To seek the love, peace, and joy all humans crave, we need to continually share the good news of the Kingdom of Heaven through our words, our deeds, and our lives. To effectively do this we must be walking in the “light.”
Begin by asking yourself:
Am I experiencing love, peace, and joy in my own life?
If you answered “no” and feel you are stumbling around in the darkness that is caused by sin, it is time you ask Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. One of the first things you must do to ask and receive from God is to become an active member of His Kingdom family.
Simply ask Him to forgive your sins and receive His forgiveness.
Then ask Him to send His Holy Spirit to guide you as you grow and begin to function in His light, and receive His guidance.
Spend time each day reading His Word and studying the Scriptures. Begin by reading the scriptures given in this chapter and applying them to your life right where you are right now.
Read 1 John 1:7.
What does walking in the light mean to you personally?
Read 2 Corinthians 5:20.
What does this verse say you are called to be?
Read Matthew 22:37-40.
What did Jesus say are the two most important things we must do to be the light to the world?
Read James 1:5-8.
When you ask, you must _________________ and not _____________.
Why is this so important?
Ask God to prepare your heart to receive His truth as you now continue your journey.
Before we start asking for things we think we want and need from God, it is key that we know what He has called us to do in life.
Begin by asking yourself: What is it God has called me to do with my life?
As He begins to reveal His purpose and plan for your life, ask for what you need to accomplish His goals for you.
Am I willing to do whatever He asks me to do?
Am I limiting God by not asking for the right things with the right motive?
Begin by asking God for what you need using Solomon’s words as your own prayer today:
Here’s what I want: Give me a God-listening heart so I can do what You have called me to do well, discerning the difference between good and evil.
We need to know our strengths and weaknesses so we can make decisions based on what God has gifted us or not gifted us to do.
Have I limited what God can do in me because I am not aware of what strengths He has placed within me?
What are my strengths?
What are my weaknesses?
Has experience shown me that when I try to do something outside my area of gifting it is a set up for failure?
Do I ask for His perfect timing and am I willing to wait if God says I must wait?
Give an example from your own life:
Do I acknowledge God has put fellow disciples on this earth to complete and complement His purpose for me?
Explain how this manifests in your life:
Ask whatever you will and it shall be done for you. Isn’t this really what we all are after?
The secret to success in this area is understanding God’s perspective no matter what the issue is at hand.
Since our perception creates our reality, we have to be able to clearly define our perception of Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and God in order to ask and receive. Use scripture to back up your answers to the questions below.
What is your perception of Jesus?
What is your perception of God the Father?
What is your perception of the Holy Spirit?
In order to ask according to God’s standards we must _____________, ______________, and _______________ that ___________ way of doing things is better than ours.
Read John 15:5-8.
What did Jesus say you must do to ask and receive from God?
What changes do you have to make in your life to fulfill this criteria?
Go back and reread each of the definitions and the scriptures given in this chapter. Highlight the phrases that help you understand spiritually maturity. Now answer the questions posed at the beginning of this chapter.
What does that mean?
What does spiritual maturity look like?
What do we need to do to grow and mature spiritually?
Grade yourself on a scale of 1-10.
The number one is at the low end, which means you are guilty of doing this all the time and it is a bad habit. The number ten means you never do this.
Would I rather live and die being controlled by my own human tendencies or being filled with God’s Spirit and wisdom?
Will I choose to rely upon Christ and watch my faith take off or feed my sinful desires and remain constantly hungry for more sin?
Will I continue to allow my thinking to become polluted and interrupt the work of God in my life or will I work to discipline my thoughts?
Will I continue to refuse to yield to the Holy Spirit? Why or why not?
Do I want to remain lost in my sin and in my own faulty perceptions or seek God’s way?
Will I choose to surrender my body to God’s will? Why or why not?
Will I choose to surrender my heart to Christ today, and believe that He died on the cross to save me?
By now you should be able to answer these questions for yourself: