Life To Those Who Find Them

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - God's Word- Proverbs 4:20-22 - Life To Those Who Find Them - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word- Proverbs 4:20-22 – Life To Those Who Find Them – Growing As Disciples

My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body. Proverbs 4:20-22 (NIV) 

My Words

How about I start out talking. That would be fine with me. What would you like to say to me? I have set apart a time and place to meet with you. A day does not go by that I haven’t made it a priority to hear from you. I’ve noticed that about you. You are consistent. You are determined. You are relentless. I am paying full attention to your words. I am listening very carefully to everything you want to say to me. I am remaining still before you. I am being quiet in your presence. I am focused. I am eager. I am expectant. I am straining to hear every one of your words. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than hear from you. Those are very good desires that you have in your heart. I know that these desires in my heart come from you. You are fanning the flame of my desire for you. Yes, I am.

What has my word done for you? Your word has guarded and guided my life. Your word has steered me away from danger. Your word has guided the course of my life. Your word has helped me to know and do your will. Your word has helped me to think your thoughts, speak your words and do your deeds. Your word has helped me to stand against temptation and evil that is in the world. Your word has helped me to do what is pleasing in your sight. You word has filled me with joy. Your word has made me glad. Your word has given me hope. Every good thing that I have received now and will receive forever has come to me through your word. Your word has healed what was once a bruised and battered and broken life. Now, your word has brought health to my body and healing to my entire being. I am so thankful for your word. That is very good. 

What will you never stop doing with my word? I will never stop listening to your word. I will never stop putting your word into practice. There will never be a day that I don’t need to hear from you. There will never be a day that I will stop needing to know your will. There will never be a day when I don’t need to put your word in practice. I will always hear your words. I will also do your will. Speak to me Lord. I am listening. Yes, I know that you are. 

Father, I will pay attention to your word by listening closely to whatever you say to me. Your word will not leave my sight. I will keep your word in my heart. Thank you for helping me to hear your word. Your word has brought life and health to my whole body. Amen

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Without Faith

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Faith – Hebrews 11:6 – Without Faith – 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)

Earnestly 

Do you want to please me? Yes, I want to please you. How can I please you? You cannot please me with your best self-effort. You cannot please me by your own accomplishments. You cannot please me with self-sacrifices. There is only one way that you please me. How is that? You only please me by coming to me.  You can only please me by living in an intimate relationship with me. I am your God and Father. You are my child. I made you to live in fellowship with me. I have no doubt about that. It is the desire of my heart to know you. I want to love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. These desires, this hope and dream does not come from me. You placed these desires and hopes and dreams in my heart. Yes, I did. 

What will you do because you believe in me? What will you do because you want to come to me? What will you do because you want to live in an intimate relationship with me? I will seek you with all my heart. What will that look like? I will set aside a time and a place to meet with you. I will live my life in a constant dialogue with you. I will listen attentively to you. I will speak earnestly with you. I will set my hope and heart and mind and life on you. I will make meeting with you in your word a daily priority in my life. I will allow you to use your word to mold and shape my life. I will allow your word to help me to know and strengthen me to do your will. That will be very good. 

What reward will there be in earnestly seeking me with all your heart? Knowing and loving you with all my heart will be my reward. Living and walking in your presence will be my reward. Following and obeying you will be my reward. Knowing that I am doing what is pleasing to you will be my reward. Bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name will be my reward. One day when I come to live forever in heaven with you and hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”, will be my reward. Yes, it will. I’m looking forward to that day. That is very good.

Lord, I do believe in you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will come to you. I will make earnestly seeking you the pursuit of my life. I know without a doubt that as I seek you I will find you. Grow my faith in you as I love, follow and serve you. Amen

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Not Sleep

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Let Us – 1 Thessalonians 5:6 – Not Sleep – Growing As Disciples

So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 1 Thessalonians 5:6 (ESV)

Awake

Be completely awake to me. Listen attentively to my word. Make yourself fully available to me. You are describing the kind of life that I want to live with you. I want to walk with you. I want to hear your voice. I want to recognize and see all that you are doing in the world around me. I want every step of my life to be guided by you. I don’t want to hold anything back from you. I want to go where you guide me. I want to do what you ask of me. Yes, I will make myself fully available to you. Yes, I will listen attentively to your word. Yes, I will be completely awake to you. I’m here right now to listen to all that you have to say to me. I will keep coming to you each and every day. I will draw near to you. I know that you will draw near to me. Yes, I will.

Can I tell you something? Yes, go right ahead, I’m listening. I’m impatient. Do you think that comes as a surprise to me? No, I’m just stating the obvious. Tell me about your impatience. I know that you have given me an overpowering desire to know and love you. I know that you have given me an insatiable hunger for you. I know that you have set me on fire so that I want to shine brightly as a light in the world for you. You don’t have to worry about me spiritually sleep walking through life. No, I’m sure that I wont have to worry about that. You have fully welcomed me into your heart and mind and life. Yes, I have. But, I am impatient. What are you impatient about? You know. Yes, I do know. I want all that you want me to have. I want to be all that you want me to be. I want to do all that you want me to do. You want all of what I have for you right now at this very moment, is that right? You want to be all that I want you to be right now? You want to do all that I have given you to do right now? I would have thought so until I just heard you ask me those questions. Have you changed your mind? Yes, I have changed my mind. Why is that? I know that I need to trust your timing. I know that I should not run ahead of you or lag behind you. You want me to keep in step with all that you want to do in me, with me and for me. Yes, I do. Will you trust me? Will you rely on me? Will you attentively watch and what for all that I will do in and through you for my kingdom and my glory? Yes Lord, I will keep in step with you. Yes, I rely on you and your timing. That will be very good.

Lord, I want to be awake and alert to all you are doing in the world around me. I will be on guard against anything that might cause me to spiritually sleep walk through life. Help me to passionately love, follow and serve you as I eagerly wait for your return. Amen

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Eyes On Jesus

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Faith – Hebrews 12:1-3 – Eyes On Jesus – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. Hebrews 12:1-3 (NIV)  

Run Well

I know that I am surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. There are many who have gone before me. There is a multitude of those who have run well. They have kept the faith. They have endured. They have run right up to the end of their lives and have successfully crossed the finish line. They have persevered through hardships and trials of every kind. How did they do it? How were they able to keep on running well? What kept them going? What spurred them on? Is that a rhetorical question or are you expecting me to answer your question? I am thinking out loud. I am wondering. Yes, I would you to answer my question. Your answer is right before you in my word. 

What must you do if you want to run well? What must you do if you want to successfully cross the finish line of your race of faith? First, I need to throw off anything that would hinder me from running well. What will hinder you from running well? Sin of every kind would hinder me from running well. Being conformed to the patterns of this world would hinder me from running well. Give me some examples. Fear and doubt would hinder me from running well. Lust and addictions would hinder me from running well. Being self-centered, self-indulgent, and self-sufficient would hinder me from running well. Yes, all these would hinder you from running well. What must you do next if you want to run well? I must run with perseverance. I must not give up. I must not quit. I must keep moving forward with you. The race of faith is not a short race. It is not a sprint. It is more like a marathon. Yes, it is. How will you ever have enough endurance and perseverance to keep running the race of faith? My own endurance and strength would never be enough. The only way that I will be able to keep on running is by keeping my eyes on you. I will keep on following you to where you lead me. I will keep on doing what you ask of me. I will remember that you had joy in running your race of faith. It was your pleasure to do what your Heavenly Father asked of you. I will remember that you endured opposition from sinful men. You did not grow weary. You did not lose heart. You did not give up. You did not quit. Neither will I. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you for being the author and perfecter of my faith. I will keep my eyes on you so I will live the life of faith. Give me endurance and help me to throw off any hindrance to running the race you have laid out for me. Amen

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Shine Like Stars

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – Philippians 2 – Shine Like Stars – Growing As Disciples

Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life–in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. Philippians 2:14-16 (NIV) 

Work To Do

I have given you work to do for me in this world. I have a purpose and plan for your life. I have called you to go and do my will. I want you to be my bright and bold witness in the world. I want you to shine like a star in the universe.  This comes as welcome news to me. I want to know and do your will. I want to be able to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. I want to shine like a star in the universe so that others will be drawn to you through my life. That is very good.

What might hinder me from being a bold and bright witness for you in the world? That is a very good question. I am glad that you asked it. However, I do think that you know the answer to this question. I will listen to what you can say to me in answer to your own question. I must confess that I have been a complainer and an arguer. I have complained about the difficulty of life and the work you have given me to do for you. I have argued with you about your purposes and plans for my life. I have said that the work was too difficult and that I am unable, unqualified and unprepared to do what you have asked me to do for you. That’s not good. I know. Why is it not good that you have been a complainer and arguer? Complaining and arguing are the ways of the world. Complaining and arguing is standard practice in the world. If I let myself be a complainer and an arguer then there will be no way that I will be able to shine as a bold and bright witness for you in the world. No, you will not. What else? If I continue to complain and argue I will never accomplish the purposes and plans you have for my life. Why is that? What you ask of me will require faith. For me to be able to do what you ask of me I will need to come to rely on you. If I come to you to complain and argue, my faith will not grow. If I continue to complain and argue, I will never rely on you to go and do what you ask of me. That’s true. So, I will stop complaining and arguing. I will place all my faith in you. I will come to rely on you. I will allow you to use me to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans so that my labor will never be in vain. That will be very good.

Lord, I want to be a bold, bright, pure, and vibrant witness for you in the world. Help me to do what you have given me to do without complaining or arguing. Help me also, to be holding out your word of life to others in the world so they can come to know you. Amen

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A Wise Man

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Matthew 7:24-27 – A Wise Man – Growing As Disciples

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” Matthew 7:24-27 (NIV)

Storms

In this sin broken world you will experience storms in life. They are certain to come. They came upon me. They will come upon you. They will come with warning. They will come without warning, when you least expect them. Will your life be able to withstand the storms that will come against you? That is a good question. How can my life stand against the storms of life that are certain to come against me? That is an even better question.

Your life is like a building. You will have the opportunity to choose the materials with which you will build your life. I’m not sure what you mean. Think about it, what materials do people choose to build their lives? What gives people a sense of comfort and security. What do people want to acquire for themselves? What are people seeking in life? I get it, you have given me enough clues. I could choose to build my life on any number of things. Like what? I could build my life on fame. I could build my life on fortune. I could build my life on all my accomplishments. I could build my life on power and prestige and possessions. Will any of these be a firm foundation for your life? Will any of these withstand the storms of life? Is there any of these things that a storm of life could not take away from you? No, a storm in life could sweep any of these away like house that was built on sand.

On what firm foundation will you build your life? I will build my life on you. I will build my life on your word. How will you do that? Every day I will meet with you in your word. Many hear my word, many do not put my word into practice. That won’t be me. I will listen very carefully to all that you want to say to me. I will build my life on putting your word into practice. It will be my fervent prayer to ask you to help me to both hear and put your word into practice. That will be very good. Your life will withstand the storms of life as you build your life on hearing and putting my word into practice.

 Lord, every day I will meet with you in your word. I love to hear you speaking to me through your word. Help me to put your word into constant practice. Thank you that your words are a firm foundation on which my life is made secure against the storms of life. Amen

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The Fools Says

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Heart – Psalm 14:1 – The Fool Says – Growing As Disciples

The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, their deeds are vile; there is no one who does good.  Psalm 14:1 (NIV)

Say What?

Why would someone be so foolish as to say that there is no God? Why would someone live their life as if there is no God? Are you asking me those questions? Yes, I am. Well, I would like you to answer those questions for me. Why is that? You have some experience in the matter. I would like to hear what you can say.  Didn’t you once live as if I did not exist? Didn’t your life proclaim that there was no God? You are right about that. Tell me more.

I once lived entirely for myself. I did what I wanted when I wanted. I sought my own comfort and pleasure. I lived for all that the world had to offer. I didn’t want anyone placing limits on my life. I didn’t want anyone telling me what I should or should not do. I was the master of my own destiny. I charted my own course. I did not want or need advice. I did not accept anyone’s counsel. There is something you have not yet said. What’s that? You know what you don’t want to say.  Go ahead and spit it out. I won’t be offended by what you are about to say. I wanted to be my own god. I was my own god. As long as you were your own god there was no room in your life for me to be your God, isn’t that right? Well, it isn’t right, but it was true. You were hoping I didn’t exist. Yes, for a time, I was hoping that you did not exist. How does that sound to you now? It sounds incredibly foolish. Why is that?

You have turned my life around. You have forgiven me of my sin. You have cleansed me of all my unrighteousness. You have shown me the error of my ways. You have set me on a new course. You have given me a new destiny. You have adopted me into your family. Yes, I did. You are my God and Father. Yes, I am. You have made me to be your child. Yes, you are. Now, you are the pursuit of my life. Now, I want to know you and walk in your ways. Now, I want to live my life in ways that please you. I am sorry that at one time I lived as if you did not exist. I am sorry that my life once proclaimed that there was no God. Forgive me. You are forgiven.  Now, I want every second and minute of my life to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Use my life to proclaim that there is a God. Use my life to help bring others to you. I am all yours. I am at your disposal. Yes, you are.

Lord, at one time I lived my life as if you did not exist. I did what was evil and failed to do what was good. I lived for myself and my own comfort and pleasure. Forgive me. Help me now to live every moment of my life for you. Amen

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A Cheerful Giver

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Heart – 2 Corinthians 9:7 – A Cheerful Giver – Growing As Disciples

Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Corinthians 9:7 (NIV)

Giving

Who benefits most when you give to others? I’m thinking that the obvious answer is probably wrong. What’s the obvious answer? The obvious answer is that the recipient of my gift benefits most by what I give to them. You are right, that is the obvious and wrong answer. Why is that? You tell me. I don’t know. Oh, I think you can figure this out. Tell me what you know about giving. Tell me what you know about me. I know that you are a giver. You came into the world as an act of giving. You humbled and gave yourself fully so that I could have a new life and relationship with you. Your giving made it so I could be adopted into your family and become your child. Your giving made it possible for my sins to be forgiven. Your giving made it so I will be able to come and live forever in heaven with you. That’s right, I am a giver. Do you want to become like me? Do you want to go and do what I did? Do you want to do what is pleasing in my sight? Yes Lord, I want to be like you in every way. Yes Lord, I want to go and do what you did. Yes Lord, I want to do what is pleasing in your sight. So, when you give, you become like me in all these ways. Yes, that’s true. Now, does whatever gift you can give to someone seem as beneficial to them as it is for you to become a giver? No, not at all. That’s right. 

Let’s talk more about giving. Alright. In response to my giving myself to you, what have you done? I have given myself to you. That’s right. We could say that there has been good fruit because I gave myself to you, couldn’t we? Yes, we could and not only to me, but to all those who have come to believe in you. That’s true. Do you want your life to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Yes, I do. How will you bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? I will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name by becoming a giver. That’s right. Is that what you will do? Yes Lord, I will become a cheerful giver. That will be good and pleasing to me.

Lord, in the past I ignored deciding in my heart and making a commitment to give to others. When I gave, I gave reluctantly and under compulsion. Forgive me. Help me now to be a cheerful giver who gives joyfully to you and to all those who are in need. Amen

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Live At Peace

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – If – Romans 12:18 – Live At Peace – Growing As Disciples

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Romans 12:18 (NIV)

Depending On You

If it depends on me to live at peace with everyone I will need a lot of help from you. Why is that? I think you know that it does not come naturally for me to want to go out of my way to meet the needs of my enemies. I’m not at all used to blessing those who persecute me. I have not been like you. My life would not stand up to close examination, in such a way that others would think that I have done good to all people. I have wanted to get even with those who have hurt me. I have wanted to repay evil for evil. My love for others has not been completely sincere. I have not loved like you have loved. In fact, I have been filled with self-centered pride. In my conceit, I have not wanted to associate with people of low position. I have not fully invested my life in the lives of others. I have not mourned with those who mourn. I have not even rejoiced with those who rejoice. I ask you to forgive me of all these sins of mine. You are forgiven.  I do know that you need my help to be the person I have called you be. We both know that.

I am helping you to love like I love. I am helping you to do good to all people. You should know by now that I am changing your heart and transforming your mind. I am making you to be like me. You are no longer that self-centered person. You are looking out for the interests of others. You are mourning with those who mourn. You are rejoicing with those who rejoice. You are trying to do good to all people. You are willing to associate with people of all kinds. Are you a finished product? Is my work complete? Do you love perfectly? No, you do not. But, do not be discouraged. Be encouraged. I am molding and shaping you into the person that I have called you to be. You are a witness for me in the world. My light is shining in and through you. My work in you will continue. Keep on relying on me. Keep on following me. You will love like I love. You will give like I gave. You will live like I lived. Yes Lord, I will rely on you. Thank you for molding and shaping my life. Thank you for working in and through me. I will be encouraged as I follow you. That will be very good. 

Lord, I want to be like you. I will make it to be my goal to live in peace with everyone. I will bless those who have harmed me. I will go out of my way to meet the needs of my enemies. I will do what is right in the eyes of all so I can overcome evil with good. Amen

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Delight Yourself In The Lord

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Heart - Psalm 37:4 - Delight Yourself In The Lord - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Heart – Psalm 37:4 – Delight Yourself In The Lord – Growing As Disciples

Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 (NIV) 

Delight And Desire

I delight myself in you. You are my Savior and Lord. You are my God and Father. You are my refuge and strength. You are my guard and my guide. You are my hope and joy. You have lavished me with your love. You have allowed me to taste your goodness. Your hand is on me. You have been with me to help me. You will never leave or forsake me. You have blessed my life. You created just as I am. You gave me a heart that seeks after you. You gave me a desire to live my life with and for you. I want to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than your will. I want to do what is pleasing to you. I want to go wherever you guide me. I want to do whatever you ask of me. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. One day I want to hear you say, “well done, good and faith servant. These are the desires of my heart.

What will I do with the desires of your heart? You will grant me the desires of my heart. Why are you certain that I will grant you the desires of your heart? You gave me the desires of my heart. If the desires of my heart came from me, then I would not be certain that you would grant them. Why is that? In the past, I have had many desires in my heart that I know were worldly. They were fleshly desires that revolved around seeking and fulfilling my own comfort and pleasure. I wanted the best of all that the world had to offer. I had an earthly rather than a heavenly perspective. I am not asking you to fulfill the desires that were in my heart before I came to know you. I do not want all that the world offers. I am not seeking my own comfort and pleasure. I want what you want. I want to love, follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to be fully devoted to you in all my thoughts, words and deeds. Do I believe that you will grant these desires of my heart? Yes, I do. I am positive without a doubt that you are both a giver and granter of desires in my heart. You will certainly grant any desire that has come from you. Yes, I will. I only ask that you keep on giving and granting desires that you want me to have in my heart. That I will do, you can be certain of that.

Lord, here I am. It is my delight to sit and wait quietly, stilly and patiently here in your presence. You have both given and granted to me the desires of my heart. You have made me content with how you have richly blessed my life. Amen

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