Pursue God First
So many different things and people fight for our attention and pursuit every day. But if we aren't careful, these good things can become idols. We have to intentionally put God first each and every day to avoid falling victim to the idols that promise us what they can never deliver. For the first part of this challenge, give God the first 24 minutes of every day this week. Whatever time you plan to get up, just set your alarm 24 minutes earlier, and give him the first 1% of your day. By doing this, you show God that you want to pursue him first with all your heart. How you spend this time is up to you; maybe you spend some time in prayer, maybe you read through the Psalms, or maybe you journal. Secondly, you are challenged to practice the spiritual discipline of fasting. Fasting destroys idol and indicates that God means more to you than whatever you are fasting from. You can choose whatever you want to fast from, but make it something that you recognize as a barrier between you and your relationship with God.
Meditate on Scripture
When we meditate on Scripture, we intentionally take time to slow down and soak up every word instead of treating it as something to mark off our daily checklist. By being so intentional, we allow the words of Scripture to move from our heads to our hearts, where God forms us and shapes us. During meditation, we are coming to sit at the feet of Jesus and asking to be transformed by him. For this week's challenge, spend some time each day meditating on Scripture. Find a quiet space without distractions where you can focus on the words you are reading and let them make a place in your heart. Share what difference this made in your week!
Ask Jesus for Help
Sometimes we get caught up in thinking our prayers need to be eleborate or eloquent. Afterall, we are speaking directly to the creator of the universe and everything in it. However, God doesn't require anything fancy or thoughfully prepared; he just wants to talk to his children. For this week's challenge, speak this very simple prayer when you are in need. Just say, "Jesus, help. Amen." This simple prayer communicates that you know that Jesus is in total control of everything going on in the world, including whatever you are going through, and you trust him to hear your prayer and know your need. Share what this prayer meant to you this week!
Confession is not a spiritual practice that most of us look forward to participating in. In fact, most of us tend to avoid it for as long as we can. However, Scripture tells us that confession is an integral part of walk with Jesus and how confession brings us closer to others and our Heavenly Father. For this week's challenge, spend some time in prayer and ask God to reveal what needs confessing in your life. If you feel called to, share this confession with a trusted brother or sister in Christ and allow them to be a part of this spiritual discipline. Your confession might inspire and encourage them to do the same as well!
Be in God's Word Each Day
We have all likely tried a lot of different things to convince people to follow Christ. We've tried gimmicks and we've argued, or even tried to downplay how hard following Jesus is and what he calls you to. Acts 13 shows us that we simply have to get lost people to the Gospel. And the way that will inevitably happen is if we get in God's Word ourselves. For this week's challenge, try to set apart some time in your schedule every day this week to be in God's Word. You'll likely be surprised at the changes you will see if this isn't part of your routine. Share your experiences here on the app with others!
Pray For Rescue
We all likely know many people in our lives that need rescue that only God can provide. In fact, you might have someone specific that's heavy on your heart that needs rescue from something that has had a hold of their lives. For this week's challenge, lift the names up of those who need rescuing before God. Ask God to allow our eyes to see people breakthrough addiction, breakthrough loneliness, or breakthrough isolation through Him.
Accept the Mess
For this week's challenge, we first need to recognize your own mess. All of us are a mess. It's only by God's grace that we have been cleaned up and are used by him. You are a mess, and you come from a long line of mess makers. The truth is: the messiest people around are the people who walk around thinking they're not a mess. For the second part of the challenge, remember that Jesus delights in turning messes into masterpieces. That's that's what he does, and that's what the Gospel is about. It's how you've been called to love and see other people. Make it a point this week to make sure someone else knows that is how Jesus sees them, and you see them this way as well.
The question for the believer today is this, will you simply press on? Will yourecommit to prey on your nays knees every day for that one person? Willyou recommit between you and God to share the gospel with them?Just just one more time. Will you commit to say, I'm gonna invite that person to church so they can experience worship and see Christians with joy and hear the word of God proclaimed. Will you do whatever it takes to wreck the roof, to bring your one to the feet of Jesus?
Find the Opportunity
In times of diffculty or struggle, it can be easy to only seek out the resolution to the problem you are facing.You may be desperate for things to change, but the circumstances seem totally and completely out of your control. This week you are challenged, while still praying and seeking wise counsel on your situation, to try to find the purpose or the opportunity that you have through this difficulty. Make sure to share the opportunity that you discovered in this community to encourage others to do the same!
Pray for Opportunities
For this week's challenge, simply pray that God would put opportunities in your path for you to fulfill the needs of others. Pray that God would give you the courage and willingness to step into these situations when you are presented with them. Keep your eyes open for ways to demonstrate Jesus's love to people one at a time! Share your story here to encourage others in this community!
Love God and Love People
So many things in life are constantly pulling our attention in different directions. Saying that we need to focus on other people and God sounds simple, but it is not always easy with our busy lives and hectic schedules. For this week's challenge, write "Love God and love people" on a notecard and place it somewhere that you will see it daily this week. Whenever you see this card throughout your week, pray that God will help you to love others and Him the way that you're called to. Share how God changed your priorities through this challenge in the "Stories" section for others to gain encouragement from!
Release Our Stuff
In today's society, there is such a high value placed on our "stuff" or our possessions. We fall into the trap of thinking these items or our wealth will bring us the happiness and fulfillment that we desire. For this week's challenge, grab a physical object from your home or some money to give away. Be led by the spirit for what this item should be for you! Challenge yourself to find an opportunity each day to let go of your stuff and make more room for God and others in your life. Share what you let go of in the "Stories" section!
Schedule Time with Jesus
In Luke 10, we read about Jesus coming to visit the home of Martha and Mary with his disciples. Martha is busy making sure things are taken care of for the many guests, while Mary sits at the feet of Jesus and listens to his teaching. Martha is frustrated with her sister for her lack of help, yet Jesus sees the situation differently “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.” We want to be like Mary and spend time at the feet of Jesus. For this week's challenge, set an alarm for the same time each day this week and spend the next 15 to 30 minutes with Jesus. No matter what part of the day you choose, in those minutes just reflect and receive with no distractions.
Don't Put Jesus Away
There is so much excitement and build-up to Christmas every year that it can be easy to feel a bit of a lull afterwards. As you put away your tree and decorations, it can also be tempting to take the focus off of Jesus. But don't put Jesus away when you put away your nativity scene! After all, he didn't just come as a baby in a manager and stay that way; he came to be the Savior for all humanity. This week, between now and the start of the new year, open up Scripture and dive into one of the four Gospels. Mark is a great option as it is the shortest if you are feeling intimidated by reading an entire Gospel. But as you read Scripture, allow the Word of God to speak to you and reveal some things to you in preparation for the start of a new year. Make sure to share what you found most impactful so we can learn from one another!
What does the word hopeful mean to you? In our broken world, it can be hard to remain hopeful in the midst of so many struggles and hardships. But as Christ followers, we have the ultimate hope that never fades, no matter the time or circumstance. This week, your key phrase is "Remind Me". In our challenge, we are asking God to remind us of all his Son accomplished for us and all we have to be hopeful about. Sometimes, we just need God to remind us that he has a plan for everything going on in our lives; we always have hope in Christ. Throughout your week, ask God to remind you of these things and all the promises he has made throughout Scripture that give us hope. Share what God reminded you of this week that helps you remain hopeful!
We know that Jesus offers us life to the full, but we can only truly experience that type of life when we are willing to "step out of the boat" and take risks that may make us feel uneasy or uncomfortable. This week, start off by writing "Stretch Me" on a notecard and putting it on your mirror or any place where you will see it on a regular basis throughout your week. The phrase "stretch me" is an invitation for God to call out the faith inside of you. You are challenged to have faith and take at least one risk this week! That risk may be a conversation with a friend or family member or even giving of your time or money in a plan that you weren't initially planning to. How many risks can you take in faith this week? Make sure to share one here to inspire and motivate others!
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