What Really Matters

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Promises - Day 252 - Philippians 1:9-11 - What Really Matters - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Promises – Day 252 – Philippians 1:9-11 – What Really Matters – Growing As Disciples

I pray that your love will overflow more and more, and that you will keep on growing in knowledge and understanding.  For I want you to understand what really matters, so that you may live pure and blameless lives until the day of Christ’s return.  May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God. Philippians 1:9-11 (NLT)

What Matters

I know that you want to live a life that really matters. At one time, you had no idea what such a life would look like. At that same time, you had no desire to live for anything beyond your own comfort and pleasure. You gave no thought to the future. You lived only for the present. Your heart and mind and life were focused only on what was immediately before you. You lived as is this life was the ultimate reality and that there nothing more to consider. You had no eternal perspective. Is all of what I have said true? Yes, it is. I especially like that you know I want to live of life that really matters. You also know that my life is nothing like it once was. You have changed everything about me. My heart and mind and life now have a completely different focus. I do now know what matters most. Tell what matters most? I want to know you. I want to love you. I want to follow and serve you. In every way, I want to become like you. I want to think and speak and act like you. I want to love like you loved. I want to give like you gave. I want to serve like you served. I want you to form my thoughts, opinions, and values. I want you to guard and guide my life. I want to go and do your will. I want to take on the assignments you give to me. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want your love to overflow my life so that others will come to know and love and follow and serve you. In this way, I will bring praise and honor and glory to you. As I walk through life with you, and live in an intimate relationship with you, I am sure that you will help me to live a life that really matters. You will make me able to do what is pleasing to you. You will make me able to hear you one day say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” That is what matters most to me. That is the prayer that is continually on my mind and in my heart. I will hear and answer this prayer of yours. You will live a life that really matters. You will do what is pleasing to me. Thank you, Lord.

Lord, I want to live a life that really matters. I know what that means. Coming to know and love and follow and serve you really matters. Bearing fruit for your Kingdom and bringing praise and glory to your name really matters. Loving others really matters. Amen

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Discern What Is Best

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ - Day 287 - Philippians 1:9-11 - Discern What Is Best - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Becoming Like Christ – Day 287 – Philippians 1:9-11 – Discern What Is Best – Growing As Disciples

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ–to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 (NIV)

Discern

That is what I want to be able to do. What do you want to be able to do? I want to be able to discern what is best. I want to be able to know and do your will. I want to live a life that is good and right and pleasing to you. I want knowledge and insight that comes from you. I want you to be proud of the life I am living for you. I want my life to bear and an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Those are very good desires that you have in you. This is a good prayer that you are praying.

How will you know if you are living a life that is good and right and pleasing to me? How will you know if you have received knowledge and insight from me? How will you know if I will be proud of the life you are living? I could ask you. Yes, you can definitely ask me. It is always good for you to come and ask me what you do not know. I will help you to see what you cannot see. I will help you to know what you do not know. Never stop coming to me. Never stop asking for my help. Never stop relying on me. I will always come to you. I will always pray to you. I will always rely on you. That will be very good.  

Have I given you an example to follow? Have I shown you how to live your life? Yes Lord, you have given me an example to follow. I can pattern my life after yours. How will you pattern your life after mine? First of all, my love for you, will keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. I will consider your life. I will go where you went. I will do what you did. Where did I go? What did I do? You went to those who were in need. You loved and cared for others. As I keep my heart and mind and life focused on you, I will love like you loved, served like you served and give like you gave. Where else did I go? What else did I do? You went to prayer. You lived in intimate and ongoing relationship with your Heavenly Father. You received your guidance and direction from Him. He gave you all the knowledge and insight you needed to live a life that was good and right and pleasing to Him. That is true. Follow my example and you will have all that you have asked of me. That, I will do. That will be very good. Thank you, Lord. 

Lord, help me to discern the best way to live my life. Show me what really matters. Cause my love for you to keep my heart and mind and life focused on you. Help me to live a life that bears fruit and brings glory to you. Help me to love others with your love. Amen

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Pure And Blameless

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide - Be - Philippians 1:9-11 - Pure And Blameless - Growing As Disciples

Discipleship Devotional Study Guide – Be – Philippians 1:9-11 – Pure And Blameless – Growing As Disciples

And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God. Philippians 1:9-11 (ESV)

Ready

Do you want to be able to know and do my will? Do you want to live the life that I have called you to live? Do you want to bear fruit for my kingdom and bring glory to my name? Do you want to be prepared to meet me face to face? Do you want to go and do what is pleasing to me?  Yes, of course I want all these things. It my earnest prayer that I will one day hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” to me. I don’t want to miss the mark. I don’t want to wander around in the dark. I don’t want to stumble through life. I don’t want to come up short. I want to accomplish your purposes and fulfill your plans. I want to bear an abundance of fruit for your kingdom. I want to bring glory to your name. Nothing would please me more that to know that I am living a life that is pleasing to you. Yes, I want to be eager and ready for that day when I will meet you face to face. That is very good.

What must I do to know and do your will? What must I do to live the life that you have called me to live? How can I live a fruitful life that is pleasing to you? You must follow me. You must live in an intimate relationship with me. You must become like me. You must love like I love. You must give like I gave. You must serve like I served. You must live like I lived. Follow me. Follow my example. Ask me for help. Rely on me. Ask for my love, knowledge and discernment to fill you. Then you will be able to know and do my will. Then you will go where I guide you. Then you will do what I ask of you. Then you will be ready to meet me face to face. Then you will certainly hear me say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Then you will know with certainty that you have lived a life that was pleasing me. That is what I want. That is what I will do. I will follow you. I will listen to your voice, I will hear your instructions. I will follow your guidance. That will be very good.

Lord, I pray I will be filled with your love, knowledge, and discernment so I will know and do your will. Help me to live the life you are calling me to live. Help me to live a righteous and fruitful life that bears fruit for your kingdom and brings glory to your name. Amen

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