Constant In Prayer

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 365 - Romans 12:12 - Constant In Prayer - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 365 – Romans 12:12 – Constant In Prayer – Growing As Disciples

Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:12 (ESV)

Pray

These words all fit together don’t they? What words all fit together? Hopefully, patiently and constantly, are all words that fit together. They all are part of one whole picture. Say more, about how these words fit together in one whole picture. You are on the right track. I pray because I am hopeful. I know that you delight to hear my prayers. You will draw near to me as I draw near to you in prayer. You want me to live in an intimate relationship with you. You want me to come to rely on you for your help. I believe that you will hear and answer my prayers. So, I pray with hopeful expectation. That is very good. Yes, it is my delight to hear your prayers. It is my joy to meet with you in prayer. I do want you to live in an intimate relationship with me. I will hear and answer your prayers. There is more.  I’m listening. You have asked me to keep on praying. You have told me to never give up and quit praying to you. Some prayers are answered almost immediately. Some prayers are answered over an extended period of time. Some prayers are answered in ways far better than I could have hoped for, dreamed of or even imagined. Some prayers, because of your loving grace and mercy, are never answered. What do you mean by that? I am not all wise. I am not all knowing. I know there have been many times I have prayed prayers that I am so glad you did not answer. Well, you did answer. No, is an answer. Some of the best answers to my prayers have been an answer of “no”. When I pray with hope, I am praying that you will hear and answer my prayers according to your will and purpose and plans. My hope is rooted in you. That is very good. Yes, it is. I am filled with confident hope in you. So, with that in mind, I will pray patiently. I will keep on praying. I will not give up. I will not quit. Similarly, I will be constant in prayer. What do you mean by that? I will be praying to you both over time and all the time. How will make prayer a priority in your life? How will you continue to be constant in your prayers? How will you keep on praying over time and all the time? I will set aside a time and place for us to meet daily in prayer. I will draw near to you. You will draw near to me. You will guide my prayers. You will give me prayers to pray. You will hear and answer my prayers as I walk through a prayer filled life with you. Yes, I will. Keep on coming to me in prayer. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, it is my joy to come to meet with you in prayer. I will set aside a daily time and place for us to meet together in prayer so that our time together becomes an absolute priority in my life. Help me to continue to pray hopefully, patiently and constantly. Amen

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More Than Conquerors

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 364 - Romans 8:35-39 - More Than Conquerors - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 364 – Romans 8:35-39 – More Than Conquerors – Growing As Disciples

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?  As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”  No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers,  neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39 (NIV)  

Your Love

Your love surrounds me. Your love comforts and encourages and strengthens me. Your love guards and guides me. Your love protects me from trouble and hardship, persecution or famine or nakedness danger or sword. Nothing will ever be able to separate me from your love. Will I go through dark and difficult days? Will the forces of evil come against me? Will I face trials and tribulations in life? Yes, without a doubt. You did, why wouldn’t I? Why would I be exempt from the pain and suffering that is in this sin broken world? Might I have to endure something quite difficult. Might some say, “I’m done for now.” It is certainly possible. But they would not know the whole truth. They would not see the entire picture. They would not know that you have always been with me. You have never abandoned me. I am yours. You are my Savior and Lord. You are my God and Father. I am your child. Yes, I am your Savior and Lord. Yes, I am your God and Father. Yes, you are my child. You are holding on to me and I am holding on to you. Yes, I am holding on to you. Your grip on me is unbreakable. You will never let me go. Yes, I will never let you go. What else do you know? You have a glorious eternal future that is stored up and being kept and guarded in heaven for me. Can there be any greater hope? Can there be any greater victory? Could I have any more joy? Could I want or ask for anything more? What do you think? I think, I am and will be more than a conqueror because of all that you have done for me. That’s right. That’s true. That’s certain.

So, what kind of thoughts will you think? What kind of life will you live? Will you be timid and weak? Will you be fearful and afraid? No, certainly not. I will not be fearful or afraid. My life is in your hands and you will never let me go. You will be with me to help me. Nothing will ever be able to separate me from your love. So, my heart and mind and life will be focused entirely on you. I will boldly and joyfully live the life you are calling me to live. That will be very good.

Lord, I know nothing will ever be able to separate me from your love. You have been with me to help me through dark and difficult days in life. You have comforted, strengthened and sustained me. You have made me more than a conqueror through your love. Amen

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Do Not Worry

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 363 - Luke 12:22-31 - Do Not Worry - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 363 – Luke 12:22-31 – Do Not Worry – Growing As Disciples

Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.  Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes.  Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds!  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?  “Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.  For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them.  But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:22-31 (NIV)

Worry

I have allowed my life to be filled with worry. What has filled your life with worry? I have worried about security. I have worried about my job. I have worried about money. I have worried about my health. I have worried about my family. I have worried about what is going on in the world. You name it, I have worried about it. Now, it seems like the whole world is in a state of worry together. These are very unsettling times. Yes, you are living in unsettling times. Is that a bad thing? It seems so to me. Who wants to live in unsettling times? Think a little more about the subject. What has happened to you when you have had no need, and everything has seemed to be going your way? Have you become complacent in your faith? Have you allowed yourself to become a little more distant from me? Have you become more self-reliant, self-sufficient and maybe even self-indulgent? None of those are good things. No, they are not. You know the answers to the questions you have asked me. Yes, I do, but do you know the answers to the questions I have asked you? Yes, I do. Let me hear your answer. My faith is much more living and active when I have been living in unsettling times. Worry has actually helped draw me back to you. How so? You have helped me to turn my worries into prayers to you. When I have been worried and unsettled and filled with fear, I have drawn near to you. What have I done? You have drawn near to me. What else? You have calmed my worries and fears. You have given me your peace. You have reminded me of the fact that you are with me to help me. You love and care for me. Yes, I do. What else have I done for you as you have drawn near to me? You have refocused my heart and mind and life. On what? You have focused my heart and mind and life on you and your Kingdom. You have reminded me of how you want me to live, where you want me to go and what you want me to do. You have helped me to take my eyes off of the things of this life so I can focus on living the Kingdom focused life you have called me to live. That is very good. Yes, it is. Keep on drawing near to me in these unsettling times. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, so much of my life has been focused on the things of earth. I have spent a great deal of time and energy worrying about the things of life that are out of my control. No more. Now, I will focus my heart and mind and life on your Kingdom as I seek you. Amen

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God Intended It For Good

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – Genesis 50:20 – God Intended It For Good – Growing As Disciples

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. Genesis 50:20 (NIV)

A Dream

You have a dream don’t you? Yes, I do.  Where do you think that your dream came from? It certainly didn’t come from me. Why do you say that? I’m sure that the dream that I have came from you. Why is that? The dream that I have is to bear an abundance of fruit for you. I want you to use me for your kingdom and your glory. That dream could have never started with me. Why is that? I would have never dreamed up something like that on my own. I would never have desired that without you placing it in my heart. You have a very good point. I understand why you are so certain about the origin of your dream. You are right, by the way, that dream of yours did originate with me. I’m very glad that you have embraced it as your own. Yes, I have embraced it as my own. That dream burns in my heart to be fulfilled. I ache with desire for you to use me in your service. Aren’t I using you right now? Yes, you are, but I sense that there is more. What I have been experiencing has seemed like preparation for something more. I think you want to use me more fully in some larger way. Yes, I do, you can be sure of that.

You’re anxious aren’t you? Yes, I am. You are a little discouraged? Yes, I am. Why is that? I have had so many twists and turns and ups and downs in life. I have had one trial and setback after another. I have begun to wonder if the dream that you have given to me will ever be fulfilled. Are you beginning to doubt me? No, I don’t doubt you. I think I am beginning to doubt myself. I have been wondering if I have heard you correctly. I have been wondering if you really will be able to use me for your purposes and in your plans. Do you think my ability to use you depends on you? Now, that’s an attention getter of a question. No, your ability to use me depends on you, not me. That’s right don’t ever forget that. You have been waiting for me to use you is that right? Not really. What have you been doing? I have been going wherever you have directed me. I have been doing whatever you have asked of me. So, you haven’t been sitting around waiting for me to use you, is that right? No, I have been busy doing whatever you have given me to do. Yes, that’s right and that’s very good. Have I have been using you everyday? Yes, you have been using me everyday. But, you sense that I have much more for you. You know that I have some larger purpose and plan for your life, is that right? Yes, that’s right.

You said that you have gone through twists, turns, ups, downs, trials and setbacks, is that right? Yes, that’s right. What have all those detours, trials and setbacks felt like to you? They have felt like preparation. It feels like you have been teaching me to rely on you so that I can persevere through every difficulty. When you look back over your life up to this point what do you see? I see that your hand has been on me. You have used every twist, turn, up, down, trial and setback to teach and strengthen me. Do you want me to stop teaching you? No, I don’t. Do you want me to stop preparing you for the work that I have for you? No, I don’t. Can you be thankful for every twist, turn, up, down, trial and setback that I have been able to use for good in your life? Yes, I can. Do you believe that I will accomplish my purposes and plans in your life? Yes Lord, I do. That’s very good, because I will.

Lord, thank you that you can even use evil that people have done to me to accomplish your purposes and plans in my life. Help me to persevere through every setback in life on the way to you accomplishing your plans in my life. Amen

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Keep A Grip On Hope

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 362 - Lamentations 3:19-26 - Keep A Grip On Hope - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 362 – Lamentations 3:19-26 – Keep A Grip On Hope – Growing As Disciples

I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.  I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom.  But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:  GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out, his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.  They’re created new every morning. How great your faithfulness!  I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.  GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks.  It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from GOD. Lamentations 3:19-26 (MSG)

Remember

That is what I will do. What will you do? I will remember your love that never ends and your compassion that never runs out. When will you remember my love and compassion? How will you remember my love and compassion? Is remembering my love and compassion something that may be easier said than done? I’d like to tackle that last question first. Go right ahead, tackle that last question. Remembering your love and compassion is easier said than done. This world and this life is filled with adversity and hardship. This world and life and all its adversity and hardship could easily divert my focus and take my eyes off of you. I could be tempted to focus my heart and mind and life on all that is swirling and raging around me in this world. And at this time, in this current situation, there is plenty to make me fearful and afraid and forgetful of your love and compassion. That would be a big mistake. Why is that? You want me to know your love and compassion. You want me to live in your love and compassion. You want your love and compassion to give me a firm grip on the hope I have in you, right now, and in my eternal future in heaven with you. Yes, I do want you to have a firm grip on all the hope you have in me. It is my love and compassion that will give you hope to carry you through all the adversity and hardship you will face in this life. I get that. I understand. That’s good.

Now, I will tackle your other questions. I’m listening. To remember your love and compassion, I will meet with you in the morning. I will not let a day start without meeting with you. As I am in your presence, I will once again be reminded of your love and compassion for me. Why is that? Each morning as we meet together you will once again, as always and forever, show your love and compassion to me. Yes, I will continually show you my love and compassion as we meet together. As we meet together my heart and mind and life will be focused on you, rather than on all that swirls around me in the world. That’s good. I will be comforted and encouraged and strengthened and given an abundance of hope. Why is that? Because, I know that you have a firm grip on me, and I have a firm grip on you. Nothing could be better than or stronger than that. Yes, we both have a firm grip on each other and that is very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will remember your love that never ends and your compassion that never runs out. They are new every morning. Your love and compassion is what continues to give me a firm grip on hope. Thank you that your love and compassion has sustained my life. Amen

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The Hope Of All The World

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 361 – Matthew 12:18-21 – The Hope Of The World – Growing As Disciples

Look at my Servant, whom I have chosen. He is my Beloved, who pleases me. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.  He will not fight or shout or raise his voice in public.  He will not crush the weakest reed or put out a flickering candle. Finally he will cause justice to be victorious.  And his name will be the hope of all the world.” Matthew 12:18-21 (NLT)

Look

“Look,” that sounds like such a casual word. It sounds not too dissimilar from a glance. I know without a doubt that this is not the intent or meaning of this word in this context. What do you think it means? I think it means to look intently. I think it means to look with intensity. I think it means to look with all that is within me. I think it means to look in such a way that my heart and mind and life will be transformed. Looking at you, cannot leave me unchanged. You couldn’t be more correct.

How has looking intently at me changed you? How have you been transformed by looking at me with all that is within you? I have come to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. It has become my passionate desire to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. It is my joy to follow and serve you. Say more. Looking intently at you has filled my life with hope and peace and joy. I have been able to place my full and complete trust in you as I have remained in your presence, keeping my focus on you. That is very good.

Say more. Even in the midst of a significant crisis, which we are all now in, I have been able to live in the fullness of hope that you have given to me. Is this a hope that you wish to hold on to and keep to yourself? No, not at all. Now, more than ever it is my desire and plan to proclaim to all, the hope that is available in you. You are not only my hope. You are the hope of all the world. So, it is my prayer that you will powerfully use me and all your followers to boldly proclaim you to the world. There is hope in no one or nothing else. Your kindness and mercy and love is available to all. All who hear your call have an open invitation to come to you. So, powerfully use me to proclaim the hope and salvation available to all through you. That is a prayer that I will certainly hear and answer. Proclaim me to the world. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.  

Lord, thank for being my hope. I will place all my faith, hope and trust in you. Thank you for also being the hope of the whole world. Help me to be a bold witness for you in the world. Guide my prayers today, as I pray through these times of significant crisis. Amen

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The One Who Is In You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – 1 John 4:4-6 – The One Who Is In You – Growing As Disciples

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. We are from God, and whoever knows God listens to us; but whoever is not from God does not listen to us. This is how we recognize the Spirit of truth and the spirit of falsehood. 1 John 4:4-6 (NIV) 

Overcoming Evil

There is evil in this world, are you watching and on guard against it? Yes, I’m watching and on guard. What do I need to be on guard against? What do I need to be watching out for? Those are good questions. You need to have an attitude of watchfulness. You need to have ears that are attentive to my voice. You need to be listening to all that I want to say to you. You need to be watching for all that I want to show to you. Does this sound like something that will be hard for you to accomplish? It sounds easy. But, I’m not foolish enough to think that it will be easy. Why is that? It’s easy to be absorbed in all the activities of life. It’s easy to race through life and forget to listen to all that you want to say to me or to fail to watch all that you want to show to me. It’s easy to become conformed to all the patterns, practices and values of the world. If I am not very careful, I could become unaware of how the world is continually trying to shape me into its mold. It’s much harder to be attentive and watchful to all that you want me to hear and see. Yes, it is.

Let’s talk about the focus of your attention. Alright, go ahead. You have my full attention. Good, that’s what I want. You have mentioned two possibilities. You can either focus your attention on the world or you can focus your attention on me. If I focus my attention on the world I will have a very difficult time listening to what you want me to hear or watching what you want me to see. Yes, that’s exactly right. I will have a very difficult time identifying what is true and what is false. Does that sound like an understatement to you? I will have an impossible time identifying what is true and what is false. That’s more like it. If I have the focus of my attention on you, I will be able to know what is true and what is false because my eyes and ears will be open to you. That is also correct. As I continue to have my focus on you I will grow in my ability to listen to what you want me to hear and to watch what you want me to see. How do you know that? That has been my experience as I have had my focus on you. That is very good.

Let’s talk about overcoming evil that is in the world. To overcome evil in the world I must be able to identify it. I also must have the strength and desire to resist it. Can you identify or overcome evil if your focus is on the world? Certainly not, if my focus is on the world then I will be wrapped up and enticed by evil. That is not my will for you. It is my will that my Spirit living in you will make you able to overcome evil that is in the world. Do you believe that my Spirit living in you will make you able to overcome evil in the world? Yes, I do. Why do you believe? You have changed the desires of my heart as I have had my focus on you. You have given me both the desire and strength to do your will. You have made me able to overcome evil in the world. Yes, I have.

Holy Spirit, thank you that you live inside of me. You have made me able to know what is true and what is false. You have made me able to recognize and overcome evil that is in the world. Help me to hear and really listen to you. Amen

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My Refuge And My Fortress

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 360 – Psalm 91:1-6 – My Refuge And My Fortress – Growing As Disciples

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”  Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence.  He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.  You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. Psalm 91:1-6 (NIV)

Dwell

That is what I want to do. That is what I will do. What do you want to do? What will you do? I will dwell in your presence. Why will you dwell in my presence? I will dwell in your presence because you are my Savior and Lord. I will dwell in your presence because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will dwell in your presence because I want to live and walk through life with you. I want to know you intimately. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. That will be very good.

What will happen to you as you dwell in my presence? As I dwell in your presence, I will know you and have faith to declare that you are my refuge and fortress. You are my hope and deliverer. In you, I can confidently place all my trust. That conviction is yours because you have come to know me as you have dwelt in my presence. Yes, that is true without a doubt.

What has dwelling in my presence also done for you? As I have dwelt in your presence you have changed my heart and transformed my mind. I have wanted to know and do your will.  As I have dwelt in your presence, you have guided the course of my life. You have led me to where you wanted me to go. You have given me what you wanted me to do. Living the life, you have called me to live has been like a shield all around me. Following you has led me away from dangerous traps and hidden hazards. You have been my place of protection. You have been my shelter in the midst of storms. I have been able to hold on to you. I know that you have been holding on to me. Has the road always been easy? No. Have there been bumps and bruises along the way? Yes. Do I know that no matter what life throws at me, my eternal future, is secure and being kept and guarded by you? Yes, I do. And that has made all the difference. I know that my life now and forever is in your hands. In that, I have all the peace and hope and comfort and joy that I need. That is very good. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, you are my refuge and fortress. You are my hope and deliverer. Thank you that I can dwell in your presence and have peace and rest in even the most troubling of times. You will help me. You will bring me through. I will hold on to you as you hold on to me. Amen

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This Ministry

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 359 - 2 Corinthians 4:1 - The Ministry - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 359 – 2 Corinthians 4:1 – The Ministry – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, since through God’s mercy we have this ministry, we do not lose heart. 2 Corinthians 4:1 (NIV)

Don’t Quit

Alright, I won’t. You won’t what? I won’t quit. You won’t quit what? I won’t quit serving you. I won’t quit doing the ministry you have given to me. Have you been tempted to quit? You know the answer to that question. Yes, I know the answer to that question. Remember, I know your thoughts even before you think them. Then why ask me? I want to talk to you about your temptation to quit. Why haven’t you quit? What has kept you going? Knowing that you have given me this ministry has kept me going. Knowing that you will help me has kept me going. Knowing that you have gifted me to do this work has kept me going. Wanting to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name has kept me going. Wanting to do what is good and right and pleasing to you has kept me going. Those are all very good reasons to keep on serving me. Those are all very good reasons to keep on doing the work I have given you to do. That is what I thought. That is what I think.

But I don’t want you to be weary. I don’t want you to be worn out. I don’t want you to be burned out and on the verge of quitting. That is not my desire and plan for you. What do you want from me? What do you expect from me? What is your plan for me? Those are all very good questions. Let me ask you some more questions. Go ahead, I’m listening. How have I helped you? How have I strengthened you? How have I refreshed and revived and strengthened you? What has helped and hindered you from continuing to move forward with me? Letting my life get out of balance has hindered me from moving forward with you and continuing your work. Failing to come to rest in your presence has left me weary and worn out. So, what will you do differently? I will make sure that I am take care of my body. How so? I will get enough sleep. I will get enough exercise. I will eat a healthier diet. That is a good start, what else? I will allow you to take care of my soul. I will come to rest in your presence. I will take time just to be with you. I will listen attentively to you. I will meet with you in prayer and worship. I will offer to you all my praise and thanksgiving. That will be even better. Take care of your body and let me take care of your soul. Then you will have all that you need to keep on moving forward with me, to do the work I have given you. Does this sound like a good plan? This is a great plan. Yes, it is. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, thank you for preparing me to join you in what you are doing. Thank you for giving me a ministry to do for you. Strengthen and empower me to keep on serving you. Help me to never lose heart, quit, or give up doing the work you have prepared for me. Amen

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The Mind Of Christ

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 358 - 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 - The Mind Of Christ- Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 358 – 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 – The Mind Of Christ- Growing As Disciples

This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.  The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned.  The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment:  “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 (NIV)

My Teacher

There is nothing I need more. I have no stronger desire. What is your desire? What do you want? I want you to be my teacher. I am thankful that you are my teacher. You give me understanding. You show me what is true and what is false. You protect me from what is foolish and guide me into what is wise. No longer do I need to live by what is my best guess. No longer will I be guided by the thoughts and opinions and values of the world. What will you do? I will listen attentively to you. I will not race ahead with my own plan. I will not stubbornly hold on to my own ways. I will humbly and attentively listen to you. I will seek your guidance. I will follow your direction. That will be very good.

How will you receive my teaching? How will you listen to my instruction? How will you follow my guidance and direction? What are some actual steps that you will implement? How will your life look and be different because you want me to be your teacher? Those are all very good questions. Do you have any answers? Yes, I do. I will come to meet with you. I will draw near to you. I will quiet myself before you. I will center my attention on you. I will submit my heart and mind and life to you. How will you meet with me? I will meet with you in prayer. I will meet with you in worship. I will meet with you in your word. Those seem like part of the classroom to me. Those seem like where my instruction will begin. I will make it my priority to meet with you in prayer and worship and in your word on a daily basis so that I can place myself in a position to hear and be taught by you. That will be very good. Can you think of any other times and places when and where I will teach you? You will teach me at all times and in all places as I love, follow and serve you. Our formal and set times together in prayer and worship and in your word will strengthen my ability to hear from you at all times and in all places. Yes, it will. I look forward to all that you will teach me. I am glad beyond words that I am your student and you are my teacher. Teach me, I’m listening. That is very good. 

Holy Spirit, you are my teacher. You will give me understanding. You will teach me what I don’t know. You will give me wisdom and discernment to guide me through life. Thank you, I will no longer need to rely on my best guesses or the opinions of this world. Amen

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