Practice The Servant Life

The Virtuous Life - Day 211 - Matthew 5-38-42 - Practice The Servant Life - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 211 – Matthew 5-38-42 – Practice The Servant Life – Growing As Disciples

“Here’s another old saying that deserves a second look: ‘Eye for eye, tooth for tooth.’  Is that going to get us anywhere? Here’s what I propose: ‘Don’t hit back at all.’ If someone strikes you, stand there and take it.  If someone drags you into court and sues for the shirt off your back, giftwrap your best coat and make a present of it.  And if someone takes unfair advantage of you, use the occasion to practice the servant life.  No more tit-for-tat stuff. Live generously. Matthew 5:38-42 (MSG)

Servant Life

That is how I want to live. That is how I want to think and speak and act. How do you want to live? How do you want to think and speak and act? I want to live as a servant. I want to have a servant attitude in me when things don’t go my way. When don’t things go your way? When will you need to be especially focused on thinking and speaking and acting as a servant? I need to practice servant living when I am mistreated. That is the most obvious instance, that comes to my mind. Never should I seek revenge. Never you should I practice tit-for-tat. I will need to treat others as I would wish to be treated under every circumstance. Under what other circumstances must you also practice living as a servant? Whenever someone disappoints me and does think or speak or act according to my expectations, I need to practice living as a servant. What are your expectations? I expect to be treated honestly. I expect to be treated fairly. I expect people to keep their word. I expect people to deliver on their promises. I expect people to act responsibly. I expect others to treat me as they wish to be treated. You do have a lot of expectations. What will you do when people fail to live up to your expectations? That is when, I need to set aside my expectations. That is when, I need to practice living the servant life. That is when, I most need to follow the example that you have set before me. What example have I set before you? You loved and served and gave regardless of how others thought or spoke or acted towards you. Other’s behavior did not determine your behavior. You lived out the servant life no matter how you were treated. Will you think as I thought? Will you speak as I spoke? Will you act as I acted when you are disappointed, and even mistreated, by others? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I will not seek revenge. I will not attempt to pay others back when they mistreat me. Instead, I will practice the servant life when I am mistreated. I will follow your example. I will think as you thought. I will speak as you spoke. I will act as you acted. Amen

Key Question…  How has Jesus Christ given you an example to follow of how to practice the servant life?

Living It Out…  Make every effort to practice the servant life whenever you are mistreated.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your life will bear fruit for the Kingdom of God as you practice the servant life?

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are practicing the servant life.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you practice the servant life when others mistreat you.

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Take Care Then How You Hear

The Word Centered Life - Day 19 - Luke 8-16-18 - Take Care Then How You Hear - Growing As Disciples

The Word Centered Life – Day 19 – Luke 8-16-18 – Take Care Then How You Hear – Growing As Disciples

“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a jar or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, so that those who enter may see the light.  For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.  Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.” Luke 8:16-18 (ESV)

Are You Listening?

I am asking that question of your right now. What question are you asking me? Are you listening? I think so. I would say that I am. I think I am listening to you. What does your listening to me, require of you? If I want to hear from you, I must quiet myself before you. I must remove myself from the noise and busyness and distractions of this world. If I want to hear from you, I must calm myself before you. I must slow down, take a deep breath and rest in your presence. It is you who has said that you will make me lie down in green pastures, beside still waters. It is in this kind of environment that you will make me able to hear from you. It is in this kind of environment that you want me to drink deeply of all you have for me. In this kind of environment, you will make me able to hear all you have to say to me. That is true. That is correct. What else? If I want to hear from you, I must seek you with all my heart. It is you who has said that I will find you when I seek you with all my heart. Hearing from you will require my sharp focus. Hearing from you real require my full attention. Hearing from you will require an all-in effort on my part. That is also true. That is also correct.

What will you do as you come into my presence? What will you do as you quiet yourself before me? What will you do as you seek me with all your heart? I will meet with you in your word. I will hear all that you have to say to me. I will allow you to use your word to set me on fire for you. I will allow you to use your word to cause me to shine brightly for you in the darkness of this world. Yes, I will do this for you. Yes, I will do this in you. Yes, I will do this through you, as you carefully listen to me. You are listening to me and that is very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will be very careful how I hear. I will not allow your word to go in one ear and out the other. My hearing of your word will be demonstrated by my putting it into daily practice. Use your word to set me on fire, so I can shine brightly for you in the world. Amen

Key Question…  How has hearing and putting God’s word into practice helped you to shine brightly for Him?

Living It Out…  Listen carefully to God’s word so that you will be able to put it into practice.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will shine brightly for God as you hear and put His word into practice.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are being very careful to listen to God’s word.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you consider carefully how you hear God’s word so you can shine brightly for Him.

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The Lord Was With Him

The Sacramental Life - Day 337 - Genesis 39-19-23 - The Lord Was With Him - Growing As Disciples

The Sacramental Life – Day 337 – Genesis 39-19-23 – The Lord Was With Him – Growing As Disciples

Potiphar was furious when he heard his wife’s story about how Joseph had treated her.  So he took Joseph and threw him into the prison where the king’s prisoners were held, and there he remained.  But the LORD was with Joseph in the prison and showed him his faithful love. And the LORD made Joseph a favorite with the prison warden.  Before long, the warden put Joseph in charge of all the other prisoners and over everything that happened in the prison.  The warden had no more worries, because Joseph took care of everything. The LORD was with him and caused everything he did to succeed. Genesis 39:19-23 (NLT)

With You

You will go through difficulty in this life. You will face adverse circumstances. You will experience trials of various kinds. Your faith will be tested. You character will be tested.  Your endurance will be tested.  I went through difficulty. I faced adverse circumstances. I experienced trials of various kinds. Why wouldn’t you? This is a sin broken world. This world no longer functions according to its original design. Does any of what I have said surprise you? No, not at all. I have experienced my share of difficulty, adverse circumstances, and trials of various kinds. I am under no illusion about the reality of pain and suffering in this life. I have been bruised and battered and broken as I have journeyed through life. What do you know about your journey through life? I know that I am not alone. I know that you are with me to help me. I know that I can rely on you. You will bring me through the greatest difficulties, most adverse circumstances, and most difficult trials. You will get me to the other side. In the process, I know that you can and will bring good out of bad. In times of great difficulty, you will give me wisdom and strength. In the most adverse circumstances, you will develop my character and grow my faith. In the most difficult of trials, you will draw near to me as I draw near to you. You will be my refuge. You will be my fortress. You will be my deliverer. I can place all my faith and hope and trust in you. Yes, I will do all these things in you. Yes, I will be all these things for you. Yes, you can place all your faith and hope and trust in me.

What else do you know about my being with you through whatever trials you go through? I know that your hand will be on me. I know that your favor will be with me. You will make a way for me when there seems to be no way. I will focus my heart and mind and life on you. You will bring me good success as I continue to love and follow and serve you. You will help me to live the life you have called me to live. Yes, I will, you can count on me. That, I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, I know that I will go through difficulty in life. I will experience trials. I will face adverse circumstances. You did, why wouldn’t I? I know that in these times you will be with me. You will grow my character and strengthen my faith. Your favor will rest on me. Amen

Key Question…  How have you turned to the Lord and relied on Him as you have gone through adverse circumstances?

Living It Out…  Rely on the Lord to be with you to help you when you are experiencing difficult trials.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord is still with you even when you are going through adverse circumstances.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has been with you to help you in times of trouble.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you rely on the Lord to be with you to help you as you go through trials in life.

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The Seed In The Good Soil

The Word Centered Life - Day 18 - Luke 8-11-15 - The Seed In The Good Soil - Growing As Disciples

The Word Centered Life – Day 18 – Luke 8-11-15 – The Seed In The Good Soil – Growing As Disciples

“Now the parable is this: the seed is the word of God.  “Those beside the road are those who have heard; then the devil comes and takes away the word from their heart, so that they will not believe and be saved.  “Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.  “The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity.  “But the seed in the good soil, these are the ones who have heard the word in an honest and good heart, and hold it fast, and bear fruit with perseverance. Luke 8:11-15 (NASB)

Take Root

When will you make yourself available to meet with me in my word? I will set a daily time and place to meet with you in your word. I will make meeting with you in your word the priority of my life. Meeting with you in your word will be on my schedule. I will give you the best part of my day to meet with you in your word. How will my word take root in you? I will carry your word with me throughout the days of my life. I will meditate on your word. I will memorize your word. I will keep your word in my heart and mind. Your word will guard the course of my life. How will you make sure that nothing thwarts the growth of my word in you? I will never let anyone or anything crowd you out of my life. What will you guard against? I will make sure that the worries and cares and pleasures and riches of this life do not divert my attention from you and your word. I will focus my heart and mind and life fully on you. What do you expect that my word will do in you, with you, for you and through you? Your word will change my heart. Your word will transform my mind. Your word will guard and guide through life.  You will use your word to mold and shape my life. You will use your word to make me into the person you have called me to become. Your word will make me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Every thought I think will be formed by your word. Every step I take will be guided by your word. Every move I make will be directed by your word. I will live my life according to your word. That will be true as you allow my word to take root in you. That I will do. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will not let anything or anyone thwart the growth of your word in me. I will meet daily with you in your word. I will put your word into daily practice. Make my heart to be like rich soil so that your word will cause me to bear much fruit for your kingdom. Amen

Key Question…  Why is it imperative that you set a daily time and place to meet with God in His word?

Living It Out…  Allow God’s word to dwell in you richly so that you will be able to bear fruit for Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God’s word dwelling richly in you will make you able to bear fruit for Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are allowing God’s word to dwell richly in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you be receptive to the seed of God’s word growing in the good soil of your life.

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Cast All Your Anxiety On Him Because He Cares For You

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 86 - 1 Peter 5-6-7 - Cast All Your Anxiety On Him Because He Cares For You - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 86 – 1 Peter 5-6-7 – Cast All Your Anxiety On Him Because He Cares For You – Growing As Disciples

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 5:6-7 (NIV)

Problems 

Problems. Whose got problems? I’m kidding of course. It is one of those terrible, no good days. I feel like I’m under attack. It was a day in which I was bruised and battered. I stood alone, or so it seemed. I know that you are with me. You will help me. You are for me. You are on my side. By that, I don’t mean that you have chosen sides and I am on the winning side. There were no winners today. In conflict, there are only losers. And I was a big loser, at least in my opinion. I have only one way to turn. I have only one thing to do. I will come to you. I will take refuge. In this storm, you are my refuge. I will take shelter in you. That is a very good decision.

Do you find it a little ironic that your verse for today so closely matches your experience? This was your verse, before your day even began, isn’t that true? Do you find that unusual? Do you find that a bit odd? Not at all. Why is that? You have gotten my attention. You are no doubt trying to teach me something. What am I trying to teach you? You want me to humble myself before you. You want me to learn to humbly rely on you. You want me to put all my faith and hope and trust in you. You want me to stop trying to solve all my problems by myself. You want me to ask you for your help. You want me to cast all my anxieties on you. Why would I want you to learn these things? You love and care for me. Yes, I love and care for you.

How would your life change if you did cast all your anxieties on me? I would have far less stress and anxiety. I would be happier and enjoy life much more as I did cast all my anxieties on you. I would be more joyful and be a brighter witness for you if I did cast all my anxieties on you. My life would bear more fruit for your kingdom and glory to your name if I did cast all my anxieties on you. Will you turn your life over to me? Will you humbly rely on me for my help? Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good. Today’s lesson will be a very small price to pay if you truly do cast all your anxieties on me. I agree. That is very good.

Heavenly Father, I have been proudly determined to solve all my own problems. I have been foolishly relying on myself. Forgive me. I will now bring all my problems and anxieties to you. I will rely on your help. Thank you that you love and care for me. Amen

Key Question…  What problems and anxieties would you like to give to God right now?

Living It Out…  Give your problems and anxieties to God so you can rely on Him for His help.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will help you with your problems and relieve you of anxiety when you bring them to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has helped you with problems and relieved your anxieties.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you humbly rely on your Heavenly Father to carry your burdens and relieve your anxieties.

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Humble And Gentle

The Virtuous Life - Day 211 -Ephesians 4-1-3 - Humble And Gentle - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 211 -Ephesians 4-1-3 – Humble And Gentle – Growing As Disciples

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.  Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 (NLT)

My Calling

I want to live that out. I don’t want to fall short on that score. I don’t want to miss the mark on that goal. What do you want to live out? In what way do you not want to fall short? What goal do you want to be on target and sure to accomplish? I want to live out my calling. That is a very good desire. That is very good goal. You will be doing very well if you live out your calling. How can you be certain that you will never fail in living out your calling? First, I need to acknowledge who has called me. Then I need to understand the nature of my calling. You have my full attention. I am excited to hear what you have to say about your calling. It is you who has called me. You called me to come to you. You called me to leave my old life of sin. You called me to love and follow and serve you. You called me to live my life with and for you. You called me to live and walk in an intimate relationship with you. You have called me to live a new and different life. It is your desire to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life.  You have a very good understanding of your calling. You have been teaching me. You have been training me. I have been listening to you. That is very good.

You have more to say on this subject. Yes, I do. Tell me how you will be certain to live out you calling? If I keep my heart and mind and life focused on you, I will never fail in living out my calling. If I allow you to change my heart and transform my mind as I continually draw near to you and live in your presence, I will never fail to live out my calling. Why is that? Well, to be clear, it is my calling to become like you. I want to think and speak and act like you. I want to live as you lived. I want to be humble as you were humble. I want to be gentle as you were gentle. I want to patient and loving, making allowances for other’s fault just as you have made allowances for all my faults. As I continue to draw near to you, I will become like you and then I will never fail to live out my calling. You are correct. In my presence you will be transformed. You will become like me. You will live out your calling. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I need all the help I can get. I want to fully live out my calling. I want to follow your example. I want to be humble and gentle and loving towards other. Help me to be patient, making allowance for other’s faults. Help me to live in peace with others. Amen

Key Question…  What kind of behavior is worthy of your calling as a follower of Jesus Christ?

Living It Out…  Make every effort to live out your calling by being humble, gentle, patient, and loving towards others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to be humble, gentle, patient, and loving towards others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are being humble, gentle, patient, and loving towards others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you be humble, gentle, and patient, allowing your love to make allowances for other’s faults.

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I Will Turn Aside To See

The Sacramental Life - Day 336 - Exodus 3-2-4 - I Will Turn Aside To See - Growing As Disciples

The Sacramental Life – Day 336 – Exodus 3-2-4 – I Will Turn Aside To See – Growing As Disciples

And the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed.  And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.”  When the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”  Exodus 3:2-4 (ESV)

Turn Aside

That does not come naturally to me. That is not something I am in the regular habit of doing. What does no come naturally to you? What are you not in the regular habit of doing? I do not naturally or regularly, set aside what I am doing, to turn aside to notice your activity in my life. More often than not, I am too busy. I am engaged in the activities of life. I am focused on the task at hand. I am preoccupied and distracted by what lies just before me. That is not good. Yes, I know.

What would you like to do differently? What changes will you make in your life so that you can hear from me? I will make hearing from you the priority of my life. I will focus my heart and mind and life on you. I will be watchful and attentive to your activity in my life. How will this be possible? What will assure that this will be true of your life? I will set aside a daily time and place where we can meet together. I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in your word. I will live in an intimate relationship with you. I will walk through life with you. I will allow you to develop within me the heart of a listener. That will be very good. What do you expect to hear and see from me? I expect that you will lead me to where you want me to go. I expect that you will give me what you want me to do. Beyond that, I can hardly predict what you might say to me. Your words will certainly guard me. Your words will certainly teach and train me. Living in an intimate relationship with you will certainly make me fruitful for your kingdom and make me able to bring glory to your name. So, I will be watching and listening with great expectation and anticipation. It will be my joy to turn aside to be watchful and attentive to your activity in my life. I will listen to you. Be sure of this, I will certainly speak to you as you turn aside to listen to me. Thank you, Lord. That I will do. That will be very good.

Lord, I will not be preoccupied and distracted. I will be watchful and attentive to your activity in my life. I will turn aside to listen to you. You have my full attention. I will listen to you. Refocus and redirect my life. Lead to where to go. Give me what to do. Amen

Key Question…  When are you taking time to turn aside from the activity of your life to listen to God?

Living It Out…  Make it your regular pattern and practice to turn aside to listen to God.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will speak to you as you turn aside to listen to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are turning aside to listen to God.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you turn aside to be watchful and attentive to God’s activity in your life.

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I Am The Bread Of Life

The Sacramental Life - Day 335 - John 6-35-40 - I Am The Bread Of Life - Growing As Disciples

The Sacramental Life – Day 335 – John 6-35-40 – I Am The Bread Of Life – Growing As Disciples

Then Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty.  But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe.  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.  For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.  And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.  For my Father’s will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.” John 6:35-40 (NIV)

Hunger And Thirst For You

That is what I had within me. What did you have within you? I had a hunger and thirst within me. Tell me about that.  I wanted something more. I wanted something else. I wanted something far different. I felt empty without hope in the world. I felt lost without any sense of purpose. There was this indescribable void within me that I could not identify. I know a few things for certain. What’s that? I was not happy. I lacked direction. I was making stupid mistakes. I was living a sinful life that brought me pain and suffering. I felt bruised and battered and broken. I was discouraged, defeated, and depressed. What happened to you? As if, you don’t know. I do know, but it is good for you to express what drew you to me. Well, I had enough of my old life. I was ready to give up on being self-reliant, self-indulgent, and self-centered. So, I cried out to you. I asked for your help. I asked you to come into my life. I told you that I would leave my sinful life in the world to live the new life you wanted to give to me. I had no idea what that meant. But somehow, I knew that I wanted you. Somehow, I knew that the hunger and thirst in me was for you. Somehow, I knew that only you could fill the void of emptiness that was within me. On that day, when I cried out to you, you became my Savior and Lord. On that day, when I cried out to you, you forgave my sin and cleansed my unrighteousness. On that day, when I cried out to you, you filled me with your Spirit and gave me a completely new life to live with and for you. So, would you say that I have fed your hunger and satisfied your thirst? Yes, I would. But there is something else I know. What’s that? I have a continual hunger and thirst for you that you keep on satisfying as I live out the life of salvation you have secured for me. My hunger and thirst for you and your feeding and satisfying me are both great gifts from you. Yes, they are. Keep on coming to me and I will keep on feeding your hunger and satisfying your thirst. Yes, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, I do believe and have come to you. You are my Savior and Lord. My eyes are intensely focused on you. Help me to live my life with and for you. Feed my hunger and satisfy my thirst for you. Help me to live the life of salvation you have secured for me. Amen

Key Question…  How has Christ been feeding your hunger and satisfying your thirst as you live your life with and for Him?

Living It Out…  Keeping on coming to Christ, living your life with and for Him, so He can feed your hunger and satisfy your thirst.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will feed your hunger and satisfy your thirst as you come to Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has been feeding your hunger and satisfying your thirst.

Prayer To Bless Others… May you come to Jesus Christ, the bread of life, and allow Him to feed your hunger and satisfy your thirst.

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Watch And Pray So That You Will Not Fall Into Temptation

The Prayer Filled Life - Day 83 - Mark 14-38 - Watch And Pray So That You Will Not Fall Into Temptation - Growing As Disciples

The Prayer Filled Life – Day 83 – Mark 14-38 – Watch And Pray So That You Will Not Fall Into Temptation – Growing As Disciples

Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the body is weak.” Mark 14:38 (NIV)

Watch And Pray

That is what I will do. What will you do? I will watch and pray. I will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I will be vigilant. I will remain on guard. Why is this important? This is a sin broken world filled with temptations seemingly at almost every corner. Temptations come in all shapes and sizes. Temptations come in a variety of forms. Name a few temptations that you find most dangerous. There is the temptation to be proud. It is easy to think of oneself more highly than one ought. Out of pride flows a multitude of deadly temptations. Like what? There is the temptation to be seif-reliant and self-sufficient. There is the temptation to be self-satisfied, self-indulgent, and self-centered. That is the nature of pride, it makes one the center of their own universe. Everything revolves around a prideful person. A prideful person is so focused on themselves that they have no defense against temptation. Why is that? A humble person knows their limits. A humble person dares not foolishly rely on their own power and strength to resist temptation. They know that such an effort will certainly fail. What then will you do to resist temptation? I will submit myself to you. I will draw near to you. I will humbly rely on your power and strength. I will keep my eyes on you. You will help me to resist temptation. You will help me to fight against evil. What else will you do to resist temptation? I will steer clear of temptation when I see it approaching. I will flee temptation as it comes near me. I will run away from temptation as I run to you. You sound urgent, why is that so important? Nothing is more foolish than to hang out and linger around temptation. Temptation is alluring. Temptation is enticing. Temptation is powerful. I will not allow myself to remain in tempting situations. I will not allow anything to feed temptation in me. In every way I watch and pray so that I will not enter into temptation. That is very good. Rely on me, I will watch over you. I will guard you. I will protect you. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will draw near to you. I will remain in your presence. I will submit my heart and mind and life to you. Help me to be prayerfully watchful so that I will not fall into temptation. Help me to quickly exit tempting situations when I see them approaching me. Amen

Key Question…  How is being prayerfully watchful helping you to keep your heart and mind and life focused on the Lord?

Living It Out…  Draw near to the Lord and be prayerfully watchful with Him so you do not fall into temptation.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will help you to be prayerfully watchful as you draw near to Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how drawing near to the Lord has helped you to be prayerfully watchful.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you watch and pray so you do not fall into temptation.

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Stored Up In His Heart

The Virtuous Life - Day 209 - Luke 6-43-45 - Stored Up In His Heart - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 209 – Luke 6-43-45 – Stored Up In His Heart – Growing As Disciples

No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.  Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.  The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks. Luke 6:43-45 (NIV)

Storing Up Treasure

How do I do that? What does that mean? What are you asking me? How do I store up treasure in my heart? Oh, I am quite certain that you can answer that question. Are you sure? Quite sure. I will help you out. I will ask you questions that will point you in the right direction. I will ask you questions that will help you to formulate your answer. What do you treasure? What treasure could possibly be stored in your heart? What treasure in your heart will change the way that you think and speak and act? What treasure will mold and shape your life? What treasure will make you able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? What treasure will guard and guide the course of your life? What treasure will last for all eternity? Now, I am understanding. Now, I have some clarity. I treasure your word. I treasure your promises. If I take your word deeply into my heart and mind and life I will be changed. Your word, doing its work in me, will mold and shape my life. Your word, dwelling in me richly, will change my heart and transform mind. Your word will change the way I think and speak and act. Your word will mold and shape me into the person you want me to become. You word will help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Your word will guard and guide the course of my life. All that I now see, all that I can now touch, will one day pass away. Your word will never pass away. Your world will last for all eternity. There is only one thing worthy of being stored in my heart. Your word is like hidden treasure, more valuable than silver or gold, and is worthy to be stored in my heart. That I will do. That will be very good. Then the goodness of my word, stored in your heart, will come out in your life. What is hidden in your heart cannot stay there. The goodness of my word will overflow and spill out of your life. Then you will be powerfully used by me. Then you will be a bright witness for me in the world. Then the thoughts of your mind, words of your mouth and deeds of your life will be fully pleasing to me. This is my desire and hope and prayer. I will store up your word within me. That will be very good.

Lord, I will store up good things in my heart. I will store the promises of your word in my heart. Help my life to bear good fruit for you. Help my life to bring out the good that has been stored in it. Use my life to bear fruit for you. Amen

Key Question…  How are you storing good things in your heart?

Living It Out…  Store up good things in your heart so that they will be able to be brought of your life.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will be able to bring forth the good things that have been stored in your heart.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are storing up good things in your heart.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you bring out good things that have been stored in your heart.

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