Serve The Egyptians

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Let Us - Exodus 14:10-12 - Serve the Egyptians - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – Exodus 14:10-12 – Serve the Egyptians – Growing As Disciples

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!” Exodus 14:10-12 (NIV)

A Way

Here you are. There is no looking back. There is no going back. There is only going forward. There does not seem to be a way forward or backward. I can agree with you about not looking or going back. But, I can’t see my may out of this situation. I can’t see my way forward. That’s good. What do you mean, that’s good? How could it be good that there is no way out of my situation? That’s not what I said. What did you say? I didn’t say that there was no way out of your situation. It’s good that you can’t see your way forward. It’s good that you can’t see your way out of your situation. I’m confused. Just because you can’t see a way forward out of your situation does not mean that there isn’t one. Realizing that you can’t see a way forward out of your situation is what’s good. What’s good about that? You tell me. I’ve got nothing to say. Then I will ask you some questions. Go ahead. What have you done when your situation has looked hopeless? What have you done when you could see no way out of your situation? What have you done when you could see no way to move forward? I have cried out to you. I have asked you for your help. Who have you stopped relying on when you have been in a hopeless situation? I have stopped relying on myself when I have been in a hopeless situation. Is that about where you are right now? Yes, I am in a hopeless situation right now. Does it seem like you have two possible choices right now? Yes, it does. What are your two choices? I could curl up in a ball and quit. Yes, you could. Is that what you want to do? No, that is not what I want to do. What is your other choice? I can cry out to you and ask you for your help. Yes, you can. What would that mean? It would mean that I would stop relying on myself and begin to rely on you. Is that what you want to do? Yes, I want to have faith in you. Yes, I want to trust you. Yes, I want to rely on you. Yes, I want to listen to your instructions and follow you. I believe that you will show me a way when there is no way. Why do you believe that? You have always showed me a way when there was no way when I have cried out to you. You are my way. You have been leading me through life. Yes, I have. Is this a lesson that you can’t seem to remember? Is this a lesson that is very easy for you to forget? Somehow, I occasionally do forget that you are my way when there seems to be no way. Sometimes, I have forgotten to ask you for your help. Forgive me. I do forgive you.  Help me to keep my eyes on you. Help me to follow you as I go through difficulties in life. Help me to rely on you. You are my way when there seems to be no way. Yes, I am.

Lord, I will not allow myself to become paralyzed with fear and indecision by focusing my attention on difficult circumstances I will face in life. Instead, I will place all my faith and trust in you. I know that you will lead me through every difficulty as I rely on you. Amen

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Knock – Open

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Rhythms - Revelation 3:19-20 - Knock - Open - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Rhythms – Revelation 3:19-20 – Knock – Open – Growing As Disciples

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest, and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me. Revelation 3:19-20 (NIV)

Noise

Are you listening to me? Can you hear my voice? Are you distracted by all that is in the world? Are you preoccupied with all the sights and sounds and noise of the world? Are you so very busy pursuing all that the world offers you? Does the world have your ear? Does the world have your mind? Does the world have your heart? I am knocking on the door of your heart. Will you listen? Can you hear me? Will you let me in?

Leave your independence. Let go of your self-reliance. Get rid of your stubbornness. Humble yourself. Receive my correction and discipline. Accept my rebuke. I love you. I have your very best in mind. Repent of your sins. Leave the darkness behind and walk in the light with me. I have a completely new life for you. Will you turn your life away from the world? Will you open your heart to me? Yes, Lord, I hear your voice. I know that you are knocking on the door of my heart. I have been busy. I have been distracted. I have been chasing after all that the world had to offer me. I have been pursuing what will amount to nothing. Forgive my sin. Cleanse my unrighteousness. I want you. I want the life that you have for me to live.

I’m here right now. I have set aside this time and this place to meet with you. I have quieted myself before you. You have my full attention. My heart and mind and life are focused on you. Let nothing distract me. The door of my heart is completely open to you. Speak to me Lord. I am listening. You have my full attention. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to know you. I want to do your will. I want to walk in your ways. I want to live my life according to your purpose and plan. Keep on coming to me. Keep on listening to me. Keep on opening the door of your heart to me. I will speak to you. We will live in close and intimate fellowship with each other. That is the desire of my heart. That is all that I want, far above all else. That is very good.

Lord, I want nothing more passionately than to live in intimate fellowship with you. I welcome your loving rebukes and discipline in my life. I will earnestly repent of my sins. I will listen attentively to your knocking and open the door of my life completely to you. Amen

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The Rich Fool

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Parable Of The Rich Fool - Luke 12:16-21 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Parable Of The Rich Fool – Luke 12:16-21 – Growing As Disciples

And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”‘ “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’ “This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:16-21 (NIV)

A Fool

Don’t be a fool. What do you mean by that? Don’t waste your life on what doesn’t matter and what doesn’t count. Like what? That’s a good question. Thanks. But, it is a good question for you to answer for yourself. Why is that? It wouldn’t do any good for me to tell you what isn’t important; you have to become convinced of it yourself. Are you wanting me to tell you what I think is unimportant? You got it, yes I do.

Alright, let me first say that I don’t have the answer to this question completely figured out. That’s a good place to start. What’s that? Admitting that you lack wisdom and may need some help, that’s a very good place to start. Yes, I think it is. In the past and even now, I’ve had my priorities mixed up. How so? I really like the things of this world. Do you mean material possessions? Yes, that’s exactly what I mean. Do you think “like” is a strong enough word? Probably not. Let’s say that I have loved the things of this world. That sounds like a more accurate description. Yes, it does. Anyhow, my love for the things of this world captured my attention and have driven the pursuits of my life. What have you been pursuing? I have been pursuing more. More of what? More of anything and everything that I have wanted at the time. Have you found that your pursuit and possession of the things of this world has left you quite satisfied? No, not at all. Once I’ve acquired what I have pursued so vigorously, I wondered why I had wanted it so much. Then the next best thing would come along and I would start all over again pursuing it. This all sounds quite tiring to me. Yes, it is. What have all these pursuits of your taught you?

I have learned that happiness, meaning, and direction in life cannot be found in things. I have learned that my materialistic and worldly desires will lead me in the wrong direction. What direction is that? It’s a direction that leads me deeper into self-centeredness and away from you. Yes, it does. I have learned that there is no value in storing up worldly possessions. Why is that? Worldly possessions will not satisfy me and even if they did, I can’t take them with me into the next life. You’re right on both counts.

What has been satisfying to you? It has been satisfying to turn my life over to you and pursue what you want me to pursue. Tell me more about that. You have become the pursuit of my life. I want to love and pursue you with all my heart, mind, soul and body. You have satisfied and filled my empty soul. You have given me meaning and purpose in life. The things of this world are loosing their grip on me. You now have your grip on me. I want to know you, love you, and follow you wherever you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. How do you feel about all of this? Once I thought I was rich and I was really poor. Now I feel like I have discovered true riches in living my life with and for you. Yes, you have. I can take these riches into the next life with me. Yes, you can.

Lord, much of my life I have wanted the riches and pleasures of life. I have been enticed and captivated by them. Forgive me. Help me to love, follow, and serve you as I store up treasures in heaven in my relationship with you.  Amen

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