Hearts Burning Within Us

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 11 – Luke 2:32 – Hearts Burning Within Us – Growing As Disciples

They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:32 (NIV)

On Fire

That is my hope. That is my dream. That is my desire. That is my prayer. What’s that? It is my hope and dream and desire and prayer to be set on fire by you. I want you to completely turn my world upside down. I want you to rock my world. I want to be completely changed. I want to burn passionately for you. I want to shine brightly for you. I don’t want to be a little warm. I don’t want to be a faint glimmer. I want to burn white hot for you. I want to shine like a star in the universe for you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to completely lose myself in loving, following and serving you. I want you to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. It is my guess and eager expectation that I will look nothing like my old self when you get done with me. You will make me moldable. You will make me usable.  You will make me new. I will be made able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. What those might be, I have no idea. But, I am here and now telling you that I am completely available to you. There is one thing that I do know without a doubt. What’s that? You will make me to be like you. You will give me a completely new life to live. That’s true. And yet, there is something else that I know. What’s that? I will be the work of your hands. You will make me into your masterpiece. Yes, I will. You can count on me to do all these things in your life. That’s great. That’s fantastic. That’s overwhelming.

What tool will I use to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life? What will I use to set you on fire to love, follow and serve me? You will use your word. You will open up the Scriptures to me. You will use your word to speak into my life. You will use your word to mold and shape me. You will use your word to teach and train me. You will use your word to guard and guide me. Yes, I will. Will you continue to meet with me in my word? Will you allow my word to dwell in you richly? Yes, I will.  That will be very good. Then you will be changed. Then you will be made new. Then you will be set on fire to love, follow and serve me. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I want nothing more than to be set on fire by you. I want to burn passionately for you. I want to love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. Fill my heart with desire so that I will live my life completely with and for you. Amen

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A Guard Over My Mouth

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 10 – Psalm 141:3 – A Guard Over My Mouth – Growing As Disciples

Set a guard over my mouth, O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips. Psalm 141:3 (NIV)

My Mouth 

Sometimes, I can’t believe what comes out of my mouth. How so? I’m not sure that I want to go into detail. I don’t want to relive and rehearse or even rethink the dumb things, I have said. I would like to move forward. I would like to think and speak and act differently. Are you asking for my help? Yes, I am asking for your help. I am asking you to change everything about me. Change my heart. Transform my mind. Give me your thoughts to think, words to speak and actions to take. Change me from the inside out. You know something you aren’t saying. Yes, I do. Tell me what you know. I will never be able to simply set a guard over my mouth or a door on my lips if you don’t change what is in my heart and on my mind. So, I am asking you to do a complete work in my heart and mind. You are the only one who can help me to set a guard over my mouth or a door on my lips. My efforts alone,  to do this, will only end in miserable failures. So, I’m not thinking that there is a quick and simple, band aid answer, to my prayer. That’s good. You have work to do in me. Yes, I do.

You do know that you are a work in progress? You do know that day by day, I am molding and shaping your life? You do know that my work in your life will continue every day until you come to meet me face to face? Yes, I know these things. Yes, I believe that you are doing this kind of work in me.  I am thankful that your work in me will not end until I am completely changed in your presence. That’s good. I do want to cooperate fully with your work in me. I want to submit myself completely to you so that I am not getting in the way of your work. I don’t want to slow down the pace of your work in me. That’s good. 

How have I been changing your heart? How have I been transforming your mind? How have I been giving you my thoughts to think, words to speak and actions to take? In your presence you have been changing my heart. In your word you have been transforming my mind. I can’t leave your presence, meeting with you in your word, without my heart being changed and my mind being transformed, in some way. As I draw near to you and you draw near to me, you are continually making me new. You are giving me new thoughts to think, words to speak and actions to take. Am I also helping you to place a guard over your mouth and a door on your lips? Yes, you are. For that, I am very thankful. That’s good. 

Lord, help me to place a guard over my mouth. When I should not speak, help me to keep my mouth firmly shut. Steer me away from worthless conversations that will discourage me and others in our faith. Use my words to boldly spur others on in their faith. Amen

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Accept Instruction

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 9 – Proverbs 19:20 – Accept Instruction – Growing As Disciples

Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise. Proverbs 19:20 (NIV) 

Listen To Advice

I think I have learned my lesson. I hope I have learned my lesson. I pray that I have learned my lesson. What lesson are you talking about? I think and hope and pray that I have learned to listen to advice and accept instruction. Has this been a hard lesson for you to learn? You know the answer to that question. Nothing is hidden from you. That’s right. Yes, it has been a hard lesson for me to learn. Why is that? It is very hard for a “know it all” to listen to advice and accept instruction. Have you been something of a “know it all’? A little bit. Now, aren’t you funny? I have been far more than a little bit of a “know it all.” I have also thought that I am “almost never wrong.” That is a problem, isn’t it? Yes, it is a huge problem.

Tell me why it is a huge problem to be a “know it all” and an “almost never wrong” kind of person. First of all, I want to become like you. You want me to become like you. It is both your and my goal that I become like you. Proudly thinking that I “know it all or that I am “almost never wrong” is nothing like you. You were not filled with pride. You were filled with humility. If I am to become like you, I will need to trade in my pride for your humility. Yes, you will. That is absolutely true.

Why is it a foolish and dangerous mistake to give others the impression that you think you “know it all” and are “almost never wrong?” What are the consequences of these prideful attitudes? If others think I won’t listen to advice or accept instruction, then they won’t take the time or make the effort to tell me what I need to hear. They will let me go on my own way into the pain and trouble and suffering that could have been avoided. I will not be the beneficiary of the wisdom others would be willing to share with me. You won’t be able to speak into my life through the wisdom of the people around me. I will have no sounding boards. I will accept no feedback. My life could be heading for a train wreck without anyone to warn me, simply because my pride would not allow me to listen to advice or accept instruction. That’s true. 

I will tell you a little secret. What’s that? If you are unwilling to listen to others, you will also be unwilling to listen to me. The pride that will cause you to fail to listen to advice and accept instruction from others, will also prevent you from hearing and following and obeying me. Of that, I am positive. Will you humbly listen to advice and accept instruction from me and others? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I cannot tell you how often I have thought I knew it all. What a mistake. I have frequently given others the impression that I was unwilling to listen to advice and accept instruction. Another big mistake. Help me now to eagerly accept advice and instruction. Amen

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Walks With The Wise

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 8 – Proverbs 13:20 – Walks With The Wise – Growing As Disciples

He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20 (NIV) 

Suffering Harm

Well, I have done plenty of that. You have done plenty of what? I have suffered plenty of harm. Why is that? I have wrongly chosen to become a companion of foolish people. Sometimes, I have wondered what has been wrong with me. How so? I have attracted so many foolish people into my life. Is that right? Yes, it is. In that case, who would be a foolish person? That would be me, without any doubt. It is also true without a doubt and without any exception that a companion of fools will suffer harm. It is not a question of “if” it is just a matter of “when”. Harm comes to all those who make themselves to be companions with fools. That is true. I need no convincing. That is good.

What do you want to do with what you have learned? First, I will distant myself from foolish people. I will not let foolish people into my inner circle. I will not allow foolish people to become my counselors. I will not tag along with foolish people as they go down the path, that will certainly end in harm. Having said all of this, I will still minister to everyone who needs to come to know you. The most foolish decision of all is to live a life without you. I will allow you to use me to rescue those that are on the path that leads away from you. I will hope to be used by you ,to bring people to you, so that they will come to know and love you as their Savior and Lord. That will be very good.

What else will you do with what you have learned? I will seek to walk closely with wise people that you will bring into my life. Why is that? Walking distantly with wise people you bring into my life will be of no benefit to me. I will not become wise unless I walk closely with the wise. Walking closely with wise people will help me to see what I cannot see. Walking closely with wise people will help me to know what I have not known. Walking closely with wise people will help me to do what I almost certainly would have never done. You want to use wise people to help me to become wise. That is true. So, I will allow you to do what you want to do. I will walk closely with the wise people you bring into my life. That will be very good.  

Lord, I have made terrible choices about who I would walk with closely in life. I can’t tell you how many times I have suffered harm by allowing myself to become a companion of a foolish person. Help me now to walk closely with wise people you bring into my life. Amen

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Clothe Yourself With Humility

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 7 – 1 Peter 5:5-7 – Clothe Yourself With Humility – Growing As Disciples

Young men, in the same way be submissive to those who are older. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:5-7 (NIV)

Clothe Yourself With Humility

Why do you think I want you to clothe yourself with humility? I can think of quite a few reasons why you want me to clothe myself with humility. That’s good. I would like you to tell me your thoughts. You want me to become like you. You clothed yourself with humility. You want me to clothe myself with humility. It is your plan that I become like you. That’s true, that is my plan.

What will you do differently because you are clothing yourself with humility? I will come to rely on you. I will stop relying on myself. I will stop thinking that I can overcome every difficulty with my own gifts, talents, strengths and abilities. I will stop trying to solve all my problems by myself. What has happened to your life when you have tried to solve all your problems by yourself? My life has filled up with anxiety and stress when I have relied solely on myself to overcome all my difficulties. What would you like to do differently?  I would like to come to rely on you. I would like to ask you for your help. I would like to cast all my anxiety on you because I know that you care for me. I care for you, is that a reason why I want you to clothe yourself with humility? Yes, it is. Can you see how pride has caused you a great deal of stress and anxiety? I can now. Your pride has prevented you from coming to ask me for help. Yes, I can see that now, quire clearly. That’s good.

So, what will you rely on as you clothe yourself with humility? I will rely on you and your promises. Nothing in all of life, not money, not power, not position or anything else is worthy of my trust. You alone are worthy of my trust. I can hold on to all your promises. Yes, you can. Will you? Yes, I will.

What kind of relationship will you have with other people as you clothe yourself with humility? I will know without a doubt that I am no better than anyone else. I will be willing to humbly love and care for others just as you love and care for me. I will do for others what you have done for me. That is very good. There is something else that I want you to do. What’s that? Not only do I want you to give help to others, but I want you to be willing to receive help from them as well. Will you clothe yourself with humility so you can both give and receive help? Yes, I will. That will be very good. Then you will be filled with my grace and peace.

Lord, I’m not better than others. I don’t think I’m betters than others. Help me to be like you. Help me to clothe myself with humility. Help me to live a humble life that is completely reliant on you. Help me to live a grace and peace filled life of serving others. Amen

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Evil Desire

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 6 – James 1:13-15 – Evil Desire – Growing As Disciples

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. James 1:13-15 (NIV)

Dragged Away And Enticed 

Well, I certainly don’t want that. What don’t you want? I don’t want to be dragged away and enticed by evil desire. That’s good. What are you going to do about that? How will you protect yourself against being dragged away and enticed by evil desire? I thought you were the one that did all the protecting. Nice try. No, you have a role in your own protection. Let me think about that. Go ahead, think. Well, I do know when, where and how I am most likely to be tempted. I could make a firm decision to stay away from those times, places and circumstances that are most likely to tempt me. That is a good start. What else? I also know that there are things that feed temptation and evil desires to grow in me. I could also make a firm decision to eliminate anything from my life that feeds evil desire, that will try to drag me away and entice me to sin. That is very good as well. What else? I could make a commitment to turn and run from temptation when it first approaches me. Why would that be very good? Well, I have learned that temptation is a process. Yes, it is. It starts in the heart and mind and then continues on to action. Yes, it does. Once it is fully conceived it leads to death. I have had enough of that death. I want no more of that peace and joy destroying process to continue in my life. That’s good. Turning and running from temptation stops that process. Yes, it does. You have thought carefully about your role in resisting temptation. Would you like to learn how I will protect you from temptation? Yes, I would, that would be great.

How did I resist temptation? What helped me to resist temptation? You used God’s word to stand against temptation and resist evil. Yes, I did. The Holy Spirt will take God’s word and use it like a sword in your life. The Holy Spirit will use God’s word to fight in you, with you, for you and through you. The Holy Spirit will use God’s word to change your heart, transform your mind and protect your life. The Holy Spirit will use God’s word to help you stand against temptation and resist evil desires. How does that sound? That sounds great. Yes, it is.

Guess what. I have another role to play in my own protection? Yes, you do. What is that role? I must come to meet with you in your word. I must live in an intimate relationship with you. I must let your word dwell in me richly. Then my earthly and evil desires will be replaced by heavenly desires that come from you. Then I will not be dragged away and enticed by earthly and evil desires that are a part of this world. That’s true. Will you allow my word to dwell in your richly? Will you live in an intimate relationship with me? Will you allow me to give you desires that come from me? Yes Lord, I will. 

Lord, at one time my thoughts and desires were earthly, unspiritual and even evil. I was easily dragged away, enticed and tempted. Not any longer. Thank you for using your word to change my heart, transform my mind and make me able to resist temptation. Amen

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Not Rest On Man’s Wisdom

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 5 – 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 – Not Rest On Men’s Wisdom – Growing As Disciples

My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NIV)

Your Word

What do you rely on? What do you place your faith in? What is worthy of all your trust? Do you rely on seemingly wise and persuasive words of men? Are you taken in by the wisdom of the world? Is your life founded on the thoughts, opinions and values of the world? Does your faith rest on the wisdom of men? You have asked a lot of questions. Do you have any answers? I have only one answer. Let me hear it. My faith rests on you. I would like to hear more from you on this subject. 

It is true, that at one time I placed my faith on wisdom that comes from the world. My life conformed to the thoughts and opinions and values of the world. I thought like the world thought. I spoke like the world spoke. I acted like the world acted. I was no different than anyone else that is living in the world. What did you find out? There is no hope and joy and peace in living a life that is founded on the patterns and practices of the world. There is no purpose and meaning in thinking and speaking and acting in worldly ways. My worldly life became a bruised and battered and broken life. I was empty. I wanted more. I wanted something else. I wanted you. I wanted to know you. I wanted to love you. I wanted to follow and serve you. I wanted to live my life in ways that would please you. Did I know all of this at the time? Certainly not. But you brought me to yourself. You came into my life. You forgave my sins and gave me a new life to live. Yes, I did.

How is your life now different? My faith rests on you. My faith rests on your word. My faith rests on your power. What do you know? I know that you are using your word to make me like you. Your Holy Spirit powerfully uses your word like a sword. He uses the sword of your word to fight in me, with me, for me and through me. Yes, that is true. What do you do with my word? I take your word into my heart and mind and life. I am letting your word mold and shape me. I am letting your word teach and train me. I am letting your word guard and guide me. Now I know without a doubt that my faith rests on you and the power of your word. That is good. What are you asking? I am asking for your Holy Spirit to continue to use your word to do your work in and through me. I will hear and answer that prayer. 

Lord, I will no longer place my faith in the seemingly wise and persuasive words of men. To do so would be foolish. I will rely on you. I will trust your word. I will place all my faith in the power of God. Work in, for, and through me according to your good pleasure. Amen

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Stumble In Many Ways

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 4 – James 3:2 – Stumble In Many Ways – Growing As Disciples

We all stumble in many ways. If anyone is never at fault in what he says, he is a perfect man, able to keep his whole body in check. James 3:2 (NIV)

Stumble 

Isn’t that the truth. Isn’t what the truth? I stumble in many ways. I stumble in my thoughts. I stumble in my words. I stumble in my actions. I have probably invented brand new ways to stumble. Probably not. Well, I can’t tell you how frequently I have jumped to the wrong conclusions. I have thought and spoken and acted on false information far more times than I can count. Of course, information doesn’t need to be false in order for me to have thought and spoken and acted in ways that I deeply regret. Sometimes, I feel like a hopeless case. I must have the cleanest feet around, because I have stuck them in my mouth so often. You are not a hopeless case. I wish that I would be able to guard my thoughts and words and actions. I take no pleasure in living in conflict. I have no joy in the damage that my thoughts and words and actions have done. No, I’m sure that you don’t.  

Do you really want to think and speak and act wisely? Yes, I do. What might it take for you to be able to think and speak and act wisely? That is a very good question. I know that the wisdom to speak and think and act does not come naturally to me. No, it does not. I often feel powerless to think and speak and act wisely. And well you should feel that way. Really, why is that? You are powerless to think and speak and act wisely. You need my help. That I know. I don’t need a little bit of your help either. I desperately need all the help you will give to me. That is a good admission and confession on your part. It is very good for you to know that you desperately need my help. Now, you need to do two things. What two things? You need to ask for my help, and you need to allow me to help you.

I’m asking you to help me to think and speak and act wisely. How can I allow you to help me? If you became more like me, would you begin to think and speak and act more wisely? If you allowed me to change the thoughts of your mind, words of your mouth and actions of your life would you begin to think and speak and act more wisely? I would say an emphatic yes to both your questions. When and where and how do you think I will change you? You will change me in your presence. You will change me as I come to meet with you. You will use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Yes, I will. Will you draw near to me? Will you allow me to change you? Will you allow my word to dwell in you richly? Yes, I will. Then I will give you new thoughts to think, words to speak and actions to take. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I can’t tell you how many times I have jumped to wrong conclusions. I have been unwise. I have thought and spoke and acted on false information. I need your help. Help me to know what is good and right and true as I humbly love, follow and serve you. Amen 

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Knowing Christ My Lord

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 3 – Philippians 3:8 – Knowing Christ My Lord – Growing As Disciples

What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ Philippians 3:8 (NIV)

Garbage

I guess many of my thoughts, words and actions in life have been of no real value. You guess? Might that be an understatement? No, I’m not guessing. There is no doubt about it, I have chased after what will be of no lasting or eternal value. I have wasted time. I have expended energy. I have sought comfort. I have pursued pleasure. I have sought after awards and wanted recognition. I strained to hear compliments and been desirous of applause.  I acquired things and stored up treasure on earth. I have even misspent the gifts, talents and abilities that you have given. Should I say more? You and I both get the point. There is no need for you to say anymore. But, the point is that many of my efforts will end up being no more valuable than garbage. That’s true. That was true of your efforts. But, that is no longer true of you and your efforts. Not anymore, not any longer. Give thanks for that. Can you tell me more? I would be happy to tell you more.

You have learned valuable lessons. How so? Let me ask you a couple questions. I’m listening. Do you want to keep on living the life you have just described? Do you want to pursue all that this world has to offer? Do you want to continue to live for the moment? No, certainly not. You have a new outlook. You have a different prospective. Isn’t that true? Yes, that is absolutely true. Then you must agree that you have learned valuable lessons. I do agree. That’s good. 

Tell me about your new outlook. I want to hear about your new perspective. I want to keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I want to listen your voice. I want to follow your guidance. I want to receive your direction. I want to stay on track and run the race that you have laid out before me. I want to fully live the life that you have called me to live. One day, I want to hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Tell me more about that desire that is in you. I want to live a life that is pleasing to you. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to you name. I want to store up real treasure in heaven with you. That is what you want. That is what you desire. That is the prayer that is in your heart. That is what I will do in and through your life. Can you rejoice in that? My hand is on you. My favor is with you. I will hear and answer your prayers. I will give you what you are asking of me. Yes, I can and will rejoice in knowing that you will work in and through my life to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. That is very good. 

Lord, the world has had my attention. I have thought unimportant thoughts. I have valued what is of no eternal value. I have pursued what will amount to nothing. Help me now to come to know and love you. Nothing is of higher value or more important to me. Amen

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Do Not Be Proud

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 2 -Romans 12:16 - Do Not Be Proud - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 2 -Romans 12:16 – Do Not Be Proud – Growing As Disciples

Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited. Romans 12:16 (NIV)

 Associate With Others 

I want to follow your example. I want to imitate your behavior. I want to do what you did. What did I do? What do you have on your heart and in your mind? You need to be a little more specific. I want to associate with others. I don’t want to associate with only those who are like me. I want to associate with those who are quite different than me. I want to live in relationship with a wide diversity of different kinds of people. Why is that? First of all, that is what you did. You lived in relationships with a wide diversity of kinds of people. Yes, I did. No one was beyond your love. You did not exclude anyone from your life. No, I did not. Secondly, I want to acknowledge a couple things. Like what? I don’t “know it all”. I don’t want to pridefully live as if I “know it all.” I can greatly benefit by the thoughts and opinions and perspectives of different kinds of people,  I should not be in the habit of excluding others from my life. No, you should not. I have a lot to learn. I can certainly benefit by allowing wise people to speak into my life. Yes, you can. What else do you want to acknowledge? I am not better than others. I am not above others. There is no one that is unworthy of my time. There is no one that is unworthy of my love. There is no one that is unworthy of my help. Why can you say that? I can say that because I know that you loved and gave your life for others. You lived and died for everyone. There is no one that has been excluded from your kindness, mercy and love. There is no one that has not been offered your salvation. You came into this world and took on the form of a servant. You let go of all of your rights and privileges. You counted others as better than yourself. You lived and died for everyone. Yes, I did.

That is what I want. I want to live like you lived. I want to give like you gave. I want to love like you loved. I want to serve like you served. For me to live in this way there will be no room for pride. There will be no room for conceit. There will be no room for disunity. No, there will not be room for any of these things. It is my prayer that you will make me to be  like you. Help me to be able to take on the form of a servant. Free me from pride and conceit. Help me to be willing to humbly associate with everyone. Bring a diversity of different types of people into my life. Help me to live as your servant in the world. Yes, I will. You can count on it. 

Lord, I have been proud. I have had a “know it all” attitude. I have thought I was better and wiser than others. Forgive me. Help me to follow your example. Help me to humbly live in relationship with others different than myself. Help me to fully serve others. Amen

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