Preserve My Life According To Your Word

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Life - Psalm 119:37 - Preserve My Life According To Your Word - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – Psalm 119:37 – Preserve My Life According To Your Word – Growing As Disciples

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:37 (NIV)

Worthless Things 

What are worthless things? Anything that distracts me from doing what you have given me to do could be categorized as being worthless. What do you have in mind? I know that I waste a lot of time doing things that add no value to my life. Like what? I wish I could reclaim some of the wasted hours I have spent watching television, playing with my cell phone, or mindlessly searching the Internet. You can’t reclaim those hours. But, you can learn from your past mistakes and better use your time in the future. Yes, I can.

What else do you consider to be worthless things? Any influence that I allow into my life that has the power to conform me to the values, patterns and practices of the world is worthless. I need to place a guard over my heart and mind so that I don’t adopt the worthless values, patterns and practices of the world. Yes, you do.

Is there anything else that you consider to be worthless? Yes, worthless activities and endeavors come in all different shapes and sizes. Pursuing the riches of this world will ultimately have no value. Seeking power, prestige and the acclaim of others will offer nothing beyond this life. Seeking to pursue plans and achieve goals that aren’t from you are worse than worthless. Why is that? They will prevent me from doing what you really want me to do for you. Yes, they will.

Do you think you will be able to eliminate all that is worthless from your life? No, probably not. What will you do with the time that you save when you’re not wasting time on worthless things? That’s a very good question. How will you know for sure if you are doing something that is worthless or of great value? That’s an even better question. Do you have any answers? What would you think and say if I said that I don’t have answers to your questions. I would want you to tell me more. Why is that? I know that you have more on your mind. Yes, I do.

Only you can redeem my time. Only you can show me the difference between what is worthless and what is of great value. I need you to speak to me. I need to hear your word. I need your counsel and guidance. I need you to guide and direct the course of my life. I can’t just stop doing worthless things. I need your help. Yes, you do. I want your help. What do you want me to do for you? I want to know without a doubt that what I am doing is your will and of great value. Doing anything less than your will is totally worthless. Yes, it is. It is possible that I may think that I am doing something that is of great value and be sadly mistaken. Yes, that’s possible. I don’t want to be sadly mistaken. I would rather be filled with joy in knowing that I am doing what you have given me to do for you. That’s what I want for you.

So, the most valuable thing that I could possibly do is to listen to you. That’s right. I can’t possibly go wrong by listening to your word and waiting for your instructions. No, you cannot. Knowing you and doing your will is never a waste of time or a worthless endeavor. No, it is not. So, I am going to rely on you to show me your will and your ways. That is very good.

Lord, thank you for turning the focus of my life away from the things of this world. Preserve, protect and guide my life by your word. Use your word to show me the difference between what is worthless and what is of eternal value. Amen

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By His Wounds We Are Healed

 

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 297 - Isaiah 53:4-6 - By His Wounds We Are Healed - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 297 – Isaiah 53:4-6 – By His Wounds We Are Healed – Growing As Disciples

Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted.  But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.  We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isaiah 53:4-6 (NIV)  

Wandered Away

There is no doubt about that. There is no doubt about what? I wandered away from you. I went and did my own thing. I turned to my own way. I lived for my own comfort and pleasure. I did what I wanted when I wanted. I pursued all that this life had to offer. I lived solely for myself. I acquired things and used people and of that I am not proud. I followed my own counsel. I neither wanted or needed any advice, especially from you, or so I thought, at the time. Where did your life lead you? I thought my life led me on a path farther and farther away from you. Now, I know that I was incorrect. How so? The life I was living brought me pain and suffering. I was bruised and battered and broken by my own poor choices. To some, especially me, that my seemed like being farther and farther from you. But pain and suffering got my attention. Being bruised and battered and broken caused me to cry out to you. And you were not distant from me. You would not let me go. You relentlessly pursued me. You heard my cry because you were very near to me. It is true, without a doubt, that you are close to the broken hearted. Yes, I am. And that is where I was, at the end of my rope, stuck in the muck and mire of life, so to speak. I asked you to show yourself to me if you were real. Asked is an understatement, I shouted at you, in what I now know was the prayer of my heart. That was quite a prayer. I was crying out to you and asking for your help. I was asking you to rescue me from a life without you. Did I hear your prayer? Yes, you heard my prayer. You helped me to confess and turn away from my sins. You forgave all my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness. You came into my life and filled me with your Spirit. Now, for all these many years you have been molding and shaping me. You have been leading me on the path of life as I love and follow and serve you. You have given me a fresh and new life to live now and forever. You are my Savior and Lord. Yes, I am. For that, I give all my thanks and praise to you for all you have done for me. That is very good.

Lord, I was like a stubborn sheep determined to go my own way. What a bruised, battered, and broken life I lived. But you sought me out. Like a good shepherd you came after me. You forgave all my sins and cleansed all my unrighteousness as I turned to you. Amen

Key Question…  When did you confess and turn from your sins to receive forgiveness and cleansing from the Lord?

Living It Out…  Confess and turn away from your sins so you can be forgiven and cleansed of all your unrighteousness.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will forgive your sins and cleanse your unrighteous when you turn your life over to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given you a new life to live with and for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you confess and turn from your sins so you can receive forgiveness and cleansing from the Lord.

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