Saw The Courage

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 128 - Acts 4:13 - Saw The Courage - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 128 – Acts 4:13 – Saw The Courage – Growing As Disciples

When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 (NIV)

With Me

What will happen to you when you spend time with me? That is a good question. That is a question that has no short and simple answer. That is a question that no doubt will have answers that will unfold in different ways during the entire course of my life. I now know some of the answers to your question. Many answers to your question are completely unknown to me, at this time. Start with what you know. I know that I will be changed in your presence. You will make me to be more like you every day as I spend time with you. How so? I will come to know you. I will come to love you. I will come to be fully devoted to you. I will begin to think your thoughts, speak your words and take your actions. I will live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. Why is that? As I spend time in your presence, I will come to know your will. As I spend time in your presence, you will help me to walk in your ways. You will make me able to resist temptation. You will make me able to stand against evil. As I draw near to you, and submit myself to you, the devil and all his evil will flee from my life. Yes, all these things will happen to you as you spend time in my presence. 

What will I do through you as you spend time in my presence? You will make me to be a bold witness for you in the world. You will make me able to speak and act with courage. You will make me able to shine brightly for you in the darkness of the world. You will make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I will do all these things through you as you spend time with me.

What will others notice about you as you spend time in my presence? Others will notice that your light and life is shining and being lived out in and through me. They will see your love and kindness and mercy being expressed through me. Others will want to come to know and love and follow you because of what they see of you in me. Yes, this is what others will see in you as you spend time with me. Will you make spending time with me the priority of your daily life? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I am tired of being timid. I lack courage and boldness. I want to be powerfully used as your witness in the world. Help me to shine brightly for you. Give me courage and boldness as I spend time with you. Cause others to take note that I have been with you. Amen

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You Say So

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 127 - Luke 5:4-7- You Say So - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 127 – Luke 5:4-7- You Say So – Growing As Disciples

When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Put out into deep water, and let down the nets for a catch.”  Simon answered, “Master, we’ve worked hard all night and haven’t caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets.”  When they had done so, they caught such a large number of fish that their nets began to break.  So they signaled their partners in the other boat to come and help them, and they came and filled both boats so full that they began to sink. Luke 5:4-7 (NIV)

My Word

Will you listen to my word? Will you go and do what I ask of you? Will you go and do what I ask even when you don’t fully understand what I am asking of you? Will you go and do what I am asking of you when you would rather not? Will you go and do what I am asking of you when it is inconvenient and uncomfortable? Will you be willing to go far out of your way to do what I am asking of you? Will you go and do what I am asking of you when you don’t think that the recipient of your efforts is worth your trouble? Will you go and do what I am asking you simply because I asked you to do it for me. I was beginning to wonder how many ways you would ask me if I would be willing to go and do what you asked of me. I just started to scratch the surface of the different ways I could ask you the same question. Would you like me to ask you more questions? No, I get your point. What is my point? You want me to tell you if there are any reasons or situations or circumstances in which I would not go and do what you ask of me. You want to know if I will follow and obey you no matter the cost. These questions and my answers are not for your benefit. You know what I will think before I think it. You know what I will say before I say it. You know what I will do before I do it. Yes, I do. You want me to ask and answer these questions now so that I will remember how I want to answer them in the future. Yes, I do.  Here is my answer. I am listening. I will go and do whatever you ask me to go and do for you under any and every circumstance. I will listen to your word. I will follow and obey your word. Use me to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. Make my life fruitful for your kingdom. Help me to bring glory to your name. I am at your service. That is very good. I will make you fruitful for my kingdom as you obey my word. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, no longer will I live by my own wisdom. Instead, I will carefully hear and fully obey your word. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and life. I will allow your word to guide my life. I will go and do all you ask of me simply because you say so. Amen

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You Hear My Voice

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 126 – Psalm 5:1-3- You Hear My Voice- Growing As Disciples

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing.  Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray.  In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:1-3 (NIV)

Hear You

Do you believe that I will hear you? Do you know that I will answer your prayers? Yes, I believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. Do you have any doubts about my statement? I don’t doubt your statement. I do have a question about your statement. Go ahead, I’m listening. If you believe that I will hear and answer your prayer requests why don’t you lay more of them before me? That is a very good question, for which, I have no good answer. Let me hear your less than good answers. It will be helpful for you to uncover and expose reasons why you don’t lay all your needs before me. Why is that? Uncovering and exposing your less than good reasons for not praying to me will be a first step toward eliminating them from your life. Alright, here goes. I’m not proud to admit that sometimes, I think I can handle my problems by myself, without your help. So, you are sometimes self-reliant? Yes, that’s it. What do you think about your being self-reliant? It’s not good. I’m sure that my self-reliance is rooted in my being proud. How so? I must think that I can and should be able to handle my problems by myself. How has that worked out for you? Relying on myself has not brought about good results. I have made foolish mistakes. I have taken dumb missteps. I have sinned against you by going and doing what was not your will. I really do need your help. Yes, you do, and I am ready to hear your prayers and give you my help. For that I am thankful and grateful. Name another reason why you haven’t laid your prayer requests for me. In times past, I have not set aside a specific time and place to meet with you in prayer. Why is that a problem? How is that a hindrance? Life is busy. Life is noisy. Life is distracting. If I don’t have a set time and place to meet with you in prayer, it likely will not happen. A day without prayer can become week, a week can become a month, a month can become a year, and a year could become a life without prayer. That I don’t want. That will not happen to me. Why is that? Now, I have set a time and place to meet with you in prayer. Yes, and that is very good. What do you now need to learn as you draw near to me in prayer? I now need to pour my heart out to you in prayer. I now need to hold nothing back when I am praying to you. I now need to know that no prayer is too small or too large to pray to you. You will delight in hearing all my prayers. Yes, I will. Keep on meeting with me. Keep on pouring your heart out to me. Keep on laying all your prayers before me. Yes, I will. That will be very good. I will hear you. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will lay my requests before you in the morning. I will rely on your help and protection. Be my refuge. Shield me from attacks. Hear my voice as I cry out to you. Thank you for hearing and answering my prayers. I will wait before you in expectation. Amen

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I Will Help You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 125 – Exodus 4:10-13 – I Will Help You – Growing As Disciples

Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”  The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD?  Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”  But Moses said, “O Lord, please send someone else to do it.” Exodus 4:10-13 (NIV)

Help You

Do you believe that? Do I believe what? Do you believe that I will help you? Yes, I believe that you will help me. That is easy to say. Let me put more of a test to that question. I’m game. Great, here goes. Do you know that I will often ask you to go and do something for me that will not be easy? That sounds like an understatement to me. How so? You often ask me to go and do what I think is far beyond my ability. By that, I mean that you will often ask me to go and do what is far beyond easy. That is true. Why would I ask you to go and do what is beyond your own ability? Does that seem unfair to you? Do my requests seem unreasonable to you? No, not at all. Why do my requests not seem unfair or unreasonable to you? I know what you are trying to accomplish in me. What’s that? You want me to come to rely on you. You want me to place my faith you. You want me to come to know you more intimately. You want to do in and through me what only you could have done. You want me to know that you are working in and through me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. You want others to be drawn to you through the ways that you have worked in and through my life. You want me to give thanks and praise and honor to you for all that you have done in and through my life. Finally, you want me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You want me to shine brightly as a witness for you in the world. Yes, I want to do all these things in, for, and through you. Would any of these goals of yours be accomplished if you were to only give me very easy assignments that I could accomplish by myself, without your help? No, not at all, there is no doubt about that. You are very wise to know and think these thoughts. These are good reasons why I will continue to ask you to do what seems to be beyond your ability to accomplish. Will you go and do whatever I ask of you? Will you rely fully on me? Will you allow me to make you able to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans? Yes Lord, I will. That is very good. 

Lord, I know you will ask me to do what is beyond my ability. In the past, I would make excuses and try to get out of doing what you asked of me. No more. Now I rely on you. I know you will make me able to do whatever you ask of me. All my faith is in you. Amen

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Treasures Of Darkness

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 124 – Isaiah 45:3 – Treasures Of Darkness – Growing As Disciples

I will give you the treasures of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may know that I am the LORD, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3 (NIV)

Darkness

I gather that you are not a fan of the darkness. That’s right, there is no doubt about that. You don’t like it when you can’t see clearly. Yep. You don’t like it when things are not going your way. That’s true.  You don’t like it when you are encountering troubles and experiencing trials. You got that right. Who likes the darkness? Who has any pleasure in troubles and trials? Who has joy in things not going their way? Those actually are good questions. Why is that? I’m not expecting that you will be grateful and thankful for troubles and trials that have come into your life. I don’t expect you to be a fan of darkness. It would be weird if you enjoyed things not going your way. But have you received any benefit in the troubles and trials you have gone through? Well yes, I have as a matter of fact. How so? In the darkness I have cried out to you. I have drawn near to you. You have drawn near to me. I have held on to you as you have held on to me. So, you would say that our relationship has grown more intimate as you have cried out to me, when you have found yourself in the darkness? Yes, I would. Is that a valuable treasure? Is that something you highly value? Yes, our relationship becoming more intimate is a valuable treasure that I wouldn’t trade for anything else in this life. That’s very good. Would you also say that your faith has grown stronger as you have cried out to me in the darkness of troubles and trials, when things have not gone your way? Yes, my faith has grown stronger as I have cried out to you. Why is that? You have been with me to help me in my troubles and trials. You have been my refuge and fortress. You have been my shelter in every storm. Is your faith in me growing stronger, a valuable treasure, you have received in the darkness as you have relied on me? Yes, it is. One final question. I’m listening. Have times of darkness helped you to come to know me in new ways? Yes, without a doubt. How so? Moments of darkness have helped me to know you as my counselor and comforter. Moments of darkness have helped me to know you as my healer. Moments of darkness have helped me to know you as my defender and deliverer. Isn’t that good? Are these not also treasures that you have received as you have walked through the darkness with me? Yes Lord, these are all treasures I have received as I have walked through the darkness with you. Thank you for your goodness. Thank you for your kindness and mercy and love. You have richly blessed my life with many hidden treasures that could only have been found in the darkness. Yes, I have. Yes, I am. Yes, I will.

Lord, I am not a fan of darkness. I would like to avoid darkness of every kind. I know this world is filled with darkness that I must walk through. Help me to walk through darkness. Show me treasures that I can only receive by walking through darkness with you. Amen

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Overcome Evil With Good

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 123 – Romans 12:17-21 – Overcome Evil With Good – Growing As Disciples

Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.  On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Romans 12:17-21 (NIV)

What Is Right

Will you do that? Will I do what? Will you do what is right? I know you want me to always do what is right. Yes, I do. But do you have a specific context in mind right now? Is there some circumstance in which you want me to be particularly careful that I do what is right? Yes, I do. You have asked a very good question. What are your typical thoughts when someone has done some evil against you? I think about how I might seek revenge. I think about how I might get even. I think about how I might be able to inflict some pain and suffering on those who have hurt and harmed me. All these thoughts are a complete and total waste of your time and energy. Yes, they are without a doubt. Why are you agreeing with me so quickly and easily? I have thought these thoughts of revenge and pay back, but I can’t recall ever acting on them. So, these have been your thoughts but not your actions? Yes, that is generally correct, I think. Why think evil thoughts that you will never act on? Do you think there is some virtue in thinking evil thoughts but never acting on them? No, I’m sure that I should not dwell on evil thoughts, even though I will never act on them. But you do act on them, only not in the way you have been thinking. What do you do when someone has hurt or harmed you? I move on. I distance myself from anyone who has ever hurt or harmed me. Say what you do a little more clearly. Alright, the truth is, I cut them out of my life completely. I will never give them another opportunity to hurt or harm me again. Is that good? Is that right? Is that my desire for you? Is this my plan for your life? Would this be following my example? I’m not proud of the course of action I have taken. That’s good. 

What is good? What is right? How do you think I want you to respond to evil that has been done against you? You want me to repay evil with good. You want me to always do what is right. You want me to follow your example. What is my example? You repaid evil with good. You loved even those who hurt and harmed you. You loved your enemies. You overcame evil by doing good. Will you follow my example? Will you always do what is right? Will you repay evil by doing what is good? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I have been tempted to repay evil with evil. I have wanted to get even for the evil that was done against me. This is a foolish mistake. Help me to always repay evil with good. Help me to do what is right so that I will be able to overcome evil with good. Amen

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Let Your Light Shine

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 122 – Matthew 5:13-16 – Let Your Light Shine – Growing As Disciples

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.  Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.  In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)

Salt And Light

Is that what you want to be? Is what do I want to be? Do you want to be salt and light in the world? Do you want others to give thanks and praise and honor and glory to me because of what they feel and see coming out of your life? Nothing would give me greater hope and joy and pleasure to be salt and light for you in the world. To know that I have been, am, and will be used by you would be very satisfying and gratifying. How can I be salt for you in the world? How can I be a light for you in the world? Those are very good questions. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead, I am listening. Does salt and light originate in you? I’m not sure what you mean. Are you the source of salt and light that will cause others to give thanks and praise and honor and glory to me? Will doing what comes naturally to you bring salt and light to others in the world? Those are easy questions to answer. What are your answers? I am certainly not the source of world changing salt and light, there is no doubt about that. Doing what comes naturally to me will never bring salt and light into the world. My efforts alone will never give others cause to give thanks and praise and honor and glory to you. It is good that you know these thoughts to be true.

So, what then will cause you to be able to live as salt and light in the world? Only living in an intimate relationship with you will allow me to be salt and light in the world. You are the source of any salt and light that will come out of my life. As I allow you to live in and through me, I will salt the world all around me with your flavor. As I allow you to live in and through me, I will bring light into the darkness of the world all around me. Will you live in an intimate relationship with me? Will you draw near to me? Will you walk with me through life? Will you allow me to make you salt and light in the world? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father help me to be salt on this earth. Help me to bring your flavor to people everywhere. Help me to be a light in the world. Help me to shine in the darkness in such a way that people will give thanks, praise and honor and glory to you. This is my prayer. Amen

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Life In His Name

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 121 – John 20:30-31 – Life In His Name – Growing As Disciples

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book.  But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31 (NIV)

Believe In Me 

Do you believe in me? Do you believe that I am the Christ? Do you believe that I am the Son of God? Yes, I do believe in you. I do believe that you are the Christ. You are the Son of God. What does believing in me mean to you? That is a short question with a long answer. I have plenty of time. I will listen to your entire answer. First, it was you who made it possible for me to come to believe in you. How so? You drew me to you. I was on a path walking way from you. I was living a life apart from you. You got my attention. You turned my life around. You allowed me to see and feel the brokenness of my life without you. I was dead and didn’t know it. My sinful life in the world was leaving me bruised and battered and broken. You helped me to cry out to you. You helped me to ask you into my life as my Savior and Lord. You forgave my sin. You cleansed my unrighteousness. You put your Holy Spirit in me. You gave me a completely new life to live in you. Yes, I did all these things for you.

I would like you to say more about your believing in me. Is believing in me like accepting a set of facts, like a mathematical equation? No, not at all. Believing in you turned my life around. Believing in you turned me life upside down. My new life in you looks nothing like my old life in the world. Then I lived for myself. Then I did what I wanted when I wanted. I lived for my own comfort. I lived for my own pleasure. I did what was right in my own eyes. I followed my own counsel. I lived by my own wisdom. Now, I’m living to please you. I want to do what is good and right and true. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. I want to live my life with and for you. All these desires that are now in my heart and mind and life are part of believing in you as my Savior and Lord. Yes, they are and that is very good. 

What has helped your faith and belief in me to grow stronger? What have I given you to help you to know and love and follow and serve me? You have given me your word. Your word molds and shapes me. Your word teaches and trains me. Your word guards and guides me. Your word strengthens and sustains me. Yes, my word has been and will continue to do these things for you as you take it deeply into your heart and mind and life. Will you keep on meeting with me in my word? Will you keep on allowing my word to do its work in you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, thank you for drawing me to you. You made it so I could come to know and love and follow and believe in you. You are my Savior and Lord. I have turned away from my old, sinful and dead life in the world. You have given me a completely new life in you. Amen

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Renewed Day By Day

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 120 – 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 – Renewed Day By Day – Growing As Disciples

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.  For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.  So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV) 

Don’t Lose Heart

Don’t lose heart. Why should I not lose heart? That is a good question. I will tell you how you will certainly lose heart. How is that? If your heart and mind and life are focused on this life and the things of this earth, you will certainly lose heart. Why is that? This sin broken world is full of pain and suffering and sickness and death. When sin came into this world it ceased to function according to its original design. Nothing in this world has been left untouched by sin. Does any of this surprise you? No, not at all. Look at your own body. You are no longer as young as you once were. Outwardly, your body is wasting away. You are growing old. Yes, I am. If you were to focus on the passage of time and the condition of your body, you would certainly lose heart. Yes, that is true. Look at the changes that have been occurring all around. Friends have come and gone. Love ones have passed away. You have experienced significant loses. There is no doubt about that. Look at what were once your prized possessions. Most are long gone from rust and decay. Are we coming to the encouraging part yet? If we keep going, I might continue to lose even more heart. I want you to see that nothing from this life will keep you from losing heart. I get that. You have me convinced. That’s good.

Maybe I should ask a better question. What’s that? How can I be kept from losing heart? That is a far better question. I will help you with the answer. I’d like that. Focus your heart and mind and life on me. Focus your heart and mind and life on what is unseen and eternal. Focus your heart and mind life on the fact that I am renewing you inwardly day by day. I am doing a work in you every day as you love and follow and serve me. This life and all that is in it will pass away. The troubles of this life are but for a moment. One day you will come to live forever with me in the glorious splendor of heaven. Follow me to where I lead. Do what I give you to do. Bear fruit for my kingdom. Bring glory to my name. Allow me to use you for my purposes to fulfil my plans. Do all these things and you will never lose heart. I will do all that you are asking of me. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, it is obvious that my body is wasting away. That does not discourage me. I know that I am not meant for this life. No, day by day you are renewing me inwardly. You are helping me to keep my focus on you and what is unseen and eternal. Thank you for that. Amen

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A New Thing!

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 119 - Isaiah 43:18-19 - A New Thing!- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 119 – Isaiah 43:18-19 – A New Thing!- Growing As Disciples

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. Isaiah 43:18-19 (NIV)

Something New

I am doing something new; do you want to see it? Of course, I want to see what you are doing. Who wouldn’t want to see something new that you are doing? Won’t the new thing you are doing be easy to spot? Shouldn’t the new thing you are doing be readily apparent to me? You might think so, you might guess so, but you would be wrong. Why is that? There are many reasons why people fail to perceive something new that I am doing. Can you give me examples? Can you help my understanding? Can you give me your wisdom and insight? Now, there you go. You have asked some great questions. You want understanding and wisdom and insight. You want to see the something new that I am doing. To see the something new I am doing that desire must be in you. Many could care less about what I am doing in the world. Really, that seems hard to believe. It’s true, many have their focus entirely elsewhere. Their eyes are on the past. How will that prevent someone from seeing the something new you are doing? They may be weighed down by the heavy burden of past failures and regrets. They may be living on glory of past accomplishments. They may be stuck in bitterness and unforgiveness over some way that they have been mistreated and hurt by others. For whatever reason, their focus is everywhere, but on me. They are wrapped up tightly in their own little world that revolves entirely around themselves. They are blinded to the something new that I am doing because they are not looking for it. That’s not good. Now, it is not.

What must I do so I can see the something new that you are doing? You must take your focus off yourself. You must let go off the past. Past failures and regrets are forgiven and forgotten. Past hurts are healed. Past accomplishments and achievements are behind you. Turn your focus on to me. Keep your heart and mind and eyes and ears open. Be attentive. Be watching. Be listening. Be expectant. Be looking forward, not backward. Have faith that I am and will be doing a new thing in, for, and through you. Follow me to where I am leading you. Join in on the work I will give you to do for me. My hand is on you. My favor is with you. I will make you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. I will use you to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. I will do all that you have asked of me. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I will let go and forget former things. I will not dwell on the past. I will put all that is not helpful far behind me. I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. Where are you leading me? What new thing do you want to do in, for, or through me? Amen

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