You Are The Potter

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 4- Isaiah 64:8 - You Are The Potter - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 4 – Isaiah 64:8 – You Are The Potter – Growing As Disciples

Yet, O LORD, you are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.  Isaiah 64:8 (NIV)

Clay

I am your Father. I am the potter. You are the clay. What does all this mean to you? What are your thoughts? You are my Heavenly Father. You love me perfectly. You know what’s best for me. You see what I cannot see. You know what I cannot know. You have a purpose and plan for my life. Your love designed me and is now continuing to shape me as I follow you. Why is it important for you to know and remember that I am your loving Heavenly Father? As I know and remember your love for me I will trust you. As I trust you I will allow you to mold and shape my life. Your molding and shaping of my life might not always feel pleasant or be comfortable. You will stretch me. You will remove from my life what is not pleasing to you. You will change me according to your purposes and plans. Yes, I will. 

Why is it important to know that you are clay? I am in rough shape. I am not a completed work. I will need molding and shaping now and up until the day I meet you face to face. Yes, you will. I am not wise or knowledgeable enough to know what you want me to look like. I don’t always know how you want to use me. As the clay, all I need to be is willing to be molded and shaped by you. That’s right. It’s very important that I willingly welcome all the molding and shaping you want to do in my life. If I am reluctant or unwilling to allow you to mold and shape me then your work will be hindered. Yes, it will.

Why is important for you to know that you are the work of my hands? I need to know and remember and expect that you will continually be molding and shaping my life according to your design. Your work will never stop. You will use your word to shape me. You will use circumstances to mold me. You will use other people to mold and shape me. You will use the ministry that you have called me to do for you to mold and shape me. You will use my participation in the body of Christ to mold and shape me. You will use all of life to mold and shape me into the person you want me to become. Yes, I will. I will not always understand how you are molding and shaping my life. No, you will not. I need to know and remember that I am a work in your hands. I need to have faith in you. I need to trust you. I need to be patient and let your work continue. Yes, you do. Will you? Yes Lord, I will.

Heavenly Father, thank you for molding and shaping my life according to your purposes and plans. I willingly welcome all your molding and shaping of my life. You are the potter. I am the clay. I trust you wholeheartedly. Amen

Key Question… How will your willingness or reluctance help or hinder God’s ability to mold and shape your life?

Living It Out… Willingly allow God to mold and shape your life according to His purposes and plans for your life.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that God is molding and shaping your life according to His purposes and plans for you.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are willingly allowing God to mold and shape your life.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you willingly welcome all the molding and shaping that your Heavenly Father wants to do in your life.

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His Workmanship

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 9 - Ephesians 2:8-10 - His Workmanship - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 9 – Ephesians 2:8-10 – His Workmanship – Growing As Disciples

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10 (ESV)

Good Works

I know a few things about those. You know a few things about what? I know a few things about good works. I’d like to hear what you know about good works. So, go ahead, I’m listening. Tell me what you know. First, I know only what I have been taught. I am not pridefully holding up what I know. I only know what I have heard and seen and learned and received from you. And even then, my knowing, is faulty. Understood, go ahead. Most importantly, I have learned, your salvation is a free gift. Nothing I have done or could ever do would earn or merit my salvation. Trying to earn or merit my salvation, by doing good works, would not be pleasing to you in any way, shape or form. No, it would not. What is pleasing to you, is receiving my salvation by faith in all that Jesus Christ has done for me on the cross. His death and resurrection secured my salvation and has given me a completely new life in Him. He is my Savior and Lord. You are my God and Father. I have been filled by your Holy Spirit, who is like a deposit, guaranteeing my inheritance in heaven. All this has come to me by faith, as a gift. Yes. None of what you have given to me has been earned. So, I have nothing to boast about. How am I doing so far? You have listened and learned well. Keep going.

So, I can confidently say that I have not been saved by good works. That is correct. But on the day, I turned my life over to you, a work was started in me. What sort of work? You have been molding and shaping my life. I am your workmanship. You are the potter. I am the clay. I am the work of your hands. Yes, you are, without a doubt. You have been preparing me to do good work for you. You have given me gifts and talents and abilities. You have been teaching and training me. You have been getting me ready. What have I been getting you ready for? You have good works already lined up and ready for me to do for you. You have a purpose and plan for my life. You have places you want me to go. You have things you want me to do. How do you feel about that? I feel excited. I feel grateful. I feel thankful. The idea that you want to use me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans is incredibly amazing. The thought that I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name is astounding. To all of this I can only say, “Here I am Lord, use me!” That is very good. Yes, I will use you to do good works that I have prepared for you. You will bear fruit for my Kingdom and bring glory to my name. Thank you, Heavenly Father.

Heavenly Father, thank you for the free gift of salvation I have in Jesus Christ. I know I have not been saved by any of my good works. Thank you for molding and shaping my life. I’m the work of your hands. Help me to do the good works you have prepared for me. Amen

Key Question… How has your Heavenly Father been molding and shaping your life since the day you gave your life to Him?

Living It Out… Be ready and willing to go and do all the good works that your Heavenly Father has prepared you to do for Him.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that your Heavenly Father is making you ready and able to go and do good works for Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group what good works your Heavenly Father has given you to do for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you do the good work that God created you to do.

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Container

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 328 - 2 Timothy 2:20-21 - Container - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 328 – 2 Timothy 2:20-21 – Container – Growing As Disciples

In a well-furnished kitchen there are not only crystal goblets and silver platters, but waste cans and compost buckets—some containers used to serve fine meals, others to take out the garbage.  Become the kind of container God can use to present any and every kind of gift to his guests for their blessing. 2 Timothy 2:20-21 (MSG)  

Instrument

Do you want to be an instrument that is ready for my use? Do you want to be a container that I can use to bless the lives of others? Do you want to bring glory to my name? Do you want me to use you to draw others to me? Yes Lord, I want to be a container and instrument that is ready for your use. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I want you to use me to lead others to you. That is very good.

What will prepare me for your use? How can I make sure that I a container and instrument you can use? Those are good questions that I will let you answer. I had a feeling you might ask me to answer my own questions. Why is that? You have already provided me the answers to those questions. Repeating back the answers to you will help them to become more deeply rooted in my heart and mind. That is correct. So, I am listening. To be a container and instrument you can use I must flee evil desires. I must leave my old life of sin behind. I must not allow myself to engage in sinful thoughts or words or actions that will render my life unusable to you. I must not think or speak or act according to the values and principles and practices of the world. I must resist temptation and fight against evil. I must throw off the dirty and stinky clothes of my old life. That is what I did when I gave my life to you. That is what happened when you became my Savior and Lord. I left my old life behind. Yes, you did and that is very good. What else? As I am fleeing my old life there is something I must also pursue. With just as much determination to flee the old life behind me, I must pursue the new life ahead, that you have given to me. Not only have you forgiven and cleansed me of my sins. But you have clothed me with a completely new life to live. Yes, that is true. I must put on my new life by living in a close and intimate relationship with you. I must listen attentively to you. I must follow you to where you lead me. I must do whatever you ask of me. I must allow you to use me for your purposes to fulfill your plans. Will this be difficult? Will it be a great burden for you to follow and serve me? No, it will not be difficult or a great burden to follow and serve you. Why is that? I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Your love for me has filled me with desire to love you. It is now my desire to do what pleases you. I want to be a container and instrument in your hands. That is very good. Yet, you will have battles. You will come under attack. The world and all its evil will try to lure you back into your old life. Does this come as a surprise to you? No, it does not. What have you been given to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life? What will strengthen you against every attack from the world and all its evil? You have given me your word. What will you do with my word? As I am fleeing my old life and pursing my new life in you, I will allow your word to do its work in me. I will meet daily with you in your word. That will be very good, then you will certainly be a container and instrument ready for my use. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I have turned away from sin and confessed you as my Savior and Lord. I have given all I am and hope to be to you. I want to be a container and instrument that is ready for your use. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Amen

Key Question… How has God’s word been preparing you and making you ready for His use?

Living It Out… Allow yourself to be a container and instrument to be used by God so you can bring honor and glory and praise to Him.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that God will use you as His container and instrument to bring glory to His name.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are determined to be a container ready for God’s use.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you allow yourself to be a container that God can use for His glory.

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Imitate Their Faith

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 347 - Hebrews 13:7 - Imitate Their Faith - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 347 – Hebrews 13:7 – Imitate Their Faith – Growing As Disciples

Remember your leaders, who spoke the word of God to you. Consider the outcome of their way of life and imitate their faith. Hebrews 13:7 (NIV)

Imitate Me

That is a thought I never thought I would think. What’s that? What thought did you never think you would think? I would have never thought that any life other than yours would be worthy of imitating. Why is that? You are the only one that is without sin. We are all broken. We are all imperfect. We all take missteps. We all make mistakes. We all sin. Yes, that is true. But I haven’t yet fully stated the full thought I thought I would never think. Go ahead, I’m listening. You have brought leaders into my life that proclaimed the word of God to me. My life has been profoundly changed by what I have heard and seen in the faithful leaders you have brought into my life. How so? They hungered for your word. They proclaimed your word. They lived their lives of faith according to your word. Yes, they did. Their lives have been well worth remembering, considering and imitating. That is true. Just as they hungered for your word, so will I hunger for your word. Just as they proclaimed your word, so will I proclaim your word. Just as they lived a life of faith, so will I live a life of faith. Yes, you will. It seems to me you still haven’t said the thought that you never thought you would think. That is true, I haven’t. It seems to me that you want me to also live a life of faith that is worth remembering, considering and imitating. That is exactly what I want you to do. Why does that seem so impossible? Why does that seem so unlikely? Why is it that you can hardly bring yourself to think and speak those words? Well, as I have said, “I am broken. I am imperfect. I take missteps. I make mistakes. I sin.” Yes, but you are forgiven and cleansed of your sins. You have been given a completely new life to live. You are fully devoted to me. You love me with all your heart and mind and soul and strength. You hunger for my word. You listen attentively to me. You are following me to where I lead you. You are doing what I have given you to do. We agree that you are doing none of these things perfectly. You, nor any of mankind, will ever live a perfect life, except in and through me. You and I and everyone else knows that. So, isn’t your life a worthy example to imitate? If you say so. I say so, do you believe me? Yes Lord, I believe you. That is very good. Keep on loving, following and serving me. Keep on being an example, others can imitate. That is what I will do. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, thank you for bringing faithful leaders into my life to proclaim the word of God to me. They have set a powerful example before me for me to imitate. They hungered for your word. I will hunger for your word. They lived a life of faith. I will live a life of faith. Amen

Key Question… How is the Lord making your life of faith worthy of being remembered, considered and imitated?

Living It Out… Life a life of faith that the Lord can use as an example for others to imitate.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that the Lord will make your life a faith an example that others can imitate.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are living a life of faith worth imitating.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you live a life of faith that is worthy of being imitated.

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Blessed Are Those Who Wait For Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Blessing - Isaiah 30:18 - Blessed Are Those Who Wait For Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Blessing – Isaiah 30:18 – Blessed Are Those Who Wait For Him – Growing As Disciples

Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; he rises to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18 (NIV)

Waiting

Who are you waiting for? I’m not sure what you mean. Who will you rely on for your help? Who will aid you? Who will supply what you need? Who will give you wise counsel? Who will guard and guide and protect your life? Those are good questions. Do you have an answer? Yes, I have an answer. Let me hear your answer. I will wait for you. I will rely on you to come to my aid. I will rely on you for my help. I will trust that you will supply what I need. You will guard and guide and protect my life. Yes, I will, as you are waiting for me.

How will you know for sure that you are waiting on me? I will come to listen to you. I will meet with you in your word. I will hear all that you have to say to me. I will let your word dwell in me richly. I will allow your words to change my heart and transform my mind and guide my life. I will allow your word to give me your thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do. That will be very good.

Will it be enough for you to listen to my word? Certainly not. I must act on your word. I must go where you guide me. I must do all that you ask of me. I must put your word into practice. Then I will know that I have truly been waiting on you. Then I will know that you are guarding and guiding and directing my life. Yes, you will.

What will be sure signals that you have stopped waiting on me? If I stop meeting with you in your word, I will no longer be waiting on you. If I no longer allow your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life, I will no longer be waiting on you. If I do not put your word into practice, I will not be waiting on you. If I do not go where you guide me or do all that you ask of me, I will not be waiting on you. If I come to rely on someone or something else other than you, I will not be waiting on you. Will you keep waiting on me so I can bless your life? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I have been obstinate and slow to hear what you wanted to say to me. I have been rebellious and unwilling to listen attentively to your instructions. No more. I will wait and rely on you to guide, guard and protect my life. Speak to me. I am listening. Amen

Key Question… How has the Lord blessed your life as you have waited on Him to guide, guard and protect your life?

Living It Out… Make it your practice to wait on the Lord to guide, guard and protect your life.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that the Lord will bless your life as you wait for Him to guide, guard and protect you.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you wait on the Lord to guide, guard and protect your life.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you wait for the Lord so He can bless your life.

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Put Them Into Practice

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 344 - Matthew 7:24-29 - Put Them Into Practice - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 344 – Matthew 7:24-29 – Put Them Into Practice – Growing As Disciples

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”  When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,  because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law. Matthew 7:24-29 (NIV)  

My Words 

What must you do with my words, if you want to become wise? What must you do with my words, if you want your life to have a firm foundation that is able to withstand the storms of life? What must you do with my words, if you want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to me? First, let me say that there is no “if” about any of your questions. How so? I want to become wise. I want my life to have a firm foundation that can withstand the storms of life. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. That is very good. Yes, I think it is good to be clear about what my desires. We are on the same page. I want what you want. We both want the same thing. That is very good.

Now, to answer your questions. I must do two things with your word if I want to become wise, have a firm foundation for my life and live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. First, I must hear your words. How often must you hear words? Is there a day that I don’t need to hear from you? Certainly not. I need to hear from you every day. How will you listen to my word? I will listen attentively to your word. Casually and inattentively and half-heartedly listening to your word will bring me no benefit. I will take your word deep into my heart and mind and soul. I will allow your word to dwell in me richly. I will meditate on your word day and night. That is very good. I have more to say. I’m listening. I will read and study your word. I will memorize and meditate on your word. I will pray and proclaim your word. I will take hold of your word as it takes ahold of me. What do you mean by that? I will allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind and guide my life. Yes, all of these are excellent strategies for hearing my word. What else must you do with my word for it to be powerfully effective in your life? If it isn’t clear by now, I will state it clearly here. Hearing your word only is not enough. For your word to do its complete and full and powerfully active work in my life, I must put it into practice. That is good. That is right. That is true. Hear and put my word into practice and you will be wise, have a firm foundation for your life and be able to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to me. That is what I want. That is what I will do. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord, for your word. 

Lord, I will not be foolish. I will make it my daily pattern and habit to both hear and put your word into practice. I will allow your word to make me wise. I will allow your word to become the foundation of all that I think, say and do. Build my life with your word. Amen

Key Question… How are you making sure that you are actively putting God’s word into practice?

Living It Out… Make it your daily pattern to hear and put God’s word into practice so you can withstand the storms of life.

Seeing It HappenHave faith that hearing and putting God’s word into practice will make you able to withstand storms in life.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group something from God’s you have heard and put into practice.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you hear and put God’s word into practice.

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Abraham Obeyed And Went

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Guidance - Hebrews 11-8 - Abraham Obeyed And Went - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Guidance – Hebrews 11-8 – Abraham Obeyed And Went – Growing As Disciples

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. Hebrews 11:8 (NIV)

To Where?

You would like to know where you’re going wouldn’t you? Yes, actually I would. Would you get up and go to a strange place that you had never been before, if I asked you? That all depends. On what? It would depend on how clearly I heard your voice. So, if the heavens opened up and you heard my booming voice directing you to go, you’d drop everything and leave? Yes, I think I would. What if you had a really nice and comfortable situation, would you be tempted to sit tight and stay? I might, but probably not, if I heard your voice audibly directing me to go somewhere.  What if the place I asked you to go was completely unfamiliar to you, would you still set out? Would you take the first step? How specific would your directions be? What if I just pointed and said, head that direction? If that’s all the direction you gave me I might question whether or not I heard you correctly in the first place. But, with that question in the back of my mind I think I would still begin the journey. What if the journey took a very long time? How long? Let’s say years when you thought it might have taken months. You’re making this sound very difficult. I haven’t even mentioned a level of difficulty yet. How difficult could the journey be? You might have everyone questioning your sanity. They might say you’ve been hearing voices. You might feel quite lonely on your journey. On the journey you would encounter adversaries and difficult circumstances. How difficult? Real cliff-hangers, if you ask me. Great, just great. You sound discouraged. That’s because I am. Why is that? This sounds a lot like the journey I’m already on. I thought it was just a matter of time before you realized that. There’s one big difference though, isn’t there? What’s that? The heavens didn’t open up and you haven’t audibly heard my voice have you? No, I haven’t. What have you heard instead? I’ve heard your quiet whispers guiding me through life. I’ve heard your word instructing and teaching me in the way I should go. Haven’t I counseled you and watched over you? Yes, you have. Has that not been enough for you? Yes, it has. What’s the problem? I guess I’m just a little weary and worn out, that’s all. What has your weariness caused you to do? It has caused me to come to you. What have I done for you? You have refreshed me and revived my life. Come to me now and I will do that again for you. You’ll need it. Why is that? Your journey is not over yet. I will continue to take you where you have never been before. Will you follow me? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I have faith in you. Your calling on my life does not always need to make sense to me. I know that sometimes you will lead me to places I have never been to do what I have never done. Give me strength to follow and obey you. Amen

Key Question… When have gone out to go where God guided you without knowing any details?

Living It Out… Follow the Lord to places you have never been to do what you have never done.

Seeing It HappenHave faith that God will call you to go to places you have never been to do what you have never done.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has called you to go and do something new for Him.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you listen to the Lord and go wherever He guides you to do whatever He asks of you.

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On Every Word That Comes From The Mouth Of God

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Life - Matthew 4:4 - On Every Word That Comes From The Mouth Of God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – Matthew 4:4 – On Every Word That Comes From The Mouth Of God – Growing As Disciples

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'” Matthew 4:4 (NIV)

Feast On

Are you nibbling or feasting on my word? What does nibbling on your word look like? You tell me. I suppose nibbling on your word would include hearing your word at church and reading it once in a while for myself. Nibbling on your word would probably seldom involve listening attentively to it, thinking deeply about it, remembering it, or actually putting it into practice. Nibbling on your word would be more like receiving a free sample at the grocery store but never actually buying the product. You have a very good idea of what nibbling on my word looks like. What would feasting on my word look like? Feasting on your word would certainly involve listening attentively to it, thinking deeply about it, remembering it and actually putting it into practice. Yes, it would. I would like to say more. Go ahead. Feasting on your word would also mean it was a regularly part of my daily diet. If I really wanted to feast on your word I would set aside a daily time and a place to meet with you in your word. Yes, you would. So, in answer to your question, I have been feasting on your word. Yes, you have been.

What has feasting on my word done for you? Feasting on your word has changed and is changing my heart. How so? As I have feasted on your word the desires of my heart have changed. What I want has changed. In the past I wanted all that I wanted. I was never content. I always wanted more. A lot of what I wanted was not what you wanted for me. Like what? I wanted all that the world had to offer. A lot of what I wanted was sinful. I was easily tempted by evil and controlled by my passions. I was an easy target for the Devil and all his temptations. My heart was entangled and in bondage to sin. Not now? No, not now! Now, my heart wants what you want. I want to know and do your will. Yes, I can see that. Tell me more. Your word has also transformed and is transforming my mind. How so? In the past my mind was weak. I thought about whatever came into my mind. What did you think? The world and all its values bombarded my mind and controlled most of what I thought. I thought and lived according to the world’s values just like most everyone else. My worldly thoughts and values also made me an easy target for the Devil and his temptations. My mind was darkened and under his power. Not now? No, not now! Now, I meditate on your word day and night. Now, it is my delight to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your will. Yes, I can see that.

I would like to say more. Go ahead. Your word has sustained me. You word strengthens me. You word is a shield around me. Your word fights in me, with me, and for me. Yes, it does. I can stand on your word against every attack of the Devil and his evil. Yes, you can. It is my joy to meet with you in your word. There is no place I would rather be than with you in your word. Yes, I can see that too. I will allow your word to continue to change my heart and transform my mind. That’s very good.

Lord, use your word to change my heart and its desires. Use your word to transform my mind and its thoughts. Use your word to make me able to stand against the devil and his evil temptations. Feed, sustain and strengthen me with your word. Amen

Key Question… How has God’s word been transforming your mind and the way that you think?

Living It Out…  Make it your daily practice to feast on God’s word so you will have all you need to resist the Devil and his temptations.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that God’s word will change your heart and transform your mind making you able to stand against the Devil.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God’s word is changing your heart and transforming your mind.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you attentively listen to God so that you can live on every word that comes from Him.

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For If You Forgive Others

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 137 - Matthew 6:14-15 - For If You Forgive Others- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 137 – Matthew 6:14-15 – For If You Forgive Others – Growing As Disciples

For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.  But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)

Forgive

Will you freely forgive others? What does that mean? Will you forgive others who have hurt and harmed you? Will you forgive others who have sinned against you? Will you forgive others who have done evil against you on purpose and by design? That is a lot to forgive. I’m not finished yet. Will you forgive others even though they do not merit or deserve your forgiveness? That is even more to forgive. I’m still not finished. Will you forgive those who even now are living as your enemies? Will you forgive those who right now might be plotting against you? Is that what you are asking of me? Wait, there is more. Will you forgive others without qualification? Will you forgive others without reservation? Is that how you want me to forgive? Before you answer any of my questions consider this; I forgave you without qualifications. I forgave you without reservations. You did not earn or merit my forgiveness. You were living as my enemy when I forgave you. I have freely forgiven you of all your past and present and future sins. Keep in mind, your forgiveness of your sins and cleansing of your unrighteousness was secured at great cost. My son died on the cross as payment of your sins. His blood cleansed you of all your unrighteousness. He gave His all so you could be forgiven. What about you, how much will you allow it to cost you to forgive others? Will you follow my example? Will you do for others what I have done for you? Here is what I will do. I will let go of all bitterness and resentment.  I will not hold on to grudges. I will not seek revenge. I will not consider doing to others what they have done to me. Payback will not be in my heart and on my mind. Yes, I will follow your example. I will pray for those who have hurt and harmed me. I will love my enemies. I will live a life of doing good, even to those who have sinned against me. I will forgive without qualifications or reservations. Yes, I will freely forgive others just as you have freely forgiven me. That will be very good.

As you forgive others, I will continue to forgive you. As you forgive others, you will live in the hope and freedom and joy that I have secured for you. You will be a light for me in the darkness of this world. You will bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. You will shine like a star in the universe.  People will be drawn to you because they see my light and life shining in and through you. That is my dream and my desire. That is very good.

Heavenly Father, I will forgive others just as you have forgiven me. Who would I be to withhold my forgiveness from others when you have so graciously forgiven me? I will never allow unforgiveness on my part to prevent you from being able to freely forgive me. Amen

Key Question… What freedom, healing and joy is yours because freely forgiving others is the ongoing practice of your life?

Living It Out…  Make sure that you freely forgive others so that your Heavenly Father will also freely forgive you.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that as you freely forgive others, your Heavenly Father will also freely forgive you.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how forgiving others is a constant and ongoing practice in your life.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you forgive others so your Heavenly Father will also forgive you.

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Wisdom Is Supreme Therefore Get Wisdom

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Therefore - Proverbs 4:7 - Wisdom Is Supreme Therefore Get Wisdom- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Therefore – Proverbs 4:7 – Wisdom Is Supreme Therefore Get Wisdom – Growing As Disciples

Wisdom is supreme; therefore get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:7 (NIV)

Valuable

Nothing is more important than my wisdom. My wisdom will guard your life. My wisdom will guide your path. My wisdom will lengthen your days. My wisdom will bless your life. My wisdom will make you fruitful for me. My wisdom in you will bring glory to my name. Do you want my wisdom? Yes, I want your wisdom. Do you hunger and thirst for my wisdom? Do you yearn for my understanding?  How badly do you want my wisdom? Will you pursue my wisdom with all that is in you? Will you seek after my wisdom with all your heart and mind and soul and strength? Would you pay all that you have for my wisdom? How valuable is my wisdom to you? Is my wisdom more valuable than silver or gold? Is my wisdom more costly diamonds? Nothing is more valuable than your wisdom. Does anything compare with my wisdom? Is anything more important than all that I have to say to you? Nothing compares with your wisdom. Nothing is more important than all that you have to say to me. I will listen to your every word. Do you really believe all that you are saying to me? Yes, I have no doubt about the value of your wisdom.

Since you so value my wisdom what will you do to acquire it? I will ask you for your wisdom. I will never stop praying for your wisdom. I will never stop seeking your guidance. I will always listen to your instruction. I will watch for your direction. I will wait for you to lead and guide my life. I will set aside my thoughts. I will put aside my ways. Your thoughts are so much higher than mine. Your ways are so much better than mine.  I will rely on your wisdom. I will seek your understanding. I will rest in your presence. I will quiet myself before you. I will set apart a place to be with you. I will make time to listen to you. My heart and mind and life will always be open to you. I will receive all the wisdom you have to give me. My prayer for wisdom will never be a one and done prayer. I will continually pursue you and all that you have to say to me. I will follow you and your wisdom. I will obey your wisdom. I will hold on to your instruction. I will put your wisdom into practice as I live my life with and for you.  That will be very good.

Lord, I will listen attentively to your wisdom. I will pursue your wisdom. I will treasure your wisdom. I will hold on to your wisdom. I will put your wisdom into practice as I follow and obey you. Guard and guide my life with all your wisdom. Amen

Key Question…  How will obeying or disobeying wisdom have an impact on the quality and length of your life?

Living It Out…  Be careful to obey all the wisdom that God wants to give to you as you follow Him.

Seeing It Happen Have faith that nothing is more valuable than living your life according to God’s wisdom.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how following God’s wisdom has protected your life.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you let God’s wisdom guard and guide your life as you follow and obey Him.

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