Earnestly Seek Him

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Identity - Hebrews 11:1,6 - Earnestly Seek Him - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Hebrews 11:1,6 – Earnestly Seek Him – Growing As Disciples

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

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)  

Seek Him

Here I am Lord. It’s me again. I’m here to meet with you. I’m in this sacred place. It is our special time. There is no place I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather do than seek you with all my heart. I want to know you intimately. I want to follow you closely. I want to do your will. I want to live in ways that please you. So, I have stopped all my activity. My heart and mind and life are focused on you. What do you want to say to me? What do you want to show me? What do you want to do in me? What do you want to do for me? What do you want to do through me? I am excited to be on my walk of faith in you. I believe in you. I trust you. I am relying on you. That is very good.

Thank you for all the rewards you have brought into my life as I have been earnestly seeking you with all my heart. What rewards have I brought into your life as you have earnestly sought me? You have healed my bruised and battered and broken life as I rested in your presence. You have refreshed me. You have revived me. You have restored me. You have guarded and guided me as I have followed you. As I have meditated on your word, you have been changing my heart and transforming my mind. You have given me new thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do. You have made me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have made me able to shine brightly as your witness in the world. But, best of all you are helping me to come to know you. I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. You have drawn near to me as I have drawn near to you. Living and walking in a love relationship with you has become the joy of my life. That is very good. 

What would you like to ask of me? I want to know you better. I want to draw nearer. I want to go deeper. I want to love you more intensely. I want to shine more brightly for you. I want to be used more fully by you. I want to bear more fruit for you kingdom and bring more glory to your name. Do you believe that I will hear and answers these prayers of yours? Yes, I do. That is very good.

Father, it is my priority and plan to seek you with all my heart. I want to know you intimately. I want to follow you closely. I want to accomplish the purpose and plan you have for my life. I want to fully live in ways that please you. Thank you for these desires. Amen

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Filled With The Spirit

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Identity – Ephesians 5:15-20 – Filled With The Spirit – Growing As Disciples

Be very careful, then, how you live–not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Ephesians 5:15-20 (NIV)

Making The Most

That’s exactly what I want to do. What’s that? I want to make the most of every opportunity. I don’t want to waste time. I don’t want to misspend my life. I don’t want to go where I should not have gone. I don’t want to do what I should not have done. I want my life to have been well used by you. At the end of my life I will want to know with certainty that I have known and done your will. Anything less than that will have been a waste of time and a misspending of my life. It is very good that you have this desire in your heart. Where do you think this desire has come from? This desire certainly did not originate with me. This desire has come from you. You want me to well use my life in your service. That’s true. You have caused this desire to burn hotly in my heart. That’s right. Do you believe that I am both the giver and granter of the desires of your heart? Yes, I do. I believe that you will grant whatever desire you have placed in my heart. You would not give me a desire that you would not fulfill. No, I would not. 

So, you have nothing to worry about? I would not say that. Why not? The world is an alluring place. My heart and mind and life are continually being bombarded by the thoughts, and opinions and values of the world. It is not difficult to get off track. It is easy to take missteps and head the wrong direction. I need to be vigilant. I need to be watchful. I need to be on guard. I must be reliant on you and not on myself. I must rely on your power and strength. I must ask for your wisdom. I must follow your direction. I must let you guard and guide my life. On my own, I cannot know and do your will. On my own I cannot well spend my life in your service. No, you cannot. So, every day I will ask you to fill me with your Spirit so that I can know and do your will. That will be very good. Then you will have nothing to worry about as you love, follow and serve me. Then you will make the most of every opportunity. Then you will have well spent your life by knowing and doing my will. Thank you Lord.

Holy Spirit, fill me afresh and fully so that I will be able to know and do the Lord’s will. Give me your power. Guide the work of my hands. Make full use of my life for the glory and kingdom of God. I will rely on you and not myself. Amen

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Earnestly Seek Him

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Hebrews 11:6 – Earnestly Seek Him – 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)

Rewards

In everything I think, say and do I want to please you. Sometimes I have a hard time believing that it would be possible for me to please you. Why is that? You are perfect. You are Holy. I am imperfect. I am a sinner. If that were completely true then you are right, it would be impossible for you to please me. What isn’t completely true about what I said? You tell me. I am positive that you are perfect and holy. Yes, I am, that is not where you made a mistake. I also said that I am imperfect and I am also a sinner. Yes you did, what is wrong about that statement? Well, I have been forgiven and cleansed of all my unrighteousness. Yes, that’s right and what else? I have been made holy and perfect in your Son, Jesus Christ. His righteousness is now my righteousness. He has made me pure and holy in your sight. Yes, that is what He has done for you. So, now I can do what pleases you, is that correct? Yes, that is correct. Do you have faith to believe this? Yes, I believe that I can now do what pleases you. Yes, you can please me. Yes you do please me.

What do you think pleases me? I’m not positive. What must you do if you want to please me? Now, that I do know. If I want to please you I know that I must earnestly seek you. What does it mean to earnestly seek me?  I earnestly seek you with all my heart and mind and soul. Everything that is within me desires to seek you. The focus of all my attention is on seeking you. There is nothing I would rather do than seek you. There is no place that I would rather be than in your presence. Why is it that you are so earnest in your desire to seek me? I love you with all my heart and mind and soul. You have made me. You have saved me. You have forgiven me. You are molding and shaping me. You have made me to be your child. You are my Father. Yes, I am and all that is within me loves you. You have learned to love me because I have first loved you. Yes, of that I am positive.

What will happen to you as you earnestly seek me? I will know you. I will know your will and your ways. I will know for sure what you are calling me to do for you. You will help me to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. I will go where you guide me and do what you ask of me. Then I will know and do what is pleasing to you. Yes, you will.

What will you receive from me as you earnestly seek me and do what pleases me? You will reward me. I’m not sure what your rewards will look like. It is rewarding enough to be called your child. It is rewarding enough to be used by you. It is rewarding enough to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. It is rewarding enough to know that one day I will come to live forever in heaven with you. Yes, you will. Then you will be fully rewarded for earnestly seeking me.

Father, I do believe in and love you with all my heart and mind and soul. I am earnestly seeking you with all that is within me. It is my desire to live the life Christ has secured for me with and for you. Thank you for rewarding me. Amen

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Life In His Name

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – John 20:30-31 – Life In His Name – Growing As Disciples

Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. John 20:30-31 (NIV)

Believing 

What have I done for you? What can you share with others about your faith in me? How will what I have done for you encourage others to put their faith in me? Your work in my life is like a message that speaks out to others in need. There is nothing dramatically special about me. I certainly did not merit or earn your favor. Yet, you chose to draw me to you. You forgave and cleansed me of my sins. You healed me within. You mended my bruised, battered and broken life. You made me your child. You are my father and I am your son. Yes, you are. I live each day in fellowship with you. You guard and guide my life. You have given me purpose, meaning and hope. It is my joy to love, follow and serve you. We walk together through life. I am not exempt from pain and suffering. I have experienced difficulties, trials, hardships and setbacks. In all of these I know that I can hold on to you. I also know that you are holding on to me. Yes, I am.

We live in a relationship together. I talk to you and you talk to me. You know me and I know you. I can hear your voice. It’s not an audible voice. It’s a quiet voice that I hear when I draw near to meet with you. There is no place that I would rather be than in your presence. There is nothing I would rather hear than you speaking to me. Sometime I would like you to surprise me. I would like to hear your audible voice. Is that necessary? No, it is not. Can I wait till we meet each other face to face? Yes, I can. My faith in you is strong. My faith in you is being kept and guarded by your power. Yes, it is. Your written word speaks to me. I know that you meet me in your word. Yes, I do. You take your word and apply it to my life. You are transforming my mind and changing my heart with your word. You are helping me to know you. You are helping me to think your thoughts. You are allowing me to feel what you feel. Your word is changing who I am, what I think, what I say and what I do. Yes, it is.

How did you come to faith in me? How have I used others to speak into your life? You used many people as your hands and feet and eyes and ears and mouth on my behalf. People went out of their way to minister your love to me. They told me about you. They shared the life that they had with you with me. Many times I thought that I was in the presence of angels. But, no, they were regular people that you were working in and through. They were people who knew and loved you. They shared all that you had done for them. I was drawn to what I saw of you in them. I wanted what they had. I wanted to know and love you too. So, I gave my life to you. Is that a miracle? Yes, it certainly is. Is giving your life to me something that you would like to tell others about? Would you like your life to draw others to me? Yes Lord, I would.

Lord, you have done miraculous things for me. You came into this world to save me. You rescued me from a life without you. You made it so I could come to believe in you. You are using me now to share my faith. You have given me new life in your name. Amen

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Love Is

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 – Love Is – Growing As Disciples

Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrongdoing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (ESV)

Work In You

How has love caused you to bear all things? How has love helped you to believe all things? How has love given you hope in all things? How has love strengthened you to endure all things? Those are tough questions. Why is that? I have not love liked you love. I have not followed your example. I have not lived like you lived. Would you like to love like I loved? Would you like to follow my example? Would you like to live like I lived? Yes, I want to follow your example. I want to become like you. I want to do what you did. I want to live like you lived. I want to love like you loved. Do you have this power to love within you? Do you mean can I love like you loved with my own strength. That is not what I asked. But, go ahead and answer that question. No, I certainly cannot love like you loved with my own strength. Neither can I lived like you lived or become like you with my own strength. That’s true, you have answered me correctly on that question. But, let’s go back to my original question. Do I have the power within me to love like you loved? Yes, you could expand that question to include, live like I lived, follow my example, and become like me. Before you answer, let me give you a clue. What’s that? Don’t say, “no.” That’s quite a clue. Do I have the power within me to love like you loved, live like you lived and follow your example? That is the question under consideration. The answer is not no. The answer is yes. How can the answer be yes? I know. Your Holy Spirit is living and dwelling inside of me. Yes, He is. Your Holy Spirit is living and working inside of me. Yes, He is. Your Holy Spirit will make me able to love like you loved and live like you lived. Your Holy Spirit will make me able to follow your example so that I will become like you. Yes, He will. I should expect that your Holy Spirit will make me able to bear all things, believe all things, hope all things and endure all things as I love, follow and serve you. That’s right. Will you allow my Holy Spirit to do His complete work in you? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I have not been patient. I have not been kind. I have been arrogant and filled with pride. I have been self-seeking. I have kept a record of wrongs. I want no more of this kind of self-centered life. I want to follow your example. Help me to love like you loved. Amen

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Think About Such Things

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – Philippians 4:8-9 – Think About Such Things – Growing As Disciples

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.  Philippians 4:8-9 (NIV)  

Think, Speak, Act

Do you want my peace to come into your life? Yes, of course I want your peace to come into my life. How can I welcome your peace into my life? What must I do if I want to live in your peace? It is a good thing that you are asking me these questions. Why is that? If you want my peace in your life there is something that you must do. What’s that? You must think my thoughts. How can I think your thoughts? What kind of thoughts am I thinking right now? Is there something wrong about my thoughts? Am I not thinking your thoughts? How are your thoughts formed? Where can you learn of my thoughts? Where do thoughts that are not of me come from? I can learn of your thoughts from your word. That’s right. Your thoughts from your word will change my thoughts. You will replace my thoughts that come from the world with your thoughts that come from your word. You got it. As I think your thoughts I will begin to experience your peace. Yes, you will.

Do you want my peace to come into your life? Didn’t you just ask me that? Didn’t we just go over that question? Yes, we discussed how my peace would begin to come into your life. I’m guessing there is more. That would be a good guess. If you want my peace to come into your life then you will not only begin to think my thoughts but you will also begin to speak my words. The words that come out of your mouth will show you and everyone else what is in your heart and on your mind. You will think and speak words that are filled with my peace. I got it. Not quite yet you don’t. There is more? Yes, there is more.

Do you want my peace to come into your life? I knew you were going to ask me that question again. I’m welcoming your peace into my life by allowing you to change my thoughts and words. What else would you like to change? It is not enough for your thoughts and words to be changed if you want to live in my peace. You must allow me to change your actions. How do you want to change my actions? I want you to put into practice all that I have been teaching you. I don’t want you to be just a hearer and speaker. I also want you to be a doer. I want you to go where I guide you. I want you to do all that I ask of you. Will you think my thoughts, speak my words and do my deeds? Yes Lord, I will. Then my peace will live and dwell in you.

Lord, I know that the world and all that is in it will never bring me peace. The world does not think your thoughts, speak your words, or do your deeds. Help me to think, speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you so that your peace can come into my life. Amen

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Aroma Of Christ

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 – Aroma Of Christ – Growing As Disciples

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task? 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NIV)

Fragrance

What do you smell like? Of all the questions you could have asked me; I would have never predicted that question. Why are you asking me that question? What do you mean by asking me that question? What kind of answer are you looking for from me? I have no idea of how to begin to answer that question. I will help you out by asking you more questions? That would be great. Is there a pleasing aroma to your life? Are others drawn to the kind of life you are living? Is there anything about you that stands out in an attractive way? Are others inquisitive about you, because they see something good and positive and right in you? Now, I am beginning to understand your questions. Let me hear some of your answers. Before I came to know you as my Savior and Lord I am sure that my life did not smell good. How so? My life had a selfish, self-centered, self-reliant, and self-absorbed sinful odor to it. I did not stand out as dramatically different from anyone else in the world. I lived for myself. I sought my own comfort and pleasure. I consumed things and used people. I went where I wanted. I did what I wanted. Everything about my life revolved around me. I was the center of my own universe. There was certainly nothing about my life that was pleasing to you or appealing to others. I’m sad to say that I was not the least bit troubled by the selfish and sinful odor of my life. My life stunk and I did not even know it. That’s not good.

What has changed about you? Everything has changed about me. You have changed me. You are changing me. You are making me to be a completely new and different person. You are changing me from the inside out. My heart and mind and life are different because of you. My thoughts and words and deeds are different because of you. Why is that? You are now my Savior and Lord. You have broken the power of sin over my life. You are now leading me in victory. How so? I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to do what is pleasing to you. What is pleasing to me? You want me to love others just as you have loved me. How does your life now smell? I hope and believe that my life is a pleasing aroma to you and an appealing fragrance to others. I can confidently say this only because you are living your life in and through me. You are making me to be a pleasing aroma and appealing fragrance in the world so that others will be drawn to you. That is my prayer. That is my hope. That is what I believe you are doing in and through me as you lead me in your victory. Yes, I have. Yes, I am. Yes, I will.

Lord, before I came to know you as my Savior and Lord my life smelled of evil and carnal worldliness. I lived a selfish and sinful life. Nothing about my life was pleasing to you or appealing to others. Use my life now to spread the fragrance of you everywhere. Amen

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Your Heart Will Be

 

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – Matthew 6:19-21 – Your Heart Will Be – Growing As Disciples

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)  

Store Up 

What has your attention? How do you spend your time? How are you using the life you have been given? Are you pursuing all that the world offers? Are you seeking your own comfort and pleasure? Are you living for yourself? Are you living for others? Are you living for me? Those are all good questions. I know that my answers to those questions have changed over time. How so? At one time, I was living for myself. I was seeking my own comfort and pleasure. The world and all that it offered had my complete attention. I was like a kid in a candy store. I wanted it all. Just like having too much of a good thing in a candy store will make you sick, so will living for all the comforts and pleasures of this world. Just like having the latest greatest and greatest toy in the store will never satisfy, nor will the next comfort and pleasure of the world. What the world offers is temporary. It will not satisfy. It will not last. It cannot be taken with you when you leave this world. It is a foolish expenditure of a life to chase after all the candy and toys of this life. These are things that I have learned and am learning as I go through life following you. That’s good. 

I want to invest my life. I want my life to be well spent. I’m done trying to store up earthly treasures that will waste away. I want to invest my life in what will count for all eternity. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. I want to be used by you. I want to store up treasures in heaven with you. I want people to great me in heaven and say that they are there because you used me to reach out to them. I want to know that you are using me to bring others to you. I want to be a worker in your harvest. Will you use me? Will you enable me to bear fruit for you? Will you help me to store up treasure in heaven with you? Are these the desires and prayers of your heart? Yes, these are the desires and prayers of my heart. Do you know what I do with desires of your heart? Yes, you both give and grant them. Yes, I do. Yes, I will help you to bear fruit for my kingdom. Yes, I will help you to store up treasures in heaven as you follow and serve me. Lead on, I will follow and serve you. That will be very good.

Lord, I have spent plenty of time, talent and resources trying to store up treasures on the earth. What a wasteful expenditure. Help me now to bear fruit for your kingdom. I will follow you. I will serve you. Use me now to store up treasure in heaven with you. Amen

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Lay Down Our Lives

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Love – 1 John 3:16-18 – Despises His Neighbor – Growing As Disciples

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers. If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 1 John 3:16-18 (NIV) 

What Love Is

What is love? What does love look like? How is love demonstrated? When have you seen love fully on display? I can answer those questions. You have made it easy for me to answer those questions. Love looks like you. You are the demonstration of love. I have seen love fully on display through how you lived your life. How so? You came into this world as a man. You emptied yourself of all your rights and privileges. You claimed nothing for yourself. You counted others as better than yourself. You looked not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. You lived your life fully and completely for others. You came into this world as a sacrifice for sin. You laid down your life. You poured yourself out. Why did you do this? You loved your Heavenly Father. You loved those He gave to you to be your followers. You loved all those who would one day come to know and love you through the word of their testimony. I am one of those people. You loved and gave yourself for me. You came into this world to live and die for me. That’s true.

So, you have seen me. You have heard and seen my example. You know what I have done for you. You know that I have lavished you with my love. I have made you to be my very own. You are my child. You are my brother. I am your Savior and Lord. I am your God and King. Yes, you are and for all this I am eternally grateful and thankful. That is very good. What is it that you now want to do? What is the desire of your heart and mind? How do you want to live your life? Will you follow my example? Will you go and do what I did? Yes Lord, I will follow your example. I will love like you loved. I will give like you gave. I will serve like you served. I will go and do the Heavenly Father’s will. With your help, I will accomplish His purposes and fulfill His plans. I will do the good works that have been prepared for me to do. I will lay my life down. I will give myself in service to you and to others that you bring into my life. Help me to love others deeply from my heart with all my thoughts and words and deeds. Use my life to bear fruit for your kingdom. Help me to bring glory to your name. Yes, I will you can be sure of that.

Father, help me to lay down my life in service to you and to others. May I not love in words alone but also in actions that express your sacrificial love to others. Use my life and all that I have to meet the needs of those around me. Amen

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Love – 1 John 3-16-18 – Lay Down Our Lives – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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Your Faith Is Growing

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Gratitude - 1 Thessalonians 2:13 - Your Faith Is Growing - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – 1 Thessalonians 2:13 – Your Faith Is Growing – Growing As Disciples

And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NIV) 

Received

That is a very important word. What’s that? Received, is a very important word. How so? I will ask you a few questions to help you understand the importance of the word, received. Go ahead, I’m listening. It is very good that you are listening. Here are my questions. How are you receiving my word into your life? How has receiving my word into your life allowed me to use my word to work in your life? How have I used my word to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life? How are your thoughts, words and deeds different because my word has been working in you? How has the entire course of your life changed because my word has been working in you? What will happen to your life if you do not continue to receive my word into it? You have asked a lot of questions. You can start answering them now. 

I will start by answering your first and last questions. That’s great. I am meeting with your word. I have set apart a time and a place to meet every day with you in your word. I am meditating on your word day and night. I am letting your word dwell in me richly. How so? I am reading your word. I am studying your word. I am meditating on and memorizing your word. I am praying your word. I am proclaiming your word to others. I am taking a firm hold of your word so that it takes a firm hold of me. What do you mean by that? Well, in every way possible I am receiving your word into my life and then I am putting it into practice as I love, follow and serve you. That is very good. What would happen if you didn’t receive my word into your life and then put into practice? That was your last question. Yes, it was. Your working in my life will be hindered and short circuited if I don’t receive your word into my life and then put it into practice. That’s true.

What kind of work has my word been doing in you? Your word has been changing my heart, transforming my mind and guiding my life. How so? Your word has broken me free from bondages that once entangled my life. Your word has made me able to stand against evil and resist temptation. Your word has given me new thoughts to think, words to speak and deeds to do. Your word has set me on fire to want to know and do your will. Your word has given me a passion to want to do what is pleasing to you. Your word has changed the entire course of my life. Yes, it has.  Keep on receiving my word into your life. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Heavenly Father, thank you for your word. Daily I am receiving your word into my life. Use your word to do your work in my life. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. Thank you for molding and shaping me with your word. Amen

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