Understands And Knows Me

The Sacramental Life - Day 322 - Jeremiah 9:23-24 - Understands And Knows Me - Growing As Disciples

The Sacramental Life – Day 322 – Jeremiah 9:23-24 – Understands And Knows Me – Growing As Disciples

This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,  but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

Know Me

Do you want to know me? Yes Lord, I want to understand and know you. I don’t want to know you a little bit. It is my hope and dream and desire and goal and prayer that I will come to know you intimately. I want to walk through life with you. I want to hear your voice. I want to follow you to where you lead me. I want to do what you ask of me. This is quite a change within you. Yes, at one time I had very different priorities. You might have heard or seen me boasting in my wisdom or strength or maybe even in my riches. I did. Oddly enough, I’m not sure how any of those could have ever been my boast, I had so little of any of them. Nevertheless, I still placed my faith in myself. I trusted in my own wisdom, strength, and riches. What foolishness. There is no surer road to discouragement and defeat and depression than in relying on oneself. That was me. That is what I did. That is how I lived. What happened? What turned your life around? You turned my life around. You showed me the foolishness of my own ways. You brought me to yourself. You forgave my sin. You cleansed my unrighteous. You filled me with your Spirit. You gave me a new life to live. You caused me to hunger for you. You allowed to taste of your kindness and mercy and love. You drew me into a relationship with you. You lavished me with your love. You poured out your blessing on me. I now love you because you first loved me. Now, because I love you, I want to live in ways that delight you. What delights me? My thinking and speaking and acting like you brings you delight. My living as you lived brings you delight. My exercising kindness, justice, and righteousness, as you do, brings you delight. My bearing fruit for your kingdom and bringing glory to your name delights you. My living in an intimate relationship with you brings you delight. Yes, these all bring me delight. Me too. I love to live in your delight. That is very good.

Lord, it is my desire, goal, and prayer to come to understand and know you. Nothing is a close second. I will never boast in wisdom or strength or riches. They will always fail me. As I come to understand and know you, help me to live in ways that will delight you. Amen

Key Question…  How have you made it your desire, goal, and prayer to understand and know the Lord?

Living It Out…  Make it your desire, goal, and prayer to come to understand and know the Lord.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that you will be able to live in ways that delight the Lord as you come to understand and know Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord has helped you to come to understand and know Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you understand and know the Lord so you can live in ways that delight Him.

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Refute Every Tongue

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Spiritual Warfare – Isaiah 54:17 – Refute Every Tongue – Growing As Disciples

no weapon forged against you will prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me,” declares the LORD. Isaiah 54:17 (NIV)

Come And Listen

Have you seen those noise cancelling headphones? Yes, I have. What do you think of them? They are really amazing. I can’t imagine how someone was able to design and develop them. You really gifted and inspired the creator of those headphones. Yes, I did. I love how they can turn a noisy room filled with loud voices into dead silence. Why are you asking me about noise cancelling headphones? I don’t even own a pair. Yes, but you like the peace and quiet that they bring. Yes, I certainly do.

Have you ever wished you could cancel out all the voices that have spoken against you throughout your life? I’m not sure what you mean. Haven’t you heard plenty of voices that said you wouldn’t amount to much? Yes, I suppose that I have. Haven’t you heard it said that you were a loser and not worthy of being loved and accepted? Yes, I know that I have. Haven’t you heard voices of criticism, rejection, judgment, and condemnation?   You know that I have. Not all the voices came from other people. Some of those voices have come straight from the evil one that is in the world. You mean the devil? Yes, I do. His goal is to get you to believe all those evil and accusatory words of attack. Once you start believing those words, do you know what will happen? No, I don’t think so. You will start to recite them to yourself. You will attack yourself with those words as you think and say them to yourself. Has that ever happened to you? Yes, more often than I’d like to admit. Listening to all those words and saying them to yourself will discourage and defeat you every time.

Would you like all those words and thoughts to be cancelled out and removed from your mind? Yes, I would. Do you think it is possible that I have my own form of noise cancelling headphones? With you anything is possible? Yes, it is. How can you cancel and remove all those words that attempt to speak evil against me?

Come and listen to these words from me. I love you. You are special to me. You are my child. I am an artist. You are my masterpiece. I created you. I have gifted and blessed you.   I have a purpose and plan for your life. I have prepared in advance good things that you will do for me. My hand is on you. I am leading you through life. You are never alone. I will be with you to strengthen you through every difficulty you will face in life. You are so valuable to me that I sent my Son to die for you so that your sins could be forgiven. One day soon you will begin living in heaven with me forever. How does all that sound to you? These words are wonderful for me to hear. Do they cancel out evil words that have attacked you in the past? Yes, they do. They make them small and insignificant and not even a squeak, really. These words are available for you to hear every day. Where and when? They are in my word. Come to me and listen to my word. I have a lot to say to you. I’m ready to listen and really hear all that you have to say to me.

Lord, I have allowed accusatory words spoken against me to have power over me. I have believed them and recited them back to myself. No more! Instead, I will meet with you in your word to hear all that you have to say to me. Amen

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Boast About This

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Gratitude – Boast About This – Jeremiah 9:23-24 – Growing As Disciples

 

This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

Boast About You

What do you have that you haven’t received from me? Nothing, I know that every good and perfect gift that I have received comes from you. Yes, that’s true. Since all your gifts, talents and abilities, all you have, who you are, and hope to be comes from me, how much room does that leave for you to boast about anything? I have no room or reason to boast. You can’t boast about your great wisdom? No. You can’t boast about your astounding strength? No. You can’t boast about your abundant riches? No. Why is that? I don’t have great wisdom, astounding strength or abundant riches. No, you do not. I’m actually thankful that I have none of these. Why is that? If I had great wisdom, astounding strength or abundant riches I would become self-reliant. I would rely on myself instead of you. Are you sure of that? Yes, I’m absolutely sure. That’s good and you are right.

Is there anything that you can boast about? I really don’t even like that word. Yes, I know. But, is there anything that you are so happy and thankful for that you feel compelled to tell others about? There must be something that you take great joy in that you can’t keep quiet about. Yes, there is. Tell me. I am so thankful and happy that you show yourself to me. You speak to me so that I can hear you. You guide me so that I can follow you. You give me your wisdom so that I can know what to think and how to act. You give me your strength so that I can do all that you ask of me. You have made me rich in my relationship with you now and forever. I can boast about all these things that you have done and will do for me. I’m safe in boasting about you and your love, righteousness and justice. There is nothing special about me. What you have done for me you will do for all those who seek you with all their heart. That is worth giving thanks over and boasting about. Yes, it is. So, I will boast about you so that others will want to come to know you.

Lord, you have placed in my heart a hunger and thirst for you. I have a burning desire to know you above anything else in life. Help me to wait and watch and listen to hear and see all you are doing and saying. I want to know you.   Amen

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Plans I Have For You

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Knowing God – Jeremiah 29:11-13 – Plans I Have For You – Growing As Disciples

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV) 

Plans

I do have a purpose and plan for your life. You can be sure of that. I have no doubt that you have a purpose and plan for my life. If I have any doubts at all it would be self-doubts. What do you mean by that? I wonder if I will listen attentively enough to hear and know your plan. Are you seeking me with all your heart? Yes, I am seeking you with all my heart. Yes, I can see that you are seeking me with all your heart. You have nothing to worry about. As you seek me with all your heart my plan for your life will unfold day-by-day, one step at a time. Were you thinking that you would one day come to know my plan for your entire life? I was hoping. That’s not going to happen at least in the way that you were hoping that it might. What do you mean by that? What would happen to you if I revealed my entire plan for your life? I’m not sure what you mean? Oh, I think you know exactly what I mean. Take a guess at what you think I might mean. If I saw your entire plan for my life I might run away from it. I would say that I am unable and unqualified. I would strongly suggest that you go find someone else to do what you have asked me to do for you. Have you ever done that before? Yes, I have run away from your plan for my life several times before. Yes and you ran away from just a small piece of my plan for your life. Yes, I did. Wouldn’t you certainly run away from my entire plan for your life if you saw it all at once? Yes, I would. What other reaction might you have if you saw my entire plan for your life all at once? I might become independent and self-reliant. I might begin to think that I had no need to rely on you. I would begin to rely on myself. I might check back with you only on rare occasions if I really got in a jam. That would not be good at all. No, I can see how knowing your entire plan for my life, all at once, would not be helpful to our relationship. That’s partly right. What do you mean by that? Why I am only partly right?

You are partly right because I am now going to tell you what is my plan for your entire life. Are you sure that is a good idea? That is a funny question to be asking me. You already know my plan for your entire life. I don’t think so. You are thinking that my plan for your life is just about what you will do. Who will you be? What will you look like? Who will you become? Now, I think I know what you mean. Tell me. Your plan is that I will become like your Son. You want me to become like Him. He loved you with all His heart and mind and soul and strength. Yes, He did. Because He loved you He also fully loved and gave himself to others. Yes, He did. That is your plan for my entire life. Yes, it is. As you follow me and seek me with all your heart the details of that will unfold day-by-day, moment-by-moment and step-by-step. I will follow you and seek you with all my heart.

Lord, I am so thankful that you have a purpose and plan for my life. It is the desire of my heart to know you and your plans for my life. So, I will seek you with all my heart. I will call out to you in prayer to seek your guidance as I live my life with and for you. Amen

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Understands And Knows Me

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 155 -Jeremiah 9:23-24 - Understands And Knows Me - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 155 – Jeremiah 9:23-24 – Understands And Knows Me – Growing As Disciples

This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches,  but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)  

Priority

What is the priority of your life? What will you seek? What will be your desire? With what will you be satisfied? Those are all very good questions. Do you have an answer? Yes, I have an answer. I would first like to say what I will not seek or desire. I would like to be clear about what will not satisfy me. I’m listening. I will not seek human wisdom. I have no need or desire to be considered wise by people in the world around me. I don’t need their approval or recognition or applause. The thoughts and opinions and values of this world mean nothing to me. The wisdom of the world will amount to nothing. All the wisdom of the world will one day pass away. So, seeking or boasting about human wisdom will not be a priority in my life. That’s good.

It probably does not need to be said but I will not be seeking physical strength. Why is that? It is obvious to all, including me, that I am not physically strong. I will never be confused with someone who is a muscle man. I will never be in danger of boasting about my great physical strength. That’s good. Even the very strongest of men will one day become incredibly week. All the strength in this world will one day pass away. So, seeking or boasting about physical strength will never be a priority in my life. That’s good.

What about riches? Have you ever wanted to be rich? Have you ever wanted to live in luxury? Have you ever wanted to acquire the best that this life has to offer? Have you wanted to live in a complete comfort? I would be lying if I said no to any of these questions. I have been tempted with every one of these desires. Yes, I have wanted the best that this life has to offer. But now I know that worldly riches will not satisfy. Worldly riches are here today and gone tomorrow. No one will take worldly riches with them when they leave this life. So, seeking or boasting about worldly riches will not be a priority in my life. That’s good.

I do know what is now and will continue to be the priority of my life. What’s that? It will be the priority of my life to understand and know you. Only seeking you and finding you will satisfy me. Only coming to know and love you intimately occupies the desire of my heart. Only living my life with and for you will be my pursuit. Only following and serving you will be my goal. Will I ever be able to be able to boast that I understand and know you? Certainly not. Why is that? Only you can make me able to know and love and follow and serve you with all my heart. You will make me able to understand and know you. So, I will boast in you and all that you have done for me as I make seeking you the priority of my heart and mind and life. That will be very good.

Lord, I will not boast in human wisdom, physical strength, or worldly riches. To do so would be foolish. All these will one day be of no value. Instead, it will be the priority of my life to come to understand and know you. Help me live a life that is pleasing to you. Amen

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Like A Fire

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – God’s Word – Jeremiah 23:29 – Like A Fire – Growing As Disciples

“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:29 (NIV) 

Like A Fire And Hammer 

How is your word like a fire? How is your word like a hammer? Those are two very good questions that I will let you answer. How has my word been like a fire and a hammer in your life? Your word has set me on fire to want to love and follow and serve you. Your word has created an insatiable hunger and thirst in me for you. My heart and mind and life burn with passion for you. I want to live a life that is fully pleasing to you. I want to go where you send me to do what you ask of me. Most of all, I want to know and love you with all my heart and mind and soul and strength. This is the fire that you have set in my heart and mind and life. That is very good. That’s not all, there is more. Your word has been like a white-hot fire to purify the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. You have used your word to change my heart, transform my mind and guide my life. My life is not as it once was. I think thoughts, speak words and do deeds that are pleasing to you. Am I perfect? Has your word completely perfected me? No, your word continually burns like a flame in me and changes me day by day as I continue to love and follow and serve you. Only when I see you face to face will your work in me be complete. I eagerly look forward to that day. That is very good. 

How has my word been like a hammer in your life? Your word has confronted my thoughts and words and deeds. Your word has challenged my heart and mind. You have used your word like a hammer to break up my thoughts and words and deeds that are not in alignment with your will and ways. You have used your word like a hammer to break up the hardness of my heart. You have used your word like a hammer to break through the thick headedness of my mind. I have needed your word to work like a fire and a hammer, so your work would continue in my heart and mind and life. That’s true.

Will you welcome my word into your heart and mind and life? Will you allow my word to be like a fire that purifies your life and sets you on fire to love, follow and serve me? Will you allow my word to be like a hammer that will break through your life? Yes Lord, I will. That is very good. 

Lord, use your word like a white-hot fire to purify the thoughts of my mind, words of my mouth and deeds of my life. Use your word like a hammer to break up the hardness of my heart so that I will humbly accept all the work you want to do in and through me. Amen

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