Be Content

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - 365 Days Of Guidance - Day 30 - 1 Timothy 6:6-8 - Be Content - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 30 – 1 Timothy 6:6-8 – Be Content – Growing As Disciples

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT)

What Will Last?

You know that you can’t take anything with you when you leave this life? Yes, I know that. Have you been slow to come to this realization or have you known it all along? I wouldn’t say that I have known that I can’t take anything with me all along, that’s for sure. What would you say? I would say that even now, I lose sight of the fact that I can’t take anything with me when I leave this world. Why is that? Too often I find myself pursuing money and all the things that it can buy. I must tell myself that if I can’t take something with me I might as well get maximum enjoyment and contentment from it while I have it now. Let’s talk about contentment since you have used that word. I’m listening. Have you found contentment with money and all that it can buy? Think of something that you have had to have. Do you have something in mind? Yes, I do. What do you have in mind? I have a red convertible sports car in my mind. You wanted that for a very long time didn’t you? Yes, I did. You thought that you had to have that shiny red convertible sports car? Yes, I did. You thought your life would be filled with joy and excitement once you had that shiny new sports car didn’t you? Yes, I did. You finally got the car didn’t you? Yes, I did. That was a very exciting joy filled day, wasn’t it? Yes, it was. How long did your joy and excitement last with the purchase of your new car? I was excited about the shiny new sports car for a couple months at the most. That’s It? Yes, that was it. What happened to your exciting shiny new red sports car? It became a car. I had it. It was mine. I was no longer excited about it. It did not fill me with joy. What then? After the sports car, I started to want something else that was bigger and even better. I wanted something more that would fill me with excitement, joy, and contentment. I’m not even going to ask you about that. But, what have you found out? I have found out that money and all that it can purchase will never fill me with lasting joy and contentment. It is foolish to pursue what can’t make me content. It is doubly foolish to pursue what I can’t take with me when I leave this world. Yes, it is.  No amount of money or no accumulation of things will ever make me content and fill the void of emptiness that always leaves me wanting more. That’s right.

You however can fill the emptiness that I feel inside. You can fill me with joy and contentment now and forever. Yes, I can. I have learned that as I love, follow, and serve you, I will be filled joy and contentment that will never end. Yes, you will. I have also learned that I can take something with me when I leave this life. What’s that? I can take with me the fruit that you have born in and through my life as I have loved, followed, and served you. Yes, you can. You will bear fruit through my life that will last forever. Yes, I will. Now that is something that will bring me lasting joy and contentment! Yes, it is.

Lord, I have sought contentment through money and all that it could buy in this world. I have learned that pursuing what I can’t take with me, out of this life, is foolish. Help me to continue to learn to be content, as I love, follow, and serve you. Amen

Key Question…  Why will money and all that it can buy never be able to make you content?

Living It Out…  Pursue a contented life of loving, following, and serving the Lord.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will bring contentment into your life as you love, follow, and serve Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how loving, following, and serving the Lord has made you content in life.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you pursue a godly and contented life of loving, following, and serving the Lord.

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Train Yourself

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 29 – 1 Timothy 4:7-8 – Train Yourself- Growing As Disciples

Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 (NIV)

My Coach

What would you do if you wanted to train yourself physically? That depends on the level of physical fitness I was trying to achieve. What do you mean by that? Well, there is a big difference between being in good physical health and being physically trained to function at peak performance. What level of training most appeals to you? Being physical trained to function at peak performance appeals the most to me. What would that require? That kind of training would require a well mapped out regime of rigorous exercise, healthy diet, and adequate rest, that would be best provided by a coach. You would need a coach? Yes, a good coach would make sure that each day’s training would build on all the prior training. A good coach would make sure that a healthy diet and adequate rest accompanied the rigorous exercise. A healthy diet and adequate rest would be just as important as the rigorous exercise so that my body would have a chance to rest, recuperate, and rebuild. The exercise, diet and rest would not be haphazard? No, it would it would be well planned, under the close supervision, of a gifted coach. At the end of a long training regime what would be your reward? I would be in excellent physical condition and able to function at peak performance. I would be able to compete at the best of my abilities. There is some value in that. Yes, there is some value in that.

What would you do if you wanted to train yourself spiritually? I would need your help. I would need you to be my coach. I might think of coaching myself in physical training. I would never think that I could coach myself through spiritual training. I would need you to teach me. I would need you to train me. I would need you to guide me. So, I would start off my desire to be trained spiritually by asking you to help me. I would ask you to be my coach. That’s a very good start. What would be required as part of your spiritual training? I would need to come to listen to you. I would need to begin to receive your guidance. I would need to begin to follow your direction. That’s good. What would be a good and healthy start? What do you think I would ask of you? I think you would ask me to leave my old sinful life behind so I could follow your coaching. That’s right. What do you think would come next? I think that you would ask me to come to meet with me in your word. Why is that? You want to speak into my life. You want to use your word to change my heart and transform my mind. That’s right. Then what? As you are changing my heart and transforming my mind you will ask me to begin to live the new life you have given me to live. How will you do that? I will follow you. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. That will be very good. What will be the reward of your entering into spiritual training with me? I will have a new life to live with you both now and forever. Yes, you will.

 Lord, in the past I have spent a great deal of time and energy in physical training. This training holds value only for a very short time in this life. Help me now to enter training in godliness which will hold promise both in this life and in the everlasting life to come. Amen

Key Question…  What spiritual disciplines are part of balanced spiritual training in godliness?

Living It Out…  Allow yourself to enter spiritual training in godliness.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that entering spiritual training in godliness will hold promise now in this life and forever in the life to come.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you have entered spiritual training in godliness.

Prayer To Bless Others…  My you enter spiritual training in godliness as you love, follow, and serve the Lord.

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Stop Passing Judgment

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 28 – Romans 14:13 – Stop Passing Judgment – Growing As Disciples

Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way. Romans 14:13 (NIV)

Make Up Your Mind

Judging others will never be your job. Leave that to me. If you are monitoring your own thoughts, words, and actions you won’t have time left over to judge others. What will happen to you if you continue to judge others? I will receive back what I give out. If I give judgment, I will receive judgment. Yes, you will. You want to receive my forgiveness, is that right? Yes, I do. You want to receive my grace and mercy? Yes, I do. You want to be giving second, third, and even more chances in life, is that right? Yes, I do. You don’t ever want me to give up on you, is that also right? Yes, it is. You would like to hear words of encouragement and affirmation from me, is that right. Yes, I need all the encouragement and affirmation I can get. All of what you want from me, I want you to freely give to others.

What do you think I want you to do instead of judging others? You want me to love others with your love. You want me to encourage others with your encouragement. What you have done for me, you want me to do for others. You want others to see your love on display in and through my life. Others will never see your love and mercy if I have a judgmental heart. Others will never receive encouragement and affirmation from me if I don’t let your mercy flow through my life. The heart of love that you have toward me must overflow into the lives of others. You want me to give to others all that I have received from you. Yes, I do. You want me to be for others, and to be on their side, just has you are for me, and have been on my side. Yes, I do. You want my life to serve as an example that others can and will follow. You don’t want anything from my life to be a barrier, obstacle, or stumbling block to anyone’s faith. So what will you do? Have you made up your mind? I will stop passing judgment on others. That’s a good start.  I will love others with your love. That will be a good finish.

Lord, I would like my life to serve as an example that others can follow. I never want to be a barrier to anyone’s faith. Instead, I will love others with your love. I will stop judging others and I will start encouraging them in their faith in you. Amen

Key Question…  How has the Lord used you to encourage someone in their walk of faith with Him?

Living It Out…  Never be a stumbling block to someone’s faith but rather encourage them in their walk of faith with the Lord.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to encourage others in their walk of faith with Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has used you to encourage others in their faith.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you not judge others but rather encourage them in their faith.

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Spur One Another On Toward Love

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 27 – Hebrews 10:24 – Spur One Another On Toward Love – Growing As Disciples

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.  Hebrews 10:24 (NIV)

Consider

There is something that I want you to really consider. I don’t want you to quickly pass over this thought. I want you to really think deeply about this question. You have my full attention. I’m listening attentively to what you want to ask me. Here are my questions. Who can you spur on, inspire, and stir up to show my love and do my good deeds to others? This is not as easy of a question as it might seem. Why is that? What will it take for someone to be willing to listen to what you have to say on this subject? That complicates the question, doesn’t it? Yes, it does. Why is that? I think at least two things are required for someone to be willing to listen to me. First, I need to have a close enough relationship with other people so that they are willing to listen to what I have to say to them. No one is going to listen a stranger’s words of encouragement to show love and do good deeds to others.  A stranger has no reason or right to be heard. The encouraging and challenging words from a stranger are quickly dismissed. That’s right. What else is just as important? If I hope to encourage others to show love and do good deeds then I need to be a role model and example of one who loves others and is doing good deeds. My words alone will not be enough to encourage others to show love and do good deeds. No, they will not. Anything less than my being a role model of showing love and doing good deeds will cause others to think that I am a hypocrite that says one thing and does another. Yes, that’s right.

You are living in close relationship with many people. You are also actively engaged in showing love and doing good deeds to others. Does this mean that you are now ready to tell everyone around you how they can show love and do good deeds towards others? No, it does not mean that. What else is needed? I think there is a right time and place to spur on, inspire, and stir up others to show love and do good deeds. How will you ever know the right time and place? Without your help I will probably never know the right time and place to offer the right words of encouragement. I need your help. I need your prompting. I need you to open up the opportunities for me to encourage others to show your love by doing your good deeds. Yes, you do need my help. Yes, you do need my prompting. Yes, you do need the right time and place to speak my words of encouragement. Listening to me and following my prompting is a vital part of considering how you can you spur on, inspire and stir up others to show my love and do my good deeds. Will you allow me to use you to encourage others? Will you act when I prompt you? Will you speak up when I give you the right time, right place, and right words? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will consider how I might spur others on toward showing your love and doing your good deeds. Let my life serve as a role model for others to follow. Help me to stir up, inspire, and spur others on to serve you by showing love and doing good deeds. Amen

Key Question…  How has your life served as a role model to others of showing love and doing good deeds?

Living It Out…  Allow the Lord to use you to spur others on to showing His love and doing His good deeds.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will use you to spur others on to showing love and doing good deeds.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how someone has spurred you on to show love and do good deeds.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow the Lord to use you to spur others on to show love and do good deeds.

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Run With Perseverance

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Hebrews 12:1 – Day 26 – Run With Perseverance – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Hebrews 12:1 (NIV)

Marked Out

It’s all marked out for you. What’s all marked out for me? The race that I want you to run is all marked out for you. It is? Yes, it is, that’s what I just said. What do you mean by that? You know who you are following, don’t you? Yes, I am following you. You’re not following the world and its values? No, I am not. If you are following me what will you be doing? I will be keeping my eyes on you. I will be depending on you instead of relying on myself. I want to go where you guide me to do what you ask for me. I want to do what pleases you. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and your glory. I want my life to be a tool in your hand. In every way I want to know and do your will. That will be very good. You are not in this race running alone. You have others that are running right alongside you. Do you know why that is important? I can give and receive encouragement, as I keep on running the race marked out for me. When others are tempted to quit the race and give up, I will be there to encourage them. When others are weary and worn out, I will be there to encourage them to keep moving forward with you. Yes, you can and yes you will. As you encourage and strengthen others you yourself will be encouraged and strengthened. You have others that have gone before you who have completed their race. They are waiting for you at the finish line. Do you know why this is important? If I become discouraged, I will know that others have run well and completed their race. If I become weary, I will know that others have kept running well right up to the finish line. Yes, and what else? Just as others have run well and kept on running right up to the finish line, so will I. One day, I want my life to serve as a witness that will encourage others. I want my life to help cheer others on as they run the race that you have marked out for them. Keep following me. Keep your eyes fixed on me.  Then you will run well and finish your race. Who else will be waiting for you at the finish line? Who else will be praying for you and giving you strength as you run your race? You are at the finish line. You are praying for me. You will give me strength to run. My eyes will be fixed on you as I run the race you have laid out for me. Run well. Run with my strength in you. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, all the witnesses that have gone before me or are now beside me give me great encouragement to run the race you have marked out for me. I will throw off anything that hinders my running. I will fix my eyes on you as you lead me to the finish line. Amen

Key Question…  How will fixing your eyes on Jesus help you to run the race marked out for you?

Living It Out…  Throw off every hindrance and sin that prevents you from running the race that has been marked out for you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will give you endurance and strength to run the race that has been marked out for you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are running with endurance the race marked out for you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you run with perseverance the race that Jesus Christ has marked out for you.

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In His Ways

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 24 – Psalm 25:8-10 – In His Ways – Growing As Disciples

Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in his ways. He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. All the ways of the LORD are loving and faithful for those who keep the demands of his covenant. Psalm 25:8-10 (NIV)

 Your Ways

I want to know your will. I want to walk in your ways. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. In the past, I know that I have been strong willed, independent, and self-sufficient. I have thought that I needed no guidance and instruction. I was quite sure that I knew all that I needed to know. I was positive of where I would go and what I would do. I was absolutely filled to the brim with my own pride. I was full of myself. No one could teach me. No one could guide me. I did not have a humble heart. I did not have a listening ear. So, I went and did my own thing. I walked on my own path and went my own way. How did that work out for you? Following my own counsel and walking on my own path did not work out well for me. I got lost along the way. I thought what I should not have thought. I said what I should not have said. I went where I should not have gone. I did want I should not have done. In every way, my life was a mess. I was weary and worn out. I was bruised and battered and broken by all my poor thoughts, words, and actions. My life was like a barren wasteland of unfruitfulness. I felt empty and without hope in the world. Yes, you were.

You learned a valuable lesson along the way. Yes, I did. What valuable lesson did your pride filled life teach you? I learned that I need all the help that I can get. I don’t know it all. I don’t have all I need. I don’t know where to go and what to do. I need your wise counsel. I need all your instruction. I need you to lead and guide me along the path of life you have laid out for me. What do you want to say to me? I want to ask your forgiveness for my prideful independence. You are forgiven. What do you now want to do differently? I want to humbly rely on you. I will trust you to teach and guide me through life. I will follow you to where you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. I will follow and obey you with all my heart, and mind, and soul, and strength. That will be very good. I will teach you to know my will and walk in my ways. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I have been proud and unteachable. I thought that I knew it all. My stubbornness has been a sin. I have headed in the wrong direction and no one including you could guide me. No more, I will humbly accept all your guidance. Amen

Key Question…  What attitude must you come to the Lord with if you want Him to guide and direct your life?

Living It Out…  Humbly come to the Lord to ask Him to guide your life as you allow Him to teach you His will and ways.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will guide your life as you humbly come to ask him for His help.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has guided your life and shown you His will and ways.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you humbly allow the Lord to teach and guide you in His ways.

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He Got Down On His Knees

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 23 – Daniel 6:10 – He Got Down On His Knees – Growing As Disciples

Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. Daniel 6:10 (NIV)

On My Knees

Will you get down on your knees? Will you humble yourself before me? Will you make meeting with me in prayer, the priority of your life? Notice, I did not say a priority in your life. I noticed. Are you clear about what I am asking of you? Yes, I understand what you are asking of me. You are asking me if I will make meeting with you in prayer a priority, above all other priorities, in my life. Yes, I am. Do you believe that there is no better way for you to spend your time than in meeting with me in prayer? Yes, I am positive that there is no better way to spend my time than meeting with you in prayer. Then you have set aside a special time and place to meet with me in prayer, is that right? Yes, that is right, I have a special time and place to meet with you in prayer. Then you are spending a significant amount of time meeting with me in prayer, is that true? Well, I don’t know if that is completely true yet. What do you mean by that? I feel like I am just starting out in prayer. I am launching out into prayer with you. My journey in prayer with you is just beginning. My life with you in prayer now, is not what it will be in the future. You are correct. But you are fully committed and completely convinced in your desire to meet with me in prayer? Yes, it is the desire of my heart to have a close and intimate relationship with you. I want to draw near to you, as you draw near to me. I want to be refreshed in your presence. I want to taste of your goodness. I want you to mold and shape my life as I meet with you in prayer. I want you guard and guide my life as I meet with you in prayer. I want you to develop my thoughts, form my words, and empower my deeds, as I meet with you in prayer. On every day, and in every way, I want to live and walk in a dialogue of prayer with you. I want to be persistent and consistent, as I meet with you in prayer. You will have these desires of your heart fulfilled as you come to meet daily with me in prayer. For that I am completely grateful and fully thankful. That is very good.

 Father, thank you that I can come to meet with you in prayer. Meeting with you has become a consistent, daily priority in my life. I have set apart a time and place to regularly meet with you. It is my joy to live my life with you in an ongoing dialogue of prayer. Amen

Key Question…  How has God guided your life as you have met with Him in prayer?

Living It Out…  Make meeting with God in prayer a consistent daily priority in your life.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that no time is better spent than the time you meet with God in prayer.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how meeting with God in prayer has become a priority in your life.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you get down on your knees to meet with God in prayer.

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Submit Yourselves To God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 22 – James 4:7-10 – Submit Yourselves To God – Growing As Disciples

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you. James 4:7-10 (ESV)

Drawing Near

I know that I am a sinner. I have sinned against you in my thoughts, words, and deeds. I have done what I shouldn’t have done. I have left undone what I should have done. My heart has not been pure. I have had a double mind. My behavior has been wretched. I take my own sinfulness seriously. This is no laughing matter. I am deeply sorry that I have sinned against you in so many ways. With a humble heart, I am bowing down before. I am admitting my sin to you. That’s good.

I am so thankful that you have made it so I can turn away from my sin to follow you. You got my attention. You turned my life around. You helped me to see the error of my ways. You gave me a desire to know you. You gave me a hunger to seek you. Now, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Now, I want what you want. Now, I want to live my life completely for you. That’s very good.

I am holding on to your promises. I am drawing near to you. I know that you will draw near to me. There is no exception clause. No, there is not. I can count on you drawing near to me as I draw near to you. Yes, you can. I will never leave you or forsake you. You may not always feel my closeness. You may not also realize that I am with you. But, you can hold on to me because I will be holding on to you. You are my child. I am your Heavenly Father.

I am counting on you. I am trusting in you. I know that I cannot live a life that pleases you without your power and strength. No, you cannot. As I draw near to you and you draw near to me I will be resisting the devil and all the evil he will try to throw at me. I will allow your word to dwell in me richly. I know that your word will help me to think your thoughts and do your will. Yes, it will. I know that your word will change my heart and transform my mind. Yes, it will. I know that your word will push evil thoughts out of my heart and mind and life. Yes, it will. You will cleanse me with your word. Yes, I will. Your word will make me able to live and walk in ways that please you. Your word will make me able to stand against every evil and temptation. I will trust in you and all that you have to say to me as I draw near to you. That will be very good.

Lord, I am drawing near to you. I am humbling myself before you. I am turning away from evil and withdrawing from sin. I am submitting myself to you. Cleanse and heal me. I will walk in your ways. Use your word to push evil out of my heart and mind. Amen

Key Question…  How are you submitting yourself to God’s will and His ways?

Living It Out…  Draw near to God and resist the devil so you will be able to turn away from evil and stand against temptation.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will be able to overcome temptation as you immediately draw near to God and resist the devil.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has used His word to strengthen you against temptation.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you draw near to God and resist the devil so you will be able to stand against temptation.

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Jesus Answered

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - 365 Days Of Guidance - Day 21 - Matthew 4:1-4- Jesus Answered - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 21 – Matthew 4:1-4- Jesus Answered – Growing As Disciples

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:1-4 (NIV)

Live On

How will you live on my word? How will you allow my word to feed you? How will you allow my word to sustain you? How will you allow my word to strengthen you so you can stand against evil and resist temptation? Those are good questions. Every day, I would like to meet with you in your word. I will enthusiastically welcome your word into my heart and mind and life. I will listen attentively to everything you have to say to me. I will allow your word to dwell in me richly. How so? I will read your word. I will study your word. I will meditate on and memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will proclaim your word. Most importantly, I will put your word into practice. I will do what your word tells me to do. In every way I will take hold of your word just as it will take hold of me. Your word will be my firm foundation. Your word will be my fortress of strength. I know that your Holy Spirit will use your word to fight in, with, and for me, in all the battles I will face in life. That’s true. That’s right. You have answered my questions well.

How has my word been working in your life? How is my word been changing your heart as you live on it? Your word has been changing my heart. The more I meet with you in your word, the hungrier I am for all that you have for me. I want to live the life you have called me to live. I want to go and do all that you ask of me. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to know and do your will. I want your favor to rest on me. I want your power to work in and through me so I will be able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is very good.

How has my word been transforming your mind as you put it into practice? Your word has been transforming the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth, and deeds of my life. I am thinking your thoughts, speaking your words, and doing your deeds. Your word has been pushing my old worldly thoughts out of my heart, and mind. and life as I have meditated on and memorized your word. You have been giving your thoughts to think. Yes, I have. Will you keep on living on my word? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Key Question…  How has God’s word in your heart and mind and on your lips helped you to resist temptation?

Living It Out…  Hide God’s word in your heart so that the Holy Spirit will be able to use it to help you to resist temptation.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Holy Spirit will use God’s word to help you to resist temptation when it comes to attack you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God’s word in your heart has helped you to resist temptation.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you live on every word that comes from the mouth of God.

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Prepare Your Minds For Action

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - 365 Days Of Guidance - Day 20 - 1 Peter 1:13-16 - Prepare Your Minds For Action - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 20 – 1 Peter 1:13-16 – Prepare Your Minds For Action – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:13-16 (NIV)

Your Mind

How will you prepare your mind for action? Whatever I set my mind on will determine the action I will be prepared to take. What do you mean by that? If I set my mind on my job, then I will be preparing myself to be successful in my career. If I set my mind on power and prestige and position, then I will be preparing myself to do whatever it takes to get ahead. If I set my mind on comfort and pleasure, then I will be preparing to seek fleshly desires. If I set my mind on material possessions. then I will be preparing myself to acquire all that this world has to offer. Are any of these pursuits worthy of setting your mind on? What do you mean by that? Will you allow any of these pursuits to determine who you are and what you will become? Are you going to allow yourself to be defined by any of these things? Those are life-changing questions. Yes, they are depending on how you answer them.

What do you want to set your mind on? What action do you want to be prepared to take? Who do you want to become? What do you want your life to look like? I want to set my mind on you. I want to set my mind on the hope that I have in you, both now and forever. I have said goodbye to my old life. Nothing from my old life is worth setting my mind on. I don’t want to live for comfort and pleasure. I’m not drawn to power, prestige, and position. I’m not attracted to all false treasures and riches that the world has to offer. It would be a fool’s errand to live for what I could only temporarily acquire. Yes, it would. I want my mind to be ready for action. What action? I want my mind to be prepared for whatever action you ask me to take. I want to know and do your will. I want to wholeheartedly live the life that you have called me to live. I want my life to conform to your purposes and plan. How will you know if you are on the right track? You have called me to be holy. You want me to become like you. Yes, that’s right. As you daily make me more like you, I will notice that. Yes, you will. That is my hope. That is my desire. That is my plan. That is my goal. That is very good.

Lord, thank you for the hope I have in you. Help me to set my mind on you. Prepare my mind for action. I will no longer think and live my life in conformity to the world. Change my heart and transform my mind so I can live the holy life you have called me to live. Amen

Key Question…  What will hinder your mind from being prepared and ready for action as a follower of Jesus Christ?

Living It Out…  Allow the Lord to change your mind and prepare you for action as you love, follow, and serve Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will change your mind and prepare you for action, as you love, follow, and serve Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has changed your mind and prepared you for action.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you set your mind on Christ so your mind can be prepared for action.

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