Building Yourselves Up

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Faith - Jude 1-20-21 - Building Yourselves Up - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Faith – Jude 1-20-21 – Building Yourselves Up – Growing As Disciples

But you, beloved, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, waiting for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life. Jude 1:20-21 (ESV)

Built Up In Your Faith

You can take steps with me to build yourself up in your faith. How so? Are you mildly curious or is being built up in your faith in me a priority in your life? I am not mildly curious about being built up in my faith in you. Living in an intimate relationship with you is the priority of my life. I want to know you. I want to love and follow and serve you. I want to live my life with and for you. I want to go and do whatever you ask of me. I want to live a life filled with faith in you. That is very good. Being mildly curious or being half-heartedly interested in being built up in your faith will be of no benefit to you. Of that, I have no doubt. That’s good.

What steps will you take so you can be built up in your faith? I will seek you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will draw near to you in worship. I will meet with you in your word. I will pray in the Spirit all the prayers that you give me to pray. I will follow you to wherever you lead me. I will do whatever you ask of me. I will be at your service. I will allow you to work in and through me. I will allow you to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans that you have in mind for my life. I will place all my faith and hope and trust in you. I will join you in the work that I see you doing all around me. That is an important thought. That is a key word. What is an important thought and key word? Seeing is an important thought and key word. Keep your eyes open. Focus your attention on me. See what I am doing and join me. I will give you prayers to prayer. I will guide you to where you should go. I will give you what you should do. Love, follow and serve me. Then you will continually be built up in your faith. That I will do. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will take steps with you so you can build me up in my faith. I will meet with you in prayer and worship. I will meet with you in your word. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. Help me to live in an intimate relationship with you all the days of my life. Amen

Key Question…  What steps can you take with the Lord to build yourself up in your faith?

Living It Out…  Take steps each day that will allow the Lord to build you up in your faith.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord will build you up in your faith as you live in an intimate relationship with Him.

Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how you are allowing the Lord to build you up in your faith.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you live in an intimate relationship with the Lord so you can be built up in our faith.

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Take Hold

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Life - 1 Timothy 6:11-12 - Take Hold - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Life – 1 Timothy 6:11-12 – Take Hold – Growing As Disciples

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12  (NIV)

Flee And Pursue

Are you ready to fight the good fight of faith? Yes, I am. I will fight with all the strength that you give to me. Great, I’m glad to hear that. Now run! Run? Yes, I said, “run” and run as fast as you can. Run, that doesn’t sound at all like fighting. Oh, did you think that you would stand around and do battle with evil and ungodliness? Yes, I did. That’s not a strategy that has worked very well for you. Why is that? Why do you want me to run away from evil? You tell me. I’m not sure that I know why. Have you ever been attracted to evil? Have you ever enjoyed doing evil? I have to say yes to both your questions. So, do you know for sure that you will actually fight evil if you hang around to check it out? No, I don’t. Are you positive that you would be able to overcome evil if you stayed for the fight? No, I’m not positive. When I have made a way of escape from evil for you when has that way opened up? Your way of escape from evil has always come immediately. Hanging around evil has never led to a good result for me. That’s right, so run! I’m out of here right now! That’s Good.

Do you know where you are running? Do you know what to pursue? Aren’t I just supposed to run away? Isn’t one place just as good as another? What do you think? I suppose not. I might run into more evil. Yes, that’s right. You are fleeing evil. Yes, that’s right. What do I want you to pursue? You want me to pursue godliness and righteousness. Yes, I do. You will never be able to fight the good fight of faith and take hold of the eternal life that you have in me by simply fleeing evil alone. You must pursue me and the godly and righteous life that I have given you to live. That is the way that I have called you to live. Fleeing evil and pursuing me is what I have called you to do. Do these two directions seem clear enough to you? Yes, they are crystal clear.

What will you be doing as you flee evil and pursue godliness? Beyond fighting the good fight of faith and taking hold of the salvation that I have in you? Yes, beyond that. I’m not sure. Will anyone be watching you? You will be watching me. Yes I will be watching you. Will anyone else be watching you? The world will be watching me. Yes, that’s right. Now, do you have the answer to my question? Yes, I do. Let me hear your answer. When I flee evil and pursue righteousness I will be living as your witness in the world. Yes, you will. People will notice how I live and some of them will be drawn to you through the testimony of my life. Yes, they will.

Lord, help me to fight the good fight of faith. Help me to take hold of the eternal life that I have in you. I will flee ungodliness and pursue the righteous life you have given me to live. Help me to live as your witness in the world. Amen

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Fight The Good Fight

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Becoming Like Christ - Day 43 - 1 Timothy 6:11-12 - Love Comes From God - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 43 – 1 Timothy 6:11-12 – Love Comes From God – Growing As Disciples

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NIV)

Confession

I will have to make a confession at this point. What kind of confession must you make? I must confess that I have not done a good job of fleeing the world and all that it has to offer. Furthermore, I could say I have not been content with what you have given to me. I am not happy to make this report. It is more than a little embarrassing to say these words. But, own them I must. I have been captivated by the world. I have continually wanted money and pursued worldly possessions. At times, I am sure that I have lived as if this life was all there was. I have been on a mission to acquire possessions and live in comfort. There you have it; I have confessed my sin before you. I am asking for your forgiveness. You have my forgiveness.

Is there another, much different, confession that you want to make, before me? Yes, I have a much different confession to make before you. You are the Savior and Lord of my life. It is my utmost desire to flee evil and pursue the life you have called me to live. I want to fight the good fight of faith. I want to firmly take hold of the new and eternal life I have in you. What will that look like? My heart and mind and life will be focused on you. The world and all that it has to offer will mean nothing to me. I will love and follow and serve you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I will live to do what is pleasing in your sight. I will go wherever you guide me. I will do whatever you ask of me. That will be very good.

Will you be able to do what is pleasing in my sight with your own efforts? Will you be able to fight the good fight of faith with your own strength? Will you be able to take hold of your new and eternal life with your own power? Certainly not. What will you do to accomplish these things? I will come to rely on you. I will live in your presence. I will walk closely with you. I will listen to your voice. I will receive your instruction. I will follow your guidance. I know that you will draw near to me as I draw near to you. You will help me. You will strengthen me. You will give me the power to go wherever you guide me to do whatever you ask of me. You make me able to take hold of the new and eternal life I have in you. Yes, I will. That is what I will do. That will be very good.  

Lord, at times I have been tempted by the love of money and the pursuit of material possessions. Now, I am fleeing evil and pursuing the new life you have called me to live. I am fighting the good fight of faith and taking hold of the eternal life I have in you. Amen

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Flee From All This And Pursue Righteousness

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Discipleship Study – Rhythms – 1 Timothy 6:11-12 – Flee – Pursue – Growing As Disciples

But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NIV)

Take Hold

Do you want to take hold of the life of salvation that you have in me? Do you want to live the life that I have given you to live? Yes, I want nothing more than and nothing less than to live the life that you have given me to live. How can I fully take hold of the life of salvation that I have in you? How can I live my life fully with and for you? Those are very good questions that I know you can answer. Have you started to notice that I won’t answer a question that I know you can already answer? Yes, I have just started to notice that. It took me awhile. You won’t mind if I keep asking you a lot of questions. No, you can ask me any question. Don’t be real surprised when I ask you to answer some of your own questions. I will be listening to every word that you have to say. There is one more time when I might not give you an answer to your questions. When is that? I won’t give you an answer to your questions when my answer is already right in front of your eyes as you look in my word. That’s the case right now, isn’t it? Yes, it is.

What answer to your questions is my word giving to you? If I want to take hold of the life of salvation I have in you I will do two things. If I want to live the life that you have given to me I will do two things. What are the two things you must do? Tell me what two things you will do as you continue to live your life with and for me? First, I will flee the desire for more. I will flee the desire for worldly wealth and earthly possessions. I will not try to find my peace and joy and contentment through all that the world has to offer. I will not allow my life to become a continue quest for more. I will get off that never ending treadmill. I will step away from worldly desires that will lead me away from you and the life that you have for me. That will be very good. There is more. I’m listening. Second, as I am fleeing worldly desires I will pursue you and the life that you have for me. I will pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Will these be easy to pursue? No, I will need all the help that you will give to me. I will need to come to rely on you for strength. Yes, you will. Fleeing worldliness and pursuing the righteous life you have given me to live will be a battle. It will be a fight. But, I know that you will help me to take hold of my salvation and fight the battle of faith as I pursue you. Yes, you will have my help. You will have my strength.I will help you to pursue me and the life I have for you.

Lord, I have found myself being captivated by the things of this world. I have had to fight against the continual desire for more. Help me to be content with what I have. Help me to flee worldly pursuits so that I can pursue you and the life that you have for me. Amen

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