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DISCOVER EVERYDAY WAYS THAT FAITH WORKS

11 Weeks Walking through the Book of James

WEEK 10

CORE EXERCISES

VERSE OF THE WEEK

VERSE OF THE WEEK

James 5:7,8 ESV

Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient about it, until it receives the early and the late rains. You also, be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand...

GOSPEL

➝  Reimagine Your Story

Have you stopped to capture what God is doing IN YOU lately?  Be patient, God is accomplishing His good IN YOU. Take a moment today and try to name what he is doing.  

 

More Ideas:

  • Read Revelation 21:1-5, go on a walk, and consider the ways Christ will restore all things.  What excites you the most. What do you find yourself most hopeful for?
  • Journal the about the Gospel gaps in your life.  What are some of the ways you hope that God will grow you this year?  Write about these thoughts and spend time in prayer.

        PRAYER

        ➝  Invite God’s Good

        When we suffer we often avoid prayer.  It can be difficult. Prayer is about gut-level honesty and submission.  Own your anger, fear, sadness, or grief. Tell God exactly how you feel and then confess that God’s purposes are your priority. 

        More Ideas:

        • Begin a prayer journal.  Make the journal serve you, and not the other way around.  Use it in a way that is natural and accessible. Some examples: Bullet point your prayer requests, write and reflect on Scripture, Vent your feelings, confess sin, dream about the future.  In anything, bring it under the Kingship of Jesus.
        • Be imaginative and find ways to keep Christ in front of you each day in the ordinary moments of life.  Begin this ancient prayer rhythm: Attach short, simple prayers to daily activities. Example: Whenever you put on your shoes, invite God – “Guide my life today Lord Jesus.”  Whenever you shave, “Lord continue to clean my heart from anything that is broken.”

              

             

            UNITY

            ➝  Journey With Others

            Carve out time to meet with a Christian Counselor.  You may or may not be going through hard times, but all of us need Gospel oriented counsel to better understand what God is doing in and around us.  

            More Ideas:

            • Sit with someone who is suffering.  While it’s good to pray for someone who is suffering, sometimes the best gift can be the gift of presence.  Sitting with someone in pain provides comfort. You don’t need to have answers or wise counsel. Your proximity to pain becomes a comfort to those in it.  
            • Seek out ways to discover the greater story of Christ’s church throughout the world.  Christians in various parts of the world are suffering for the cause of Christ. Research their struggles and pray for them.  Connect with an organization that helps them. Find out a way you can empower their perseverance.  https://www.opendoorsusa.org/christian-persecution/

                  MISSION

                  ➝  Identify Your Unique Opportunities

                  Cultivate perseverance in your home.  Whether you are a parent, spouse, roommate, or live alone – find ways to cultivate a culture of investment rather than consumption.  Set long term “Jesus” goals and move towards them together. 

                  More Ideas:

                  • Eliminate or put in check any pursuits that distract you from building a life anchored in Jesus.  If its an idol, it is getting in the way of your wholeness. Sometimes your greatest opportunity lies right on the other side of discipline.  
                  • Commit to praying for someone for 1 year.  You don’t even need to let them know. Simply make a long term commitment to pray for daily or weekly.  Read their life and find specific ways you can lift them up in prayer.

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                            WEEK 9

                            CORE EXERCISES

                            VERSE OF THE WEEK

                            VERSE OF THE WEEK

                            James 4:1,3,6-10 ESV

                            “…you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”

                            GOSPEL

                            ➝  Reimagine Your Story

                            “What is your life but a mist that appears for a little time then vanishes…”

                            REIMAGINE YOUR STORY

                            Consider the ways you are spending your life.  What are you doing that will echo into the future, beyond your years.  

                            More Ideas:

                            • Schedule an extended weekend to get away with your family.  Use the time to watch how God is uniquely at work in each person.  Allow this to fill you with joy, inform your prayers, and encourage them.
                            • What is your family’s mission statement?  You may not have one written out – but reflect on what your schedule’s, interactions, and plans say about your mission.  Consider writing out your family’s unique values.

                                PRAYER

                                ➝  Invite God’s Good

                                Its good news to know that our short lives can make an eternal impact. Invite God to help you become different in order to make a difference.  

                                More Ideas:

                                • Some of us live with unfulfilled dreams.  Make a list of things you wished you had accomplished.  Instead of resentment, surrender those dreams to God ask him heal your heart.
                                • Go for a prayer walk in your old neighborhood.  Reflect on memories that were made there. Try to have eyes to recognize the ways God intervened in your life, or the ways he is working to heal your painful memories. Invite God into that space.

                                    

                                   

                                  UNITY

                                  ➝  Journey With Others

                                  Are there any big plans you are making right now or decisions that you are considering? Find a Spiritual mentor to consult and pray with. 

                                  More Ideas:

                                  • If you have a living Grandparent or elder that has modeled Faith and been a spiritual leader in your life, spend an evening with them.  Sip on some tea, grab a piece of pie – and honor them by expressing gratitude for their faithful example.
                                  • Schedule a night away with your spouse.  Talk together about ways that you can use your time and your marriage to build one another up in Christ.  Find out ways you can pray for each other and challenge each other to grow in your spiritual journey.

                                      MISSION

                                      ➝  Identify Your Unique Opportunities

                                      Learn to live in the moment.  Today is all you have. Make the most of your moments today.  May they reflect the glory of God. 

                                      More Ideas:

                                      • The Gospel is not a way of saying “no” to wrong things.  Its an invitation to say “yes” to greater, Kingdom things.  Spend a week reading through the Gospel of John. How did Jesus Spend his life?  What can you reflect his life in yours?
                                      • Sacrificially give to a charity, church, or other non-profit that is making an impact.  Give in a way that requires faithful obedience, sacrificial commitment, and regular. Another way to say it – give until it hurts a little bit.  Prioritize Jesus’s kingdom over your comfort.

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                                              WEEK 8

                                              CORE EXERCISES

                                              VERSE OF THE WEEK

                                              VERSE OF THE WEEK

                                              James 4:1,3,6-10 ESV

                                              What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you?…You do not have, because you do not ask.  You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions. But he gives more grace.

                                              Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

                                              Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.

                                              GOSPEL

                                              ➝  Reimagine Your Story

                                              Answer this today: How would my life look different if I didn’t have faith? Would it change anything? What is it currently changing? 

                                              More Ideas:

                                              • Sit down with a Christ-follower who has been in the Faith for decades.  Ask to hear their story. Capture the ways that God has transformed their heart, relationships, and life.  Let it inspire you to persist in trials.
                                              • Identify the things in your life that you hold on to that compete with God.  Why are they so important to you? How can you make Christ your supreme value?

                                                PRAYER

                                                ➝  Invite God’s Good

                                                • Shame is an enemy that attaches itself to identity.  Humility is the courageous act of naming your shame before God. Name your shame today. Acknowledge your need of Him. 

                                                  More Ideas:

                                                  • Read  John 8:3-11 and capture the heart of the woman caught in adultery and the heart of Jesus in this story.  How do you think she felt? Journal your story of shame. Write it out and then add verses 7-11.  
                                                  • Grow in gratefulness by beginning a gratitude journal.  Start every day by writing down 5 things you are grateful to God for.  

                                                   

                                                 

                                                UNITY

                                                ➝  Journey With Others

                                                 

                                                Think of your words as tools that can build up others or tear them down. Today, invest your words in the building up of others.   

                                                More Ideas:

                                                    • “Resist” temptations and sin by actively addressing it.  Ask for help in dealing with trials from someone who is wise and anchored in the Word.
                                                    • Celebrate with other people when they are experiencing blessing.  Instead of feeding insecurity with thoughts of envy, bolster your joy by acknowledging God’s goodness in another’s life.  

                                                 

                                                  MISSION

                                                  ➝  Identify Your Unique Opportunities

                                                  Your life is an expression of God in this world.  Become a conduit of God’s heart today and diffuse conflict with grace. 

                                                  More Ideas:

                                                  • Admit ways you have hurt other people and apologize to them.  Ask for forgiveness. Seek to reconcile with them and honor God above your pride.  
                                                  • Choose an alternative way to invest your time, talent, money, or influence.  Instead of using it to build your own story, invest it in others for Christ.

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                                                            WEEK 7

                                                            CORE EXERCISES

                                                            VERSE OF THE WEEK

                                                            VERSE OF THE WEEK

                                                            James 3:13,17 ESV

                                                            “Who is wise and understanding among you?  By his good conduct let him show his works in the meekness of wisdom…Wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere.”

                                                            GOSPEL

                                                            ➝  Reimagine Your Story

                                                            Wisdom is about character. Reflect on the words above that James uses to describe wisdom. Which one inspires you the most?  Why? 

                                                            More Ideas:

                                                            • Read Proverbs 4:4-9 and consider what what pursuing wisdom means for Christ-followers.  
                                                            • Consider beginning a Bible Reading plan that dives into both the writings of Proverbs and Psalms.
                                                            • Spend some time dreaming about your character.  Reflect on Christs character. If you could imagine becoming a champion of one character trait of Jesus, what would it be.  When you take communion next, remind yourself that Christ is powerfully at work in you and through you. 

                                                            PRAYER

                                                            ➝  Invite God’s Good

                                                            Start your day with this bold prayer: “Lord give me the wisdom I need to navigate this life in a way that honors you.” 

                                                            More Ideas:

                                                            • Pray Jesus – Begin to see your life as a reflection of the work of Jesus.  Invite God to open your eyes to see the world as Jesus sees it. Ask him to use your hands to serve others.  Ask that you live and lead with his humility. Ask for his Spirit to shape your mind and heart. Invite his attitude in the midst of suffering.  Ask for his truth to become your truth.
                                                            • Spend an extended time in silence and allow your mind to rest.  Don’t allow the rush of life overtake the stillness. Try to tune into your heart, your affections, your desires – and invite God to rule over all of them.  

                                                             

                                                            UNITY

                                                            ➝  Journey With Others

                                                            Honor someone who has poured into your life.  Honor someone who has poured into your life. Find a way to express the kind of person you are becoming because of their investment in you.  

                                                            More Ideas:

                                                            • Evaluate, with humility and honesty, the 5 Opinion Voices that you listen to most often – the people whose ideas you most regularly pay attention to.  Read James 3:13-18. Are these voices speaking God’s wisdom into your life?  How can you ensure heavenly wisdom is part of your listening-diet?
                                                            • Begin regularly gathering with the people of the Gospel.  Whether its Sunday gatherings, small Bible Studies, Christian ministries – we grow in wisdom when we gather with like minded Christ-followers.  

                                                                MISSION

                                                                ➝  Identify Your Unique Opportunities

                                                                As you grow in wisdom (Godly Character), find ways to bring and cultivate peace, kindness, mercy,and joy in every room you walk in. 

                                                                More Ideas:

                                                                • Arrive to work 5 minutes early every day, or as often as you can.  Use the time to pray for your coworkers and clients. Ask that God would help you identify the kind of person he needs you to be today.
                                                                • See your home as a your primary ministry.  God is shaping you for his glory and your good.  He’ll press into your role as a parent, spouse, child, or sibling.  Grow at home as you grow with God.

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                                                                        WEEK 6

                                                                        CORE EXERCISES

                                                                        VERSE OF THE WEEK

                                                                        VERSE OF THE WEEK

                                                                        James 3:2 NLV

                                                                        “For we all stumble in many ways. If anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a complete man, able to also bridle his whole body…”

                                                                        GOSPEL

                                                                        ➝  Reimagine Your Story

                                                                        Our heart drives our mouth. Reflect on what your words reflect about your heart. Is your heart angry, jealous, wounded, insecure? MORE IDEAS@ awaken-church.com/faithworks

                                                                        More Ideas:

                                                                        Media Fast – We often learn our unkind habits of communication from talk radio, news, videos, shows, social media… Take a few days and abstain from those media sources and reset your mind on building others up.

                                                                        Write a personal eulogy. Write down the words that you would want read at your funeral. What kind of person would you want people to describe you as? How much of Jesus would they see in your life? What does this reveal about how God needs to change your heart in the meantime?

                                                                          PRAYER

                                                                          ➝  Invite God’s Good

                                                                          As our mouths are driven by our heart – our heart is driven by our identity. Go for a walk on a break and confess your misplaced identity to God. 

                                                                          More Ideas:
                                                                          Read Psalm 19:12-14 and journal a letter to God confessing the brokenness of your heart and write down this Psalm.
                                                                          Anchor Your Identity in who God says you are by reading through THIS LIST of powerful passages. Identify 2 or 3 that really hit home and read them every day this week. Ask God to help you remember who He says you are.

                                                                           

                                                                          UNITY

                                                                          ➝  Journey With Others

                                                                          Are there wounds you struggle overcoming? Get help. Schedule an appointment with a counselor. Allow God to use them to bring healing in your life. 

                                                                          More Ideas:
                                                                          Start a Sunday Dinner tradition. Go around the table with your kids, guests, or family and take turns sharing 1 thing you appreciate or admire about someone else sitting at the table.
                                                                          Ask someone to mentor you with complete honesty. Invite their feedback on your relationships and conflict management. Seek to master your words through accountability and prayer.

                                                                              MISSION

                                                                              ➝  Identify Your Unique Opportunities

                                                                              We often wound those who are closest to us. Reach out to people in your life that you have hurt with your words. Ask their forgiveness and open up about the heart change you are pursuing. 

                                                                              More Ideas:
                                                                              Master your words with a stop-phrase. When you catch yourself using your words to tear someone or something down, stop mid sentence and repeat to yourself James’ phrase, “This should not be” or the phrase by Paul in Romans, “Bless – do not curse”.
                                                                              Our words can bless or curse – build up or tear down. Pick 3 people that you can build up this week and encourage them.

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                                                                                      WEEK 5

                                                                                      CORE EXERCISES

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                                                                                      James 2:14-26 NLV

                                                                                      “…But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works…for as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.

                                                                                      GOSPEL

                                                                                      ➝  Reimagine Your Story

                                                                                      Take a moment & reframe your day as a series of opportunities – ways to practice your faith. These moments, no matter how ordinary, are gifts. Reflect on how these opportunities can reinforce your hope in Christ. 

                                                                                      More Ideas:

                                                                                      • Begin a journaling rhythm that captures the season you find yourself in. Journal your prayers, scripture verses that challenge you, and document how you spend your time and energies.
                                                                                      • Implement a regular family “practice” that keeps the Gospel in the center of your home. Ideas: Have 1 meal a week together and pray together. Read scripture together. Serve a ministry or charity as a family.
                                                                                      • Date Night – schedule a time with your significant other and wrestle through the kind of life you want to build together. Talk about the practical elements of your faith and the practices that are important to you as a Christ-follower.

                                                                                            PRAYER

                                                                                            ➝  Invite God’s Good

                                                                                            Evaluate if you have “faith with works” or “faith without works”. Ask God to show you ways you are out of balance & to find ways you can put faith into action. 

                                                                                            More Ideas:

                                                                                            • Practice the spiritual discipline of silence. Go a day without speaking unless spoken to. Listen to the world around you and God’s leading in you. In what ways are you “all talk”? In what ways are you encouraged to walk the walk?
                                                                                            • Practice confession. The word “confess” means to “agree with”. Agree with God that you deeply desire his good for your life, and identify the ways your faith is out of alignment with his good.

                                                                                                  UNITY

                                                                                                  ➝  Journey With Others

                                                                                                  Have a candid, honest conversation with a close friend. Answer this question: “Is my faith more of an inward journey or an outward journey?” Share your thoughts with one another. 

                                                                                                  More Ideas:

                                                                                                  • Invite accountability. Commit yourself to growing in one practical way and ask someone to hold you accountable to pursuing that.
                                                                                                  • Do you work with other Christ-followers? Grab a meal together and talk about the ways that God is challenging you to live with deeper integrity.

                                                                                                        MISSION

                                                                                                        ➝  Identify Your Unique Opportunities

                                                                                                        What does your schedule say about your values? How much margin do you give to the marginalized? Is there an opportunity, ministry, or charity you can regularly give time to? 

                                                                                                        More Ideas:

                                                                                                        • Write a personal purpose statement that guides your everyday life. Post it somewhere where you can see it to remind yourself who you are in Jesus and that you are his reputation in the world where you live, work, and play.
                                                                                                        • Practice the spiritual discipline of obedience. Throughout your week, challenge yourself to surrender to the purposes of God both within you and around you. Seek to be a peacemaker, a selfless leader, a humble servant, and a person of integrity.

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                                                                                                              WEEK 4

                                                                                                              CORE EXERCISES

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                                                                                                              James 2:1-13 NLV

                                                                                                              “My brothers, show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ… Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom…If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. If you show partiality, you are committing sin. So act as those who are to be judged under the law of freedom.  Mercy triumphs over judgement.”

                                                                                                              GOSPEL

                                                                                                              ➝  Reimagine Your Story

                                                                                                              Today, honor God by reflecting on your failures and see them through the lens of His Mercy. You aren’t awesome. But, he continues pursuing your heart. Let His mercy triumph over judgement. 

                                                                                                              More Ideas:

                                                                                                              • Read through the Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12 and journal your thoughts about what this reveals about the heart and character of God.
                                                                                                              • Instead of starting your day rushing around preparing to leave the house – Stop for 5 minutes to reflect on the person you are becoming in Jesus (ie: loving, patient, kind, peaceful, joyful).  Instead of focusing on your brokenness, recenter yourself in the hope of his wholeness.

                                                                                                                  PRAYER

                                                                                                                  ➝  Invite God’s Good

                                                                                                                  Take a minute to invite God to open your eyes to the people you’ll encounter today. Who do you gravitate towards?  Who do you avoid? Confess the ways you treat people differently. Invite God to turn your heart towards the hurting.  

                                                                                                                  More Ideas:

                                                                                                                  • What difficult meetings or conversations do you have coming up?  Take a minute to quietly ask God for wisdom and peace before going into it.  Imagine you are taking the Gospel into that meeting – bringing a spirit of peace and dignity to anyone involved.
                                                                                                                  • Take a prayer drive.  Spend time driving around your community, your workplace, or where you spend your time. Keep the cell phone off and the radio down. Pay attention to what you see and observe and invite God to awake your heart to the everyday opportunities of your life.  
                                                                                                                  • Have a family meal with your kids.  Use the time to tune into the ways God is at work in each family member.  Value their spiritual journey as much as your own. Before ending dinner, take time to pray together.  

                                                                                                                        UNITY

                                                                                                                        ➝  Journey With Others

                                                                                                                        Mercy is learned in community. Are you accountable to others? Do you avoid vulnerability when it gets uncomfortable. Take inventory and humbly lean in.  Unite yourself with others. 

                                                                                                                        More Ideas:

                                                                                                                        • Reach out to someone in your life that you have avoided or left on bad terms.  Did they wound you? How have you wounded them? Apologize and reconcile for the sake of your wholeness and the Gospel.
                                                                                                                        • Take inventory of your relationships.  Are they healthy or is there a pattern of conflict?  Grab a someone who is wise and knows you well. Invite them to honestly speak into your life about your relational habits.  Be open to their wisdom.

                                                                                                                              MISSION

                                                                                                                              ➝  Identify Your Unique Opportunities

                                                                                                                              Consider making margin in your life for the marginalized.  Give dignity to 1 person you normally wouldn’t associate with by serving them in a unique and personal way.  

                                                                                                                              More Ideas:

                                                                                                                              • Create margin in your home for the marginalized by having an honest conversation with your spouse or kids.  How can you use what God has given you to help those who are marginalized? Talk about how the use of your money reflects your values.
                                                                                                                              • Create a Family Generosity Fund.  Give to it regularly and brainstorm ways you can help someone in need.
                                                                                                                              • Calendarize the important.  Create space in your schedule where you can deliberately give yourself to people who have nothing to offer you.  Mentor a kids through KidsHope, volunteer at a shelter, take someone out to lunch. Invite someone into your home.  

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                                                                                                                                    WEEK 3

                                                                                                                                    CORE EXERCISES

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                                                                                                                                    James 1:19-25 NLV

                                                                                                                                    “My Christian brothers, you know everyone should listen much and speak little. He should be slow to become angry. A man’s anger does not allow him to be right with God.Put out of your life all that is unclean and wrong. Receive with a gentle spirit the Word that was taught. It has the power to save you.

                                                                                                                                    Obey the Word of God. If you hear only and do not act, you are only fooling yourself. Anyone who hears the Word of God and does not obey is like a man looking at his face in a mirror. After he sees himself and goes away, he forgets what he looks like. But the one who keeps looking into God’s perfect Law and does not forget it will do what it says and be happy as he does it. God’s Word makes men free.”

                                                                                                                                    GOSPEL

                                                                                                                                    ➝  Reimagine Your Story

                                                                                                                                    Create a compelling picture of the person you are becoming. Imagine being free of anger, double-mindedness, and sin. See your life through Jesus’ eyes. 

                                                                                                                                    More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                    • Read Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-10  We are His masterpiece – His work of art.  Write a list of “I Am” statements that capture who you are in Jesus.  Read through this for a week straight. Examples: “I AM in Christ”, “I AM a loyal husband”, “I AM not my worst day”, “I AM not my best day”.
                                                                                                                                    • Are you a morning person?  Night owl? Are you most creative when you are around others?  Alone? Nature? Whatever it is, carve out time in your schedule when you are most creative.  Use that time to really brainstorm who you are in Jesus, and who is is crafting you to be.

                                                                                                                                        PRAYER

                                                                                                                                        ➝  Invite God’s Good

                                                                                                                                        What you feed grows/what you starve dies.  How are you feeding anger or bitterness? Confess this to God today, and invite Him to replace that hurt with love. 

                                                                                                                                        More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                        • Make a list of people and memories that have harmed or wounded you emotionally.  Replace any negative thoughts with prayer. Think of specific ways you can be praying for each of them by name and asking God to bless them.  Invite God to heal your wounds.
                                                                                                                                        • Fast from social media for a set period of time.  Resist the urge to judge others and instead use your energies to listen to the Word through scripture reading and prayer.
                                                                                                                                        • When you wake up take a moment to pray, “Lord have mercy on me a sinner”.  Repeat this prayer throughout the day when you find yourself being tempted to act in a way contrary to Christ.  Pray it again as you lay down in bed.

                                                                                                                                            UNITY

                                                                                                                                            ➝  Journey With Others

                                                                                                                                            Meet with someone this week that you look up to spiritually. Open up about your inner life and ask for their wisdom. Spend more time listening than talking. 

                                                                                                                                            More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                            • Ask for forgiveness from someone you have wronged.  Be specific. Seek to understand how you have wronged them – listen and humbly learn from your sin.
                                                                                                                                            • Email, call, or text a spiritual hero of yours.  Ask them about their spiritual habits. Discover and learn ways they anchor their identity in Jesus.
                                                                                                                                            • Is there an area of your life you find hard to let go of anger?  Confess it to another Christ-follower and invite them to pray with you and hold you accountable to releasing that anger to Christ.

                                                                                                                                                MISSION

                                                                                                                                                ➝  Identify Your Unique Opportunities

                                                                                                                                                Today, give dignity to someone you often avoid or ignore.  Give honor or respect to them in a tangible way and put their interests before your own. 

                                                                                                                                                More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                • What have you been saving up to buy for yourself?  Are you willing to consider redirecting that money to bless someone else who is struggling?  Will you do it?
                                                                                                                                                • Think of a particular need in your community or workplace.  Grab your friends, your kids, or coworkers and launch a fundraiser to go entirely towards meeting that need.  
                                                                                                                                                • Not a fan of fundraising – rally people in your circle of influence to volunteer at a shelter or non profit.  Feeling extra excited? Find out how your family or organization can support that need on an ongoing basis. God has blessed you in a unique way so that you may bless others.

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                                                                                                                                                    WEEK 2

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                                                                                                                                                     JAMES 1:4,13-18

                                                                                                                                                    4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 13 When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. 15 Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death.

                                                                                                                                                    16 Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. 17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. 18 He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created.

                                                                                                                                                    GOSPEL

                                                                                                                                                    ➝  Reimagine Your Story

                                                                                                                                                    Reflect on what your habits reveal about your desires. Habits reinforce identity. What is one habit you can adopt or give up?

                                                                                                                                                    More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                    • Write down Colossians 3:1-2. Read it in the morning as you are getting ready for the day.  Let it reframe how you start your day.
                                                                                                                                                    • Spend time imagining what life would look like with an undivided heart.  What would it look like to be driven by 1 primary motivation?
                                                                                                                                                    • Adopt 1 Gospel-Identity Habit such as:  Be Generous. Forgive Others. Be a Peace-Maker.  Engage in a rhythm of prayer. Pursue “things from above”.

                                                                                                                                                      PRAYER

                                                                                                                                                      ➝  Invite God’s Good

                                                                                                                                                      Take a break today & reflect on ways you’ve acted selfishly.  Take a moment to invite God to guide the rest of your day.

                                                                                                                                                      More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                      • Pray through Psalm 51:1-10
                                                                                                                                                      • Turn off your phone today for an uncomfortable amount of time.  Put it in a drawer, or give it to someone else. When you find yourself wanting reach for it, or becoming uncomfortable without it – recognize how often we fill our “down-time” with things other than God.  Take that moment to ask God to be the center of your life.
                                                                                                                                                      • Are there any habits that cause you shame?  Take time to journal about your temptations and how you respond, as well as how you feel when you resist them.  Write a small prayer at the end of your entry as an act of trust.

                                                                                                                                                        UNITY

                                                                                                                                                        ➝  Journey With Others

                                                                                                                                                        Struggling with temptation can be lonely. Find strength in the struggle by finding 1 person you can be vulnerable with.

                                                                                                                                                        More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                        • Text 1 person, ask them to pray for you.  Ask how you can pray for them.
                                                                                                                                                        • Enroll an accountability partner that you meet with every month or so.  Share with them your struggles, celebrate the ways you resisted temptation, and pray together.
                                                                                                                                                        • Find a Christian book that tackles your area of struggle and read it with a group of your friends.

                                                                                                                                                          MISSION

                                                                                                                                                          ➝  Identify Opportunities to Give Life

                                                                                                                                                          Humbly consider others better than yourself.  Find one way you can put others before yourself.  

                                                                                                                                                          More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                          • Before you start your weekend, spend time praying for 5 individuals by name.  Find out a unique way to honor them above yourselves by 1 act of kindness.
                                                                                                                                                          • The world is full of people battling temptations.  Volunteer, give, or serve at a non-profit, meeting the needs of the community.  
                                                                                                                                                          • Find a community need, and find a way that your family, your workplace, or you can step in and meet that need.  

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                                                                                                                                                            WEEK 1

                                                                                                                                                            CORE EXERCISES

                                                                                                                                                            VERSE OF THE WEEK

                                                                                                                                                            JAMES 1:2-4 Consider it joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.”

                                                                                                                                                            GOSPEL

                                                                                                                                                            ➝  Reimagine Your Story

                                                                                                                                                            What’s the biggest trial in your life right now? God is using this trial to grow you. Take 60 seconds today to imagine how God is maturing you.

                                                                                                                                                            More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                            •      Reflect on who you were a year or two ago – who are you now?
                                                                                                                                                            •      Which of these words best reflects the type of person God is growing you into? Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Goodness. Faithfulness. Gentleness. Self-Control.
                                                                                                                                                            • Memorize James 1:2-4.  Read it every day this week.  Let it become your compass.

                                                                                                                                                            PRAYER

                                                                                                                                                            ➝  Invite God’s Good

                                                                                                                                                            Consider your struggles.  Instead of fighting them, invite God to use them. Consider the struggles of others.  Ask God to encourage them as he helps them grow. 

                                                                                                                                                            More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                            •      Journal about your struggles.  Don’t hold back. Go back later and jot some notes down how God might be making you “whole and complete”.
                                                                                                                                                            •      Grab some sticky notes and write down some verses that remind you of God’s love for you.  Stick them around your house, car, or workspace.
                                                                                                                                                            •      Create space to pray.  Have an open conversation with God.  Go for a walk while you pray, take a bath, grab a cup off coffee alone to have time with him. Whatever works best for you – meet God there.

                                                                                                                                                            UNITY

                                                                                                                                                            ➝  Journey With Others

                                                                                                                                                            Have you seen spiritual growth in someone else who has gone through trials. Tell them so and find ways to be a source of affirmation.

                                                                                                                                                            More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                            •      Shoot someone an encouraging text.  Thank them for their pursuit of Jesus and what you have seen in their life.
                                                                                                                                                            •      Spend 1 meal with someone this week and pick their brains about how God has shaped them.  
                                                                                                                                                            • Find a mentor who can help you process how to reframe your struggles.

                                                                                                                                                            MISSION

                                                                                                                                                            ➝  Identify Opportunities to Give Life

                                                                                                                                                            Pay attention today.  Is there 1 person you know who is struggling who could use support or encouragement?  Lean in and be that for them.

                                                                                                                                                            More Ideas:

                                                                                                                                                            •      Secretly do something nice for someone else who is struggling.  Don’t tell anyone.
                                                                                                                                                            •      Open up your schedule to invest in someone who has nothing to offer you. Find a way to add value to them anyway.
                                                                                                                                                            • Go 24 hours without saying anything negative about anything.  Find the best in everything and celebrate that.

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