Happy Sunday! Here is the last recap for this past week :(. The end of this challenge is bittersweet for me, but I can’t wait to share how this challenge has changed me in my post tomorrow!
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 1 Peter 4:10
There was no challenge for today’s post since it was continued to the next day, instead I asked the question:
Do others notice that ability in you? We may recognize the spiritual gifts God has given us, but do others recognize those same gifts in us?
We looked at James 2:
What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.”Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by my deeds. 19 You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.20 You foolish person, do you want evidence that faith without deeds is useless[a]? 21 Was not our father Abraham considered righteous for what he did when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did. 23 And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,”[b] and he was called God’s friend. 24 You see that a person is considered righteous by what they do and not by faith alone.
Today’s focus was on:
Having faith in what God has gifted you with gives you faith in yourself to use your gifts
I gave practical examples of how we can use our gifts to serve in our church.
The challenge was to go show someone grace “unmerited favor” by using your spiritual gifts.
Wednesday- Faithful to Protect You from the Evil One
But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one. 2 Thessalonians 3:3
We talked about our enemy and what the enemy wants from us and how we can be AWARE of his tactics to stop him in his tracks.
While there are SO MANY VERSES that tell us what to do to protect against the enemy, here is a short list of a few:
- guard your heart (Proverbs 4:23)
- take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5)
- do not conform to the patters of this world (Romans 12:2)
- put on the armor of God (Ephesians 6:13)
Write down the area of your life that seem to be easily invaded by negative thoughts. This could be an area that you are constantly struggling in, or thoughts or behaviors you fall victim to. In any case, the first step is creating awareness. Think of all your default responses and record any that you feel are problematic and could potentially leave a foothold for the devil.
No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted,[c] he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
As a side note, this was the verse my pastor spoke on today.. actually this whole post is right in line with the message I heard this morning. Coincidence?.. Absolutely not!\
When we are facing temptation God can give us more than we can handle in our own strength because His goal is to bring us closer to Him.
Sometimes we can’t physically move from temptation but we can always move emotionally. Satan’s words in our minds make us susceptible to sin because of the emotions they stir up.
God is faithful to provide a way out when we are tempted. The challenge today is to take the words and thoughts you determined were from the enemy and look for them when there is a tempting situation. Notice when then come up so you can take a firm stand against them. When you are tempted his is faithful to provide you a way out and that could mean physically or that could mean emotionally through prayer, but either way, He is with you in the storm and He is with you in sun.
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
God is not interested in your performance. He is interested in your posture of heart.
Again, this also previewed the messaged at church this morning!
Awareness prompts action. Confession prompts repentence.
We talked about the importance of confession leading to repenteance.
As a result of this awareness, God produces fruit within us.
Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. Matthew 3:8
Sweet friends, He is faithful to forgive us our sins once we confess them because He loves us. It is like when a child does something wrong and you have them explain why and how they know what they did was wrong.This understanding allows them to be careful for the next time.
The amazing thing is that not only is God faithful to forgive us our sin and purify us from all unrighteousness, but He is also faithful to use that situation and circumstance (every though we fell short) for His glory and His purpose.
Study Romans 3 above. What is the relationship between faith and sin? What can we infer this tells us about faith and confession and faith and repentance? What is your biggest take away from today’s post?
Don’t just take away your take away, share your take away with someone else! This is the good news! in Jesus Christ we are forgiven, and God is faithful! it is not something that He works at or grows towards (as it is for us) it is who He is!
Saturday- These Words are Faithful and True
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Revelation 21:5 (NASB)
This book of Revelation was from Paul’s vision of a future time.
Remember that notebook I suggested you keep during this #fruitoffaithfulness challenge?
Hopefully you still have your notebook because the challenge is to not only pray to God but write to God. How would your daily quiet time with God look different if you wrote Him a love letter?
I know many people keep a prayer journal, but this is slightly different. I am asking to write a letter to God that praises Him for His glory, love, grace, mercy and faithfulness. Don’t hold back, you are expressing your love to your Heavenly Father!
Ok that’s all for now friends! I will see you back here for the last #fruitoffaithfulness challenge #write31days post tomorrow! 🙂