We Have This Ministry

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 359 - 2 Corinthians 4:1 - We Have This Ministry - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 359 – 2 Corinthians 4:1 – We Have This Ministry – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Corinthians 4:1 (NIV)

Don’t Quit

Alright, I won’t. You won’t what? I won’t quit. You won’t quit what? I won’t quit serving you. I won’t quit doing the ministry you have given to me. Have you been tempted to quit? You know the answer to that question. Yes, I know the answer to that question. Remember, I know your thoughts even before you think them. Then why ask me? I want to talk to you about your temptation to quit. Why haven’t you quit? What has kept you going? Knowing that you have given me this ministry has kept me going. Knowing that you will help me has kept me going. Knowing that you have gifted me to do this work has kept me going. Wanting to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name has kept me going. Wanting to do what is good and right and pleasing to you has kept me going. Those are all very good reasons to keep on serving me. Those are all very good reasons to keep on doing the work I have given you to do. That is what I thought. That is what I think.

But I don’t want you to be weary. I don’t want you to be worn out. I don’t want you to be burned out and on the verge of quitting. That is not my desire and plan for you. What do you want from me? What do you expect from me? What is your plan for me? Those are all very good questions. Let me ask you some more questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. How have I helped you? How have I strengthened you? How have I refreshed and revived and strengthened you? What has helped and hindered you from continuing to move forward with me? Letting my life get out of balance has hindered me from moving forward with you and continuing your work. Failing to come to rest in your presence has left me weary and worn out. So, what will you do differently? I will make sure that I am take care of my body. How so? I will get enough sleep. I will get enough exercise. I will eat a healthier diet. That is a good start, what else? I will allow you to take care of my soul. I will come to rest in your presence. I will take time just to be with you. I will listen attentively to you. I will meet with you in prayer and worship. I will offer to you all my praise and thanksgiving. That will be even better. Take care of your body and let me take care of your soul. Then you will have all that you need to keep on moving forward with me, to do the work I have given you. Does this sound like a good plan? This is a great plan. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, thank you for preparing me to join you in what you are doing. Thank you for giving me a ministry to do for you. Strengthen and empower me to keep on serving you. Help me to never lose heart, quit, or give up doing the work you have prepared for me. Amen

Key Question… How has the Lord uniquely prepared you to do the ministry He has given to you?

Living It Out… Allow the Lord to empower and strengthen you to do the ministry He has given to you.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to keep on doing the ministry He has given to you.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group what ministry the Lord has given you to do for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you not lose heart so you can do the ministry the Lord has given to you.

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He Is My Refuge And My Fortress

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 360 – Psalm 91:1-6 – He Is My Refuge And My Fortress – Growing As Disciples

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. Psalm 91:1-6 (NIV)

Dwell

That is what I want to do. That is what I will do. What do you want to do? What will you do? I will dwell in your presence. Why will you dwell in my presence? I will dwell in your presence because you are my Savior and Lord. I will dwell in your presence because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will dwell in your presence because I want to live and walk through life with you. I want to know you intimately. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. That will be very good.

What will happen to you as you dwell in my presence? As I dwell in your presence, I will know you and have faith to declare that you are my refuge and fortress. You are my hope and deliverer. In you, I can confidently place all my trust. That conviction is yours because you have come to know me as you have dwelt in my presence. Yes, that is true without a doubt.

What has dwelling in my presence also done for you? As I have dwelt in your presence you have changed my heart and transformed my mind. I have wanted to know and do your will.  As I have dwelt in your presence, you have guided the course of my life. You have led me to where you wanted me to go. You have given me what you wanted me to do. Living the life, you have called me to live has been like a shield all around me. Following you has led me away from dangerous traps and hidden hazards. You have been my place of protection. You have been my shelter in the midst of storms. I have been able to hold on to you. I know that you have been holding on to me. Has the road always been easy? No. Have there been bumps and bruises along the way? Yes. Do I know that no matter what life throws at me, my eternal future, is secure and being kept and guarded by you? Yes, I do. And that has made all the difference. I know that my life now and forever is in your hands. In that, I have all the peace and hope and comfort and joy that I need. That is very good. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, you are my refuge and fortress. You are my hope and deliverer. Thank you that I can dwell in your presence and have peace and rest in even the most troubling of times. You will help me. You will bring me through. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. Amen

Key Question…  When has dwelling in the presence of the Lord given you peace and rest in troubling times?

Living It Out…  Dwell in the presence of the Lord so you can receive His peace and calm and rest in the storms of life.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will be your refuge and fortress through all the storms of life.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has been your refuge and fortress in the storms of life.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you dwell in the presence of the Lord so you can receive His peace in the midst of storms.

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His Name Will Be The Hope Of All The World

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 361 – Matthew 12:18-21 – His Name Will Be The Hope Of The World – Growing As Disciples

Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, who pleases me. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.  He will not fight or shout or raise his voice in public.  He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.  And his name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:18-21 (NLT)

Look

“Look,” that sounds like such a casual word. It sounds not too dissimilar from a glance. I know without a doubt that this is not the intent or meaning of this word in this context. What do you think it means? I think it means to look intently. I think it means to look with intensity. I think it means to look with all that is within me. I think it means to look in such a way that my heart and mind and life will be transformed. Looking at you, cannot leave me unchanged. You couldn’t be more correct.

How has looking intently at me changed you? How have you been transformed by looking at me with all that is within you? I have come to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It has become my passionate desire to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. It is my joy to follow and serve you. Say more. Looking intently at you has filled my life with hope and peace and joy. I have been able to place my full and complete trust in you as I have remained in your presence, keeping my focus on you. That is very good.

Say more. Even in the midst of a significant crisis, which we are all now in, I have been able to live in the fullness of hope that you have given to me. Is this a hope that you wish to hold on to and keep to yourself? No, not at all. Now, more than ever it is my desire and plan to proclaim to all, the hope that is available in you. You are not only my hope. You are the hope of all the world. So, it is my prayer that you will powerfully use me and all your followers to boldly proclaim you to the world. There is hope in no one or nothing else. Your kindness and mercy and love is available to all. All who hear your call have an open invitation to come to you. So, powerfully use me to proclaim the hope and salvation available to all through you. That is a prayer that I will certainly hear and answer. Proclaim me to the world. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.  

Lord, thank for being my hope. I will place all my faith, hope and trust in you. Thank you for also being the hope of the whole world. Help me to be a bold witness for you in the world. Guide my prayers today, as I pray through these times of significant crisis. Amen

Key Question…  When have times of crisis caused you to even more consciously place all your hope in Jesus Christ?

Living It Out…  Allow the Lord to boldly use you as His witness in the face of significant crisis.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that Jesus Christ is not only your hope but also the hope of all the world.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are placing all your hope in Jesus Christ.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you be a bold witness for Christ because He is the hope of the whole world.

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I Keep A Grip On Hope

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 362 – Lamentations 3:19-26 – I Keep A Grip On Hope – Growing As Disciples

I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.  I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom.  But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:  GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.  They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!  I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.  GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.  It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD. Lamentations 3:19-26 (MSG)

Remember

That is what I will do. What will you do? I will remember your love that never ends and your compassion that never runs out. When will you remember my love and compassion? How will you remember my love and compassion? Is remembering my love and compassion something that may be easier said than done? I’d like to tackle that last question first. Go right ahead, tackle that last question. Remembering your love and compassion is easier said than done. This world and this life is filled with adversity and hardship. This world and life and all its adversity and hardship could easily divert my focus and take my eyes off of you. I could be tempted to focus my heart and mind and life on all that is swirling and raging around me in this world. And at this time, in this current situation, there is plenty to make me fearful and afraid and forgetful of your love and compassion. That would be a big mistake. Why is that? You want me to know your love and compassion. You want me to live in your love and compassion. You want your love and compassion to give me a firm grip on the hope I have in you, right now, and in my eternal future in heaven with you. Yes, I do want you to have a firm grip on all the hope you have in me. It is my love and compassion that will give you hope to carry you through all the adversity and hardship you will face in this life. I get that. I understand. That’s good.

Now, I will tackle your other questions. I’m listening. To remember your love and compassion, I will meet with you in the morning. I will not let a day start without meeting with you. As I am in your presence, I will once again be reminded of your love and compassion for me. Why is that? Each morning as we meet together you will once again, as always and forever, show your love and compassion to me. Yes, I will continually show you my love and compassion as we meet together. As we meet together my heart and mind and life will be focused on you, rather than on all that swirls around me in the world. That’s good. I will be comforted and encouraged and strengthened and given an abundance of hope. Why is that? Because, I know that you have a firm grip on me, and I have a firm grip on you. Nothing could be better than or stronger than that. Yes, we both have a firm grip on each other and that is very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will remember your love that never ends and your compassion that never runs out. They are new every morning. Your love and compassion is what continues to give me a firm grip on hope. Thank you that your love and compassion has sustained my life. Amen

Key Question… How is recalling God’s unlimited love and never-ending compassion helping you to keep a grip on hope?

Living It Out… Continue to remember how God’s love and compassion has brought you through adversity and hardship in life.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the love and compassion of God will bring you through any adversity and hardship you face in life.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the love and compassion of God has given you a grip on hope.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you remember your hope in God whose love never ends and His compassion never runs out.

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In All These Things We Are More Than Conquerors

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – In All These Things We Are More Than Conquerors – Romans 8:35-39 – Growing As Disciples

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)  

Your Love

Your love surrounds me. Your love comforts and encourages and strengthens me. Your love guards and guides me. Your love protects me from trouble and hardship, persecution or famine or nakedness danger or sword. Nothing will ever be able to separate me from your love. Will I go through dark and difficult days? Will the forces of evil come against me? Will I face trials and tribulations in life? Yes, without a doubt. You did, why wouldn’t I? Why would I be exempt from the pain and suffering that is in this sin broken world? Might I have to endure something quite difficult. Might some say, “I’m done for now.” It is certainly possible. But they would not know the whole truth. They would not see the entire picture. They would not know that you have always been with me. You have never abandoned me. I am yours. You are my Savior and Lord. You are my God and Father. I am your child. Yes, I am your Savior and Lord. Yes, I am your God and Father. Yes, you are my child. You are holding on to me and I am holding on to you. Yes, I am holding on to you. Your grip on me is unbreakable. You will never let me go. Yes, I will never let you go. What else do you know? You have a glorious eternal future that is stored up and being kept and guarded in heaven for me. Can there be any greater hope? Can there be any greater victory? Could I have any more joy? Could I want or ask for anything more? What do you think? I think, I am and will be more than a conqueror because of all that you have done for me. That’s right. That’s true. That’s certain.

So, what kind of thoughts will you think? What kind of life will you live? Will you be timid and weak? Will you be fearful and afraid? No, certainly not. I will not be fearful or afraid. My life is in your hands and you will never let me go. You will be with me to help me. Nothing will ever be able to separate me from your love. So, my heart and mind and life will be focused entirely on you. I will boldly and joyfully live the life you are calling me to live. That will be very good.

Lord, I know nothing will ever be able to separate me from your love. You have been with me to help me through dark and difficult days in life. You have comforted, strengthened and sustained me. You have made me more than a conqueror through your love. Amen

Key Question… How has the Lord strengthened and sustained you in the most trying of circumstances?

Living It Out… Rely on the Lord to supply all that you need through all the trials and tribulations in life.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord has made you to be more than a conqueror through His love for you.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has been with you to help you throughout all of life.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you live as more than a conqueror through the love of Jesus Christ, your Savior and Lord.

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Live In Harmony With One Another. Do Not Be Proud

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 2 -Romans 12:16 - Live In Harmony With One Another. Do Not Be Proud - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 2 -Romans 12:16 – Live In Harmony With One Another. Do Not Be Proud – Growing As Disciples

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:16 (NIV)

 Associate With Others 

I want to follow your example. I want to imitate your behavior. I want to do what you did. What did I do? What do you have on your heart and in your mind? You need to be a little more specific. I want to associate with others. I don’t want to associate with only those who are like me. I want to associate with those who are quite different than me. I want to live in relationship with a wide diversity of different kinds of people. Why is that? First of all, that is what you did. You lived in relationships with a wide diversity of kinds of people. Yes, I did. No one was beyond your love. You did not exclude anyone from your life. No, I did not. Secondly, I want to acknowledge a couple things. Like what? I don’t “know it all”. I don’t want to pridefully live as if I “know it all.” I can greatly benefit by the thoughts and opinions and perspectives of different kinds of people,  I should not be in the habit of excluding others from my life. No, you should not. I have a lot to learn. I can certainly benefit by allowing wise people to speak into my life. Yes, you can. What else do you want to acknowledge? I am not better than others. I am not above others. There is no one that is unworthy of my time. There is no one that is unworthy of my love. There is no one that is unworthy of my help. Why can you say that? I can say that because I know that you loved and gave your life for others. You lived and died for everyone. There is no one that has been excluded from your kindness, mercy and love. There is no one that has not been offered your salvation. You came into this world and took on the form of a servant. You let go of all of your rights and privileges. You counted others as better than yourself. You lived and died for everyone. Yes, I did.

That is what I want. I want to live like you lived. I want to give like you gave. I want to love like you loved. I want to serve like you served. For me to live in this way there will be no room for pride. There will be no room for conceit. There will be no room for disunity. No, there will not be room for any of these things. It is my prayer that you will make me to be  like you. Help me to be able to take on the form of a servant. Free me from pride and conceit. Help me to be willing to humbly associate with everyone. Bring a diversity of different types of people into my life. Help me to live as your servant in the world. Yes, I will. You can count on it. 

Lord, I have been proud. I have had a “know it all” attitude. I have thought I was better and wiser than others. Forgive me. Help me to follow your example. Help me to humbly live in relationship with others different than myself. Help me to fully serve others. Amen

Key Question… When have you been greatly harmed by having a “know it all” attitude?

Living It Out… Follow Christ’s example by being willing to associate yourself and live in relationship with others different than yourself.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you can follow Christ’s example and benefit by living in relationship with others different than yourself.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are considering others better than yourself.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you follow Christ’s example by associating with others different than yourself.

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For The Battle Is The Lord’s

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 292 - 1 Samuel 17:45-47 - For The Battle Is The Lord's - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 292 – 1 Samuel 17:45-47 – For The Battle Is The Lord’s – Growing As Disciples

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV)

Battles

I know that I have gone through plenty of those in life. I know that I will face many more as I go through life. You have gone through plenty of what? You will face more of what as you go through life? I have and will face giant problems and insurmountable battles in life. Why is that true? There is pain and suffering in this life. There is evil and darkness in this world. I can’t avoid it. I can’t run from it. I can’t escape it. It is all around me. This world is no longer as you designed it. This is a sin broken world. Yes, it is.

Is all lost? Is there no hope? Can there be no victory over giant problems and insurmountable battles? Can nothing be gained? Is there no victory to be had in this life? All is not lost. There is hope. There can be victory over giant problems and insurmountable battles. There is much that can be gained. How so? Well, I will tell you one thing that is absolutely certain. What’s that? Victory over giant problems and insurmountable battles will never come by own hand, with my own strength. If I were to fight alone, under my own power, there would be no hope and certainly no victory. I would go down to defeat, every time, without fail. How do you know that for certain? I have tried and failed, more numerous times than I can count, fighting with my own power and strength. I want no more of that kind of discouragement and defeat. I’m sure not.

What will you do differently? How will you gain victories over giant problems and insurmountable battles? I won’t, not really. I know that I can rely on you. You will fight with me. You will fight for me. You will help me to overcome giant problems. You will help me to win victories over insurmountable battles. You will strengthen me. You will empower me. You will encourage me. You will keep me moving forward with you. Yes, I will do all these things in and for you as you come to rely on me. That is exactly what I will do. That will be very good. And to you will belong all the glory and honor and praise which I will wholeheartedly and joyously give to you. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I know that life in this world will often bring giant problems and insurmountable battles to me. I will not make the mistake of fighting with my strength alone. I will rely on you to fight with and for me against giant problems and insurmountable battles. Amen

Key Question… How have you learned to rely on the Lord to help you face giant problems and insurmountable battles?

Living It Out… Rely on the Lord to fight in you and for you against giant problems and insurmountable battles in life.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will fight with you and for you in the giant problems and insurmountable battles in life.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has given you victory over a giant problem.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you rely on the Lord to fight with you and for you in the battles of life.

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Follow Me, He Told Him

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 345 – Matthew 9:9-13 – Follow Me – Growing As Disciples

As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him.  While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and “sinners” came and ate with him and his disciples.  When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”  On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Matthew 9:9-13 (NIV)

Come And Be

I think that I must have misheard. I must have gotten the message slightly or maybe much more than slightly wrong. How so? What are you talking about? You called me to follow you. Yes, I did. You called me to turn away from my sin so I could be forgiven and cleansed of all my unrighteousness. Yes, I did. You promised to give me a new life to live. You said that you would heal my bruised and battered and broken life. You said that you would lead and guide me through life. Yes, I have said all these things to you. Have you found them all to be true? Yes, without a doubt. Then what message did you get slightly or maybe much more than slightly wrong? Before I answer, let me say that I’m not sure that I will be expressing myself clearly. I’m sure that you will understand my thoughts even if my words do not come out too clearly. Go ahead, tell me what is on your heart, I’m listening. I thought your call on my life was primarily for me to go and do something. Hmmm, say more. Much of my life has been filled with the activity of doing things for you. Doing things for you is not wrong, that is not what I am saying. You have and will continue to ask me to go and do things for you. Yes, I will, you can count on that. It has been my joy to go and do things for you. That has been an important part of my life with you. There are ways that I have come to know and love you that could have only come through following and serving you. Yes, that is true, without a doubt.

So, now I will get to how I may have more than slightly misunderstood your call on my life. This will be really good. You have been calling me all this time to come and “be” your disciple. The emphasis is on the word, “be”, I am sure. Keep going, say more. You want me to become like you. You want me to follow your example. You want me to come to think and speak and act like you. How so? For example, if you are loving and kind and merciful, which you are, then you want me to be loving and kind and merciful. If you are tender and compassionate and forgiving, which you are, then you want me to be tender and compassionate and forgiving. As I draw near to you, as I am in your presence, it is your intent to change me. You want to change my heart and transform my mind. You will be molding and shaping my life as I live it with and for you. Day by day and moment by moment you will be making me to be more like you. Yes, I will. So, first and foremost, I will “be” all that you are calling me to “be”. Then, I will go and do all that you ask me to do. That is the correct order. This is how you want to work in and through me. Yes, it is. Now, I understand more clearly. That is very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will drop everything to love, follow and serve you. You are my Savior and Lord. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. I will also follow your example. Make me to be like you in all I think, say, and do as I live my life with and for you. Amen

Key Question…  How willing are you to drop everything to follow Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord?

Living It Out…  Follow the Lord to where He leads you to do what He gives you to do for Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will become more and more like the Lord as you love, follow and serve Him..

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are following all the examples Christ has set before you.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you come and be a follower of Jesus Christ so you can become like Him in all you think, say and do.

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We Trust In The Name of The Lord Our God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 310 - Psalm 20:7 - We Trust In The Name Of The Lord Our God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 310 – Psalm 20:7 – We Trust In The Name Of The Lord Our God – Growing As Disciples

Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God. Psalm 20:7 (NIV)

My Trust

That is a good question. What is a good question? Where will I place my trust? That is the question that is on my mind. It is easy to say that I will place all my trust in you. It is another thing altogether to actually place all my trust in you. How do you know that? Many times, I have made the mistake of placing my trust in myself, someone else, or in something else. Tell me more about what you have trusted. I have trusted my own gifts and talents and abilities. I have trusted my own wisdom and power and strength. I have trusted my own money and resources. Was your trust well placed in these things? No, not at all. When it comes right down to it, I’m not all that gifted or talented or wise or strong. I don’t have all that much money or resources either. So, trusting in myself has not been wise. What else have you trusted? I have trusted other people. I may have a bleak view of things. But other people are even more untrustworthy than my trusting in myself. I’m not down on people. It just that, we are all flawed. We are all weak. We all take missteps. We all make mistakes. We all sin. To rely on someone else is no better and has frequently been worse than relying on myself. What else have you trusted? I have trusted in circumstances. I have blindly believed that everything would work out fine in the end. I guess that would be trusting in fate. How has that worked out for you? Not really well, trusting in circumstances is probably the most unreliable of all things to trust. Sometimes, things work out and sometimes they don’t. I can see why the question of who you are going to trust is on your mind.

Who would you like to trust? How would you like to live your life differently? Where do you want to place all your trust? I want to place my trust in you. I will place all my trust in you. That will be very good. What will be a sign to you that you are placing all your trust in me? I think the content of my prayers will tell me if I am or am not placing my trust in you. How so? If I am not praying and asking for your help, then I can’t possibly be placing my trust in you. If I am praying and continually asking for your help, then I won’t be relying on myself. The minute I stop praying and asking for your help will be a sign to me that I have started, once again, to place my trust in myself, someone else, or in something else other than you. So, I will keep on praying. I will keep on asking for your help. I will keep on relying on you. I will keep on placing all my trust in you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I don’t understand every difficult circumstance, significant obstacle, or tremendous battle in life. All I know is that you are worthy of my placing all my trust in you. You will be with me. You will help me to overcome. You will keep me moving forward with you. Amen

Key Question… How is placing your trust in the Lord helping you to overcome significant obstacles in life?

Living It Out… Place all your trust in the Lord rather than in someone or something other than Him.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord is worthy of your placing all your trust in Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are learning to place all your trust in the Lord.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you place all your trust in the Lord.

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I Am The Lord’s Servant

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 255 Luke 1:37-38 - I Am The Lord's Servant - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 255 Luke 1:37-38 – I Am The Lord’s Servant – Growing As Disciples

For nothing is impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her. Luke 1:37-38 (NIV)  

What You Say

That is exactly what I will do. What exactly will you do? I will do what you say. I will go wherever you guide. I will do whatever you ask of me. That sounds like a blank check. Yes, it is definitely a blank check. There is one thing I know about the blank check I am giving to you. What’s that? You will write in, all I am, all I have, and all I hope to be, on that blank check. You don’t want part of me. You don’t want a half-hearted me. You don’t want a reluctant me. No, I do not. There is something else I know. What’s that? I don’t want to give you part of me. I don’t want to give you a half-hearted me. I don’t want to give you a reluctant me. Then we both want the same thing. Yes, we do. Why is that true? Why do you want to give yourself so fully and completely to me? You gave yourself fully and completely to me. You didn’t hold anything back when you demonstrated your love to me. You went wherever your Heavenly Father directed you. You did whatever your Heavenly Father asked of you.  Why did I go and do whatever my Heavenly Father asked of me? Why was no cost too great? Why was nothing too little or too much for me to do for Him? Your love for your Heavenly Father caused you to go and do His will. Yes, it did. Is that all? No, your love for me also caused you to go and do your Heavenly Father’s will. You are correct, my life was guided by my love for my Heavenly Father and my love for you. I have the same reason for my wanting to give myself fully and completely to you. Tell me more. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. My love for you makes it no burden for me to give myself fully and completely to you. The love you have placed in my heart for others is also motivating my desire to go and do whatever you ask of me. So, I can truly say, “I will do what you say”. May your will be done in and through me. That is very good. I will certainly do my will in and through you. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I am your servant. I am at your disposal. Use my life to fulfill your purposes and accomplish your plans. Lead me to where you want me to go. Give me what you want me to do. I will engage fully in your work. Do your miraculous work in and through me. Amen

Key Question… How willing are you to allow the Lord to do the impossible in and through you?

Living It Out… Allow the Lord to do His miraculous work in and through you as you love, follow and serve Him.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will do miraculous things in and through you as you love, follow and serve Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord is doing His miraculous work in and through you.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you as the Lord’s servant, allow Him to work in and through you as He desires.

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