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COMMITMENT -STEPHANIE DANIELS

COMMITMENT

STEPHANIE DANIELS

Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

 Has God ever called upon you to do something that you felt ill prepared to do? When God calls upon us to do something that appears to be difficult, simply put, it can be very discouraging. When difficulty happens we tend to act in one of three ways: first, we tend to act like Mosses and argue with God. We tell God that we don’t have the skillset to accomplish his call (Exodus 4:10). Second, we tend to act like the prophet Jonah who upon hearing God’s call for his life tries to run away from God (Jonah 1:1-12). Third, we stop trusting God and we begin trusting in our own power, much like Abraham did when he decided to have a child with his maidservant, Hagar (Genesis 16).

The thing is, in each one of these cases God provided the means and the strength to fulfill his call upon their lives. Take for example Moses, he doubted his abilities, so God gave him a helper to speak on his behalf. Regarding Jonah, no matter how much he ran from God, God still pursued him and he ended up convincing a whole empire to repent and turn to God. Finally, with Abraham, even though he chose to not trust God, once he realized his sin and repented of it, God blessed him and gave he and his true wife a son. When God calls you to a certain task, no matter how hard it is, don’t be discouraged; don’t argue, run away, or take matters into your own hands, but be committed to God’s call. Remember God’s promise to be your strength and your power to fulfill any task he calls you to (Joshua 1:9).

QUESTION 1. Have you ever found it difficult to stay committed to the call God has placed on your life? (Explain)
QUESTION 2. Have you ever felt like any of the Bible characters discussed above? (If so, which ones and why?)
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to not get discouraged in your calling, but rather be strong, courageous and know that God will be with you wherever you go.

COMMITMENT -DOUG ROMINGER

COMMITMENT

DOUG ROMINGER

Proverbs 13:4

“A sluggard’s appetite is never filled, but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.”

I am a procrastinator through and through. For some reason, I could never seem to get work done until right before a deadline. I had a love-hate relationship with some teachers who were flexible on deadlines because I have a really difficult time getting things done if I know I have some extra time available. I far too often live by the motto “If you wait until the last minute to do something, then it will only take you a minute to do it!” As I look back on opportunities I had to work hard and learn something from an assignment or project, I realize I have missed out on quite a bit.

Let’s call this what it really is (because I need to be honest with myself)–it’s laziness. This kind of attitude toward assignments for work or school can easily spill over into so many other areas of life. It has caused me to be forgetful and dismissive in ways that have affected my relationships with others and with God. I have so often put off things that are important for personal health: physical, emotional, or spiritual. I let laziness and excuses keep me from being my best self.

Maybe this is why God tells us to work as though we are working for him, not anyone else. He knows if we live to meet the standards of humans, we will either slack off or drive ourselves crazy trying to meet unreachable expectations. Instead, He wants us to spend our time and energy focused on what He desires for us. He knows us well enough to know what to expect of us and He wants to help us get there. He wants us to feel the freedom that comes with His work in and through us. Leave behind the excuses that keep us from working hard, or the expectations that drive us mad, and do everything in such a way that will put a smile on God’s face!

QUESTION 1. What do you keep putting off that you know you need to do?
QUESTION 2. How does laziness or procrastination play a role in your personal relationship with God?
CHALLENGE: Leave behind your excuses and get moving! You’ve got work to do and a God worth doing it for!

COMMITMENT -DEVIN HILL

COMMITMENT

DEVIN HILL

Matthew 16:24-25

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wishes to save his life will lose it; but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

 The Bible doesn’t tell us the Christian walk will be easy. In fact, it tells us the world will hate us because of Jesus (John 15:18). Not exactly a great selling point, is it? Somewhere along the way we have bought into the belief that because we are Christians we should be coasting through life, running through fields of sunshine and daisies. But this is dangerous thinking.

I have quite a few friends who have turned away from God simply because he didn’t take away their pain in a tough situation. But again, God never said it would be easy, though he did promise to be with us to the end of this age (Matt. 28:20). He tells us if we wish to follow Him we have to take up our cross. Dying on a cross was the most painful way to die, yet God is saying we need to pick up an instrument of torture and follow him.

So what will you do? Will you choose the Christian walk even when life gets painful or will you drop God off at the first sign of trouble? I promise you choosing Jesus is choosing abundant life, even when it gets hard. It’s a life that will be full of Him and I can’t think of anything better.

QUESTION 1. Do you find your Christian walk hard sometimes?
QUESTION 2. Have you ever been in the midst of a painful situation and wondered where God was?
CHALLENGE: God is always there in your pain, holding you and giving you strength. Pray that God would use your tough situation to grow you or to help someone else. Pick up your cross, and your pain, and follow Him.

COMMITMENT -DUGAN SHERBONDY

COMMITMENT

DUGAN SHERBONDY

Luke 12:31 “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”

It’s very easy to take relationships with those you love for granted. Growing in a relationship, whether it’s with a friend, spouse, or God requires effort and intentionality to grow. Like it is with most things, it is only when you truly commit to something, really put the needed work into it that you begin to reap its benefits. Take time to put in the work and effort needed for your relationship with Christ to grow, and experience the joy only Christ can give.

QUESTION 1. Where is your faith and relationship with Christ at today? On a scale of 1-10 (1 being never and 10 being always) how of often do you find yourself seeking God first?
QUESTION 2. What commitments can you make to experience a better relationship with God?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to really take a good hard look at your faith and relationship with Christ. Seek and find the areas in your life that aren’t exactly pleasing to God, and when you find them, get rid of them. If you want a real relationship with Christ, commit to it, don’t wait. It’s a decision you will never regret.

COMMITMENT -ALYSSA GUNNELLS

COMMITMENT

ALYSSA GUNNELLS

Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and he will establish your plans.

 You have a big decision to make. It’s either this college or that one. And you know that making the right or wrong choice could affect your entire career path. You’ve spent so much time weighing the pros and cons of each, but you’ve forgotten one very important thing—have you asked God what he thinks? Sometimes we get so caught up in planning and doing what we think is right that we completely forget to ask the one who orchestrates our paths.

But what if God doesn’t have my best interest in mind? Newsflash: He always does. He created you, and loves you, and He wants you to succeed. He isn’t sitting up in heaven making people fail because it’s funny. He has amazing and wonderful plans for your life, but you need to slow down enough to listen to what they are. If you’re feeling like it’s hard to hear what God’s plan is, take some time to realign yourself with him. Go on a long walk and just pray and listen. God has a plan and he wants to tell you what it is.

QUESTION 1. Are you having a hard time figuring out your path?
QUESTION 2. Have you committed your future completely to God and are you spending time listening to what he may have for you?
CHALLENGE: Give your future to God and let him use you for his glorious plans.

COMMITMENT -LAUREN ANKENMAN

COMMITMENT

LAUREN ANKENMAN

2 Samuel 23:12

“But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He defended it and struck the Philistines down, and the Lord brought about a great victory.”

In our culture we can’t stand to be bored. We have to constantly find something to fill our time, captivate our attention, or entertain us. We wear busyness like a badge of honor. When we do have free time, we fill it with endless episodes of our favorite show on Netflix, or constant scrolls through social media. We multitask so we feel like we are accomplishing more. Our minds are constantly occupied by something, even if we are occupying it by something that seems mindless. All so we won’t be bored.

I notice far too often in my life that I tend to be looking forward to the next thing, so much so that I end up missing out on a lot of what is going on now. Whether it is the next item on my calendar, a new job, the next step in my education, my next adventure, or a new year — I am always looking for what’s next. Our culture is guilty of that too. Before high school graduation comes people are asking you where you are going next. Once you get to college, you start to hear people ask what you are going to do with your degree. When you are dating someone people ask when you are getting engaged. Then before the proposal excitement even soaks in you are asked when the wedding is. On and on the pattern goes. We are always concerned with what’s next.

There is some good in the forward-looking mindset – it ultimately keeps us from settling. However, we often end up missing out on the beauty of each moment when we are constantly fixated on the next new thing. We rush through life without committing to giving each moment all that it deserves. We are afraid to commit ourselves to the season or situation God has us in because we are wanting something new. Keep moving forward, but don’t rush the process. Don’t let the fear of getting “bored” keep you from fully embracing each step of the journey you are on. Commit yourself fully to the present, you might just find some beautiful surprises along the way!

QUESTION 1. What do you fill your free time with? Are those things helping you live life to the fullest or just occupying your time?
QUESTION 2. What are you looking forward to? Are those things goals that keep you striving in the present or are they distractions keeping you from living fully now?
CHALLENGE: Take some time to notice the world around you without any distractions. Look for ways you can commit yourself to the season God has you in right now.
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