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Wednesday

January 22, 2014

Tuning in to God’s voice

Read

“In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly.” Psalm 5:3

Think

In today’s world, there’s a seemingly constant need to stay connected. Everywhere you go, people are posting pictures, typing Tweets, and checking all their social media accounts. We have an almost insatiable appetite with what is going on with everyone around us. But the danger is that we can begin to worship the voices of other people and miss hearing the voice of God!

We’re three days into our social media fast as a church. Keep up the good work! Hopefully by now, you’ve experienced some powerful connection with God. Rather than focusing on Facebook or eyeing Instagram, continue to tune in to the voice of God. And experience the joy of connecting with the Author of life, not the imitation of life social media can become.

Pray

Thank God for your connection with Him. As you are tempted to check your social media feed, pray for God to speak to you, to connect with you, and to show you what is truly important in that moment.

Act

If you are still tempted to check your social media feed during this fast, move the APPs off of the home screen of your device. It will be easier to detach from them for the rest of this week if they are not there every time you look at your device.

Tuesday

January 21, 2014

It’s unfair to compare

Read

“We do not dare to classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. When they measure themselves by themselves and compare themselves with themselves, they are not wise.” 2 Corinthians 10:12

Think

Social media usage has increased 356% since 2006. It’s clear that social media is here to stay, at least for a while. But what we often don’t ask ourselves is, what are we really using it for? So much of what is shared is all about comparing. We want others to see where we are, what we’re doing, and who we’re with.

When we compare our lives with others around us, we take the focus off of God and what He has provided. We become enamored with the wrong things. We can easily become jealous and discontent with what we have.

As you take a break from social media this week fast, use this time to look to God. Don’t worry about comparing your life with others around you. Instead, be content with where God has you and with what God has provided for you.

Pray

Thank God for what He has provided for you today. Pray for contentment in any situation you find yourself in.

Act

One of the best ways to experience peace is to be content with what you have. Write down the 5 most important things you are thankful for in your life. Keep this list handy so that if you start to focus on what others have, you can remind yourself of what God has already given to you.

Monday

January 20, 2014

Step away from the technology

Read

"Be still and know that I am God…" Psalm 46:10

Think

Social media is great! It allows us to connect to our world more than ever before. We can see what's happening with anyone, anytime, anywhere. To put it one way, it's a great tool. But if we aren't careful, it can also become a tail – a tail of a vicious pitbull that pulls us away from truly connecting with others and with God.

As you look at your social media interactions, ask yourself what they are really doing in your life. Are they drawing you closer to others, or keeping you from truly connecting? Are they bringing you into a closer relationship with God, or distracting you from spending the kind of time we need to invest in our connection to Him?

Pray

Ask God to help you see when and where technology and social media are pulling you away from Him. Pray for the discipline to put down the technology and spend time more with Him.

Act

Take a 7-day social media fast. Starting now, put away the Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for the next seven days. Intentionally use the time you would be doing those things to truly connect with others in your life and with the God who loves you!

 

Wednesday

November 7, 2012

Wed, Nov 7

Read

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst- not ever.” John 4˸13-14

Think

In today’s verse, Jesus is talking to the woman at the well about the greatest blessing any of us can experience. He’s reminding her that ultimate satisfaction isn’t found in food or water. While those things may be necessary for survival, they are not as essential as understanding the ultimate hope we have in Christ.

Today, we are taking part in a church-wide fast. As we prepare to bring our greatest offerings to the House, we are seeking the direction God has for each of us. By fasting, we are able to focus and concentrate in a way that comes only through the greatest blessing there is—a relationship with God.

Have you experienced the ultimate satisfaction of a life with Christ? Are you living that out each and every day for others to see?

Pray

Thank God for sustaining you in life and for the abundant blessings He has given you in life. Ask Him for direction and purpose so you can point others to Him.

Act

Check out the Prayer Calendar, and get in on all that Fellowship Church is preparing to do through SEVEN.

Tuesday

October 9, 2012

Tue, Oct 09

Read

But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the Prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself. Daniel 1˸8

Think

Daniel is a great study in discipline. As a young man, he stood out among his peers. He was wise, knowledgeable, and focused on following God’s plan for his life.

When faced with a choice to follow the King rather than God, Daniel was not swayed by the allure of having what the King had to offer. Daniel chose discipline over dining, because he knew dining would defile him. Daniel understood that being disciplined spiritually would lead to better results. It was about making the decision before being presented with the choice. What decisions are you making that will help you stay focused on God’s plan for your life?

Pray

Ask for God’s help to be disciplined – physically, relationally, spiritually. Ask Him for the courage to make the right decisions before being presented with choices that are not pleasing to Him.

Act

Follow Daniel’s example. Determine in your heart that you will not allow anything to defile you this week.