If you are all in for the 7-Day COVID Challenge, type your first name and the words "all in" in the reply section below.
Your Call to Act (C.T.A) today:
Type yourName and the words "All In" in the comment section below.
Hey guys! Thanks for signing up for the COVID Challenge. This shorter challenge is a part of a series of challenges we are building out for you. They will tackle important themes in life, like this does, for a series of 7 days. While we will always have an initial launch date for these themed challenges, you and other men are free to sign-up at any time on the landing page well into the future. And yes just like all previous challenges you will notice below you can do this on-your-own or with a group of men!
This themed challenge is designed to help us think spiritually as men during this season of our life. Just like the other longer 30-day challenges we have done in the past, this one will combine short audios with quick calls to action to help you activate your faith during this season.
So each day you are going to receive an email from me with a short audio that will be about 2-3-minutes long. All you need to do is listen to this audio, or you can read it on the Devo tab. It will be just like this audio and then once you are done I will give you a call to action and you should then do the corresponding activity for the day. Often this will include having you leave a comment on the public section of the wall below, or within your group that a leader set up for you. Each of these activities will only take you a few minutes to accomplish—yes, only a few minutes.
Fellas today is your day to get motivated. It's Day Zero so if there is someone you want to join you for the journey encourage them to sign up today! We will begin tomorrow!
And here is your call to action for today. If you are all-in for 7 days of spiritual growth with me, I want to type your first name in the comment section below, followed by the words "all-in" as your vote to engage for the next 7-days.
And I will see you right back here again tomorrow. And let's crush this pandemic together.
Remember: that Christ overcame the whole world and all its sin for you.
"In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." — John 16:33, spoken by Jesus Christ.
You're going to face challenges. Some small. Some large. Some temporary. Some perpetual. Some today. Some tomorrow. But this should not surprise us. The operative word in Jesus' statement above is "will." You will have tribulation. Jesus used this word deliberately. So since challenges are expected, maybe it's not the challenges that are the real challenge. Perhaps the challenge is having a better mindset as we encounter the challenge itself. But, Jesus continues, "take heart," he says. He reminds us that challenges should not take a man to that place of despair where the heart feels defeated. And why? Well, because we face the challenge with the knowledge of ultimate victory—"I (Jesus) have overcome the world."
Today, as you experience the challenge, or challenges, you are facing, and that we are facing together in this world, see them the way that God sees them. Your challenges, problems, and difficulties do not define you, but your response to them matters. Live today knowing that Christ is victorious over them all.
Share: below one emotion you are feeling with God. It could be as simple as a single word, or perhaps more. And then leave it here today. God will hear!
In those days Hezekiah became sick and was at the point of death. And Isaiah the prophet the son of Amoz came to him and said to him, “Thus says the Lord, ‘Set your house in order, for you shall die; you shall not recover.’” Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord, saying, “Now, O Lord, please remember how I have walked before you in faithfulness and with a whole heart, and have done what is good in your sight.” And Hezekiah wept bitterly. And before Isaiah had gone out of the middle court, the word of the Lord came to him: “Turn back, and say to Hezekiah the leader of my people, Thus says the Lord, the God of David your father: I have heard your prayer; I have seen your tears. Behold, I will heal you. On the third day you shall go up to the house of the Lord.—2 Kings 20:1-5
Only two kings among those that ruled in Judah fully obeyed the Lord. King Hezekiah was one of those men. It should be evident that men who follow God are not immune to tragic events like the illness he faced. Regardless of the way a man acknowledges God, all will face trying times. But what is different about these men is the way that they respond.
Hezekiah knew God and did not doubt the report of his coming death. He also knew that only God could change the outcome and his response reflected this belief. Men that know God understand their place before Him. God is approachable and capable. God can handle the emotions and requests of any man. When in the middle of trying times, like we are right now, we should not hesitate to imitate the behavior modeled by King Hezekiah. Stay faithful and humble before God while asking him (maybe with tears) to meet your needs.
Share: below one thing about God that gives you hope, which you can focus on today.
"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”—Romans 12:12
Right now it can feel like each and every day is a struggle. And in these moments in our life, we are desperate for salvation, healing, and a little hope. We are all in this together. And it is in these moments I want God to reach down and rescue me, and others from this situation and its consequences. I will cry out for an end, a rescue, redemption, and salvation—in the hope of relief.
But sometimes God wants me to realize the hope I have in the middle of these circumstances, meaning he's not going to provide me the prompt assistance that I want. Sometimes God wants me to find joy in the hoping, patience in the suffering, and persistence in prayer. And while I may not want these things, they are often precisely what I need. Joy. Patience. Prayer. They are less about rescuing me from my present circumstance, but more about what God's going to do in my future, with a persistent and present hope.
Share: below if you are "all-in" for accepting this challenge today.
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 6:12
You know it's gonna happen today. You are gonna "wrestle" with someone about something because of all the tension in the world right now. But as you wrestle you will quickly realize that you are wrestling with something that you can not see; it's not "against flesh and blood." But the force that opposes you is far more devious. It's "cosmic" and on three levels. It's with "rulers, authorities, and powers" of a cosmic nature. Yeah, it sounds a little out of this world, but it is more present than you realize. And while you'll want to wrestle with the people you see, about the issues we are facing, you need to know you may be fighting with something you don't see. This devious cosmic ruler, authority, and power wants to unravel your life by getting you to wrestle with the wrong enemy—so don't do it. Your opponent is not who you think.
Then today when this fear rears it's head remember you left it here.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.—Isaiah 41:10
No man aspires to be spineless. Yet in this time and season of life so many are living in perpetual fear. Fear of the future. Fear about income. Fear of the unknown. Fear about simply shaking someone's hand. We are surrounded by individuals living in persistent fear that are perpetuating it. But fear is not evil unless it paralyzes us. Fear is actually useful for warning us of impending danger that lies ahead. But "living in" fear, is not suitable for you as God's man. We need to understand our fear as a preparatory stimulus rather than a paralyzing response. It's preparation for something great that you never have to do alone. It's preparation for an adventure with God who "will strengthen, help, and uphold you with his righteous hand."
Share: below one lesson you are learning from your recent failure
Then confess it to God.
“More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us."—Romans 5:3-5
Yep, you've done it again. You've failed. At least you feel that way. And if you're like most men, you spend a lot of time privately shaming yourself about this failure, whether it's your fault or not. And you know the right thing to do, get back up on the horse you fell off and do it again. But in the quietness of your mind, you hear the self-talk of regret, defeat, and disappointment—and the inevitable depression that goes with it. Especially during this season when it feels the whole world is against us.
For a moment, let's reference all the blessings in the scripture today that come from momentary failure. "Endurance" that will help you build strength and spiritual muscle. "Character" that increases mental and moral strength for future challenges. And "hope" that produces an expectation for something new and better.
Perhaps part of the problem is focusing on invalidating thoughts and feelings and not the opportunity in the failure? And this is why Paul says, "rejoice in your sufferings."
Brother, you've got a lot to look forward to today. Don't listen to the negative self-talk; hear the truth, "God loves you." And so do I!
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”—Philippians 4:6-7
We all have some form of anxiety today, right? We hear ad nauseam that we are living in "unprecedented times." But the real issue is not this unprecedented time it is the way we choose to respond. Anxiety will strike without notice and exposes our weaknesses and our insecurities. It's a sudden viral tragedy in our family. It's a child needing specialized attention at home that bleeds time out of our day. It's a device that stops working, a car that breakdowns, a paycheck that does not come in, or a job loss in the midst of a crisis that looks to have no end. And so how do you respond?
I know how I do. I fret and then try to fix, or fix while I fret. But do we do this—pray? Have we built the discipline of prayer by doing what Paul says, and giving "everything in prayer and supplication" to God? Try it today your anxiety is triggered and replace your fixing and fretting with asking a God who can fix anything, even an anxious heart.