Living According To Your Word

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Word - Living According To Your Word - Psalm 119:9-11 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Living According To Your Word – Psalm 119:9-11 – Growing As Disciples

How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Psalm 119:9-11

Guard and Guide

Would you like me to guard and protect your life? Yes, I certainly would. What if my protection cost you something, would you be willing to pay the price? What if my protection required your effort to participate in it, would you join in? I’m not sure that I understand. Very well, I would be happy to explain it to you. If you want me to guard and protect your life you will need to make use of the protection that I will freely give to you. I thought you said this would cost me something. I did and it will. Up to this point you have left my word sitting on your coffee table, in the back seat of the car, and even in your hand. It has been everywhere but where it needs to be. Where is that?

I want you to think of my word as being more valuable than silver or gold. I do. Oh really, I don’t think so. Why do you say that? Think of your heart and mind as if it were a bank account. In times of great need, how much of my word is in your heart and mind account to draw on? I’m not sure what you mean. Let’s say that you are under a lot of pressure and you’re about to explode with anger and say something you will really regret. I’ve done that. How much? A lot, I guess. Do you want to be able to be free of that behavior? Yes, I do. What from my word is in your heart that speaks out against angry outbursts? Nothing, I suppose. There is your problem.

Think of my word as a sword that will fight in you, with you and for you. It will win the battles in your heart and mind and help you to stand against evil in the world. Let’s say that you are having a battle with lust. I have and I do. I know. I’ve seen how defeated and discouraged you have been over this. I want you to be set free. Two things need to happen. What’s that? You need to remove all sources of temptation and take hold of my word. In the battle against lust, my word is the sword that the Holy Spirit will use to fight in, with, and for you. So, how much of a sword have you placed in His hand? Not much, I guess. There is your problem.

Think of my word as food that you can store up to feed on and be nourished by. If you feast on my word, you will be strong and able to follow me as you withstand the temptations of this life. Are you hungry for my word? Yes, I am. Then feed on it. Store it up in your heart. Let my word be a sword in your hand. It is my word that will guard, guide, and protect your life.

Lord, thank you for transforming my mind and guarding my heart with your word. You have given me new thoughts to think and feelings to feel. I delight to seek you with all my heart. Guard my life with your word as I follow you.  Amen

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Prepare Your Heart

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 290 - Job 11:13-19 - Prepare Your Heart - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 290 – Job 11:13-19 – Prepare Your Heart – Growing As Disciples

“If only you would prepare your heart and lift up your hands to him in prayer!  Get rid of your sins and leave all iniquity behind you.  Then your face will brighten with innocence. You will be strong and free of fear.  You will forget your misery; it will be like water flowing away.  Your life will be brighter than the noonday. Even darkness will be as bright as morning.  Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and will rest in safety.  You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help.                  Job 11:13-19 (NLT)  

Prepare Your Heart

Would you like your face to be a brightful expression of joy that is in you? Would you like to be so filled with courage and strength that you have no need to fear? Would you like your problems to be downsized so they are forgotten like water that has gone under a bridge? Would you like your life to shine like the brightness of noonday? Would you like even dark days to seem bright as morning to you? Would you like your life to overflow with hope and courage? Would you like to be protected so that you can rest in safety? Would you like to lie down without fear so you can rest securely? Would you like others to look to you for help because they see all that you have in me? Wow, wow, wow, yes of course, I want all these things to be true in my life! How can these things be true for me? What must I do If I want to live this kind of life? You have asked very good questions. It is wise for you to know that you have a part in receiving all these things from me.  You must do these things if you want all this to be true in your life. You have my full attention. I am listening attentively to you. Prepare your heart before me. Confess your sins to me. Leave your old sinful life in the world behind you. Focus your heart and mind and life on me. Live the new life that I have secured for you. Love, follow and serve me as your Savior and Lord. Allow me to change your heart, transform your mind, and guide your life. Let my word remain in you. Remain in my word. Let my word form the thoughts of your mind, words of your mouth and deeds of your life. Live your life in an intimate relationship with me. Meet with me in prayer. Meet with me in worship. Pour your heart out to me. Make your wants and needs know to me. Will you do these things? Yes Lord, I will. I will prepare my heart before you. I will confess my sins and leave my old sinful life behind me. I will pour heart my heart in prayer to you. These things I will keep on doing as I love and follow you as my Savior and Lord. That will be very good. Then all these things will be true in your life. Thank you, Lord.

 Lord, I will prepare my heart and surrender myself to you. I will confess my sins and leave them behind as I love, follow, and serve you. I will rely on you as I lift up my hands to you in prayer.  Thank you for helping me throughout every twist and turn in life. Amen

Key Question…  How are you guarding your heart and allowing it to be fully surrendered to the Lord?

Living It Out…  Guard and prepare your heart so it can be fully surrendered to the Lord as you love, follow, and serve Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you through every twist and turn in life as you remain fully surrendered to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are living a life that is fully surrendered to the Lord.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you guard and prepare your heart, so you be fully surrendered to the Lord.

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Promises – Day 290 – Job 11-13-19 – Prepare Your Heart – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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