Goes With You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 92 – Deuteronomy 31:6 – Goes With You – Growing As Disciples

Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV) 

Courageous

You will face battles in life. You will be called upon to stand up and fight. You are sure to find yourself in fearful and terrifying situations. I don’t like the sound of this. That comes as no surprise to me. Why is that? Do you want me to work in and through your life? Yes, I want you to work in and through my life. Do you want to know me? Yes, I want to know you intimately. What does you working in and through my life and knowing you intimately have to do with facing and fighting battles in life? That’s a good question. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead. Have you come to know and rely on me more in and through the battles in life or when you were resting in your comfort zone? Obviously, I have come to know and rely on you more in and through the battles of life. I’ll ask you another question. I’m listening. Have you born more fruit for my kingdom and glory when you have been challenged beyond your gifts, talents and abilities or when the task at hand was very easy to accomplish? I have born more fruit when I have been challenged beyond my gifts, talents and abilities. Then would you say that a lot of good has happened, as you have had to stand up and fight battles in life? Yes, that’s true.

Let me ask these questions to you again. I want us to spend more time on them. Go right ahead. What’s good about battles in life? What’s good about going through fearful and terrifying situations? What’s good about having to stand up and fight? What have you learned? What have I taught you? You have taught me to cry out to you for help. Have I answered your prayers? Yes, you have answered my prayers. Have I brought you through fearful and terrifying situations? Yes, you have brought me through every trial and difficulty I have ever faced. Sometimes, I have had to look back with the perspective of time and distance to clearly see that you have always had a hold of me and were leading me through every battle I faced in life.

What has knowing that I am always with you done for you? Knowing that you are with me has given me courage and strength. Knowing that you are with me has helped me to stand up and fight. Knowing that you are with me has helped me to trust and rely on you. Knowing that you are with me has helped to leave my comfort zone to follow you to wherever you lead me to do whatever you have asked of me. Yes, these are all true. 

If you could choose a life of constant comfort or a life filled with battles that I led you through which would you choose? Without hesitation I would choose a life of following you even knowing that you will lead me through battles and challenges in life. You really do want to know me? You really do want to be used by me? Yes Lord, I do. Follow me. Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, thank you that you are always with me to help me in and through the battles that I face in life. I will trust you for all my courage and strength as I rely on you to help me. It is my joy to know that you will never leave or forsake me. Amen

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Watch Over You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 91 – Psalm 32:8 – Watch Over You – Growing As Disciples

I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Psalm 32:8 (NIV)

Come And Ask

Come and ask. Come and ask for what? Come and ask for directions. Come and ask for teaching. Come and ask for instructions. Come and ask for counsel and guidance. I have my eye on you. I know exactly what you need. I know exactly what I want to teach you. I know exactly where I want you to go. I know exactly what I want you to do. Do you know any of these things with absolute certainty? No, I do not know.

What would prevent you from coming to ask me for all that you need in life? Do you think I would withhold my wisdom and instruction from you when you ask? No, I do not think you would withhold any good thing you want to give me. Do you believe that I want to instruct, teach, counsel and guide you as you go through life? Yes, I’m positive that you want to do all this and even more for me. Yes, I do. 

What do you think that I want from you? Under what circumstances will you not receive all that I want to give to you? What would prevent you from coming to me? You want us to live in a relationship with each other. You want me to come to you to ask you for all that I need. You want me to rely on you for your help. You want me to know that your hand is on me and that you are blessing my life. You want me to receive absolutely everything you want to give to me. You don’t want me to miss out on even one good thing that you have prepared for me. You want to do things in and through my life that only you can do. In this way my life will give honor and glory to you. You have all this right so far. You haven’t yet told me what might prevent you from coming to me to rely on me. I can think of a couple reasons why I haven’t come to you in the past. Go ahead and tell me why you haven’t come to me. They are not good reasons. I would never claim that I had good reasons for not coming to you. I’m listening. My pride and independence has prevented me from coming to you. I have thought that I knew it all and really did not need your help. Were you right? No, I have been absolutely wrong. I need all the help that you will give to me. What are you learning? I am learning to lay down my pride and independence so that I can come to fully rely on you. That is a very good lesson, isn’t it? Yes, it is. What else has prevented you from coming to me to rely on me? Sometimes, knowing my own sinfulness has made me not want to come to you. I have felt so unworthy and unclean and unable to come into your presence. That is not good. In those moments what have you forgotten? I have forgotten that I have been made worthy, clean and able to come before you. Why is that? Your Son, Jesus Christ paid for my sin. He has forgiven and cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. He has made me able to come into your presence. Yes, He has done all that for you. Do you have any other reasons why you have not come to me to ask for all that you need? No, I do not. Then you have no good reason to not come to me, do you? No, I do not. Will you come to me to receive all that I want to give to you? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I will not be stubborn or filled with pride. You will have no need to convince me to come to you. I welcome you to instruct, teach, counsel and guide me. I am relying on you to be with me to help and watch over my life as I follow you. Amen

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Give You Rest

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 90 - Matthew 11:28-30 - Give You Rest - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 90 – Matthew 11:28-30 – Give You Rest – Growing As Disciples

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30 (NIV)

Lay Your Burdens Down 

Can you hear me calling you? Yes, I can. Come to me now. You are weary and worn out. Yes, I am. You have been carrying a heavy burden. Yes, I have. Would you like to lay your burden down? Yes, I would. Do you have any idea of what burdens you have been carrying? Do you know their names? I know some of them. Tell me about your burdens. What are their names? I have been carrying the weight of my own sin. I am coming to you to receive my forgiveness and cleansing. I am coming to you to live a new life with you. I’m leaving my old sinful life behind. Yes, that is quite a heavy burden. I carried the burden of your sin to the cross so you could be forgiven and cleansed and have a new relationship with me. How do you feel now that you have set that burden down? I feel set free. I feel fresh and alive. I feel much lighter. Yes, you have been set free. Yes you have been given a fresh start. Yes, you are alive in me. You are no longer weighed down by the weight of your sins. 

What are you doing now? Right now? Yes, right now. I’m sitting here talking to you. I’m here to listening to all that you have to say to me. How do you feel right now? I feel at peace. I feel like my soul is being restored. As I listen to you I feel like I am being healed in your presence. Why do you feel at peace? I feel like I don’t need to figure everything out. I don’t have to know every answer. I don’t have to know every step I will take in life. Why is that? I can rest here in your presence. You will teach me. You will guide me. You will show me my next steps in life. Yes, I will.

So, as you rest here in my presence what burdens are you actually laying down? I’m laying down the burden of trying to figure out all my next steps in life. You will guide my life. Yes, I will. I’m laying down the burden of relying on myself to guide the course of my life. I can rely on you. Yes, you can. I’m laying down the burden of thinking that I need to know and have all the answers to questions in life. I can ask for and receive wisdom from you. Yes, you can. I’m laying down the burden of racing through life. I can rest here in your presence. This is a very good place to be. Yes, it is. I’m laying down the burden of thinking that I am all alone in life. You are always with me. You will never leave or forsake me. No, I will not. I’m laying down the burden of my future. My future is in your hands now and forever. One day I will come to live forever in heaven. Yes, you will.

At one time I thought it might be a burden to try to please you. I wondered if I would ever be able to please you. I have also laid this burden down. I know that you love me. Yes, I do. I also love you with all my heart and soul and mind. As I come to you I know you and your love. As I come to you I grow more and more in love with you every day. I am living in your love. Yes, you are. Now it is my joy and no burden at all to do what pleases you. It is the desire of my heart to obey, follow and serve you. Yes, it is.

Lord, thank you for calling me to come to you. I was weary and carrying a heavy burden. You forgave my sin and cleansed me within. Now, I am being refreshed in my soul as I am being taught by you. Love has made it no burden to obey, follow and serve you. Amen

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The Law Of The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 89 - Psalm 19:7-11 - The Law Of The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 89 – Psalm 19:7-11 – The Law Of The Lord – Growing As Disciples

The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul. The statutes of the LORD are trustworthy, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the LORD are radiant, giving light to the eyes. The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous. They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.  Psalm 19:7-11 (NIV)

How Valuable?

How valuable is my word to you? Nothing in this entire world is more valuable to me than your word. If there were two lines that either gave out free gold or your word I would get in line to receive your word. My word is that valuable to you? Yes, it is. Why is that? What has my word done for you? You speak to me as I meet with you in your word. You show me what you want me to see in your word. You open my ears to what you want me to hear from your word. Yes, I do.  My relationship with you is centered in your word. Without your word I wouldn’t be able to know you. Without your word I would not be able to follow and serve you. Your word makes me able to obey you. I am pleased to hear what you are saying to me. 

How does my word make you able to obey me? Your word is what your Holy Spirit uses to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. At one time I found it very difficult to want to obey you. Obeying you was a test of my will. Sometimes I would obey you. Sometimes I wouldn’t obey you. Now, it is the desire of my heart to obey you. I can see that in you. That is quite a change. We both know that I am not perfect. Yes, we do. But, I love you. I want to obey you. It is my joy to do what pleases you. You have changed my heart by your word. Yes, I have done that. But, that’s not all, there is much more. Tell me about it. I can see that you are excited. Yes, I am. Your word is transforming my mind. You are helping me to know you and to think your thoughts. Yes, I am. At one time I was embarrassed about the thoughts of my mind. I would have been horrified to have people know the thoughts of my mind. I tried to keep a tight lid on improper thoughts that would come into my mind. But, not now? Now, I can’t say that every thought that comes into my mind is pure. But, your transformation of my mind is changing my thoughts and is making me able to follow and obey you. I am quick to kick improper thoughts out of my mind thanks to how your word has been transforming my mind. It is like your Holy Spirit uses your word to fight in me, with me and for me. Yes, He does.

How does my word guide your life? Your word has changed my thoughts, words and deeds. I am now guided by doing what pleases you. At one time I lived solely to please myself. But, not now? Now, I am looking for ways to please you. I am excited to do your will. Most of all I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. I want to go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. Everyday I come to meet with you in your word so that I can receive instructions from you. That’s very good.

Lord, your word is more valuable than gold and sweeter than honey. You have revived my soul, given me joy, made me wise and opened my eyes with your word. Thank you for warning and rewarding me as I have heard and obeyed your word. Amen

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Demolish Strongholds

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 88 -2 Corinthians 10:4-5- Demolish Strongholds- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises- Day 88- 2 Corinthians 10:4-5- Demolish Strongholds- Growing As Disciples

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV)

Your Weapons

Be very careful about what you allow yourself to think. Why is that? There is a battle going on. What kind of battle is going on and where is this battle being fought? This battle that I am referring to is being fought over your heart and mind. How will I fight and wage war in this battle? What forces am I up against? What weapons can I use in this battle? Those are very good questions. You are up against the forces of evil that are in the world. Your heart and mind are constantly under bombardment from evil thoughts, values and practices that are in the world. It is the world’s plan to try to conform you to its pattern. It is the world’s plan to enslave you to all its sinful desires and set up strongholds in your life. You must stand against this evil that seeks to fight against you. But, you will not be able to fight this battle against evil with your own power and strength. Why not? You must rely on me and use weapons that I have given to you.

I’m not even sure where to begin to stand to fight against evil in this battle. I’m not sure of what you are talking about when you say that I have weapons to fight against evil and tear down strongholds. What’s a stronghold? What are my weapons that I can use in this fight? Again, you have asked very good questions. First, you must stand with me and believe that you really are in a war and are now engaged in a battle. I have no doubt about that. You must also begin to recognize and take captive every evil thought and make them obedient to me. How do I do that? Let’s talk about my word. My word is a weapon. My word is a sword that the Holy Spirit will use to fight in you, with you and for you. Evil thoughts that are not from me set up strongholds that oppose me. These strongholds can be in the world. These strongholds can be in your life. Can you give me an example? Yes, I can. Pride is an evil thought that sets up strongholds. Pride might tell you that you don’t need me and that you can rely on yourself. This kind of pride sets up the stronghold of independence and leads people away from me. Have you ever recognized the stronghold of pride and independence in the world or in your own life? Yes, I have. This stronghold needs to be torn down so that you will humbly come to know and rely on me. Yes, it does. Will you ask me to tear down the stronghold of pride in your life? Yes, I will. When you do that you will be using two more weapons at your disposal. Can you tell me what those weapons are? I think so. I will be using the weapons of prayer and faith. I will be praying in faith as I ask you to tear down a stronghold in my life. Yes, you will. How many weapons have we talked about so far? We have talked about your word, the Holy Spirit, prayer and faith. That’s right. Let me ask you a question. Go ahead. Why do you have faith that I will fight with you against evil in the world? I know that you love me. You are with me to help me. The love you have for me has caused me to place all my faith and hope and love in you. You have mentioned two more weapons. My love and hope in you are weapons? Yes, they are, you will fight with all your heart and mind and soul because of the love and hope you have in me. Yes, I will.

Lord, thank you for giving me weapons to fight evil in the world. Help me to tear down strongholds of evil both in my life and in the world. Help me to humbly take every thought of mine captive and make them obedient to you. Amen

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Heard My Cry

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Day 87 - Promises - Psalm 40:1-3 - Heard My Cry - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 87 – Psalm 40:1-3 – Heard My Cry – Growing As Disciples

I waited patiently for the LORD; he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the LORD.  Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)

Waiting Patiently

Are you willing to wait? Will you keep coming to me? Will you persistently ask for what you need from me? Yes, I am willing to wait. Yes, I will keep coming and laying out my requests before you. You don’t like waiting do you? No, I do not like to wait. What has happened to you as you have been patient and waited in prayer before me? As I have waited in your presence I have been changed. You have made me stronger and able to endure the trials and tests of life. You have taught me to trust and rely on you as I have waited in hope before you. You have made me more able to hear your voice and know your will and your ways. You have molded and shaped my life as I have waited in your presence. In the end you have changed my attitude about waiting. How so? I no longer consider time spent in prayer with you to be waiting. Why is that? Waiting involves wanting something else that is better or different. There is nothing better than being in your presence. There is no other place that I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing else I would rather be doing than spending time with you.

I have heard your cry. I have answered your prayers. I have pulled you out of the muck and the mire. I have set your feet on solid ground. I have put on new song of praise on your lips, in your mouth and on your heart. Yes, you have done all these things for me. As I have waited in your presence you have realigned my prayers and given me prayers that I would have never thought or desired to pray. Like what? It was you that showed me that my life was stuck in the muck and the mire. On my own I wouldn’t even been able to recognize that. You caused me to cry out to ask you for help. You gave me prayers to pray that you would certainly hear and answer. You made it my desire to love you with all my heart and soul and mind. You gave me faith and hope in you. You have set my feet on solid ground as I follow and serve you. You have filled my life with joy. You have put a new song of praise and thanks in my heart that I sing to you. Yes, you have heard and answered my prayers. Yes, I will keep coming to you. Yes, I will delight to wait in your presence. That will be very good.

Lord, I will wait patiently before you. I will make known my prayers to you. I will put my trust in you as I cry out for help. You do hear and answer my prayers. You have pulled me out of muck and set me on solid ground. All praise and thanks belong to you. Amen

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Helps Us In Our Weakness

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 86 – Romans 8:26-27 – Helps Us In Our Weakness – Growing As Disciples of man standing in a field at sunset

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will. Romans 8:26-27 (NIV) 

Troubling Days 

These are troubling days there is no doubt about that.  In these days of trouble, there have been numerous reasons why it has been harder to pray. Why is that? My emotions have run the gamut. They have covered the spectrum. I have been overcome with a constellation of emotions. I have been fearful. I have been angry. I have been discouraged and depressed. I have been filled with anxiety. I have been weary and worn out. I have been bewildered and confused. I have also had my doubts. Have you had doubts in me? No, but I have certainly had doubts in me. What has been troubling you? To be clear, these are not all my problems alone. It has been a tough year. There has been a global pandemic. There has been blatant racism and police brutality. There has been widespread looting and rioting. Innocent people have lost their businesses. One man lost his life in the most inhumane display of racism and police brutality I have ever witnessed. Did I mention, I have also felt nauseated and disgusted by the evil in our society. These recent events are on top of the rampant displays of hate and intolerance that has been regularly going back and forth in our deeply divided society. Could things get worse? I heard that an asteroid is headed our way. Well, not really, unless 3 million miles away, is “heading our way.” But yes, things could be worse. Sickness and disease, broken relationships and death have come near to us. It is a good time to pray. Yes, it is.

What will happen to you if you simply cannot pray? What will you do when words of prayer will not come out of your mouth? I will rely on you. I will trust you to pray in and through me, when I cannot pray. When only groans will come out of my mouth, I will trust that even my groans will come from you. You will intercede for me. You will pray through me. You will pray for me. You will lift me up. You will carry me. You will revive and refresh and restore me. You will help me to keep on moving forward with you through all the troubling days that are part of living in this sin broken world. Yes, I will pray for you. Yes, I will pray through you. Yes, I will intercede for you every day as you love, follow and serve me. Thank you, Holy Spirit.

Holy Spirit, thank you for helping me to pray in all my weaknesses. You have helped me to pray when I have been overcome with emotion or confused and bewildered or weary and worn out or weak in faith. Intercede for me now, in all these troubling days. Amen

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Mouth Of God

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 85 – Matthew 4:4 – 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)

Every Word

You will be tempted. That comes as no surprise to me. You will be tempted in ways that are expected and predictable and also in ways that are unexpected and unpredictable. I have experienced and gone through both of those types of temptation. Yes, I know. How are you on guard against temptation? That’s a good question. I know that I need to be on guard against temptation. So, I don’t allow myself to be in obvious situations or circumstances that will cause me to be tempted. I also don’t participate in anything that I know will feed improper desires and cause me to be tempted. Those are very good and wise decisions.

How will you know when you are nearing a dangerous and tempting situation or circumstance? How will you ever know for sure if you are allowing yourself to feed on something that will lead you into temptation? I know one thing for certain. What’s that? I am not wise enough or strong enough to always make the right decisions. No, you are not. I need to be led by your Spirit. Your Spirit will lead and guide me. Your Spirit will strengthen me. I will not rely on myself. Instead I will rely your Spirit. Yes, you will. 

What will help you to stand against temptation? You will help me to stand against temptation. Yes, I will. Your word says that if I draw near to you, you will draw near to me. If I draw near to you and resist the devil, he will flee from me. Yes, he will. Nothing will help me to stand up against temptation more than a close and intimate relationship with you. That’s right. The closer I draw near to you the less attractive temptation and sin will be to me. That’s true but don’t ever begin to think that you are beyond temptation. You will experience temptation until the day we meet each other face to face in heaven. I understand. I will be on guard against temptation.

What weapon do you have in your battle against temptation and sin? I have your word. Your word is like a sword that your Spirit will use to fight in me, with me and for me. Yes, it is. How has my Spirit been using my word to fight in you? Your word has been changing my heart, transforming my mind and guiding my life. Your word has been cleansing my mind of my old thoughts. Your word has given your thoughts to think. Your word has been changing my heart and removing sinful desires, patterns and practices that were once part of my life. Your word has helped me to know and receive your love. Your love for me has caused me to love you more and more everyday. My love for you motivates my desire to not give into temptation. I want to do what pleases you. How has my Spirit been using my word to fight with you and for you? When temptation is actually upon me your Spirit uses your word and does battle in my heart and mind and spirit against the temptation I am facing. Your Spirit has brought your word into my heart and mind and spirit so that I have been able to resist temptation. What does that tell you? I need to let your word dwell in me richly. I need to feed on every one of your words. I need to know, follow and obey your word. Yes, you do. Yes, I will.

Lord, thank you for your word. Your word feeds, strengthens and sustains me. Help me to live on every word that comes from your mouth. Use your word to strengthen me and make me able to stand against every temptation. Amen

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With You Always

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 84 - Matthew 28:18-20 - With You Always - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 84 – Matthew 28:18-20 – With You Always – Growing As Disciples

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) 

Go Make Disciples 

There is no need to wait. There is no need to wait for what? There is no need for you to wait to start making disciples. What do you mean by that? Have you been thinking that I might send you somewhere distant to go and make disciples? Your commission does say to go and make disciples of all nations. Yes, that is the commission I have given to you as one of my followers. You do live in one of those nations don’t you? Yes, I do. Then, there is no need to wait.

You don’t have far to go. You can start making disciples the minute you leave your front door. You might also have opportunities to make disciples the second you go out your bedroom door. I can help my own family members to become your disciples. Yes, that’s right. How tragic would it be if you neglected your own family to go to make disciples somewhere else? Yes, that would be a tragic mistake. I won’t let happen. Our family members can all encourage each other to live and walk as your disciples. That’s a good plan.

You will be leading by example. What do you mean by that? You will be teaching others to do all that I have commanded you. You will be living as my witness in the world. You won’t be able to teach anyone anything if you are not living the life I want you to live. As my witness others must be able to see me living inside of you. You are my light in a world of darkness. What kinds of qualities do you think might be most attractive to potential disciples? I would say that the fruit of your Spirit living inside of me is what those living in the world need to see. Yes, that’s exactly right. Tell me again what is the fruit of my Spirit living inside of you. The fruit of your Spirit living inside of me is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. That’s right. All of this fruit needs to be on display in and through your life. Anything less than this and you will not be shining brightly for me. Anything less than this and you will not be able to make disciples because the world will not be attracted to me through your life.

You won’t be on your own or working under your own power as you go into the world to make disciples. That is very good news. I will be with you every step of the way. I will be working in and through your life. I will lead you where I want you to go and give you all that I want you to say. I will be speaking through both the witness of your life and words of your mouth. In many cases people will seek you out and want to hear more about me. In other cases it will become very obvious to you who I’m leading you to talk to about me. There will be no need for you to be timid or fearful. In every case my hand and my power will rest on you. I will help you to go and make disciples now. Will you follow me to where I lead you to do what I ask of you? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, thank you for calling and commissioning me to go into the world to make disciples of all nations. I will start right now, where I am, in my circle of influence. Help me to be an attractive witness that draws others to you. Amen

Promises – Matthew 28-18-20 – With You Always – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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To Those He Loves

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 83 - Psalm 127:1-2 - To Those He Loves - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 83 – Psalm 127:1-2 – To Those He Loves – Growing As Disciples

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves. Psalm 127:1-2 (NIV)

Unless

“Unless” is a very important word for you to hear and understand. Why is that? If you don’t hear and understand the word “unless” you could waste your entire life. How could that be possible, it’s such a small word? Have you ever wasted a day running around racing to do something that wasn’t all that important? I’ve wasted a lot of days doing just that. Have you ever evaluated your “to do” list and discovered that it had a bunch of meaningless tasks on it that won’t add up to anything of real value? I’ve noticed that far too often. Have you ever made your own plans without asking me what I thought? Yes, I’ve done that.  Have you ever relied solely on your own strength to accomplish your work? I’ve done that as well. Are you wondering how that little word “unless” relates to all my questions? Yes, I am. Are you still wondering how not understanding that little word “unless” could cause you to waste your life? Yes, I am.  But, I think I’m beginning to figure out where you have been headed. Let me hear your thoughts. I will give you a little clue. What’s that? Begin your thoughts with the word “unless”. All right, I will. Unless, I take time to know your will, I will be spinning my wheels in life. Unless, I understand what you want me to do, I may waste my life working on what was of little value. I may think that I have or I am accomplishing a lot. But, one day I may look back only to realize that my life has accomplished next to nothing of lasting and eternal value. My own thoughts and plans and accomplishments will amount to nothing without you. Apart from you, I can do nothing that will bear fruit for all eternity. Unless, I rely on your power and strength to work in and through me, I will never be able to accomplish the work that you have given me to do. No, you will not. You must rely on me. 

Do you have any more thoughts about this little word “unless”? Yes, I do. Unless, I rely on your power and strength I will work even harder because I will see how little I have accomplished in life. Unless, I rely on you to work in and through me I will get up early and stay up late working in vain. Unless, I know that I am bearing the fruit that you want me to bear, I will work myself weary and never get the sleep and rest you want to give to me. My life will have no rhythm or balance. No, it will not and why is that? It will be because I did not understand the value of the little word, “unless.” That’s right. I want you to guard and guide and bring balance to my life. I can see that. So, I will not fail to understand hear and understand all that you are saying to me through this little word “unless.” I will let you work in and through me. I will do the work that you have given me to do. I will rely on your power and strength. I will allow you to guard and guide my life. I will allow you to bring balance into my life. I will slow down and accept the sleep and rest that you want to give to me. That will be very good.

Lord, I want to know and do the work you have given me to do for you. I want my life to bear fruit for you that will last for eternity. Guide me to do your work. Bless my efforts as I rely on you. Guard, protect and balance my life according to your will and plan. Amen

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