Paid Attention

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - 365 Days Of Guidance - Day 25 Isaiah 48:17-18 - Paid Attention - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – 365 Days Of Guidance – Day 25 Isaiah 48:17-18 – Paid Attention – Growing As Disciples

This is what the LORD says– your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Isaiah 48:17-18 (NIV)

Direction

Do you want me to teach you what is best? Do you want me to show you the way that you should go? Do you want to experience my peace overflowing your life? Do you want to live a righteous life that is as consistent as the waves of the sea? Lord, I want to live the life that you have called me to live. I want to go where you guide me. I want to know and do your will. I want to do whatever is pleasing to you. Nothing would give me more peace than knowing that I am doing whatever you ask of me.

What must you do if you want to live the life that I have called you to live? You’re asking me? I thought you might tell me. No, you tell me. First of all, I must answer your call. You called me to come to you. Yes, I did. I gave my life to you. I said that I was going to turn away from my sin to follow you as my Savior and Lord. On that day you began your new life in me. Yes, I did.

That was the start of my walk with you on my journey through life. How have you known where to walk? How have you known what to do? I have followed you. How have you followed me? I have followed you to where you have led me. I have been careful to do what you have been asking of me. How have you been paying attention to me? I have been listening attentively to you. I have been meeting with you in your word. You have spoken to me through your word. You have helped me to know you. You have helped me to do your will. You have helped me to walk in your ways. You have changed my heart and transformed my mind. You have given me the desire to love, follow, and serve you. Your word has become the subject of my thoughts. Your word has been the content of my prayers. Your word has filled my heart with praise, and thanks, and worship. Your word has sustained my life, overflowed me with your peace, and helped me to live my life fully for you. Yes, it has.

Lord, you are my God. You have redeemed my life. Thank you for teaching me your will and showing me what is best for me. You direct me on the path through life. Help me to pay full attention to you and obey all your commands. Amen

Key Question…  When have you failed to pay attention to your lack of peace about a decision and suffered for it?

Living It Out…  Pay attention to the Lord and obey His commands so that He can teach you what is best for you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will teach you what is best for you as you pay attention to Him and obey His commands.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group the peace you have in following and obeying God.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you pay attention to the Lord so He can show you what is best for you.

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Humble Themselves

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 114 – 2 Chronicles 7:14 – Humble Themselves- Growing As Disciples

if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)

Humble Myself

I do need to humble myself before you, there is no doubt about that. Why is there no doubt about your need to humble yourself before me? I have been proud. I have been stubborn. I have been self-reliant. I have lived as if I could handle all the circumstances of life, on my own, without your help. I have lived as if I had no need for prayer. Nothing could be further from the truth. Why is that? I am not all knowing. I am not all powerful. I am not wise. I have made plenty of mistakes. I have taken many missteps. I have sinned against you in many ways. Without you, I have stumbled through life. I have bounced back and forth from one unproductive endeavor after another. The truth is that I desperately need your forgiveness and cleansing of my sin. I could start by confessing my pride. I could continue by confessing my stubborn self-reliant and independent streak. That would be very good. That is what I am now doing. I am bowing myself down before you. I am turning away from my sin. I am turning away from any and every wicked way that has been in me. I am turning to love and follow and serve you. I know that you will forgive my sin. I know that you will cleanse all my unrighteousness. Yes, I will. You will bring your healing into my life. You will revive and refresh and restore my soul. You will guard and guide the course of my life. You will lead me to where you want me to go. You will give me what you want me to do. Yes, I will.

There is something else that I want you to know. What’s that? My humbling myself in prayer before you is not a one-time act. This is not something that I am only doing today. My life will be daily and continually bowed down before you. You are my Savior and Lord. Yes, I am. Daily, I will seek your face. Daily, I will come to meet with you. Daily, I will listen to your voice. Daily I will rely on your help. Daily I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I want to live and walk every day in an intimate relationship with you. That will be very good.

Lord, I will humble myself before you. I will bow down and confess my sin to you. No longer will I live a proud and self-reliant life. I will turn to love, follow and serve you. Thank you for healing my life. Thank you for setting me on a new course in life with you. Amen

Key Question… When have you proudly thought that you could handle your life without any need of prayer?

Living It Out… Humbly turn away from sin so that you can turn to love, follow and serve the Lord.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will heal your life as you humble yourself in prayer before Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are humbly praying to the Lord on a regular basis.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you humble yourself and pray to the Lord.

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With Thanksgiving Present Your Requests To God

 

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 117 – Philippians 4:6-7 – With Thanksgiving Present Your Requests To God – Growing As Disciples

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Present My Requests

That is what I will do from now on. What will you do from now on? I will present all my requests to you. That is a good plan. What has caused you to come to this decision? For too long and far too often, I have carried all my own worries. I have been weighed down by worry and filled up with anxiety. Why have you carried all your own worries? Why have you not asked for my help? I’m not completely sure why I have carried my own worries. Take a guess. I would guess that I have an independent and proud streak within me. Is that a guess? No, not really. Anyhow, I have thought to myself that I can handle all my own problems and difficulties. I have said to myself, “I shouldn’t need to ask for anyone’s help”. Has that included me? Yes, unfortunately. Is that your sole answer for your not asking for my help? I’m sure it’s not. What else?  Sometimes life has become so harried and frantic that I have forgotten to ask you for your help. There must be more. Don’t hold anything back from me. Well, sometimes I have wondered if you would hear and answer my prayer. That sounds terrible. That is something I hate to admit. If I have had a lack of faith in you that is something that I will not continue to let exist in me. That’s good. What will you do? I will begin to turn every worry of mine into a prayer to you. Not only will I pray to you, but I will pray prayers filled with faith and thanksgiving. Why is that? I know that you will hear me. I know that you will help me. I know that you love and care for me. I am your child. Yes, you are. Yes, I will hear you. Yes, I will help you. I do love and care for you. 

What will happen to you as you turn all your worries into prayers to me? I will carry my worries no longer. I will give them to you. I will let you carry my worries for me. That will be very good. What else? Then you will fill me with your peace. Your peace will guard my heart and mind and life. Your peace will cover me. Your peace will protect me. Your peace will be before, behind me and all around me. Your peace will completely surround me in ways that I will never be able to fully comprehend. Yes, it will. Keep on turning all your worries into prayers to me. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, far too often I have carried my worries by myself. I have held on to them and been filled with anxiety. No longer will I carry my worries. I will turn every worry into a thanksgiving filled prayer to you. I know you will give me your peace as I fully trust you. Amen

Key Question…  What worry of yours would you like to turn into a prayer to God right now?

Living It Out…  Instead of carrying worries, turn every one of them into a thanksgiving filled prayer to God.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you can turn every one of your worries into a prayer to God.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group what worries you are presenting to God as prayers.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you, instead of worrying, present your requests to God.

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Think About Such Things

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 118 – Philippians 4:8-9 – Think About Such Things- Growing As Disciples

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV) 

An Example

I am thankful that I have had good examples to follow. How so? I have had many people speak good things into my life. I am who I am today because of what I have learned or received or heard or seen from you and those who you have strategically placed in my life. That’s true. You have shown me how to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. How have I shown you how to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to me? You and others have spoken your word into my heart and mind and life. What has my word done for you? Your word has changed the thoughts of my mind, the words of my mouth and the deeds of my life. How so? As I have let your word dwell in me richly you have changed my heart and transformed my mind. As I have hidden your word in my heart you have helped me to not sin against you. How have you let my word dwell richly in you? How have you hidden my word in your heart? I have meditated on your word. I have memorized your word. I have studied your word. I have prayed your word. I have grabbed a hold of your word so that it could grab a hold of me. What has happened to you as you have grabbed a hold of my word? I have put your word into practice. I have lived the life that you have called me to live. I have come to know you. I have come to think your thoughts and walk in your ways. I have been made able to live in your peace. That is very good. Yes, it is.

What do you want? You know me. Yes, I know you. You know what is on my mind. Yes, I know what is on your mind. I want you to be able to use me. How do you want me to use you? I want you to use me as an example that others can follow. I want you to speak through my life. I want others to learn and receive and hear and see good things coming out of my life that they can put onto practice. I want others to live in the same peace that you have given to me. That is a bold request. It is a request that I believe you will hear and answer. Yes, I will. You can be sure of that. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I want to be a good example for others to follow. I want to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. I will put into practice all that I have learned, received, heard or seen from you. Fill me with your peace as I love, follow and serve you. Amen

Key Question… How has thinking good and right and true thoughts pushed less than worthy thoughts out of your mind?

Living It Out… Think and speak and act in ways that are good and right and pleasing to the Lord.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will have peace from the Lord as you think and speak and act according to His will.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are putting into practice what the Lord has taught you.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to the Lord.

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Chosen What Is Better

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 119 - Luke 10:41-42 - Chosen What Is Better - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 119 – Luke 10:41-42 – Chosen What Is Better – Growing As Disciples

“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 (NIV)

Sit Still

That is what I will do. What is it that you will do? I will come to sit still in your presence. Why will you come to sit still in my presence? I want to hear from you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice speaking to me. I want to receive your instruction. I want to follow your guidance. I want you to teach and train me. I want you to guard and guide me. I want you to mold and shape me. I know that I cannot live a fruitful life, apart from you. You have very good desires in your heart and on your mind. It sounds like you have plenty of experience not coming to sit in my presence. You know me. Yes, I know you. Yes, I am very experienced at not living in an intimate relationship with you. I have fruitlessly wandered from one thing to another. I have powerlessly tried to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans with my own strength. I have been slow to hear your instruction or follow your guidance. I want no more of that kind of life. Your mind is made up? Yes, my mind is made up. I will come to sit still in your presence. I want to receive everything that you have for me. That is very good.

When will you come to sit in my presence? Let me say this very clearly and emphatically, “There is not one day that I don’t need to come to sit still in your presence.” Why is that? There is not one day that I don’t need to hear from you. There is not one day that I can afford to rely on my own instruction, guidance, power or protection. I need your help every day. Yes, you do. So, I will come to sit in your presence. I will set a schedule. I will make a plan. I will carve out time. I will make coming to sit still in your presence the priority of my life. That will be very good. Why are you being so specific about when and where you will meet with me? I know that if I don’t have a very specific plan in place, I will never live out my desire to live in an intimate relationship with you. Life will get busy. I will become distracted. I will let every task and duty that cries out for my attention, crowd my time with you out of my life. I will guarantee you one thing. What’s that? I will not let anything crowd coming to sit in your presence out of my life. Hearing from you is and will continue to be the first and foremost priority of my life. That is very good. I look forward to all our times together. I do too. That is very good. 

Lord, I will make sitting still before you my daily practice. I want to be able to hear from you. I want you to teach me. I want you to train me. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. Guard and guide my life as I quietly listen to you speaking to me. Amen

Key Question… Why is choosing to sit quietly before the Lord your wisest and best use of time?

Living It Out… Make sitting still before the Lord a daily practice so that you will be able to hear from Him.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will speak to you as you sit still before Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you have made sitting still before the Lord a daily practice.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you choose what is better by sitting still before the Lord.

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God Works For The Good

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 120 – Romans 8:28-30 – God Works For The Good – Growing As Disciples

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified. Romans 8:28-30 (NIV)

Purpose 

I know the purpose of my life. The purpose of my life is no mystery to me.  Really, you are that clear on your purpose in life? You have not one bit of doubt about your purpose in life? You have unwavering confidence about the purpose of your life? That’s right. I have no doubts about my purpose in life. I have unwavering confidence that I know my purpose in life. Well then, tell me what is your purpose in life. Before I do that, I must say a couple things. I’m listening. I only know my purpose in life because you have shown it to me. I am only confident about my purpose in life because you have given it to me. In fact, it would have been more accurate and proper to say that I know your purpose for my life. I can only say that I know my purpose in life because I have made your purpose my purpose. My passionate desire has taken hold of your purpose of my life. This desire clearly could have only come from you. Are you done qualifying your statements? Yes, I am. My purpose in life is to become like your son, Jesus Christ.  Yes, it is. It pleases me that you know and have made this purpose your very own. Becoming like your son is defining and directing my purpose and the entire course of my life. That is very good.

There is more. There is something else that I am supremely confident about. What’s that? I am confident about you. That’s good. You will use all of life to mold and shape my life so I will keep on being conformed into the likeness of your son. You will take the good and bad things that happen in my life to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans for my life. I know that you are not the author of trials and suffering and difficulty. I know that you weep with me as I go through pain in life. In every trial, suffering and difficultly, you will draw near me as I draw near to you. You will hear my prayers as I cry out to you. Yes, I will. I will have no doubts that you will keep on taking all of life to use it to mold and shape me into the likeness of your Son. I welcome all your good work in me. That is very good.

Heavenly Father, thank you for calling me to come to you. Through your son, Jesus Christ, you made it so I could be righteous in your sight. Use everything I go through in life for your purposes. Mold and shape my life so I will be conformed to Christ’s likeness. Amen

Key Question… When has God taken something very negative and used it for something very positive in your life?

Living It Out… Make it the purpose of your life to love, follow and serve God with all that is within you.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will work everything you go through in life into something useable for His purposes.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how your love for God is defining and directing the purpose of your life.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you welcome your Heavenly Father’s work in you of conforming you into the likeness of His Son.

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Must Be Slave Of All

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 121 – Mark 10:43-45 – Must Be Slave Of All – Growing As Disciples

Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:43-45 (NIV)

True Greatness

My whole understanding of what constitutes true greatness has changed. How so? At one time I thought a great person had power and authority over others. What else? A great person was the recipient of praise and adoration. A great person won the highest of honors. A great person had the most noteworthy of accomplishments. A great person was seated in the highest of positions. A great person would be remembered throughout all history. Monuments would be constructed to celebrate the life of a great person. People would fawn over a great person. People would live to serve a great person. A great person would live in comfort and experience unlimited pleasure. Is that about it? I could go on and on. No need. That is what you thought about greatness. That is how the world might evaluate greatness. How has your understanding changed? What do you now think constitutes true greatness? You are my example of true greatness. You lived a life of true greatness. How so? You came into this world with a mission. Which was? It was your mission to go and do your Heavenly Father’s will. You lived your life to do what was good and right and pleasing to your Heavenly Father. You emptied yourself of all your rights and privileges. You took on the form of a servant. You gave yourself in service to others. You did not live to be served, but to serve. You did nothing for selfish motives. You were not filled with vain ambition. You did not seek honor and glory. There was nothing you tried to win for yourself. There was no place you would not go to serve your Heavenly Father. There was nothing you would not do to serve your Heavenly Father. You gave yourself fully and completely in His service. Your service ending up costing you your life. You died on the cross so that you could accomplish the purpose for which you came into this world. Which was? Your death on the cross secured the forgiveness and cleansing of sin for all who would come to believe in you. You restored a multitude of humanity into a new and living relationship with their Heavenly Father. No greater life has ever been lived, than yours. No greater accomplishment has ever been achieved, than yours. So, I want to follow your example. I want to live like you lived. I want to serve like you served. I want to give like you gave. That is greatness. That is what I now understand. That is very good.

Lord, I want to live the same kind of life that you lived. You became a servant. You gave your life in service to others. A servant is who I want to be. Serving is what I want to do. Help me to live a great life of following your example. Use me for your purposes. Amen

Key Question… What must you be willing to do if you want to be great?

Living It Out… Live a life of true greatness by taking on the role of a servant leader.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will help you to take on the role of a servant leader.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you have made it your goal to be a servant leader.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you become like a slave to all.

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Being Transformed Into His Likeness

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 122 – 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 – Being Transformed Into His Likeness- Growing As Disciples

But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:16-18 (NIV)

In Your Presence

I know that you are changing me. You are doing a work in me that I couldn’t do for myself. What kind of work am I doing in you? I know day by day you are making me to be more like you. You think so? I know so. That’s good. You are right, I am making you to be more and more like me.  How am I making you to be more like me? You are drawing me to yourself. You are giving me this insatiable hunger for more of you. I want to draw near to you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than give praise and honor and glory and worship to you. I have learned one thing, What’s that? I cannot be in your presence and remain unchanged. In your presence you are changing my heart. In your presence you are transforming my mind. You are giving me thoughts to think. You are giving me new words to speak. You are giving me new deeds to do. I am not the person I was yesterday. I am not the person I will be tomorrow. You are molding and shaping my life every day as I continue to remain in your presence. Yes, I am. You have learned a very important lesson. I am so grateful. I am so thankful. I am so humbled. I don’t know how to thank you enough for all the work have been, are doing and will do in and through me as I continue to remain in your presence. I am thankful beyond what my words can express. That is very good.

There is one thing else I have learned. What’s that? As I remain in your presence you are allowing me to bring glory to your name. You are making me able to shine brightly as a witness for you in the world. You are allowing me to bear fruit for your kingdom. How so? Others are being drawn to you because your life is being lived out in and through me. This is not to my credit. This is not some work that I have done. No, it is you that are using me as your instrument. I said that there is no place I would rather be than in your presence. Yes, you did. I can also say that there is nothing I would rather do than serve you. Use my life to fulfill your purposes and accomplish your plans. Yes, I will. You can be certain of that. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, thank you for drawing me to yourself. You have turned my life around. It is now my joy to live my life with and for you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. Keep on making me more like you as I continue to remain in your presence. Amen

Key Question… Why is it impossible to be in the Lord’s presence and remain unchanged?

Living It Out… Make it your daily pattern and practice to remain in the Lord’s presence so that you can be transformed by Him.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will become more and more like the Lord as you remain in His presence.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has been making you to be more and more like Him.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you be made to be more and more like the Lord as you remain in His presence.

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Becoming Like Christ – Day 122 – 2 Corinthians 3-16-18 – Being Transformed Into His Likeness – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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Go To The Land I Will Show You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 123 - Genesis 12:1-3 - Go To The Land I Will Show You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 123 – Genesis 12:1-3 – Go To The Land I Will Show You – Growing As Disciples

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3 (NIV)

Go

You have my full attention. I will listen attentively to your voice. I don’t want to fail to hear whatever you want to say to me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will go wherever you guide me. I am willing to leave the unfamiliar to do what is uncomfortable. Why is that? I want to keep on moving forward with you. I don’t want to find myself stuck in a rut. I don’t want to live a life filled with regrets. I don’t want to sadly look back at what could have been. Most importantly, I want to be able to know and do your will. Most certainly, I want to be able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. One day I want to hear you say that I have been a good and faithful servant. That is very good. What will happen to you as you go and do my will? I will come to know you more intimately. Why is that? There is a way that I can only come to know you as I go and do what you ask of me. Why is that? I know that you will ask me to do what I cannot accomplish with my own gifts and talents and abilities or with my own power and strength. You will cause me to come to rely on you more fully. You will cause me to ask for your help. You will cause me to live in an intimate relationship with you. Yes, I will. You will lead me to the unfamiliar to do the uncomfortable. Yes, I will. You seem to like stretching me beyond my limits so that you can grow my faith and trust in you. I’m glad that you have noticed that I want you to come to rely fully on me. It would be hard, maybe even impossible not to notice. What else will happen to you as you go and do my will? You will bless my life. How so? You will bless my life so that I will be able to bless the lives of many others. You will work in and through me so that others can come to know and love and follow and serve you. Yes, I will bless your life so that you will be able to bless the lives of many others. 

Lord, I will attentively listen to your voice. I am willing to leave the uncomfortable and unfamiliar. I will go and do what you ask of me even when it is difficult. Thank you for blessing my life and the lives of others as I follow and serve you. I am at your service. Amen

Key Question… What is God asking you to go and do for Him in this season of your life?

Living It Out… Attentively listen to God and go and do what He asks of you even when it is uncomfortable and unfamiliar.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God will help you to go and do what is uncomfortable and unfamiliar.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group when God has asked you to go and do something for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you go and do what the Lord asks of you even when it is uncomfortable and unfamiliar.

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I Will Go Over And See

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 124 - Exodus 3:1-4 - I Will Go Over And See - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 124 – Exodus 3:1-4 – I Will Go Over And See – Growing As Disciples

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight–why the bush does not burn up.” When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:1-4 (NIV)  

Interruptions

I have never liked interruptions. Why is that? I like to remain focused on the task that is before me. I don’t want to be distracted. I don’t want to be diverted. That’s not all bad. That can be quite good. It is good for you to be focused and wholehearted and fully engaged in the work I have given you to do for me. But there can be a danger in being too focused. How so? Think about it. You tell me. Sometimes, my intense focus might put blinders on my eyes or ear plugs in my ears. I might fail to see something you want to show me. I might fail to hear something you want to say to me. Sometimes, I might frantically race right on by your activity in my life. Being too focused could leave me completely inattentive to you. That is very true.

Let me ask you a few questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. How likely is it that I will interrupt your schedule? How frequently do you think I might want you to see or hear something from me? How often might you need additional guidance or a course correction from me? How often are you likely to need wisdom and instruction from me? You are likely to interrupt my schedule quite frequently. I will need to see what you want me to see with great regularity. I will need to hear what you want me to hear moment by moment as I walk through life with you. How is your understanding of interruptions changing? I need to welcome interruptions into my life. You will often speak to me or show me something in the interruptions of life. When an interruption occurs, I need to be fully attentive to what you want me to see or hear. Real life and ministry and opportunities can and do and will often occur in what I have considered to be inconvenient interruptions. That’s right. So, I welcome you to interrupt my life at any time and in any moment. That I will do, you can count on it. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will not frantically race through life. I will not be constantly distracted and preoccupied. I will make myself attentive to you. I will watch for your activity around me. I will listen to your voice speaking to me. I will take on the assignments you give to me. Amen

Key Question… Why might you fail to notice the activity of God when you frantically race through life?

Living It Out… Make yourself attentive to God by watching out for His activity in your life.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that you will notice the activity of God when you make yourself attentive to Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has given and you have taken on an assignment from Him.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you make yourself attentive to the activity of God in your life.

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Day 124 – Becoming Like Christ – Exodus 3-1-4 – I Will Go Over And See – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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