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DAY 11: PRAY AGAINST DISTRACTIONS – PASTOR WES HODGES

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PASTOR WES HODGES

SCRIPTURE

1 Corinthians 7:35 (NLT)
35 I am saying this for your benefit, not to place restrictions on you. I want you to do whatever will help you serve the Lord best, with as few distractions as possible.

DEVOTION

Beep Beep. Buzz. Chirp. Ding-Dong. Face it there are distractions all around us today. Every app on our phones competes with notifications for us to open the app and spend time doing something that will take up a portion of our time. How many times have you glanced at your phone in the middle of doing a task or having a conversation with someone when it buzzes just to see a notification that needs your immediate attention? But does it?

Honestly even as I started writing this devotion the TV was on and I had to rewrite a few sentences before I said enough and found a quiet place to continue. The enemy knows we have short attention spans and anything he can use to keep our eyes off of God he counts as a win. This happens to me when I take time to read the Bible, pray and spend time with God. I have to turn things off, find a quiet place and pray to ask God to help my mind not wander.

In the verse above Paul knows we are going to have distractions and encourages us to serve the Lord with as few distractions as possible. When we allow distractions to consume our life we get pulled away from God. We don’t have the right motivation for serving when we are far from God. When distractions are decreased our focus on God increases. For me, I can hear Him more clearly and my heart is more set on serving Him the best when I am focused and free of distractions.

PRAYER

Lord, please help guard me against distractions. Those that come from the enemy, those I bring on myself, and those I fall to from the world around me. I want to keep my eyes on you. Help me to serve You the best way possible for Your glory. In Jesus name, amen!

ACTION STEP

  • Evaluate how you are best serving the Lord. Write a list of three ways you have been distracted and actions to overcome those distractions.

IDEAS:

  • Put your phone/computer on Do Not Disturb when you want to stay distraction-free on a task or conversation.
  • Find or make a quiet place you can spend time in God’s Word.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run, jog, or walk the eleventh mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 20 sit-ups and 20 push-ups.

DAY 10: PRAY FOR RESILIENCE – PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

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PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

SCRIPTURE

Philippians 3:14–15a
14. I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15. Let those of us who are mature think this way…” 

DEVOTION

Growing up as an athlete I often heard coaches say: “It’s not how you start, but how you finish!” Here we are on Day 10 of 21 Days of Prayer, Fasting, and Fitness. We are just about at the halfway point. This devotional is to encourage you to keep going! If for some reason you stopped praying, fasting, or engaging in some type of fitness activity – here’s your sign to start today!

Resilience is about getting back up, recovering from difficult times, and finishing strong. When I think about resilience my mind goes to NFL star quarter back, Tom Brady who after being traded to a new team was consistently counted out and encouraged to retire. What did he do instead? He led the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to their first Super Bowl Championship in 18 years. But I don’t want our minds to stop at Brady. If we go back two thousand years before football was even a thing, you’ll find a Savior named Jesus carrying a wooden cross up to Calvary’s hill.

Jesus, at any moment could have set the cross down and hit the eject button on His rescue mission for sinners like me and you. But He didn’t do that, instead He showed the ultimate form of resilience by enduring the cross, despising its shame, and finishing His race. (Hebrews 12:2) What a Savior He is. Today, whatever it is that you’re facing I want to encourage you to bring it to the Lord, pray for His resilience to come alive in you, and to press on in Christ.

PRAYER

Father, I come before You in the name of the Resilient One, Jesus, and by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Today I ask you for resilience in all that I’m walking through. Help me to keep my head up and my eyes fixed on Jesus. When I’m tempted to give-up or give-in, don’t let me. Help me to keep praying, keep trusting, and keep fighting the good fight. I know You’re fighting for me, Lord. I trust in You today and I ask You to help me finish strong! In Jesus name, amen! 

ACTION STEP

  • Identify areas you have lacked resilience in and bring them to Jesus in prayer.

IDEAS:

  • Look up the Scriptures: 2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 41:10, Ephesians 6:10-11
  • Ask someone to hold you accountable during the second half of 21 days of prayer, fasting, and fitness.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run, jog, or walk the tenth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 19 sit-ups and 19 push-ups.

DAY 9: PRAY FOR AN AUTHENTIC GRATITUDE AND REVERENCE FOR GOD – KINSEY MINTER

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KINSEY MINTER

SCRIPTURE

Hebrew 12:28-29
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful. By it, we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

DEVOTION

When we think about gratitude, immediately our minds can go to our circumstances, our possessions, and gifts. There may be times in our lives where we don’t feel like we have much or feel far away from where we would like to be. When this happens, it takes looking at others’ poor circumstances and comparing them to ours to make us feel grateful for what we have. The sum of our gratitude cannot just be these quick momentary reliefs, it does not sink in all the way to our hearts. We quickly forget that our circumstances do not depict if God is worthy of our gratitude. Although He has done, and continues to do a lot for us, God is so much more than what He does for us. We can be thankful for God because of His Character. When we remind ourselves of the God, we are thankful for, we will see these characteristics in our lives in every season and circumstance.

Are we looking at God with reverence and awe? Does His presence, character, and holiness bring you to your knees? Human beings were created to be in awe of something, we can be in awe of idols, or we can live in awe of ourselves and the hurdles that present themselves each day, keeping us from where we want to be. When we look inward instead of up, we are consumed by the wrong fire.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in everything; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” When it comes to gratitude, our lives are full of things to be thankful for, another unpromised day of life, basic needs being met, and all other blessings that you can think of. One thing to be truly grateful for is that God is who He says He is: the King of kings, the Lion and the lamb, the creator of the universe, and yet… our redeemer, our provider, and our friend. He wants you to look at him for who He is, and when we do that, we can’t help but stand in awe, and thank him. This gratitude surpasses our circumstances, setbacks, and disappointments. This is God’s will for our lives, to rejoice, pray, and give thanks. When we do this, it will be like medicine for our minds that are clouded with earthly things.

PRAYER

Heavenly father, You are the King of kings and the Lord of lords, matchless in every way. You are beautiful beyond description, too marvelous for words, too wonderful for comprehension, full of infinite wisdom, and abounding in steadfast love. I pray that I live a life in awe of You and grow in authentic gratitude for who You are and what You’ve done for me. Forgive me for at times I am in awe of my circumstances over You. You are above it all, and I thank You that my future is secure now and forevermore. In Jesus name I pray, amen.

ACTION STEP

  • Listen to “You are Holy” by Jesus Image and bow before a Holy God!

IDEAS:

  • Dance (yes… DANCE) to I Thank God by Maverik City Music & Upperroom and consider all He’s done for you.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run the ninth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 18 sit-ups and 18 push-ups.
  • Dance! Put on some jams, move around and rejoice!!! Add jumping jacks!
  • 1 minute plank hold

DAY 8: PRAY FOR A REPUTATION THAT BRINGS GOD GLORY – NEENA RATNER

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NEENA RATNER

SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 22:1
“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold.”

DEVOTION

The value of a good name or reputation is better than silver or gold. How important it must be to have! When others hear your name, what do they think about you? How do they feel? Encouraged? Or discouraged? Do they feel a sense of value? Or hurt? Do they feel empowered? Or drained? Do they think of someone who fears the Lord? Or holds themselves in a prideful manner?

If you’re new to walking out your faith, this can be difficult to answer because you have recently put on a new self and put off the old. (Colossians 3:9-10) Praise God for His redemption! Take heart that this is the beginning of your journey no matter how young or old and you can start building a good reputation in Jesus now.

For those who have been walking with the Lord for some time, this is something important that should hold weight to us. As Ephesians 5:1 states, we are to be imitators of God. How high a calling! But if we misrepresent God then how can we share the Good News of Jesus with others? As we look at Jesus’ life, we see a Truth-telling, Love-bearing, people-seeking, God-glorifying, bold-speaking, never giving up, grace-filled, forgiving Leader. Do those attributes challenge us to grow in Christ?

There have been many situations where I struggled with others and wanted to go against Jesus’ attributes, and the Holy Spirit’s desires in me. I wanted to put someone in their place, I wanted to defend why I reacted emotionally, I wanted to wipe my hands of someone else’s hurt feelings because they weren’t sorry for their own wrong-doing, etc. The truth of the matter is this: 1 John 4:4 says, “… He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.” Jesus is greater. He’s better than me and should drive my actions by the power of His Holy Spirit. We shouldn’t react on emotions but rather on Him.

We use this phrase, “Jesus Wins”, a lot at WALK Church. Jesus wins in my life as my Savior, my Lord, my utmost Love, everything… everything including even the smallest of confrontations. Does Jesus win your arguments? Does He win your parenting? Does He win at the way you respect others who don’t deserve it? Does He win your emotions? That’s what I’m talking about here. I want you and I to live out Proverbs 22:1, in such a way that when others hear our name, they think, Jesus wins in his/her life.

PRAYER

Lord Jesus, I want to be known for speaking the truth in love, for forgiving when it’s not deserved, for apologizing when I hurt someone, for doing my very best when it comes to pursuing others and forming God-glorifying relationships. I want my reputation to be more valuable than money or gold could ever give because someone found everlasting life in You. In Jesus name, amen!

ACTION STEP

  • Write down attributes of Jesus you see in the Scriptures. Ask accountability and wise counsel in your life to speak into which attributes they see you imitate most and which ones you need to work on.

IDEAS:

  • Forgive someone who hurt you and as far as it depends on you, be at peace with that person.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run the eighth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 17 sit-ups and 17 push-ups.

DAY 7: PRAY FOR ENDURANCE – SHANE GETTLE

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SHANE GETTLE

SCRIPTURE

Galatians 6:9
“So, let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.”

DEVOTION

This verse has kept me motivated through some of the best seasons and helped get me through some of the worst. Whenever I am feeling discouraged or defeated, I turn to this verse. Many of you may have a “life verse” that is special to you more than any other…this is mine.

Over our lifetime, we will all have seasons of disappointment or discouragement, but through it all, we are reminded to “never give up.” John 16:33 tells us, I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” What a great reminder that whatever it is we are facing today… God has already overcome it FOR us.

As so many of you know, living as a Christ-follower is not always easy, but we have peace that if we keep our head up, keep moving forward, and keep our eyes on Christ — God will always provide a path that ends with a harvest of blessing. Galatians 6:9 reminds us that God has a plan and, and although we may not see it in the valley, He always provides the harvest at “just the right time.”

This season has been tough for all of us, but I can promise you on the authority of God’s Word, that He will come through and provide a “harvest” for those who don’t give up.

PRAYER

Heavenly Father, we come to you with a grateful heart and a reminder that you will always provide. Lord, give us the endurance to not just get through this season, but to learn from this season. We may be in a difficult season, but You have given us the endurance to get through difficult seasons in the past, and I know that You will do it again.

So, Lord, help us to not grow tired or weary of doing good, but instead help us to keep finding ways to do Your will by blessing, serving, and encouraging others. Give us the confidence we need to know that “At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we do not give up”!  We pray this in Jesus’ name, Amen! 

ACTION STEP

  • Think back on your life and write down (3) difficult situations that God turned into a blessing.
  • Thank Him for always coming through.

IDEAS:

  • Find a way to bless and encourage someone today that may be going through a difficult season. Remember that we are “blessed to be a blessing”. (Gen. 12:2).
  • Look for opportunities to tell others about Christ today. You may not always feel ready…but God will always give you the tools to succeed. Wayne Gretzky once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Don’t be afraid to “take a shot” and see how God will bless your conversation.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run the seventh mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 16 sit-ups and 16 push-ups.

DAY 6: PRAY FOR FOSTER CARE AND ADOPTION – PASTOR RYAN IVY

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PASTOR RYAN IVY

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 25:36&40
36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ … 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’

DEVOTION

People often think about what they would say to the people closest to them if they only had a few days left to live. In this passage, Jesus knew His time was coming to an end, and he was concerned with talking about caring for people. No one cares more about the vulnerable and outcast than Jesus. Over and over again, Scripture calls us to speak up for the people that cannot speak for themselves and to care for those that struggle. (Proverbs 31:8-9)

There may not be a more vulnerable group today than orphans and children in the foster care system. In Clark County, NV there are over 5,000 children in the foster care system, and we only have 580 approved foster homes. We desperately need prayer for more people to open their homes to care for kids the way Jesus would. We must make it easier for families to foster by providing prayer, support, meals, childcare, and other things to families that decide to make the leap and care for vulnerable kids. We are not all called to foster kiddos, but we are all called to do something. What is your part?

Caring for kids from hard places is messy and one of the most difficult things a person can do, but that is exactly what Jesus is talking about in Matthew 25. We aren’t just doing it for the kids in that moment, we are doing it for Jesus. James goes on to Say, “27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27

PRAYER

Father, I come before You in Jesus name by the power of Your Holy Spirit. I need your help to care for the vulnerable. Show me opportunities to serve kids in my city and make a difference in the foster care system. Lord, give current foster families the endurance to continually make a difference. Please meet all the needs of every kid in our county and strengthen families and empower them to care for their children. Awaken more Christians to these issues and send more laborers. We pray all this in Jesus name, amen!

ACTION STEP

  • Examine your life and identify ways that you might could serve a foster child, foster family, or even become a foster parent.

IDEAS:

  • Send an encouraging message to a foster or adoptive parent.
  • Ask someone to tell you more about foster care or adoption.
  • Encourage someone else to join you in praying for foster care and adoption

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run the sixth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 15 sit-ups and 15 push-ups.

DAY 5: PRAY FOR CONFIDENCE TO DRAW NEAR TO GOD – PASTOR MIKE BUSSEY

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PASTOR MIKE BUSSEY

SCRIPTURE

Hebrews 7:23-25
The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

DEVOTION

Yesterday Pastor Heiden talked about wisdom that comes from the fear of the Lord. Today I want to talk about the confidence we should have to draw near to the God we rightly fear.  

If you are anything like me, I tend to think often about what Jesus did for me… back then.  

He lived, he died, and he rose from the grave. He paid for my sin debt in full on the cross, and as a result, I have peace with God through Him, and my eternal future in Heaven is secure. And to be sure, that is to be celebrated and thought of regularly. But this Scripture is teaching us that Jesus is still doing something for us right now. 

In the days of the Bible, the priests would go to God on behalf of the people of Israel, and they would offer sacrifices every day to cover their sins. But, of course, this was all pointing forward to a day when someone would come, a Savior who would permanently solve the sin problem between God and humanity. As Christians, we know that that person was Jesus (John 1:29). But this priest was different than the rest. He didn’t sacrifice a lamb for us. Instead, Jesus, our Great High Priest, sacrificed himself. Just try to imagine the love (I dare you) that he had for you and me to give his life for us (John 15:13). 

Isn’t it wonderful that after Jesus gave his life for us that he rose from the grave? In fact, he is alive at this very moment. Think of it. And he is still our Great High Priest because, as this Scripture teaches, he lives forever! That should be comforting news for you to hear today. Here are just a few reasons why: 

First, the love that Jesus had for you back then when he died for you burns just as bright at this very moment as it ever has.  

Second, Jesus is a High Priest that continually intercedes for you because he lives forever! Your desperate need for Jesus to intercede on your behalf will not outlive him! 

Finally, and maybe the best news of all, you may ask yourself, “can Jesus really forgive me? At times, I am so sinful that Jesus couldn’t possibly save someone like me.” Maybe you are an “uttermost” sinner.” But, my friend, let the Word of God reassure your heart today. He is able to save you to the uttermost. You may be an uttermost sinner, but he is an uttermost Savior!  

PRAYER

Jesus, when I sin, my first instinct is often to run and hide from you. Would you please help me remember that you are an uttermost Savior, that you live, even now, and you love me? God, right now, I am asking you for the confidence I need to draw near to you at all times, even when I feel the weight of my sin so deeply. Amen.

ACTION STEP

  • Remind a fellow Christian of the good news that Jesus is able to save them to the uttermost

IDEAS:

  • Spend some time meditating on the truth that as you read this devotional right now, you have a Savior in Heaven that is interceding for you.  
  • Read Hebrews 4:14-16 and thank the Lord that he is able to sympathize with your weaknesses.  

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run the fifth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 14 sit-ups and 14 push-ups.

DAY 4: PRAY FOR WISDOM FROM ABOVE – PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

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PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 1:7
1 “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.”

DEVOTION

Today marks the first day of September which for me triggers one thing – the book of Proverbs. Every first of the month my mind is drawn to a spiritual principle I learned over a decade ago, that being to read the “Proverb of the Day.” Or another way to put it is to read the specific chapter in the book of Proverbs that coincides with each day of the month. With today being the first, I felt it was only right to observe Proverbs 1 and pray for wisdom that comes down from the Lord Himself. (James 3:17)

Wisdom is something we all long for, and If you don’t, you should. The wiser we become the less mistakes we make. King Solomon tells us in Proverbs 3:13-15 that wisdom is far better than riches and gold, and then again in Proverbs 7:4, he titles wisdom our “intimate friend.” So, how do we get wisdom? You might ask. I believe there are several right ways to answer this question, however, we will focus on three of those answers below.

     1) Ask the Lord

James the brother of Jesus makes it clear in the opening remarks of his letter that: “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.” (James 1:5) Wisdom is a free gift from the Lord that we should take Him up on. It all starts with an ask!

     2) Seek for It

In Proverbs 2:1-7, Solomon encourages the reader to make their ears attentive to wisdom, to incline their hearts to understanding, and to seek for it like silver. In other words, Solomon is saying don’t just sit there expecting to get wiser, rather put the work in to become wiser!

     3) Fear the Lord

In this first chapter of Proverbs, Solomon reminds the reader that it’s the “fear of the LORD” that leads to an increased knowledge and wisdom. Dr. Tony Evans states in his Kingdom Man study that the fear of the LORD means to take God seriously. When we begin to take God, His Word, and His will for our lives seriously, we then enter into the beginning stages of wisdom. Do you fear the Lord more than you fear the opinions of man? Wisdom hangs in the balance of your answer.

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding. His praise endures forever!” – Psalm 111:10

PRAYER

God, You are the Father of wisdom. It’s true that there’s nobody wiser than you! We ask You today to grow us up in wisdom. We need Your wisdom in how to deal with the seasons we are living in. Whether that be collectively or/and individually, we call on Your name for an increase in wisdom. In Jesus name, amen!

ACTION STEP

  • At some point today read all of Proverbs chapter 1. Commit to reading the Proverb chapter of the day throughout the entire month of September.

IDEAS:

  • Journal your takeaways while reading through Proverbs this month.
  • Invite a friend to go through Proverbs with you.
  • Identify an area(s) you need wisdom in and then take it to the Lord in prayer.
  • Ask yourself what items you are fearing the opinion of man more than you are fear the LORD?

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run the forth mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 13 sit-ups and 14 push-ups.

DAY 3: PRAY FOR CONTENTMENT IN EVERY SEASON – PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

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PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

SCRIPTURE

Proverbs 30:7-9
7 “Two things I ask of you; deny them not to me before I die: 8 Remove far from me falsehood and lying; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with the food that is needful for me, [9] lest I be full and deny you and say, “Who is the LORD?” or lest I be poor and steal and profane the name of my God.”

  • Contentment, noun : “A state of happiness and satisfaction.”

DEVOTION

In the 30th chapter of the book of Proverbs we find a guest appearance from a man named Agur. Within this jam-packed chapter, Agur imparts much wisdom and motivation, but he also models for us a moving prayer. He asks the Lord for two things: To remove from him falsehood and lying, and to give him neither poverty nor riches… he then continues in the same context, petitioning the Lord to only give him the amount of food that is needful for him. Agur wanted to learn what the Apostle Paul called the secret of being content. (Phil. 4:11-13)

Within this two-part prayer, Agur demonstrates a heart of contentment. He revealed that he was more concerned with his integrity, rather than his bank account. He didn’t want to be tempted by financial greed, so he asked the Lord to give him just enough. He also didn’t want to be tempted to dishonor the Lord by stealing, so He requested that the Lord meet his every need. This is the heart posture the Lord calls us to. To be content with the blessings He has given us and to trust Him for any and all increase.

When we can confidently come to the Lord praying prayers of contentment, as Agur modeled in Proverbs 30, we will then be able to say with the David, the Psalmist: “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.” (Psalm 23:1)

PRAYER

Father, I come before You in Jesus name by the power of Your Holy Spirit, asking You to help me be content in every season of life. I know that apart from You I can do nothing, but with You, there’s nothing I can’t do. I ask that You give me just enough resources that I don’t look outside of You for my needs. Remind me daily that You are enough and that Your grace is sufficient for all of my weaknesses. I trust You today. In Jesus name, amen!

ACTION STEP

  • Examine your life and identify areas you lack contentment in. It could be relationally, career wise, or financially. Whatever the area(s) may be, bring those items to the Lord in prayer.

IDEAS:

  • Read Philippians 4:11-13
  • Ask those closest to you to identify specific area(s) in your life that you’re not content in
  • Listen to the song: “I shall not want” by Elevation Worship and Maverick City.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run the third mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 12 sit-ups and 12 push-ups.

DAY 2: PRAY FOR INCREASED FOCUS – PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

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PASTOR HEIDEN RATNER

SCRIPTURE

Matthew 14:30–31
30 “But when he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink he cried out, “Lord, save me.” 31 Jesus immediately reached out his hand and took hold of him, saying to him, “O you of little faith, why did you doubt?””

DEVOTION

The disciple Peter was a lot like you and me. He certainly desired to do the right thing, yet, often he found himself either saying the wrong thing or doing the wrong thing. As we visit Peter on the boat in Matthew 14, we find one of the most spectacular moments not only in Peter’s life, but in the history of the world. That one time when Peter walked on water and came to Jesus.

Can you imagine it? Middle of the night on a boat in the sea. Jesus comes walking on water, and Peter enthused with courage asks if he come walk on water too. Jesus replies: “Come.” To which Peter then takes his first step outside the boat and walks on water. Now, if this were a Disney movie, the phrase: “Happily Ever After” would begin rolling onto the screen.

Well, I’m afraid to break it to ya’, but the Bible isn’t a Disney Movie and sometimes things don’t end with a “Happily Ever After.” In Peter’s situation he took his eyes off of Jesus and focused them on the natural things of this world – the wind.  “…he saw the wind, he was afraid, and beginning to sink…” Notice the results of losing your focus on Jesus: 1) He became afraid 2) He began to sink.

During these 21 days we want to challenge you to increase your focus on Jesus and live out the words of Hebrews 12:2, which states: 2 “…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

PRAYER

Father, I come before You in Jesus name by the power of Your Holy Spirit. I give You all the glory for being the great and awesome God of my life. Please give me Your attention now as I make this request. Lord, help me to increase my focus on You, Your Word, and Your still, small, voice. Please help me to know what to say “yes” to and what to say “no” to. In Jesus name, amen!

ACTION STEP

  • Remove or limit a distraction from of your life.

IDEAS:

  • Establish boundaries on your phone screen time.
  • Ask those closest to you to identify specific area(s) in your life that you’re not focused in.
  • Make it a daily prayer of yours to pray Hebrews 12:2.

FITNESS

IDEAS:

  • Run the second mile out of the total of 21.
  • Do 50 total calf raises on a step in your house or Apt.
  • Do 11 sit-ups and 11 push-ups.