Asked For This

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 242 - 1 Kings 3:10-12 - Asked For This - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 242 – 1 Kings 3:10-12 – Asked For This – Growing As Disciples

The Lord was pleased that Solomon had asked for this. So God said to him, “Since you have asked for this and not for long life or wealth for yourself, nor have asked for the death of your enemies but for discernment in administering justice, I will do what you have asked. I will give you a wise and discerning heart, so that there will never have been anyone like you, nor will there ever be. 1 Kings 3:10-12 (NIV)

Request

I know that you delight to hear my prayers. I know that I can bring any and all my prayer requests to you. I know that there is no prayer that is too small or too large to for you to hear and answer. I know that you want me to live my life in a constant and ongoing dialogue of prayer with you. I know that, you want to me to know you intimately and follow you passionately. Yes, I want all of these things for you. That’s good and for that I am very thankful.

I am thinking a related but different thought. I’m listening. You asked Solomon what he wanted from you. Yes, I did. If you were to ask me what I wanted from you, I have an answer. If you were to give me the answer to one very large request, I know what I would ask of you. I like where you are headed in or conversation. So, you want me to make my request? Yes, absolutely. Make your request. I am listening to your every word. Well, my words will not be eloquent. My request won’t be complicated. But here goes. I want to know you. That’s it? Yes, that’s it. Now, I should clarify my request. Yes, say more. I don’t want to know you a little bit. I want to know you intimately and follow you passionately. You already know that I want that for you. Yes, I do. I am affirming that I want what you want. That is very good. We are in agreement. Without a doubt. Do you believe that I will hear and answer this prayer of yours? Yes, I do, with all my heart. You are correct. This is a prayer that I will hear and answer. Thank you, Heavenly Father.

There is much more that you know that you are not saying. That is true. Tell me what is on your heart and in your mind. If I come to know you, I will also come to love you. If I come to love you, then I will also follow and serve you. If I follow and serve you, I will also bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. All of this adds up to me living a life that is wise and good and right and true and pleasing to you. I will be able to know and do your will. Yes, it does. Yes, you will. So, I have no greater request or no more passionate desire than to come to know you. That is my prayer. That is my request. You have made a very good and wise prayer request to me.

Heavenly Father, I know for certain that wisdom does not come naturally to me. Left to my own thoughts, I will make dumb decisions and foolish mistakes. It will be my continual, ongoing prayer to ask you for wisdom so I will be able to know and do your will. Amen

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God Intended It For Good

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 241 - Genesis 50:19-21 - God Intended It For Good - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 241 – Genesis 50:19-21 – God 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)

Unique Position

Here I am. I’m right here. I could have never predicted that I would end up in this place. My life has taken so many twists and turns and up and downs to arrive in this unique position. Do you have any comments to make? Not at the moment, right now, I’m enjoying listening to what you have to say. I will continue then. That will be very good. For a very long time I could not figure out what was going on in my life. How so? My course had changed and not entirely by own choosing or liking. I particularly did not like the bumps and bruises I experienced along the way. My attitude was not always positive and pleasant. That sounds like an understatement to me. I suppose so. I was crabby, wasn’t I? That’s true. I don’t like to be uncomfortable. I don’t like to be inconvenienced. I particularly don’t like to be misused, abused or mistreated. How about undervalued? Yes, I especially don’t like that much either. Another understatement. That’s for sure. Anyhow, in all of these twists and turns and ups and downs in my life it was hard for me to recognize when and where and how you were working in my life. Sometimes, I may have doubted that you actually were working in my life. I don’t know if I did or not. I will tell you one thing for certain. What’s that? My faith wasn’t strong. I was filled with doubt. I felt a little like Joseph must have felt. How is that? He had one setback after another. He was misused, abused and mistreated. He was certainly undervalued. He was literally in a dungeon of darkness. His dreams must have seemed like a distant memory. He must have asked, “Why me?” He must have wondered what he did to deserve what He was going through. There is no record of him thinking or speaking in these ways. I’ll bet he did on occasion. Maybe I’m right, maybe I’m wrong. There is one point of which I am absolutely certain. What’s that? At some point he recognized that your hand was on him. He came to know that all the adversity he had gone through had not gone to waste. He came to understand that you had been preparing and placing him in a unique position to serve you. Have you come to realize these things for yourself? Yes, I know that your hand is on me. You want to use me. You have been preparing and placing me in a unique position to serve you. I could not have arrived where I am today without traveling the course you have laid out for me. Looking back over my life I can see that you have never left me. You have always been with me to help me. You held on to me. You helped me to hold on to you. Yes, I have done all of these things for you. Now, I have only a couple of things to say. What’s that? Thank you, for how you have been working in and through my life. Use me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. Yes, I have. Yes, I am. Yes, I will. Thank you, Heavenly Father. 

Heavenly Father, sometimes I have not understood what was going on in my life. I wondered where and how you were working in and through me. Thank you, for helping to look back over time to understand how you have uniquely placed me to be used by you. Amen

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Fan Into Flame

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 240 - 2 Timothy 1:6-7 - Fan Into Flame - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 240 – 2 Timothy 1:6-7 – Fan Into Flame – Growing As Disciples

For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:6-7 (NIV)  

On Fire

That is what I want to be? What do you want to be? I want to be on fire for you. What does that mean to you? I want to boldly and passionately serve you. I want to live my life fully for you. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I don’t want to hold anything in reserve. I don’t want to make any retreats. I don’t want to have any regrets. That is very good. I would like to ask you a question. Go ahead, I’m listening. You have my full attention. What might cause you to have regrets? If I half-heartedly followed and served you, I would have regrets. Half-hearted efforts would be no way to for me to express the love I have for you. I want to passionately love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to follow and serve you with all that is within me. That is very good. I have more to say. Go ahead, I’m listening. I would also have regrets if I did not discover and use all the spiritual gifts you have given to me. It would be a tragedy to one day find out that I did not fully use all the spiritual gifts you have given to me. So, it is my prayer that you will help me to fully discover and use all the gifts you have given me so I can bear abundant fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is a very good prayer that I will hear and answer. For that, I am so very thankful. But I have more to say on this subject. I’m still listening. I would have regrets if I did not boldly use all the spiritual gifts you have given to me. I know well the difference between timidly and boldly using the spiritual gifts you have given to me. I have no interest in being timid. I want to be bold and courageous for you. I’m not exactly sure how to fan into a flame all the gifts you have given to me. But that will be the prayer of heart. Set me on fire for you. Help me to boldly serve you with all the spiritual gifts you have given to me. That is another prayer that I will hear and answer. These prayers will continually be in my heart and on my mind as I love, follow and serve you. That will be very good. You will be on fire for me.

Heavenly Father, thank you for giving me spiritual gifts. Help me to discover and use all the gifts you have given to me. I don’t want one gift to go undiscovered or unused. Help me to fan into flame of the gifts you have given me so that I can boldly serve you. Amen

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Sacrifice

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 239 - Genesis 22:2 - Sacrifice - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 239 – Genesis 22:2 – Sacrifice – Growing As Disciples

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about.” Genesis 22:2 (NIV) 

Your Promises 

I know something about your promises. What do you know about my promises? I know that your promises are true. I know that your promises are reliable. I know that your promises are trustworthy. I can place all my faith in your promises. You know some very important things about my promises. Can you say more? I know that you made a promise to Abraham. Yes, I did. You promised that out of Abraham you would make a great nation. You said that all the nations of the world would be blessed through him. You said that Abraham’s descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky or the sand on the seashore. Yes, I promised all of this to Abraham. This tells me more about your promises. What does this tell you? Sometimes, my belief in your promises will be tested. How so? Why do you come to this conclusion? If Abraham didn’t have a son, it would be impossible for your promises to come true for him. If he did not have a son, then he would have no descendants. His descendants would not be as numerous as the stars in the sky or the sand of the seashore. That’s true. Yet, you tested his faith in you. You tested his belief in your promises. Yes, I did. So, I ask myself these questions, “If you tested Abraham’s faith in you and his belief in your promises, will I not also be tested as I love, follow and serve you throughout my life?” “Will I not also need to place my faith in you?” “Will I not also need to rely on your promises?” Those are all very good questions to ask yourself.  What is your answer to these questions? My faith in you and my belief in your promises will certainly be tested. I will need to place all my faith in you when I go through dark and difficult days. I will need to come to fully rely on your promises. Why else do you know this to be true? It was not only true in Abraham’s life. It has been true in the lives of all who have followed you. It has already been true in my own life. I have had days where all I could do to move forward with you was to place my faith in you and keep on believing in your promises. That is true. How has that worked out for you? You have never left me all alone. You have always been with me to help me. I have never regretted placing my faith in you and relying on your promises. That is very good. Yes, you and your promises are very good. For that you have my never-ending thanks and praise and worship. Keep me moving forward with you. Keep helping me to hold on to you and your promises. Yes, I will. 

Heavenly Father, I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I am fully devoted to you. All my faith is in you. I will hold on to your promises as I go through dark and difficult days. I know you will accomplish your purposes and plans in my life. Amen

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Have Life

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 238 - John 10:10 - Have Life - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 238 – John 10:10 – Have Life – Growing As Disciples

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 (NIV) 

Abundant Life

Not one day of my life has been the same. What are you taking about? Your life has never been the same as what? Not one day of my life has been the same since the day that I came to know you as my Savior and Lord. I’d like to hear more about this from you. My life was a complete and total mess before I gave my life to you. I was bruised and battered and broken. I was discouraged and depressed. It seem like my life was one long stream of disastrous misadventures. If something could go wrong, it did. If I could experience any more pain or suffering or loss, I did. I don’t know how I could have felt more hopeless. I may be exaggerating. Maybe, I am being melodramatic? No, I don’t think so. I agree with you, your life was a mess. So, would you also say that I had reached rock bottom? Yes, your life was at rock bottom, on that we have agreement. That was a very good place for you to be. Why do you say that? It didn’t feel like a good place to me. I would like to ask you a couple of questions to help you to answer your own question. I’m listening. Would you have cried out to me if your life had not reached rock bottom? Would you have asked for my help? Would you have been willing to turn your life over to me? Would you have told me that you wanted to follow me as your Savior and Lord? Certainly not, I was a strong willed and independent person. I thought I didn’t need or want anything from anyone, including you. I wanted to live my life, my way, all by myself. No one could tell me anything. I was absolutely full of myself. Being at rock bottom stripped me of my prideful independence. Being at rock bottom caused me to cry out to you to ask for your help. Being at rock bottom showed me that I wanted more and something else. I now know I wanted you. I wanted to know and love and follow and serve you. I wanted to live my life with and for you. So, being at rock bottom was a good place for you to be after all? Yes, it was a very good place to for me to be.

So now, I am thankful beyond measure. You have given me a completely new life to live. You have helped me to come to love you with all my heart and mind and strength. You have given me a passionate desire to know and do your will. You have made it my joy to walk with you through life. You are the focus of my life. You are at the center of all that I think and say and do. That is why I can confidently say that my life has never been the same since you became my Savior and Lord. That is very good. Yes, it is unimaginably good. You have given me an abundant life to live with and for you. Yes, I have. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, thank you for giving me fullness of life. You have forgiven me and freed me from my old life. You have accepted and adopted me into your family. You have filled my life with hope and meaning and purpose. You have given me a bright future now and forever. Amen

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Meditates Day And Night

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Mind - Psalm 1:1-3 - Meditates Day And Night - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Mind – Psalm 1:1-3 – 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) 

A Blessed Life

Do you want to live a life that is blessed by me? Yes, I want to live a life that is blessed by you. What must I do if I want to live a life that is blessed by you? You tell me. How can I tell you? Your answer is right here in my word.

If I want to live a life that is blessed by you I won’t walk in the counsel of the wicked. What does that mean to you? I won’t pay attention to advice from wicked people. I won’t listen to their counsel. I won’t accept their thoughts, opinions and values. I won’t allow my mind to be conformed to their way of thinking. I won’t walk in the way that they walk. I won’t follow them on their path in life. I won’t walk to where they are going. Their purposes, plans and schemes will mean nothing to me. Instead, I will walk with you. That’s good. What else?

If I want to live a life that is blessed by you I won’t stand in the way of sinners. What does that mean to you? I won’t hang around with sinners. I won’t live in the way that they live. I won’t adopt their ways as my own. I will not do what sinners do. I will not live a life that is disobedient to you. I won’t rely on myself. I won’t allow myself to be self-reliant and self-sufficient. I won’t elevate myself to be my own god. I will live humbly before you. Instead, I will stand with you. That’s good. What else?

If I want to live a life that is blessed by you I won’t sit in the seat of mockers? What does that mean to you? I will not mock what is holy.  I will honor what you honor. I will value what you value. I will want what you want. I will bow down to worship you. I will acknowledge you in all that I think, say and do. In every way I will live to please you. My seat will be far away from those who mock you. Instead, I will take my seat with you. That’s good. What else?

If I want to live a life that is blessed by you it will not be enough to not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor sit in the seat of mockers. No, it will not. I will also meditate on your word day and night. Your word will be my counselor. Your word will be guide. Your word will be my teacher. Your word will bless my life. Your word will make me able to live my life with and for you. Your word will cause me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is what I want. That is what I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, show me the people, places, things and activities that you want me to separate myself from. Help me to meditate on your word day and night. Bless and refresh my life with your word. Use your word to cause my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and glory. Amen

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Wait For The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 237 - Psalm 130:5-6 - Wait For The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 237 – Psalm 130:5-6 – Wait For The Lord – Growing As Disciples

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV)

Waiting

That does not come naturally to me. What does not come naturally to you? Waiting does not come naturally to me. Running and racing comes naturally to me. Busyness and being constantly in motion or on the go comes naturally to me. Impatience and worry and anxiety come naturally to me. How has being constantly busy and always in motion worked out for you? Not well, not well at all. Why not? I can’t tell you how mistaken my thoughts and words and actions have been because I rushed into them. There is an irony here. Really, what’s the irony? I’m sure I have thought that if I run faster and harder, I will accomplish far more and that being busy is far better than waiting. That is clearly not the case. Why is that? Failing to wait on you as I put my hope in your word has left me with only my own thoughts and words and actions. I have not received your instruction. I have not followed your guidance. I have not been able to know and do your will because I haven’t waited on you or listened to your word. So, I have wasted time and talent and resources by doing what seemed right in my own eyes. The problem is that my eyes do don’t have your perspective. Without waiting, I will never have your wisdom. So, in my life of busyness and constant motion I have made a ton of mistakes. That is not good. No, it is not. It is no fun to have to stop and turn around and start over. No, it is not. 

So, what do you want to do differently? I want to wait for you. How will you wait for me? I will draw near to you. I will rest in your presence. I will listen to all that you have to say to me. I will allow you to speak into my life. I will meet with you in prayer. I will live my life in a constant dialogue with you. I will meet with you in worship. I will bow myself down before you. I will give you all my thanks and praise. I will meet with you in your word. I will allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I will eagerly and expectantly wait for you to guide my life. I will go where you guide me to do what you ask of me. I will follow word and put into practice whatever you show me. In every way and on every day, I will be waiting before you. That will be very good. Yes, it will.

Lord, I will quiet myself before you. I will make myself fully available to you. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in your word. I will eagerly wait to hear from you. My expectant hope will be fully in your word. Amen

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Blessed To Give

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 236 - Acts 20:35 - Blessed To Give- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 236 – Acts 20:35 – Blessed To Give- Growing As Disciples

In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.‘” Acts 20:35 (NIV) 

Time, Talent, And Resources

That is what I will generously and joyously give to others. What will you generously and joyously give to others? I will give my time, talent and resources to others. Why are you willing to do that? You have given me an example to follow. I want to become like you. I want to do what you did. I want to follow your example. How have I given you an example to follow? You came into this world to give yourself in service to others. You have up all your rights and privileges. You took on the form of a servant. You came into this world to live and die for me. You made it so I could be forgiven of my sin and cleansed of my unrighteousness.  You rescued me from a life without you. You adopted me into your family. You made me to be your child. You made it so I could live in an intimate relationship with you. You gave yourself joyously and generously even though you knew that you would be despised and rejected and ultimately put to death on the cross. Yes, I did all these things for you even though I knew the pain and suffering I would go through. You were doing the will of your Heavenly Father. That’s right. I had joy set before me. Was that the joy of knowing that you were doing your Heavenly Father’s will? Was that the joy of being the author and perfecter of my faith? Was that the joy of giving me an example to follow? Yes, it was.

Well, I want to go and do the will of my Heavenly Father. I want to do what you did. I want to take on the form of a servant. I want to give to others what you have given to me. What have I given to you? Everything I am, everything I have, and everything I hope to be has come to me as a gift from you. So, I want to give my time and talent and resources to others. I want you to use my life to draw others to you. I want to shine brightly for you in this world. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Use all that I am and all that I have in your service. Yes, I will. 

Lord, you have given me an example to follow. You came into this life to serve others. I want to become like you. I want to love like you loved, serve like you served and give like you gave. Bless me as I generously give my time, talent and resources to others. Amen

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An Ever-Present Help

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 235 - Psalm 46:1-3 - An Ever-Present Help - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 235 – Psalm 46:1-3 – An Ever-Present Help – Growing As Disciples

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. Selah              Psalm 46:1-3 (NIV)

No Matter What 

I’m thinking about those words. What words? The words, “no matter what” have come to mind. I would like to hear what you have to say about those words. I would be happy to share my thoughts with you. Although, I do know that you already know my thoughts. Yes, but it will be enjoyable to hear you say your thoughts out loud. Alright then, here goes. No matter what, you are with me to help me. No matter what, you are my refuge and strength. No matter what, you are my shelter in the midst of a storm of troubles. No matter what, I can place all my faith and hope and trust in you. No matter what, I can draw near to you. You will guard me. You will guide me. You will protect me. Yes, I will, have no doubt about that. No matter what, I have no need to fear. No matter what, my future in heaven is secure. You have a place in heaven that is being kept and guarded for me. Yes, I do, you can be absolutely sure and certain of that.

How does knowing that your future in heaven with me is secure put the troubles of life into proper perspective? I know that this life is incredibly short. The years, race by. A whole life is here today and will be gone tomorrow. One day, the whole collection of my troubles in life will be far less than even a distant memory. I am sure that once I come to live forever in heaven with you, I will not give the troubles of this life a second of thought. If I have any questions about why this or that happened or why I went through such and such, I’ll bet that I will forget those questions. Being in your presence will surely erase from my mind all the difficulties I had in this very short life. On that day, and on every day forever after that there will be no sickness or suffering or pain or tears. I will live forever in joy with you in your heavenly kingdom. Yes, you will. So now, I will not be afraid. I will not be discouraged or depressed or defeated. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, I know you are my refuge and strength. No matter what happens I know you will be with me to help me in all the troubles of life. I will not fear. I will draw near to you. I will take shelter in you. I will allow you to be my refuge and strength. Amen

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Unless The Lord Builds

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 234 - Psalm 127:1-2 - Unless The Lord Build- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 234 – Psalm 127:1-2 – Unless The Lord Builds – 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)

Labor In Vain

I don’t want to do that. You don’t want to do what? I don’t want to labor in vain. That is a good caution. That is a valid concern. What might cause you to labor in vain? That is a good question that I haven’t given much thought. Now is the time to give it some thought. Yes, it is. I could ask you some questions that will help guide your thinking. That would be helpful. I would really appreciate that. That’s good. What might be some signs that you are laboring in vain? If I am running myself ragged trying to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans that might be a sign that I am laboring in vain. Why is that? Running myself ragged and making myself weary may be a good indication that I am trying to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans with my own power and strength. That will never work. Why is that? You have clearly stated that apart from you I can do nothing. Doing nothing sounds a lot like laboring in vain. Yes, it is. That must make you aware of another sign that you may be laboring in vain. Yes, it does. If my labor is not bearing fruit for your Kingdom and bringing glory to your name, then surely my labor must be in vain. That is a possibility. Why is it only a possibility? Why is it not a certainty? There is a time of sowing. Then there is a time of waiting. Then there is a time of reaping. If you are in the time of waiting, the fruit will be yet to come. Don’t be impatient. Just like a farmer who has planted seed must wait for a crop so you also must wait for fruit to develop. I get it.

What can you do to make you certain that you will not be laboring in vain? I can rely on you. I can follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. I can allow you to work in and through me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. If you are working in and through me, I will surely bear fruit for you and bring glory to your name. Yes, you will, without a doubt. What will your life look like as you are allowing me to work in and through you? I’m not sure what you mean. Will you be running yourself ragged and making yourself weary? No, certainly not. You will bring balance to my life. You will give me peace and rest and sleep. You will revive and refresh and renew my life so that I will be able to give my very best effort to you. Yes, I will and yes you will. Rely on me and you will never labor in vain. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I have made the mistake of trying to accomplish your purposes with my own strength. I know this is not pleasing to you. Instead, I will allow you to work in and through me. Revive, refresh, and renew my life so I can give my very best effort to you. Amen

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