Teach Believers With Your Life

The Virtuous Life - Day 217 - 1 Timothy 4-11-14 - Teach Believers With Your Life - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 217 – 1 Timothy 4-11-14 – Teach Believers With Your Life – Growing As Disciples

Get the word out. Teach all these things.  And don’t let anyone put you down because you’re young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity.  Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching.  And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed—keep that dusted off and in use. 1 Timothy 4:11-14 (MSG)

Life And Words

Do you want to get the word out? Do you want me to use your life to lead others to me? Do you want me to use you to go out into the world to make disciples? Yes, I will get the word out. Yes, I want you to use my life to lead others to you. Yes, I want to go out into the world to make disciples. How will you use me? How will you speak through me?  Those are two very good questions. I will speak through you in two very different ways. Both ways must be combined together for you to be powerfully used by me. You have my full attention. I am listening carefully to you. First, you must live a godly life. The conduct of your life will speak to others. How you live your life will send out a message into the world. The demeanor of your life must be a flesh and blood demonstration of love and faith and integrity. Others must be able to see my life being lived out in and through you. Your life must shine brightly in the darkness of this world. Your life must be attractive. Your life must be winsome. Is this all clear to you? Do you fully understand what I am saying to you? Yes, I do. That’s good.

Your life alone will not speak clearly enough. Your life alone will only open the door to minister to others. Your life alone will only make others eager to hear what you have to say. Without your words, others will not come to know and love and follow and serve me. Without your words, others will not come to be my disciples. You teach and counsel others with my word. You must boldly declare my word so it can be heard. Will you meet with me in my word? Will you read my word? Will you teach and counsel others with my word? Yes, I will. Will you use all the gifts that I have given you to minister to others? Yes, I will. Then your life and the words I give you to declare will be powerfully used by me. Others will come to know and love and follow and serve me through your life and words. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will use the gifts, talents, resources, and abilities you have given me to minister to others. I will teach others by the example of my life and with the words of my mouth. Help me to make sure that nothing you have given is unused and goes to waste. Amen

Key Question…  Why will your words of testimony also need to accompany the testimony of your life?

Living It Out…  Continue to use all the gifts, talents, resources, and abilities God has given you to minister to others.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the Lord has given you gifts, talents, resources, and abilities to use to minister to others.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord is using you to minister to others.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May your life and words teach others how to love and follow and serve the Lord.

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By Faith

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 312 - Hebrews 11:7- By Faith - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 312 – Hebrews 11:7- By Faith – Growing As Disciples

By faith, Noah built a ship in the middle of dry land. He was warned about something he couldn’t see, and acted on what he was told. The result? His family was saved. His act of faith drew a sharp line between the evil of the unbelieving world and the rightness of the believing world. As a result, Noah became intimate with God. Hebrews 11:7 (MSG)  

Great Faith

I know that you want to develop this in me. I know that you will require this of me. What will I develop in you? What will I require of you? You will develop great faith in me. You will require great faith of me. How do you know this to be true? This is what you have been doing in me. This is what started on the day I turned my life over to you. Little by little, and step by step, and day by day, you have been developing my faith in you. This is the journey I have been on as I walk through life with you. That is true. I want your faith in me to grow and develop.

What must you do if you want your faith to grow? What must you do if you want to have great faith?  What must you keep on doing if you want me to powerfully use you? I must keep on saying yes to you. I must keep on following you to where you lead me. I must keep on doing what you ask of me. Will it always be easy for you to say yes to me? Will you always completely understand what I am asking of you? Will you always know exactly where I am leading you? Ha, I would ask almost the opposite questions. Will it ever be easy to say yes to you? Will I ever completely understand what you are asking of me? Will I always know exactly where you are leading me? If every request of yours was easy, or if I always completely understand what you were asking of me, or if I always knew where you were leading me, where would the step of faith be? Where would my opportunity to rely more fully on you develop? How would my faith in your grow stronger? How would you develop great faith in me? So no, steps of faith will never be clear and easy and completely understandable. It pleases me that you come to understand this to be true.

I have more to say. I’m listening. We have not even talked about persistence over time in the face of ridicule and opposition. What do you want to say about persistence over time in the face of ridicule and opposition? It will be required. It is part of saying yes to you. It may be easy to say yes to you initially. But I can’t think of many significant assignments you have given to me that did not require me to keep on saying yes to you when the going got tough. How so? I have experienced ridicule and opposition and obstacles of every kind. Sometimes, the ridicule and opposition and obstacles has even come from what I would call “friendly fire”. In the face of all of this, I have had to keep on reaffirming that I will continue to do what you ask of me. I have and will keep on saying yes to you. That will be every good. Then I will keep on developing great faith in you. I will keep on using you for my purposes to fulfill my plans. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I will say yes to you. I will go and do whatever you ask of me. I will keep on pressing on even when I face opposition and ridicule. I will not give up. I will not quit. I will keep on following and serving you with all the strength that you will give to me. Amen

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