Summer Scriptures Series: James


Now if any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without criticizing, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5)

What conditions do you place on your requests to God?

How do you need wisdom right now?

How can you rely on God for the wisdom He knows you need more than the specific wisdom you might want?

Today’s Challenge: Write a prayer that asks God for wisdom. Be specific as you pray, yet let God provide and answer in ways that might surprise you. Make room for God.

Summer Scriptures Series: Hebrews


Now we want each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the final realization of your hope, so that you won’t become lazy but will be imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance. (Hebrews 6:11-12)

When are you most likely to get lazy?

When are you most likely to be diligent?

Today’s Challenge: As you go about your day, consider what you’re persevering. How is faith involved?

Summer Scriptures Series: Philemon


And if he has wronged you in any way, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. (Philemon 18)

What has someone sacrificed for you?

What are you willing to give up for someone else? What are the conditions? What are your reasons? When (or for whom) will you hold back generosity?

Today’s Challenge: Pay a debt today: one that is not yours.

Summer Scriptures Series: Titus


For we too were once foolish, disobedient, deceived, enslaved by various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, detesting one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and His love for mankind appeared, He saved us—not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to His mercy, through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. He poured out this Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that having been justified by His grace, we may become heirs with the hope of eternal life. (Titus 3:3-7)

When (and how) do you struggle with relying more on your own goodness than God’s grace?

How has relying on God changed you?

Today’s Challenge: Let God do the justifying today and set all your justifications aside. Keep your humility in check. Make today about Him, not you. Be honest with yourself and with Him, one moment at a time.

Summer Scriptures Series: 2 Timothy


For God has not given us a spirit of fearfulness, but one of power, love, and sound judgment. (2 Timothy 1:7)

When do you misapply fear?

When do you misapply power, love, or sound judgment?

How does the requirement of “a spirit of” something affect the way you look at fear, power, love, or sound judgment?

Today’s Challenge: Carry a bottle of water with you throughout the day. Sip often. With each drink, pray that God will fill and refresh you with what you need, which is not always what you most want.

Summer Scriptures Series: 1 Timothy


But you, man of God, run from these things, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for the faith; take hold of eternal life that you were called to and have made a good confession about in the presence of many witnesses. (1 Timothy 6:11-12)

What “good fight” are you fighting right now?

How is faith involved? If it’s not, it might not be a good fight.

Today’s Challenge: Take notice of when you clench your fists, literally or figuratively, throughout the day. Take a couple breaths, shake it off, then look at the situation with a fresh glance before you take action, which includes letting something run on repeat in your mind.

Summer Scriptures Series: 2 Thessalonians


May our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17)

What are your “go to” sources for encouragement?

How well do you receive encouragement? What conditions or exceptions do you put on it?

Today’s Challenge: Choose encouragement well today. Refuse to settle for encouragement that affirms where you are. Look for encouragement that challenges you to grow. Encouragement often involves expectations.