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Devotionals

Encouragement Through the Journey

Thank you for taking the 90 Day Challenge! We know that God is going to do incredible things over the next three months as you step out in obedience. To encourage you through this journey, we’ve created devotionals (designed for every other day) to inspire you as you remain steadfast in your pledge.

Day 1: Favor

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Malachi 3:10 – "Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my temple. If you do,’ says the Lord of Heaven’s armies, ‘I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” 

THINK
Now that you have begun the 90-Day Challenge, God’s promise to bless your life has begun as well.  But you might be saying, “What blessing? I don’t see any blessing!”

To be blessed means to be on the receiving end of the tangible and intangible favor of God. When we bring the tithe, God promises to bless us. So take a close look at your life. Can you see His favor?  Look closer. His favor is there because God’s promises are true.  God says what He means.

PRAY
Ask God to open your eyes to His tangible and intangible favor in your life and then give Him thanks for every act of favor you see.

ACT
It is always good to share what God is doing in your life.  Tell someone about God’s acts of favor in your life. Share Your Story.

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Day 2: Honor

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Proverbs 3:9 – “Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops.”

THINK
The 90-Day Challenge is about more than just money. It is about honoring God. To honor is to give worth to another by doing something. The Bible tells us to honor God with the tithe, the first ten percent of our income. By bringing the tithe to Fellowship Church, we give God the glory He is due.

Honor is also about promoting or making someone known. When the tithe is brought to Fellowship Church, it is the financial provision for the ministries that God uses to bring life-change. Every time a life is changed through Jesus Christ, God is honored. His name is made known and promoted! So honor the Lord with the first of all your income.

PRAY
Pray a high-risk prayer. Ask God to give you specific opportunities to invite people who are far from God to come to church this weekend.

ACT
Throughout your day, expect God to give you opportunities to invite people to church this weekend. Be on the lookout and when you see that person, don’t hesitate. Invite them!

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Day 3: Generosity

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John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” 

THINK
The very essence of God is generosity. “For God so loved the world that He gave ….” Giving is what our Heavenly Father is all about. He delights in giving us good things because that is His nature. Generosity is who He is.

Unfortunately, generosity is not inherent with humanity. We are all natural born takers. Our fallen nature is bent toward what we can get and not what we can give. But when we receive Christ, we receive His nature, the nature of God. With Christ in us, we are wired to give generously. The 90-Day Challenge is a perfect opportunity to begin tapping into this new nature we have received from God. Now is the time for us to be who we truly are, so give and give generously!

PRAY
Thank God for the gift of eternal life found in Christ and ask Him to open your eyes to opportunities to give.

ACT
Generosity comes in many forms. We can give with our words, actions, finances, and possessions. Be quick today to compliment others. Be kind with your actions. Be generous with your finances. And bless others with your possessions.

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Day 4: Stewardship, Part 1

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Psalms 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein.” 

THINK
The Bible declares that God alone is the Author and Creator of all things. Whatever God makes, He owns. We are not owners. We are managers of all that God has given us.

Our stuff is not our stuff – it’s God’s stuff! Thus, He expects us to manage His possessions in a way that brings Him the honor and glory He deserves. The 90- Day Challenge will help crystalize the truth of stewardship as you develop the habit of bringing back to God what is already His.

PRAY
Thank God for His blessings in your life and ask Him to give you the wisdom and discernment needed to be a good and faithful manager of the stuff He has entrusted to you.

ACT
Walk through your home and take a visual survey of all your possessions. As you do, remind yourself that everything you have belongs to God and your responsibility is to be a wise manager of all that you have.

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Day 5: Stewardship, Part 2

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Genesis 1:26 – “Then God said, ‘Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.’” 

THINK
Mankind’s stewardship began in the Garden of Eden, where God gave Adam and Eve dominion – not ownership – over all of creation. Adam and Eve’s sole responsibility was to manage the garden and care for all the living things in it. Their job was to see that nothing was abused or exploited, and that the goods God provided were neither spoiled nor wasted.

Biblical stewardship, fundamentally, is the responsibility for managing or allocating resources that do not belong to us. They belong, ultimately, to God. When we bring the tithe to Fellowship Church, the act of bringing is an emphatic reminder that God is the owner and we are the managers.

PRAY
Ask God to show you any area of your life that is not submitted to Him. Specifically, think about your possessions and ask God to reveal any selfishness or greed.

ACT
Find something you possess and give it away to someone who needs it or might want it.

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Day 6: In the Zone

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Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.  Never rely on what you think you know.  Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way.”

THINK
Pastor Ed talks about living life “in the zone”; an area that is set apart, or distinguished in some respect, from its adjoining areas.  It’s an area that stands in marked contrast to others around it.  In short, it’s the sweet spot of life.”

Here is the all-important question: Do you want to live a life in marked contrast to those around you? If you do, then that life is found in the zone, God’s sweet spot of success.  It’s living a life that’s not reliant upon what you think you know, but rather trusting God and His word.  As you continue in the 90-Day Challenge, know that you are obeying God’s word and thus “in the zone”.

PRAY
Thank God for the ability to live in obedience to His word through Christ Jesus.

ACT
Read today’s verse, Proverbs 3:5-6, aloud at least three times a day.  As you hear yourself speaking, think, “I’m living in the zone! I’m standing within the sweet spot of God’s success!” 

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Day 7: In the Zone, Part 2

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Luke 6:38 – “Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands – all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.”

THINK
The Bible reveals that every Christ-follower can choose to live “in the zone” of God’s favor, the sweet spot of success. How? First and foremost, living in the zone is about seeing God as He really is and mimicking His character in our lives!  One essential part of God’s character is giving. God is a giver not a taker. He is generous beyond measure.

When we reflect God’s generosity by giving, it opens the door for Him to bless us both tangibly and intangibly.  Jesus said, “Give to others, and God will give to you”.  Could it be any clearer?  Let the 90-Day Challenge be a starting point for you to reflect God’s character daily. 

PRAY
Ask God to deepen your personal understanding of today’s verse, and to show you specifically how generosity can become a regular part of your daily life.

ACT
This weekend at FC put your generosity into action by giving a financial contribution in addition to your tithe. 

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Day 8: In the Zone, Part 3

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Malachi 3:10 – “Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there.  Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things.”

THINK
Within the 90-Day Challenge, we are learning a very important principle – tithing is bringing back to God what is already his. Thus, bringing the full amount (gross not net), shows God that we trust Him to provide for every aspect of our life. 

God commands us to bring the first 10% of our income back to the local church in order to provide for the ministries that bring life-change. And when we all bring the tithe, there will be plenty of food or financial resources to provide for the church.

PRAY
Ask God to multiply your tithe many times over. And thank Him for the ways in which He will pour out His favor upon your life. 

ACT
If you are not already serving at Fellowship Church now is the time! In this way, you will be providing financially and physically for the ministries of Fellowship Church.

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Day 9: Commitment

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Matthew 6:33 – “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.”

THINK
Question: Do your commitments line up with your God-given priorities? This is a game-changing question. Today’s verse underscores the foundation of our top priority – to seek God’s rule and reign in every part of our lives. Thus, we place God first in our marriage, our family, our church, our job – you get the picture!

Now here is where the rubber meets the road. Look carefully at your commitments. Do they line up and reflect your priorities? For example, you say you put God first in your church, but does your attendance, service, and giving reflect that priority? You say you put God first in your marriage, but do you truly love your spouse and put him/her above every other human relationship? During the 90-Day Challenge, you will have many opportunities to examine your commitments comparatively within the framework of God-given priorities.

PRAY
Ask God to make very clear to you where your commitments are falling short of your priorities.

ACT
When you discover a commitment that does not align with your God-given priorities, be decisive, and make any change necessary. 

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Day 10: Commitment, Part 2

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James 1:22 – “But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourself.”

THINK
To have success in life, it is mandatory that your commitments line up with your God-given priorities. In other words, do what God says, not just give ear to it. Make the following declaration: When God says bring the tithe to the Fellowship Church (priority), I bring it faithfully every time I am paid (commitment).

Here is a tip that will serve you well: Once you have aligned your commitments with God’s priorities, make a commitment to your commitments. By making a commitment to your commitments, over time, you will establish a habit, a life-giving habit that will reap untold blessings throughout your life.

PRAY
Thank God for the strength and endurance you have in Christ. Declare the truth to your Heavenly Father that in Christ you can stay committed to your commitments.

ACTOne way to stay committed to your tithing commitment is to establish recurring online giving. Learn more https://fellowshipchurch.com/give.

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Day 11: Commitment, Part 3

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Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us.  Philippians 3:17

THINK
Line up your commitments with God’s priorities. Stay committed to those commitments so as to establish a life-giving habit. Sounds great but sometimes it is hard to stay committed to what I know I should. We all tend to drift in life and soon find ourselves far from where we started.

One action that will help you stay committed to your commitments is to seek out people with like commitments. Take a step closer to individuals who show by their lives that they practice what they preach. These are players not pretenders. These individuals can encourage you by their words and their actions, which will be a huge help in keeping you committed to your commitments.

PRAY
Ask God to open your eyes to see the players as well as the pretenders. Ask him to give you opportunities to connect with the players.

ACT
During the 90 Day Challenge, actively connect with the players who have been bringing the tithe for years. Ask them to share with you their experiences of God’s blessing and be prepared to hear some amazing stories!

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Day 12: The Love of Money

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No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. - Matthew 6:24

THINK
Money is a powerful thing largely because it represents who we are. We spend a great deal of our time and energy trying to earn it and spend it. Money becomes so much a part of us that it can dominate and control us. Without even realizing it we become its worshipper and it becomes our god. Money becomes the master we serve!

Keep in mind that money always over-promises and under-delivers. It promises us those things that only our Heavenly Father can give – importance, security, confidence, and freedom. When money becomes the boss, we almost always find ourselves empty and wanting more. You cannot serve both God and money.

PRAY
Tell God that He and He alone is your master and you will look to Him for everything in your life.

ACT
During the 90 Day Challenge let the act of bringing the tithe to Fellowship Church be a strong reminder that you serve God and not money.

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Devotional 13: The Love of Money, Part 2

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For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. - 1 Timothy 6:10

THINK
The common misconception of this verse is that money is the root of all kinds of evil. But let's read the scripture again; it is not money that is the root of all kinds of evil, but the love of money. It is the craving of money, where money no longer serves us, but we serve it. When we love money, it will lead us. When money leads, it will take us to places we do not want to go – greed, discontent and debt.

Money in and of itself is neutral. It has the potential to be used for good or bad. One of the most effective ways to not love money is to leverage it for the kingdom of God. The 90 Day Challenge is an opportunity to develop the discipline of leveraging not loving money. When you bring the tithe to Fellowship Church, you provide for more people to know Christ, for more marriages to be unified and strengthened, and for more students and children to live for the Lord.

PRAY
Tell God that you love Him not money. Thank Him for the opportunity to leverage the money He has entrusted to you for His Kingdom’s work.

ACT
Tonight when you eat your dinner meal, reflect on the today's verse, 1 Timothy 6:10, and if married, discuss it with your spouse.

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Devotional 14: The Love of Money, Part 3

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Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5

THINK
Be content with what you have! What is contentment? It is the ability to admire without the need to acquire. It is the capacity to look at something and compliment it without having to own it. What really energizes the lack of contentment is envy. You see someone who possesses what you wish you had. You hear someone share how their life has been blessed in ways yours has not been blessed. Envy blows in and contentment flies out!  

Contentment is a developed character trait.  As you learn to keep your life free from the love of money, you will begin to cultivate contentment. When the craving for more “stuff” becomes gratitude for what you already have, the love of money takes a backseat to contentment, allowing you to see the God’s love and His many blessings in your life.

PRAY
Thank God for all the many ways He has blessed you.

ACT
Take a moment today to go out of your way to compliment someone who has something that you do not.

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Day 15: Dealing with Debt

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And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented, gathered to David. And he became captain over them. - 1 Samuel 22:2

THINK
Everyone who was in distress, debt and discontent - sounds like a lot of people we all know. Maybe even you. More often than not, that distress and discontent are conditions that really come from debt.  And, debt that cannot be paid will keep you in distress. If everything you earn is going pay down debt, you will be discontented. Moral of this story – stay out of debt!

The average American family spends more money than it earns; we are buying things with money we don’t have. And since you have begun the 90 Day Challenge, there is no doubt you have started taking a serious look at where your money goes. If you have discovered that you are spending more than you are earning, now is the time to make some serious course corrections.

PRAY
Ask God to give to open your eyes to any debt problems you may have and then earnestly ask Him for the wisdom to make the necessary corrections in your finances.

ACT
When you see a necessary course correction in your spending or money management, do not hesitate to make the changes. In the words of Nike, “Just Do It.”

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