Day 31

Day 31 | Small Acts of Obedience



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

  • Ask yourself this question and then act on it: How does Jesus want you to obediently follow him today?

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93 thoughts on “Day 31

  1. Troy says:

    17 Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
    when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
    18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
    and turn his wrath away from them.

    Right away these two convicted me.
    “Don’t let you heart rejoice,”
    How many times have I outwardly cheered let alone in my heart

  2. Joe Celenza says:

    Saying 29
    19 Do not fret because of evildoers or be envious of the wicked, 20 for the evildoer has no future hope,
    and the lamp of the wicked will be snuffed out.
    Wants me to teach and show others how to keep their lamp from being snuffed out.

  3. Sean Swift says:

    My act of obedience today is to apply John 13:34 to every interaction.
    In my daily reading of scripture I intend to apply the learnings of something that convicts me – today it is:

    29 Do not say, “I’ll do to them as they have done to me;
    I’ll pay them back for what they did.”

    How many times in my work or private life do we spend trying to get one over on a colleague or a neighbor. Meet them with love and if necessary walk away or turn the other cheek.

  4. Todd says:

    Verses 17 and 18 really struck me today as it’s very easy for me to gloat when my enemies fail. I need to pray for them as a good Christian man should.

  5. Doug says:

    A quick prayer for me to use throughout the day would be, Lord give me the right words to speak. I can say things without much thought or in an attempt to be funny. Those words are more likely to hurt someone else.

  6. Michael says:

    Saying 21
    3 By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established;
    4 through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.
    I think this is so true and is renewed in every generation. I think the treasures are the members of your family and it flows from you. House is who you are.

  7. Joel says:

    (2/21/21) Proverbs 23:7  The Passion Translation (TPT)
    “For as he thinks within himself, so is he.”

    What a person believes on the inside and what he says on the outside, doesn’t always line up.
    (example: Biden tells us one thing before the election, and his does something different after the election. Trump told us what he would do before the election, and he did it.)

  8. Don Neal says:

    I like verse21 “Fear the Lord and the king, my son, and do not join with rebellious officials…” I need to make sure that I submit to authorities and not rebel against those God has put in charge.

  9. Paul says:

    Saying 21, 22 and 26 talk about wisdom and when have wisdom, God provides. Wisdom helps me get through life and that is a feeling of comfort for me. The Holy Spirit has helped me many times and I will continue to ask him to lead, direct, encourage and comfort me. It takes prayer to do this and I am grateful that I have set this time to pray out loud to God every day.

  10. Eric Pearson says:

    “Ministry” is just following Christ daily.
    It’s a daily activity of following the Lord’s calling!

  11. kevin says:

    11 Rescue those being led away to death;

    When I read this passage I think of friends and family members that are so hard to reach/counsel. They put up a barrier and pretend everything is great. I can tell because that’s how I was, and sometimes still am. I pray for wisdom on how to reach these people I love before it is to late. I was once going down wrong paths that would end in certain destruction. The friends and mentors who were sent by God released my burdens and shame by helping me understand I was valuable.

  12. Cory Baron says:

    I have been continually drawn to the verses that talk about wisdom and the importance of it.

    14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you:
    If you find it, there is a future hope for you,
    and your hope will not be cut off.

    Wisdom and understanding are reiterated over and over throughout the Bible. The more I read the Bible and attend bible studies and associate with Christian men, the more I learn. The more I understand and the more my accountability increases. All things that make me a better man, a better Christian and more in line with God’s will for me.

  13. Thaddeus Kennedy says:

    The simple act of being in His word daily and speaking with Him. I have not consistently been in prayer with Him, but looking to do that more consistently as I feel the call to go to Him in prayer.

  14. John McBride says:

    I still remember the day I decided to give my life to the Lord and follow his ways. I still struggle with when I sin I convict myself twice as hard. I know I won’t be prefect but I wanna try to do my beat every day. But reading this tonight help me realize just how great his live is for me and that all he wants me to do is keep following him. Confess my sins and build a better me and continue to follow him and spread the news of the holy word.

  15. Janic Maysonet says:

    I thought at some point that my ministry was simply to follow the guidance of the Bible and fulfill it to the best of my abilities. Simple, right? Serve as somewhat of an example, first to youth, then to young married couples, then to young parents, then to men. But God has honed in on the youth for this season. So, though I thought I was done with the youth and moving to the next phase, God has placed me to shepherd the youth ministry for this season.

  16. Kevin V says:

    v 6 Surely you need guidance to wage war, and victory is won through many advisers.

    This verse shows again the importance of having other strong Christian brothers to seek advice and perspective from. I have a strong Bible study group of men, but am still searching for 1-2 guys who are willing to be an accountability partner.

  17. Darin Palmer says:

    A calling has always been scary thinking that you must quit your job and giveaway everything you own. However, it’s much simpler, just be still, listen, open your heart and follow Jesus!

  18. Brad DeBoer says:

    Meeting up with some guys from church, tonight. Still social distancing. Praying I can find someone to meet with on a regular basis.

  19. Adam says:

    Do not gloat when your enemy falls;
    when they stumble, do not let your heart rejoice,
    18 or the Lord will see and disapprove
    and turn his wrath away from them.

    After watching a past company fail after I left, there was a part of me that felt prideful of my involvement and that justice was served. However companies come and go but people are what is important to God and where my focus needs to be. Father help me to forgive.

  20. Jim says:

    May I continue to grow in wisdom and share that with those around me, filling those with the promised blessings of our Lord.

  21. Matt says:

    “I went past the field of a sluggard, past the vineyard of someone who has no sense; thorns had come up everywhere, the ground was covered with weeds, and the stone wall was in ruins.”
    ‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭24:30-31‬

    When asking myself the question, how does Jesus want me to follow Him today, verses 30 and 31 in today’s reading stood out to me. I am going to look for the weeds in my relationship with my wife and kids and work to remove them when found.

  22. Mark Lubbock says:

    Verse 10 “If you fail under pressure your strength is too small” grabbed me. I’ve failed under pressure often saying or doing things that do not reflect the Jesus in me. The Holy Spirit convicts me powerfully in those instances and I immediately confess & repent. Yet I truly Purpose to put enough Jesus & God’s Word on me that more often Grace & Love come out. Philippians 4:13 describes the source of strength referred to in this passage.

  23. J.T. Fetherolf says:

    Verse 29
    Nothing good ever comes out of trying to “pay back” someone for something they did to you. Yet, I still find myself struggling with this when I am hurt. It is only by giving it over to God and moving passed the hurt that I can have the healing I need.

    I need God to help me handle the strong emotional response when I have been hurt and convict me when my thoughts turn toward “pay back“. I need Him to remind me of the grace He has granted me and the freedom I have through Him.

  24. Ross says:

    “How does Jesus want me to obediently follow him today?” is such a great question! I am going to be conscious of this question daily, and journal what happens and where the Lord leads. Moving forward with expectation!

  25. Chad Husted says:

    my mission must be marriage first. Lord help me to love and care for her well today.

  26. scott kelly says:

    Obedience = (Follow + Jesus). I like the fact that ministry is not necessarily a job or a title for everyone but rather an activity that is, living out our ministry by being indwelt by the Holy Spirit, following Jesus and being obedient. Like Dennis says, communicating with Jesus then one another is key.

  27. Rolin says:

    I am convicted to share God’s Word through Jesus as Jesus disciple and ambassador of God, Jesus Word.

  28. Chris says:

    Haha Eric.
    Seriously asking God daily how er can serve him, what a great way to go about our day. While we never know what the day brings, this is a great calming attitude yo start.

  29. Michael says:

    We definitely do over think ministry and put it on a pedestal. Thank you for helping simplify it and put it in a context that does not seem daunting to attempt.

  30. Eddie says:

    I need to be more diligent in my motivation to do and start things that will only bring about good things and positive and healthy results in my life. I need to start and maintain a workout regimen and continue participating in the church activities I already participate in, but with an open heart and mind, so that He can speak to me through ANYONE, of any age.

  31. Gordon says:

    I’m pursuing more ways to serve the Lord. I sponsor a Bible Study Club after school, but other than this, I’m kind of useless for the Lord. Maybe I should join a skeptic society to witness to atheists. I could start a Stoic Christian website. I’m making progress overcoming OCG, but must spend less time lesson planning and grading.

  32. Mike says:

    I was out of town on Friday and Saturday with my wife and got behind.
    My wife wanted to check out some small shops today which is not my thing but I did it with a joyful attitude and that made her happy.

  33. Lewis Thompson says:

    How does Jesus want me to obediently follow him today?
    To Be Faithful… Honor His Gift of Ministry.

  34. Addison Waite says:

    How does Jesus want you to obediently follow Him today? I feel he wants me to serve others when their need is presented to me today.

  35. Jay Wegiel says:

    I agree, obedience, consistent obedience has a way of turning into Ministry.

    • Stephen says:

      To be humble …and the most recurring theme of Proverbs for me…Wisdom, to be wise….that is my step today towards obedience.

  36. shane.young says:

    V10 if you falter in a time of trouble how small is your strength. Lord, help me be obedient to your call to lead our parish men’s ministry with passion and compassion. Amen.

  37. Pete says:

    Wisdom and knowledge for from God and those he has educated. Guys thank you for sharing this morning and the push to journeyman

  38. Chuck says:

    Verses to remember:
    14 Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
    28 Do not testify against your neighbor without cause—would you use your lips to mislead?

    • Caleb says:

      Here’s one area of focus for me that I want to self-check every day.

      Ephesians 6:4 Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord

  39. Michael says:

    Vs 17 Do not rejoice when your enemy stumbles

    This is a great verse, and points to Jesus on the Sermon on the Mount telling them to love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you

    My call to action is to put others before myself, I’m concerned with my needs first and foremost, and I want to be more considerate of others

  40. Troy says:

    Still Struggle with motives in my head daily………..
    Proverbs24:12 -If you say, “But we knew nothing about this,”
    does not he who weighs the heart perceive it?
    Does not he who guards your life know it?
    Will he not repay everyone according to what they have done?
    God is the One who knows the truth about the motives of the heart and the excuses for failing to do what is right.

  41. Bill Fuess says:

    Thanx for the encouragement
    Praying for God’s best my life yours Gentlemen!!

  42. Colin Froese says:

    I definitely overcomplicate God’s calling for my life. I assume what taking a leap of faith might result in and often, in doing so, I question God’s intention for my life. I know this is wrong. God wants me to start with small steps, and he will lead me to greater things, with time.

  43. Troy says:

    I thought and looked for a calling in my life, I know now that Jesus does the calling and I need just follow him and be obedient. Holy spirit please help me to recognize when Jesus is calling and help me to be obedient him.

  44. Troy says:

    v27 Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready after that, build your house. Makes me think about what I should be doing NOW. Pointing others around me to Jesus/God making sure they know what is at stake if they dont believe and accept Jesus as their lord and savior. Give me the courage lord to do this and help me to be obedient in doing this.

  45. Joe McConkey says:

    Most helpful challenge for me today. This is it period. Listen to and follow Jesus in obedience all day every day. I’ve walked with him for 44 years. This is the way walk in it. Don’t complicate it. Thanks Vince!

  46. Bert says:

    11 Rescue those being led away to death;
    hold back those staggering toward slaughter.

    As a disciple of Christ, I’m called to rescue and disciple them.

  47. Gavin says:

    “Come follow me”

    A few acts of obedience God has called is to be in connection with him through reading his scripture and prayer. Over the past 31 days this challenge has proven fruit and a deeper relationship with Christ. A lot has spoken to me via finding true Wisdom and Knowledge.

  48. Ian Bonthron says:

    Following Jesus on a daily basis has become a much greater priority in my life. It is now No longer just something I consider it is something I desire and want to do daily.

  49. Mark Lundquist says:

    I have found that I dont always know how I am to follow Christ each day as I wake up. I can look at the day and try to figure out how it is going to go and then plan how to follow Him and that in fact works very often, but more often than not I am placed into a position or a circumstance that I did not anticipate. Its in this circumstance that I am led to do something for the Kingdom. Today is one of those days that can go in many different directions. I will wait today knowing He is going to place me where He wants to place me.
    Bring it on!

  50. Dean Wendler says:

    Verse 27 ” Put your outdoor work in order and get your fields ready; then build your house.” I have some legal things to get in order, along with paperwork. Need to get it done this winter or the family will be in trouble, if I should die. Ministry activity – firm up next meeting with my two friends.

  51. Ryan Gatzlaff says:

    I really appreciate the practical perspective Vince offers regarding daily ministry. We will be engaging in ministry by following God’s leading in our lives.

    • Brian Menk says:

      This challenge is so important for us all. We strive to live like Jesus, perhaps the best way to do that is to live out each day performing small acts of ministry. Simple things like truly caring about others, showing forgiveness where most would not, or boldly speaking to your friends about your own relationship with Jesus. There are so many opportunities for ministry in our own lives. Men, let’s take this challenge and live it out every day!

  52. Eric M. says:

    I’m asking the Lord everyday now to help me wear my faith like a badge of honor for all to see. But obviously in humility so that the people around me know I am different. Be not of us this world . Lord, help me to live this DAILY for you.

  53. Samuel says:

    Thank God I have finally listened and acted and have at least found part of what I needed to get from this process. I have been such an unsupportive and loving husband and today that stops. I will continually ask God what he wants me to do today and then listen. Now also to work on finding a brother to share this with so we both can continue to grow.

  54. Dave Benson says:

    By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.Proverbs 24:3-4

    I think for me my act of obedience is to learn from the pattern of the PACT and PASS that we have been using. It’s helped me to recognize the Spirit as my Helper as together we slowly build up my house. By not following my Helper, I was overlooking things in the building process.

  55. John says:

    A small act of obedience today is being fully present with my wife at all times ⚡⚡⚡

  56. Brad says:

    Seeking wisdom and understanding has been a continual thread throughout these Proverbs the last month. I am learning about seeking wisdom and understanding in all things…

  57. Dennis says:

    Wow! Between the devotional and lesson today something has been clearly shown. Do not be looking for a calling! Just follow Jesus! Another is that fundamentals are needed. Learn how to communicate with Jesus so we can communicate with each other. Increase our wisdom daily as we strive for righteousness!

  58. Eric says:

    Name it, wasnt he the guy who started the football trophy?

    Follow Him. I love it, how simple is that. We follow him then everything else falls into place. What freedom in that.

  59. Joe says:

    I’ve always known that praying out loud is a real challenge for me, and it is the one area of being a Christ follower I struggle with the most. Thank you Jesus for friends and for this 35 day challenge. Help me make this a lifestyle for the rest of my life.

  60. David says:

    My ministry today is my son. He has been looking forward to working on a project with me today, so I get to spend time building into him today.

  61. Steve Roarke says:

    Love your enemy’s and be wise with your thoughts and decisions, for God knows your heart.

  62. cory doden says:

    Verses 33 & 34 struck me. I’m finishing a 4 year stint on church council, 3 as chair. Truthfully I’m looking forward to ” a little sleep and a little slumber ” from those duties. The verses above tell me get on to a new ministry!

  63. Edward says:

    I have been “following” Jesus for the past year and I am overwhelmed with awe, shock, and amazement with all the doors that suddenly appear virtually out of nowhere right in front of me. As I serve others, I am receiving back way more than I deserve.

  64. Dan says:

    Seek wisdom in all you do, Find good advisors who can help you expand your alternatives and evaluate your choices. Do not be boastful in your victories, but keep a humble heart which pleases the Lord.

  65. Ben says:

    27 Put your outdoor work in order
    and get your fields ready;
    after that, build your house.
    Preparation, direction, and obedience.

  66. Edward says:

    I have always been uncomfortable with the word “calling”. Thank you, Vince, for clarifying that I only need to follow Jesus.

  67. Squirrel says:

    Ok fellas I prayed about it, boldly asked how God wants me to obediently follow and I’m waiting for the answer.

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