Your Unfailing Love

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Gratitude - Your Unfailing Love - Psalm 13:5-6 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – Your Unfailing Love – Psalm 13:5-6 – Growing As Disciples

But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, for he has been good to me. Psalm 13:5-6 (NIV)

How Long?

You have asked the very same question of me, haven’t you? What’s that? How long, O Lord? Yes, I have. You have wondered when a trial would finally end. Yes, I have. You have wondered if I have forgotten or forsaken you. Don’t bother protesting by saying that you haven’t thought that you might be on your own and all alone in the midst of a trial. You can’t hide your thoughts and feelings from me, you know that. Yes Lord, I do. So, why don’t you come clean and tell me what you are really thinking when you are in the midst of trials in your life? Do you think I can’t bear hearing your anger, fear, doubt or discouragement? I haven’t wanted to be a grumbler or complainer. You have been so good to me. I was worried that I might seem ungrateful if I told you what I really thought. Would it surprise you to learn that I want to talk to you about anything and everything that weighs on your heart and mind? You don’t have to polish up your words and put on a happy face to talk to me. It would be a relief to know that I can talk openly and express all my thoughts to you. Check out King David, do you think that he held back and didn’t express himself fully to me? No, it looks like he told you exactly what was on his mind. Yes, He did and that was very good.

Let me ask you a couple questions. Go ahead. When you have told me everything that was on your heart and in your mind did you feel better or worse? Have you ever regretted talking openly and honestly with me? No, I have never regretted talking to you about anything. When I have talked to you about a trial I have felt a release of the burden that I was carrying. Why is that? As I talked to you I once again realized how much you love me. I am your child. You will never leave or forsake me. You are with me to help me. Yes, I am. You have never failed to show your love and goodness to me. No, I have not.

So, I can handle your conversations with me that have started with expressions of anger, fear, doubt or discouragement. How have many of those very same conversations ended? They have ended with rejoicing in my heart and praise on my lips because I have known that I am not alone. You are with me. You will help me. You are so good to me.

Lord, thank you that I can come to talk to you about anything and everything. I don’t have to hide what I am feeling as I go through trials in life. I know you are with me. You will never forsake me. You love me and are good to me. Amen

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Minds Set On What The Spirit Desires

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Life - Romans 8:5 - Minds Set On What The Spirit Desires - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – Romans 8:5 – Minds Set On What The Spirit Desires – Growing As Disciples

Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5 (NIV)

Mind Set 

What is your mind set on? What do you mean by that? Are you saying that I have a choice about what I allow myself to think? What do you think? I guess I have been thinking whatever comes into my mind. I’ve noticed that. Are you happy with all that you have been thinking? Do you think I would be pleased with all your thoughts? No, I have not been happy with all my thoughts and I’m positive that you would not be pleased with all my thoughts. What has been the consequence of thinking thoughts that you are not happy with and you know don’t please me? I have said and done really regrettable things as a result of the thoughts that have been on my heart and in my mind.

Would you like to think thoughts that please me and don’t lead you to regretting what you have said and done? Yes, I certainly would. How would that be possible? You need to change what you allow yourself to think. That sounds nearly impossible. With me all things are possible. Do you believe that I will help you to think thoughts that please me? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I have the power to change the thoughts of your mind, the meditations of your heart, the words of your mouth and the deeds of your life? Yes, I do. Then don’t say and think that changing what you allow yourself to think is nearly impossible. It’s not. Alright, I wont.

Where do I start? How can I begin to take charge of what I allow myself to think? You need to begin to guard what you allow yourself to think. How do I do that? Is there anything that is feeding thoughts that you know would not be pleasing to me? What are you talking about? Are you listening to or watching anything that you know would not be pleasing to me? I suppose that I am. Stop that. Think of those thoughts and that material as garbage that you need take out of your life and throw away. Those thoughts are feeding your mind with what you don’t want to think. Those thoughts are leading you to do what you don’t want to do. Yes, I know. Taking out the garbage is where you start. It won’t always be easy but don’t ever give up.

What are thoughts that please me? I’m not sure. Where would you go if you wanted to feed your heart and mind on a steady diet of thoughts and words that please me? I would go to your word. Yes, that’s right. Would you go to nibble here and there on my word or would you go to feast on my word? This is not a trick question. I would go to feast on your word. Yes, that’s right.

Do you have any idea what my word will do for you? I’m not sure. My word will change your heart. My word will transform your mind. When you feast on my word my Spirit will be working in you, for you, and through you. You will think my thoughts. You will speak my words. You will do what I ask. You will have no regrets because you will be thinking, saying and doing what my Spirit desires. How does all this sound to you? It sounds like the prayer that you have put in my heart and on my mind. Yes, it is.

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