Another Counselor

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 97 - John 14:15-17 - Another Counselor - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 97 – John 14:15-17 – Another Counselor – Growing As Disciples

“If you love me, you will obey what I command.  And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever– the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17 (NIV)  

My Counsel

Do you want to receive my counsel? Do you have need any of my comfort? Could you use some of my help? Are you kidding me? I will receive all the counsel you will give to me. I need all the comfort you have for me. I need more than some of your help. I need a lot of your help. I need all your help. I have had enough of following my own counsel. My self-sufficiency and self-reliance and self-centeredness have caused me much pain and suffering in this life. I am no longer interested in relying on my own wisdom and understanding. It is good that you are admitting that you need my help. It is good that you have had enough of relying on yourself.

There is something you must do if you want my counsel and comfort and help. What is that? You must obey my commands. It is by your following and obeying my commands that you will receive my counsel and comfort and help. Will it be difficult for you to follow and obey me? That is not an easy question to answer. Why is that? On the one hand, I know that I do not obey you perfectly. I make mistakes. I take missteps. I sin. That is also good that you are willing to admit and confess your sins to me. I have and will forgive all your sins. For that, I am thankful and grateful beyond measure. I have more to say in answer to your question. Go ahead, I’m listening. I do love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I do want to obey you. I do want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. So, generally I do not find it difficult to follow and obey. It is the desire of my heart to follow and obey you. That is very good.

Now there is one more thing you must do if you want to receive my counsel and comfort and help. What is that? You must listen to me. You must quiet yourself before me. You must make yourself attentive to my voice. Does that make sense to you? It sure does. How would I ever be able to receive anything from you if I didn’t listen to you? So, you will listen attentively to me? You will quiet yourself before me so you can hear my voice? Yes, I will. That will be very good. Then you will be able to receive all that I have for you.  Thank you, Holy Spirit. 

Holy Spirit, I know I have not always listened well to you. I have been hard of hearing. Help me to slow down and quiet myself before you so that I can listen attentively to you. Lead me through life as I receive your comfort and counsel, encouragement and help. Amen

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What Do You Want?

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 96 – Luke 18:40-43- What Do You Want? – Growing As Disciples

Jesus stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he came near, Jesus asked him,  “What do you want me to do for you?” “Lord, I want to see,” he replied.  Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.”  Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God. Luke 18:40-43 (NIV)  

What Do You Want?

What do you want? What requests would you like to bring to me? What would you like me to do for you? What prayers are you willing to keep on passionately and persistently praying to me? These should not be shocking questions to you. It should come as no surprise to you that I want to hear and answer your prayers. There is no prayer that is too small or too large for you to pray to me. It is to my delight when you bring your prayers to me. It is to my joy when you live and walk in a prayer filled life of intimacy with me. Do you have any thoughts of this subject? Why aren’t all my prayers answered immediately? Why are some of my prayers answered only after a very long period of praying? Why is being passionate and persistent in my prayers important?  Why are some of prayers answered in ways that I could have never hoped for, dreamed of or even imagined? You have asked some very good questions. Let’s start with my answering your prayers. I’d like that. You might not. Why is that? Here is why. “No”, is sometimes an answer to your prayers. Why would I ever say, “no” to you? I might ask for something that would not be good for me. That’s true. What else? I might ask for something that is not a part of your purposes or plan. My perspective is limited. I only see the here and now, and that, not even very clearly. You see everything, including the future. Sometimes, maybe many times, you have answered my prayers in ways that were far better than I could have ever hoped for, dreamed of or even imagined. It is your kindness and mercy and love that makes you say, “no” or “not yet” or “yes, but according to my will and ways”. It pleases me that you have this understanding. Why must you sometimes passionately persist in your prayers? Why must you keep on praying and never give up? Here I am guessing. For some reason, an answer is not yet ready. I may not be ready. Someone else might not be ready. Circumstances might not be ready. In many cases, I may never know why an answer is delayed. However, I do know a couple things for certain. What’s that? I know that you have instructed me to be passionate and persistent in my prayers. My being passionate and persistent will never trouble you. No, it will not. I also know that as I keep on praying, my faith and hope and trust in you keeps on growing. Yes, it does. I also know that you want me to live and walk in a prayer filled life of intimacy with you. Yes, I do. Will you keep on praying? Will you keep on asking? Will you keep on telling me what you want me to do for you? Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will not let anything hinder me from praying to you. I will passionately and persistently keep on bringing my needs to you. I will not give up because a prayer of mine has not yet been answered. I will give thanks and praise to you for answering my prayers. Amen

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Spur One Another On

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 95 – Hebrews 10:24-25 – Spur One Another On – Growing As Disciples

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.  Hebrews 10:24-25(NIV)

Gather Together

Do you want to grow strong in your faith? Do you want to be able to live the life I have called you to live? Do you want to shine brightly as a witness in the world for me? Do you want to be able to resist temptation? Do you want to be able to stand against evil? Do you want to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans? Do you want to go where I am leading you? Do you want to be able to do what I am asking of you? Do you want to be able to bear fruit for my kingdom? Do you want to bring glory to my name? You have asked me many questions for all of which, I have the same answer. What is your answer? Yes, I want all these things. That is a very good answer.

If you want all that I want for you then you will do one thing without fail. What is that? You will make it your regular and consistent pattern to gather together with fellow believers, in my body, the church. You will allow yourself to become deeply rooted in my body, the church. You will find a place where you can love and serve others in my body. You are very emphatic on this point. Yes, I am. I am glad you noticed. It would be nearly impossible to not hear what you are clearly asking of me. I am glad that your ears are open to hear me.

Why am I so emphatic about you regularly and consistently gathering together with others in my body? I am not sure how to answer your question. Tell me what your experience has been. I can tell you that I was not made to live alone. I can tell you that I was not made to live a solitary life, all by myself. That’s true. What would happen to you if you tried to live your life of faith all alone, by yourself? I would be easy prey for the devil. I would be leaving myself wide open to spiritual attack. I would not be able to resist temptation or stand against evil. That’s true. What else? I would certainly wander off course. I would drift away from you. There is no doubt about that. What else? I would not be spurred on and encouraged by fellow believers. I would not find my place to minister in your body. I would not be used to spur on and encourage fellow believes in their faith. So, gathering together in my body is not only for your benefit? No, it is also a place for me to love and care for others. It is a place for me to use all the gifts you have given to me. It is a place for me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, it is. Will you keep on gathering together in my body, the church? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will make it my regular and consistent pattern to gather together with others in your body, the church. I will both give and receive encouragement to love others and do many good deeds. I will spur others on in their faith as I am also spurred on in my faith. Amen

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Who Gives Me Strength

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 94 – Philippians 4:13 – Who Gives Me Strength – Growing As Disciples

I can do everything through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13 (NIV)

His Strength

How do you feel right now? I’m really tired. I feel worn out and discouraged. I’m not sure that I can keep doing the work that you have given me to do. I don’t have the strength. That’s very good. Very good, why is that good? What will you do because you don’t have the strength to continue? I’m not sure. Will you quit and give up? No, I’m certainly not going to give up. I have come this far with you already. There is no turning back. There is no giving up. So, what will you do? I will do what I have done hundreds maybe thousands of times before. What’s that? I will cry out to you and ask you for your strength. That sounds good. How has that worked for you in the past? You have never let me down. You have always met me in my weakness. In my weakness you have always shown me your strength. Yes, I have. Why then did you have a moment of hesitation about what you might do now in your present weariness, discouragement and weakness? I’m not sure. I know that I have been slow to learn. I know that I have had a tendency to forget the lessons you have taught me. Yes, that’s true.

What lesson do you think I would like you to learn and never forget? You want me to always rely on you for your strength. You want me to allow your power and strength to work in and through me. Yes, I do. What won’t happen if you rely on my strength? I won’t get so discouraged, weary and worn out. No, you won’t. Don’t think that you will never get tired. You will. Don’t think that you won’t ever be discouraged. You will. But you will not experience the same crushing weariness and complete discouragement that you now feel.

What do you think I want you to know and feel when you rely on my strength? You want me to know that you are working in and through my life. You want me to know that I am being used for your kingdom and your glory. You want me to know that you are bearing an abundance of fruit through my life. You want me to feel joy and satisfaction in knowing that I am doing what you have asked me to do for you. You want me to feel peace and rest in the midst of hard work in the knowledge that I am being used by you. Yes, I do.

How do you feel right now? Weariness and discouragement have left me. I feel revived in my heart and mind and soul. Have you taken a nap since we began our conversation? No, you know that I haven’t. Why are you now revived? In your presence I have been revived. I fell your encouragement, power and strength. Will you go on? Will you continue to serve me? Yes Lord, it is my joy to serve you.

Once again you have learned a valuable lesson. Yes Lord, you have taught me another lesson. Tell me what you have learned. I have learned again that I can come to you. You will revive me. You will strengthen me. You will encourage me. You will lift me up. You will help me to keep following and serving you. Yes, I will.

Lord, there have been many times I have felt unable to do what you have given me to do. My weakness has caused me to come to ask for your strength. You have taught me to rely on you. Thank you for giving me your strength and helping me to do all things. Amen

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Renew Their Strength

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide- Promises - Day 93 - Isaiah 40:30-31- Renew Their Strength - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 93 – Isaiah 40:30-31- Renew Their Strength – Growing As Disciples

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31 (NIV)

Wait 

You look really worn out. I feel exhausted. I don’t think that I can take one more step. I hate being this weary. I don’t like seeing you like this either. You don’t? Of course not, it isn’t my plan for you to be unhappy, overworked and worn out. Can I ask you a question? Go right ahead. Why do you give me so much work to do if you don’t like seeing me weary and worn out? Are you sure that you aren’t doing more than I have asked you to do for me? Am I? Now, that’s a good question at the wrong time. Why is that? You tell me. It’s probably better to ask you if you want me to take on an assignment before I start rather then while I’m worn out trying to complete it. You got that right. So, what will you do differently in the future? I will ask you to help me to know if I should or shouldn’t take on a new assignment. That will be very good. Trying to do too much is not the only explanation for why you might be weary in your work. What might be another explanation?

You were right about one thing. What’s that? I will always give you more than you can accomplish. I thought you didn’t like seeing me weary and worn out. I don’t. Now, I’m confused. Why do you think I will always give you more than you can accomplish? I’m not sure. If I only gave you what you could accomplish, who would you rely on to accomplish it? I would rely on myself. That’s right and is that a good thing? No, it’s not. Why is that? You want me to come to rely on you for your strength to accomplish what you have given me to do. Yes, I do. Why do you think I want you to come to rely on me? I’m not sure. Think hard. You want to develop a relationship with me. Yes, I do. Do you think it is possible that I am more interested in developing a relationship with you than I am in seeing you accomplish great things for me? Is that true? Yes, it is. In fact I will not let you accomplish great things for me unless we have developed a close relationship with each other. My coming to rely on you is that important to you? Yes, it is. That makes me glad. Yes, I knew it would. There is another reason I will not give you my power and strength to accomplish things for me without us developing a close relationship with each other. What’s that?

Who would get the credit if I allowed you to accomplish great things with your own strength? I suppose that I would. Yes, you would. Would anyone be drawn to me through the great things you did with your own strength? Probably not. Would you have any sense that I was working in and through your life if you only accomplished what you could do with your own strength? No, I wouldn’t. Can you see the point? You want me to rely on you so I can come to know you. Yes, I do. You want others to be drawn to you through the work that you do in and through my life. Yes, I do. Is that what you want? Yes Lord, that’s exactly what I want. I will come to rely and wait on you. That will be very good.

Lord, I know I will never have enough of my own power and strength to follow and serve you. That’s a good thing. Otherwise I might be tempted to rely on myself. Instead I will rely on you and wait for you to renew me with your strength. Amen

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Goes With You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 92 – Deuteronomy 31:6 – Goes With You – Growing As Disciples

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) 

Courageous

You will face battles in life. You will be called upon to stand up and fight. You are sure to find yourself in fearful and terrifying situations. I don’t like the sound of this. That comes as no surprise to me. Why is that? Do you want me to work in and through your life? Yes, I want you to work in and through my life. Do you want to know me? Yes, I want to know you intimately. What does you working in and through my life and knowing you intimately have to do with facing and fighting battles in life? That’s a good question. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead. Have you come to know and rely on me more in and through the battles in life or when you were resting in your comfort zone? Obviously, I have come to know and rely on you more in and through the battles of life. I’ll ask you another question. I’m listening. Have you born more fruit for my kingdom and glory when you have been challenged beyond your gifts, talents and abilities or when the task at hand was very easy to accomplish? I have born more fruit when I have been challenged beyond my gifts, talents and abilities. Then would you say that a lot of good has happened, as you have had to stand up and fight battles in life? Yes, that’s true.

Let me ask these questions to you again. I want us to spend more time on them. Go right ahead. What’s good about battles in life? What’s good about going through fearful and terrifying situations? What’s good about having to stand up and fight? What have you learned? What have I taught you? You have taught me to cry out to you for help. Have I answered your prayers? Yes, you have answered my prayers. Have I brought you through fearful and terrifying situations? Yes, you have brought me through every trial and difficulty I have ever faced. Sometimes, I have had to look back with the perspective of time and distance to clearly see that you have always had a hold of me and were leading me through every battle I faced in life.

What has knowing that I am always with you done for you? Knowing that you are with me has given me courage and strength. Knowing that you are with me has helped me to stand up and fight. Knowing that you are with me has helped me to trust and rely on you. Knowing that you are with me has helped to leave my comfort zone to follow you to wherever you lead me to do whatever you have asked of me. Yes, these are all true. 

If you could choose a life of constant comfort or a life filled with battles that I led you through which would you choose? Without hesitation I would choose a life of following you even knowing that you will lead me through battles and challenges in life. You really do want to know me? You really do want to be used by me? Yes Lord, I do. Follow me. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, thank you that you are always with me to help me in and through the battles that I face in life. I will trust you for all my courage and strength as I rely on you to help me. It is my joy to know that you will never leave or forsake me. Amen

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Watch Over You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 91 – Psalm 32:8 – Watch Over You – Growing As Disciples

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

Come And Ask

Come and ask. Come and ask for what? Come and ask for directions. Come and ask for teaching. Come and ask for instructions. Come and ask for counsel and guidance. I have my eye on you. I know exactly what you need. I know exactly what I want to teach you. I know exactly where I want you to go. I know exactly what I want you to do. Do you know any of these things with absolute certainty? No, I do not know.

What would prevent you from coming to ask me for all that you need in life? Do you think I would withhold my wisdom and instruction from you when you ask? No, I do not think you would withhold any good thing you want to give me. Do you believe that I want to instruct, teach, counsel and guide you as you go through life? Yes, I’m positive that you want to do all this and even more for me. Yes, I do. 

What do you think that I want from you? Under what circumstances will you not receive all that I want to give to you? What would prevent you from coming to me? You want us to live in a relationship with each other. You want me to come to you to ask you for all that I need. You want me to rely on you for your help. You want me to know that your hand is on me and that you are blessing my life. You want me to receive absolutely everything you want to give to me. You don’t want me to miss out on even one good thing that you have prepared for me. You want to do things in and through my life that only you can do. In this way my life will give honor and glory to you. You have all this right so far. You haven’t yet told me what might prevent you from coming to me to rely on me. I can think of a couple reasons why I haven’t come to you in the past. Go ahead and tell me why you haven’t come to me. They are not good reasons. I would never claim that I had good reasons for not coming to you. I’m listening. My pride and independence has prevented me from coming to you. I have thought that I knew it all and really did not need your help. Were you right? No, I have been absolutely wrong. I need all the help that you will give to me. What are you learning? I am learning to lay down my pride and independence so that I can come to fully rely on you. That is a very good lesson, isn’t it? Yes, it is. What else has prevented you from coming to me to rely on me? Sometimes, knowing my own sinfulness has made me not want to come to you. I have felt so unworthy and unclean and unable to come into your presence. That is not good. In those moments what have you forgotten? I have forgotten that I have been made worthy, clean and able to come before you. Why is that? Your Son, Jesus Christ paid for my sin. He has forgiven and cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. He has made me able to come into your presence. Yes, He has done all that for you. Do you have any other reasons why you have not come to me to ask for all that you need? No, I do not. Then you have no good reason to not come to me, do you? No, I do not. Will you come to me to receive all that I want to give to you? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I will not be stubborn or filled with pride. You will have no need to convince me to come to you. I welcome you to instruct, teach, counsel and guide me. I am relying on you to be with me to help and watch over my life as I follow you. Amen

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Give You Rest

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 90 - Matthew 11:28-30 - Give You Rest - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 90 – Matthew 11:28-30 – Give You Rest – Growing As Disciples

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Lay Your Burdens Down 

Can you hear me calling you? Yes, I can. Come to me now. You are weary and worn out. Yes, I am. You have been carrying a heavy burden. Yes, I have. Would you like to lay your burden down? Yes, I would. Do you have any idea of what burdens you have been carrying? Do you know their names? I know some of them. Tell me about your burdens. What are their names? I have been carrying the weight of my own sin. I am coming to you to receive my forgiveness and cleansing. I am coming to you to live a new life with you. I’m leaving my old sinful life behind. Yes, that is quite a heavy burden. I carried the burden of your sin to the cross so you could be forgiven and cleansed and have a new relationship with me. How do you feel now that you have set that burden down? I feel set free. I feel fresh and alive. I feel much lighter. Yes, you have been set free. Yes you have been given a fresh start. Yes, you are alive in me. You are no longer weighed down by the weight of your sins. 

What are you doing now? Right now? Yes, right now. I’m sitting here talking to you. I’m here to listening to all that you have to say to me. How do you feel right now? I feel at peace. I feel like my soul is being restored. As I listen to you I feel like I am being healed in your presence. Why do you feel at peace? I feel like I don’t need to figure everything out. I don’t have to know every answer. I don’t have to know every step I will take in life. Why is that? I can rest here in your presence. You will teach me. You will guide me. You will show me my next steps in life. Yes, I will.

So, as you rest here in my presence what burdens are you actually laying down? I’m laying down the burden of trying to figure out all my next steps in life. You will guide my life. Yes, I will. I’m laying down the burden of relying on myself to guide the course of my life. I can rely on you. Yes, you can. I’m laying down the burden of thinking that I need to know and have all the answers to questions in life. I can ask for and receive wisdom from you. Yes, you can. I’m laying down the burden of racing through life. I can rest here in your presence. This is a very good place to be. Yes, it is. I’m laying down the burden of thinking that I am all alone in life. You are always with me. You will never leave or forsake me. No, I will not. I’m laying down the burden of my future. My future is in your hands now and forever. One day I will come to live forever in heaven. Yes, you will.

At one time I thought it might be a burden to try to please you. I wondered if I would ever be able to please you. I have also laid this burden down. I know that you love me. Yes, I do. I also love you with all my heart and soul and mind. As I come to you I know you and your love. As I come to you I grow more and more in love with you every day. I am living in your love. Yes, you are. Now it is my joy and no burden at all to do what pleases you. It is the desire of my heart to obey, follow and serve you. Yes, it is.

Lord, thank you for calling me to come to you. I was weary and carrying a heavy burden. You forgave my sin and cleansed me within. Now, I am being refreshed in my soul as I am being taught by you. Love has made it no burden to obey, follow and serve you. Amen

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Promises – Day 90 – Matthew 11-28-30 – Give You Rest – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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The Law Of The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 89 - Psalm 19:7-11 - The Law Of The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 89 – Psalm 19:7-11 – The Law Of The Lord – Growing As Disciples

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

How Valuable?

How valuable is my word to you? Nothing in this entire world is more valuable to me than your word. If there were two lines that either gave out free gold or your word I would get in line to receive your word. My word is that valuable to you? Yes, it is. Why is that? What has my word done for you? You speak to me as I meet with you in your word. You show me what you want me to see in your word. You open my ears to what you want me to hear from your word. Yes, I do.  My relationship with you is centered in your word. Without your word I wouldn’t be able to know you. Without your word I would not be able to follow and serve you. Your word makes me able to obey you. I am pleased to hear what you are saying to me. 

How does my word make you able to obey me? Your word is what your Holy Spirit uses to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. At one time I found it very difficult to want to obey you. Obeying you was a test of my will. Sometimes I would obey you. Sometimes I wouldn’t obey you. Now, it is the desire of my heart to obey you. I can see that in you. That is quite a change. We both know that I am not perfect. Yes, we do. But, I love you. I want to obey you. It is my joy to do what pleases you. You have changed my heart by your word. Yes, I have done that. But, that’s not all, there is much more. Tell me about it. I can see that you are excited. Yes, I am. Your word is transforming my mind. You are helping me to know you and to think your thoughts. Yes, I am. At one time I was embarrassed about the thoughts of my mind. I would have been horrified to have people know the thoughts of my mind. I tried to keep a tight lid on improper thoughts that would come into my mind. But, not now? Now, I can’t say that every thought that comes into my mind is pure. But, your transformation of my mind is changing my thoughts and is making me able to follow and obey you. I am quick to kick improper thoughts out of my mind thanks to how your word has been transforming my mind. It is like your Holy Spirit uses your word to fight in me, with me and for me. Yes, He does.

How does my word guide your life? Your word has changed my thoughts, words and deeds. I am now guided by doing what pleases you. At one time I lived solely to please myself. But, not now? Now, I am looking for ways to please you. I am excited to do your will. Most of all I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. I want to go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. Everyday I come to meet with you in your word so that I can receive instructions from you. That’s very good.

Lord, your word is more valuable than gold and sweeter than honey. You have revived my soul, given me joy, made me wise and opened my eyes with your word. Thank you for warning and rewarding me as I have heard and obeyed your word. Amen

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Demolish Strongholds

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 88 -2 Corinthians 10:4-5- Demolish Strongholds- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises- Day 88- 2 Corinthians 10:4-5- Demolish Strongholds- Growing As Disciples

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)

Your Weapons

Be very careful about what you allow yourself to think. Why is that? There is a battle going on. What kind of battle is going on and where is this battle being fought? This battle that I am referring to is being fought over your heart and mind. How will I fight and wage war in this battle? What forces am I up against? What weapons can I use in this battle? Those are very good questions. You are up against the forces of evil that are in the world. Your heart and mind are constantly under bombardment from evil thoughts, values and practices that are in the world. It is the world’s plan to try to conform you to its pattern. It is the world’s plan to enslave you to all its sinful desires and set up strongholds in your life. You must stand against this evil that seeks to fight against you. But, you will not be able to fight this battle against evil with your own power and strength. Why not? You must rely on me and use weapons that I have given to you.

I’m not even sure where to begin to stand to fight against evil in this battle. I’m not sure of what you are talking about when you say that I have weapons to fight against evil and tear down strongholds. What’s a stronghold? What are my weapons that I can use in this fight? Again, you have asked very good questions. First, you must stand with me and believe that you really are in a war and are now engaged in a battle. I have no doubt about that. You must also begin to recognize and take captive every evil thought and make them obedient to me. How do I do that? Let’s talk about my word. My word is a weapon. My word is a sword that the Holy Spirit will use to fight in you, with you and for you. Evil thoughts that are not from me set up strongholds that oppose me. These strongholds can be in the world. These strongholds can be in your life. Can you give me an example? Yes, I can. Pride is an evil thought that sets up strongholds. Pride might tell you that you don’t need me and that you can rely on yourself. This kind of pride sets up the stronghold of independence and leads people away from me. Have you ever recognized the stronghold of pride and independence in the world or in your own life? Yes, I have. This stronghold needs to be torn down so that you will humbly come to know and rely on me. Yes, it does. Will you ask me to tear down the stronghold of pride in your life? Yes, I will. When you do that you will be using two more weapons at your disposal. Can you tell me what those weapons are? I think so. I will be using the weapons of prayer and faith. I will be praying in faith as I ask you to tear down a stronghold in my life. Yes, you will. How many weapons have we talked about so far? We have talked about your word, the Holy Spirit, prayer and faith. That’s right. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead. Why do you have faith that I will fight with you against evil in the world? I know that you love me. You are with me to help me. The love you have for me has caused me to place all my faith and hope and love in you. You have mentioned two more weapons. My love and hope in you are weapons? Yes, they are, you will fight with all your heart and mind and soul because of the love and hope you have in me. Yes, I will.

Lord, thank you for giving me weapons to fight evil in the world. Help me to tear down strongholds of evil both in my life and in the world. Help me to humbly take every thought of mine captive and make them obedient to you. Amen

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