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 22: Dare To Practice, Speak and Choose Forgiveness

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Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did  1 John 2:6

Meditate on Psalm 143:3-10, Luke 6:37

Jesus said we are too forgive. Too be honest, it is often hard for me. But God says that if we do not forgive, we will not be forgiven. God was making a very serious point

Forgive in the Greek language is aphiemi , which can be translated as lay aside, forsake,, leave, let alone, omit, yield up, put away

Forgiving does not require forgetting. Just because we abstain from our favorite food for awhile, does not mean that we forget what it taste like. The way it tastes is in our memory, even though we are not currently digesting the food…in the same way an offense will most likely be in our memory, but when we have forgiven or laid it aside, we are not digesting, internalizing or holding tight to the hurt anymore. We are not living in the offense, although we may remember it. We have laid it aside and given it up, because Jesus said this is the way to live.

It takes courage to offer an apology and set things straight on our end. It takes courage to follow Jesus, and forgiveness is an example of courage. It takes courage to let go and trust God!

Today’s Dare: What or who is hanging around in your mind, because you haven’t let it go and turned it over to God. Check your forgiveness, if you need to forgive someone, consider writing a letter or setting up a time to meet with them. Dare to take a step towards forgiveness. Make a decision to quit speaking negatively about the person who hurt you…speak only positively about that person or don’t speak about him or her at all

Prayer: Lord search my heart. Am I holding on to anything or anyone I need to let go of today? I desire truth in the inner parts of me. I want to be obedient and live a life of forgiveness. Show me the practical steps in my own life and situations

Take that step towards forgiving someone today!

Stephanie

Day 19: Dare to live As An Overcomer

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Meditate on John 16:33, Romans 12:21, 1 John 5:4

When living under the problem of the day, we will often find ourselves crushed by the weight of circumstances. With our focus off our faithful God, we move into a place of living under the problem and the weight of the emotion associated with it. This results in a mix of anxieties

It is not Gods best for you to live UNDER anything. We all will go through things in life, but we are never to be under them.

Its easy to be consumed by the conflict. When we focus on self we begin to live under it rather than being and overcomer through faith in Christ. In order to live above the circumstance, stay out of the funk and keep your eyes on Jesus.

God gives us many opportunities to practice walking out our faith and establish our belief through our circumstances. Chose today to be positive and to walk in the faith that God knows you and loves you

Today’s Dare: Have a positive stance regarding your current problem . Focus your eyes on Jesus and your faith on Him. Do not focus on what you feel in the middle of the situation. Find ways to live over and not under. Find something good you can do just for today that will enable you to overcome the negative and give you a positive to think about.

Prayer: Father it is so easy for me to settle down under my problem, without even thinking about your power to help me rise above. Help my unbelief and teach me how to be an overcomer in you!

Its already done!

Stephanie

Day 18: Dare to Live With A New Focus

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Most of the time, our day starts out fine and then we may find ourselves in a funk of some sort. We start to feel emotional, discouraged, out of sorts and even a little depressed. Webster defines the word “funk” as a cowering fear or a dejected mood. The definition of funky is to be overcome with great fear, terrified or having a bad smell. Most of us can truly say, when we are in a funk…our attitude stinks!

The funk always starts with a focus problem. Every emotional hole we find ourselves in, starts with a circumstance that disrupts our faith focus. Once our focus is skewed, we begin to spin out of control. Instead of living above our circumstances as an over-comer, we begin to live down under the mess. A place where we find ourselves scared, needy and dependent on others to fix things for us.

Its time to truly fix your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God- Hebrews 12:2-3

So how do we fix our eyes on Jesus? How can we repair our vision? Shift our focus?

Read his word, and truly study each scripture. A funk happens when you lose perspective, by losing focus. It happens when we take our eyes off Jesus and the faithful God that He is

Focus, FOCUS AND FOCUS. Nothing can snatch you from the Father’s hand…unless you allow it. When life gets you down…LOOK UP to the God, who picks you up!

Today’s Dare: Take your position as a woman who belongs to God. Stand firm, be solid in who you are and whose you are. Don’t be afraid, do not lose hope. Redirect your focus on the one who is faithful! Dare to make any decision that will get you up and out in order to have a change of focus. Pray and ask God to help you learn from the funky place and help you move out of it!

Prayer:Lord you are the Lord of freedom, of life and of liberty!. Help me to learn how to recognize a funk when it is headed towards me. Help me guard against it. When I am tempted to slip, help me stand firm in my position as a person loved by you!

All I can say is AMEN to that!

Stephanie

Day 14: Dare To Believe You Are Not Enough In Yourself

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Meditate on 2 Corinthians 3:4-6, 3:12 and 3:17-18

The words “Not enough” can haunt us for a lifetime! Some of us live with that mantra all of all lives. We strive to always be more than enough…more of who we are…more of what others perceive us as.

Many Christian women have it worst, because we always trying to be perfect in a world than constantly places us under a magnifying class. As long as we are trying to be enough, we will always be about self instead of God.

Insecurities keep us at arm’s distance from others and from God. We often distance ourselves without even realizing it, believing that we can never measure up. Some women quit trying to be all that God has dared us to be and all that he has planned us to be. When this happens the enemy has won!. He celebrates and we suffer. Once was a light of hope in the promise of Christ has been reduced to a dependence of self to try to make ourselves good enough.

We can not do it on our own…it is not God’s plan for us. He never created us to be enough. He wants us to know that we are enough- because of him and his life in us!

Its time to quit stressing and look to God. He is enough for us in ALL THINGS. His spirit , which is powerful within us, changes us and transforms us from a woman of self focus and insecurity to a God focus woman with confidence.

The word competent means good, worthy, sufficient, adequate, or enough..so all though we may not not be all these of ourselves…WITH GOD, we can totally rely on Him and look to Him for everything!

God is our letter of recommendation, and he is forever writing our story

Today’s Dare: Think on this question

If I believed I am enough because Christ lives in me and makes me enough… How would I view myself differently? Would I live a different kind of life? What risks would I take? Would I be less afraid and more daring to follow Christ? Would I quit putting myself down?

Prayer: Lord deliver me from self focus and insecurity. I want to understand the significance of your life within me. I want to be changed into your likeness and to live in confidence that in you. I am enough for anything and everything you have mapped out for my life!

Dare to believe today, refuse any negative talk and thought for the next 24 hours. Be as kind to yourself as Christ is to you!

I dare you, because YOU ARE ENOUGH!

Stephanie

Day 12: Dare to Believe You are a Great Treasure, of Great Value To God

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Deut 7:6, Psalm 139:14, Isaiah 46:3-4…are the scriptures to study!

We put great value on material things! What we do, what we have, what we accomplish. All of those things are insignificant and shallow. The rich full life that Christ has for us is much more secure than what our world calls riches

God created us, planned for us and ordained our days. He set us apart from birth, carries us through in life and holds us this moment. He will never lay us down, or separate us from his love. He has called us His treasure, his Holy people and the sheep of his pasture. He has called us daughter, friend, bride and beloved! His goodness and love follow us, chase after us and find us again and again. We are not subject to the standards of the world, unless we choose to be. We now live by a different standard, so we must cease comparing ourselves to the standards of the world. We live by a different authority and a higher power!

As long as we continue to search for significance and value in things other than our Creator, we will never be content and always be searching! Although we may find a temporary happiness, scripture teaches us that we come from a place of value and worth! God values those whom He has made! No One can take that value away from us, in spite of what they say or do…no man….no woman!  Sometimes we spend a significant amount of time thinking we are not worthy, we don’t add value to the lives of others and that we ourselves are not significant to God, that is farrrrrrrr from the truth!

The enemy is threatened by us and seeks to destroy us daily, especially when we realize our worth!. When we have full confidence in who we are in God, we become a force to be reckoned with…that is why he brings discouragement across our paths…whether through thoughts of our own or the words of others. Its all for the same purpose …to keep us from accomplishing the greatness God has for us!

God confidence makes us unstoppable! Belive the truth today and not the lies of the enemy!. Your birthdate is the day that greatness was born. Ask God to heal you from any negative messages that have made you feel less than a treasure from God. Your gifts and traits are no mistake. Its time you put them to use and commit yourself to the Kingdom and Gods work!

Say this daily “I am fearfully and wonderfully made. I am Gods!, I am his creation, his treasure. I am his possession!”

And just as you are God’s treasure , so is everyone else! Let someone know how valuable they are in the Kingdom today!

Prayer: Lord help my unbelief! Help me to understand my value in the Kingdom today! Let me walk in the treasure, the beauty of who you have made me to be! Remind me to cast down negative thoughts daily and fill up on the words of you my creator! I’m blessed beyond measure, because I am a daughter of a King! Let me walk in that lineage today!

I love you , my sister, my treasure!

Stephanie

Day 11: Dare To Live No Longer For Self

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Meditate on Psalm 23:1-6, John 10:10, 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

I no longer live, Christ lives in me!

Sometimes we get a mindset of rebellion, “I’m grown, no one can tell me what to do!”  When we try to protect ourselves, we often put up walls that keep even God’s voice out. We want to do things our way. Yet we were created for something bigger and better than our way. Being in control is a key component in many peoples lives, and when we feel out of control….wooooooooooooooooooooooo

The saints of old leaned towards a a different kind of life. The love of Christ influenced them in such a dramatic way, they no longer desired self interest. They longed for the influence of God.

Lay your self aside, believe that God’s love is powerful enough to protect us, keep us, guide us and move us into everything we will ever need in our lifetime.  When we really start to believe this, we begin to live differently

Jesus said “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry” John 6:35

“I am the good shepherd, the good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep” John 10:11

“I have come that they  may have life, and have it more abundantly” John 10:10

Full life is not merely a figment of the imagination. Do you really want to be free, to live a different life? Then you must go back to the basics, the essentials of faith and learn what it means to put all your faith in the truths of the scripture

God loves us unconditionally

He wants the best life for us and is always working in our lives!

He will never leave us or forsake us

He is committed to providing for us, caring for us!

He came to give us the best life

…..the promises go on and on and on…..

Isn’t it time to live free?

Today’s Dare: Ask God to show you how you can experience abundance by living differently. Ask God for the grace to live bigger than the smallness of yourself. Thank him today and everyday for the provisions He has already provided! Trust him for strength. Give him the details that are heart your heart today. Praise Him over and over again for being your Good Shepherd!

Prayer: Jesus, I often forget that you are my Good Shepherd. Thank you that you desire to offer mercy, grace and compassion to me. Remind me daily to bring everything before you, because you desire to bring me to a place that is bigger than just me and filled completely with you!

Freedom awaits!

Stephanie