Bring Life

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Healing - Proverbs 4:20-22 - Bring Life - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Healing – Proverbs 4:20-22 – Bring Life – Growing As Disciples

My child, pay attention to what I say. Listen carefully to my words. Don’t lose sight of them. Let them penetrate deep into your heart, for they bring life to those who find them, and healing to their whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22 (NLT)

Penetrate Your Heart 

I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I know that you want me to live a full and vibrant and healthy life that bears fruit for your kingdom and brings glory to your name. Yes, I do. I know that on my own, by myself, I cannot live that kind of life. Why is that? I’m sure that you know why. Yes, I do. But, I would like you to tell me why you can’t live a full, vibrant, healthy and fruit bearing life without me and my help. Well, first of all, I have no desire to live my life without you. I have been there and done that before. My life without you was a bruised and battered and broken life. On my own, I walked on a dark and depressing path. I was lost and without hope in the world. You, rescued me from all the that. Yes, I did. You set me on a new path. You bound up my wounds and healed my broken life. You gave me a completely new life to live. Yes, I did.

You know something you haven’t told me yet. What is it? Even though you have given me a completely new life to live in you, I must still live it. What do you mean by that? Well, it is possible, it seems, at least to me, that I could live less than the life you want me to live, if I do not do what you ask of me. You’re right about that. But what, do you have in mind? You want to continue to change me every day as I love, follow and serve you. That’s right. You want to make me to be like you. You want me to think like you thought. You want me to speak like you spoke. You want me to do what you did. Yes, I do. That cannot be a work that I do for myself. That’s right. You are the one that will change my heart and transform my mind. You are the one that will make me able to follow and serve you. I will do that for you. Yes, I know and for that I am very thankful.

How will I change your heart and transform your mind? There is no secret there, your word is very clear on the subject. Yes, it is. You will change my heart and transform my mind as I allow your word to penetrate my heart. This is where I have a responsibility. Yes, you do. I must allow your word to penetrate my heart. That’s right. If I do not allow your word to penetrate my heart, then I will live less than the life that you have called me to live. I don’t want that. No, you don’t. Will you meet with me in my word? Will you allow my word to penetrate your heart and mind and life? Yes Lord, I will. Then you will have my fullness of health in your life and my healing in your body. You will live the life that I have called you to live. You will do what is pleasing to me.

Lord, when I was living apart from you, I was living unhealthy life. I went where I shouldn’t have gone and did what I shouldn’t have done. You rescued me from that life. Thank you that your word is penetrating my heart and giving me a new healthy life in you. Amen

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Pursue Righteous Living

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 283 - 2 Timothy 2:22-26 - Pursue Righteous Living - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 283 – 2 Timothy 2:22-26 – Pursue Righteous Living – Growing As Disciples

Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts.  Again I say, don’t get involved in foolish, ignorant arguments that only start fights.  A servant of the Lord must not quarrel but must be kind to everyone, be able to teach, and be patient with difficult people.  Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth.  Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants. 2 Timothy 2:22-26 (NLT) 

Flee – Pursue

Do you want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to me? Do you want to be powerfully used by me? Do you want to store up treasure in heaven with me? Do you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I want all these things to be true in my life. What must I do if I want to live a life that you can and will bless in these ways? That is a very good question. I am glad that you asked that question. You must do two things at the same time if you want to live a life that I can and will bless. You have my full attention. I am listening attentively to you. That’s good. You must flee anything and everything that feeds sinful desires within you. So, I suggest that you take an exhaustive inventory. Closely examine what feeds sinful desires in your life. What are you allowing your eyes to see or ears to hear that will feed sinful desires within you? Ruthlessly eliminate those things from your life. Don’t play around. Don’t delay. Don’t linger. Flee evil of every kind. Don’t allow yourself to be in tempting circumstances. Run as soon and as fast as you can away from what will surely try to allure and entrap you. Am I being clear? Do you fully understand what I am saying? Yes, I understand. That’s good. That is only one thing that you must do if you want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to me. If you only ran away from evil, that would not be nearly enough. Evil would track you down and entice and entrap you. Running away alone will never being enough to escape evil. This world is full of sin and evil and darkness no matter where you go. So, you must pursue me. You must pursue the righteous life that I have called you to live. To say it another way, you will run away from evil as you run to me. By running away from evil you will be resisting the devil and all his evil. By running to me, you will be submitting yourself to me. Then the devil will flee from you. Then you will be able to live the life I have called you to live. Then will you be living a life that I can and will bless. Will you run from evil and pursue me and the life I have for you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will run from anything and everything feeds sinful thoughts, words, and actions in me. I will pursue righteous living. Help me to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. Help me to be patient and kind and loving to all so that I can be a fruitful witness for you. Amen

Key Question…  Why will being impatient and quarrelsome and difficult make you unfruitful as a follower of Christ?

Living It Out… Allow your pursuing righteous living to guide all your thoughts and words and actions.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to lead a fruitful life as you pursue righteous living.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are pursuing righteous living in all you think, say, and do.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you pursue righteous living so you can be a fruitful witness for Jesus Christ.

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