My Power

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Freedom - 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 - My Power - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Freedom – 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 – My Power – Growing As Disciples

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 (NIV) 

My Weakness 

I have so many weaknesses. I can’t imagine why I ever thought I could rely on my own strength. But, that’s exactly what I have done for many years. How many setbacks and failures has it taken for me to realize that I desperately need your help? At least you are learning lessons from your setbacks and failures. Some never come to realize that they need my help. They will live fruitless lives that will accomplish nothing of lasting, eternal value. Those who trust in themselves may look like they are accomplish a great deal. All that they will have done will amount to nothing without my power working through them. I don’t want to live that kind of life. I don’t want to walk down that path. I don’t want to go down that road. My life is in your hands. I want you to work in and through me. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That’s very good.

How will you rely on me? How will you allow me to replace your weakness with my strength? I will come to you to ask you for your help. I will ask you to make me able to do what you have given me to do for you. I will listen attentively to your instructions. I will closely follow your guidance. I will follow you to wherever you lead me. I will not run ahead of you. I will not lag behind you. I will do whatever you ask of me. In every hardship and difficulty, I will ask for your help. If I experience insults or suffer persecution I will ask for your strength. I will place all my hope and trust in you. You are my strength. You are my deliverer. I know that you will be with me every step of my life. That’s right. 

What will happen as you rely on my power and strength? I will be able to do what I could not do by myself. I will know it. Others will know it. You will receive all the credit. You will receive all the praise and honor and glory for showing your power and strength in my weakness. So, now I know that I can be thankful for all my weaknesses that have caused me to come to rely on you. That is very good.

Lord, I have many weaknesses. I desperately need your power in my weakness. In my own strength, I am weak and can accomplish nothing. In my weakness with your power I can accomplish whatever you give me to do for you as I love, follow and serve you. Amen

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A Special Utensil

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 284 - 2 Timothy 2:20-21 - A Special Utensil - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 284 – 2 Timothy 2:20-21 – A Special Utensil – Growing As Disciples

In a wealthy home some utensils are made of gold and silver, and some are made of wood and clay. The expensive utensils are used for special occasions, and the cheap ones are for everyday use.  If you keep yourself pure, you will be a special utensil for honorable use. Your life will be clean, and you will be ready for the Master to use you for every good work.  2 Timothy 2:20-21 (NLT)

Ready To Use

Do you want to remain ready to be used? Do you want me to use you in my service? Will you keep yourself pure and ready as a special utensil that I can and will use? Yes, I want to remain ready to be used. Yes, I want to be used by you. Yes, I want to be a special utensil in your hand. You have answered me well. What must you do if you want to remain ready to be used as a special utensil in my hand? I must distance myself from tempting circumstances. I must not allow myself to be placed in compromising situations. I must run from evil when it approaches, not eventually, but immediately. I must never linger and allow myself to be allured and enticed and overcome by temptation. Where will you run, evil is all around you in the world? There is only one place that I can run. I will run to you. I will run away from evil and pursue you and the righteous life that you have for me. I will allow you to guard and protect me. As I draw near to you, evil will flee from me. That is true. That is right. That is sure. Will you never succumb to temptation? Will you never sin? I wish, but that certainly will not be the case. I will make mistakes. I will take missteps. I have and will sin against you. There will be times that I will think and say and do what is not pleasing to you. That is also true. What will you do when you do sin against me? I will confess my sin to you. I will not hide. I will not run away. I will not deny what is clearly the truth. What is the truth? I am a sinner in desperate need of your forgiveness and cleansing. The truth is, only you and you alone can make me pure and righteous and clean and holy. My holiness is nothing more than dirty rags. I cannot wash myself. I cannot purify myself. I cannot make myself ready for your use. Only as I confess my sins to you, am I made pure and clean and holy and ready for your use. It is your blood, that was shed on the cross, that washes away my sin and makes me pure and holy and ready for your use. That is correct. Will you confess your sins to me? Will you allow me to forgive and cleanse your unrighteousness? Will you allow me to make you ready to be used? Yes Lord, I will. That is very good.

Lord, it is my desire to be pure and ready for your use. I will run from evil so that I can pursue you and the life you have for me. I will fully devote myself to loving and following and serving you. Make me ready for your use, use me in your service for your glory. Amen

Key Question…  How has the Lord used you as special utensil to accomplishes His purposes?

Living It Out…  Keep yourself pure so that you will be ready for the Lord to use.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that keeping yourself pure will make you ready for the Lord to use.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how keeping yourself pure has made you ready for the Lord to use.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you keep yourself pure so you can be a special utensil for the Lord’s use.

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