Quick To Listen

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Wisdom - Quick To Listen - James 1:19-21 - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Wisdom – Quick To Listen – James 1:19-21 – Growing As Disciples

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:19-21 (NIV)

 Like A Luxurious Garden

What are you quick to listen to? What and who has your attention? I’m not exactly sure what you mean. What thoughts occupy your mind? Who is speaking into your life? I would like to think that your thoughts occupy my thinking and that you are speaking into my life. Now you are beginning to understand my questions.

I want you to be quick to listen. You might ask “To what, do you want me to listen?” You already know the answer. Yes, I do. You want me to be quick to listen to you and your word. Yes, I do. How will I best be able to do that? Now, that is a very good question. You are like a garden. I want my word to be planted in you so that it will flourish and grow. You will never be able to live the righteous life I desire for you unless you are listening to my word. As you listen I will plant my word in you. You are right to ask how will you be able to be quick to listen to my word.

I will gladly answer that question for you. To listen you must listen. That sounds obvious doesn’t it? Yes, it does. You cant be speaking and listening attentively at the same time. I get it. Do you really? The more you speak the less you will be able to hear and listen to me. The one who speaks thinks he knows. The listener listens because he does not know. I want you to have the attitude of a humble listener. I want you to be hungry and eager to hear from me. I’m here to listen. Yes, you are and that is very good.

There are two things that will also hinder your ability to hear from me. They will try to prevent you from living the righteous life I have given you to live for me. What are they? The first one is anger. How well can you hear from me if you are angry about something? When I’m angry I can’t hear from you at all. Yes, that’s right. Will you set aside all your anger so that you can listen to me? Yes Lord, I will.

What is the second thing that will prevent me from hearing from you and living the righteous life you want me to live? This one is the direct opposite of the life I want you to live. I want you to get rid of anything that is morally filthy and evil. Take a close look. Do an inventory with me. Ask me to show you if there is anything in your life that displeases me. I will show you what must go. Together we will uproot what I don’t want planted in your life. Then in the new space available I will plant my word into your life so that my word will continue to grow and flourish in you. That’s what I want Lord. Yes, I know. I will make your life like a luxurious garden and you will flourish for me.

Lord, help me to remove anger, moral filth, and evil from my life so that I will be able to attentively listen to you. Plant your word in me and cause it to flourish and grow so that I will be like a luxurious garden bearing fruit for you.  Amen

Key Question…  When are you allowing the Lord to speak to you so that He can plant His word in your life?

Living It Out…  Rid your life of anger, moral filth and evil so that you can listen to the Lord and allow Him to plant His word in you.

Seeing It Happen… Have faith that the Lord will plant His word in you and cause your life to grow and flourish for Him.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how the Lord is planting His word in your life and causing you to grow.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you put away anger, moral filth and evil so you can humbly listen to God and let Him plant His word in you.

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Wisdom – James 1-19-21 – Quick To Listen – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                                                        Copying not permitted                                                                                    www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Righteousness God Desires

The Virtuous Life - Day 195 - James 1:19-21 - Righteousness God Desires - Growing As Disciples

The Virtuous Life – Day 195 – James 1:19-21 – Righteousness God Desires – Growing As Disciples

Understand this, my dear brothers and sisters: You must all be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry.  Human anger does not produce the righteousness God desires.  So get rid of all the filth and evil in your lives, and humbly accept the word God has planted in your hearts, for it has the power to save your souls. James 1:19-21 (NLT)

Planted In You

Do you want to live the righteous life I desire? Do you want to think, and speak, and act in ways that are pleasing to me? Do you want to live the life I have called you to live?  I will give an emphatic and passionate yes to all three of your questions. Yes, I want to live the righteous life you desire. Yes, I want to think, and speak, and act in ways that are pleasing to you. Yes, I want to life the life you have called me to live. That is very good. How can I live such a life? How will you make be able to live the righteous life that you desire for me? Let me break down your question, which is very good. First, it is I, that will make you able to live a righteous life. And it is true, it is my desire for you, that you live a righteous life. Both are true. Now for the main thrust of your question which was, “How can I make you able to live the righteous life I desire for you?” Yes, that’s it. You must draw near to me. You must come into my presence. You must meet with me in my word. You must humbly allow me to plant my word deeply in you. My word will change your heart. My word will transform your mind. My word will guide your life. That I will do. That is not all. As you allow me to humbly plant my word in you, there is something else you must do. What is that? You must remove any filth and evil from your life. Will that be difficult? Will that be troublesome? Will that be painful? It could be. It may be. On your own, without my help, it would be impossible. But as you draw near to me and allow my word to be deeply planted in you, your heart and mind and life be changed and transformed. You will welcome my work in you. We will be on the same page. You will want what I want. You will want, with all your heart, to live the life I have for you. Yes, I will. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will humbly allow your word to be deeply planted in me. Use your word to produce in me the righteous life you desire. Remove any filth and evil from my life. Use your word to help me to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry. Amen

Key Question…  What work has God done in you as you have humbly allowed His word to be deeply planted in you?

Living It Out…  Allow God’s word to be deeply planted in you so you can live the righteous life He desires.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the God’s word being deeply planted in you will help you to live the righteous life He desires.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are allowing God’s word to be planted deeply in you.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you humbly allow God’s word to be deeply planted in you so you can live the righteous life He desires.

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

The Virtuous Life – Day 195 – James 1-19-21 – Righteousness God Desires – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                                                        Copying not permitted                                                                                    www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Quick – Slow

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Rhythms - James 1-19-21 - Quick - Slow - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Rhythms – James 1-19-21 – Quick – Slow – Growing As Disciples

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:19-21 (NIV)

Plant Your Word

I have gotten it all backwards. I have been quick to speak. I have been slow to listen. I have been quick to become angry. Obviously, I have not taken very good notes on what you have wanted me to hear and put into practice. I have not allowed you to deeply plant your word in me. I have not allowed your word to take deep roots and grow in me. Why is that? What has hindered your ability to listen? Why would I need to listen? Does someone who thinks they “know it all” need to listen? Do you “know it all”? Do you really have no need to listen? I know very little. I desperately need to listen. I need all the help that I can get. I am far from perfect. I am a work in progress that is for sure. I want and need your help. Is that a prayer of yours? Yes, I am asking you to change me. I want to be quick to listen. I want to be slow to speak. I want to be slow to become angry. I don’t ever want to become angry. At this point I’d settle for becoming very slow to become angry. Most of all, I want to live the righteous life that you have called me to live. That is also another prayer of mine. Yes, I know.

You know how I will change your heart. You know how I will transform your mind. You know what I will use to make you quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. That much I do know. You will use your word to accomplish all these things in my life. Yes, I will. You have a part to play. You will not be a passive participant in the work that I will do in and through your life. What must you do with my word if you want me to change your heart and transform your mind? I will humbly let you plant your word deeply in me. I will listen attentively to everything that you have to say to me. I will allow your word to take root and grow in my life. I will be very careful to put into practice everything that you teach me. Then you will become quick to listen. Then you will be slow to speak. Then you will be slow to become angry. Then you will live the righteous life that I have called you to live. Do that work in me, Lord. I’m listening. Yes, I know. I will.

Lord, I have been quick to speak, slow to listen and quick to become angry. Forgive me. Help me to humbly allow you to plant your word in me. Change my heart. Transform my mind. Make me a listener. Help me to be slow to speak and slow to become angry. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Rhythms – James-1-19-21- Quick-Slow – 4-Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Take Note Of This

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 165 - James 1:19-21 - Take Note Of This - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 165 – James 1:19-21 – Take Note Of This – Growing As Disciples

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,  for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires.  Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:19-21 (NIV)

Notes

Are you taking notes? Are you listening attentively to what I have to say to you? Are you allowing my word to be planted deeply in you? Are you allowing my word to change your heart, transform your mind and guide your life? Is my word helping you to think and speak and act in ways that are pleasing to me? I’m not sure, you tell me. Nice try. You tell me. I think that your word is doing its work in me. I think that I am allowing your word to be planted in me. How are you allowing my word to be planted in you? I meet with you in your word. I read and study your word. I meditate deeply on your word. I memorize your word. I pray your word. I proclaim your word. Most of all, I believe that I am putting your word into practice every day as I love, follow and serve you. It is certainly the desire and passion of my heart to have your word dwelling in me richly. I know, without a doubt, that your word is and will be molding and shaping my life. I know, for certain, that your word will make me able to resist temptation and stand against evil. I know, with great confidence, that your Holy Spirit is taking your word and using it to fight in me, with me, for me, and through me, as I walk through life with you. That’s true. That sure. That’s certain. Now, I am living a perfect life? Not a chance. Do I still need your word to continue to do its work in me? For sure. So, if you can plant your word even more deeply in my life, I welcome you to do it today, tomorrow, and every day of my life until I come to meet you face to face. That I am doing. That I will continue to do. Have no doubts about that. Thank you, Lord.

Let’s talk about anger. What do you know about anger? Anger can and does destroy relationships. Anger can and will make me an ineffective witness for you in the world. Anger will make me unable to bear fruit for your kingdom and bring glory to your name. You have answered well. Anger will do all this damage. So, what will you do with your anger? How will you respond in a situation that might make you angry? I will be quick to listen. I will be slow to speak. I will be slow to become angry. That will be very good. Let these words of mine be planted deep within your heart and mind and life. Then you will be able to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to me. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I will take note of what you say to me. I will listen attentively. I will allow you to plant your word deep within my heart, mind and life. Help me to live a righteous life that is pleasing to you. Make me quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Promises – Day 165 – James 1-19-21 – Take Note Of This – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Slow To Become Angry

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Mixed Emotions - James 1:19-21- Slow To Become Angry - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Mixed Emotions – James 1:19-21- Slow To Become Angry – Growing As Disciples

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:19-21 (NIV)

The Righteous Life

How can I be slow to anger? Is that what you want? Yes, it is. Why is that? I know my anger will never allow me to live the righteous life that you are calling me to live. My anger will only fuel wrong thoughts, words and deeds to be stirred up in me. My anger will make it impossible for me to listen carefully to what others are saying to me. My anger will make it impossible for me to hear what you are saying to me. If I can’t listen attentively or hear clearly, I will never be able to know and do your will.  That’s true.

So, your real question is how can you live the righteous life that I am calling you to live? Yes, it is. Are you ready to listen attentively and hear clearly all that I have to say to you? Yes, I am. That is very good. If you want to live the righteous life that I am calling you to live, then you must allow my word to be planted deeply in you. How will I do that? You must read my word. You must study my word. You must meditate on my word. You must memorize my word. You must pray my word. Finally, you must put my word into practice. If you do these things with my word, it will be planted deeply in you. My word will grow and flourish in your life. As you take a hold of my word, it will take a hold of you. My word will cleanse you. My word will wash you. My word will purify you. My word will remove moral filth from your heart and mind and life. Then you will hear me. The you will know me. Then you will know my will. Then you will walk in my ways. My word will make you able to be quick to listen and slow to speak. My word will make you able to be slow to become angry. In every way, my word will make you able to live the righteous life that I am calling you to live. That is what I want. That is what I desire. That is the prayer of my heart and mind and life. I want to listen carefully. I want to be able to hear clearly. Speak to me Lord, I am listening. That is very good. 

Lord, I need your help. I want to live the righteous life you desire. I want your word to be planted deeply in my heart and mind and life. Help me to be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry so I can hear all you and others are saying to me. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Mixed Emotions – James 1-19-21 – Slow To Become Angry – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com

Righteous Life

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Character - James 1:19-21 - Righteous Life - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Character – James 1:19-21 – Righteous Life – Growing As Disciples

My dear brothers, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man’s anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires. Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. James 1:19-21 (NIV)

Pride

Do you want to live the life that I have called you to live? Yes, I want to live the life that you have called me to live. Who would say no to such a question? You would be surprised. There is something very important that you must do if you want to live the life that I have called you to live. What’s that? You must set aside your pride. You will never be able to live the godly and righteous life that I am calling you to live if you do not set aside your pride. Why is that? It is your pride that makes you slow to listen and quick to speak. It is your pride that leads you to think that you know it all. Do you know it all? Certainly not, I don’t know it all. Are your thoughts and words and opinions more valuable than others? I wouldn’t say so. At least you are smart enough not to say so. What do you mean by that? When you are so slow to listen and quick to speak isn’t it because you believe that your thoughts and opinions are so valuable, perhaps more valuable than what others have to offer? Is that really true? Is that what has been at work in my life? Have I been so filled with pride that I don’t really listen to others. Is that why I’m thinking about what I might say next rather than listening to what others are saying now? You tell me. I think I have been filled with pride. Pride has led me to be slow to listen and quick to speak. Was that hard to admit? It was hard to see and hard to admit. But, it gets worse. How does it get worse? Not only has my pride made me slow to listen and quick to speak, it has also made me quick to get angry. Pride has not only led me to think that I know it all. It has also led me to think that I am always right. Pridefully thinking that I am always right is a quick and easy step to anger. Why is that? Not everyone thinks I’m always right. That is hard to imagine. You’re kidding me, right? Yes, I am kidding you. It should come as no great revelation that you are not always right. It should come as no big surprise that others will disagree with your thoughts and words. So where does all this leave you? What must you do if you want to live the life I am calling you to live? It has come clearly to me now. I see your point. I agree with you. I must set aside my pride if I want to live the godly and righteous life that you are calling me to live. That is what I will do. That is very good.

Lord, I have been filled with pride. I have been slow to listen. I have been quick to speak. I have been quick to become angry. Use your word to change my heart, transform my mind, and guide my life. Help me to live the godly life you have called me to live. Amen

For today’s complete 4 page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide click here:

Character – James 1-19-21 – Righteous Life – 4 Page Discipleship Devotional Study Guide

Please consider sharing these devotionals with others through the social media you use.

Individual users may save the Discipleship Devotional Study Guide to their desktop for private use. All the blanks in the study guides are fields that allow typed responses. To use the fields on the study guide you may need to open the guide with a free version of adobe reader.

By Jon Ulrich © All rights reserved                   Copying not permitted                      www.GrowingAsDisciples.com