He Saw Him Who Is Invisible

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 241 - Hebrews 11:24-28 - He Saw Him Who Is Invisible - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 241 – Hebrews 11:24-28 – He Saw Him Who Is Invisible – Growing As Disciples

By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.  By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. Hebrews 11:24-28 (NIV)

Your Focus

Where is your focus? What has your attention? What guides your life? How are you able to endure and persevere in and through the difficulties of life? What protects you from going astray? Why don’t you become diverted? Why have you not become ensnared in the pleasures of sin? Why are you not pursuing all the comforts that this life has to offer? What keeps you on track? Do you have unusual power? Do you have astounding strength? You must be kidding me. Me, have unusual power? Me have, astounding strength? Nothing could be further from the truth. And have I never gone astray? Have I never become diverted or ensnared in the pleasures of sin or caught in pursuing the comforts of this life? Hardly, I have made every mistake that can be made, or so it seems to me. That is quite an exaggeration. Well, I have made more than my share of mistakes. I have taken many missteps. I have sinned boldly; I am sad to say. Yes, this is all true. But your life is now on course. What explanation do you have to explain the fact that you are running the race I have set before you. You are running well, why is that? I have a clear explanation. Good, I will be glad to hear it. My heart and mind and life are focused on you. To this, I deserve no credit. You have given me a heart that wants to seek you with all that is within me. I am on fire for you. It is my passion to love and follow and serve you. I am fully devoted to you. But again, it must be said, that what you have done and are doing in me, has come as a gift to me. How is it that this devotion, this focus is in me? It only has come from you to me. It is a gift. The most excellent gift I could ever desire.  I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. So, I will say earnestly, as my most heart-felt prayer, and my statement of faith, that it is you that gives me all I need to keep moving forward with you. Keep my focus on you. Keep on helping me, as you have been helping me. That I will do. My focus is and will be on you. That is very good. 

Lord, I will keep my heart and mind and life focused sharply on you. I will not allow the things of this life or the pleasures of sin to knock me off course. I will follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. Guide me, use me, I am entirely yours. Amen

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We Belong To The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 240 - Romans 14-7-8- We Belong To The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 240 – Romans 14-7-8- We Belong To The Lord – Growing As Disciples

For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone.  If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord. Romans 14:7-8 (NIV)

You Belong To Me

How is that for a thought? How is what for a thought? You belong to me. That is quite a thought. What do you mean by saying that? I could think about that thought for quite some time, maybe my entire life, and only begin to scratch the surface of what that thought means for me today, tomorrow, and forever. The truth of that thought will unfold differently with greater meaning and purpose every day as I love and follow and serve you. I have no doubt about that, none whatsoever. That’s good.

I would like you to scratch the surface of that thought. Tell me what it means to you, that you belong to me. Where will I begin? Begin anywhere. Here goes. You love and care for me. You lived and died for me. You came into this world to save my soul. You rescued me from a live without you. You paid for my sins. You cleansed my unrighteousness. You broke down the wall of sin that separated me from God. You healed my bruised and battered and broken life. You restored my soul. You made it so I could live in an intimate relationship with you. You filled me with your Holy Spirit, which by the way, is like a deposit or guarantee that you have a place reserved in heaven for me. That it is, without a doubt. You gave me a completely new life to live. You made it so I could live my life with and for you. You have set a course through life for me to run. You have surrounded me with a great cloud of witnesses to encourage and spur me on as I run the race you have set before me. You have given my life hope and meaning and purpose. You have given me gifts and talents and abilities with which I can serve you. You have made it so I can bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have made it possible for me to be able to store up treasure in heaven with you. You are using me to be a bright and bold witness in the darkness of the world. How am I doing so far? You are doing very well. You are doing far more than scratching the surface. Well, I have saved some of the very best for now. You have made it so I can love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength because you love me, and I belong to you. Yes, you do, belong to me. For that, I am now, and will forever be thankful and grateful. That is very good.

Lord, it is so good that I belong to you. I am your child. You love and care for me. You gave yourself for me. You lived and died for me. You pray for me. What a blessing. What a gift. With great joy I will happily live each moment of every day with and for you. Amen

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Trust In The Name Of The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 239 - Psalm 20:4-9 - Trust In The Name Of The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 239 – Psalm 20:4-9 – Trust In The Name Of The Lord – Growing As Disciples

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.  We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests.  Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he answers him from his holy heaven with the saving power of his right hand.  Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.  They are brought to their knees and fall, but we rise up and stand firm.  O LORD, save the king! Answer us when we call! Psalm 20:4-9 (NIV)

Will You Trust Me?

In what will you trust? Who will you rely on? Where will you place your faith? To whom will you make your requests? Why will your plans succeed? Those are all very good questions for which there is only one answer. Let me hear your answer. I will trust you. I will rely on you. I will place all my faith in you. I will make all my requests to you. You will be the recipient of all my prayers. My plans will only succeed for two reasons. First, the plans that will succeed would more properly be called your plans. You place hopes and dreams and desires and plans in my heart. I would be foolish and misguided if I thought they came from me. Every good and perfect gift comes from you. Every hope and dream and desire and plan I have within me does not originate with me. They all come to me as a gift from you. Those that don’t have no chance of succeeding, that is plain and simple. Can I think up plans that are not your plans? Yes, without a doubt. I have done that and trusted and relied on myself to accomplish them and experienced devastating defeats and miserable setbacks. We both know the difference between a plan that you have given me and a plan that I thought up all on my own. I have no interest in going down that road any longer. I don’t want to do that again. That’s good.

You mentioned two reason why your plans will succeed. Yes, I did. What is the second reason why your plans will succeed? Well, I already briefly mentioned the second reason. Say it again. To recap, first, I need your plan. Second, I need to trust and rely on you to accomplish your plan in and through me. It will do no good to have your plan but try to accomplish it by myself without your help. Either not having your plan or relying on myself to accomplish your plan with both end in dismal failure. That’s true. That’s right. That’s certain. Will you go and do what I ask you? Will you accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans? Yes, I will with all the power and strength that you give me. I will trust and rely on you to work in and through me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Good answer, you will have good success. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I have made the mistake of trusting in something and someone other than you. I have even trusted in myself. I know that any thought or plan or idea that is not rooted in trusting you will not succeed. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. Amen

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Have The Same Attitude

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 238 - Philippians 2:5-7 - Have The Same Attitude - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 238 – Philippians 2:5-7 – Have The Same Attitude – Growing As Disciples

You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had.  Though he was God, he did not think of equality with God as something to cling to.  Instead, he gave up his divine privileges; he took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When he appeared in human form, Philippians 2:5-7 (NLT)

Your Attitude

What is your attitude? I’m not sure what that question even means. Do you have anything that guides your attitude? Do you have anything that helps you to determine what you will think? You are asking me questions that I have not often considered. My daily life has certainly not been guided by the answers to those questions. Let me tell you something. I am listening, you have my full attention. If you leave those questions unconsidered and unanswered, you will think and speak and act like everyone else in the world. Your attitude will be guided by your daily circumstances. If you have what you consider to be a good day, then you will have a good attitude. If you have what you consider to be a bad day, then you will have a bad attitude. You and everyone you are close to will be the victim of your circumstances. Well, that is no good. No, it is not good. 

What kind of attitude would you like to have to guide your life? What is worthy of helping you to determine what you will think? Now, I understand your questions. Now, I have more of a context and framework with which to consider and answer your questions. I have thought about these questions far more than I realized. Yes, of that I am sure. Of that, I am certain. Let me hear your answers. I want to be like you. I want to think like you think. I want to speak like you speak. I want to act like you act. I want to follow your example. How will that be possible? What must you do if you want to become like me? I will need to come to know you. By that, I mean really know you. I don’t mean know about you either. I must seek you with all that is within me. I must love you will all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I must come to live in an intimate relationship with you. I must draw near to you. In your presence, I will be changed. As I walk through life with you, day by day, you will change me. I may not notice it at the time, or all at once. But as I live my life with and for you, I can’t help but become like you. I will go where you lead me. I will do what you ask of me. I will live as you lived. Do you know what I am asking of you? Yes, I do. You want me to humbly take on the form of a servant. You want me to love like you loved. You want me to serve like you served. You want me to give like you gave. Yes, I want all this from and for you. Do this and you will become like me. Do this and you will have all that you ever really wanted from me. I will do all that you ask of me. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will follow your example. I will have your attitude. I will not hold on to my own rights and privileges. I will not cling to what could have been mine. Instead, I will humble myself by taking on the form of servant. I will love and give and serve like you did. Amen

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But Take An Interest In Others

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 237 - Philippians 2:1-4 - But Take An Interest In Others - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 237 – Philippians 2:1-4 – But Take An Interest In Others – Growing As Disciples

Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? Are your hearts tender and compassionate?  Then make me truly happy by agreeing wholeheartedly with each other, loving one another, and working together with one mind and purpose.  Don’t be selfish; don’t try to impress others. Be humble, thinking of others as better than yourselves.  Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. Philippians 2:1-4 (NLT)  

It’s Not About Me

I know, I know, it’s not all about me. What’s not all about you? Life is not all about me. I am not the center of the universe. Life does not revolve me. The sooner I realize this, I mean really realize this, the better. Why is that? I am more than a little embarrassed to come to realize how self-centered my thoughts have been. Even being embarrassed is another symptom of my problem. People are not thinking about me. I am not on everyone’s mind. That’s true.

What are you going to do about your self-centeredness? Even that is heard to hear. That question is hard to take. But it is one for me to think deeply about. That will be good. However, I do know what I will do. What’s that? I will take my focus off myself and put it on you. That will be step one. I will consider you and all that you want to give me. What do I want to give you? You want to give me encouragement. You want to comfort me with your love. You want to fill me with your Spirit.  You want to give me a loving and tender and compassionate heart. You want to root me in fellowship in your body of believers. You want me to work together with fellow believers to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. You want to give me a humble and sacrificial heart that has no need or desire to impress others. In short, in more ways that I can think of, count, or even imagine, you want to make me like you. You want me to follow your example. You want me to love like you loved. You want me to give like you gave. You want me to serve like you served. Yes, I do. That brings me to step two. Step two, was all that you have already mentioned just part of step one? I think so, there is much overlap between step on and step two, of that I am sure. Tell me what is step two. I will look not only to my own interests but also to the interests of others. I will humbly consider others as better than myself. The way I see it, step one puts my focus on you. Step two puts my focus on others that you have called me to love and serve. If I implement step one and two, I will leave my self-centered life far behind me. I will live the life you have called me to live. I will be able to go and do what you ask of me. Yes, you will. That will be very good.   

Lord, I will look out not only for my own interests but also for the interests of others. I will have a tender and compassionate heart for those in need.  I will work together with one mind and purpose with fellow believers. I will fully love others just as you love me. Amen

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Who Finds Wisdom

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 236 - Proverbs 3:13-18 - Who Finds Wisdom- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 236 – Proverbs 3:13-18 – Who Finds Wisdom- Growing As Disciples

Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.  She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.  Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.  Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.  She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed. Proverbs 3:13-18 (NIV)

Filled With Wisdom

Do you want me to bless your life? Do you want to be filled with wisdom? Do you want to have understanding? Do you want to live a long life that is filled with riches and honor? Do you want me to lead you on a pleasant way and on a peaceful path? Yes, of course I want all these things. Who wouldn’t want these things? Only a fool wouldn’t want to have your blessing on their life. There you have hit upon what is true. What’s that? There is a foolish way to live a life. There is a wise way to live a life. I want you to describe each one of them to me. Me, do I know? Yes, you know. If you say so, here goes. A fool pursues the riches of this life. Their life is one long pursuit of all this world has to offer. They spend their life chasing after material things like gold and silver and fine jewels. They live for the moment. Their life is all about enjoying comfort and pursuing pleasure. They give no thought to the brevity of this life. Their heart and mind and life are focused on only they can acquire and make their own. Why is that so foolish? We all came into this world with nothing. We are all just passing through this life. Whatever this world offers will never come with us into eternity. That is true.  But this isn’t the only foolishness of that kind of life. What else is foolish? This foolish life is self-centered, self-sufficient, and self-indulgent. It leads all those who pursue it on a troublesome path filled with pain and suffering, bruising and brokenness. A short, stressful life, full of anxiety, await all those who go down this path. That is true. But the real foolish is not pursuing you. The ultimate and most costly mistake is not living the life you have called us to live. What kind of live have I called you to live? You want me to pursue, embrace, and lay hold of you and your wisdom. You are my Savior and Lord. You want me to live my life with and for you. You want me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you, in the new life you have given to me. That is a path that leads to peace. That is a path that leads to a long life now, and eternal life in the future. That is a life that you will bless. Yes, it is. Will you pursue me and the life that I am calling you to live? Yes, Lord. I will. That is very good. That is wise. That is the path on which I will lead you. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I know your wisdom is more valuable than silver or gold or any precious jewels. Nothing from this life can compare with your wisdom. I will pursue you, embrace and lay hold of your wisdom. I will live the life you are calling me to live with and for you. Amen

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I Am Sending You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 235 - John 20:19-23 - I Am Sending You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 235 – John 20:19-23 – I Am Sending You – Growing As Disciples

That Sunday evening the disciples were meeting behind locked doors because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. Suddenly, Jesus was standing there among them! “Peace be with you,” he said.  As he spoke, he showed them the wounds in his hands and his side. They were filled with joy when they saw the Lord!  Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”  Then he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.  If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven. If you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.” John 20:19-23 (NLT)

Sending You 

I am sending you. Where are you sending me? I am sending you into the world. Just as I was sent into the world, so also am I sending you. Where are you sending me into the world? What are you asking me to do for you? When will this sending occur? When will I take on the assignment you have given to me? What exactly are you asking of me? What is the exact nature of my mission? You have many questions. Yes, I do. I want to make sure that I fully engage in the work you want me to do for you. That’s good. But I want to make sure that you don’t misunderstand when and where I am sending you. Let’s talk about the “when” first. I’m listening. On the day you gave your life to me and asked me to be your Savior and Lord, that is when your mission started. How so? On that day you started to be a witness for me in the world. On that day you began to tell others about me. You told people all that I had done for you. This mission, of your being my witness in the world, will never stop. You will continue to tell others what I have done, and am doing for you. You will even tell others what I will do for you in the future. How can I tell people what you will do for me in the future? Do you not know where you are headed? Do you not know that I am preparing a place for you and that one day I will bring you to myself? Do you not know that one day you will come to live forever with me in heaven? Yes, I know all these things. Yes, and you can tell others about them. Yes, I can. Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Now let’s talk about where I am sending you. This is exciting. Yes, it is. But you may have an incorrect thought in your mind about where I am sending you. How so? Based on my telling you when your assignment began you may have guessed where I will be sending you. I didn’t guess. I have no idea where you will send me. How could I possibly know? I will be sending you out your front door. Out my front door? Yes, the second you step out your front door, and often even before that, you will be my witness in the world. Wherever you are is where I want you to be my witness. Does that make sense? Yes, that makes sense. That’s good. Now, will I send you to places that you have never been before to be my witness? Will you be my witness in places near and far? Yes, you will. But make sure that you are my witness, at all times, and everywhere you go. That I will do. That will be very good. 

Lord, thank you for giving me a mission. Thank you for sending me into the world to be a witness for you. Fill me with your peace. Fill me with your power. Fill me full your Holy Spirit. Powerfully use me to bear fruit for your Kingdom and bring glory to your name Amen

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This Is The Way You Should Go

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 234 - Isaiah 30-21 - This Is The Way You Should Go - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 234 – Isaiah 30-21 – This Is The Way You Should Go – Growing As Disciples

Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. Isaiah 30:21 (NLT2)

My Voice 

Will you listen to my voice? Will you follow my direction? Will you receive my guidance? Yes, I will listen to your voice. Yes, I will follow your direction and receive your guidance. What steps will you take to hear my voice, follow my direction, and receive my guidance? Steps? I’m not quite sure what you mean. Let me ask you a few questions. Go ahead, I’m listening.

What will hinder or help your ability to hear from me? If I race through the busyness of life and allow myself to be overwhelmed by its’ noise, I will never be able to hear from you. I need to slow down and withdraw from the noise and busyness of life so I can hear from you. I need to quiet myself before you. I need to come to rest in your presence. I need to be still before you. Then I need to meet with you in your word. Oh, and another thing, I also need to submit my heart and mind and life to you. Then as I do these things, I will be placing myself in a position to hear from you. I do think one other prerequisite, to hearing from you is also important. What’s that? I need to decide in advance that I really will follow and obey you. Why is that important? If I am unwilling to follow and obey you, how attentively could I possibly be listening to you. I can’t imagine going to all this effort to hear from you if I wasn’t really willing to follow your direction or receive your guidance. You have a good point. There is something else that I suspect to be true. What’s that? If I am not willing to follow and obey you, it is very unlikely that you will give me direction or guidance or counsel that I won’t follow anyway. Although, I am not positive on this point. Why is that? I know that I have not always followed your direction and guidance. Yet, you have given it to me anyway. Why would I do that? You want me to learn the importance of hearing and following and obeying you. You want me to know that there are consequences to hearing and obeying or to hearing and not obeying you. Yes, that is true. I want you to learn to hear and follow and obey me. I want you to learn to listen attentively to my voice. That I will do. That will be very good. 

Lord, no longer will I fail to listen to your voice. You have my full and undivided attention. I will quiet myself before you. I will remove myself from the noise and busyness of life. I will hear you. I will follow you. Guide my life according to your will, purpose, and plan. Amen

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He Meditates Day And Night

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Blessing – Psalm 1:1-3 – He Meditates Day And Night – Growing As Disciples

Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. Psalm 1:1-3 (NIV)  

Fruitful 

Do you want to be able to live the life that I have called you to live? Do you want to live a life that is fruitful for me? Yes, of course I want to live a fruitful life. I want to be able to live the life that you have called me to live. Do you believe my word? Can you trust and act on what you see and hear in my word? Yes, I believe your word. I always want to act on what I see and hear from your word. Is there something that you want to say to me? Is there something from your word that you want me to see and hear and act on? Will seeing and hearing something from your word make me fruitful for you? Will seeing and hearing something from your word help me to live the life that you have called me to live? You are asking very good questions. Yes, there is something form my word that I want you to see and hear and act on. Yes, if you put into practice what I want you to see and hear your life will be fruitful for me. You have my full attention. I’m listening carefully to you.

First, you must distance yourself from evil of every kind. There are places you should not go. There are things that you should not do. There are people that you should not allow into your inner circle of friends. You must not be influenced by thoughts, words and deeds that are evil. Eliminate anything and everything from your life that might feed and cause evil desires to grow in you. Do you hear what I am saying? I think so. I am not saying that you must remove yourself from the world. I am not saying that you will not reach out and minister to those who do not know me. I am not saying that you must try to hide yourself away in some corner to make sure that you are not exposed to evil. You will still live in an evil world. Just make sure that your heart and mind and life are not feeding on the evil that is in the world. I understand. 

What else? Next, meditate on my word day and night. Carry my word with you wherever you go. Feast on my word. Let my word teach and train you. Let my word guard and guide you. Let my word dwell in you richly. My word will change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life. If my word is dwelling in you richly, you will be abundantly fruitful for me. If my word is dwelling in you richly, you will be able to live the life that I have called you to live. Will you meditate on my word day and night as you separate yourself from evil? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, you have rescued me from an unfruitful and weary life. You have made it my delight to meditate on your word. Your word has changed my heart and mind. Thank you for blessing my life and making me fruitful for you. Amen

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Those Who Wait For Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 233 - Isaiah 64:4 - Those Who Wait For Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 233 – Isaiah 64:4 – Those Who Wait For Him – Growing As Disciples

Since ancient times no one has heard, no ear has perceived, no eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for him. Isaiah 64:4 (NIV) 

Rely On Me 

What was in your mind? What were you thinking? Why would you do that? Why would I do what? Why would you rush off to fight your own battles? Why would you trust your own counsel? Why would you be guided by your own wisdom? Why would you rely on your own feeble strength? Those are all very good questions. I must say that I have asked myself some of those very same questions. Why is that? My own counsel, my own wisdom, and my own feeble strength have not served me well. Relying on myself has most often led to disastrous and depressing defeats. Would you say that you are a quick learner on this subject? That is a funny question. Why is that? It was not meant to be funny. Maybe, I should have said that it is an ironic question. That would have been more fitting. Why is that? Not only am I not a fast learner on this subject. It might be an exaggeration to say that I am any kind of learner on this subject. Why is that? Well, I certainly haven’t conquered the inclination to rely on myself to rush off to fight my own battles. That’s not good. No, I know that it is not good. It is good that you are aware of the issue. Yes, we can certainly agree on that. 

I have a few questions for you. I’m listening. Are you quicker than me? Are you wiser than me? Are you stronger than me? Can you accomplish what I cannot? Do you have some clever strategies that will secure victories that I cannot win? I am certainly not quicker or stronger or wiser than you. I couldn’t begin to accomplish what you can. You can win victories when victory is impossible to all, except to you. Then why don’t you wait for me to act? Then why don’t you rely on me? Then why don’t you put all your faith and hope and trust in me? There is no need for you to answer these questions. Just think deeply about them. I do have one question I do want you to answer. What’s that? Why would I ask you to wait for me to act? I can certainly act faster than you can act. We both know that to be true. You want me to rely on you. You want me to trust you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want to do in and for and through me what I could never do by myself. You want to accomplish your purposes and plans in and through my life. You want me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. None of these things will be possible or every be accomplished by me relying on myself. That is true. All of what you have said is true. Will you come to rely on me? Yes Lord, I will come to rely on you. That is very good. Now you are learning. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, oftentimes I have foolishly and pridefully rushed off to act on my own behalf. Those hasty and ill-conceived efforts have resulted in disaster. I will stop being self-reliant. I will put all my faith and hope and trust in you. I know that you will act on my behalf.  Amen

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