God Cares

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - If - Luke 12:27-28 - God Cares - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – Luke 12:27-28 – God Cares – Growing As Disciples

“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? Luke 12:27-28 (NLT)

Replacing Worries

How has your life benefited from all your worrying? Has worrying helped you to solve what has been the subject of your concerns? Has worrying made you more able to deal with the future? My life has not benefited from all my worrying. Worrying has filled my life with stress. Worrying about the future has even paralyzed me in the present. Worrying has drained my energy and sapped my strength. Worrying has made me less able to deal with the future. Worrying has made me indecisive in my thoughts and tentative in my actions.

What has worrying shown you? I’m not sure what you mean. What would you rather do than worry? I would rather not worry. I would like to stop worrying. Can you just say you are not going to worry anymore? Would that work? It hasn’t worked at all so far. Do you really think that telling yourself to stop worrying will work in the future? I don’t think so. No, it will not. You don’t need to stop your worrying. Now you have me confused. You need to replace your worrying. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead, I’m listening. When you are worrying who is in charge of your life? I suppose that I am in charge of my life when I’m worrying. Who is in charge of meeting and taking care of all your needs? I suppose that I am in charge of meeting and taking care of all my needs when I’m worrying. That is why I am worrying about them. That’s right.

Do you want me to take care of your life and meet your needs? Yes, I do. Do you think that I am capable of meeting your needs and taking care of your life? Yes, I do. Do you believe that you are valuable to me? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I love you? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I will take care of your life and meet your needs? Yes, I do. If I am taking care of you and meeting your needs do you have anything to worry about? No, I do not.

So, you are not going to stop worrying. You are going to replace your worrying with something else. What is that something else that is going to replace all your worries? I am going to replace all my worries with my faith in you. I am going to place all my faith and trust in you. Then I will have no need to worry. You got that right.

Lord, I have been a worrier. I have worn myself out worrying about what could happen. I have considered negative outcomes from every angle. No more. Instead, I am placing all my faith and trust in you because I know that you value, love and care for me. Amen

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Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Gratitude - Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving - Psalm 100:4 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving – Psalm 100:4 – Growing As Disciples

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.   Psalm 100:4  NIV

Into Your Presence

I think that I have been barging into your presence filled up with all my own worries, concerns and requests. I’m not sure that I have even allowed myself to catch my breath before blurting out a request for something I’ve wanted or needed. Does that seem like the right way to come to me in prayer? No, it really doesn’t. What problems do you see with that approach? There are several problems with that approach. Let me hear what you have on your mind and in your heart.

Prayer is a two-way conversation. When I don’t take time to slow down to draw near to you it is really hard for me to hear what you want to say to me. Why is that? It takes time for the busyness and noise level of my life to quiet down so that I am able to receive anything from you. Quickly barging into your presence is such a hindrance to me that often I’m not even aware that you have drawn close to me.

Why do you think it is a good idea to start your prayers off with thanksgiving and praise? First of all, you are worthy of all my thanks and praise. Acknowledging what you have done and are doing for me before asking for anything else just seems like good manners to me. I want to let you know how thankful I am for all that you have done for me. Most of all I know that you take great delight in hearing me express my gratitude to you. Yes, I do. How do you know that? I can feel your pleasure even as I am giving thanks and praise to you. As I’m giving thanks and praise to you, it feels like you are setting my heart and putting my mind in the right place. Yes, I am.

As I have given thanks and praise to you my perspective has been altered and my prayers have changed. How so? My heart and mind are more settled and less urgent. I am more focused on you and more knowing that you are in control. I feel more joy as I release my worries, concerns and requests to you. I trust you more and myself less. Giving thanks and praise to you has helped me to more clearly see your activity and work in and through my life.

Thanksgiving and praise has helped me take my eyes off of myself and look to you. Once your eyes are off of yourself and focused on me what are you really ready to do? Then I am really ready to listen to all that you want to say to me. That’s what you really want isn’t it? You want to know me and hear what I have to say to you, don’t you? Yes Lord, it is the desire of my heart to know you and to hear your voice speaking to me.

Lord, my attention has been focused on my life and all my circumstances. I have raced into prayer to tell you all about them to ask for your help. Now, I want to bow down to worship you. You are worthy of all my thanks and praise. Amen

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