Day 40 – November 18, 2012 – 40 Day Spiritual Journey

A CALLING

FASTING – TODAY WE WILL BE FASTING “SCREEN TIME FOR ENTERTAINMENT”.

READ Romans 8: 28

REFLECT

“God works all things out for good.” It’s one of those cliché phrases that Christians tend to dig up when they don’t know what else to say. We believe God IS good, but do we really believe that he works all things out for good?

Maybe part of the problem is that, when we dig this verse out of our back pocket, we only use half of it. “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God, and are called according to his purpose for them.”

I believe that our God revealed through Jesus is the ultimate redeemer. He loves all of us, he pursues us, and he has the power to take circumstances in which we see no hope and create something beautiful. This is the nature of who God is.

I also believe that something powerful happens when we take our focus off the circumstances surrounding us, and put our focus directly on the things God has called us to. When we boldly live out the calling that God has for us, it opens the door for God to do his work in a way that surpasses our greatest expectations.

Sometimes, when things are tough, it’s hard to see the hope in a situation. And sometimes, when things seem good, it’s difficult to see how things could get much better. No matter what the situation, when we boldly live out the calling God has for us, God will do a greater good than we’re capable of imagining.

BOTTOM LINE

When we submit ourselves to the calling God has for us, the good he will do is beyond  anything we could imagine.

LIVE

Live out the calling God has for you by praying, inviting and giving more boldly than ever. Through these things, God will do a tremendous work in us and in our communities – a work that will be greater than we can imagine.

PRAY

Pray that you would live out the calling God has for you in a way that is bolder than ever before.

Justin Piercy

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4 Comments

  1. Doris says, November 18, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    I love Justin’s Bolder than Ever devotional. God really does cause everything to work together for the good of those who love him. These 40 days of devotions by Connexus attendees have been a real blessing. My husband discovered Jesus in the midst of the series and has been attending Connexus ever since. This is an amazing answer to a long-time prayer. Thank you, Lord, for working all things out for good!

  2. Justin says, November 19, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Love that Doris!

  3. Mike says, November 19, 2012 at 10:46 am

    A HUGE THANK YOU to all who organized, contributed, printed and promoted the 40 Day Bold Devotional Journey. I was not expecting it to have such a huge impact on my BOLD journey. I began by pushing myself to find time and occasionally catching up with readings. I ended with a yearning and determination to start each day with the word of God. Many times I found myself reading a GREAT deal more of the Bible than the daily reading. The very personal reflections, many from people that I know, took the entire experience to a higher level.
    To Doris – I am agree with you and most of all am so excited for your husband!
    Part of my own devotional reading today “Those who know your name trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you” Psalm 9: 10

    Lord, Thank you for Connexus and the community of people who support spreading your message.

    • Carey Nieuwhof says, November 21, 2012 at 4:51 pm

      Agreed Mike…on all fronts! We’re so thankful!

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