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?
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 lovefor 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.
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 toand 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.
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.