Elevate 28 - A 28 Day Challenge to Intentionally Engage with God's Word
"for the Lord will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught."
By James MacDonald, Walk in the Word
Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:13, ESV).
It doesn’t take a long look at the world around us to wonder if the whole thing has gone crazy.
In the midst of so much chaos, where can we stake our hope? Exhorting us to endurance, the Apostle Peter urged us to prepare “your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
The energy to live the Christian life is found in one place—in our focused, conscious choice to put our hope in Jesus. Hope is the confident expectation of better days ahead.
As you look to the future:
Don’t set your hope on your physical health—set your hope on Jesus. “So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day”(2 Corinthians 4:16).
Don’t set your hope on your stuff—set your hope on Jesus. “And [Jesus] said to them, ‘Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions’” (Luke 12:15).
Don’t set your hope on people—set your hope on Jesus. “Put not your trust in princes, in a son of man, in whom there is no salvation. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the LORD his God” (Psalm 146:3, 5).
No leader, pastor, family member, friend, or spouse can be everything that we hope and dream he or she will be. People, places, and positions always let us down. Only Jesus is worthy of all our hopes and all our confidence. Maybe you find yourself a little down today. Like Peter standing on the water, the moment you take your eyes off the Lord you start to sink (Matthew 14:22–33). Lift up your eyes; set your hope fully on Jesus.
Our confident expectation is in God, who sees, knows, and will ultimately turn an upside-down world right-side up at the appearing of our Lord. Every righteous decision will be rewarded. Every wrong choice will be judged. Every motive will be revealed.
Is your faith faltering as you look at the world coming unhinged around you? Are you struggling to carry on? Do you need hope that will endure?
Set your hope fully on Jesus.
James MacDonald is a Canadian-born evangelical Christian pastor, Bible teacher, and author. He was the co-founder and senior pastor of Harvest Bible Chapel in Rolling Meadows, Illinois, and was the Bible teacher for the former broadcast ministry, Walk in the Word.
REFLECT & RESPOND
Gabriel’s Playlist is a Why Not Charleston mission project
The purpose of this project is to bring God’s message through music. Gabriel’s Playlist is not a for profit song provider. It is a FREE music mission that will provide favorite song lists by theme including interactive polling, comments and sharing options for members.
The following list includes Gabriel’s favorites that bring God’s message of HAVING CONFIDENCE.
Download the following titles using Apple Music, Spotify, or any preferred music provider platform.
Enjoy watching videos with the links below. (Parent Preview Recommended)
Unstoppable – The Score : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8o0RVh82lo
You Can’t Stop Me – Andy Mineo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHKpi2u4pvY
Unstoppable – Sia : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x1Vk7d509Rk
Thunder – Imagine Dragons : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFhs7WVvuXk
Superhero – The Script : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHXXktQcd-g
Impossible - Building 429 : https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=123&v=zegqjuz4Cro
It's On Again - Alicia Keys and Kendrick Lamar: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VC3QYGLwBzQ&index=15&list=PLXotVtjXDjHDIVHe2rvEc5I8zmh4KBEn
This activity was provided by the Teacher Love Project - a Why Not Charleston community education initiative. The Teacher Love Project aims to provide love and encouragement to teachers that will elevate their wellness and care and therefore, enhance student achievement. We must care for those who care for our children - we must love each other because God loved us first.
"We love because he first loved us."
1 John 4:19
"I Am Confident "
by Taraea L. Griffith
Father I am confident of this very thing, that the good work you began in me you will perfect it until the day of Jesus Christ. I am also confident I will see Your good while I am here in the land of the living and I will wait patiently for you Lord being brave and courageous. My obedience brings forth a confidence that allows me to know that in You I will do even more than what is asked of me and you do more for me than I asked. In Jesus Name Amen
Philippians 1:6 NASB
Taraea L. Griffith lives in Charleston with her husband, children, and grandchildren. She is a poet and writer, and making an offering of her special gifts and talents as a Why Not Charleston 2020 contributor.
THRU THE LENS - FINDING YOURSELF IN GOD'S WORD
A blog by regular men and women about finding themselves in God's world
By Kathy Lewis
There are many ways to consider God. One way is to know he is there and hedge your bet by giving him credit. That way of thinking creates poverty of the mind and spirit. This concept used by many today leaves people with a great burden of desperation and frankly deep insecurity. Another way to think about is a most do and that is with a divided mind which the bible calls lukewarm. This is the mindset which creates liars and hypocritical lifestyles. The spiritual mind trust that God is the author and creator of our lives and we exist for His mission. This is where true transformation occurs. This mind is connected to eternity all of its richness. It transforms daily by wisdom which creates peace, joy, kindness, love, forgiveness and so much more. This mindset knows God as the author and accepts the reality of the flesh. One thing for sure we are limited without know the God from who we traveled from and from whom we will travel home. T