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Who You're Meant to Be
Theme of the Week: Stretched by God
Sunday, April 27, 2014

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Who Said It … Patrick Morley

Patrick Morley is the author of 18 books including the best-selling The Man in the Mirror. He teaches a Bible study to 5,000 men and is the founder of Man in the Mirror, a ministry to men ( Pat and his wife, Patsy, have two grown children and live in Winter Park, Florida. This week's readings are adapted from How God Makes Men.

What he Said … Who You're Meant to Be

Every week at our Bible study, I meet men who have professed faith in Christ but who, for the last 5, 10, 15, or more years, have been living by their own wisdom. Many were told, "Just pray this prayer and everything will turn out okay." But it hasn't. They enlisted and were issued a weapon they've never learned how to clean and shoot. These men are not bad, just confused.

Most men I talk with feel like there's another man coiled up inside of them who desperately wants to get out. How about you? Can you relate? If so, I've got some really great news for you. It's all wrapped up in the one sentence that best describes my own life: Because God is good, your life will not turn out like you planned.

That's because God has a much better plan. His plan is made up of strikingly relevant, time-tested lessons written down and preserved for us in the Bible. It pulsates with stories about men who [maintained] the passion of their faith. They became the men God created them to be. And you can too.

Key Study Passage: Hebrews 12:5-11

Adapted from How God Makes Men by Patrick Morley (Multnomah, 2013) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, growth happens most often in times of stretching; please give me the grace to humbly submit myself to your will—even when it hurts—and let you transform me into the man you want me to be.

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mark mcclendon

April 29, 2014  8:49am

I do understand and agree Gods plan is always better!! I pray for my brother who just turned his life over to Jesus. I hope he is blessed through many trials and growth experiences also. I pray when it gets hard he does not give up. Thanks MOI

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Curt Schleicher

April 27, 2014  9:54am

God has placed myself in which my first career didn't progress as I'd thought, then into a 2nd career that was OK, and finally into a disability-retirement situation which at first I resisted. But now, I am truly seeing the benefits to be reaped from it. The exposure to many people of varied backgrounds under less of a pressure cooker environment allows me to respond to them more naturally then I would otherwise. When God finally had his way with me and I finally let go of control of my life, now things are clicking together. I'm still awaiting anxiously for the final chapters to be written. I can observe his work in my family and my life. Oh, and by the way, God's way is a much, much better way. Praise God for this daily devotion. God is good in so many ways!

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Robert Hixson

April 27, 2014  5:51am

Thanks for today's lesson. This is relevant because I am working in a job that I never planned for. God has blessed me in so many ways and uses me every day in it.

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