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Building Your Faith: Pt 1

Who is Your Leader?

If you would like to extend this over a week, you can easily do one of the points each day of your devotion.  For a printable version, click here.  
Monday

Read:

Luke 7:1-9 - When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum.  2 There a centurion's servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.  3 The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.  4 When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, "This man deserves to have you do this, 5 because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue." 6 So Jesus went with them.  He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him:  "Lord, don't trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. 7 That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you.  But say the word, and my servant will be healed. 8 For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me.  I tell this one, 'Go,' and he goes;'and that one, 'Come,' and he comes.  I say to my servant, 'Do this,' and he does it." 9 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, "I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel."  

Q:  What made Jesus say that he had "great faith"?  __________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Faith and obedience are interlocked.

Deuteronomy 5:33 - Follow all the directions the Lord has given you.  Then life will go well for you... (GW)

Q:  When does life go well?  ____________________________________________________________________

Read through these verses and see the promises you can have if  you obey.  

Proverbs 16:20 - God blesses those who obey Him.  (LB)
Psalm 7:10 - God saves those who obey Him.  (GN)
Psalm 33:18 - The Lord watches over those who obey Him. (GN)
Psalm 37:18 - The Lord takes care of those who obey Him. (GN) 
Psalm 7:9 - You help all those who obey You. (NLT)
1 John 3:22 - God gives us what we ask for because we obey His commands. (NCV)
Proverbs 28:14 - Always obey the Lord and you will be happy. (GN)
Proverbs 19:16 - Keep God's laws and you will live longer. (GN)
Psalm 34:10 - Those who obey the Lord lack nothing good.  (GN)
Psalm 34:9 - Those who obey Him have all they need.  (GN)

Tuesday

If you obey, look what you gain:

Psalm 119:45 - live in perfect freedom. (GN)
Psalm 119:100 - have greater wisdom.  (GN)
Proverbs 1:33 - dwell in security and peace.  (NAB)
Joshua 1:8 - be prosperous and successful.  (GN)
Matthew 5:19 - be great in the kingdom of heaven.  (NCV)
Proverbs 13:13 - be rewarded.  (NCV)

Obedience is a demonstration of faith. 

Q:  How would you describe your faith and obedience?  ______________________________________________
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Q:  What would you work on?  ___________________________________________________________________________ 
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Wednesday

Q:  When you know what God wants you to do, what should you do?  _____________________
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Psalm 119:32 - I will quickly obey Your commands.  (NCV)
Psalm 119:60 - Without delay I hurry to obey Your commands.  (GN)

Q:  How soon should you do it?  ______________________________________________________________________
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Q:  In what area do you need to start being obedient right now?  ____________________________
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Q:  How much do you have to obey?  __________________________________________________________
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Psalm 119:4 - Lord, You gave Your orders to be obeyed completely.  (NCV)

Thursday

Read and see how you are to obey.

Psalm 100:2b - Obey Him gladly.  (LB)
Psalm 119:16 - I enjoy obeying Your commands.  (NCV)
Psalm 119:47 - I find pleasure in obeying Your commands...  (GN)

Q:  How would you describe your attitude?  __________________________________________________
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Q:  Even though you know your life will be better, why do you still do your own thing?
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Friday

1 John 5:3 - Loving God means doing what He tells us to do... (LB)

Q:  What does it show God when we obey?  _______________________________________________________
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John 14:15 - If you love me, you will obey what I command.

Psalm 119:112 - I am determined to obey You until I die.  (LB)

Q:  Have you made that choice?   _______________________________________________________________________
Why?  _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Philippians 3:16 - We must be sure to obey the truth we have learned already(NLT)

Q:  What do you need to do today?  ____________________________________________________________
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