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Day 22

Faith

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I was reading through a You Version Bible devotional and encountered this entry on Faith. May reading this impact yours.

“The Lord expects his people to trust in him at all times. How clearly this is seen in the record of his earthly life. Faith to him was “natural” and he marveled at unbelief. He expects the royal official to trust his word as he walks the lonely road back to Capernaum (John 4:50). Even in the face of death he looks for faith. So he says to Martha, “He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?“ (John 11:25,26). The burden of his prayer for Peter is that his “faith may not fail” (Luke 22:32).

The nature of faith makes trust in the Lord a possibility at all times. For faith is not feeling, or sight, or mere human understanding. Faith is the helpless cast upon the Mighty, the weak leaning upon the Strong (S of S. 8:5). It is the obedience of those “called to belong to Jesus Christ” (Rom. 1:5-6), the confession of “Jesus as Lord” (Ps. 10:9).

Trusting the Lord at all times is not a cold, indifferent exercise but the pouring out of the heart before him.”

Stop Inviting People To Church

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Many North American Christians use inviting people to their church as their primary tool for evangelism, and even that is a stretch for some.  It’s as if we see our role as a Christ-follower to simply get people in the door and then let the “professionals” get the job done. But, what if we told our members to stop inviting people to church? In the video below, Joe Solomon proposes doing just that. Think it will work?  Check it out.

The Builder

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What if God gave you a platform from which millions might listen to you?  What would you say?  How would you talk about God? In the video below, actor and comedian Tim Allen talks to ABC’s 20/20, about his past and about his relationship with “The Builder”?  What would you say if you were in his shoes? ( …. what you’d really say, not what you think you should or might say, but what you’d really say.)

Be Bold

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I wanted to share another entry from the Hillsong: 40 Days of Revival reading plan on the You Version Bible App.   What would it look like for you to have this sort of boldness in your workplace this week? What amazing experience of God might you have if you respond in this way?

 

Bold:

When we choose to live empowered by the Spirit, life becomes an adventure.  We develop a boldness to take risks. Freed from the fear of others’ opinions and self-reliance, our lives are characterised by having a go, taking a leap and the thrill of being in that faith-place where you can do nothing but trust God to come through!

On our recent Hillsong United Album there is one song that has resounded with the heart of our church, becoming something of an anthem for us in this season as we seek to discover God’s heart for revival individually and collectively.

In a bold declaration of faith, the lyrics are:

Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders

Let me walk upon the waters wherever You would call me

Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander

And my faith will be made stronger

In the presence of my Saviour

Let us all allow these words be the cry of our hearts today. Resolve to tune your ear to the Holy Spirit’s voice and when He asks you to do something that makes you nervous – step out and do it!

Obedience in Faith

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This morning my high school aged daughter told me about a sermon by Matt Chandler that she was listening to.  The sermon was called “God is Able”.  The message was focused on Moses in Exodus Chapter 4, and Chandler spoke about the key to finding the power of God in our lives.  I can’t seem to shake this thought that he shared: “The omnipotent might of God almost always flows through obedience in faith.” The pattern then is still the same today … God speaks, we obey (exactly), then God shows up in an amazing way. God was not concerned with Moses’ past, his excuses, his brokenness, his limitations, his abilities.  God had all that covered.  God simply wanted Moses to act in obedience rooted in faith.

I’m so thankful for a daughter who pursues God and points me to sermons.  I’m also thankful for a God who pursues me and patiently points me towards obedience.

God Before Gold

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Someone recently forwarded me an item from Christianity Today titled “Meet the Rio Olympians Who Put God Before Gold”.  The article covered interviews with 2016 Olympic Team USA Christian athletes. I was struck by the variety of people and stories they had, as well as the perspective many of them held even though they were the very best of the best in their professions.  As they speak, let God speak to you too.

 

Shawn Johnson (gymnast) –  even if I won “12 more Olympic gold medals…it’s not my purpose in life, and He will always be my greatest reward.”

Madeline (Maya) DiRado  (swimmer) – “I think God cares about my soul and whether I’m bringing his love and mercy into the world. Can I be a loving, supportive teammate, and can I bless others around me in the same way God has been so generous with me?”

Michelle Carter (track and field) –  “People notice how I am living out my faith. Sometimes it takes me by surprise how much they notice. Even when no one is looking, the way I act is important because it is a reflection of how I walk with Christ.”

Gwen Jorgensen (triathlon) –  “I really think you just have to keep God as your focal point and know that he is always number one. When you do that, it will help you to gain perspective on everything in life—not just endurance sports.”

Jordan Burroughs (wrestling) –  “I’ve been blessed with tremendous gifts, and it’s my job to use those gifts to inspire others. As a man of faith, I take great responsibility in being a good steward of my talent. God has created unique … avenues to allow me to glorify him.”

David Smith (volleyball) –  “It’s been a big thing for me to understand that my joy and my peace do not revolve around my performance or how I do compared to other people. My joy comes from the fact that I am playing a game I love and that He created me to play.”

 

As you reflect on these quotes, check out more from Shawn Johnson in the video below.

(Extra)Ordinary

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Ever wonder how ordinary people, using ordinary resources, can have an extraordinary impact for God’s Kingdom? That’s the heart behind Zume (Greek word for leaven), a new disciple making / training movement that launched February 14th.  To learn more, go to their website at www.zumeproject.com and also check out the video below. Zume will change your life, and the world.

Favorite Bible Verse – Persecution?

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Have you ever considered what role persecution has in the life of a follower of Christ?  Or, how can we develop a healthy attitude towards the challenges we face? Another way to think about this is to ask, what is our ‘theology of suffering’?  Reflect on these questions as you watch the following video from Curtis Sergeant.

Every Second … Matters

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What if we all started to view time as a precious commodity, something to be carefully stewarded and wisely managed?  What difference would it make for God’s Kingdom if His people recognized that every second … matters?  Watch this video.

How Big is Your God?

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Do you put God in a box? How big is your box?

Curtis Sergeant fears that we ALL put God is a box sometimes. He also holds that ALL of us can do some enlarging of that box (and some searching for a deeper bottom). Listen as he explains.