40 Days of Discipline


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 40 – Review

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)

 

Today we conclude our 40 days of Discipline journey.  As in prior years, you are encouraged to use today to review lessons you have learned and commitments you have made.  We engage in this 40-days journey each year with the sincere desire to improve our walk with God through daily practice of the Disciplines.  We do not want this to be a purely “theoretical” exercise.

This year we focused on the theme: a world in need.  The 11 Disciplines we reviewed are powerful tools to minister to the world if we practice them with the guidance and power of the Holy Spirit.  With that guidance and power, we are equipped to let the world know that God loved them so much that He gave his one and only Son. The world so desperately needs to know and accept this.

Tomorrow we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  Let’s do so with reenergized gratitude for God’s amazing grace and a renewed commitment to share His love with the world.

 

Suggestion:

Pray specifically for God to show you what he wants you to focus on from the 40-days journey.


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 34 – Review

Shout for joy to God, all the earth!  2 Sing the glory of his name; make his praise glorious.  Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!  So great is your power that your enemies cringe before you.  All the earth bows down to you; they sing praise to you, they sing the praises of your name.” (Psalm 66:1 – 4)

 

Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days. Having covered the Disciplines of Counsel, Creation and Sabbath, we have now completed our review of 11 Disciplines and considered how our practice of them can minister to a world in need.

As I reflect on the disciplines we covered this week, I see qualities of God that I need to make the world more aware of.  For example: Counsel reveals His wisdom; Creation reveals His sovereignty; and Sabbath reveals His sufficiency.

Please spend some time prayerfully reflecting on what we have covered this week.  God will make your time rewarding.

 

Question

Based on your reflections, what can you apply to help a world in need?

 

 


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 28 – Review

Whoever finds their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life for my sake will find it. (Matthew 10:39)

 

Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days.  This week we focused on the Disciplines of Service and Stewardship as we considered our theme: A world in need.

This was a great week of learning and I want to thank all commentators again for adding to the richness of this experience.  I really do learn a lot from all of you.  Throughout the week, I was reminded of the importance of giving – giving myself in service, and giving God’s resources as a good steward.

 

Question

What stuck with you this week that you can apply as an agent of God in a world in need?

 

 


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 22 – Review

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3)

 

Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days. This week we focused on the Disciplines of Worship and Fellowship.  It is quite interesting to be considering these Disciplines while the world deals with Covid-19.  The human tragedy related to this pandemic should certainly be our primary focus, but I can’t help but notice that the virus is causing Christians to reconsider how corporate Worship and Fellowship are practiced.  This presents an opportunity for us to really get to the heart of these Disciplines.  This should make your review even more exciting!

Suggestion

Many useful suggestions were made by commentators during the week.  As you perform your review, if you come up with more suggestions for applying the Disciplines of Worship and Fellowship in ways that will positively impact a world in need, please share them.

 

 


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 16 – Review

In the first year of Darius son of Xerxes (a Mede by descent), who was made ruler over the Babylonian kingdom— in the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, understood from the Scriptures, according to the word of the Lord given to Jeremiah the prophet, that the desolation of Jerusalem would last seventy years.  So I turned to the Lord God and pleaded with him in prayer and petition, in fasting, and in sackcloth and ashes. (Daniel 9:1 – 3)

 

Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days.  In our reviews of the Disciplines of Prayer and Fasting we learned a lot about the posture we should take to A World in Need.  Think about what you have learned, and if you have missed any of the days, you can catch up.

As you reflect on what you have learned, note in the passage above how Daniel turned to prayer and fasting in response to the political and spiritual situation in Jerusalem.  Please consider the suggestion and question below and ask God to help you to apply the lessons from His word to your life.

 

Suggestion/Question

Think about practical ways you can make praying for the world a consistent part of your routine.  Note the suggestion provided by David Jordan on Day 11 (March 9th).  Do you have any suggestions to share?

 

 


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 10 – Review

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.  23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like.  25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. (James 1:22 – 25)

 

Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days.  In our reviews of the Disciplines of Bible Study and Spiritual Warfare, we saw the tremendous impact we can have on A World in Need.  Think about what you have learned, and if you have missed any of the days, you can use today to catch up.

Please consider the question and suggestion below and ask God to help you to apply the lessons from His word to your life.

Question/Suggestion

Can you think of someone you really care about who could benefit from some Biblical wisdom?  Prayerfully think about how you might be able to share something relevant from God’s word with them.

 

 


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 34 – Review

5Blessed are those whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord their God.  6He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them—he remains faithful forever.  (Psalm 146:5 – 6)

 

Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days.  We have covered the Disciplines of Counsel, Creation and Sabbath.  Please reflect on what we have discussed regarding the three disciplines as they relate to God’s glory.

We have now completed our review of the 11 Disciplines and during Passion Week we turn our full attention to Jesus and behold His glory.

Ask God to help you to apply the lessons from His word to your life.

 

Question:

What did you learn this week that you can apply?


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 28 – Review

10Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.  11If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.  If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. (1 Peter 4:10 – 11)

 

Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days.  We have covered the Disciplines of Service and Stewardship.  Please reflect on what we have discussed regarding the two disciplines as they relate to God’s glory.  Again, I encourage you to check out the comments.

Ask God to help you to apply the lessons from His word to your life.

 

Question

What did you learn this week that you can apply?


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 22 – Review

Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. (Psalm 34:3)

 

Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days.  We have covered the Disciplines of Worship and Fellowship.  Please reflect on what we have discussed regarding the two disciplines as they relate to God’s glory.  Again, I encourage you to check out the comments.

Ask God to help you to apply the lessons from His word to your life.

 

Question

  • What did you learn this week that you can apply?


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40 Days of Discipline: Day 16 – Review

10David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly, saying, “Praise be to you, Lord, the God of our father Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.  11Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the majesty and the splendor, for everything in heaven and earth is yours. Yours, Lord, is the kingdom; you are exalted as head over all.  12Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things.  In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all.  13Now, our God, we give you thanks, and praise your glorious name.  (1 Chronicles 29:10 – 13)

 

Today is dedicated to reviewing what we have learned over the past five days.  We have covered the Disciplines of Prayer and Fasting.  Please reflect on what we have discussed regarding the two disciplines as they relate to God’s glory.  Again, I encourage you to check out the comments.

Ask God to help you to apply the lessons from his word to your life.

 

Question

What did you learn this week that you can apply?