Trained By Constant Practice

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - The Word Centered Life - Day 25 - Hebrews 5-11-14 - Trained By Constant Practice - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Word Centered Life – Day 25 – Hebrews 5-11-14 – Trained By Constant Practice – Growing As Disciples

About this we have much to say, and it is hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.  For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the basic principles of the oracles of God. You need milk, not solid food, for everyone who lives on milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, since he is a child. But solid food is for the mature, for those who have their powers of discernment trained by constant practice to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14 (ESV)

Constant Practice

What do those words mean to you? I’m not exactly sure what you mean. How will you put my word into constant practice in your life? How will you allow me to teach and train you with my word? How will you allow me to guard and guide you with my word? How will continually allow me to use my word to change the way that you think and speak and act? Do my thoughts and words and actions need changing? What do you think? I think I have asked a dumb question. Why is that? Without your word continually doing its work in my life, I am certain to become dull of hearing. Why is that? Worldly cares and concerns are certain to dull my hearing and divert my focus away from you. Meeting with you daily in your word will help me to remain vitally connected to you. I know that you will use your word to teach and train me. I know that you will use your word to guard and guide me. I know that your word is the tool that you will use to help me think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to you. I am certain that your word will help me to live a vibrant life of faith that you desire for me. You are correct. But it is never a dumb question to ask yourself if your thoughts or words or actions needing changing. Failing to ask that question would be dumb. Failing to allow me to use my word to mold and shape your life would be a tragic mistake. Of that, I am certain. That is very good.

So, what will constant practice of my word look like in your daily life? There is one appointment I will have on my daily schedule that will be my number one priority, with no close second. I will meet with you daily in your word. I will allow you to use your word to do your work in my life. I will listen attentively to you. My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. Here I am right now, in your word, listening to you. There is no place I would rather be. There is nothing I would rather do. Nothing is more important. Nothing is of greater value. Speak to me Lord. I am listening. Mold and shape me Lord. Help me to life the life you have called me to live. That I will do, of that, you can be certain. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will meet daily with you in your word. I will listen attentively to all that you have to say to me. Teach and train by your word. Guard and guide me with your word. Help me to grow mature in you. Help me to fully live the life you have called me to live. Amen

Key Question…  Why is it vitally important that you never stop allowing God’s word to do its work in you?

Living It Out…  Meet daily with God in His word so you can remain vitally connected to Him.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that God will use His word to teach and train you so you will grow strong in your faith.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how God has been using His word to do His work in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you allow God’s word to train the way you think and speak and act.

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Trained Themselves

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide- Wisdom - Hebrews 5:11-14 - Trained Themselves - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Hebrews 5:11-14 – Trained Themselves – Growing As Disciples

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil. Hebrews 5:11-14 (NIV)

In Training

Are you just plodding along or are you in training? Are you making progress or are you in a rut? Are you moving forward with me or are you lagging far behind me? Have you grown in knowing and doing my will? Are you now able to teach others or are you still needing to be taught the very basics of living your life with and for me. Those are difficult and thought provoking questions. These questions are worthy of your full consideration. I want you to think deeply about each one of them. That, I will do.

What would being in training with you look like? If I wanted to sign up to be in training what would I need to do? Now, you are asking good questions that I will let you answer. If I want to be in training with you I must meet with you. How often? If I want to seriously train with you I must meet with you every day. So, will you set a specific time and a place to meet with me? Is that critically important? You tell me. How has your daily meeting with me, in my word, gone when you have not established a specific time and a place to meet with me? It has gone nowhere. When I have not established a regular time and place to meet with you, it usually doesn’t happen. Why is that? My busy days seem to crowd you out of my life. Days and weeks and sometimes even months have gone by without me meeting with you in your word when I haven’t established a consistent pattern and practice of our meeting together. That’s not good. No, it is not. How much have you grown in your life of faith during these interludes when we have not met together in my word? Not much, maybe not at all. Is that alright with you? No, it is not. I want to grow strong in my faith as I live my life with and for you. That’s good.

Do you want to sign up to be in training with me right now? Is there any reason to delay? Yes, I want to sign up to be in training with your right now. No, there is no reason for any delay. I will pick a time and a place to meet with you daily in your word. I will begin to feast on your word so that you can feed and sustain my life. I will allow you to mold and shape my life with your word. Guard and guide my life with your word. Make me able to teach others how they can live their lives with and for you. Yes, I will.

Lord, I will feed on the solid food of your word. Feed and sustain my life with your word. Use your word to help me to know and do your will. Change my heart and transform my mind with your word. Use your word to strengthen me to do all you ask of me. Amen

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