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30-Day Faith-In-Place Risk Challenge!

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  1. Sesi says:

    DAY #1
    Category: Gratitude
    Scripture: Psalm 106:1
    Challenge: Be Grateful
    When we read stories in Scripture about the people of Israel, we do so through the lens of ancient history. We already know how it’s going to work out for them, so it’s easy for us to shake our heads at their constant complaining. But that’s human nature, right? When things aren’t going our way, we grumble about them. During the current situation in our country (and in many other countries around the world), we don’t have the freedom to do what we could do just several months ago. But instead of grousing about it, your daily challenge is to reflect on all you have to be thankful for.

    •Write down 10 things you are thankful for.
    • Spend time in prayer thanking God for the blessings you have in your life.
    • Throughout your day, jot down any other things that come to
    mind that you are grateful for.

  2. Sesi says:

    DAY #2
    Category: Prayer
    Scripture: Matthew 5:13-16
    Challenge: Maintaining an Outward Focus
    It’s difficult enough not to get absorbed in our own little worlds when we’re going through the usual paces of a busy life. But when you’re staying home all the time, keeping an outward focus becomes an even greater challenge. However, it’s still possible to be thinking about—and even doing things for—others. God is not bound by any walls. He can still minister to others no matter where they are or what their situation in life is. Your daily challenge is to cultivate a posture of prayer for others today.

    • Solicit prayer requests from friends.
    • Spend time praying for every situation, asking God to intervene on
    behalf of your friends.

  3. Sesi says:

    DAY #3
    Category: Giving
    Scripture: Malachi 3:10-12
    Challenge: Be Generous in a Time of Scarcity
    When we feel like we’re slipping in life, our natural tendency is to hold on. We cling to whatever we have out of fear or comfort or familiarity. Recent events have revealed the collective attitude of people’s hearts in a pandemic: Get all I can for me and look out for myself. Empty grocery store shelves attest to that, even though we’re not in the middle of a food crisis. Fear has a tendency to make us close our fists and hold on tight. But that’s not how God wants us to live. Generosity marks the hearts of his people. Your challenge is to be generous in ways that you can today, even in our limited interactions with others.

    • Search for some things you can share with neighbors that might be scarce in your area (i.e. flour, toilet paper, hand sanitizer).
    • Or offer to make a meal for an elderly neighbor.
    • Write an encouraging note and include it with whatever you give away.

  4. Sesi says:

    DAY #4
    Category: Scripture
    Scripture: Joshua 1:8
    Challenge: Scripture Memory
    We can all rattle off dozens of song lyrics when a familiar tune comes on the radio, most of the time without much thought. Those songs are embedded in our memories, repeated so often that we can’t not sing along (sometimes even for those songs that are ear worms). But what about Scripture? How deeply is God’s Word written on our hearts? Anchoring the truth to our heart and mind is a way to easily spot lies from the enemy and keep us in tune with the Holy Spirit.
    Knowing Scripture well makes it easy for us to pause and reflect on what God is saying to us, especially when we hear a contradictory message from the world. Your challenge is to commit a passage from Scripture to memory and reflect on what it means.
    • Write down your favorite passage from the Bible.
    • Read it aloud several times during the day and then copy it a few
    more times until you have it memorized.

  5. Sesi says:

    DAY #5
    Category: Gratitude
    Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 5:11
    Challenge: Be an Encourager
    In this age of digital everything, the art of a handwritten note is all but lost. However, whether you’re reading the words on a sheet of paper or from a screen, the content of what’s being said is what matters most. And when it’s something encouraging or uplifting that someone else sees in you, those notes become treasures. In one of his letters to the church in Thessalonica, the Apostle Paul exhorted the people there to encourage one another. And when the earth seems to be wobbling on its axis for some, a note of encouragementcan make a world of difference. Your challenge is to encourage someone today.

    • Pick out a friend you know who might be having a difficult time.
    • Find a couple of scriptures and include them in an encouraging
    note (handwritten, if you can do it) and send it to them.

  6. Sesi says:

    #6
    Category: Prayer
    Scripture: Jeremiah 29:12
    Challenge: Praying for the World
    Whenever disaster strikes, we often feel helpless. Unless we’re a first-responder, there’s not always much we can do outside of donating to a cause. But no matter what the situation, we aren’t helpless because we can always pray and intercede for God to intervene. It’s easy for us to get so focused on what’s most important to us personally that we forget that there’s a hurting world out there. So, your challenge is to pray for another country and their plight as a nation.

    • Pick out a country to pray for by selecting one you’ve never been to or one you’d like to go to.
    • Read up about what’s happening in that region and make a list of a few of the biggest challenges facing that country and its government.
    • Spend ten to fifteen minutes praying for God to intervene in their world.

  7. Sesi says:

    DAY #7
    Category: Worship
    Scripture: 1 Chronicles 16:23-31
    Challenge: Worshiping at Home
    One of the most unifying actions we take together at church is worshiping through songs. The sound of a congregation of fellow believers proclaiming God’s awesomeness in the midst of life’s biggest challenges is something that can energize and galvanize us as the body of Christ. But what about when we can’t? We know worship isn’t just about singing praises to God, but singing praises are life-giving. Your challenge today is to turn it into one marked by praise.

    • Make a playlist comprised of several of your favorite praise and worship songs.
    • Close the door to your room and take a few minutes at various points in your day (morning, noon, and night, perhaps) to simply worship God.
    • And if you have a family, schedule a time with everyone to sing worship songs together.

  8. Sesi says:

    DAY #8
    Category: Serving
    Scripture: Hebrews 6:10
    Challenge: Serving Others
    Self-absorption isn’t the best posture to take when everything is stripped away from us. We need to look up—not down—to maintain our focus on doing what God has called us to do. Just because we might be limited in our opportunities to serve those around us doesn’t mean we should spend our time bemoaning our plight. No matter what our situation, there are almost always others who are suffering to a greater degree. So, how do we respond? By actively seeking opportunities to serve others. Your challenge today is to seek opportunities to serve those closest to you.

    • Write down one way you can bless each person in your family today (i.e. spending time with them that’s special, doing one of their chores, cooking if you aren’t the regular family chef) and do it.
    • If you’re living alone, ask your neighbors if you can serve them in any way (i.e. yard work, getting something from the store for them, etc.).

  9. Sesi says:

    DAY #9
    Category: Scripture
    Scripture: Hebrews 6:10
    Challenge: Seeing through a New Lens
    One of the incredible opportunities we have when our routine is broken is to stop and examine what we are doing. Sometimes we fall into a rhythm without realizing it. And reading God’s Word can be the same way if we aren’t careful. We read passages we’ve read plenty of times and just move on without much thought. But God’s Word is dynamic and life-changing when we invite the Holy Spirit to show us something new as we look at Scripture with fresh eyes. Your
    challenge is to take a passage you’ve read plenty of times and look at it from a new perspective.

    • Pick out one of your favorite passages or one that’s commonly quoted.
    • Write down what it means to you and then read it again.
    • Meditate on what you’ve ready and pray and ask the Lord to help you read it with fresh eyes.

  10. Sesi says:

    DAY #10
    Category: Worship
    Scripture: Psalm 23
    Challenge: Using Scripture for Worship
    David wrote an abundance of psalms as he had no reservations about pouring out his heart to God. We learn about his
    perspective on life as things happened, both the good and the bad. When we worship, we can enter from both ends of the spectrum—basking in God’s grace and goodness as well as wallowing in the despair accompanied with living in a fallen world. No matter what we are experiencing, we should always be honest with the Lord. Today’s challenge is to take one of the psalms and sing it to the Lord.

    • Pick out one of your favorite Psalms (Psalm 23 is a good one if you don’t have one).
    • Meditate on it for a few minutes before singing it aloud.

  11. Sesi says:

    DAY #11
    Category: Prayer
    Scripture: Psalm 31:14-18
    Challenge: Praying Scripture
    Unsure of what to pray about or how to pray? The Bible is full of suggestions, highlighted by Jesus giving his disciples an outline on how to approach the Lord in prayer. There are also many great passages in Scripture that we can use as a guideline when praying for different situations whatever that might be for you this moment. Your challenge is to select a passage from the Bible and pray it over yourself, your family, your friends, or the world.

    • Consider who you want to pray for today and search for an applicable passage to their situation.
    • Use that passage, praying it back to the Lord and customizing it for the situation or the person.

  12. Sesi says:

    DAY #12
    Category: Prayer
    Scripture: Psalm 145:18
    Challenge: Prayer Walk
    While we may not have the freedom to go anywhere we want while entrenched in a pandemic, we can still get outside. And when we do, we still have an opportunity to bless others even without close contact—even without speaking to them. Your challenge is to go on a walk around your neighborhood and pray for those that you pass, whether you know them or not.

    • Go on a walk through your neighborhood, praying for those you pass by.
    • If you live in a quieter area, pray for the people living in all the houses you pass.

  13. Sesi says:

    DAY #13
    Category: Scripture
    Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-8
    Challenge: Scripture Prayer Declaration
    When it comes to the kind of love God wants us to have, it’s not about how we feel; rather, it’s choosing to extend kindness and compassion to others even when we don’t feel like. And when the walls are closing in around us, it’s easy not to feel like it. However, others are feeling the same way—and now it’s more important than ever for us to love people the way God calls us to. Your challenge is to read Paul’s classic love passage—1 Corinthians 13:4-8—and declare that passage over yourself as a prayer.

    • Get a piece of paper and copy down 1 Corinthians 13:4-8, inserting your own name for the word “love” and any other subsequent pronouns referring to love.
    • Pray that over yourself today and ask God to empower you to love the way Paul describes love in that passage.

  14. Sesi says:

    DAY #14
    Category: Worship
    Scripture: Exodus 35:31-32
    Challenge: Art as Worship
    Over the last decade, adult coloring books have become enormously popular as an outlet for stress. There’s something about the way being artistic engages our hearts and minds. And artistic disciplines can also be a powerful way to worship. Whether you’re a wanna-be Picaso or a stick-figure-only kind of person, take a moment to tap into the wonderfully creative side God has given you today. Your challenge is to pick out a passage in the Bible (try one of the psalms if nothing else instantly inspires you) and draw it.

    • Find a passage in Scripture that’s meaningful to you.
    • Meditate on this for a moment before moving forward.
    • Attempt to illustrate what it means to you through your chosen medium (water color, pencil sketch, acrylics, oils, pottery, collage, etc).

  15. Sesi says:

    DAY #15
    Category: Scripture
    Scripture: Matthew 6:26
    Challenge: Nature Hike
    When we get outside, we see the beauty in God’s creation. And not only that, but we also get to see the incredible thoughtful design behind each living thing. Plants, trees, animals—they all demonstrate just how much God cares about his creation through the way they are taken care of. Watching nature deepens our wonder and inspires awe for the Creator. Your challenge is to get into nature and witness this for yourself.

    • If possible, (and if it is within 5km radius of your home) find a nearby local park and take a walk.
    • If you can’t, sit in your garden or bird watch outside your window instead.
    • Write down what you see and how God’s design is visible through the creation you observe.

  16. Sesi says:

    DAY #16
    Category: Prayer
    Scripture: Matthew 6:16-18
    Challenge: Fasting
    Even in isolation, it’s easy to let the outside world dictate our thoughts. We can become so consumed with our situation that we lose sight of what’s important. When that happens at any point in our lives, fasting is a great way to get re-centered and focused on the direction God has called us to go. And especially in a time where worry and fear dominate the headlines, spending extra time focusing on the Lord will mitigate those worries. Your challenge is to fast today, spending extra time praying and reading the Bible.

    • Pick something to fast for today, such as media.
    • With whatever time you would’ve spent doing what you decided to fast, spend it in prayer and reading Scripture.

  17. Sesi says:

    DAY #17
    Category: Scripture
    Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23
    Challenge: The Fruits of the Spirit
    Being isolated with our family or roommates can be fun. But it can also put a little stress on our relationships, which is what gives us an opportunity to grow. We can always use some pruning in different areas of our lives, yet we often don’t take the time to stop and ask what exactly needs to be cut off. Paul gives us a great picture of what our lives should look like when we’re fruitful disciples of Jesus. And while the fruit he lists in Galatians 5 is what should emerge from our lives naturally, it’s also helpful for us to take a step back and assess which areas of our lives need some attention. Your challenge for today
    is to read Galatians 5:22-23 about the fruits of the Spirit and pick oneto work on.

    • Write down all nine fruits of the Spirit and consider which ones might be lacking in your life.
    • Ask the Lord to show you which one requires the most work and look up verses pertaining to that particular fruit.
    • Pray and ask the Lord to help you produce more fruit in that area of your life.

  18. Sesi says:

    DAY #18
    Category: Service
    Scripture: Proverbs 17:17
    Challenge: Phone a Friend
    Getting messages or phone calls out of the blue from longtime friends can brighten our day. We are often so busy that we might forget about the circumstances of others during a time when loneliness might set in like a thick fog. Hebrews 3:13 reminds us to encourage one another, which is something simple we can all do without much effort. Your challenge today is to call a friend who you haven’t talked to in a while and check in on him or her.

    • Think about one of your friends you haven’t spoken with in a while.
    • Ask questions and listen to their story.
    • Offer to pray for them as you encourage them.

  19. Sesi says:

    DAY #19
    Category: Service
    Scripture: Romans 12:10
    Challenge: Operation Blessing
    While social media is often full of bickering and fighting over silly topics, some of the most-liked videos are those where someone surprisingly blesses the socks off of a random stranger. Stories about people leaving thousand-rand tips for waiters or people paying for a person’s groceries stir our hearts toward generosity. Paul also encouraged us to “out do” one another in showering love and honor on others. Right now, there’s a different group of service people you can bless without leaving your house—the delivery people, the shop attendants. Your challenge is to bless someone today.

    • Put some money in an envelope with an encouraging note and hand it over to the driver next time you’re expecting a delivery.
    • Make a care package for someone working in essential servives.
    • Drop off some groceries for an elderly person.

  20. Sesi says:

    DAY #20
    Category: Service
    Scripture: Proverbs 14:21
    Challenge: Food Donation
    In the midst of any major crisis, many people are struggling just to make ends meet. They’re wondering every day how they’re going to put food on the table or make their next bond or rent payment. Even though the economy has restarted, there are people who are in difficult situations and who need help. Right now, NGO’s are on the frontlines in our country, helping provide many people with food for their families. Your challenge is to note Solomon’s words from Proverbs and generously bless those in need.

    • Find out which one of your local churches or NGO’s might have a bigger need and donate to them.
    • If you aren’t in a position to make a monetary donation, buy some canned goods to donate to the cause.

  21. Sesi says:

    DAY #21
    Category: Scripture
    Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:13
    Challenge: Deep Dive Study
    Keeping our mind focused on the Lord requires a dedication to studying what he has to say to us. While spending some time reading the Word each day is helpful, it’s also important on occasion to dig deeper into what God is saying to us. There are often rich layers to Scripture, often only discovered when we examine the culture when the particular book we’re studying was written and the word usage during that period of time. Your challenge is to pick a passage and dive in.

    • Pick out a passage that is rich in meaning. The Beatitudes in Matthew 5 is a good place to look if you don’t have anything.
    • Use online study tools if you don’t have study and reference books.
    • Write down three new things you noticed by studying your particular passage this way.

  22. Sesi says:

    DAY #22
    Category: Scripture
    Scripture: Hebrews 11:8-12
    Challenge: Read the biography of a Christian
    Nothing inspires us like reading about people who faced the odds yet overcame them. These stories help us put our lives—and the trails we’re facing—into perspective. When confronted with an inordinate amount of adversity, true heroes of
    faith put their money where their mouths were and trusted God to see them through whatever storm was raging around them. No matter how difficult you might think your life is today, there are always people who have had it worse. Your challenge is to find an inspiring Christian biography and start reading it.

    • Select the biography of a Christian. Corrie Ten Boom, Elisabeth Elliot, Brother Andrew, and George Mueller are four good ones to consider.
    • Start reading and jotting down what traits you see in these people’s lives and faith.

  23. Sesi says:

    DAY #23
    Category: Scripture
    Scripture: Psalm 119:105
    Challenge: Read through a Pauline Epistle (Paul’s letters)
    When we read letters, we don’t read a small portion of them and then put them down to return and finish later. Instead, we grab a comfy seat and inhale the words. We don’t have to search for context as we likely know what’s going on in the life of the person writing to us since it’s likely someone close. The Apostle Paul wrote rich letters that were canonized, letters that some scholars have spent their entire lives analysing. And for good reason, too. However, there’s something about reading a letter in its entirety where we might see things we never noticed before. Your challenge today is to read an entire Pauline epistle in one sitting.

    • Pick one of Paul’s letters. If you’re unsure of which one, consider Ephesians or Colossians.
    • Read is straight through, maybe even aloud if can.
    • Write down what stood out to you as you read it straight through.

  24. Sesi says:

    DAY #24
    Category: Prayer
    Scripture: 1 Timothy 2:1
    Challenge: Praying for First-Responders
    There’s nothing like the act of praying to soften your heart toward others. Jesus urged us to pray for others, especially our enemies. Prayer helps us connect with others’ situations even if it’s not part of our own journey. We develop a powerful empathy that inspires us to care about others in a way that perhaps we never have. While you might be isolated at home, there are others outside helping the sick. Your challenge is to pray for those healthcare workers on the frontlines.

    • Pray for health care workers at your local hospitals.
    • If you know someone in the healthcare industry, ask them what you can pray for them about and pray for them by name.

  25. Sesi says:

    DAY #25
    Category: Giving
    Scripture: 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
    Challenge: Buy someone a meal
    Blessing others is a foundation of the life Jesus calls his followers to lead. According to Jesus, our lives are to be spent loving God and loving others as he so beautifully demonstrated while walking on Earth. But what can we do when we’re isolated from others, limited in our personal interactions? Your challenge today is to bless someone you know by having a meal delivered to them.

    • Pick a family or a single friend that may be struggling with loss of work and pay for a meal to be delivered to them.
    • Have the delivery person give them a note telling them to be blessed.

  26. Sesi says:

    DAY #26
    Category: Service
    Scripture: Matthew 18:20
    Challenge: Connect with Friends to Discuss Bible
    While Jesus tells us in Matthew that when two or three people are gathered in his name he’s with them, does that apply to
    teleconferencing? Although there’s no definitive answer on this, we might not be wrong to assume that a conferencing call where we’re studying the Word together would mean the Holy Spirit would be present. And right now, we need others—and we need others to encourage us as fellow followers of Jesus. Your challenge is to host a
    teleconference with several of your friends to discuss a passage in the Bible together.

    • Schedule a time to get together via Skype, Zoom, Whatsapp video or some other teleconferencing app.
    • Send out a passage for everyone to read ahead of time and discuss.

  27. Sesi says:

    DAY #27
    Category: Worship
    Scripture: Psalm 34:17
    Challenge: Write a poem to the Lord
    One of the things that makes David so relatable in Scripture is how authentic he was. When we read his story, it’s easy to see ourselves— the rollercoaster ride of doing the right thing in faith, doing the
    wrong thing, repenting, doing the right thing again, and then failing again. But no matter what David was going through, he always got back up and kept pursuing God’s heart for himself and for his people. And he was also very honest with the Lord about how he felt as he was going through certain trials. Your challenge is to write a poem (it doesn’t matter if it’s good or not) to the Lord about how you’re feeling right now.

    • Find a quiet place and write your own version of a psalm.
    • You can be as artsy as you want with it, but focus on the authenticity of your words as you pour out your heart to God on
    paper.

  28. Sesi says:

    DAY #28
    Category: Service
    Scripture: Galatians 6:2
    Challenge: Make masks or donate to an organization making them
    As you sit at home waiting for the all clear to return to some semblance of normalcy in your life, there are others who have no choice but to go back to workto. Healthcare workers are under a large amount of stress, not only worrying about
    their own patients but also about possibly contracting the virus themselves and even giving it to other family members. And one of the biggest areas of need according to healthcare officials has been personal protection equipment. Your challenge is to make (if you’re handy with a needle) a mask or donate to an organization that is making them.

    • Find a pattern online if you want to make a mask or search for an organization in your area collecting donations to make masks.
    • Get to work and make one or give to an organization making them.

  29. Sesi says:

    DAY #29
    Category: Prayer
    Scripture: Mark 1:35
    Challenge: Sit in silence for a half-hour
    There are some people who could sit in a car on a road trip and not speak for hours and be fine with it. Then there are others who get nervous if nobody is talking after twenty seconds. When we go to the Lord in prayer, we often feel compelled to speak, as if nothing is happening if we don’t. However, listening is a discipline we could all do a better job at, especially when it comes to our prayer life. Your challenge is to sit in silence for a half-hour, meditating on a passage
    you read, before praying.

    • Find a spot where you won’t be bothered for a half-hour.
    • Read a Bible verse and then just sit there, allowing the Holy Spirit to speak to you.
    • Write down what the Lord spoke to you during that time and then pray about it.

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