Day 30

Day 30 | You've Always Had It

ACTIVITY

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Your Call To Act (C.T.A.) today is:

  • Remember you are repurposed and ready for ministry because you are a subject of the Lord who now takes control of the life and the skill, talent, and abilities you have and will use them for His purposes not your purposes.
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61 thoughts on “Day 30

  1. Louie says:

    It’s truly refreshing to hear and remember what we are all capable of. God’s ministry and working for his kingdom. The best government job ever! Benefits are out of this world!! Same rules and handbook for over 2000 years. Sign me up!!!

  2. Brian Grundhauser says:

    I need to reflect more on today’s reading and devotion. To find what it is really telling me.

  3. Dan says:

    Be wise to the ways of this life, there are many false prophets and sinners lurking to lead you astray. Stay sober and alert, aware of your surroundings and the evil that awaits those who let their guard down. “Trust in the lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding ; in all your ways submit to him and and he will make your paths straight.“ Proverbs 3:5,6

  4. Jay Wegiel says:

    And put a knife to your throat If you are a man of great appetite.
    Proverbs 23:2. Hmm I suppose that’s one way to loose weight

  5. Troy says:

    v17-18 Do not envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the lord. There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off. In this world with all the distractions there can be from the culture ( radio, tv ,social media, or own thoughts) we can get pulled into noticing what others have and get side tracked so easily in wanting what others have, let’s keep our eyes on the the real prize, our LORD.
    Repurposed, what a wonderful thing to have happen to us.

  6. Eric says:

    I thank you lord for this new outlook. The wisdom in proverbs is amazing. If I quoted this to some people in my life, i better be full of the drink. But th ank you for saving me from my enemies. Help me to prepare for the mockers and those who seek to harm me.

  7. Ben says:

    6-8 Do not eat with a stingy person for they will be calculating and not with you.
    Repurposing made me think of Pinterest and all what used to be old junk and are now key pieces of decorations and furniture in a home. I may look bad and weathered, but God has a purpose for me.

  8. cory doden says:

    As a man with a history with alcohol, I found verses 30-35 very relatable. God gave me freedom from that great curse and so many blessings since. PTL!

  9. Tim Kelley says:

    Romans 11:29 “For God’s gifts and his call can never be withdrawn”. I prepared for vocational ministry in college and seminary 30 years ago and served as a youth minister then. We all are ministers not just church staff as we use the gifts God has given. Thank you Lord for calling me to teach your word, lead men to follow you, be a prayer warrior and lead my family. It was a struggle to leave Christian vocation: depression, feelings of failure and lostness. Praise the Lord the call is for life not just a job. Hope this is helpful to someone, I will serve the Lord all the days of my life. Who’s all in with me, brothers?

  10. Troy says:

    Proverbs 23:12 “Apply thine heart unto instruction, and thine ears to the words of knowledge.”
    Let the desires of your heart be to learn, and in learning, accumulate knowledge. Listen to words of knowledge, turn on your understanding, and keep it in your heart.

  11. Nick says:

    Day 30:
    First of all I would like to say how proud I am of all you men doing this challenge! We have made it 1 month!!!! Everyday praying and reading the Bible. It is awesome to see and I thank you for your brotherhood!
    Discipline is easy to be hard on ourselves with, we don’t want to mess it up, but I loved how it says “Don’t be afraid”. Discipline is a kingdom principle and parents who love their children will discipline them. We also need to give ourselves ip to be disciplined when we mess up and it is important to get Godly wisdom and instruction when we don’t know what to do.

    “Don’t be afraid to correct your young ones; a spanking won’t kill them. A good spanking, in fact, might save them from something worse than death. Give yourselves to disciplined instruction; open your ears to tested knowledge.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭23:12-14‬ ‭MSG‬‬

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  12. Steve Roarke says:

    Be cautious with whom you surround yourself with, you may not know the true motives they may have. For only they and the Lord know their heart.
    Give your heart to the Lord, so that your true desires in your heart are reflecting Gods glory and love on to others.

  13. Edward says:

    “Ministry is not optional (everyone is required to do it, it’s a lordship requirement) So let’s agree from here on out you are a minister of Jesus.” This was my conviction a few months after becoming a “real” Christian. Hearing it from Vince reinforces my conviction.

  14. Dave Benson says:

    Prov 23:4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich; do not trust your own cleverness.

    This saying of the wise stopped me this morning. We can wear ourselves out trying to prepare to for ministry when we already have what we need much like trying to accumulate more wealth when God has already given us what we need. When the task of feeding the five thousand was in front of the disciples they told Jesus to send them away because they weren’t prepared but Jesus told them to bring the crowds to Him as they had all they needed. I have to remember that it’s not about what I bring but it’s what Jesus will bring through me!

  15. Michael Swalley says:

    God repurposes that which was naturally given, and makes it supernatural for Kingdom purpose and influence!

  16. Denny says:

    Verses 17-20 spoke to me today. I have been envious of what I perceived as those who have more than me. It made me realize I have an invaluable treasure—a relationship with the Lord. I don’t know if those I envy do or not so I prayed for them. Please pray that I may be able to speak to them about God

  17. Tony Vornberger says:

    Philippians 2:3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves

  18. Dan says:

    Where am I placing my focus/attention and efforts? Self-fulfillment reaps the opposite. Value what builds my trust in the giver of wisdom.

  19. Dennis says:

    What gifts have you been given to do Kingdom work? Are you a good carpenter, welder, businessman, outdoorsman, IT, financial person, etc….? Like Vince said, you do not have to wait until a certain time to use these gifts! Start today and add to others lives! Be a blessing!

  20. Brian says:

    Day 30:

    12 Apply your heart to instruction
    and your ears to words of knowledge.

    This is what we’ve been doing for a month! I’m thankful for you all supporting me in this challenge.

  21. Mark Lundquist says:

    I have always used my profession as a ministry. It has always been a way to make money but the hearts I spoke to gave me a satisfaction like no other. This ministry is ending and I see how God is leading me to a new ministry. I do not yet know what this looks like but I know it will be challenging. Bring it on!

  22. Kenneth McClatchey says:

    Verses 17 & 18 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord. There is surely a future hope for you and your hope will not be cutoff.
    I have walked that road and it has cost me much but gracious and loving is our Lord who’s open arms and warm embrace welcomes the wandering prodigal.

  23. Dean Wendler says:

    Verse 12 “Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.” God is giving all of us this opportunity through Vince and the challenge we are all going through. Just what I need to get me doing the right things for God and myself.

  24. Patrick says:

    16 my inmost being will rejoice
    when your lips speak what is right.

    This verse has meant a lot to me over the past year for various reasons. God is calling me to be used and be joyful in His wisdom! Praying for you brothers.

  25. Rich says:

    I’m trying to become more fit. Saying 16 convicted me today. I need to listen to the voice of God more when I am making my food choices.

  26. Michael says:

    VS 17 “Let not your heart envy sinners”

    I’ve experienced this many times, where I see friends without God in their lives do whatever they want. I remind myself of the emptiness of sin and the emptiness that they fill but are covering up with worldly pleasures

  27. Bill Fuess says:

    I agree that we are all on the mission field everyday and that we s/b involved in our local Church doing ministry in some way and anywhere God would have us to !! Thanx for this push !!

  28. Chad Husted says:

    Thank you Lord for freeing me from any temptation to drink. I have my thorns for sure, but I’m grateful the drink is not among them.

  29. Eric M. says:

    I really like Saying #8 – Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
    do not trust your own cleverness.
    5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
    for they will surely sprout wings
    and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

    As sometimes I have found myself looking away from the Lord and at the “possessions” of the world. But how true it is that they are so fleeting and never do give you the satisfaction you think they will once obtained. It’s only AFTER you get them that you realize it’s either not enough or wasn’t what you thought it would be! – Amen brother

  30. Chuck says:

    Verses that got my attention:
    12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
    17 Do not let your heart envy sinners, but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.

  31. Isaiah says:

    17 Let not your heart envy sinners, but continue in the fear of the Lord all the day.
    18 Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.
    It’s hard not to be frustrated when the evil flourish, but we have a hope that is beyond this world. Someday, our struggles will be justified.

  32. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Verse 13
    As a father of two daughters, with the oldest being 4, I had to stop and focus on this verse. It isn’t anything new, but it hits me every time I read it. Discipline is difficult but necessary. We don’t like it as adults, and my 4 year old definitely doesn’t like it. It is so necessary, though, because it allows us (and her) to understand boundaries and what is safe / acceptable. Without discipline, we would wander aimlessly, hurting ourselves and others. I have to pray daily that God gives me the guidance, patience, and words to help me properly discipline my daughter so she can grow to be confident and yet respectful.

  33. Bert says:

    12 Apply your heart to instruction
    and your ears to words of knowledge.

    Even though I never went to college, I am self taught by doing a lot of reading from those who know and are educated. But God word gives the correct understanding of it all.

  34. Gavin says:

    12 Apply your heart to instruction
    and your ears to words of knowledge.
    15 My son, if your heart is wise,
    then my heart will be glad indeed;
    16 my inmost being will rejoice
    when your lips speak what is right.

  35. Ted says:

    I can’t believe it’s day 30 already. I will continue to pray and ask our God to open my eyes to see what He wants me to do in ministry.
    Blessings my brothers

  36. Gordon says:

    I’ll check into ideas for serving the Lord. As Proverbs 30 says ants save up food in the summer, we should save/invest for retirement, emergencies, etc.

  37. Scott Hal says:

    Saying 18 stood out again as another warning against adulterous women. I think it would be neat to reorganize all the versus by topic. I would think the adultuerous women would be one of the biggest chapters of Proverbs.

  38. Eddie says:

    sayings 10 & 12 spoke to me the loudest, don’t speak to fools, they will scorn you (reminds me of parenthood and stubborn children) and apply my heart to instruction and my ears to words of knowledge (reminds me of the attitude anyone SHOULD have in school, and I did have in college). I know that I am not trained enough to pursue a career in ministry, but my life can be ministry in and of itself if I just apply the lessons that the Holy Spirit has instilled in me to my life and live out the life that Jesus wants me to, bearing good fruit because the living water in flowing in my from the Vine.

  39. Ross says:

    v26 “My son, give my your heart
    and let your eyes delight in my ways”
    Lord, I trust that when I give you my heart, you will re-purpose it , my skills, and my life for your Kingdom work and your glory. I pray you would guide me into that life!

  40. Al says:

    This has been a quick challenge although I’m a few days behind you all. I will continue to pray for direction and wisdom

  41. Mark Lubbock says:

    A Carefully Examined Life might be a subtitle for this chapter. Consider intently how I spend my time. Invest in activity that brings only good fruit!

  42. Jim says:

    After day 29 , I was invited into 2 small Ministry programs, Imagine that, what a coincidence. Give God the Glory

  43. Danny says:

    Saying 8
    4 Do not wear yourself out to get rich;
    do not trust your own cleverness.
    5 Cast but a glance at riches, and they are gone,
    for they will surely sprout wings
    and fly off to the sky like an eagle.

  44. Eddie says:

    The Holy Spirit indwelling in me and my witness is enough for me to minister to others. I will no longer declare with my mouth that I am not enough to minister for Jesus.

  45. Tom says:

    How do you follow your calling when someone in your life is always reminding you
    of your mistakes , and they are always right . They start issues in your day that is hard to recover
    from . How do you over come this?

    • Brad says:

      If this person who reminds you of your mistakes is in close relationship to you and it is important to keep that relationship you need to ask that person why? What is their purpose to remind you of the past? If you have confessed these mistakes to God, you know that he does not remember them for He has removed them as far as the East is from the West. Ask this person how you can become better by reminding you of the past, because it is not working. Explain why it is not work and if they are open suggest what you want them to do and explain how that will help you with your calling. Praying for you Tom, thanks for sticking with this challenge.

  46. Brad says:

    17 Do not let your heart envy sinners,
    but always be zealous for the fear of the Lord.
    18 There is surely a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off.
    This saying hits me hard. I can be so envious of the pleasures of sin, but then play the victim with the results of my sins. LORD, may I heed you words of wisdom and live the life that bears good fruit.

  47. Gary says:

    I think as gods children we should minister to others,the best way we can .The world would be a much better place

  48. Darin Palmer says:

    Verse 13 Do not withhold discipline from a child;
    if you punish them with the rod, they will not die.

    I have a 11 year old stepson who is so disrespectful to his mom and myself. I know that God is reassuring me that I’m doing the right in disciplining him at the times he’s being disrespectful.

  49. Jesse Skytland says:

    19 Listen, my son, and be wise, and set your heart on the right path
    The first thing I do in the morning is devotions. It just starts my day faithfully. I am a better man if God everyday and there’s always progression to always achieve. I pray and the higher power tells me that this is the greatest way to do it to it. Now, throughout the day, I also have quiet time to get into the good word also. Its amazing the journey that he has been planning for us in these moments. I am so greatful.

  50. Kevin V says:

    Prob 23:7 – “For as he thinks within himself, so he is.”
    Vince – “The words and actions of a man reflect the heart of a man.”

    I really appreciated the devotional today regarding a man’s heart. We can’t just be concerned about doing and saying the right things, that is only superficial. Instead, God wants our heart to follow after Him and by doing so, the words and actions will come naturally because of His goodness.

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