Day 22 – Unashamed

by Mandy B. Anderson on October 22, 2014

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Day 22

By: Mandy B. Anderson

“I’m so busy! I simply can’t do another thing because I’m just so busy!”

Have you ever uttered those words? Many of us have at one point or another. Being busy doesn’t mean we are living authentically, fulfilling the calling God has placed on our lives. Being busy is often a distraction from what matters most…

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSES:
Ephesians 5:11-16, The Message
11-16 Don’t waste your time on useless work, mere busywork, the barren pursuits of darkness. Expose these things for the sham they are. It’s a scandal when people waste their lives on things they must do in the darkness where no one will see. Rip the cover off those frauds and see how attractive they look in the light of Christ.

Wake up from your sleep,
Climb out of your coffins;
Christ will show you the light!

So watch your step. Use your head. Make the most of every chance you get. These are desperate times!

JOURNAL PROMPT:

  • What things do you find yourself “busy” with most often? (i.e. work, Facebook, extra curricular activities, surfing the internet, Pinterest, romance novels, gossip, etc.) Take an honest assessment of where your time goes and ask God to give you a clear picture of what needs to change so you can fulfill the calling on your life.

DIGGING INTO THE WORD: Read the NLT version and write down the words that tug at your heart from that version. Then, answer the following…

  • Do you make the most of every opportunity God gives you? Why or why not?
  • What needs to change in your daily habits so you can make the most of the doors God opens for you?

TRUTH ABOUT ME STATEMENTS: 

  • I use my time wisely and don’t get caught up in useless busywork. (Ephesians 5:11, MSG)
  • The light of Christ shines in me! (Ephesians 5:14, NLT)
  • I make the most of every opportunity God gives me. (Ephesians 5:16, NLT)

Write some truth statements of your own based on what God spoke to you today:

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DAILY PRAYER:
Dear Lord,
Thank you for showing me how I get caught up in useless busywork. As I grow in you, show me how to embrace every opportunity you give me. Let your light shine in me as I use my time wisely. I love you Lord!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

You’re almost done with your 30 days! See you tomorrow with Day 23. Until then…Be blessed, Be healthy, Be inspired!
~Mandy

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Day 21 – Unashamed

by Mandy B. Anderson on October 21, 2014

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Day 21

By: Mandy B. Anderson

Have you ever been fooled by someone who knew how to “talk” religiously, but their actions looked nothing like God or His love? I have. It’s not fun. I felt like such a fold when I fell for the manipulative words of someone that, when it really came down to it, could not walk in forgiveness, love, or repentance. Yes, with this situation bubbled up some icky emotions; but it also made me look at the status of my own heart.

God says something about this in today’s scripture, so let’s uncover this rich content…

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSES:
Ephesians 5:6-10, The Message
6-7 Don’t let yourselves get taken in by religious smooth talk. God gets furious with people who are full of religious sales talk but want nothing to do with him. Don’t even hang around people like that.

8-10 You groped your way through that murk once, but no longer. You’re out in the open now. The bright light of Christ makes your way plain. So no more stumbling around. Get on with it! The good, the right, the true—these are the actions appropriate for daylight hours. Figure out what will please Christ, and then do it.

JOURNAL PROMPT:

  • Write down the words from this passage that tug at your heart today?
  • What does “religious smooth talk” look and sound like to you? What do you think it sounds like to God?

DIGGING INTO THE WORD: Read this scripture in both the NIV and NLT versions, and spend some time answering the following:

  • What clarity did you gain from reading this passage in different versions?
  • In verse 10 of the NLT, it says “carefully determine what pleases the Lord.” When is the last time you did that? How do you personally go about accomplishing that?

TRUTH ABOUT ME STATEMENTS: 

  • I speak words of life and truth, not empty words. (Ephesians 5:6, NIV)
  • I am not deceived by empty words and religious smooth talk.  (Ephesians 5:6, MSG)
  • The bright light of Christ makes my way plain. (Ephesians 5:8, MSG)

Write some truth statements of your own based on what God spoke to you today:

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DAILY PRAYER:

Dear Lord,
Forgive me for the times where I have been deceived by empty words, or for if I have used my tongue unwisely with religious smooth talk. As I forgive those who have deceived me, help me to see plainly the bright path you’ve set before me. Mold me, Lord. I want to carefully determine what pleases you!
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Day 22 shows up tomorrow. Until then…Be blessed, Be healthy, Be inspired!
~Mandy

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Day 20 – Unashamed

by Mandy B. Anderson on October 20, 2014

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Day 20

By: Mandy B. Anderson

We are nearing the end of our 30 day journey and I’m so proud of you for keeping up with this study! You’ve come a long way in a short time.

As we learn to embrace our authenticity, we must begin to embrace new habits and attitudes as well. Let’s dive in…

 

TODAY’S BIBLE VERSES:

Ephesians 5:1-5, The Message

1-2 Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.

3-4 Don’t allow love to turn into lust, setting off a downhill slide into sexual promiscuity, filthy practices, or bullying greed. Though some tongues just love the taste of gossip, those who follow Jesus have better uses for language than that. Don’t talk dirty or silly. That kind of talk doesn’t fit our style. Thanksgiving is our dialect.

You can be sure that using people or religion or things just for what you can get out of them—the usual variations on idolatry—will get you nowhere, and certainly nowhere near the kingdom of Christ, the kingdom of God.

JOURNAL PROMPT:

  • What are the words used to describe the kind of love God has for us in this scripture?
  • Is it hard for you to believe that God loves you like that? Why or why not?
  • In verse 4, it says “Thanksgiving is our dialect.” When is the last time you spoke words of gratitude?
  • When you read verse 5, what memories or thoughts come to mind?

DIGGING INTO THE WORD: Read this scripture in the NLT version. Compare the words used in each verse to the words used in the Message version. Write down any clarity that you get.

In verses 3 and 4, we are instructed not to do certain things. Have any of these things shown up in your own life? How so?

 

TRUTH ABOUT ME STATEMENTS: 

  • I am an imitator of God. (Ephesians 5:1, NLT)
  • I keep company with God and learn how to love from Him. (Ephesians 5:1, MSG)
  • I speak words of gratitude daily. (Ephesians 5:4, MSG)
  • I choose to worship God instead of the things of this world. (Ephesians 5:5, NLT)

Write some truth statements of your own based on what God spoke to you today:
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DAILY PRAYER:

Dear Lord,

Your extravagant love for me is sometimes overwhelming, but I am so thankful for it. Draw me closer to you, Lord, so I can be an imitator of you. Show me how to share your love authentically. Shine a light on the hidden sins of idolatry, greed, and sexual impurities that might be hiding in my heart. Remind me to use my tongue to speak words of life and gratitude. Let your love shine in me so I can share it with others.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen

Day 21 shows up tomorrow. Until then…Be blessed, Be healthy, Be inspired!
~Mandy

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