He Rewards

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - Hebrews 11:6 - He Rewards - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – Hebrews 11:6 – He Rewards – Growing As Disciples

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. Hebrews 11:6 (NIV)

Seek You Earnestly

That is what I want to do. That is what I am doing. That is what I will continue to do. What that? I will seek you earnestly with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I have no stronger desire. I have no clearer aim. I have no higher priority. Why is that? You have put this fire within me. You have given me this desire. You have filled me with this passion. What is it you hope to gain? I hope to know and love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. I want to hear your voice. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to live my life with and for you. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to fully live the life that you have called me to live. That is very good.

I want to say a few more things. I’m listening. I am asking that you fan this flame of desire within me. I am asking that you cause me to burn white hot for you. I want you to set me on fire to serve you. Give me your boldness. Fill me with your power. Work in and through my life. Help me to shine brightly as your witness in the world. Help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Make me able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Open my eyes and ears. I want to see you. I want to hear you. Open my mouth. I want to speak for you. Use my life to the fullest. Don’t let anything go to waste. These are my thoughts. These are my prayers. I will hear and answer these thoughts and prayers of yours.

One more thing. What’s that? I want no more reward than to know that I have gone and done your will. I want no more reward than to hear you one day say, from heaven as we look back over my life, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”  Only you can make me faithful. Only you can cause me to be fruitful. Only you can make me able to know and do your will. Work in and through my life for your praise and honor and glory. Yes, I will. 

Heavenly Father, thank you for drawing me to yourself. It is you that has given me faith in you and your son Jesus Christ. Help me to continue to seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength so that I will know you and the life you want me to live. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

God The Father – Hebrews 11-6 – He Rewards – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in God The Father | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Intended For Good

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - Genesis 50:19-21 - Intended It For Good - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – Genesis 50:19-21 – Intended It For Good – Growing As Disciples

But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them. Genesis 50:19-21 (NIV)

What Good Is This?

What good is this? What do you mean by asking what good is this? Well, I’m going through this trail. I did not want it. I did not bring it on myself. I did not cause it. I don’t think I deserved it. So, you’re saying that you don’t understand why you are going through this difficult trial. That’s it. That’s what I am saying. Let’s talk about that. I’d like that.

How often have you understood what good might come out of a difficult trial you were going through? Almost never, at least at the time, I have been going through a difficult trial. What has helped you to understand a difficult trial that you have gone through? Time, has helped me understand a difficult trial I have gone through. How so? I have had to look backwards in time to understand how you have used even difficult trials of mine to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. Have you ever had a trial you thought that I would never be able to bring something good out of it? I have thought that, quite often, may be even, about most the trials I have gone through. That’s true.

I would like you to think differently about your trials. How so? I would like you to have faith that I will be able to bring good out of even the most difficult of your trails. I would like you to have faith to keep your heart and mind and life focused on me as you go through difficult trials. I would like you to trust that I will be with you to help you through even your most difficult of trials. I want you to hold on to me as I  hold on to you. Will you have faith? Will you have trust? Will you hold on to me as I hold on to you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

There are a couple more things I want to clear up for you. What’s that? You live in a broken world. I experienced trials. You will experience trials. I experienced pain and suffering and loss. You will experience pain and suffering and loss. I will weep with you as weep. I will mourn with you as you mourn. But, I will be with you to comfort you. I will be with you to help you. I will be able to bring good even out of your darkest hours and most difficult trials. Do you believe what I am saying to you? Yes Lord, I believe. I know that you will be able to bring good out of even my most difficult trials. That’s very good. 

Heavenly Father, I have not usually understood your purposes and plans as I have gone through trials in life. Thank you for allowing me to see your hand at work as I have looked back. Continue your good work in me for your glory. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

God The Father – Genesis 50-19-21 – Intended It For Good – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in God The Father | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

When I Consider

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - Psalm 8:3-6 - When I Consider - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – Psalm 8:3-6 – When I Consider – Growing As Disciples

When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet:  Psalm 8:3-6

My Best Work

As I lie back on the grass and look up at the night sky, I am overwhelmed by the vastness of your creation. Some of what I am seeing took hundreds maybe even thousands of light years to reach me. My head feels like it is going to spin as I consider the enormity and beauty of the work of your hands. It’s so amazing my mind cannot begin to comprehend all that you have made. It’s quite a gift to sit here and gaze at. Forgive me for all the times that I have taken the beauty of your creation for granted. I am thankful that you are such an artist.

You don’t have to look very far to see some of my best work. How far would I have to look?  Do you have a mirror? Me, you’ve got to be kidding. No, I’m not kidding. Mankind is the pinnacle of all my creation. You are more worthy to be looked at in wonder than anything else that you will ever see in the night sky. Now there’s a thought, to think in wonder, being looked at as something more spectacular than all the stars in the sky. You’re having a hard time taking that thought in aren’t you? 

Yes, when I consider the universe and the works of your hands I feel very small and insignificant. I imagine that I’m less than a speck of sand in the scale of your creation. Do you think maybe you’re not worth even noticing? Yes, I’ve thought that. Do you think that I might think about you just in passing, now and then? What would you think if I told you that you were on my mind all the time? I’d be speechless.  My thoughts about you out number all the grains of sands on all the seashores. They can never be counted. Now that is really causing my head to spin. I need to hold on to something to stabilize myself. I thought you might. You can hold on to me because not only do I think about you all the time, I also care about all the intimate details of your life. I have my eyes on you. You are never ought of my sight. 

I thought it was a big deal to consider the beauty and vastness of your creation. Yes, it is. But, knowing that you, the creator of the entire universe, think and care about me just blows me away. I am a mess. I’m undone. Tears of joy fill my eyes. My heart aches to know that I am loved and accepted by you. My lips are filled with thanks and praise. My mind is caught up in wonder. My body has gone limp as I fall to my knees. You are my Father and my God. All glory and honor belongs to you. My life is in your hands. It will be my joy to do your will and to walk in your ways.

About that? Yes? I created you for a purpose. I have a plan for your life. I have work that I want you to do for me. I have made and designed you to bear fruit for my glory. Are you ready to begin? Yes Father, I am.  Guide me to the work that you have given me to do for you.

Heavenly Father, the beauty of your creation is all around me. Often in the busyness of life I forget to take notice and take for granted all you have made. Thank you for the gift of your creation. Help me to take care of my part of it. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

God The Father – Psalm 8-3-6 – When I Consider – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in God The Father | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

God Of All Comfort

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 - God Of All Comfort - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 – God Of All Comfort – Growing As Disciples

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 (NIV) 

Comfort Others

You want me to comfort others, is that right? Yes, that is true. That will be very difficult. Why do you say that? I need comfort. I feel bruised and battered and broken. I feel like I’m under attack. It seems like I’m surrounded and under siege. Have I not comforted you? Am I not with you right now? You are not alone. I am with you to help you. I have healed you. I have helped you. I have given the strength to stand in all the adversity you have gone through. I will make you able to keep on following me through whatever troubles lie ahead. You have hope. You have a future. My hand is on you. I am using you. I am working in and through your life. My favor rests on you. Is this not enough for you? Am I not enough for you? Yes, you are enough for me. Yes, you have done enough for me. Yes, I am thankful for how you have been with me to help me through every trouble and trial in life. That’s good.

Let’s clear things up a little bit. How so? You are not surrounded and under siege. You are not under attack. Yes, you are experiencing difficulty. Yes, you need my help. But, there is no point in becoming overly dramatic. You will only discourage and depress yourself if you turn inward and focus solely on your current difficulties. What should I do? Come to me. Rely on me. Ask for my help. Take refuge in me. I will do that. That will be a very good start.

A start? Is there something else or more you want me to be doing? Yes, there is more that I want you to be doing. I want you to take your eyes off of yourself. I want to you focus your attention on me. I get that. Now, I want you to remember how I have comforted you through every trouble and trial in life. Are you remembering? Yes Lord, I do remember how you have comforted me. I want you to comfort others with the same comfort with which I have comforted you. I want you to love others just as I have loved you. I want my love and comfort to flow through you to others. Will you allow me to use you to love and comfort others? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, thank you for all the comfort that you have given to me through the troubles of life. You have sustained and strengthened me through difficulty. Help me to be a giver of comfort to others that are in trouble. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

God The Father – 2 Corinthians 1-3-5 – God Of All Comfort – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in God The Father | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Battle Is The Lord’s

 

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - 1 Samuel 17:45-47 - The Battle Is The Lord's - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – 1 Samuel 17:45-47 – The Battle Is The Lord’s – Growing As Disciples

David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the LORD will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. Today I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds of the air and the beasts of the earth, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORD’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:45-47 (NIV)  

Giant Problems

Will you look at that? Will I look at what? Will you look at that giant problem that is just ahead of me? So what? What do you mean by saying, so what? I will never be able to overcome that giant problem. Why do you say that? I say that because it is the obvious truth. It’s way too big for me. Yes, it is. Now you are agreeing with me? I am agreeing with you, only in part. What part of this problem are you agreeing with me? I am agreeing with you that you will not be able to overcome this giant problem alone, all by yourself. You have properly assessed the size of the problem. It is a giant one. Yes, it is. What part of this problem are you not agreeing with me? You want to run from this problem. You want to go around this problem. You would do almost anything to simply avoid this problem. Well, that’s certainly true. I don’t want to be crushed by this problem. Nor do I want you to be crushed by this problem. What do you suggest? That is one of the first good things you have thought and said about this problem. I’m not following what you are saying. You are asking for my help, are you not? Yes, I am asking for your helping. That’s very good. 

I want you to think differently about giant problems. How so? You view a giant problem as something that should be avoided at all costs. Yes, I do. You are fearful when you are faced with a giant problem. Yes, I am. You become discouraged and depressed and despondent in the face of a giant problem. That’s right. Do you know why that is? No, I don’t. You think that you need to face your giant problems by yourself, with your own efforts. You think that you are all alone in your battle against giant problems. That is exactly what I think. Your thinking is incorrect. Your thinking needs to change. How so? You need to think about what is true. What is true? I am with you. I will help you. I will fight in you, with you, for you and through you. I will lead you in victory over the giant problems you will face in life. Giant problems are an opportunity for you to rely on me. Giant problems are an opportunity for you to draw closer to me. Giant problems are am opportunity for you to know me better as you allow me to lead you in victory. Will you rely on me as I lead you in victory over giant problems you will face in life? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I know I am not alone. You are with me to help me. You give me all I need to fight battles against giants in life. I will put all my faith in you. I will rely on your help. Thank you for giving me victory over giants. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

God The Father – 1 Samuel 17-45-47 – The Battle Is The LORD’S – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in God The Father | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Gives Generously

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God The Father - James 1:5-8 - Gives Generously - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God The Father – James 1:5-8 – Gives Generously – Growing As Disciples

If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does. James 1:5-8 (NIV)  

Lacking Wisdom

That’s me. What do you mean that’s you? I’m the one. I’m lacking wisdom. There is no doubt about that. I have proven that point time and time again. I’m not lacking just a little bit of wisdom. I’m in desperate need of wisdom. That’s good for you to know. That’s good for you to admit. Knowing that you desperately lack wisdom is the start of beginning to acquire wisdom. I guess so. What do you mean you guess so? I’m more than a little discouraged that I so desperately need wisdom. By now, one would think that I would have some measure of wisdom. Well, don’t be discouraged. It will always be good for you to know that you desperately need wisdom. Why is that? Saying you desperately need wisdom is like saying you desperately need me. I have never thought that admitting I need wisdom is like my saying I need you. Hold on to that thought. I will. That’s good.

Will there ever be a time when you don’t desperately need me? Will there ever be a time when you will want to fend for yourself, without me? Will you ever have enough wisdom that you won’t need to ask for my help? No, certainly not. I will always desperately need you. I will never want to fend for myself, without you. I will never have so much wisdom that I will not need to ask for your help. Of these things, I am certain. 

Since you are so certain that you are lacking wisdom, I have a question for you. What’s that? Why don’t you ask for wisdom more often? Before you answer my question, I have more to say. I’m listening. You have been discouraged about your lack of wisdom. That’s true. I don’t want you to be discouraged about anything. I want you to be encouraged to ask me for more wisdom. But, I will say, if you were going to be discouraged about anything, might it be better to be more aware of the real problem. What’s the real problem? You tell me. The real problem is that I’m not asking you for wisdom nearly enough. That’s right. 

Let me ask you a few more questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. Do you believe that I will answer your prayer when you ask me for wisdom? Yes, I do. Do you believe that I will generously give you all the wisdom you need? Yes, I do. Will there ever be a day when you won’t need my wisdom? No, I will need your wisdom every day as I love, follow and serve you. Will you come to me every day to ask me for wisdom? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Heavenly Father, help me to come to you to ask for all the wisdom I will need to go through the trials I am experiencing. I believe you will hear and answer my prayers. Thank you for generously giving me all the wisdom I will need when I face difficult trials. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

God The Father – James 1-5-8 – Gives Generously – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in God The Father | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Transformed

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - Romans 12:2 - Transformed - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Romans 12:2 – Transformed – Growing As Disciples

Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is–his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12:2 (NIV)  

Renewed Mind

I want to know you. I want to know your thoughts. I want to know your will and walk in your ways. I want all my thoughts and words and deeds to be guided by you. In every way, I want my life to be a living sacrifice that is fully pleasing to you. How can I know your will and walk in your ways? What will help and hinder me from doing what is pleasing to you? How can I be strengthened to know and do your will? The desires of your heart are pleasing to me. The questions of your mind are very good.

I have broken the power of sin and the world over your life. You have turned away from your sin and the world to follow and serve me. You have left your old life behind. You are now living the new life that I have given you to live. That’s the good news. What’s the bad news? Even though you are not of the world, you are still living in the world. The world is a very powerful and evil force. Every day, you are being bombarded with the thoughts and opinions of the world. The world will never stop trying to conform you into it’s pattern of values and practices. If you do nothing you will be allowing yourself to be conformed to the world. You will think like the world thinks. You will speak like the world speaks. You will act like the world acts. You will not know my will. You will not walk in my ways. You will not do what is pleasing to me. In no way will you stand out as being different from the world. You will not shine brightly for me. You will not be a witness for me in the world. All of this is very bad news. Yes, it is. But, none of this will be true of you.

Day by day I will be renewing and transforming your mind. You will know my thoughts. You will walk in my ways. You will be able to know and do my will. How will all of this be possible? How will you do this work in me? How will you work through me? You will meet with me in my word. You will set apart a time and a place where we will meet together. You will live in an intimate relationship with me. Day by day, you will draw near to me and I will draw near to you. You will listen attentively to all that I have to say to you. You will hear and treasure my word. You will take my word into your heart and mind and life. My word will feed and sustain you. My word will strengthen and empower you. My word will transform you. You will put my word into practice as you love, follow and serve me.  Yes Lord, I will. Then all of these things will be true of you. Then you will know and do my will.

Lord, at one time my mind was under the influence of the world. My thoughts, words and deeds were conformed to the world. You broke the power of the world over me. Now, use your word to renew and transform my mind so I can know and do your will. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Be – Romans 12-2 – Transformed – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Be | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

My Witnesses

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Holy Spirit - Acts 1:8 - My Witnesses - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Holy Spirit – Acts 1:8 – My Witnesses – Growing As Disciples

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)

Wait

Don’t think that you have power within yourself to be my witness in the world. Don’t think that all your gifts, talents and abilities will be able to accomplish my purposes and fulfill my plans. Be sure in your heart and mind that apart from me you can do nothing. Rely on me fully. Depend on me completely. Don’t rush off to go and do what you think I want you to do without my help and power. Don’t take one step without me. Do you understand what I am saying to you? Yes Lord, I understand what you are saying to me. I have no doubt about the truth of all that you are saying to me. Why is that? I have an abundance of failed experiences trying to know and do your will based on my power and strength. There is no doubt that you have given me gifts and talents and abilities to serve you. Of that, I am sure. I am just as sure that all my gifts and talents and abilities will accomplish nothing if I rely solely on them to try to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. Why is that? You want me to rely on you. You want me to depend on you. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want to be able to hear and answer my prayers. The work that I do for you should point others to you. You are the one who should receive all the glory and honor and praise. You want me to be a light in the world for you. You want me to be a witness that draws others to you. The spotlight is not meant to shine on me. The power to bear fruit for your kingdom does not come from me. This is all true.

So what will you do to come to rely on me? I will pray. I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will draw near to you as you draw near to me. I will wait for your instructions. I will follow your guidance. I will ask that the power of your Holy Spirit will fill me so that I can go and do your will. I will rely on your Holy Spirit to make me a bold and courageous witness for you in the world. I will let your Holy Spirit’s power work in and through me. I will not rely on myself. I will remain in you. I will wait. When you say go, I will go. That will be very good. The power of my Holy Spirit will work in and through you. 

Holy Spirit, there have been many times when I have rushed off to minister to others without waiting for your anointing. Help me to wait on you. Holy Spirit, fill me afresh so that I will able to be a powerful and fruitful witness for Jesus Christ in the world today. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Holy Spirit – Acts 1-8 – My Witnesses – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Holy Spirit | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Spur One Another

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Love - Hebrews 10:24 - Spur One Another - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Love – Hebrews 10:24 – Spur One Another – Growing As Disciples

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Hebrews 10:24 (NIV) 

Love And Good Deeds 

Think about it. Think about what? Think about how you might spur another person on toward love and good deeds. Are you talking generally or specifically? You tell me. I think you want me to think generally and specifically. That’s right. You could start by thinking about how you have been spurred on toward love and good deeds. I don’t know how that would be helpful. Why is that? The people that have spurred me on toward love and good deeds have almost had to drag me kicking and screaming on the way toward showing love and doing good deeds. Think about that a little more deeply. I’m thinking. Nothing is coming. Then, I will ask you some questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. Did the person that dragged you, kicking and screaming, toward showing love and doing good deeds go with you? Yes, they did. They went ahead of me. They dragged me. Did they give you some elaborate theory as to why you should show love and do good deeds or did they simply provide you an example? They might have given me a few words of encouragement, but, they mostly provided me with an example. Did the person that spurred you on toward showing love and doing good deeds take no for an answer? Did they easily give up on you? No, they didn’t. They were quite persistent. They were even willing to drag me along, if necessarily. I’ll bet that was no fun for them. That’s right. But, they got you going, didn’t they? They spurred you on. Yes, they did. What general principles have you learned so far? I can spur someone on to showing love and doing good deeds by going with them and by being their example. Also, I shouldn’t take no for an answer by easily giving up on others.  That’s right. Will you do these things? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.  

Now let’s talk a little more specifically. I’m listening. Did you become active in showing love and doing good deeds through some mass appeal? What do you mean by that? How often have you responded favorably to a general request for your help? Not, very often. But not, never. Would you say that making a mass appeal to a large group is a good way to spur someone on toward showing love and doing good deeds? No, I would not. What is a good way to spur someone on toward showing love and doing good deeds? I need to ask and encourage people that I know to join me in showing love and doing good deeds. They can join me in the work that you have already given me to do for you. Yes, they can. Yes, they will, when you ask them. 

Lord, I want to encourage others in their faith. Help me to carefully consider how I can spur others on in showing love and doing good deeds. Use me as a role model of showing love and doing good deeds. Help me to take action in showing and doing good deeds. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Love – Hebrews 10-24 – Spur One Another – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in Love | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Their Work Will Be A Joy

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - So That - Hebrews 13:17-Their Work Will Be A Joy - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – So That – Hebrews 13:17-Their Work Will Be A Joy – Growing As Disciples

Obey your leaders and submit to their authority. They keep watch over you as men who must give an account. Obey them so that their work will be a joy, not a burden, for that would be of no advantage to you. Hebrews 13:17 (NIV)

Know It All

You don’t know it all. You don’t have it all. There is a reason that I have placed leaders over you. Why is that? You need to hear from those who are wise. You need to listen to those who are more experienced. You need to follow the examples of those who have gone before you in the faith. Don’t live as if you were a full glass that nothing more can be poured into. Live with a humble and open and listening heart to those that I have placed in authority over you. Let others speak into your life so that you can hear all that I have to say to you. Will you submit yourself to those that I have placed over you? Will you obey all that I am teaching you through Godly men and woman? Yes Lord, I will submit myself to those you have placed over me. I will obey what you are teaching me through the lives of others. That will be very good.

Your leaders are keeping watch over your soul. They are helping to guard and guide your life. Their job is not easy. Their work is very difficult. You can encourage them. You can help spur them on. How can I encourage and spur my leaders on? You can either make their job a burden or a joy. How can I make their job a burden or a joy? If you obey your leaders their burden will be light. If you rebel against your leaders their burden will be heavy. If you put into practice what you are being taught their work will be a joy. If you do not put into practice what you are being taught their work will be a burden. Your leaders will rejoice when they see fruit for my kingdom being born in your life. Your leaders will be discouraged if they do not see any fruit for my kingdom being born in your life. Will you listen and put into practice what you are being taught? Yes Lord, I will obey all that you are teaching me through my leaders. That will be very good.

A day will come when your leaders will give account for how they have watched over your soul. Do you want them to succeed? Do you want your leaders to be able to give a good report about how their work has born fruit in your life? Yes, I want them to be abundantly successful. That will mean that I have born an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. That will mean that they and I have both served you well. That is what I want. That is what I will do both as a follower and as a leader. Help me to also be able to give a good account to you. Help my leaders to watch over my soul. Help me to watch over those you have placed in my care. Yes, I will.

Lord, thank you for the leaders that you have placed over me. They have helped guard and guide the course of my life. I will obey and submit myself to the leaders that you have given to me. I will work to help make it joyful for them to watch over my soul. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

So That – Hebrews 13-17 – Their Work Will Be A Joy – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Posted in So That | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment