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In Robert McGee's best-selling book The Search for Significance, he helps readers realize the fact that they will never be content if they search for their significance in accomplishments or the opinions of others. Instead, God has given them significance and worth through the work of Christ on the cross. Because of McGee's classic book, more than two million readers have learned what it means to be free to enjoy Christ's love and forgiveness.

Now, McGee invites readers of his book to go on a 10-week journey of reflection, discovery, and ultimately victory as they learn how to implement, on a daily basis, the principles of The Search for Significance. Each page of this valuable companion to The Search for Significance includes:

Thought-provoking questions Essential biblical truths Space for readers to reflect on how God is calling them to a deeper realization of his love for them. Daily Prayer

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THE

SEARCH

FOR

SIGNIFICANCE

DEVOTIONAL

JOURNAL

THE

SEARCH

FOR

SIGNIFICANCE

DEVOTIONAL

JOURNAL

Based on The Search for Significance

ROBERT S. MCGEE

© 2003 by Robert S. McGee

All rights reserved. No portion of this book may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means—electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording, scanning, or other—except for brief quotations in critical reviews or articles, without the prior written permission of the publisher.

Published in Nashville, Tennessee, by Thomas Nelson. Thomas Nelson is a registered trademark of Thomas Nelson, Inc.

Thomas Nelson, Inc. titles may be purchased in bulk for educational, business, fundraising, or sales promotional use. For information, please email SpecialMarkets@ThomasNelson.com.

Unless otherwise marked, all Scripture quotations are taken from The New King James Version. © 1979, 1980, 1982, Thomas Nelson, Inc., Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Scripture quotations marked NASB are taken from The New American Standard Bible. © 1960, 1977 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

Quotations used in the devotionals are taken from The Search for Significance, © 1998 by Robert S. McGee. Published by Thomas Nelson, Nashville, Tennessee.

Produced with the assistance of The Livingstone Corporation (www.LivingstoneCorporation.com). Project staff includes Dave Veerman, Betsy Schmitt, and Carol Ochs. Devotional questions written by Carol Smith.

Library of Congress Cataloging-in Publication Data

McGee, Robert S.

The search for significance devotional journal / by Robert S. McGee.

p. cm.

ISBN 978-0-8499-4427-7

1. Self-esteem—Religious aspects—Christianity. 2. Christian life. 3. Devotional calendars. I. Title.

BV4647.S43M394 2003

248.4--dc21

2003005823

Printed in the United States of America

08 09 10 11 12 QW 10 9 8 7 6

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

Day 1 WHO HAS THE ANSWER I’M LOOKING FOR?

Day 2 IS IT REALLY DARKEST BEFORE THE DAWN?

Day 3 WHERE DO YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING?

Day 4 WHAT’S YOUR NET WORTH?

Day 5 WHAT DOES FAILURE REALLY TEACH YOU?

Day 6 WHO DO YOU LISTEN TO?

Day 7 WHO BALANCES YOUR BOOKS?

Day 8 WHO’S TO BLAME?

Day 9 WHO’S GOING TO CLEAN UP THIS MESS?

Day 10 IS THERE HOPE FOR ME?

Day 11 HOW CAN OLD, BROKEN THINGS BECOME NEW?

Day 12 WHAT DO FEELINGS HAVE TO DO WITH IT?

Day 13 CAN YOU JUSTIFY YOUR ACTIONS?

Day 14 WHO SAYS SO?

Day 15 WHAT DOES A PRINCE INHERIT FROM THE KING?

Day 16 HOW MANY FINGERS ARE POINTING BACK AT YOU?

Day 17 WHAT’S YOUR TRUE INHERITANCE?

Day 18 CAN YOU OUTRUN THE PAST?

Day 19 COULD YOU USE A DO-OVER?

Day 20 WHO THROWS THE FIRST STONE?

Day 21 WOULD YOU LIKE A NEW IDENTITY?

Day 22 WHOSE MEASURE DO YOU MEASURE YOURSELF BY?

Day 23 WOULD YOU RATHER BE WEAK OR STRONG?

Day 24 WHO TOLD YOU THAT YOU WERE LOVABLE?

Day 25 DO CREDENTIALS MEAN ANYTHING?

Day 26 WHOSE FAULT IS IT, AFTER ALL?

Day 27 COULD YOU HAVE SAVED YOURSELF?

Day 28 WHAT ARE YOU HOLDING ON TO?

Day 29 WHICH RULES MAKE YOU NEW?

Day 30 WHAT’S THE POINT OF GUILT, ANYWAY?

Day 31 WHO LEADS YOU THROUGH YOUR DARKEST JOURNEYS?

Day 32 WHO ARE YOU WORKING FOR?

Day 33 IF YOU COULD HAVE ONE THING . . . WHAT WOULD IT BE?

Day 34 DO YOU WATCH OUT FOR WHO’S WATCHING?

Day 35 DOES WHAT YOU SAY MATCH WHAT YOU DO?

Day 36 HOW DO YOU SAY THE COLD, HARD TRUTH?

Day 37 IS THERE A FREE LUNCH?

Day 38 DO YOU HEAR FREEDOM CALLING?

Day 39 WHAT DIRECTION ARE YOU WALKING?

Day 40 HAVE YOU LOOKED AT THE WILL YET?

Day 41 WHAT DOES LIFE SQUEEZE OUT OF YOU?

Day 42 WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF FAILURE?

Day 43 DO YOU NEED VISION CORRECTION?

Day 44 TOGETHER OR ALONE?

Day 45 WHO ARE WE TOGETHER?

Day 46 WHO’S THE HARDEST ONE TO LET OFF THE HOOK?

Day 47 WHO WILL MAKE IT RIGHT?

Day 48 ARE YOU ASHAMED?

Day 49 DO YOU KNOW WHOSE YOU ARE?

Day 50 WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE REDEEMED?

Day 51 HOW MANY DIE-HARD FANS DO YOU HAVE?

Day 52 SO, YOU THINK YOU’RE CLOSE TO PERFECT?

Day 53 WHY DOES A PUPPY LEARN TO OBEY?

Day 54 HOW MANY PEOPLE CAN YOU KEEP HAPPY AT ONE TIME?

Day 55 CAN YOU HAVE TOO MANY BROTHERS AND SISTERS?

Day 56 WHO NAMED YOU JUDGE AND JURY?

Day 57 HAVE I KICKED MYSELF ENOUGH TODAY?

Day 58 IS WHAT YOU SEE REALLY WHAT YOU GET?

Day 59 WOULD YOU RATHER HAVE FAITH OR A MOUTHFUL OF WATER?

Day 60 WHERE IS IT YOU THINK YOU’RE GOING?

INTRODUCTION

If making positive changes in our lives were as easy as simply reading something, recognizing the truth in what we’ve read, and then seeing our lives instantly change at the recognition of that truth, life would be much more enjoyable. However, it’s not that easy, as we all know. God warns us that we must lay off the old man and put on the new man. We must tear down strongholds in order to bring our thoughts into obedience to Christ (which is going to be the occasion when we see our lives really change).

This takes place over time. Over the next few weeks, even years, God is going to allow you to encounter opportunities to rely on the truths presented in The Search for Significance. Your response to these situations will not change God’s love and acceptance of you or your eternal union with Him. However, the Father is serious about preparing you, His child, for eternity. He wants to weed out the hurtful, painful strongholds that are currently robbing you of the life Christ has provided. And that’s where this devotional journal comes in. It is designed to help you put yourself in a place where God can begin to work on you and break down those strongholds.

To get the most out of this devotional journal, you will want to first make sure you’ve read The Search for Significance, for in that book you’ll discover the foundational principles for this sixty-day guided journal. If it’s been awhile since you’ve read The Search for Significance, you may even want to go back and reread it before you dive into this journal.

Don’t get caught up in being legalistic about your journaling; that is, don’t beat yourself up if you miss a day or two every so often. But at the same time, realize that completing this journal will be in your best self-interest, for by the time you’ve finished it, you will not only comprehend more clearly the breadth of Christ’s love for you, but you’ll also experience what it means to walk in the freedom of that love. The more you are able to put on the new man, the easier it will be to win out over the old man.

Today, more than ever, Christians need to know who they are and the victory they have in Christ. My hope and prayer is that this devotional journal will take you one step closer toward gaining that knowledge and experiencing that victory.

—ROBERT MCGEE

— Day 1 —

WHO HAS THE ANSWER

I’M LOOKING FOR?

And He said, Therefore I have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.

From that time many of His disciples went back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve, Do you also want to go away?

But Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go?You have the words of eternal life. Also we have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.

—JOHN 6:65–69

KNOWING THE RIGHT QUESTION

What are the various reasons people search for their worth anywhere else but in God?

Whether labeled self-esteem or self-worth, the feeling of significance is crucial to man’s emotional, spiritual, and social stability and is the driving element within the human spirit. Understanding this single need opens the door to understanding our actions and attitudes. What a waste to attempt to change behavior without truly understanding the driving needs that cause such behavior! Yet millions of people spend a lifetime searching for love, acceptance, and success without understanding the need that compels them. We must understand that this hunger for self-worth is God-given and can only be satisfied by Him. Our value is not dependent on our ability to earn the fickle acceptance of people, but rather, its true source is the love and acceptance of God. He created us. He alone knows how to fulfill all of our needs.

Think over the past twenty-four hours. When did you feel most valuable? Describe those situations.

What would be different in your life if you walked around with that valuable feeling all the time? What would this world be like if people everywhere felt valued?

In John 6:6569 Simon Peter came to the place each of us hopefully comes to—God is the only one who has the answers.It just takes us awhile sometimes to start asking the right questions. How does God answer the question of what makes you valuable?

Today, right now, in this moment, what do you feel you’re worth? On what are you basing your answer?

TALK TO GOD

Heavenly Father, it takes time for me to sort through all the things I think I need in order to get down to my most basic needs. Sometimes the small things in life cause me to scurry past