Day 30: Moving Forward and Trusting God

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You did it! It takes 30 days to form a new habit. During the past 30 days, you began the transformation of a new habit of seeking God, processing truth and finding ways to lie out God’s Word. You also practiced dying to self by choosing the right things-ways of doing life that are biblical but might be uncomfortable.

Our best fullest life becomes ours as we focus not on self but on Christ and his ways for us. It is amazing how making this change, even for a day can make a huge difference in attitude and action. But as you move forward, you can be certain of one thing: there is an enemy lurking about trying to rob you of your faith. You must purchase a security system and install it on your life! The security system is Joy. To install it, you must remove your previous system of fear, worry and doubt. Once you change service providers, your life will be safer, more peaceful and fuller. You have to make a decision to change. The offer is always open…but you have to choose the new provider.

When we do something repeatedly, it becomes a habit. When a habit is done repeatedly and well and is producing something good, it becomes the art in which we live.

Develop the at of looking up. Make a habit of intentionally choosing your focus on Jesus Christ. Focus on who He is, how faithful e is, who you are in Him. Surrender to His plan…always look up!

Your life is no longer your own. Your life is not random, it is hidden in Christ. You are protected, shielded, cared for, provided for…all by Christ!. You are covered by his faithfulness and power. To look up, focus your attention on what is biblically true rather than on what you are feeling..

In moments of stress, pain or doubt…stop. Choose instead to tell yourself what is true about you, your life in Christ and God’s love and faithfulness. Take a new position, stand firm in who Christ is and who you are to him. Look up! Look to Him! Choose to believe.

Start a new morning habit. When you look at yourself in the mirror, thank God for the truth. Say to him ‘Thank your Lord, that I am alive in YOU! Thank you for the gift o salvation. I am your work and you have prepared good works for me to do today, as I live to honor you!”

Do not give up! Do not allow discouragement to have its way in your life, fight it with biblical truth! Set your focus on faith in God!  Thank God that his grace renews you daily! Refuse to lose heart. Instead always focus on truth and look up!

Today is a new day of basic faith, one truth at a time, one choice at a time and one day at a time!

I pray that you enjoyed the 30 Day Faith Dare and that you experience God’s Love and Presence on the Journey Of Life! I pray you learn to challenge yourself daily! Trusting God with your very life and following his profound truth!

His word works! We just have to apply it!

Be Blessed!

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Until next time, stay in God’s presence!

Stephanie

Day 28: Dare To Seek Another’s Best

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Less of me and more of you  God! We have all prayed this prayer at some point in time. But when God really starts to answer this prayer, it can be trying! Praying for less of me is in essence praying for the stripping of self. The type of stripping that can leave one vulnerable and naked!

A stripping of selfishness seems to hit most in our relationships with other people. God created us for relationship, so it makes sense that he strips us and changes us the most while we are in relationships. It would be easy to follow the way of love, if we lived in a cave by ourself…however the majority of us don’t. We live surrounded by people…people who test our patience daily

People who hurt us, push our buttons…real life…real relationships…real people. We need a real God and the power of his love. We all have people in our lives who don’t like us…some may even hate us. People who feel like we are an enemy…so what are we to do, when we are confronted with those people and their feelings towards us?

Love them…do good to them…bless them. Speak kindly of them and to them. Pray for them. Speak to The Father about them. Give to them, sow seeds of kindness

Today’s Dare: Is there someone in your life who keeps hurting you? What would turning the other cheek look like in that relationship. Today practice speaking kindly and speaking words that will bless others. Pray for those who have hurt you and ask God to bless them. Find something good you can do for someone who hurt you. Imagine the kindness person you know and duplicate that kindness!

Prayer: Lord teach me to live in you in such a way as to lose myself in your love, your way, your life. I desire to follow you, paying attention to your words!

Let the law and love of kindness spring forth today!

Stephanie

 

Day 27:Dare To Be Generous In Love and Practical Kindness

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Mediate on Luke 6:38, Galatians 6:7, 9-10

Life is filled with ordinary days. Most people go about their day, doing their own thing and minding their own business. But there are some people who think of ways to bless others every day. Many live out their faith by finding practical solutions to help friends and neighbors in need. God calls us to this kind of kindness, this special type of love for our fellow man

Its often easy to think about grand ideas of love, grace and forgiveness and even giving. However actual thoughts not manifested are simply that.

We are to be conformed into his image as givers, generous with our time, hearts, money, concern, and everything else that makes up life. We should embrace specific principles that can help us think more of others..

Giving is a biblical principle

The way we give will be measured back to us. When we give in good measure, we receive back more than we give. We reap what we sow in relationships. We must keep focused on loving others, giving freely and doing good. Do not grow weary. Every opportunity to do good is a God sized opportunity.

Today’s Dare: Make a list of the people God has placed in your life-relatives, neighbors, co-workers, church members etc. Who on that list is going through something and needs to blessed by love? What practical things would meet their need? How can you gather resources to help them? Think of an act of kindness that blessed you in the past…why? reciprocate that act to someone else today

Prayer: Forgive me for focusing on my own needs more than on the needs of others. Open my eyes and my heart to needs around me and give me a willingness to do what I can to love others in practical ways. Make me a giver and give me a generous heart and spirit!

Amen

Stephanie

Dare 26: Dare To Walk In Humility and Grace

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Meditate on Romans 8:5, Philippians 2:5-8, 1 Peter 5:5-7

Have you ever known or encountered and arrogant person? What kind of effect did their attitude have on you? If people matter to God, its no wonder we are instructed to  put others before ourselves, humbling ourselves in the process. For many, this kind of living is unheard of…putting others above ourselves is unheard of.

God has a better way. Humility involves shadowing the life and nature of Christ. We need a humble heart if we are going to live in love towards others and if we are interested in honoring Christ.

God opposes us when we walk in pride. We should all desire a relationship of grace, intimacy, and connectedness. For that to happen, we must humble ourselves.

Humility does not mean lying down on the ground while everyone walks over you. Humility is a life submitted to God. Humility is saying to our Father, “You are God and I am not!” Walking in humility towards others is not that difficult to understand, it is simply putting them first.

But it can be hard, because we are selfish by human nature. But part of the Faith Dare is allowing God to shape us according to the new spiritual nature we have inherited in Christ. That nature is humble and loving. Christ gave us the true example of humility…by dying for people who didn’t care, still in their sins and so undeserving!

This is the attitude we should carry through life. Rather than feeling entitled to receive, we need to be free to give. When you have humbled yourself and place your cares in God’s hands, you have more space in your mind and heart to humbly love more people!

Today’s Dare: Humble yourself in attitude and action. If you have the opportunity today to overlook and offense…do so. Think of ways you can be more flexible and less demanding. Challenge yourself to get out of self and look for the needs of others. Listen to the opinions of others before inserting your own

Prayer: Lord teach me your way! Show me how to walk as you walked, love as you loved, live as you lived…humbly obedient and yielded. Help me be self controlled and alert.

Amen!

Stephanie

 

Day 25: Dare To Use Your Tongue to Bless and Build Up Others

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Meditate on Proverbs 10:19, 12-18, 16-21   Ecclesiastes 10:12   Ephesians 5:19  James 1:19

Words hurt…we all know that. We all realize that our words can deeply wound others. Things we say can start so innocently and end so terribly. Gossip, negative comments and condescending attitudes are all things that tear others down.

Today take inventory of how you speak to others. Become accountable to God for your mouth. Recognize the impact of positive words and begin to use them accordingly.

James 1:19 is a constant reminder to me

Be quick to listen

Be slow to speak

Be slow to become angry

Today’s Dare: Pay attention to what comes out of your mouth. Watch for gossip and refuse to converse in a negative fashion about anyone. Look at  your heart attitude. Look for ways to turn a negative conversation into a positive one. Counter negative talk with positive words. Find words of encouragement to give to people in your life. Realize that when you encourage you are

Prayer: Father I come to you my mouth. Teach me how to manage it. It is an instrument of cursing or blessing nd I declare it to honor you, blessing you and others. Give me encouraging words and warn me when conversations are getting to a place of gossip and dishonor. I desire to love you by loving others!

Bridal your tongue and loose your blessings!

Stephanie

Day 24: Dare To Allow Your Heart To Connect and Your Mind To Engage with Others

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Meditate on Romans 12:9-10, 15-16

Sometimes we feel we simply do not have time for people! It seems funny or strange to say that, but it can often be a reality for many. But too often, it is based on what we place our value on amidst all of the things that we have to do.

God has created us for relationship not just with him but with others as well. We were created to connect, to do life together, to hear each others burdens, to care with our whole being for another whom Christ loves.

Honoring the value of people is a choice we make when we dare to live the Jesus style of life. He loved people, walked with them, ate with them, processed with them, directed them, cried with them, healed them, gave to them and forgave them. I really want to learn to value people, the way Jesus did!

Although the value of sincere love has become watered down in today’s society, we know that God’s love is different. It is pure, not self seeking. It is patient and kind. It always believes the best in others, it doesn’t fail. So its easy to see that we must really need this type of love if we are ever going to truly connect with people in way that brings healthy relationships. Without the love of God, we are left to our selfish ways.

Today’s Dare: Dare to watch for needs around you and see what you can do to meet them. Invite someone over for dinner, out to coffee or lunch, to a movie. Join a small group at your church or school. Make people a priority! Be genuinely happy when others succeed!

Prayer: Lord I do not want to live a self absorbed life, nor do I want to live behind self protective walls and barriers. Teach me how to love others in an authentic way that enriches their lives and honors you. Father lead me into relationships that are your choice for me and to friends who are part of your design for my life.

Amen!

Stephanie

 

Day 21: Dare to Love Well

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A primary biblical component to living well is loving well. According to Jesus, the two most important things in life are to love  him with all our heart, soul and strength and to love others. Our life mission statement is biblical correct but can be personally challenging. Its often simply stated but not simply lived. Loving others is not as lovely as it sounds.

Loving other people involves other people…and there in lies the problem. We cannot control people…their moods, attitudes, reactions and decisions. People hurt us and we hurt them. The cycle repeats and we get defeated. Some of this hurt is what keeps our hearts divided, closed off and fragmented. Hurt can be the culprit of hearts that are no longer centered on Gods love but rather focused on self preservation. There is a better way to live. Start today by looking up and praising God aloud!

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. Love your neighbor and hate your enemy is often said. But I tell you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven!

Jesus is asking us to live in his love and love with his love. Love is who God is. It is the description of what he stands for. He was strong, yet gentle, firm , yet loving-grace and truth- and an example of how to live. He shook people up. His style was not that of the natural man. He taught responsibility for your own self, your own heart and your own actions. He gave no outs or excuses when it comes to the people who wrong us. He taught us to love because God himself created all and recreated us in Christ Jesus, that we can live a new and different life in him!

Today’s Dare Ask God to show you the areas that need healing in your relationships. Recognize the reasons people usually love less and choose not to make their personal issues yours. Get real with the reasons you have been loving less. Take personal responsibility. Pray for a person today who comes to mind who has hurt you!

Prayer: Lord I want to come into agreement with the truth. I desire to be pure in heart and I want to learn to live according to the Jesus style of living. Teach me how to love and show me when I am loving less than your best for me. I want to learn your ways!

Walk in the love of the Father today!

Stephanie