Call Upon His Name

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 281 - Psalm 105-1-5 - Call Upon His Name - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 281 – Psalm 105-1-5 – Call Upon His Name – Growing As Disciples

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!  Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!  Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually!  Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered, Psalm 105:1-5 (ESV)

Call Upon Me

Will you call on me? How often will you call on me? Why will you call on me? What will you say to me as you call on me? What will be in your heart and on your mind? Yes, I will call on you. It is my hope and desire and plan to call on you continually throughout my day. Why is that? I want my heart and mind and life to be focused on you. I want to live in an intimate relationship with you. How would living in an intimate relationship with you be possible if we hardly ever talked? You have a very good point on which you and I are in complete agreement. So, what will you say to me? Nothing will be off limits. I will pour my heart out to you. I will ask you for what I want and need. I will give thanks and praise to you for kindness and mercy and love toward me. I will remember the wondrous things you have done for me. I will ask for your presence, and power, and strength to be with me so I will be able to go and do what you ask of me. What am I likely to ask of you? You will certainly ask me to tell others about you. You want others to come to know and love and follow and serve you. You want others to be able to turn away from their sin so that they can receive your forgiveness and cleansing. You want a multitude to be rescued from a life without you both in the here and now and forever. You want others to receive the gift of salvation and life forever in heaven that you have secured for them. You want others to come to live in an ongoing intimate relationship with you. Yes, I want all these things to be true. Yes, I will ask you to allow my life to be lived out in and through you. Yes, I will work powerfully in and through you. Yes, you will be my witness in the world, as you tell others about me. Yes, you will shine brightly for me as you bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name. All of this will be possible as you continually call upon me throughout your day. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I will call upon your name. I will remember all your wondrous works. I will be filled with joy as I give thanks and praise to you for your kindness. I will proclaim your goodness far and wide. I will be filled with strength as I continually seek your presence. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making it your practice to call on the Lord throughout the moments of your day?

Living It Out…  Call on the Lord throughout your day and give thanks and praise to Him for all that He has done for you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that your heart will be filled with joy as call on the Lord and give thanks to Him for all He has done for you.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are calling on the Lord and giving thanks and praise to Him.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you seek the Lord and call upon His name continually throughout your day.

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Not To Worry

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 224 – Matthew 6:25-27 – Not To Worry – Growing As Disciples

“That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:25-27 (NLT) 

Gifted And Talented Worrier

 Now that’s something I good at. What are you good at? I am a very gifted and talented worrier. I didn’t realize that worrying was a gift or a talent. Oh, I have made an art form out of it. I have been able to worry about something that has never happened, nor is it ever likely to happen. I can take the smallest of worries, something like a mole hill, and turn it into a mountain. And you think this is some sort of gift or talent? Not really, it’s more of a curse. Well, at least you can joke about it. But it is no joke. No, worrying is nothing to joke about. I have found worrying to be all consuming and paralyzing at times. Worry has held me back. Worry has placed limits on my life. Worry has kept me from moving forwarded with you. Worry has even caused me to fail to go and do what you have asked of me. Worry has been no small problem in my life. Yes, I know. 

What do you want to do with your worry? You tell me. I want to stop worrying, that is for sure. That’s good. I will give you a suggestion. I will give you some guidance. I will give you my instruction. Are you ready? Are you listening carefully? Yes, you have my full attention. Here is what I want you to do, every time you worry, I want you to turn that worry into a prayer to me. I don’t want you to do this occasionally. I don’t want you to do this most of the time. The key word here is, EVERY TIME. EVERY TIME you begin to worry, I want you to turn that worry into a prayer to me. What will happen to you when you turn all your worries into prayers to me. I will stop worrying. Yes, you will stop worrying. But that, is not what I was going to say. I was going to say that instead of you being a gifted worrier, you will become a gifted prayer. Do you know why that is? I will have traded all worries into prayers to you. What do you think about making that trade with me? Will you turn all your worries into prayers to me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, I will not allow myself to become a victim of all-consuming and paralyzing worry. I know that worrying will add no length or value to my life. I know you have, are now, and will continue to take care of my needs. I know that you love and care for me. Amen

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The Lord Will Fight For You

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 152 - Exodus 14:13-14 - The Lord Will Fight For You - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 152 – Exodus 14:13-14 – The Lord Will Fight For You – Growing As Disciples

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:13-14 (NIV)

Be Still

Can you be still before me? Can you come and rest in my presence? Can you sit quietly before me? Can you wait for me to act on your behalf? I know one thing for certain. What’s that? Being still, resting in your presence, sitting quietly before you, and waiting for you to act is much harder and more difficult than it would seem. Why is that? It takes real discipline to be still before you. It requires significant effort sit before you. Resting in your presence does not come easily or naturally to me. All my natural inclinations are to be active, to stay busy and be on the move. Those same inclinations become even stronger when a battle is before me. In the past, it has been almost impossible and irresistible for me to quickly engage in a fight to try to win the battle that is before me. I am sad to say that asking for your help and relying on you to fight my battles has been far from my thoughts and actions. I have nearly always fended for myself in fighting my battles in life. I can now see how mistaken my thinking has been. Forgive me Lord. You are forgiven.

What has happened when you have fended for yourself in fighting your battles in life? I have usually made matters worse. I have hardly ever won a battle that I have fought alone, with my own strength. I have certainly been filled with anxiety and worry and stress when I have attempted to fight battles with my own efforts alone. I have most often lived in defeat because I have neither asked for or relied on your help. That is not good. I can see that now. That is good.

What do you think will happen to you as you rely on me to help you fight battles in life? I will come to know you more intimately. I will live and walk more closely with you. My faith and hope and joy in you will become strong. I will know that you are with me to help me. I will know that you will fight for me. I will learn that you will bring me through every battle in life. You will lead me in victory. You will help me to overcome. Yes, I will. Will you be still before me? Will you quiet yourself in my presence? Will you allow me to help you? Will you keep moving forward with Me? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good. 

Lord, at one time I thought that all my battles were mine alone to fight. What mistaken thinking. My fighting often only made matters far worse. Now, I know that I can be still before you. I can rely on you. You will help me. You will give me victory over battles. Amen

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Stay Calm

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 64 – 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 – Stay Calm – Growing As Disciples

Stay calm; mind your own business; do your own job. You’ve heard all this from us before, but a reminder never hurts.  We want you living in a way that will command the respect of outsiders, not lying around sponging off your friends.                                                1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 (MSG)

My Witness

Are you staying calm? Are you minding your own business? Are you doing the job you have been given? Is there a reason that you are asking me these questions? What point are you wanting to drive home with me? What insight and understanding do you want to give me? It is wise of you to know that I am wanting to make something very clear to you. What do you want to make clear to me? You tell me. I know you want me to be calm. I know you want me to mind my own business. I know you want me to do the job I have been given. Yes, all this is true. But let me ask you, what job have you been given? That is the key and vital question. I have given you a job to do for me in this world. Don’t think that I have given you the job of being a doctor or lawyer or carpenter or any other career. In all these careers, I have given you, and every one of my followers, a job to do for me in this world. How you conduct yourself will make you effective or ineffective in the job I have given you to do for me. Then, I must understand what job you have given to me and every one of your followers. Yes, but I think you already know the job I have given to you. Tell me what you know. I know that you want me to be a bold and bright witness for you in the world. I know that you want the conduct of my life and the words of my mouth to draw others to you. It is my job to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. Yes, I do. That is your job. Will you be able to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name without relying on me? No, I will not. Will you be able to stay calm, mind your own business, and do your job without my help? No, I will not. Will you rely on me? Will you allow me to use you as my witness in the world? Will you allow me to help you to do the job you have been given? Yes Lord, I will. That will be very good.

Lord, help me to mind my own business and stay calm in all circumstances as I faithfully continue to do my own job. Help me to live a life that commands the respect of outsiders who do not yet know you. Help me to be a witness that helps draw others to you. Amen

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He Is A Shield

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 58 – Psalm 18:30 – He Is A Shield – Growing As Disciples

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is flawless. He is a shield for all who take refuge in him.  Psalm 18:30 (NIV)  

My Way

What’s the difference between your way and my way? Your way is flawless. My way is flawed. You have an eternal perspective. You see everything. Nothing escapes your notice. I have a very limited perspective. I can only see portions of my past and present. I have no knowledge of the future. I miss so much. I fail to see so many things that are right before me. A lot escapes my notice. My way is far from perfect. So much of what I see revolves around my own thoughts and feelings and values none of which are perfect. Sin has not distorted your picture. You see things as they really are. In every way my perspective has been tainted by my own sin and the sin that is in the world. On my own I have no hope of living and walking in the truth. You are the way and the truth and the life. My own way does not lead to the truth and the life. That’s right.

You do have hope. You do have a reason to have faith. You can walk in the way, the truth and the life. Yes, I am sure of that. What make you so sure? You love me. You gave yourself for me. You broke the power that sin had over my life. You set me free to live my life with and for you. You want me to walk in the way, the truth and the life. You don’t want me stumbling around in darkness. You want to teach me. You want to guard and guide my life. Yes, I do.

How will you be able to receive all that I want to give to you? You are my refuge and my strength. I can come to you for all that I need. You will not withhold any good thing from me. I can rely on you. Yes, you can. Your word is flawless. It has proven itself to be completely true. I can meet with you in your word. I can listen to your voice. Yes, you can. Your word will guard and guide my life. Your word makes your thoughts and your ways known to me. Your word will change my heart and transform my mind. You will allow me to think what you think and feel what you feel. Yes, I will. Your word will keep me on the path walking with you. I will follow you to where you lead me to do all that you ask of me. Why is that? Your word will both give and grant me the desires of my heart. I will desire to do what pleases you. You will be pleased to grant to me the desires you have placed in my heart. Yes, I will.

What are the desires of your heart? My desire is to live and walk with you. I want to know you and your word. I want to hear all that you have to say to me. I want my thoughts, words, and deeds to be in complete agreement with your will and your ways. In every way I want to please you. Why is that? You love me and I love you. Yes, I do. I am so thankful that you have given me your flawless word to guard and guide my life. So, I will keep coming to you to meet with you in your word. Yes, you will.

Lord, thank you that your way is perfect. Thank you that your word is flawless. Thank you that your word has been a shield around me. Thank you that I can take refuge in your word. Guide all my thoughts, words and deeds by your word. Amen

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Taught By The Spirit

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – The Holy Spirit – 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 – Taught By The Spirit – Growing As Disciples

This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words. The man without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him, and he cannot understand them, because they are spiritually discerned. The spiritual man makes judgments about all things, but he himself is not subject to any man’s judgment: “For who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:13-16 (NIV)

What Is True?

How will you know what is true? How will you know what is wise? How will you be able to distinguish the difference between worldly wisdom and spiritual truth? I won’t be distinguishing the difference between worldly wisdom and spiritual truth. Why is that? Worldly wisdom is what comes naturally to me. I live in this world. If I rely on myself and on my human understanding I will no doubt think and speak and act on human wisdom understanding and worldly wisdom. That’s true.

Is there something that you want from me? I want your wisdom. I want wisdom that only comes to me from your Holy Spirit. Is that what you are asking of me? Yes, it is. This is my desire. This is my prayer. I no longer want to think or speak or act according to human understanding and worldly wisdom. I am sure that a life that is lived based on human understanding and worldly wisdom will amount to nothing of lasting eternal value. I don’t want to waste my life. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. That is very good.

There are somethings that I have had enough of for a lifetime. What’s that? I have had enough of my feeble efforts. I have had enough of my insignificant accomplishments. I have had enough of my powerless efforts. I have had enough of working incredibly hard but accomplishing very little. No longer will I operate under my own power. No longer will I be guided by my own worldly wisdom. I have had enough, I will go no further without your help. I will take on no task unless you are giving me the power to accomplish it. Let me be clear, I find no fault in you. The fault has been in me. I have not asked for your help. I have not relied on your wisdom. I have not followed your instruction. There will be no more of that. That’s very good.

So, Holy Spirit I am asking for your help. Show me where you want me to go. Give me what you want me to do. Give me your wisdom and power and strength to do whatever I am being asked to do for you. I will wait and watch. Come now and fill me. Come now and empower me. Use me how you will. I will rely on you. That will be very good. I will give you all you need to do all that I am asking of you as you rely on me. That is what I will do.

Holy Spirit, I have heard, followed and acted on words of human wisdom. I have thought incorrectly, spoken too quickly and acted unwisely based on human wisdom. I want none of that. Teach me to hear, speak and act on your spiritual wisdom. I’m listening. Amen

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The Meek

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 203 – Matthew 5:5 – The Meek- Growing As Disciples

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5 (NIV) 

Meekness 

That is exactly what I need. What do you need? I need meekness. I need to have a meek and humble heart. Why is that? What have you learned? What has been your experience? I have experienced the foolishness of being a “know it all.” I have suffered under my own self-sufficiency and self-reliance. I have followed my own wisdom and received my own guidance. How has that worked out for you? I have made a boat load of mistakes. I have gone and done what has unwise. I have foolishly wasted time. I have unwisely spent resources. I have lived as if I was a full glass. What does that mean? No one, not you, not others could tell me anything. Nothing could be poured into my life. I was entirely full of myself. That is not good. No, it is not. That will lead you to live a bruised and battered and broken life. That is a life filled with pain and suffering. Yes, it is, I know that to be true. That is a life that I cannot bless. That comes as no surprise to me. That’s good.

But there is good news. What’s that? The pain of a self-sufficient and self-reliant life is difficult to endure. Yes, it is. I could not stand it. I could not live it for long. No, you could not. That bruised and battered, and broken life got my attention. My pride and arrogance led me to rock bottom. Guess who was there with me at rock bottom? I don’t need to guess. I suppose not. You were there at my rock bottom. Yes, I was. You heard my cry. You heard my plea. You answered my prayer. Yes, I did. 

How have you changed? I am all ears. I am ready and willing and able to hear from you. Why is that? You have changed my heart. I want nothing more or less than your wisdom. It is my joy follow your guidance. It is my pleasure to receive your instruction. I don’t want to go anywhere or do anything without you leading me. I want to know and do your will. I want to follow you to where you lead me to do what you ask of me. My heart and mind and life are in your hands. Yes, they are. I humbly and meekly ask you to use me to accomplish your purpose and fulfill your plans. May your favor rest on me. It will. I am at your service. Yes, you are. That is very good. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, I don’t think I know it all. I need your wisdom. I will follow your guidance and receive your instruction. I will accept your warnings and hear your caution. With a humble and meek heart, I will listen attentively to you. I will love, follow and serve you. Amen

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You Hear My Voice

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 188 – Psalm 5:1-3 – You Hear My Voice – Growing As Disciples

Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my sighing. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray. In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. Psalm 5:1-3 (NIV)

Time And Place

I have set a time and a place to meet with you. I have you firmly on my schedule. I have made meeting with you the absolute priority of my life. I will not let a day go by that I have not met with you. Why is that? Why am I on your schedule? I get distracted. I lose track of what is vitally important. Many times, what has seemed to be urgent but is ultimately unimportant has pushed aside what is actually urgent and of ultimate importance. You are on my schedule, first and foremost, because I have nothing of higher priority or of greater importance than meeting with you. I have not squeezed you into my schedule. No, not at all, everything else in my life comes after and is built around my meeting with you. That is very good.

I have more to say about meeting with you. I’m listening. Having you on my schedule does not mean that once we have met, we are done meeting for the day. Having you on my schedule, in the morning, is the beginning of what I hope will be our dialogue of prayer together throughout each moment of my day. Our meeting together in the morning is the way that I want to start my day with my heart and mind and life focused on you. I know that you will help me to remain attentive to you throughout my day. I will do that for you. 

What do you hope to accomplish as you meet with me in prayer? What is your goal? What is your hope? What is your dream? What is your desire? I am glad that you have asked me these questions. It is my hope and dream and desire to know and to love and to follow and serve you will all my heart and mind and soul and strength. I want to live my life with and for you. I want to walk in an intimate relationship with you. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to live the life that you have called me to live. Do you believe that I will hear and answer these prayerful desires of your heart? Yes, I believe you will answer these prayerful desires of my heart far beyond what I could ask for or even imagine. It is good that you believe I will hear and answer these prayerful desires of your heart. Why is that? Because this is exactly what I will do for you. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will make our time together the absolute priority of my life. Transform my heart and mind and life as I meet with you in prayer. Thank you, for hearing and answering my prayers as I expectantly lay them before you. Thank you for your goodness to me. Amen

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Looks Intently

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Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Freedom – James 1:25 – Looks Intently – Growing As Disciples

But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he has heard, but doing it–he will be blessed in what he does. James 1:25 (NIV)

Look Into, Remember, Do

Do you want to live and walk in the freedom that I have secured for you? Do you want to be set free from bondages to sin? Do you want to be able to overcome evil in the world? Do you want to stand up against temptations that will certainly come your way? Yes, I want to be set free. Yes, I want to walk in all the freedom that you have secured for me. I certainly want to be able to stand up against temptations that will come my way. I don’t want to be in bondage to any kind of sin. How can I live the life of freedom that you are describing to me? That is a very good question.

There are three things that you must keep on doing if you want to live in the freedom I have secured for you. First, you must make it your daily practice to look intently into my word. What do you think looking intently into my word will require of you? Looking intently into your word will require my wholehearted effort and focused attention. I must listen very carefully to all that you are saying to me. I must not let your word go in one ear and out the other. How will you make sure that does not happen? I will meditate on your word. I will memorize your word. I will pray your word. I will let your word dwell richly in my heart and mind and life. That will be very good. What’s next? You must remember my word. You must carry my word with you throughout your life. My word must remain in your heart and on your mind. You must always allow my word to speak into your life. How will make sure that you will keep on remembering my word? I will continue to meet with you every day in your word. I know that you will continue to remind me what you want me to remember as I keep on meeting with you. That’s right. I will bring to your attention what you need to remember from my word as you keep on meeting with me. What else? You must never let yourself become only a hearer of my word. You must be a hearer and a doer of my word. You will be set free as you look into, remember and put my word into your daily practice. Will you do that? Yes Lord, I will.

Lord, I will look intently into your word. I will consider carefully all you want to teach me. I will put into practice all you have shown to me. Thank you, that your word has set me free. Thank you, that your word is richly blessing my life as I follow and serve you. Amen

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Freedom – James 1-25 – Looks Intently – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

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