ACTIVATE: Adventure

ACTIVATE

January 03, 2016

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Most of us want a life-giving faith, but our daily habits so easily get stuck in “life-ruts” and nothing moves forward. What if the first step were to RISK? To risk yourself to lose something in order to gain an adventure far greater? What if THAT was Jesus’ first challenge to you?
 
Join us as we kick off a new-year, six-week series  - discovering KEY BREAKTHROUGHS for every area of your life...
 
Week 1: ACTIVATE ADVENTURE

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Matthew 14:22-33

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Refocus:

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ACTIVATE ADVENTURE

 

Most of us want a life-giving faith, but our daily habits so easily get stuck in “life-ruts” and nothing moves forward. What if the first step were to RISK? To risk yourself to lose something in order to gain an adventure far greater? What if THAT was Jesus’ first challenge to you? Join us as we kick off a new year, six-week series  - discovering KEY BREAKTHROUGHS for every area of your life...  Daily devotionals that accompany each day's reading are also available on Facebook. They are created by a great Ginghamsburg unpaid servant team. You do not have to be a Facebook user to access them. View here.
 
MONDAY: Matthew 14:22-36
What boat do you need to step out of? What earthly security blanket is God calling you to leave behind to experience an adventure with him? Think for a minute. What’s holding you back? We’ve got to start with identifying the boat God is calling us to step out of.
 
TUESDAY: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21
Next, we need to recognize that we are new creations in Christ — “The old is going, the
new is coming.” Reconciliation means that those who were enemies have become
friends. What guilt or shame are you hanging on to that Jesus has already paid for on
the cross?
 
WEDNESDAY: Mark 10:46-52
When we step out in faith we may feel blind. Meditate on this reading, and picture
yourself as Bartimaeus. How would you respond to Jesus’ question? Notice he threw his
Cloak — his source of comfort — aside.
 
THURSDAY: Exodus 14:5-31
The Israelites had been in slavery in Egypt for 430 years when God rescued them. Reflect
upon both the Israelites’ desire to return to slavery — the way things used to be — and
God’s dramatic deliverance in their lives. How is the Israelites’ story also your story?
 
FRIDAY: Joshua 1
God promised to fight for the Israelites and to give them every place they set their foot –
it was their job to keep stepping. What are the next right steps you need to take as you
“get out of the boat”?
 
SATURDAY: Romans 8:5-17
Our thoughts carry incredible power. How can you set your mind on what the Spirit
desires in your life today? Reflect on verse 15 throughout the day.
 
SUNDAY: Reread Matthew 14:22-3
Last weekend Pastor Roz reminded us: “There comes a point in life where you have
to stop discussing it, talking about it, thinking about it, praying about it. You must
step out in spite of your feelings, fears and doubts.” Name where in your life Jesus is
inviting you to get out of the boat in 2016, and tell a trusted friend.
 

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Matthew 14:22-33

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