WEEK 1 – Devotional by Brook Chalfant
If you could judge a book by its cover, I never would’ve opened the book my husband gave me for my birthday a few years back. He found it at a used bookstore and thought it shouted my name. The cover was murky brown. Nice. Just above a thin, cryptic photo in the center were these words in a gold, glowy font: Be the Light.
Hmmm. That intrigued me… Be the Light: A Blueprint for a Happy and Successful Life.
Turns out, the book is FILLED with gut-wrenching, heart-warming, “are-you-kidding-me?” stories of people from all walks, all statuses of life. People like you and me who, out of some combination of status quo, numbing grind, heartache, failure, depression, anxiety, or complete devastation, tapped in to heroic grit that reoriented their life, joy, purpose, and impact.
In spite of every justication for keeping a sword wildly swinging through life, or, conversely, keeping their eyes fixed on their navel, each made a herculean choice to … you guessed it … BE THE LIGHT.
Each decided, “Enough is enough” and courageously took one step forward. Then another. Then another. Until a bigger, more meaningful world opened up. (Not always an easier world, but a better one.)
It’s a choice we all can make… should make. But how?
It starts with fierce love and actions ahead of feelings or pay off.
When things get hard in our families and our life, it’s easy to revert to fight or flight. We get defensive, build walls, sling mud, sink into despair, settle for less, or try to escape ALL the emotions through all sorts of unhealthy habits.
But what if, instead, we tapped in to enough grit to humbly and relentlessly pursue the breathtaking character and nature of God and His heart for us?
What if we bit our tongues, steadied our minds and made the brave shift to love others with no guarantee of the outcome or reciprocity here on earth?
What if we —over and over, as many times as it took —told status quo, the world’s “wisdom,” or whispers of hurt, fear, selfishness, and shame to stick it? I dare you.
We can boldly ask God to equip us with supernatural grace, hope and faith that refuse to be extinguished. And He will!
Now is that time. Let’s dedicate ourselves to prayer and fasting that makes room for fierce love for God, ourselves, our families, and others —love that reignites our vision and fortitude and lights the world.
“You are blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule… You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever get… Let me tell you why you are here… You are here to be light… Shine!” Matthew 5: 3, 6, 14
Day 2 – I Will Pursue God’s Love For Me
Is anyone thirsty? Come and drink … it’s all free! … Come to Me with your ears wide open. Listen, and YOU WILL FIND LIFE.
Isaiah 55:1, 3 NLT
Who could ever separate us from the endless love of God’s Anointed One? Absolutely no one! For nothing in the universe has the power to diminish His love toward us. Troubles, pressures, and problems are unable to come between us and heaven’s love.
Romans 8:35 TPT
Day 3 – I Will Confidently Trust That God Is For Me & My Family
The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
James 5:16 NLT
And we are confident that He hears us whenever we ask for anything that pleases Him. And since we know He hears us when we make our requests, we also know that He will give us what we ask for.
1 John 5:14-15 NLT
Day 4 – I Will Rely On The Holy Spirit
But the Helper (Comforter, Advocate, Intercessor— Counselor, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things.
John 14:26 AMP
Day 5 – I Will Love Others With Supernatural Grace
Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other. Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good.
Romans 12:9-10, 21 NLT
Day 6 – I Will Conquer Strongholds
He trains my hands for battle; He strengthens my arm to draw a bronze bow… I chased my enemies and caught them; I did not stop until they were conquered.
Psalm 18:34, 37 NLT
So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
James 4:7 NLT
Day 7 – I Will Walk In Faith & Hope
And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:9 NLT