he wants to please his commanding officer.  Similarly, if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not receive the victor’s crown unless he competes according to the rules.  The hardworking farmer should be the first to receive a share of the crops.  Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this.       2 Timothy 2:3-7  (NIV)

Rich Harvest

You do know that this life is filled with pain and suffering. You do know that this life will require you to endure hardship. This is a sin broken world that no longer functions according to its original design. Life is now, not as it was once, intended to be. Sin has brought pain and suffering and hardship into this life. I experienced pain and suffering and hardship, so will you. This should come as no surprise to you. Believe me, it doesn’t. I am under no illusions. Why do you say that? I have experienced my share of pain and suffering and hardship. Yet, I know that others have endured far more. I have no idea what pain and suffering and hardship might lie ahead of me. What do you know? I know you will be with me to help me. You will not forsake or forget me. You will comfort and encourage me. You will lift me up. Sometimes, you will even carry me. At all times, you will help me to keep moving forward with you. Yes, I will do all these things for you. You can rely fully on me. Of that, I have no doubt. That is very good.

What else to do know about hardship? Sometime loving and following and serving you will require me to endure hardship. Why is that? The places you will lead me to go and the things you will give me to do will not always be easy. The work will be challenging. I will experience trials. I will endure temptations. I will certainly experience difficulties along the way. You experienced trials and temptations and difficulties as you were fully devoted to loving and following and serving your Heavenly Father, why wouldn’t I, as well? That is true. But I will be like a soldier with you as my commanding officer. How so? I will live to do what is pleasing to you. I will not allow myself to be enticed and dragged away from serving you. I will not allow myself to become involved in what could be called civilian affairs. Instead, with your help, my life will resemble that of a finely tuned athlete. I will enter your training. I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I will run the race you have set before me. I will stay on course. That will be very good. Or you could say, I will be like a hard-working farmer. I will keep on doing the work you set before me. I will keep on sowing. One day, I will reap a rich harvest for you. With your help, I will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, you will. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I know that this life is filled with pain and suffering. I that know I will be no stranger to hardship. You experienced pain and suffering and hardship. So will I. Help me to endure pain and suffering and hardship as I live a life that is fully devoted to you. Amen

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Whoever Believes

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 65 – John 3:16-18 Whoever Believes – Growing As Disciples

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.  Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. John 3:16-18 (NIV) 

Do You Believe? 

It might be easy to believe that I love the world. But do you believe that I love you? Do you know that I sent my one and only Son into the world to live and die for you? He was ridiculed and rejected. He ultimately died on the cross as payment for your sins. He made it so you could be forgiven of your sins and cleansed of all your unrighteousness. Without His sacrifice, you stood condemned before me. Without His salvation, you would have lived a life forever without me. But I was unwilling to let that happen to you. It was always my plan that you would receive my Son as your Savior and Lord. It was always my hope that you would come to know and love and follow and serve me. It was always my desire that you would live and walk in an intimate relationship with me. What do you think of my plan and hope and desire for you? Your plan and hope and desire for me has become the desire of my heart. I have no doubt that you love me. Yes, it is my delight to follow Christ as my Savior and Lord. Now because you love me, it has become my burning passion and desire to love and follow and serve you. I am thankful and grateful for the life of salvation you have given me to live. I am constantly looking for ways to do what is pleasing to you. Why is that? I want to do what is pleasing to you because I love you. You are my Father. I am your child. You have adopted me into your family. You have made me your own. Yes, you are mine. What do you now look forward to as you love and follow and serve me? I look forward to where you will lead me. I look forward to what you will give me to do for you. I look forward to living the life of salvation that is unfolding before me now and forever. I look forward to bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name. Most of all, I look forward to coming to live forever in heaven with you. That will be a very great and glorious day. Yes, it will be.  

Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your one and only Son into the world to die on the cross as payment for my sins. Thank you for the gift of salvation I have received through Him. He is my Savior and Lord. It is now my delight to love, follow and serve you. Amen

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Stay Calm

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 64 – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – Stay Calm – Growing As Disciples

Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts.  We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends.                                                1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (MSG)

My Witness

Are you staying calm? Are you minding your own business? Are you doing the job you have been given? Is there a reason that you are asking me these questions? What point are you wanting to drive home with me? What insight and understanding do you want to give me? It is wise of you to know that I am wanting to make something very clear to you. What do you want to make clear to me? You tell me. I know you want me to be calm. I know you want me to mind my own business. I know you want me to do the job I have been given. Yes, all this is true. But let me ask you, what job have you been given? That is the key and vital question. I have given you a job to do for me in this world. Don’t think that I have given you the job of being a doctor or lawyer or carpenter or any other career. In all these careers, I have given you, and every one of my followers, a job to do for me in this world. How you conduct yourself will make you effective or ineffective in the job I have given you to do for me. Then, I must understand what job you have given to me and every one of your followers. Yes, but I think you already know the job I have given to you. Tell me what you know. I know that you want me to be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. I know that you want the conduct of my life and the words of my mouth to draw others to you. It is my job to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I do. That is your job. Will you be able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name without relying on me? No, I will not. Will you be able to stay calm, mind your own business, and do your job without my help? No, I will not. Will you rely on me? Will you allow me to use you as my witness in the world? Will you allow me to help you to do the job you have been given? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, help me to mind my own business and stay calm in all circumstances as I faithfully continue to do my own job. Help me to live a life that commands the respect of outsiders who do not yet know you. Help me to be a witness that helps draw others to you. Amen

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Wait For Him

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 63 – Isaiah 64:4-5 – Wait For Him – Growing As Disciples

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him.  You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them, you were angry. How then can we be saved? Isaiah 64:4-5 (NIV)  

Walk In My Ways 

Do you want to know me? Do you want to walk in my ways? Do you want to live the life of salvation that I have given you to live? Yes, I want to know you. Yes, I want to walk in your ways. Yes, I want to live the life of salvation you have given me to live. For too long, I have done my own thing. For too long, I have pursued my own plans. For too long, I have lived my own life. Now, I will turn my life over to you. Now, I will ask for your forgiveness and cleansing. Now, I will receive your salvation. You will forgive my sin. You will cleanse my unrighteousness. You will give me a completely new life to live. You will help me to live the life of salvation you have given me to live. Yes, I will do this for you. Yes, you will come to know me. Yes, you will walk in my ways. Wait for me. Yes Lord, I will wait for you. That will be very good.

What will it look like for you to wait for me? I will come to meet with you. I will come to listen to you. I will come to know you. What else? I will come to love you. I will come to follow and serve you. Moment by moment, day by day, month by month, and year by year, I will live in an intimate relationship with you. You will guide me to where you want me to go. You will give me what you want me to do. You will help me to live my life with and for you. Yes, I will do this for you.  

What will happen as you wait for me? You will act. You will make your will and your ways known to me. You will guide me on the path. You will lead me through life. You will help me to fulfill your purposes and accomplish your plans. You will work in and through me. You will empower me to know and do your will. You will allow me to shine brightly for you in the darkness of this world. You will make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I will do this for you. Will you wait for me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, no longer will I pursue my own ways. No, I will wait on you. I come to you. I will listen to you. I will watch for you to act. Why will I do this? I want to know you. I want to walk in your ways. Help me to live the life of salvation you have given me to live. Amen

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Praise The Lord

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 62 – Psalm 103:1-5 – Praise The Lord – Growing As Disciples

Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.  Praise the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits–  who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,  who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,  who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. Psalm 103:1-5 (NIV)  

Reflect And Remember

Do you take time to reflect and remember all I have done for you? Do you consciously consider how I have richly blessed your life? Do you remember that I have forgiven your sin and cleansed your unrighteousness? Do you know that I have healed what was your bruised and battered and broken life? Can you think back to when I redeemed your life? I pulled you out of a pit of muck and mire. I set your feet on solid ground. I have shown you my loving kindness. You have felt my compassion. You have received my mercy. Is it not true that I have richly blessed your life? Have I not satisfied your desires? Have I not revived, refreshed and renewed your life? Is all this lost and forgotten in the busyness of your life? Yes Lord, I will reflect and remember all you have done for me. It is true that the noise and busyness of my life could cause me to fail to remember all you have done for me. That would be tragic. That would be a huge mistake. That will not happen to me. Your great and many blessings fill me with gratitude. Your kindness and mercy and love fill my heart and mind and life with praise. Always do I want to be grateful. Always do I want to be thankful. Always do I want to give you all the praise and honor and glory you so richly deserve. That is very good.

There are a few things I know about praise. There is something more that I would like to say. Go ahead, I’m listening. I was meant to give you praise. Giving you praise is part of my make-up, it’s part of my being. If I want to live a healthy and whole and joyful life, I will give you praise. If I want my heart and mind and life to be revived and refreshed and renewed, I will give you praise. There is healing in giving you praise. There is hope in giving you praise. There is confidence and comfort and confidence in giving you praise. My faith is increased as I give you praise. My boldness to go and do what you ask of me is empowered as I give praise and thanksgiving to you. If I want to live in an intimate relationship with you, it will be filled with thanksgiving and praise. You know more than a few things about praise. Yes, and I will praise and thank you with all that is within me. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord. Praise you Lord.

Lord, I will take a pause. I will reflect. I will look back and remember all you have done for me. You have richly blessed my life. You have forgiven me. You have healed me. You have shown me your love and compassion. All praise and honor belong to you. Amen

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Your Heart

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 61 – Matthew 6:19-24 – Your Heart – Growing As Disciples

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.  “The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be full of light.  But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!  “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:19-24 (NIV)

Your Heart

Where is your heart? What does that mean? What is the focus of your attention? Where do you spend your time, talent and resources? Where do you expend your energy? What occupies the thoughts of your mind? What are your hopes and dreams and desires? What are your goals? What do you hope to have accomplished when your life is at its end? You have asked a lot of questions. I am not sure how to answer them. Let me make this point clear for you. You can focus on the things of earth or you can focus on the things of heaven. If your focus is on the things of earth your focus will not be on the things of heaven. The opposite is also true. If your focus is on the things of heaven, then your focus will not be on the things of earth. I could also state this point in a completely different, more concrete way. I’d like that. You cannot love and be devoted to money and at the same time love and be devoted to me. How is that? That is quite clear. That’s good. 

I would like to make a point quite clear. I’m listening. I want to be fully devoted to you. I want all that I am, have, and hope to be, to be fully available to you. I am at your service. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I have no desire to store up treasure on earth. I want to be able to store up treasure in heaven with you. That is my prayer. That is my desire. That is my goal. That is a very good prayer and desire and goal. How do you hope to store up treasure in heaven with me? I want to shine brightly in the world for you. I want others to see your light and life being lived out in and through me. I would like others to be drawn to you because of how you have used me in their lives. I would like to have a multitude one day say that they are in heaven because of how you have worked through me. That, I will do. I will hear and answer your prayer. I will use you. I will make you able to store up treasure in heaven with me. Thank you, Lord.  

Lord, I want my heart to be focused on you. I do not want my heart focused on the things of this life. I will not store up treasures on earth. Help me to store up treasure in heaven with you. Help me to minister to others. Powerfully use me to lead others to you. Amen

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Now No Condemnation

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 60 – Romans 8:1-2 – Now No Condemnation – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death. Romans 8:1-2 (NIV)

Set Free

You have been set free. You have been forgiven of all your sins. There is no now condemnation for you because you are in Christ. Is that hard for you to believe and accept?  I know that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sin. I know that I have turned from sin and given my life to Him. I know that you have given me a new and completely different life in Him. You have changed my heart and are transforming my mind. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I now want to live in ways that please you. I have been born again to a new life in you. You haven’t really answered my question, at least not directly. I’m getting around to it. I have no doubt that I have been forgiven and cleansed of all my sins. I know that I have been adopted into your family. You love and accept me. Yes, I do. I will say that all that you have done for me is so wonderful. I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. I accept all that you have done for me. Is it hard for me to believe and accept that I have been forgiven of all my sins and that there will be no condemnation for me because of my sins? Yes, that was my question. If I said that this was hard to believe and accept it would not be because of doubt or a lack of faith. I have learned to believe that everything you say is completely true. I don’t doubt your word. I have complete faith and trust in you. What you have done for me is so wonderful. It seems like it will take my lifetime and maybe a good part of eternity to fully comprehend all that you have done for me. I will never be condemned for my sin. I will always be forgiven and cleansed of all my unrighteousness because of what Jesus Christ has done for me. This is a gift that I didn’t deserve and couldn’t earn. No, you could not. I believe and accept your gift. Help me to understand and live in all that you have done for me everyday as I follow you. Yes, I will. Let’s talk a little more about that.

There is a way that you can know for sure that you have been forgiven. There is a way that you can know that you will never again live under condemnation. How is that? My Spirit now lives inside of you. You are now being led and guided by my Spirit. You said that you want to do everything that pleases me. Yes, I did. That desire and your ability to live in ways that please me comes from my Spirit living in you. If my Spirit were not living in you, you would not have that desire. If you were not forgiven and cleansed of your sins and free from condemnation my Spirit would not be living in you. But now my Spirit is leading you. Yes, he is. There is now no condemnation for me. I have been forgiven and cleansed of all my sins. That’s right.

Lord, all my faith is in you. I have turned from my old life of sin to follow you. You are my Savior and Lord. Thank you for giving me a new life of being led by your Spirit and free from any condemnation over my sin now and forever. Amen

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Hope And A Future

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 59 – Jeremiah 29:11 – Hope And A Future – Growing As Disciples

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

Plans For You

Do you believe that I have good plans prepared for you? Yes, I do. Do you believe that you have reason to hope in the future that I have planned for you? Yes, I do. Tell me what you think are the good plans I have prepared for you. Tell me the reason that you have hope in the future I have planned for you? Your plans for me have a past, present and future. Start with the past.  

It is important that I never forget what you have already done for me. What have I done for you? You sent your Son into the world to die as payment for my sins. You rescued me from a life without you. You broke down the barrier of sin that separated me from you. You made it so I could live in a relationship with you. You showed me your love, forgiveness and mercy. You first loved me so that I want to love you. Yes, I have done all of this for you. You are my father. I am your child. Yes, you are.  

What about the present, what am I doing for you now? What you are doing for me now started in the past. On the first day of my new relationship with you until now you have never stopped working in my life. You are molding and shaping me into the person you want me to be. How am I doing that? You are using countless ways to mold and shape my life.  Name a few for me.

You are using your word to change my heart and transform my mind. You are helping me to think your thoughts and know your will. Yes, I am.  You have given me places to go and things to do for you. You are helping me to bear fruit for your kingdom and your glory. You have shown me your will and your ways as I have followed and served you. Yes, I have.  You have drawn me into prayer and worship. As I have been in your presence you have restored my soul. You have led me in paths of righteousness. I have hungered and thirsted for you and you have satisfied me with your goodness. You have renewed and refreshed my life. Yes, I have. Through every twist and turn and up and down in life you have shown me that I can place all my trust in you. You have given your peace in the midst of every storm. You have held on to my life and led me through every difficulty. Yes, I have. It has been your plan all along for me to know and love you with all my heart and soul and mind. There is nothing better than that. No, there is not. 

But that is just the past and the present. I know that there is much more ahead. The future that lies ahead is beyond my imagination. Yes, it is. Heaven and eternal life with you awaits me. Yes, it does. Nothing could ever be better than that. Nothing could ever give me more hope or a brighter future than to know that I will live forever in heaven with you. That’s right. I look forward to that day with great anticipation and excitement. Me too.

Lord, I want your plan and future for my life rather than my own. You have given me hope. You unfold plans you have prepared for me. You have blessed my life as I have followed you. I look forward to my future home in heaven with you. Amen

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He Is A Shield

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 58 – Psalm 18:30 – He Is A Shield – Growing As Disciples

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.  Psalm 18:30 (NIV)  

My Way

What’s the difference between your way and my way? Your way is flawless. My way is flawed. You have an eternal perspective. You see everything. Nothing escapes your notice. I have a very limited perspective. I can only see portions of my past and present. I have no knowledge of the future. I miss so much. I fail to see so many things that are right before me. A lot escapes my notice. My way is far from perfect. So much of what I see revolves around my own thoughts and feelings and values none of which are perfect. Sin has not distorted your picture. You see things as they really are. In every way my perspective has been tainted by my own sin and the sin that is in the world. On my own I have no hope of living and walking in the truth. You are the way and the truth and the life. My own way does not lead to the truth and the life. That’s right.

You do have hope. You do have a reason to have faith. You can walk in the way, the truth and the life. Yes, I am sure of that. What make you so sure? You love me. You gave yourself for me. You broke the power that sin had over my life. You set me free to live my life with and for you. You want me to walk in the way, the truth and the life. You don’t want me stumbling around in darkness. You want to teach me. You want to guard and guide my life. Yes, I do.

How will you be able to receive all that I want to give to you? You are my refuge and my strength. I can come to you for all that I need. You will not withhold any good thing from me. I can rely on you. Yes, you can. Your word is flawless. It has proven itself to be completely true. I can meet with you in your word. I can listen to your voice. Yes, you can. Your word will guard and guide my life. Your word makes your thoughts and your ways known to me. Your word will change my heart and transform my mind. You will allow me to think what you think and feel what you feel. Yes, I will. Your word will keep me on the path walking with you. I will follow you to where you lead me to do all that you ask of me. Why is that? Your word will both give and grant me the desires of my heart. I will desire to do what pleases you. You will be pleased to grant to me the desires you have placed in my heart. Yes, I will.

What are the desires of your heart? My desire is to live and walk with you. I want to know you and your word. I want to hear all that you have to say to me. I want my thoughts, words, and deeds to be in complete agreement with your will and your ways. In every way I want to please you. Why is that? You love me and I love you. Yes, I do. I am so thankful that you have given me your flawless word to guard and guide my life. So, I will keep coming to you to meet with you in your word. Yes, you will.

Lord, thank you that your way is perfect. Thank you that your word is flawless. Thank you that your word has been a shield around me. Thank you that I can take refuge in your word. Guide all my thoughts, words and deeds by your word. Amen

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Many Advisers

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 57 - Proverbs 15:22 - Many Advisers - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 57 – Proverbs 15:22 – Many Advisers – Growing As Disciples

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

Wise Counsel

Do you want to receive wise counsel? Will you listen to trusted advisors? Those are two questions that seem very easy to answer. But you aren’t so sure of your answers, are you? No, I am not. Why is that? I know that it is easy, in theory to say that I want wise counsel and that I will listen to trusted advisors. So, saying yes in theory is much harder than saying yes in your actual practice, is that correct? The difficulty is correct. My answer, however, is not correct. I would like to hear more from you on this subject. As you know, I have been stubborn. I have been filled with pride. I have tended to follow my own advice and listen to my own counsel. Yes, that comes as no surprise to me. I have observed you in action. Keep talking, I’m listening. Well, because I have not received wise counsel from trusted advisers, I have experienced many setbacks. I have suffered many defeats. I have had to retrace my steps. I have had to start over. Fortunately, you have always allowed me to begin again. You are the God of second chances, there is no doubt about that. You have forgiven my sins. You have cleansed my unrighteousness. You have shown me your kindness and mercy and love. You have even allowed me to learn from my mistakes, missteps, and sins. That is a painful way to learn, don’t you think? Yes, it is. What would you like to do differently? What changes are you willing to make? I am willing to listen attentively to you. I am willing to slow down and quiet myself before you, so I can hear from you. I am willing to set aside my thoughts and plans and goals. I am willing to let go of my agenda. Why are you willing to do all these things? I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I would much prefer your thoughts and plans, and goals. Why is that? Your ways are so much higher and better than mine. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That is very good.  Tell me what you know about trusted advisers. They are valuable. They are rare. They may not offer wise counsel without being given permission. Explain what you mean. If I send off signals that I will not receive wise counsel from trusted advisers, I will be unlikely to hear any. That’s true. Will you seek wise counsel? Will you listen to trusted advisers? Yes, I will. That’s good, because I have been and will continue to bring them into your life.  Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, in times past, I have not sought out trusted advisers. I have relied on myself by following my own counsel. What a mistake. I have suffered unnecessary setbacks. Plans have failed. I have experienced defeat. Now, I will listen to trusted advisers you give to me. Amen

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