To Work In You

The Word Centered Life - Day 15 - 1 Thessalonians 2-13 - To Work In You - Growing As Disciples

The Word Centered Life – Day 15 – 1 Thessalonians 2-13 – To Work In You – Growing As Disciples

Therefore, we never stop thanking God that when you received his message from us, you didn’t think of our words as mere human ideas. You accepted what we said as the very word of God—which, of course, it is. And this word continues to work in you who believe. 1 Thessalonians 2:13 (NLT)

Work In You

Do you want me to work in you? Do you want me to change your heart? Do you want me to transform your mind? Do you want me to guide your life? Do you want me to mold and shape you into the person that I have called you to become? Do you want to be able to know and do my will? Do you want to be able to resist temptation and stand against evil? Do you want me to use you as a powerful witness in this world? Would you like to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? You have asked me many questions that all have the same answer from me. What is your answer? My answer is, “yes” to every one of your questions. I want all these things to be true in my life. I don’t want to miss the mark or fall short on any of these questions. That is very good.

What must I do? What is my part? What is my role? How can I be sure that all these things will be true in my life? Now, it is you that are asking good questions. It is good that you know that you will have a very important role in these things being true in your life. You will need to be a very active participant in my doing my work in your life. You can help or hinder or even thwart or reject my work in you. It is my desire and goal to welcome your work in me. That is where you need to start. Your desire for my work to continue in you is critically important. Even that desire in me has come from you to me as a gift. I can take no credit for the desire I have for you to do your work in me. That is true. You must allow that desire to take action. What action must I take?  You must accept and receive my word in you. You must take my word deeply into your heart and mind and life. You must hunger and thirst for my word. You must meditate on my word day and night. You must allow my word to dwell in you richly. You must grab ahold of my word and allow it to grab ahold of you. It is my word that will do its work in you. All you hope to be and all you hope to do in life, for me, will be empowered by my word. My word will mold and shape you. My word will guard and guide you. My word will help you to be able to know and do my will. All my purposes and plans for your life will be accomplished as you continue to allow my word to work in you. That I will do, I will allow your word to work in me. That will be very good.

Lord, thank you for your word. I will continue to receive your word into my life. Keep on using your word to do your work in me.  Help me to share your word with others so that they also will come to know and love and follow and serve you with all their hearts. Amen

Key Question…  How are you making it your daily practice to receive the word of God into your life?

Living It Out…  Receive God’s word into your life so that it will continue to do its work in you.

Seeing It Happen…  Have faith that the word of God will continue to work in you as you accept it into your life.

Get Ready To Share…  Share with another person or your small group how you are continually allowing God’s word to work in your life.

Prayer To Bless Others…  May you continue to accept the word of God so it will work in you who believe.

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God Cares

 

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 141 - James 5:10-11 - God Cares - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 141 – James 5:10-11 – God Cares – Growing As Disciples

Take the old prophets as your mentors. They put up with anything, went through everything, and never once quit, all the time honoring God.  What a gift life is to those who stay the course! You’ve heard, of course, of Job’s staying power, and you know how God brought it all together for him at the end. That’s because God cares, cares right down to the last detail. James 5:10-11 (MSG)  

Staying Power

What will give you staying power? What will make you able to put up with anything? What will make you able to go through everything? Those are all very good questions. There is no “what” that will give me staying power. There is no “what” that will make me able to put up with anything. There is no “what” that will make me able to go through everything. Believe me, I have tried relying on a whole constellation of “whats” to try to put up with anything and go through everything. Like what? That question has a funny ring to it. It does, doesn’t it?  Well, I have tried relying on my own will power. I have tried relying on my own positive attitude. I have tried relying on my own strength. I have tried relying on what seemed like great advice. I have tried relying on a thousand different voices of encouragement. I have tried relying on the thoughts and opinions and values of this world. How has relying on all these “whats” worked out for you? Not well, not well at all, not well in the least little bit. So, I know that the true answer to your question does not involve a “what”. What does the answer to my question involve or require?

If I am to be able to put up with anything and going through everything, I will need to rely on you. So, the answer to your answer involves and requires a “who”, not a what. The “who” is you. Without you, I will never be able to put up with anything. Without you, I will never be able to go through everything. Without you, I will never be able to keep on moving forward with you. Then you can have great hope and peace and joy, can you not? Yes, I can have great hope and peace and joy because I have you to help me. No detail of my life is too small for you to notice. No trial or difficulty or set back is too small for you to come to my aid. You will help me. You love me. You care about me. You are always with me. You will never leave me. You will always keep me moving forward with you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I care about you. Yes, I love you and will always keep you moving forward with me. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, you know what I have gone through in life. You know the difficulties and troubles I have faced. I will not quit or give up. I will keep on moving forward with you. Help me to have staying power to put up with anything and go through everything, by your power. Amen

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Examine Yourselves

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 252 - 2 Corinthians 13:5 - Examine Yourselves - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 252 – 2 Corinthians 13:5 – Examine Yourselves – Growing As Disciples

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you–unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5 (NIV)

Examine

 At one time that was a scary word. What was a scary word? Examine, was a scary word. The idea that I would invite you to examine my life was a scary thought. The thought that together we might both take a close look at life made me very uncomfortable. Why is that? I was afraid of what might you and I might find. Do you think that anything from your life remains hidden from me? Is any one of your thoughts or words or actions a secret to me? No, I am certain that nothing about my thoughts or words or actions can remain hidden to you. Everything about me is like an open book to you. On top of that, you are a speed reader. You know my thoughts before I think them. You know my words before I speak them. You know my actions before I take them. Yes, I do. That is true.

Are you no longer scared of your life being under my and your examination? No, I am not. Why is that? First of all, it makes no sense to hide what we both know to be true. Which is? I am a sinner. I have sinned. I will sin. But it is also true you have forgiven and cleansed me of my sin. You have made me to be righteous in your eyes. You are now my Savior and Lord. You are leading and guiding my life. You are molding and shaping me into the person you want me to become. You are making me into your masterpiece. Yes, I have done all these things for you. Yes, I will continue to do all these things for you. So, it is my joy to welcome your work in my life. Any changes you want to make in me will be for your kingdom and glory. You want to help me to live the life you have called me to live. Yes, I do. Why would I be afraid of that? Why would I not welcome that? Why would I not want what you want. Second by second, minute by minute and day by day, I want to become more like you. So yes, I welcome your examination of my life. Let’s you and I take a close look at my life together. Show me what you want me to see. Change what you want to change. Make me more like you as I love, follow and serve you. Yes, I will. You can count on me to do that in you, with you and for you. Let this all be for your kingdom and glory so I can shine brightly for you. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I know I am not living a perfect life. I know I sin in my thoughts, words and actions. It is my desire to live a life that is pleasing to you. Help me to examine myself. Help me to turn from sin and keep on passionately loving and following and serving you. Amen

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