Faith

#AbundantLifeChallenge

Faith

#AbundantLifeChallenge

#AbundantLifeChallenge

This Week’s Topic: Faith

Have you ever had a crush on someone just because they liked you? Think back to when you were in middle school or high school. I remember finding out someone liked me and instantly getting that butterfly feeling. Suddenly, someone I rarely thought about was now the center of my attention. What’s funny is: nothing about that person had changed. I
didn’t have butterflies about them previously. But something about them liking me, made me think that maybe I could like them back. It wasn’t a response to who they were, I just liked being liked. It was flattering.

We love because he first loved us.”
1 John 4:19

Love is a response.
If you truly understood how much God loved you, I think you would get butterflies in your stomach when you thought of Him. He would suddenly become the center of your attention. Just like that school girl crush. But instead of dwelling on how much God loves us, I think we dwell on all the reasons he shouldn’t love us. What that does is shift your focus from how good God is, to yourself. Stop trying to measure up, and just accept that he has already declared you worthy, desirable, and wanted.

Love is also a choice.
Like any relationship, you have to choose to show up. You wouldn’t date someone you never talked to, would you? Communication is vital in all relationships, even with Jesus. Prayer is our way of talking to God and listening as God responds. Reading the scriptures is another great way to communicate with Jesus. The Bible is God’s living word spoken to us. The Bible is, literally, God’s love letter to us. If you’re wondering why God never speaks directly to you, maybe he wants you to listen to what he has already said first.

This Week’s Challenge:
Our challenge this week is a little different. Wherever you are with your relationship with Jesus, we ask you to start there. Whether you are a Bible scholar or someone who has never opened the Bible before, we still know that this is a key pillar in your life. So, we want to encourage you to connect in a way today will stretch your faith.

• Make it personal. Talk to God! Don’t use a formal prayer that you may have learned as a kid, but actually talk to Him. Tell him what’s on your mind. Tell him all the good, bad, and ugly things you have going on in your life. He can handle it. God wants to be in a relationship with you. The most important thing in any relationship is good communication.

• Be still. Are you always on the go? Pause, look around and be in awe of everything God created. The same God
that made all of creation made you. You matter to God. Let it soak in.

• Find a church community where you can attend a small group, a church gathering, or find a place to serve. We always say that nobody does the mission alone; Jesus always sent people two by two. Make sure you are doing life with people that share the same mission. A church is a great place to get connected!

Your faith is your faith. We get that everyone is in a different stage of their relationship journey with Jesus. We get that your faith is a very personal thing. We just ask that you take a step this week to love God and to love others.

This Week’s Affirmations:
God loves me as I am.
He doesn’t love me more when I am “good.”
He doesn’t love me less when I am “bad.”
There is nothing I can do to separate from his love.
I am enough.
I am forgiven.

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