the hard truth

The Hard Truth 4 - God Will Allow You To Go Through Pain

Life isn’t always easy. In fact, God promised us it wouldn’t be. What do we do when we are going through pain in life? In the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, we learn how to persevere when we are thrown into the fires of life.

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MONDAY: Read Daniel 3. How does Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respond to Nebuchadnezzer? 

TUESDAY: Have you ever had a crisis of belief? Write down your experience. Did you persevere or did you go back? Why should we continue to push forward even when it doesn't seem to get better?

WEDNESDAY: One of the ways we persevere is by listening for God's voice, but too many of us never take the time. Today, practice listening for 10 minutes. Sit in silence and listen for the voice of God. 

THURSDAY: Another way we persevere is by waiting for God to fulfill His promise. What are you waiting on God for now? Pray to God for what you are waiting for. 

FRIDAY:  Look up "Another in the Fire" by Hillsong United. Listen to the words. How do we know that we aren't alone in the fire?

The Hard Truth 3 - Church Isn't About You

Our culture has made church all about themselves. We only go if it fits our needs. But is this what God had in mind when the church began, to be all about us? In 1 Samuel, we see the Israelites thinking they know better than God, and we can learn a lot from their example.

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MONDAY: Read 1 Samuel 8. How have you seen the response God gave to Samuel play out in your life?

TUESDAY: How have you seen yourself make things about you? Have you done anything to prevent that from happening again?

WEDNESDAY: Spend 5 to 10 minutes today praising God through prayer. Spend time being in harmony with Him. 

THURSDAY: What do you need to start doing to stop relying on the church to feed you? Whatever it is (reading, spending alone time with God, journaling, etc.), start doing it today. 

FRIDAY:  Do you have any "consumerism" thoughts when it comes to church? What do you need to remind yourself today to remind you that church isn't about you?

The Hard Truth 2 - God Commands You To Give

Being generous is hard to do, but nowhere in the Bible does God tell us giving is an option. In fact, giving is a requirement for following. How do we readjust our priorities so that we can obey God with our giving?

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MONDAY: Read 2 Corinthians 9:6-11. Where does your giving come from? Why is giving so important in 2 Corinthians?

TUESDAY There are three reasons many of us don't like to hear about giving. Which one do you find yourself feeling? Where does that feeling come from?

WEDNESDAY: Giving is hard, no matter what your financial situation is. But God commands it of us. Pray today for the right heart so that you can give cheerfully.

THURSDAY: How can you be a cheerful giver today? Where can you give or be generous? Whether its buying a strangers lunch, giving to a charity, or donating to church, find a way to give today. 

FRIDAY:  Out of the three objections Eric talked about on Sunday, which objection do you find yourself using? How has your feelings towards that objection changed?

The Hard Truth 1 - Pick It Up Yourself!

Jesus did not die on a cross to save us from our sins so that we could trap ourselves by them again. Jesus tells us to pick up our cross and follow Him. What does that look like in our lives?

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MONDAY: Read Mark 8:27-38. How do things change for Peter within this chapter? What does it show that Jesus goes from praising Peter to telling him to pick up his cross. 

TUESDAY What is the difference between a fan and a follower? What are you a fan of and what are you a follower of? Are you a fan or follower of Jesus?

WEDNESDAY: Denying yourself, picking up your cross, and following Jesus is really hard. Pray to God to reveal what it looks like in your life.

THURSDAY: What can you do today to deny yourself? In what ways can you put your needs aside to practice what Jesus commanded us to do? 

FRIDAY: We would rather believe in hard truths than nice lies. What are some nice lies you have believed or still believe?