Journey of Faith: Day 9

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Day 9: Dare to Remember That God Gives Good Gifts to His Children
We serve a powerful, almighty God who has and will do the unimaginable for those who belong to Him. We know we can ask Him anything and he will answer. He may say no, yes, not right now, or maybe, but He will answer. It may not be what we want to hear, but it will always be what we need. Maybe your single and have been praying for your future husband for years and there’s no answer. I know it’s frustrating, but use this time to work on yourself and growing your relationship with God. We need to be who God called us to be before someone else steps into our lives.
I prayed and prayed for God to get me out of the job I had right after college. It took me a few months to realize that maybe I was put there for a reason. The job I am blessed with now was nothing short of a miracle. The year-long job before only developed and prepared me for the position I have now. I could not be more thankful. Waiting will teach you patience, which we all could use more of, and it forces us to put all our faith and trust in our Heavenly Father. Where it should be. He knows what He’s doing, He has amazing plans for you and me. There is already countless reminders of that promise.
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
(Jeremiah 33:3)
“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry for mercy. Because he turned his ear to me, I will call on him as long as I live. The cords of death entangled me, the anguish of the grave came over me; I was overcome by distress and sorrow. Then I called on the name of the LORD: “LORD, save me!”
(Psalm 116:1-4)
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. “Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!
(Matthew 7:7-11)
“If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
(Matthew 6:30-33)
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Journey of Faith: Day 8

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Day 8: Dare to Plug into the Power Source

Siding with yesterday’s post, we cannot fully receive God’s power if we are not plugged into Him and His word on a consistent, daily basis. A coffee maker cannot work without being plugged into the power source. Likewise, we cannot live out our calling and our fullest potential if we are not participating in daily communication with our Creator. We need to study His word, listen to His promises, put all our trust and faith in Him, and live out His ways. He has amazing plans that we cannot fathom. These plans are unique to each individual. We cannot expect for these plans just to happen or to take it into our own hands and make them happen for us. Submitting yourselves to God’s power allows Him to work in you and through you to carry out these plans. We cannot do it without our direct source, our life falls apart when we try. Give each day to God and watch His plans unfold.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

(2 Corinthians 12:9)

“Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.”
(John 15:4-8)
 
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
(John 15:16)

Journey of Faith: Day 7

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Day 7: Dare to Believe in God’s Power in All Circumstances
How easy it is to take God’s awesome and wondrous power for granted. The Faith Dare compares God’s power to electricity we have here on earth. Electricity is used in our vehicles, to light our homes, cook our meals, watch a favorite movie or TV show; but how often we take these luxuries for granted. It is the same with God’s power. Sure, we know it’s there and it can do amazing things beyond our imaginations. But do we really think of it that way? Dp we really, truly believe what we know about God’s power?
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse.”
(Romans 1:20)
We cannot see His power, just as we cannot see the power that makes our lives easier each day. But it’s there and because of our deep connection with God, that power lives in us also. If we believed that how differently our lives would be lived out. We would be living, walking lights of Him to all people. Pointing them in the right direction, showing them the way. Don’t ever take it lightheartedly. We are blessed to be connected this way. He chose us! From the book, “God has given us his power and equipped us for a purpose. His plans for our lives fit into his bigger picture. We represent him, as ambassadors of his love, grace, and power in this world.”
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.”
(Matthew 5:6)
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”
(Ephesians 2:10)
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms,”
(Ephesians 1:18-20)
“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”
(2 Corinthians 5:20)
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit-fruit that will last-and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.”
(John 15:16)
“You rule over the surging sea;
    when its waves mount up, you still them.
You crushed Rahab like one of the slain;
    with your strong arm you scattered your enemies.
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth;
    you founded the world and all that is in it.
You created the north and the south;
    Tabor and Hermon sing for joy at your name.
Your arm is endowed with power;
    your hand is strong, your right hand exalted.”
 (Psalm 89:9-13)
 

Journey of Faith: Day 6

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Day 6: Dare to Renew Your Mind in God’s Word
 
What comes first in your life? Where are your priorities? How high does God rank on that list? When we have no longer conformed to this world, God must become first in our lives. He must become greater and we must become less. God comes first before sports, your friends, your job, even your spouse and children. If He’s not first, everything else falls out of place. If work is our highest priority, how strong of a relationship do you hope to have with God?
 
“But if serving the LORD seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,”
(Joshua 24:15) 
 
Our spiritual relationships cannot be all that it is meant to be if God is not our number one focus. Putting Him first makes everything right. Struggles and difficult times become easier to bear when your very first instinct is to turn it all over to God. Your friends can only do so much, your family cannot be depended on for every little thing, but God can! He’s fought for you, He loves you unconditionally, why do we think he deserves anything less than being first, our number one?
 
“This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life, and he will give you many years in the land he swore to give to your fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.”
(Deuteronomy 30:19-20)
 
“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will. For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.”
(Romans 12:2-3)
 
Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
(Matthew 4:4)
 
“You were bought at a price; do not become slaves of human beings.”
(1 Corinthians 7:23)

Journey of Faith: Day 5

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Day 5: Dare to Believe You Are No Longer of This World

Once we become Christians our lives, our ways of living, no longer are about us or the ways we lived before, but we wholly belong to God. Our lives must be separate from the way the world wants us to live. The world says it’s all about us, whatever we want we can have. It’s all about living selfishly, putting ourselves before anyone else. As Christians, we are called to do away with our old self and because we have put on Christ in baptism it’s impossible to live as He lives and also live in the world.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

(Romans 12:2)

We cannot live within God’s will without fully surrendering ourselves to Him. This has to be done on a daily basis. Every morning when you wake up, dedicate it to the Lord. Every day live out His calling, His commandments, and His word. We are sacrificing our selfish desires because He paid the ultimate sacrifice to save our lives.

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world.”

(John 18:36)

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God-this is your true and proper worship.”

(Romans 12:1)

“For everything in the world-the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life-comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

(1 John 2:16-17)

Journey of Faith: Day 4

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Day 4: Dare to Live Like You Belong to God

Do you remember what is like the day you decided to be baptized into Christ? To throw off your old self and become fully committed to being a follower of Jesus? I bet you were overcome with the unconditional love, joy, happiness, and a peace-filled heart that only a life with God can offer. Maybe you walked around with a giant smile on your face for days, months, even the first few years. You were no longer the you of your past, but you had a bright future in eternity with God waiting for you. You were thrilled to share your story of how you turned your life around and accepted Jesus in, amazed at the transformation that took place that day. Maybe you thank those who had a huge part in your journey there and you begin helping them lead others to the life of Christianity. So why is it that this “high” only lasts for a little while for most of us? Many of us Christians are walking around in a funk all day; sad, lonely, depressed, angry, moody, selfish, ungrateful. No longer are we walking around living our life as true children of God!

 

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.”

(1 Corinthians 6:19-20)

 

The word temple is defined “as a place or house of worship, a place dedicated for a special purpose. Scripture describes our earthly bodies as temples or tents. Our body is temple where the Holy Spirit dwells.” So why don’t we live with this truth? We knew going in that there were going to be ups and downs with following Jesus. We can’t let the down times keep us there. We may go through more lows than highs on this earth, but if we live our life the way God wants us to the eternal reward will forever outweigh every low in this world. I hope these verses from the book will provide you with inspiration and lift you up today!

 

‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’

(Acts 17:28)

 

“Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.”

(Psalm 100:1-3)

 

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.”

(2 Corinthians 5:14-15)

 

“To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”

(Colossians 1:27)

Journey of Faith: Day 3

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Day 3: Dare to Live Differently by Living Like You Are Loved

I do not know your past. I do not know what kind of circumstances or people you were raised around. You may have had supportive parents and friends who readily cheered you on through life. Many did not. But we can never forget we’re not alone. We may feel beaten down with thoughts of insecurity, low self-esteem, and feeling unloved by everyone around us. But there is a mighty King that loves you unconditionally.

With the love of God we are enough. God is our heavenly Father and we are His sons and daughters; we are His princes and princesses. The book of “John says that God has lavished his love on us. Lavished, according to the dictionary, is a profuse or extravagant display of something. In the Thesaurus lavish is linked to the word shower. God showers us with his love.” This powerful statement should fill us with confidence and lift our spirits each and every day. Why wouldn’t we have endless faith in a God who loves us this much? “When we live as one who is loved, we can walk in faith, believing in something we cannot see but dare to hope for.”

 

The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. I will build you up again, and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt. Again you will take up your timbrels and go out to dance with the joyful.

(Jeremiah 31:3-4)

 

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords:

His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,

His love endures forever.

who by his understanding made the heavens,

His love endures forever…

He remembered us in our low estate

His love endures forever.

and freed us from our enemies.

His love endures forever.

He gives food to every creature.

His love endures forever.

Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His love endures forever.”

(Psalm 136:1-5, 23-26)

 

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

(Romans 5:8)

 

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

(1 John 3:1)

 

“And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.”

(1 John 4:16)

 

“keep yourselves in God’s love as you wait for the mercy of our LORD Jesus Christ to bring you to eternal life.”

(Jude 21)

 

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?”

(Romans 8:31)