Category Archives: 30 Day Challenge (January 2013)

30-day Challenge: Day 28

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We apologize…this is coming a little late.

This is the last Chapter in Matthew…and I am pleased to say that I MADE it!…I did the Challenge…did you?

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Day 28: Risen, Alive and Reigns Forever

Read Matthew 28

The message of the empty tomb is, “Do not be afraid!”

He overcomes His enemies (1-5). In His death and resurrection, our Lord defeated the world (John 16:33), the flesh (Rom. 6:1-7), the devil (John 12:31), and death itself (1 Cor. 15:50-58). You need not be afraid of life or death, time or eternity (Rev. 1:17-18).

He keeps His promises (6-7). Because His followers forgot His resurrection promise, they were sorrowing instead of rejoicing. The Lord always keeps His promises, no matter how dark the day may be.

He goes before you (7-10). When the women ran to share the message, they met the Lord; you always meet Him in the path of obedience. The Shepherd goes before the sheep and prepares the way for them (John 10:4). You have a living and victorious Savior who has everything under control. Trust Him!

He is our Lord (11-20). He has all authority; He commands us to take the gospel to all nations; and He promises to be with us always. What more assurance could we want? We are His ambassadors (2 Cor. 5:20) and should be faithful to Him in all things.

The Resurrection   

The resurrection of Jesus Christ is a vital part of the gospel message, for a dead Christ can save nobody (1 Cor. 15:1-19). The empty tomb is proof that He is the Son of God (Rom. 1:4); that believers have a future inheritance (1 Pet. 1:3ff.); that we will once again meet Christians who have died (1 Thess. 4:14-18); that our Christian ministry is not in vain (1 Cor. 15:50-58); and that Jesus Christ will one day judge lost sinners (Acts 17:30-31). The early church bore witness of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (Acts 1:22; 4:2, 33), and so should we today.

Prayer:

  1. Thank the Lord for the 30-day powerful deposit into your life.
  2. Pray that by the power of the New Covenant we will have victory over every challenge and opposition as a church, individuals and families.
  3. Pray that the Lord will speak for you and fight all your battles on every side.
  4. Pray that there shall be no hindrances of delays to the plans and promises of God in your life.
  5. Pray that no corrupt or evil devices against you will succeed.
  6. Pray that you will be obedient to the great commission.

Meditation:

Every incomplete promise, commitment and agreement saps your strength, because it blocks your momentum, inhibits your ability to move forward, to progress and improve. Incomplete things keep calling you back to the past to take care of them. – Jeff Olson

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30-day Challenge: Day 27

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Day 27: An Accessory of Evil

Read Matthew 27

Jesus is the example to follow when you suffer unjustly (1 Pet. 2:18-23).

He did not reply when accused (11-14). In this, He fulfilled Isaiah 53:7. There is a time to speak and a time to be silent (Eccles. 3:7), and we must exercise discernment. One thing is sure: no matter what He said, they would not have believed Him.

He did not retaliate when abused (15-31). He had the power to destroy those who mocked Him; in fact, legions of angels would have delivered Him. But it was the Father’s will that He suffer as He did, and Jesus was obedient to His Father’s will

He did not accept the cup (32-38). The narcotic drink would have helped deaden the pain, but Jesus refused it. He drank the cup of suffering instead.

He did not come down from the cross (40-44). Had He come down from the cross, the people still would not have believed in Him. And if He saved Himself, He could not save others (John 12:23-28). First the suffering, then the glory; first the cross, then the crown. Remember that the next time you are tempted to take the easy way.

Prayer:

  1. Let us pray that the leaders of our nation will allow truth and justice rather than politics to guide all their decisions.
  2. Pray that you will never be an accessory or participant in any evil or wickedness.
  3. Pray that you will never despise the things of God but revere them and glorify God.
  4. Pray for grace and power to fulfill the plan of God in your life despite all challenges and odds.
  5. Pray that all those connected to the fulfillment of your destiny will not slack but will be faithful. (Luke 4:25-27).

Meditation:

Leave out the cross, and you have killed the religion of Jesus. Atonement by the blood of Jesus is not an arm of Christian truth; it is the heart of it.- Charles Haddon Spurgeon


30-day Challenge: Day 26

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Day 26: Moments of Discouragement

Read Matthew 26

Life presents us with many opportunities; how we respond to them depends on what we love and what we look for in life.

The Jewish leaders looked for opportunity to destroy Jesus, while at the same time Jesus was anticipating the opportunity to obey His Father and bring Him glory.

Mary used the opportunity she had for expressing her devotion to Christ, but Judas used that same opportunity to criticize her. Nothing given in love to Jesus is ever wasted. Judas was the one who ended up wasting his life!

Jesus eagerly anticipated the opportunity to be with His disciples, even though He knew one would betray Him, one would deny Him, and all would forsake Him. He sought to help them and prepare them for the trial before them.

Peter missed his opportunities to become strong and be a victor. He boasted when he should have listened (vv. 32-35), slept when he should have prayed (vv. 36-46), fought when he should have surrendered (vv. 47-56), and followed when he should have fled for safety (vv. 57-75; note v. 31). But when the opportunity came for him to repent, he wept.

No matter what others did, Jesus was in complete command and knew how to make the most of every opportunity. “Not as I will, but as You will” is the secret (v. 39). God will give you many opportunities today. Use them wisely!

Prayer:

1. Pray against every form of conspiracy or plot against you and your family, job, business, marriage etc this year.

2. Pray that God will cause you to discern every evil around you and for the wisdom to deal with them.

3. Pray for strength and victory in the midst of every discouragement and desperate situations.

Meditation:

God’s best gifts are not things but opportunities. What we call adversity, God calls opportunity.


30-day Challenge: Day 25

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Day 25: Beliver’s Spiritual Readiness

Read Matthew 25

Separation

When Jesus Christ returns, it will be a time of separation: the wise will be separated from the foolish, the faithful servants from the unfaithful, the blessed (sheep) from the cursed (goats). The wise virgins had oil and were prepared to meet the Bridegroom. Many people profess to be Christians but do not have the Holy Spirit (Rom. 8:9) and are not born again. They may mingle with the saved, but they are not really one of them; and they will not enter into the marriage feast.

Evaluation

His coming also means evaluation. As we wait for the Lord to return, we must invest our lives and earn dividends for His glory. Christ gives us opportunities that match our abilities, and the one-talent servant is just as important as the five-talent servant. The key is faithfulness (1 Cor. 4:2), for God measures us against ourselves and not against the other servants. Are you afraid to step out by faith and take some risks for God?

Commendation

When Christ returns, it will be a time of commendation. We will be surprised to learn about ministries we performed that we thought were insignificant but that He will reward. This parable is not teaching salvation by good works. Christ’s sheep know that they are sheep (John 10:14; John 10:27-30), but they do not always realize what their service means to Christ. We will experience some surprises in that day!

Prayer:

1. Pray that you will be spiritually ready at all times.

2. Pray against any form of laziness. Pray for the grace and strength to faithfully use the talents given to you by God.

3. Pray that the Lord will help you to invest in things that will yield eternal dividends.

Meditation:

“Great services reveal our possibilities; small services our consecration.” – George Morrison


30-day Challenge: Day 24

Judgment Day May 21, 2011 = Matthew 24 verse 36

Day 24: End-Time Warnings

Read Matthew 24

When you listen to the news and see the tensions and troubles in today’s world, keep in mind the warnings that the Lord gave.

Do not be deceived (4, 11). People will make grandiose claims and promises and will deceive many. You have the Word of God to enlighten you (Isa. 8:20) and the Holy Spirit to teach you (John 16:13-15), so you should not go astray (1 John 2:18-29).

Do not be discouraged (6). Political and natural disturbances have always been a part of world history, so do not allow them to discourage you. They are “the beginning of sorrows” (v. 8). The word translated “sorrows” means “birth-pangs.” The world’s troubles are pregnant with possibilities! God is still on the throne!

Do not be defeated (13). This has to do with faithfulness under testing until the Lord returns. Do not let the lawlessness around you rob you of your fervor (v. 12). A lost world around you needs to hear the gospel (v. 14), so get busy.

Do not be doubtful (34-35). Religious leaders will come and go, stand and fall; but the Word will not change. Believe it, obey it, and hold to it-no matter what others may say or do. Your Bible is God’s light in this dark world (2 Pet. 1:19-21).

Do not be distracted (42). We “watch” when we stay alert and remind ourselves that our Lord may come at any time. When in your heart you delay His coming (v. 48), you start to lose your effectiveness and witness. Keep watching and working!

Prayer:

  1. O Lord help me not to fall into any form of deception or be distracted in these last days.
  2. O Lord, help me to fervently contend for my faith in Christ and that I may not conform to the pattern of this world despite every opposition. (Jude 1:3).
  3. Pray that you will not be defeated but will be faithful till the end.

Meditation:

For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and perform great signs and wonders so as to deceive, if possible, even God’s chosen ones. See, I have warned you about this ahead of time – Lord Jesus Christ


30-day Challenge: Day 23

Day 23: The Life of Integrity

Read Matthew 23

The Word of God has authority even if the people who teach it lack integrity (vv. 1-3). Our Lord’s standard is that we both do and teach His truth (5:17-20; 1 Thess. 2:10-12). Those who practice hypocrisy erode their character and do untold damage to others. The tragedy is that hypocrisy blinds people (vv. 16-19, 24, 26) so that they cannot see the Lord, themselves, or other people.

The God of the Pharisees is not the God of the Bible. He is a rigorous Law Giver who pays back those who pay Him. He is not “the God of all grace” (1 Pet. 5:10) or the loving Father who cares for His children (Ps. 103:1-14).

The Pharisees were blind to themselves. They were right, and everybody else was wrong. Because they majored on the externals, they never saw the rottenness in their hearts (vv. 25-28). Because they majored on the minor details, they ignored the great principles of the Word (v. 23).

Hypocrites never see the damage done to others: closing doors of blessing (v. 13); defiling those who touch them (v. 27); giving people a wrong sense of values (vv. 16-22). No wonder Jesus wept! These “woes” were born of anguish, not anger; and perhaps He is weeping over you and me.

Hypocrisy

Failing to reach your goals or to be all that you want to be is not hypocrisy. Pretending that you have “arrived” is hypocrisy. The word hypocrite comes from the Greek word for the mask worn by an actor. Hypocrites deliberately play a part so people will think they are more spiritual than they really are. The remedy for hypocrisy is honesty with yourself and with God (1 John 1:5-10).

Prayer:

1. O Lord help me to walk in integrity and to be a good example in words and in deeds.

2. Pray that you will always keep a teachable heart and be open to learn from others.

3. Pray that your life will demonstrate the truth of the word of God and that you will be a living epistle read by men. (2 Cor 3:1-3)

Meditation:

Keep true, never be ashamed of doing right, decide on what you think is right and stick to it. – George Eliot


30-day Challenge: Day 22

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Day 22: Invited by the King

Read Matthew 22

His enemies questioned Jesus, hoping to get Him in trouble with Rome. After Passover, they could have Him arrested and tried. But how can mortal man question God and hope to win (Job 38:1-3)? What arrogance-and what ignorance!

Jesus asked the key question: “Who is your Lord?” (vv. 41-46; Ps. 110). If Jesus Christ is your Lord, the other questions pose no problem. You will be a good citizen (vv. 15-22; Rom. 13); you will not worry about the hereafter (vv. 23-33); and you will love God and your neighbor (vv. 34-40).

People who like to argue usually lack humility and need to submit to Christ (Phil. 2:1-11). Although it is good to ponder the great questions of life, it is also good to admit our ignorance and to worship Christ “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Col. 2:3).

Prayer:

  1. Pray that you will not despise or take God word for granted but take heed and be obedient.
  2. Pray for all your loved ones, friends, colleagues, neighbors and acquaintances that their understanding will be enlightened to respond to the gospel and be saved.
  3. Pray against any form of conspiracy against you and your family this year.

Meditation:

Remember!–It is Christianity to do good always–even to those who do evil to us. It is Christianity to love our neighbours as ourself, and to do to all men as we would have them do to us – Charles Dickens


30-day Challenge: Day 21

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Day 21: How to Receive the King

Read Matthew 21

The King (Mt. 21:1-11; cf. Mk. 11:1-11; Lk. 19:29-44; Jn. 12:12-19).

 The people were blind to their Scriptures (Zech. 9:9). They praised Him with Psalm 118:26 but overlooked verses 22-23, which Jesus quoted later (v. 42). Beware knowing the Bible but not knowing the Lord when He is at work in your midst.

The Judge (21:12-22). Jesus cleansed the temple and cursed the fig tree, two “unusual acts” for Him who came not to judge but to save (Isa. 28:21). Like the temple, Israel was corrupt within; and like the fig tree, it was fruitless without. A church can become a “den of thieves” if that is where we go to cover up our sins (Isa. 56:7; Isa. 1:10-20; Jer. 7:11). A person whose life is “nothing but leaves” is in danger of judgment, for Christ seeks fruit (Matt. 7:15-20).

The Son (21:23-41). Jesus has authority because He is the Son of God! The vineyard is Israel (Isa. 5) whose leaders did not respect the Son when He came. The nation rejected the Father when they refused the witness of John, and now they were about to reject the Son.

The Stone (21:42-46). The Jewish leaders pronounced their own sentence. Jesus quoted Psalm 118:22-23 to prove that their sins would not hinder His victory (Isa. 8:14-15; Dan. 2:34; Acts 4:11; 1 Pet. 2:9). If only they had become like the children and praised the Lord instead of fighting Him (Matt. 21:15-16; Ps. 8:2)!

The Bridegroom (22:1-14). The rejected Son is resurrected and reigns in glory. He is the Bridegroom who wants everybody to come to His feast. Israel’s rejection of the invitation led to the destruction of Jerusalem (v. 7). But the invitation is still open today. Just be sure not to wear your self-righteousness (Isa. 64:6); let Him provide the garment of His righteousness (Isa. 61:10; 2 Cor. 5:21).

Prayer:

  1. Pray that your heart will always be receptive to the Lord, His message and His messengers.
  2. Pray that you will always give God all the honor that He deserves all your life.
  3. Pray that you will always bear fruit that will glorify God in your Christian life.

Meditation:

“And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.” – Exodus 1:7


30-day Challenge: Day 20

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Hello Everyone! Happy Sunday!

How many people did you invite to church today? Remember…the 30-day challenge is still on! 11 more days! You can do it!!!

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Day 20 : The Perfect Justice of God

Read Matthew 20

What shall we have (19:27-20:16)? The parable is not about salvation, for we cannot work for salvation; nor is it about rewards, for we do not all receive the same reward. The story concerns the selfish attitude implicit in Peter’s question. The key to the parable is that the first workers hired demanded a contract and insisted on knowing how much they would get. The other workers trusted the landowner. If you ask God for a contract, you will only rob yourself, for He is generous with His workers. Be faithful to do your job and avoid watching the other workers, and He will deal with you generously.

What do you wish (20:17-28)? Salome remembered His promise (19:28) and claimed it for her two sons. But she forgot what Jesus had just said about the cross (20:17-19). She should have known that the only way to glory is through suffering (1 Pet. 5:10). You do not pray for a throne; you pay for it. Beware selfish prayers: the Lord may answer them. James was the first apostle to be martyred (Acts 12:1-2), and John experienced great trial as a Roman prisoner (Rev. 1:9).

What do you want Me to do for you (20:29-34)? They knew what they wanted, and they trusted Him for it. Do you know what you want when you come to Him in prayer? Do you persist even if others try to discourage you? What a promise we have in Hebrews 4:16!

The Last Week

Traditionally, the events during our Lord’s last week are as follows: Sunday-He entered Jerusalem as King. Monday-He cleansed the temple and cursed the fig tree. Tuesday-He debated with the Jewish leaders and gave the Olivet Discourse (Matt. 24-25). Wednesday-He rested. Thursday-He had the Last Supper; He was arrested in the Garden. Friday-He was crucified and buried. Saturday-He lay in the tomb. Sunday-He arose from the dead. Keep in mind that the Jewish day begins with sundown, so that their Friday begins Thursday evening.

Prayer:

1. Pray that as you serve the Lord your focus will not on other workers but on faithfully finishing your assignment.

2. Ask God to take away every wrong ambition or desire out of your heart (James 4:2; Jdgs 9:1 – 6).

3. Pray for the mercy of God in every area of your life and family.

Meditation:

All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. – (Proverbs 14:23)

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Have a great day!

JubileeNCBlog Team


Giveaway: Chili’s $50.00 Gift Card!

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