Anyone Who Lives On Milk

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Life - Hebrews 5:11-14 - Anyone Who Lives On Milk - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – Hebrews 5:11-14 – Anyone Who Lives On Milk – Growing As Disciples

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV) 

Quick To Learn

Do you want to grow up? Do you want to mature in your relationship with me? Do you want to live the life that I have given you to live for me? That’s an easy yes to all three of your questions. I want to grow and mature in my relationship with you. I want to live the life you have given me to live for you. You have a question? Yes, I do. How do I grow mature in my relationship with you? How can I make sure that I really am living the life you have given me to live for you? Are you looking for some great mysterious answer? Are you thinking that I will reveal some hidden secret to you? I don’t know. You will receive neither of those from me. What I will tell you will be simple to hear and easy to understand. That’s great. What I will tell you will also sound like a very easy thing to do. You’re hesitating a little aren’t you? Yes, I am. Why is that? I hear the words, “will also sound like a very easy thing to do”. What you will tell me will sound easy but it may not be easy, is that right? Yes, that’s right. I’m listening. If you want to grow and mature in your relationship with me and live the life I have given you to live you will need to meet with me in my word. You’re right that is quite simple to hear and easy to understand. How often do you want me to meet with you in your word? How quickly do you want to grow and mature in your relationship with me? I’m not sure what you mean. Do you want to be slow or quick to learn? I would like to be quick to learn. Then how often do you want to meet with me in my word? I want to meet with you everyday in your word. Good answer. So, what’s so hard about this? I now know that I want to meet with you everyday in your word. Yes, you do. When and where will we meet? I thought we would have a random time and place where we would meet everyday. I like to be flexible. Scheduling a time and place for us to meet sounds a little too formal to me. So, you’ll fit me in whenever your schedule allows. I wouldn’t say it that way. But, I will definitely meet with you sometime during each and every day. You think so? Yes, I do. Would you like me to save you a lot of time and frustration? Yes, I would. You won’t be meeting with me everyday in my word. I just said that I would. Yes, I heard that. But, you won’t be meeting with me in my word. Do you doubt my sincerity? Do you think that I am lying to you? No, I don’t doubt your sincerity or honesty. Why do you doubt what I am saying? I know that you are fooling yourself. Why is that? Unless you set a time and a place for us to meet it won’t happen. Your days will get full and become busy and soon enough you’ll realize that we aren’t meeting together in my word. You’re positive of this? Aren’t you? I guess you’re right. No, I know that you are right. So, what are you going to do? I’m going to pick a time and place to meet with you in your word. When will it be? I considered several choices. What were they? I thought of before I leave the house in the morning, on my lunch break, after work and before I go to bed at night. What is your choice? Can I pick two? You want to meet twice? Yes, I do. Sure you can. I chose before I leave the house in the morning. Then, we can meet in my home office. I also chose before I go to bed at night. Then we can meet in my bedroom. Those sound great to me. Now, I know that I really will be meeting with you in your word. Yes, you will.

Lord, I’m hungry for your word. I’m receptive to your word. I’m committed to meeting with you in your word. No longer do I want to live like an infant feeding on milk. Teach me with the solid food of your word as I meet with you in it. Amen

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Pleasing To The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Wisdom - Proverbs 16:7 - Pleasing To The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Proverbs 16:7 – Pleasing To The Lord – Growing As Disciples

When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him.    Proverbs 16:7 (NIV) 

At Peace

Do you wonder if your ways are pleasing to me? Yes, I do. Why is that? You are God and you are perfectly holy. I am not perfect. I am far from perfect. I am a sinner in need of forgiveness. At least you are headed in the right direction with your thoughts. What do you mean by that? You were headed toward the topic of forgiveness, weren’t you? Yes, I suppose I was. You are right that you are not perfect. You could never make yourself perfect. Any attempt to try to make yourself perfect is not really pleasing to me. Why is that? If you could make yourself perfect, would you need or want me? If you were able to make yourself perfect, then I made a huge mistake. I really doubt that. What kind of mistake could you possibly be talking about? I sent my Son to die as payment for your sins so that you could be made perfect in my sight. I see. Do you really? Maybe not, based on your question. If you are continuing to work at making yourself perfect, aren’t you telling me that my Son’s death was not enough and that you must add to His work? I never thought of that before. Yes, if that was what I was doing, then that is what I would be telling you. We both have used that word “if”, haven’t we? Yes, we have. Tell me why you used the word, “if”.

I’m not trying to make myself perfect, not anymore. You once did, didn’t you? Yes, I really didn’t understand all that you did for me on the cross. I didn’t know that you forgave all my sins there and made me acceptable and pleasing in your sight. But now you do, don’t you? Yes, I do.

What has my love for you done for you? Your love for me has changed me. How so? I have grown to be in love with you. I no longer do anything for or with you because I think I should or must. You don’t? No, I don’t. Everything I do with or for you is motivated by my love for you. I love you with all my heart, soul and mind. I love you with all that I am and hope to be. It gives me great joy to love and follow you. I am filled with praise and thanksgiving knowing that you love me more fully and perfectly than I could ever love you. I feel so full of your love that I think I could explode. That won’t happen, do you know why? Yes, I think that your love overflows my life and spills out to others. Yes, it does and it will continue to do so. One more question. Go ahead. Do you still wonder if your ways are pleasing to me? No I don’t because I see your love flowing out of me to others. Yes, it is. My love will cause even your enemies to live at peace with you. They will want what you have. What I have? Yes, you. My love flowing through you will draw others to me.

Lord, help me to think, speak and act in ways that please you. Use me as your witness in this world. Help me to show your love, grace, and mercy even to my enemies. Help me to live in peace with all those who have wrongly used or hurt me.   Amen

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