30 Day Challenge

 

            Here is a 30-day challenge I want to present to anyone that is having difficulty letting go of issues that may be holding them back from reaching the potential that God has for them.  It’s pretty simple, involves meeting once a week in a small group of friends, coworkers, relatives, etc. (preferably same sex).  It’s called an Accountability Group and it’s designed to rely on each other to overcome obstacles that you might not be able to let go of on your own.  Organize your group, set aside 30-40 minutes over lunch, coffee, or evening time and discuss the questions I’ll include below.  These are just a starting point to get you to think.  You can certainly modify them to meet your specific needs.  The goal is to draw on the strength of others through accountability.  I’ll bet after 30 days you’ll begin to see a positive change in your areas of struggle.  Remember the old adage of 1 stick is easily broken, but bundle together a group and their combined strength is nearly unbreakable.  Here are the questions:  

 

  1. Have you spent time with God on a regular basis? 
  2. Did you pray and read God’s word this week? How much time? What did you derive?
  3. Did you pray for others in this group? 
  4. Are you satisfied with the time you spent with the Lord this week? 
  5. Have you compromised your integrity in any way? 
  6. Has your thought life been pure? 
  7. Have you committed any sexual sin? 
  8. What was your biggest joy/disappointment of the week? 
  9. Did you control your tongue? 
  10. In what ways have you stepped out in faith since we last met? 
  11. Did you worship in church this week? 
  12. Have you lied about your answers to any of the above questions?

 I’d love to hear back from anyone who was willing to take this challenge and what impacts it has made, so feel free to share your comments or email me.

 

I’ll be praying for you.  God Bless! 

 

 

Reality Check

I feel like I would be remiss in my duties if I didn’t at least mention the presidential inauguration. I don’t claim this to be a political blog, mostly because politics are too often the opposite of truth, but with a new direction for the country, I want to at least comment on a few reactions from yesterday. Despite your political views, a new administration is underway and it can be a little scary, as it’s filled with the unknown. However, each of us, from the far left to the far right, need to keep this in perspective, the president is after all, just a man. I know this might be a shock to someone of you (kidding), but apparently others who watched disagree. Take a look at some of these responses from yesterday:

http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=42227

Don King, “I would say he would be Joshua going across to the Promised Land.”

Denzell Washington’s mother, “I would say any one of the Biblical leaders, the apostle Paul, Moses, John the Baptist – any of them. Seriously, he is like one of those apostles for our day. He came to lead us to the original design of what we are supposed to do on this earth.”

Despite his mother’s view, I do respect Mr. Washington for his reluctance to parallel the Bible.

Denzell, “What Biblical character? As Mr. Obama has said, it’s not about him. It’s about us. It’s about what we do collectively.”

Jay-Z, “Obama has changed my life in the same way he has changed your life.”

Oprah, “He makes me want to be a better human being.”

Just listen to our mainstream media:
http://newsbusters.org/blogs/erin-brown/2009/01/21/pulpit-culprits-mainstream-media-compare-inauguration-spiritual-event

ABC ‘Nightline’ reporter Cynthia McFadden, “If today was the majesty, tonight is the magic.”

CBS Early Show host Harry Smith called the inauguration, “one of the sacraments of our national religion.”

And Finally, reporters in Kenya covering the celebrations there quote a man saying,

“This man is Jesus, when will he come to Kenya to save us.”

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/us_and_americas/us_elections/article5556295.ece

Since when does presidential election become religious experience? I posted these not to be politically divisive, each of us are entitled to our beliefs, but rather to offer a reality check. There is only one man who has ever and will ever truly change our lives and that man is Jesus Christ. He offered His life on the cross for our sins. He gave us the bailout from eternal death and separation through his bloodshed on the cross. He is the Way, Truth, and Life. John 14:6

I don’t know what direction the country will go in and I don’t know the president’s heart, but I do know what the Bible says and we can use it as a measure of truth for everything. So I’ll leave you with 2 measuring sticks of Truth:

Proverbs 29:2 “When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; when the wicked rule, the people groan.”

Proverbs 16:12 “Kings detest wrongdoing, for a throne is established through righteousness.”

Have a Blessed Day!

Random Thought…

I was out of town this weekend on a getaway to Tennessee.  While driving, I couldn’t help but think about the old bumper stickers “God is my co-pilot”.  This started me thinking about this statement more deeply.  While it is a good slogan to show that God is in our lives, should it truly be the slogan of Christians?  I think too many times we try to be the pilots of our own lives thinking that God is along for the ride, when in fact, we should allow God to be driver.  Too often when we think we are in control we make poor decisions, take the wrong roads, become impatient and travel too fast.

Think about when Jesus was forming his team of disciples and the words he used when he called them.  Matthew 4:18-20 describes the calling of Jesus’ first disciples Peter and Andrew.  Jesus says, “Come follow Me” and again in Luke 5:27 to Levi (Matthew), “Follow Me”.  Jesus was setting the precedence early on, we are to follow Him.  He is our Leader, our Way. John 8:12

So ask yourself, what’s keeping you from allowing God to be the Pilot of your life?  What is it that’s holding you back?

Ephesians 4:15 "Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ"