Many Advisers

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 325 - Proverbs 11:14 - Many Advisers - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 325 – Proverbs 11:14 – Many Advisers – Growing As Disciples

For lack of guidance a nation falls, but many advisers make victory sure. Proverbs 11:14 (NIV)

Advisers

That is what I need. What is it that you need? I need wise advisers to give me good counsel. Why is that? I can’t tell you how many times I have rushed a decision without seeking good counsel from wise and trusted advisers. What has been the result of rushing your decisions without seeking wise counsel? Quite often, I have fallen flat on my face. I have suffered harm. I have wasted time and energy and resources. I have had to retrace my steps. I have had to start over. I have had to begin again. That is not a fun process. No, it is not. It is a very painful way to learn valuable life lessons. Why do you suppose that you have failed to seek out wise advisers to give you good counsel? Here may be an even harder question for you. Why do you think you have failed to listen to the wise advisers that I have brought into your life? The answer seems obvious to me. I have been filled with pride. I have been stubborn. I have been independent. I have been self-reliant and self-sufficient. I have thought that I knew it all and that I had all the answers. I have foolishly been wise in my own eyes. On top of that, I have been impatient. That is not good. No, it is not.

What is the danger of being proud and stubborn, independent, self-reliant and self-sufficient, impatient and wise in your own eyes? I will not be able to receive your instruction. I will not be able to accept your guidance. I will not be able to know and do what you ask of me. My life will be unfruitful and unproductive. I will go through life bouncing from one thing to another. I will walk a crooked path. I will not accomplish or fulfill your plans for my life. You understand the danger before you quite well. I have learned by every one of the mistakes I have made. Yes, you have learned well.

How are you now living your life differently? I am admitting that I need advice. I don’t know it all. I need wise counsel. So, I am listening attentively to you. I am also listening closely to the wise counselors that you have brought into my life. I am receiving your instruction. I am following your guidance. Why is that? I want to go and do your will. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I want to live a life that has no regrets. One day I want to hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Keep on listening to me. Keep on receiving wise counsel. Keep on following good advice. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I have made many mistakes because I rushed a decision. I did not seek wise counsel. I did not listen to good advice. I did not rely on you or any wise counselors you brought into my life. Forgive my pride. I will act on all the good counsel you give to me. Amen

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Sword Of The Spirit

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 324 - Ephesians 6:16-18 - Sword Of The Spirit - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 324 – Ephesians 6:16-18 – Sword Of The Spirit – Growing As Disciples

In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.  Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.  And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints. Ephesians 6:16-18 (NIV)  

Under Attack

Have you ever felt like you were under attack? Have you ever known that evil had come against you? Has it ever seemed like the devil was shooting flaming arrows at you? I can say yes to all your questions. I have definitely been under attack from the devil and all his evil. What protection do you have against the devil and all his evil? How will you be able to stand up when you are under attack? You will make me able to withstand up when I am under attack. How so? Right now, I can think of four ways that you will protect me when I am under attack. I’m listening. First, you have given me the shield of faith. You have helped me to place all my faith in you. You have helped me to come to rely fully on you. When I am under attack, I can come to you. I can draw near to you. I can submit myself to you. I can resist the devil and all his evil and he will flee from me. This shield of faith will protect me from whatever the devil tries to launch against me. Yes, it will. What else? You have given me a helmet of salvation. The life of salvation you have given me to live will protect my mind. You will help me to fix my thoughts on you. Instead of thinking evil thoughts, you will help me to think thoughts that are good and right and pleasing to you. You will guard my thoughts as I love, follow and serve you. Yes, I will. What else? You have given me your word. You have filled my heart and mind and life with your word. It is my delight to meet with you in your word. Your word is changing my heart, transforming my mind, and guiding my life. It is my joy to hear you speaking to me in and through your word. I am especially thankful that your Holy Spirit takes your word, and at just the right time, uses it like a sword to fight in me, with me, for me, and through me. Your word is making me able to resist temptation and fight against evil. Yes, it is. What else? Your Holy Spirit is helping me to remain alert and watchful and prayerful. You are helping me to live and walk through life with you in an ongoing dialogue of prayer. You are giving me prayers to pray. You are granting answers to my prayers. You are leading to pray for both myself and others. This life of prayer you have given me will be protecting me whenever I am under attack. Yes, it will. It pleases me that you know that you will have my protection when you come under attack. Thank you, Lord. I will rely on all your protection. That will be very good. 

Lord, thank you for your armor of protection. Thank you for the life of salvation you have given me to live. Help me to think your thoughts, speak your words and take your actions. Use your word as a sword to fight for me. Help me to be alert and prayerful. Amen

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I Love What You Revealed

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 323 - Psalm 119:161-168 - I Love What You Revealed - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 323 – Psalm 119:161-168 – I Love What You Revealed – Growing As Disciples

I’ve been slandered unmercifully by the politicians, but my awe at your words keeps me stable.  I’m ecstatic over what you say, like one who strikes it rich.  I hate lies—can’t stand them!— but I love what you have revealed.  Seven times each day I stop and shout praises for the way you keep everything running right.  For those who love what you reveal, everything fits— no stumbling around in the dark for them.  I wait expectantly for your salvation; GOD, I do what you tell me.  My soul guards and keeps all your instructions— oh, how much I love them!  I follow your directions, abide by your counsel; my life’s an open book before you.  Psalm 119:161-168 (MSG)

Your Word

What has my word revealed to you? How can I answer that question? Does that seem like a difficult question to you? No, it is not a difficult question. It is a question that has an almost unlimited amount of answers. Your word has done so much for me. Good, then you will have no difficulty in beginning to answer my question. I know that you cannot completely answer my question. Let me start by saying that I love your word. It is my joy and delight to hear from you. I am so thankful that you speak to me through your word. Your word has richly blessed my life. Being able to hear your instructions and follow your guidance has made me feel like I have struck it rich. Living by your counsel is guarding my life. Your word has made it so I will not stumble around in the darkness of this world. Your word has made me able to know and live by the truth. The entire course of my life is being guided by your word. How am I doing? Am I answering your question well, so far? Yes, you are doing very well, keep going. Yes, I feel like I have only begun. Your word is changing my heart. Your word is transforming my mind. Your word is forming all my thoughts, words and actions. Your word is making me able to stand against temptation and resist evil. Most importantly, your word has made me able to know and love and follow and serve you. Your word has shown me that you are both my Savior and Lord. Your word has shown me that I am your child. I have been adopted in your family. You have made me to be your own. There was a celebration in heaven on the day I turned my life over to you. I can keep going. That’s good. Hearing your word, has strengthened my faith. Your word is guiding my prayers. Your word has made me able to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Your word has helped me to shine brightly for you in the darkness of this world. Your word has filled my heart with thanksgiving and praise to you. Yes, my word has done all these things and many more for you. Keep on meeting with me in my word. Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, thank you for your word. I love to hear you speaking to me. Your word has been guarding and guiding the entire course of my life. I will receive your instruction and follow your direction as I abide by your counsel. Thank you for all your goodness to me. Amen

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Clothe Yourselves

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 322 - Romans 13:11-14 - Clothe Yourselves - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 322 – Romans 13:11-14 – Clothe Yourselves – Growing As Disciples

And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.  The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature. Romans 13:11-14 (NIV)

What Time Is It? 

That is a very good question. What is a very good question? What time is it? Tell me more of your thoughts about that question. I’m thinking about your return. I’m thinking about your second coming. Your return and second coming seem more imminent. How so? You described what the season of your return would look like. I believe that we are entering into that season of tumultuous upheaval that could signal your return. Our world is filled with what seems like unprecedented hatred and strife. Evil is being uplifted and applauded. Good is being ridiculed and scorned. Nations are rising up against nations. Even the weather on our planet seems to be going haywire. So, how will your thought that my return and second coming might be more imminent change the way that you live your life? That is a very good question. I do have one thought before I answer your question. What’s that? Personally, whether your return and second coming is imminent or my life on earth is coming much closer to its end, I know that one way or another, I will soon be with you. So, either one tells me my answer to the question of, “What time is it?” What is your answer?  My answer is that the time is short. That is a good answer. 

Now would you answer my question? How will the shortness of time impact the way that you live your life? I want to make the most of the time. How will you make the most of the time? I will make sure that I am immediately and continually putting off deeds of darkness or any thought of how I might gratify a sinful desire. I will make sure that I am walking in the light with you. I will keep putting on the new life that you have given me to live. I will listen attentively to your voice. I will follow you to where you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. What am I likely to ask of you? You are likely to ask me to do things that will bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Like what? Go and make disciples. Help lead others to you. Teach others what you have taught me. Live brightly and boldly as your witness in the world. Yes, I will ask all of these things of you. Do you know why that is? Yes, the time is short. Yes, it is. 

Lord, thank you for pulling me out of the darkness. You have made it so I can walk in the light with you. I will immediately and continually reject any thought of trying to gratify sinful desires. Instead, I will put on the new life you have given me to live. Amen

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His Trust

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Blessing - Psalm 40:4 - His Trust - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Blessing – Psalm 40:4 – His Trust – Growing As Disciples

Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not look to the proud, to those who turn aside to false gods. Psalm 40:4 (NIV)

Trust In Me

Are you placing all your trust in me? I don’t know. How can I possibly know the answer to that question? Are you thinking that you can’t possibly know the answer to that question? Yes, that is exactly what I am thinking. Then you have the wrong thought in you. There is a way you can know if you are or are not placing all your trust in me. How so? Let me ask you a few questions. You have my full attention. That’s good. Here goes. I’m ready. Are you worried? Are you full of stress? Are you paralyzed by indecision? Are you filled with doubt and fear? Do you lack confidence to make decisions and move forward? Are you timid or are you bold? I see where this is headed. You are a quick study. Not really. Yes, I know.  If I am worried and filled with stress, I am not placing all my trust in you. The same could be said about indecision, doubt and fear. If I can’t make a decision and move forward it is almost a certainty that I am placing my trust in myself. You want me to trust you so that I can boldly serve you. That’s right. I want you to place all your trust in me. That’s what I want. That will be very good.

I have not finished helping you to know if you are placing all your trust in me. There is more? Yes, there is much more. Do you have many more questions for me? Yes, I have more questions for you. Are you praying to me? Are you asking for my help? Are you turning your worry and stress and anxiety into prayers to me? Are you turning your doubts and fears and timidity over to me? All these are just symptoms of the problem. What is the problem? You are not placing all your trust in me. Placing all your trust in me will require you to pray to me. So, there are really negative and positive signs to indicate if I am really placing all my trust in you, is that right? Yes, that is right.  Now, you’ve got it. 

Will you come to me in prayer? Will you turn your life over to me? Will rely on me for all that you need? Yes Lord, I will pray. I will turn my life over to you. I will rely on you for all that I need. Then you will be placing all your trust in me.

Lord, I have made the mistake of trusting in my own strength, abilities and resources as I have gone through trials in life. I have also trusted in others. Those have been foolish choices that have failed miserably. Forgive me. I will now place my full trust in you. Amen

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Arm Yourselves

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 321 - 1 Peter 4:1-2 - Arm Yourselves - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 321 – 1 Peter 4:1-2 – Arm Yourselves – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, since Christ suffered in his body, arm yourselves also with the same attitude, because he who has suffered in his body is done with sin.  As a result, he does not live the rest of his earthly life for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God. 1 Peter 4:1-2 (NIV)

Armed 

That is what I want to be. What do you want to be? I want to be armed with your mind. I want to be able to think your thoughts. I want to think thoughts that are good and right and pure and true. That is a very good desire that you have in you. Why is it so important for you to think my thoughts? I live in a hostile and sinful world. The thoughts and attitudes, patterns and practices of the world wage war against my soul. Daily, my mind is being bombarded by the world. The world would like me to be molded according to its patterns and practices. The world desires that I think and speak and act like everyone else in it. Without your mind, I am left with my mind. My mind is not strong. My mind is not powerful. My mind cannot withstand the onslaught and constant bombardment that the world launches against it. Without your mind, I will think and speak and act like everyone else in the world. Without your mind, I will live a sinful and worldly life. That would not be good. No, it would not.

How will you arm yourself with my mind? I think only you can arm me with your mind. How will you allow me to arm you with my mind? I will leave the world behind. I will put off the world, along with all its patterns and practices. I will draw near to you. I will submit my heart and mind and life to you. I will meet with you in your word. I will allow your word to change my heart and transform my mind. I will allow your word to form your thoughts and words and actions in me. I will allow your word and your Holy Spirit to fight in me, with me, for me and through me. Your word will make me able to stand against temptation and resist evil. I will put on the new life I have in you. I will follow you to where you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. I will be at your service. I will be ready for your use. I will live the life you are calling me to live. I will no longer live for earthly and human desires. I will live to know and do your will. That will be my goal. That will be my purpose. That will be my prayer. That will be very good. That will be a prayer that I will answer for you. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I know I am living in a sinful and hostile world. I know I will suffer simply because I am one of your followers. I also know that the attitudes, patterns and practices of the world wage war against my soul. Arm me with your mind so I can live my life fully for you. Amen

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Opened Their Minds

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 320 - Luke 24:45-49 - Opened Their Minds - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 320 – Luke 24:45-49 – Opened Their Minds – Growing As Disciples

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures.  He told them, “This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.  You are witnesses of these things.  I am going to send you what my Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high.” Luke 24:45-49 (NIV)

Opened Mind 

There is a big difference between having an “open mind” and having an “opened mind.” Really, how so? In the world someone who says, they have an “open mind” often means that they are willing to try anything no matter how vile and sinful it may be. They will likely, almost certainly, suffer great harm with that approach to life. They will live with deep regrets. They will experience a life that will, no doubt, be bruised and battered and broken. Their open-minded pursuit of pleasure with only lead them down a path of pain and suffering. So, in this regard, I want to have a closed mind. I only want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. That is very good.

You mentioned that there was a difference between having an “open mind” and an “opened mind”? What did you mean by that? I want you to open my mind. I want you to open my mind so I can understand your word. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to receive your instruction. I want to follow your guidance. So, that is my prayer. That is my desire. That is my request. Do you believe that I will open your mind so you can understand my word? Without a doubt, I know that you will make me able to understand your word. Yes, I will, you are correct. What will my word do for you? Your word will change the desires of my heart. Your word will transform the thoughts of my mind. Your word will guard and guide the course of my life. Yes, my word will do all these things for you.

What must you do with my word? I must follow and obey your word. It would be foolish and sinful to only hear your word. I must go where your word guides me and do what your word asks of me. I must keep in step with you and your word. I must not run ahead or lag behind your word. That is true. What do you know about my word? Where will my word guide you? What will my word give you to do? Your word will guide me into the world to be your witness. Your Holy Spirit will use your word to empower me to be a bold witness for you in the world. Will you do that for me? Will you be my witness in the world? Yes Lord, I will. It will be my joy to help others to come to know and love and follow and serve you. That will be very good.

Lord, only you can open my mind so I can understand your word. I will wait quietly and listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. Help me to follow and obey your word. I will go and do whatever you ask me. Help me to be your bold witness in the world. Amen

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Follow Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 319 - Luke 5:27-32 - Follow Me - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 319 – Luke 5:27-32 – Follow Me – Growing As Disciples

After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him,  and Levi got up, left everything and followed him. Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them.  But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and ‘sinners’?”  Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.  I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:27-32 (NIV)

Old For New

That is exactly what I have left. What have you left? I have left my old life in the world. I have left the old and sinful patterns and practices of my old life for the completely new life I have in you. Was that difficult? Was that painful? I will tell you this. My old life in the world was no prize. I fully lived out the verse in your word that says, “The wages of sin is death.” How so? My sinful life left me bruised and battered and broken. My sinful life left me at rock bottom. My sinful life made me see the error of my own ways. My sinful life helped me to cry out to you. I am thankful that you came into this world for a person such as me. I was certainly sick. I definitely needed a doctor. I needed a doctor that could heal my life. I needed a doctor who could restore and refresh, revive and most importantly save my soul. Only you, are such a doctor. Yes, I am.

What did you need to do so that I could heal your life? I needed to acknowledge and confess my sin. I need to turn away from my old life of sin. I needed to ask for and receive your forgiveness and cleansing of my sin. I needed to completely turn my life over to you. I need to respond affirmatively to your call for me to follow you. Any less of a response to you would not have allowed your healing to come into my life. Why is that? How could I be healed from the sickness of my old life if I were not willing to live the new life that you secured for me? You could not be, that is true.  

What must you keep on doing? That is a very good question. Leaving my old life of sin was a one time, for all of life, decision that I need to keep on reaffirming every day. Why is that? Every day I need to keep on distancing myself from my old life so I can keep on living the new life I have in you. Every once in a while, elements from my old life seem to want to check back with me to see if I have any ongoing interest in them. With all the power and strength that you will give me, the answer is and will continue to be no. I will keep on living the completely new life I have in you. I will keep on following you to where you lead me to do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good. You are my Savior. You are my Lord. Yes, I am.

Lord, thank you for calling me to come to you. Thank you, for healing my bruised and broken, sinful life. Thank you for helping to leave my old life in the world, so I can live the completely new life I have in you. I will follow you wherever you lead me. Amen

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My Love

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 318 - John 15:9-12- My Love - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 318 – John 15:9-12- My Love – Growing As Disciples

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love.  If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love.  I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.  My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. John 15:9-12 (NIV)

Obey You

How sad would it be if I tried to obey you simply because I should or must? How pathetic would it be if my desire to obey you was only a compulsion rooted in a sense of obligation? How successful would I be in obeying you, if I would rather not, and my heart was not in it? Those are very interesting questions. You already know what I am going to say, don’t you? Yes, I do. You are going to ask me to answer my own questions. Yes, I am. I’ll answer that last question first. Go ahead, I’m listening. I would have no chance of being successful in obeying you, if I would rather not, and my heart was not in it. Of that, I am certain. Of that, I am sure. Why is that? Let me say this, I do not have a sad and pathetic reason to obey you. I don’t obey you because I should or must. I don’t obey you because I feel a compulsion that is rooted in a sense of obligation. Furthermore, I don’t believe that you would be pleased or have any joy in seeing me try to obey you for those reasons. No, I would not. You are correct. Why then do you obey my commands? I want to obey you because I love you. It is the passionate desire of my heart to do what is good and right and pleasing to you. My love for you has filled me with desire to know and do your will. I want to live in your love. I want to obey your commands. I want to live a life that is filled with the same joy that you had in loving and following and obeying your Heavenly Father. I want to follow your example. I want to love you like you loved.  I want to do what you did. So, I will love you. I will love my Heavenly Father. I will love others just as you have loved me. This is what is good and right and pleasing to you. Yes, it is. This is the life I want to live with and for you, because I love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. That is very good. Yes, it is. It is way beyond very good. It is all that I could have every hoped for, dreamed, or desired. Yes, it is. 

Lord, thank you for loving me. Help me to live and remain in your love. Help me to fully demonstrate my love for you by obeying your commands. Help me to follow your example by loving others deeply from my heart. Help me to live a life of complete joy in you. Amen

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To Prepare

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 317 - Ephesians 4:11-13 - To Prepare - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 317 – Ephesians 4:11-13 – To Prepare – Growing As Disciples

It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers,  to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up  until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV)

My Role

That has been a big question for me. What has been a big question for you? What is my role in the body of Christ? What is my role in your church? What work have you assigned to me? How do you want to prepare me to do the work you have given me to do for you? I noticed that you said this has been a big question for you. Is it less of a question for you now? Yes, I finally feel like I have found my place and my role in your body. That’s good. I would agree. You are doing the work that you have been prepared to do. That’s good to hear.

You do have some questions. You do have some concerns. You do have some frustrations. Yes, I do. Tell me about them. I’m not sure that leaders in the church have gotten the message. I’m not sure that leaders in the church understand their primary role. I’m not sure that the members in your body understand their primary role either. How so? Leaders like apostles and prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers are supposed to prepare and build up the members of the body to do the work of ministry. That is correct. What do you see happening? I see leaders doing most, maybe nearly all the work of ministry. They become overworked and heavily burdened and burn out because there is too much work to be done. That’s not good. No, it’s not. That is only half the problem. What else do you see? I see large numbers, maybe most, of the members of the body becoming underutilized spectators. They are weak, untrained, inadequately prepared and insufficiently built up. Seldom do they discover and use the gifts you have given to them. Seldom do they find the role in ministry that you have prepared for them. That’s not good either. No, it’s not. That is not all the problem either. How so? Underutilized members of your body, that have become spectators, will not be able to bear much fruit for your kingdom. Nor will they be able to bring much glory to your name. They will not shine as brightly for you in the world as you intend. They will not grow up fully in their faith. They will not become fully like you in loving and serving others. No, they will not. 

Do you have a prayer? Do you have a request? Yes Lord, help me to be prepared as I prepare others. Help me to be built up so I can build others up. Help me to do the work of ministry as I also help others do the work of ministry. Help me to find my role in your body as I help others find their role in your body. Let none of your body become spectators. Engage us all in your work. Help us all to become more and more like you as we love, follow and serve you. I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I want to find and fulfill my role in your body, the church. Help me to be prepared and built up to do the work of ministry you have assigned to me. Help me to become more like you as I remain rooted and growing and serving others in your body. Amen

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