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Key Bible Passage: Isaiah 36-37
Today’s key question comes directly from the Bible text itself, and it is even being asked by an enemy of God’s people. Simple but yet so profound: “On what do you rest this trust of your?”
By now we have talked so much about Trusting God in this so-called Great Adventure. But let’s pause for a moment: What is your adventure, specifically? Is it college plans? A new job? Is it company expansion? Or is it just the never-ending job of raising kids? Is it the coming school year? Or is it life itself? => Define Your adventure. What’s this tough situation you are facing?
Now that we have defined your adventure, we need to recognize that Satan not only wants to challenge you and rob you of your joy, Satan also wants to take away our confidence. With a smirky grin on his face he challenges you: “So, on what do you rest this trust of your?”
Pastor Bryce highlighted four steps in Hezekiah’s that boosted his confidence:
- Bringing the challenges to God
When you are faced with a tough decision, what do you want to be your standard response? Strategizing? Planning? Consult with someone? Or do you want it to be connecting with God? If so, make it a point to daily connect with God. In times of trouble, it comes naturally to run to Him. (Read Daniel 6:1-10)
- Bring them right away to God
Don’t let negative thoughts linger. They will only eat you up. Instead, as soon as you are beginning to doubt, get angry, or just feel confused, bring your concerns to God and focus on HIM – right away. (Read Philippians 4:4-7)
- Bring them to God, together
As we have learned from our Bible text, the prophet Isaiah was aware of the situation, and upon Hezekiah’s prayer, Isaiah stepped in, to relay God’s message to the king. Who are 2-3 people, men or women of God, who can speak into your life? Allow them to also point out flaws in your life, and let them walk with you. (Read Ecclesiastes 4:9-12)
- Bring them to the center of God’s will
And ultimately, on a daily basis make it a point to know what God wants from you. Being equipped with the right roadmap (the Bible) will keep you on track. But, study the map before you head out and lose sight of some important reference points. (Read Philippians 4:8-9)
Through the Bible in one Year
Join us in reading through the entire Bible in one year. Each day of this plan guides you through passages from both the Old and New Testaments, allowing you to see connections between the history of our faith, and the fulfillment of God’s redemptive plan. Readings average four chapters in length, so it is posible to do. When you use the YouVersion Bible App, you can even have the app read the Bible text to you – very useful when you are in the car or otherwise occupied with your hand.
All you need to do is click the link to the Bible Plan, which should lead you straight to the Bible app. Your two options are now (1) to read the plan on your own, one day at the time. Or (2) you can make it more fun and rewarding, by sharing the plan with one or more friends, and then even “Talk about it”.