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Monday

October 20, 2014

Going “All In”

Read

“But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Joshua 24:15

Think

In gambling, the biggest bet anyone can make is going “all in”. It’s when they put all the chips on the table, putting everything they have on the line. But “all in” isn’t just something that happens in Las Vegas or Atlantic City. “All in” is how God wants us to live our lives.

Our God is an “all in” God. He put everything on the line when He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to live perfectly, die sacrificially, and rise bodily for you and me. And because He is all in, He wants us to be all in for Him. Have you made that “all in” decision? Have you put the totality of who you are and what you do into following God, into the life He has for you?

Pray

Thank God for going “all in” for you. Pray for the courage you need to make those "all in" decisions in your life so that others can see what a sure bet looks like.

Act

Remind yourself (or discover for the first time) exactly what God’s “All In” move looks like, what it means, and how it impacts your life today.

 

Thursday

October 16, 2014

Hit the jackpot

Read

And now, O Lord, hear their threats, and give us, your servants, great boldness in preaching your word. Acts 4:29

Think

The gambles we choose to make are so often determined by those we choose to listen to. Like a high roller, we want to go for the big win. And we place our bets based on what is influencing us during the game.

In the game of life, when we gamble with God we listen to people above God. However, when we gamble FOR God, we listen to God above people. And there is no better voice to listen to in directing us as we risk and gamble each day.

Who are you listening to when it comes to the advice about the gambles you make? Listen to God first and foremost. And take the risks He has for you. Because when you do, you will hit His jackpot!

Pray

Thank God for His direction and voice in your life. Pray for the wisdom to not only hear God’s word, but to take action and place the bets He has in store for you.

Act

Take a relational risk today. Invite someone to join you at church this weekend – someone who has never been to church before. Don’t worry about their response. Simply focus on God’s call in your life to place bets for Him!

Tuesday

October 14, 2014

Who says what

Read

“But the men who had gone up with him said, ‘We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.’ And they spread among the Israelites a bad report….” Numbers 13:31-32

Think

We’ve learned that life is a gamble. Everything we do is a gamble. It’s true relationally. It’s true financially. It’s even true spiritually. When it comes to a spiritual gamble, we can either gamble with God, or we can gamble for God. When we gamble with God, we play a dangerous game. It’s the game that ten of the twelve spies played, and it wound up costing them their lives.

When we gamble with God, we listen to people above God rather than listening to God above people. We find ourselves caught up in what “they” said rather than what He says. Don’t live your life based on the opinion of others. Instead, trust in God’s Word and listen to His voice!

Pray

Thank God for the fact that He has spoken into your life through His Word. Pray for the discipline you need in order to trust that Word more than people’s opinions.

Act

Read the account of Joshua, Caleb, and the twelve spies in Numbers 13:30-14:2. And look for the differences in how Joshua and Caleb responded to the gamble that was before them as opposed to how the other spies responded.

Wednesday

October 8, 2014

Facing the Unknown: The Risk of Losing Friends

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Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size." Numbers 13:30-32

Think

When you take a true risk for God, you are going to risk losing friends. The spies in the passage above were good friends who had spent a lot of time together. But when they returned to Moses and Caleb, ten of the twelve went negative.

In our own lives, we must put the leadership of God above the wrong “they,” because the wrong “they” in your life don’t have good intentions for you in mind. They will lead you down the road of negativity. The right “they” always have “HE” in the middle. They are (T)ough, (H)onest, (E)ncouraging and (Y)ielded to God. Which category do your friends fit in?

Pray

Thank God that He surrounds us with godly people who want to invest in our lives. Ask Him to show you who the right “they” are in your life.

Act

Is it time for you to do a “Friendventory”? Consider who you are spending your time with. Are these people who are encouragers who give you godly advice? Or are they more like the negative spies in the passage above?

Monday

October 6, 2014

Roll the Dice

Read

"All the Israelites did just what the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron. And on that very day the LORD brought the Israelites out of Egypt by their divisions." Exodus 12: 50-51

Think

Life is all about risks. We participate in risky behavior everyday. Playing any type of sport, driving a car in traffic, going to work; these activities put us at some sort of risk. But have you ever risked something so big God had to show up?

The Bible is full of risk takers. Moses was a man of God chosen to lead the nation of Israel out of captivity. He rolled the dice and went to the Pharaoh of Egypt and demanded his people be released. God was on his side and eventually Pharaoh let them go. However, this was just the beginning of the Israelites' journey. What journey are you on that requires you to take some risks?

Pray

Thank God that He created us to be risk takers. Ask Him to show you the areas in your life where you need to take a risk.

Act

Write down any risks that you have taken lately How have the results of these risks affected your life?