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Luke 16:10

Whoever can be trusted with very little can also be trusted with much, and whoever is dishonest with very little will also be dishonest with much.

Our integrity often meets its match when it comes to something we care deeply about. In order to hang on to the very thing that we love, we often have to give a little part of ourselves away. In many cases what we give away is our integrity.

As believers in Christ, whether we realize it or not we made a commitment to God. We made a commitment to be men and women of integrity. When people see us as Christians they often see how we behave as a reflection of Christ. Unfortunately, that reflection is often distorted. Every time we mislead people, every time we lie, every time we make dishonest decisions for our own gain we distort that reflection.

God gives believers only what they can be trusted with (Luke 16:10), so while you may be wondering why God is not trusting you with more responsibility it may be a good idea to look in the mirror and ask yourself, what do people see when they see me? Do they see an individual with integrity or do they see someone who has distorted Jesus’ image? Jesus promises that he will give you more when you can be trusted with more.

QUESTION 1. Would you consider yourself a person of integrity? (Why or Why Not?)
QUESTION 2. What areas in your life could use more integrity?
CHALLENGE: Find and clean up the areas in your life that are distorting the image of Christ and watch how God entrusts you with so much more!




I want what I want when I want it, and I want it now!

Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

Instant gratification is a funny thing, especially in the United States. The demand for instant results is seeping into every corner of our lives. Retailers are jumping into same-day delivery services. Smart phone apps eliminate the wait for a cab, a date, or a table at a hot restaurant. Movies and TV shows begin streaming in seconds. The problem with instant gratification is that we can never truly get enough. Take Cory’s story for example. He turned to instant gratification to mask his inner pain and need for love rather than turning towards God for his ultimate gratification. Many experts caution that instant gratification comes at a high price: it’s making us less patient.

1 Corinthians 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.

When we are impatient we are actually being unloving, telling God that we know better or that we want to take control over the outcome. Unfortunately, when we attempt to control people, places, and the things around us, what actually ends up happening is that we invite worry, anxiety, and fear right along with it. This is the exact opposite of what God has called us to be as his children! We are to “wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”

QUESTION 1. Has there ever been a time that you felt God calling you to be more patient? (Explain)
QUESTION 2. Are there any areas of your life where you feel God calling you to turn over control and let him lead the way?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to go to God in prayer, hand over the control of your life to him, and wait on the Lord to do things his way. In doing this you reap the greatest gratification in existence, an everlasting gratification that can only come from God.




1 Corinthians 3:10-11

According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation, and someone else is building upon it. Let each one take care how he builds upon it. For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

I had the opportunity to serve in the beautiful country of Guatemala with a team of students for a week. While we were there, our team worked to build houses for two families in four days. Before we got there, the families prepared the land for the houses so that we could build on it. One of the families had land that was on a cliff, so they had to cut into the hill and bring in 150 large sand bags to level the ground so a house could be built on top.

When I think of the hard work the family had to do before the promise of a new home was attainable, I see an immense amount of faith. When I think of this family and then read the verse above, I see the incredible work of Jesus.

Before the promise of a restored relationship could be fulfilled, Jesus had to lay a foundation on which a relationship could be built. Instead of making a foundation of shame, guilt, and expectation of repayment, Jesus built a foundation of hope, love, and his very own life. This is the foundation for His Kingdom. Now, for those who choose to join in on God’s work, we get to build upon what God Himself has begun. We must be careful with how we live our lives, because it’s how we build His Kingdom here.

QUESTION 1. What part are you playing right now to increase the Kingdom of God around you?
QUESTION 2. What promises has God given you that you are still waiting to see fulfilled?
CHALLENGE: Spend some time asking God how he wants you to build up those around you today in the name of Jesus. Then live that out!




Psalm 27:14

Wait for the LORD; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the LORD.

Impatience plagues us as the human race. We go through the drive-thru and get upset if we wait more than 5 minutes for a cheeseburger. We get road rage if the granny in the Buick ahead of us is driving 20 mph beneath the speed limit. It could also be that you’re impatient to finish your schooling and you feel like if you were finally done then life could truly begin. Or you keep asking God for a significant other and he or she is still nowhere to be found. We have our agendas for each day, and even for the next few years, and if they don’t happen we get impatient or upset. But God usually has a different and better agenda than we could ever imagine.

In James 4:13-14 God tells the impatient people, the over-planners, that we are just vapors who appear for a little while and then vanish away. Life is so short. God wants us to be completely present in whatever circumstance he places us. We need to start looking at every situation as a gift from God. For instance, you’re standing in a long line at the grocery store and you just want to get out of there. Instead of stewing about it, ask God who he wants you to love in that situation, and most likely there will be someone in front of you who needs you to show them God’s love. The more impatient we are the more selfish we become and the less we notice those around us. Be present. Be patient. Let God work through you.

QUESTION 1. Are you someone plagued by impatience? Over the rest of the day make a mental note of any situation in which you become impatient. You may be surprised by how often it happens.
QUESTION 2. Is it hard to think about relinquishing your plans to God? Are you afraid of what He might have you do?
CHALLENGE: Don’t let impatience get in the way of God’s divine and beautiful plan for your present situation. Wake up every day and say to God, “Today is your day, what do you have for me? Who do you want me to love?”




Have you ever felt spiritually stuck? You know, where you just feel like you’re going through the motions. It’s not like you’re doubting God’s existence or anything, you just don’t feel as on fire for Christ as you once did. But have you ever asked yourself why this happens? Why has the fire turned into nothing more that a flicker or dimly lit candle?

For so many of us, we tend to merely wait for the next great thing to ignite our faith. This may come in the form of a church service, missions trip, or youth retreat, but in the end, it all leads to just one thing, waiting!

What we need to realize is that pursuing God starts now! Right now. Today, in this moment, in this breath. But please understand that you don’t need to wait for a magical moment, a trip, a revival, or church service to pursue and experience God in powerful ways.

I love how the Message paraphrases Romans 8:11, It stands to reason, doesn’t it, that if the alive-and-present God who raised Jesus from the dead moves into your life, he’ll do the same thing in you that he did in Jesus, bringing you alive to himself?

When God lives and breathes in you (and he does, as surely as he did in Jesus), you are delivered from that dead life. With his Spirit living in you, your body will be as alive as Christ is today!

We are promised life, now in this present moment! Don’t continue waiting?

QUESTION 1. Have you ever felt that your relationship with Christ has grown stagnate? (If so, how and/or in what areas?)
QUESTION 2. Do you find yourself waiting for some experience to ignite your faith? (Explain)
CHALLENGE: Live a life on fire for Christ today! Don’t wait for some miraculous experience to ignite your faith, start right now!
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