Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world. For them I sanctify myself, that they too may be truly sanctified. John 17:17-19 (NIV)
You have been set apart to live your life with and for me. I have made you to be my very own. You are my child. I am your Father. I am molding and shaping your life. I am using my word to change your heart, transform your mind, and guide your life. I am using my word to transform the thoughts of your mind, words of your mouth and deeds of your life. I will be using my word to prepare and powerfully use you as my servant in the world. Make no mistake about it, I will use you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. You have been and will continue to be sent out into the world. You will shine as a bright witness for me. My light will shine through you. My life will be lived out in you. Many will come to know and love and follow and serve me because I will have worked in and through your life. You will indeed bear fruit for my kingdom. You will indeed bring glory to my name. How does all this sound to you? Is what I am saying fully agreeable to you? Nothing could sound better to me. It is the desire of my heart to live my life with and for you. I am so thankful and grateful that you have made me to be your very own. All that you have said, is fully agreeable to me. That is very good.
There is one thing that you must do if you want me to prepare and powerfully use you as my witness in the world. What is that? Name it and I will do it. You must draw near to me. You must quiet yourself before me. You must listen attentively to me. You must listen to my word. You must allow me to speak into your life. You must allow me to use my word to prepare and powerfully work in and through you. Is that clear? Have I said anything that is a mystery to you? No, you are being very clear. I understand you completely. That’s good. When will we meet? Meet? Yes, meet. Do you think you will draw near to me, to listen to me, if you don’t set aside a time and place to meet with me? No, probably not. Probably not? No, certainly not. Why is that? If I don’t set a time and place to meet with you in your word, it will never happen, at least not with any regularity. Is that from your voice of experience? Yes, it is. So now, I have set a time and place to meet with you. Our time together will be of the highest priority. That is very good.
Lord, I welcome you to use your word to do your work in and through me. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. Use your word to prepare and powerfully use me to serve you in the world. Help me to accomplish your plans. Amen
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