Examine Our Ways

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Let Us - Lamentations 3:40 - Examine Our Ways - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – Lamentations 3:40 – Examine Our Ways – Growing As Disciples

Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD.  Lamentations 3:40 (NIV)

Examination

Do you really want me to examine your life? Are you really open to all that I have to say to you? I want my life to be like an open book before you. I know that there is nothing that can be hidden from you. It would be a foolish waste of time to try. I know that I have sinned and I will sin again. My life will never be perfect. I will be a work in your hands until I meet you face to face. Yes, you will. Trying to hide my sin from you would only serve to create distance and separation between us. I don’t want that, not even for a second. I want to live in a close and intimate relationship with you. So, instead of doing what my natural instinct would suggest which is trying to run and hide my sin, I will come to you to confess my sin so I can continue to follow and obey you. That will be very good. 

How do you think I will help you to see your sin? What do you think I will use to show you your sin? Who will speak to you about your sin? Your word will help me to see my own sin. As I meet with you in your word your Spirit will show me what I need to see. Your Spirit will speak to me what I need to hear. Yes, He will. Your word will also strengthen me to stand against temptations to sin. Your Spirit will take your word and apply it to my life so that I will be able to resist temptations that come my way. Yes, you will.  Is there anything or anyone else that I might use to help you to examine the way that you are living your life? You will use circumstances of every kind and people that are close to me to speak into my life. Yes, I have used and will continue to use people to speak into your life. They will see things you can’t see. They will say things that you will need to hear. Will you listen to them? Will you welcome what they have to say to you? Will your heart be hard or soft to the words that I have given them to speak to you? Don’t be so quick to answer. How have you sometimes responded to the challenging words of others? I have been rigid and hard hearted. I have reacted poorly and not listened well. I have rejected both the speaker and their message. I have wondered words to myself like, “who do they think they are” or “ what gives them the right to say such things to me.” Now I know that you were using them to speak words into my life that would help me to examine my ways. Yes, that’s right. Will you listen to me? Will you listen to the words of others that I will use to speak to you? Will you examine your ways? Will you confess your sin and turn to follow and obey me?  Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, help me to have a soft heart that is willing to examine the way that I am living my life. Show me my sins and help me to willingly and gladly confess them all to you. I want to follow and obey you in all that I think, say and do. Amen

Key Question… When has your life sent off the message that you are resistant to self-examination and course corrections?

Living It Out… Allow the Lord to help you to examine your life so you can turn away from sin to follow and obey Him.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that the Lord will show you your sins so you can turn from them to follow and obey Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group who has helped you to examine your life so you could turn from sin.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you examine your ways and turn from your sin so you can follow and obey the Lord.

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Do Good To All People

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – Galatians 6:10 – Do Good To All People – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10 (NIV) 

Opportunity

You will have an abundance of opportunities to do good things for others. You have said that you want to be a bright and shining vibrant witness for me in this world. Yes, I have said that. These opportunities to do good things for others are some of the ways that you will be able to shine brightly for me. Don’t expect that these opportunities will always be easy and convenient. Many times, it will not cost you much to show my loving kindness to others. Many other times, it will cost you quite a bit to serve others as I guide you. What will serving you cost me? That’s a very good question. What did it cost me to serve you? It cost you everything to come into the world to serve me. Yes, it did. I gave my life for you. What do you think it should cost you to serve me? Well, on the one hand I know that you gave yourself to me as a gift. My serving you can’t earn what you have already given to me as a gift. No, it cannot. On the other hand, I have said that I want to become like you. That desire to be like you has flowed out of my receiving your receiving salvation as a free gift. Yes, it has. So, by my serving you I am not trying to earn anything. No, you are not. In wanting to be like you, I want to give myself fully and freely to others as a gift. So, I would say that the cost of giving like you gave would cost me everything. What do you mean by everything? Right now, I’m saying without qualification that I will give like you gave. What does that mean? It means I will go where you guide me to do what you ask of me, no matter what the cost. I will use all my gifts, talents, abilities and resources to serve you. I will not say that I am too busy or too tired to serve you. I will not say that what you are asking of me is too difficult. I will not say that I don’t want to serve this or that person. I know that you will even ask me to serve my enemies. Yes, I will. I will be ready to serve anyone, anywhere at any time. When I serve anyone, I will know that I am serving you. When I am giving to others, I will know that I am a bright light shining in this dark world for you. When I am doing what you have asked me to do, I will know that I will bear fruit for your kingdom and your glory. That is what I want to do. So, I am saying yes to you now. I want to take every opportunity, that you give to me, to do good things for other people. That will be very good!

Lord, I will keep my eyes and ears open to opportunities to do good to all people. Help me to be willing to go out of my way to do good things for others. I want to be a witness for you. I will go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. Amen

Key Question…When have you gone way out of your way to do something good for someone?

Living It Out… Listen to the Holy Spirit as He guides you to do good to all people.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will give you an abundance of opportunities to do good to other people.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Holy Spirit has led you to do something good for someone.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you listen to the Holy Spirit as He guides you to do good things for other people.

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Grow Up

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – Ephesians 4:14-15 – Grow Up – Growing As Disciples

So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine, [the prey of] the cunning and cleverness of unscrupulous men, [gamblers engaged] in every shifting form of trickery in inventing errors to mislead. Rather, let our lives lovingly express truth [in all things, speaking truly, dealing truly, living truly]. Enfolded in love, let us grow up in every way and in all things into Him Who is the Head, [even] Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). Ephesians 4:14-15 (AMP) 

My Body

Do you want to be mature in you faith? Do you want to grow up in your relationship with me? Yes Lord, I want to be mature and grow up in my faith in you. I am tired of being like an infant that is tossed back and forth by every different kind of thought or feeling. I don’t want to think one thing and do or say another. I want to be done with taking three steps forward and two steps back as I follow you. I want to keep moving forward with you. I want to love, follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul. I want to be completely devoted to you. Yes, I can see that you are quite serious in your desire for me. Yes, I am.

Where have I caused you to grow? That sounds like an odd question to me. Why is that? You didn’t ask me how have I caused you to grow? No, I did not. That’s what I would have expected. So, I have surprised you with my question? Yes, it is the “where” part of your question that has taken me by surprise. That’s good because it is the “where” part of my question that I want you to think about. Why is that? You tell me. You have made me grow in your body of believers. You have made me grow in your church. Yes, that’s right. You’re thinking that is not the only place in which you have grown. Yes, I am. You’re thinking that you have grown when you have met alone with me in my word. Yes, I am. Without my body of believers you would not have my word. Think about what you would have or where you would be without my body of believers. Where would you be if no one ever told you about me? Where would you be if no one ever took the time to minister to you? What have I done for you that I have not done through the ministry of body of believers? I get it. I would be lost without what you have done for me through your body of believers. Yes, that’s right. What are you saying to me? What do you want me to understand? You want to grow? You want to mature? You want to keep moving forward with me? You want to serve me? You want to be used by me? You want to be completely devoted to me? You want to love and serve me with all your heart and mind and soul? Is this all true? Yes, it is all true! Where do you think all of this that you want to be true will happen? All that I want you to do in me, with me, for me and through me will happen in your body of believers. Yes, that is right. You want me to be rooted and grounded in your body of believers so that you can do for me what I am asking of you, is that right? Yes, that is right. Then that is where I will be. That will be very good.

Lord, it is the desire of my heart to become like you as I grow up in my faith. Keep me from being tossed like an infant from one thought to another. Make me mature in you. Help me to grow up in my faith so I will help others to grow up in their faith. Amen

Key Question…  How have you been more able to discern what is false as you have grown up in your faith?

Living It Out…  Make it your desire to mature and grow up in your faith up in your faith as you love, follow and serve the Lord.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will make you to be like Him as you mature and grow up in your faith.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has helped you to mature and grow up in your faith.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you grow and become mature in your faith so you can help others to grow up in their faith.

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Spur One Another On Toward Love

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – 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.

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 to others of showing your love and doing your good deeds. Help me to stir up, inspire and spur others on to serve you. Amen

Key Question…Who has been a role model for you and spurred you on toward showing God’s 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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Do What Leads To Peace

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – Romans 14:19 – Do What Leads To Peace – Growing As Disciples

Let us therefore make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification. Romans 14:19 (NIV)

Every Effort

Why don’t you like conflict? I’m not sure. I know that I don’t like the stress that conflict brings into my life. I know that I don’t like the destruction of relationships that is often caused by conflict. I know that I don’t like the feelings of brokenness that I feel when I am heavily engaged in conflict. I more than dislike conflict. I hate conflict. I loose sleep over conflict. Conflict drains my energy and wears me out. Conflict makes it very difficult for me to hear your voice and know your will. My productivity goes way down when I am engaged in conflict. For someone who isn’t sure you seem quite sure about why you don’t like conflict.

When is conflict most likely to find its way into your life? I’m more likely to engage in conflict when my life is out of balance. If I haven’t had enough sleep, food or exercise I can easily be drawn into conflict. Why is that? A lack of sleep, food or exercise tends to make me crabby and very short on patience. If any of my other basic needs haven’t been met I can be drawn into conflict then as well. Oh, more importantly, if I haven’t spent time in fellowship with you that’s when I’m probably most easily drawn into conflict. That’s when my life is most out of balance. So, if I want to be able to resist being drawn into conflict I need to make sure that my life is in balance, starting with fellowship with you in your word. Your help comes to me as I am living in close fellowship with you. I need to rely on you to help me to resist the temptation to be drawn into conflicts. That sounds like a good plan to me.

What circumstances are most likely to draw you into conflict? Disagreements of all types draw me into conflict. Some conflict is unavoidable. Some conflict is even desirable. I’m sure that you want me to engage in conflict when I am faced with injustice in the world. You don’t want me to stand idly by when someone is being unjustly treated. No, I don’t. But, the times of justified conflict seem to be more of the exception than the rule. Often times I get drawn into conflict when someone does something that I don’t like. When someone doesn’t live up to my expectations conflict has often resulted. Just not getting what I want has also resulted in conflict. So, there has been a lot of conflict in my life related to my own selfishness and pride. I think it’s important to evaluate any conflict in my life. Yes, it is. I know that you don’t want me to engage in any conflict that is rooted in selfishness, pride or any other sin. No, I do not.

What would you rather do than engage in conflict? What do you think that I would rather you do than engage in conflict? Both questions have the same answer. I want to do what you want. What do I want? You want me to live in peace with others. You want me to make peace my aim and pursuit. You want me to distance myself from selfish, prideful and sinful conflict. Instead of engaging in conflict with others you want me to use all my thoughts, words, and deeds to encourage and build others up in their faith in you. Yes, I do. Will you use your thoughts, words and deeds to build others up in their faith? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I will make every effort to live in peace with others. I will make peace my aim and pursuit. I will distance myself from whatever leads to conflict with others. Instead, use all of my thoughts, words and deeds to encourage and build others up in their faith. Amen

Key Question…  What kinds of thoughts, words and deeds have led you into conflict with others?

Living It Out…  Make peace your aim and eager pursuit as you use your thoughts, words, and deeds to encourage and build others up.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will use you to encourage and build others up with your thoughts, words, and deeds.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has used you to encourage and build others up.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you live in peace as you use your thoughts, words, and deeds to build up and encourage others in their faith.

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Fix Our Eyes On Jesus

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – Hebrews 12:2-3 – Fix Our Eyes On Jesus – Growing As Disciples

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:2-3 (NIV)

Eyes On You

What are your eyes fixed on? What has your attention? I’m not really sure how to answer those questions. What occupies your attention and what your eyes are fixed will guide the course of your life. Then my answer to your questions is very important Yes, it is. To the extent that your eyes and focus are on me I will be guiding your life. If my eyes and focus turn away from you then I am likely to wander off the path that you are leading me on. That’s right. I will waste time and effort on things of this world that are ultimately not that important. I will expend my energy and strength on what will not bear fruit for your kingdom and your glory. I will grow weary and lose heart once I see how little impact my life is making for you. Yes, you’ve got that right.

The problem of not focusing on me is larger than you may realize. How is that? I am the author and perfecter of your faith. Without keeping your eyes on me you can’t really live the life that I have laid out for you. You are not the author of your faith. I am the author of your faith. What does the author of the story know that the reader cannot know? The reader follows the story and only learns of the story while reading what the author has written. Keeping your eyes and focus on me is like reading the story of your faith. You will only know where I am leading you by following me. You will only know what I am asking of you by obeying me. The story of your life of faith with me will unfold little by little, day by day as you keep your eyes and focus on me. I get it.

How hard has it been to keep your eyes and focus on me? It has been very hard to keep my eyes and focus on you. Why is that? The world and everything in it tries to demand my attention. The commitments that are before me grab a hold of my time. The noise of life makes it hard for me to listen to you and keep my focus on you and the life that you have for me. The pace of life wears me out and throws my life completely out of balance. So, the challenge of keeping your eyes and focus on me is great? Yes, it is. What will help you to keep your eyes and focus on me? Meeting everyday with you in your word will help me to keep my eyes and focus on you. Is that what you will do? Yes, it is. I will be looking and waiting for you to come to meet with me. I have a time and place set to meet with you. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you that you are the author and perfecter of my faith. I will follow you. I will keep and my eyes on you. Help me to endure whatever opposition I will face in life. Strengthen me so I will not grow weary or lose heart. Amen

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Let Us Go Up

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – Micah 4:2 – Let Us Go Up – Growing As Disciples

Many nations will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob. He will teach us his ways, so that we may walk in his paths.” The law will go out from Zion, the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. Micah 4:2 (NIV)

Teach Me

Do you really want to know me? Do you really want to know my will? Do you really want to walk in my ways? I know that I should not be too quick to answer each of your questions. I know that I should carefully consider each one of them. Why is that? Saying yes to each of your questions will require something of me. There is a cost to saying yes to what you are asking of me. I can’t say yes to you and then go on my own way, living my own life, just as I have done and gone before. What is the cost of saying yes to the questions that I am asking of you? What is the cost of saying yes to me?

You want all of me. I can’t give you a part of me. I can’t just give you time on my calendar or a spot in my day. Knowing you. Knowing your will. Walking in your ways. None of these are part time commitments. Saying yes to you will require giving to you all that I am, all that I have and all that I hope to be to you. Yes, it will.

You will have a multitude of new questions to ask me on each and every day of my life. They will all come back to these fundamental questions. Do I want to know you? Do I want to know your will? Do I want to walk in your ways? Each new question will give me the opportunity to reaffirm my saying yes to you. Yes, it will.

There is something that I want to be clear about in my heart and mind. There is something I want to clear up once and for all. There is something that I want to say on the record. What’s that? When I gave myself to you and received you into my life as my Savior and Lord I said yes to you. My yes wasn’t qualified. I said that I wanted to know you. I said that I wanted to love you. I said that I wanted to follow and serve you. That is when I started to say that I really do want to know you, your will and yours ways. That is when I said that I would follow you to where you led me to do what you would ask of me. Yes, you did.

What are you asking of me right now? What do you want from me today? Come to me so I can teach you. Come to me so you can know me. Come to me so I can show you my will. Come to me so you can walk in my ways. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, it is the desire of my heart to know you. I hunger and thirst and yearn to go to spend time and be in your presence. Help me to sit at your feet to be taught by you. I want to know your will so I can walk in your ways.  Amen

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Serve The Egyptians

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

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

A Way

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

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

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Not Become Conceited

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – Galatians 5:26 – Not Become Conceited – Growing As Disciples

Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.  Galatians 5:26 (NIV)

Comparison

Why do you compare yourself with others? Why is that a problem? You tell me. I’m not sure why comparing myself with others is a problem. Then let me ask you a few questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. What has happened to you when you have compared your gifts, talents, and abilities with others? You don’t really want to answer this question do you? No, not really. You are immediately beginning to see why it is a problem to compare yourself with others, aren’t you? Yes, I am. Tell me what you are thinking. When I compare my gifts, talents and abilities with others there are two negative results. What are they? I might either be proud because I will think I am superior to others or be depressed and filled with envy because I will think that I am inferior to others. Which one is more likely? That will vary from day to day and situation to situation. So, one day you might be conceited and proud and on another day you might be depressed and filled with envy, is that true? Yes, that’s true. What will you never be when you compare yourself to others? When I compare myself with others I will never be content or grateful for what I have been given. Let’s talk about not being content for a minute. Go ahead.  What have you done when you have not been content with how I have made you? What have you done when you have not been content with the work that I have given you to do? Those are two tough questions. I’m not going to like my answers to your questions. I thought so; let me hear your answers anyhow. When I am not content with how you have made me, I have wanted to be someone else. When I am not content with what you have given me to do, I have wanted to do something else. Can you ever be someone else? No, I can never be someone else. Can anyone else ever be you? No, no one can ever be me. Is that a good or bad thing? I have wished I could be someone else. I have thought it was a bad thing that I couldn’t be someone else. What do you think now? I think it’s pretty incredible that you uniquely made me just as I am. Yes, I think so too. Do you believe that I have also given you unique assignments that I want you to accomplish? Yes, I do. Do you suppose that the person you have compared yourself with will be able to do what I have given you to do? No, probably not and it would be a mistake for them to try. Why is that? If they try to do what you have given me to do then they will not be doing what you have given them to do. That’s right. They will be wasting time on what they have not been gifted to do. They will be wasting time not working on the assignment that you have given to them. That’s also true. Now, lets go back to the other word that you uncovered in our discussion. What word was that? You mentioned the word grateful. Yes, I did. Can you be grateful for both how I have made you and for the assignments that I have given to you? Yes, I can. When will that be? I can only be grateful when I stop comparing myself with others. I can only be grateful when I give thanks to you for how you designed me to do the work that you have given me to do for you. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I don’t want to be conceited, nor do I want to provoke or envy others. Keep me from comparing what I have received or what I have accomplished with others. Help me to humbly walk with you so I will be thankful for all I have received. Amen

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Let Each Of Us Please His Neighbor

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide- Let Us – Romans 15:1-3 – Let Each Of Us Please His Neighbor – Growing As Disciples

We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.” Romans 15:1-3 (NKJV)

Out Of My Way

Are you willing to go out of your way for others? Are you willing to be inconvenienced in order to serve people in need? Will you do for others what I have done for you? Will you humble yourself and take on the form of a servant? Yes Lord, I will do whatever you ask of me. Will you set aside your comfort and pleasure to serve me? Yes Lord, I will do whatever you ask of me. Will you give your time, talent and resources to those who are in need? Yes Lord, I will do whatever you ask of me.

I’m asking you to open your eyes to those who are in need all around you. I’m asking you to soften your heart to those who need your help. I’m asking you to reach out your hands to those I want you to serve. Will you do this for me? Yes Lord, I will do whatever you ask of me.

Haven’t I shown you how to live? Haven’t I shown you what I want you to do? Haven’t I been your example? Do you want to do for others what I have done for you? I’m thinking of a question that I dare not ask. I don’t want to seem ungrateful. Go ahead and ask it. I won’t think that you are ungrateful. I want to hear your answer so that I can serve you more fully. I want to be like you. I want to do what you have done. I want to give like you gave. I want to love like you loved. I want to live like you lived. So, here is my question, “What have you done for me?” I left heaven to come to earth for you. I became a man so that you could know me. I gave up all my rights. I humbled myself and took on the form of a servant. I allowed myself to be spurned and rejected. I allowed myself to be hurt and humiliated. I allowed myself to be crucified on a cross so that you could be forgiven of all your sins and cleansed of all your unrighteousness. I gave you salvation as a free gift. You will now live forever in heaven with me. I am so thankful for all that you have done for me. You went way out of your way for me. You gave everything that you had to give. You didn’t hold back anything. Is that what you will do for me? Will you give me all that you have to give? Will you go way out of your way to serve me? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I will not live to please myself. I will not live for my own comfort and convenience. Help me to go out of my way to help people in need. Use me to encourage, build up and strengthen those who are weak in their faith. Amen

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