Day 3: 50 Days of Impact

I am starting to realize that one on one with people I am strangers with is not my expertise. In a setting I am comfortable in, or around those I know I am great. But to walk up to someone I don’t know and start sharing, that’s dis-comfortable for me. So I am not great at talking to strangers, but I have so many people that I am comfortable with that I am still timid in my sharing of faith? Why? It has a lot to do with our inert desire to be wanted, and we are thinking that if we share this topic we may be rejected. Lets face the facts, they are not rejecting you.

“But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed your allegiance. You have been set free from sin and have become slaves to righteousness.

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:17-18, 23 NIV

I thank God, every say for the gift of salvation. I would not want the wages of sin. But the thought I have today is, are we concerned at all about those around us who haven’t received the gift of salvation?

I find it difficult to bring up Jesus in conversation. I don’t know why, He us important to me. Why have we become a society where it is taboo to talk about our saviour? Why are we so concerned with how we will look to others or how they may react if we share our faith?

Maybe we have been burned or seen others burned, but those are only temporary, we will bounce back.

So the challenge I give myself first and then to you is this.

Take the time to talk to at least one person about Jesus in the next three days. Step outside your comfort zone. Be bold and brave, take some time each morning to ask the Holy Spirit to prepare your heart with the words to speak. He will give you many opportunities if you will take them. Them come back to this post and share your stories to help encourage others to share about Jesus. In sharing we build each other up.

 

Dear Jesus, our challenge today is to share our faith. I know that is your command to us but sometimes we forget or are to timid to do it. Challenge our hearts to be doers and not just followers. They need to know the truth because they matter to you so they matter to me. Amen

 

Day 2: 50 Days of Impact

How we live our daily lives impact those around us. How we respond and how we treat others can greatly affect our witness. Not all Christians actions match their words but if we as believers want to make a change in those around us we need to show them how important it is to us.

“Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.”
1 Corinthians 13:7 NLT

Love never gives up. That is the motto of my marriage. Never give up, never lose faith, endure through every circumstance. I wish I could say this was true of all my friendships, coworkers or even the connections I have with some of my family. I want it to be but it seems easier to just give up, and let the “wind of fate” prevail.

But we are reminded here that if we love others as Jesus loves others, then we should never give up on those we love. They still matter to God no matter how we feel towards them. Our love we share with them no matter what the circumstance, stands as an example of who we are and what we believe in.

So today if you feel like someone you have been talking to or sharing your faith with is a lost cause, give your head a reset and remember love never gives up. God hasn’t given up on them so neither should you. Love them. Pour your life into them and let the Holy Spirit do the rest.

Jesus, help us to never give up loving our brothers and sisters. There are so many people in this world who need to know you Jesus. There are no lost causes. Holy Spirit I will do my part so to help you do your part. Give me opportunities to show the love of Jesus with those around me, even today. They matter to you, so they matter to me. Amen

 

Day 19: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 19: When we focus of God and live a life that strives to follow him, our needs will be fulfilled and we can thrive. When we start to worry about tomorrow and trusting our own means of survival is when things get murky and trouble comes.

DAY NINETEEN

“Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This is not a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your little boy asks for a serving of fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? If your little girl asks for an egg, do you trick her with a spider? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing-you’re at least decent to your own children. And don’t you think the Father who conceived you in love will give the Holy Spirit when you ask him?” (Luke 11:10-13 MSG)

Why is this scripture in Luke so hard for us to follow? He tells us to be direct and ask He will provide. Are we spending time asking for our wants when we it should be about our needs?

Think about it, our needs here in this society are a far cry from the needs of a third world country where there the needs are food, water and shelter. Here we create our own needs. Having enough money to pay the bills each month may very well be a need but did all those bills come from needs or wants?

I say this just to make you think that maybe we need to start re-prioritizing our needs vs wants and bring the list to God in prayer, only then will you experience His good gifts.

Dear Jesus, I am trying to get by in this world, sometimes it feels like I am never getting ahead. If I am putting wants in the way of Your gifts for me I want to push them aside, for Your gifts are far better than the worldly desires of my heart. Amen

Day 18: Original 50 Days of Pray Revisited

Thoughts on Day 18: Some of my originals were very short but effective. Enjoy.

2 March 15

DAY EIGHTEEN

“But he knows where I am and what I’ve done. He can cross-examine me all he wants, and I’ll pass the test with honours I’ve followed him closely, my feet in his footprints, not once swerving from his way. I’ve obeyed every word he’s spoken, and not just obeyed his advice-I’ve treasured it.
Job 23:10-11 MSG

Job was a man who was holy before God. Job kept his life pure and his purity was recognised by God. Can we say the same of our lives?

Job’s statement above is something we as Christians need to aspire to. Let us strive for this.

Dear Jesus, Help us to walk in faith, not falling off the path but staying on the straight and narrow. Help me to follow You in Purity and truth all day every day. Amen

Day 1: The Original 50 Days of Pray revisited

Originally Written Feb 13th 2015
I started writing these in response to the release of 50 Shades, I felt at the time that I was hearing too many “Christians” getting excited about watching this type of movie. Since then many movies have come out and are still coming out that are making me shake my head as to why “Christians” are supporting them. We all in the end make an account with God, I for one want to do my best to avoid things that are evil, especially when I can easily distinguish.

DAY ONE

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things. Philippians 4:8

With the release today of a movie that has created such controversy I ask that today we pray that God will guide His Children heart to things that are true, noble, lovely and admirable. That those among us who think that watching a movie or reading a book of this nature is okay for a child of Christ, would be shown the error in their thinking and take some time reading the Bible and praying. Today as a society we are lacking parents and role models who will stand up and lead an example of right from wrong. If we as Christian’s can’t stand up and are torn on something as simple as sexual sin, then things need to change. Jesus said even if we think about having sex with another it is the same as committing that very sin. So would not reading erotica or watching movies glorifying sex cause us to fantasise about it as well?

Dear Heavenly Father, I pray that we as the family of Christ will stand up. I ask that we will be vocal in right from wrong. That when others we know who start talking about the new movie they watched this weekend that we will be strong enough to share why we would never watch something like that. Jesus help us to be a light in this dark world. Amen.
 

Day 50: 50 Days of Change

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.”Romans 12:2 NLT

I would say this is the hardest thing for any believer to do, new or weathered. To fall into the patterns of thinking like those around us is so easy. Party, drink, sleep around, cheat on taxes, wanting what your neighbour has, revenge, and the like. 

We are called to be better then that. We are called to avoid copying the ways of our old life. It isn’t easy to stop the things you did before, but it can be done. If you want a meaningful relationship with Jesus it is something you need to strive for. 

When you work at breaking the old ways patterns then we become more like Jesus, we become more effective in our faith. Others will see us as changed and become interested in what has changed us. If we don’t change outwards but our words change what will people think of our witness. All talk, nothing else. Don’t be discouraged if you make mistakes, we all will stumble, pick yourself up wipe off the dirt ask for forgiveness and keep pushing forward. Even Peter, a faithful disciple, told Jesus he would never eject him nor leave him, ran away when he was arrested and denied knowing him three times. Yet he was forgiven and did amazing things for Jesus sharing the faith its thousands of people.

Let’s work at changing inside and out. Let’s love them because God loves them. Let us not be a reason they don’t accept Jesus, but be a reason they do .It is time to change.

Jesus, I pray we will be changed. Help us to walk away a from the things that will lead us away or lead others away from you. We must make this choice individually, but those who do I pray you will give strength, joy and wisdom. Thank you Father for loving us. Help us to remember that they matter to you so they should matter to us. Amen

Day 49: 50 Days of Change

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭3:5-6‬ ‭NLT‬‬

We are a people who like to try to control our own lives. We would rather live our lives as we are reading a ‘choose your own adventure book’ then to submit to someone else’s plans for our lives. We believe that we know what is best for our lives, our families and everything that we are in contact with. 

Have you ever owned a gps? A navigation tool that helps you get to where you need to go. I have had one and when you enter your destination it expects you to follow it. But as stuburn humanity I believe that the gps is wrong and doesn’t want to take me the most effective route, so I take turns that go against what it tells me. The machine itself gets frustrated and recalculates, it keeps redirecting me as I get lost by trying to control how I get to me destination.

Do we sometimes do this with God? We ask him for a path to take and when he shows us we then decide to make our own way. We see an alternative that should get us to the same desired result, but n the end it cause us much pain, discomfort and detours. We are called to trust the Lord, not just a little but with al our hearts. To submit to him is to know him, then to press in and seek his will for your life will reveal which path to take. 

So are you following his lead or are you trying to forge your own path? Maybe just maybe it is time to trust him and see where he will lead you.

Father, all to often we try to guide our own lives down roads that ultimatly lead to nothing. Sometimes the end is harmless but other times they can cause much pain. I pray that we start trusting you more in our descisions and life choices. Holy Spirit reveal to us the path to follow and choices we must make. We want to reach people for you, we want to build the kingdom, they matter to you so the matter to me. Amen