But First Jesus Challenge

{Day 1}

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you craved Jesus in the morning as much as you do coffee? If you were hungry for the word before anything else? I know it would be for myself. So today starts the first day of the first ever 30 day #butfirstJesuschallenge.

The rules are simple! Wake up, read your Bible and pray before you do anything else. I have choosen to read a chapter of Acts a day. Since Acts is 28 chapters long I will read Romans for the last two days of the challenge.

Join me as I delve into the word before anything else each morning!

I will be adding to this post as the challenge goes on!

{Day 2}

#butfirstJesuschallenge Today I woke up late and tired. I went straight to the kitchen to empty the dishwasher and make breakfast when I spied my Bible out the corner of my eye. I poured over Acts 2 before I caffeinated for day 2. I consider that a roll. 😊 Join me! Onelovedamericangirl.com

{Day 3}

Today’s #butfirstJesuschallenge Bible reading was Acts 3 one of my favorite stories. A crippled man sitting at a gate called beautiful by the temple was miraculously healed by Jesus’ disciples. This crippled man wasn’t hiding his affliction away in pride or embarrassment he sat where everyone could see asking for help. By a gate called beautiful. Nowadays we get so caught up in appearances or perceptions we don’t usually talk about our testimony until we achieve a victory. This story reminds me that God is in the business of giving miracles where people can see. Are you hiding away what you are walking through praying for a miracle. Who is going to see that miracle? Who would witness it? This story shows that we sit in beauty even before the victory. Give it to God and don’t let pride force you to hide. Their is no shame in holding faith in the storm. There is beauty before the victory.

{Day 4}

Day 4 of the 30 day #butfirstJesuschallenge #Acts4 “When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus.” The disciples were different because they lived with Jesus. They knew him and it changed them. Are you different for your faith or do you just go through the motions? Jesus changes people as they get to know him. How has Jesus changed you?

{Day 5}

Day 5 of the 30 day #butfirstJesuschallenge today is Acts 5. The story of Ananias and Sapphira. If you are not familiar with this story this is a married couple that sold some property with the intention of giving the money to the disciples while keeping some secretly for themselves. With perhaps the intention of gaining spiritual praise while still having the gain of money. The biggest part of this story that stuck out to me today was this line Acts 5:3 “Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?” Satan had filled this mans heart. This mans deception and ultimately his and his wife’s deaths started in his heart. The state of our hearts are therefore a life or death thing. The love that we carry in it, the thoughts that we follow, the people we converge with all starting in the heart. Will the things you carry in your heart lead you to gain in the kingdom of Christ or lead to death? A heavy thought to think for a Saturday morning I know. But it blessed me and awakened me. Today examine the contents of your heart. Pour them out before God. They matter.

{Day 6}

#butfirstJesuschallenge day 6 Acts 6 reading. The part of today that stood out to me was “Now Stephen, a man full of God’s grace and power, performed great wonders and signs among the people.” The Bible itself describes Stephen as a success. He’s further described in this chapter as having a face like an angel when he spoke. That’s extremely high praise so of course he had it easy going of his time right? No. He was persecuted in this chapter, liars were brought against him to accuse him of blasphemy. Success brings about persecution? Yes it does. If you are being persecuted today for your faith count yourself in good company. And know that God sees you. Be blessed and see you tomorrow.

{Day 7}

#butfirstJesuschallenge day 7 Acts 7. This chapter there was so so much that stood out to me. If you have not read it I suggest doing so but the most amazing thing was Stephens courage and then his forgiveness. Stephen was charged with blasphemy and knew the punishment could be death. Did he shrink in his opportunity to speak? No. He stood firmly in the truth and ended up being stoned because of it. The most amazing thing to me was as he was stoned he saw into heaven and Jesus standing next to God. Jesus who we usually hear of sitting at the right hand of God was standing next to his father in support of Stephen. To know at the end of your life the savior himself approves of your work for the kingdom? Must have been…AMAZING. No other word. We serve an awesome God. And our rewards lie in heaven. Not in the approval of man! Serve him well friends!

{Day 8}

Good morning on Day 8 of my #butfirstJesuschallenge. Today is Acts 8 which opens with the line “And Saul approved of their killing him.” Saul as you may know is Saul of Tarsus who would later become The Apostle Paul who did great works for the church. Who is Saul in this reading? A nonbeliever, a blasphemer, a persecuter. Maybe you know a Saul in your life. Someone that loves to combat people of faith whether it be a family member, coworker, friend? We should take good note of how Stephen handled persecution. Did he say Father smite these people down? No he asked the Lord to forgive them. We can not know how long the Lord was working in Saul’s heart before he came to do great things for Christ. Maybe Stephen started it all with his forgiveness. Of course that’s a guess but forgiveness is powerful. If you are dealing with a Saul today show them love. Show them Christ. We don’t know the plans of the Lord but here we can see the amazing things that can change in His name.

{Day 9}

Good morning for day 9 of #butfirstJesuschallenge. Today is Acts 9. In this chapter Saul starts out wanting to take believers to Jerusalem so they may be placed in prison. The Bible highlights that he would take men and woman I think to show his staunch persecution of any believer. But the Lord had other plans and on the way Saul saw Jesus and was told go into the city and he’d be told what to do. He was struck blind and his prisoners had to help him into the city leading him by his hand. So in Damascus he waited. I think another amazing thing about this is the believers he was taking prisoner did help him. That’s love right there. And just like that the Lord chose Saul. He chose this persecuting nonbeliever to do amazing things for the church. Did Saul who became the Apostle Paul have an easy life? No not at all but he worked for the kingdom of heaven. Maybe today you are thinking the Lord could never use me. If God can use Saul you still think he couldn’t use you? God creates life where there was death and no testimony is too dirty, small or insignificant for his kingdom. Be blessed friends and be a blessing.

{Day 10}

#butfirstJesuschallenge today is Acts 10. In this chapter the Lord is making arrangements through 2 men. The thing that stood out to me today were these men’s responses to the Lord. One was Cornelius a centurion that the Bible describes as God-fearing. The Lord came to Cornelius in a vision and his response to the Lord was “what is it, Lord”. He was ready to receive the message. The other man was Peter and when the Lord came to Peter in a vision and told him to eat animals Peter believed unclean Peter responded “surely not, Lord”. Peter, even though hearing directly from the Lord himself, was telling God about his religious limitations. God doesn’t operate that way. Jesus himself came so the old way would be made new. Are you following Christ today or a religion? The only way to heaven is through personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Not through any amount of religious rules or requirements we might place on ourselves. Be blessed friends and be a blessing until tomorrow! #jesus #butfirstjesus #joinme

{Day 11}

Good morning on day 11 of the #butfirstJesuschallenge. Acts chapter 11 was my reading today. The thing that I took away was the circumcised Jews questioning of Peter for having a meal with gentiles. Peter had heard directly from God and was following Gods command but he still had to answer to his fellow men on man made rules regarding religion. Do you ever feel like that? Have you ever been apart of a church or circle that put so much pressure on you to be holy? Man made rules can not replace a true relationship with God. But at the same time we must deal with them. If you’ve been put off by the church or other Christians, talk to God. Man is flawed. He’s a born sinner. And there is no situation in which he will be perfectly holy. So today if your heart is hardened against some of God’s people for their religious ways or maybe some hurt that happened pray for them! And don’t let other Christians force you from the church or God himself. People are not perfect. God is.

{Day 12}

Acts 12 for day 12 of my #butfirstJesuschallenge. This chapter I find very encouraging. Peter was in prison intended to be beheaded most likely. But the Lord sent an angel and miraculously saved him. Was it because the disciples were not to be killed? No. It says in this chapter James was beheaded before him. And Jesus had warned them that they would face persecution. So then why was Peter spared? Could it be this line? “So Peter was kept in prison, but the church was earnestly praying to God for him.” Peter had biblically minded people praying for him. Do you have people in your life that you could call to pray for you? Do you ask for prayer from the church? Maybe you think your issues are not worthy of bringing to the fellowship but here in this chapter we see prayer changes things! Prayer saves lives and changes futures. If you are facing a mountain today ask someone to be in prayer for you the Bible specifically shoes us how earnest prayer of the church helped to create miracles.

{Day 13}

#goodmorning for Acts 13 of day 13 of my #butfirstJesuschallenge. Today’s reading has probably been one of my favorites from this challenge. The last lines of this chapter encouraged and uplifted me so much. “So they shook the dust off their feet as a warning to them and went to Iconium. And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”

In this chapter Paul and Barnabas had been sent out by the Lord to spread the gospel. They were met with resistance and “expelled from the region”. What did Paul and Barnabas do in response. Well they stopped preaching and saving and went home to watch Netflix and become more socially acclimated to avoid further criticism of course. NO! They shook the dust from their feet. Meaning they wanted to take no part of this city with them. Realizing there is something wrong with who they were preaching to not what they were preaching about they moved on “filed with joy and the Holy Spirit”. How AMAZING is that? I don’t know a Christian alive that will say rejection doesn’t hurt. It does hurt and it’s hard. Accept at some point you will meet resistance. And when that happens be like Paul and Barnabas and shake the dust from your feet. Take no part of it with you. Carry on with joy and the Holy Spirit Christian! See you tomorrow friends!

{Day 14}

Today’s #butfirstJesuschallenge is Acts 14. In this chapter Paul and Barnabas continue spreading the gospel. At one point Paul was again persecuted and this time stoned. He survived and ran away of course. Nope! Again we see the boldness and courage of the disciples Paul was stoned and when he got up went right back into the city that persecuted him. Um…I don’t know about you but I fall short of that kind of gumption for the Lord every. Single. Day. Today I’m praying to be more bold and courageous in my faith for the kingdom of God. Join me! 

{Day 15}

Happy half way point to those that have been following! Today is day 15 of #butfirstJesuschallenge and I read Acts 15. In this chapter some teachers of the gospel were trying to put religious expectations on new believers. I believe this line that Peter spoke “No! We believe it is through the grace of our Lord Jesus that we are saved, just as they are” summed up the whole point! Jesus alone is the way and he alone saved us. Through the cross we are saved. Jesus came so the old way may become new. No amount of religious effort on your part will earn your place in heaven. HE is the way! Through relationship cling to the cross today friends. Not to anything else. It’s all about Jesus. Be blessed today and be a blessing.

{Day 16}

Good morning for day 16 of my 30 day #butfirstJesuschallenge. Today I read Acts 16. In this chapter Paul and Silas were beaten and thrown into prison for exorcising a slave girl in the name of Jesus. The girls owners were not happy the girl no longer had money making fortune telling powers due to he demonic tenant and convinced the magistrates to beat and throw them in prison. While Paul and Silas were in prison they sung and prayed to the Lord. That’s an amazing joy that can only come through knowing Christ. In the night God created an earthquake and freed their prison doors and stocks. The guard who came to see all this was going to fall on his sword for failure as his duty was called by Paul. “But Paul shouted, “Don’t harm yourself! We are all here!””

‭And the jailer ran in the cell repenting and asking to be saved. Paul and Silas went with the jailer to his home and ate and baptized all his household. They then RETURNED to jail so the jailer would not suffer for them escaping. WOW. Do you see how far the Heavenly Father has gone for one household? He orchestrated opportunity for Paul and Silas to reach this soul for him. And Paul and Silas not thinking of their own security and running from the prison when they had opportunity stayed to reach this soul. They thought of their fathers kingdom above their own lives. That is amazing work for the Lord! No soul is unreachable. Maybe you are beating your head against a wall for someone’s salvation. Spend some time in prayer today for the Lord’s intervention. Amazing things can happen when we have our eyes open for the Lord. As we can see in this chapter. We serve an amazing God and ALL things are possible through him! Happy midweek friends. See you tomorrow.

{Day 17}

Good morning! It’s day 17 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge and today I read Acts 17. In today’s chapter Paul and Silas are again spreading the gospel. Two lines really struck me that I’d like to share with you. “Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. As a result, many of them believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men.”

When these Jews heard Paul talk they received him with eagerness and examined the scriptures to see if what he said was accurate. And that my friends is how we should be as Christians. We should listen eagerly and then measure what is said against the Bible. Do not follow anyone blindly. All that is preached to us should be dutifully examined against The Bible. There are many wolves in sheep clothes that pray on Christians and we should be so well versed in our own beliefs that we can pick them out quickly. And any true person of God will be happily tested. Be discerning friends and get to know your Bible! It is your best advisor for finding a church, pastors, places to donate etc. Until tomorrow be blessed and be a blessing friends. 

{Day 18}

Good morning. It’s day 18 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge. Today I read Acts chapter 18. There were many parts of this chapter surrounding Paul’s time in Corinth that stood out to me. Most notably I found this line encouraging “After spending some time in Antioch, Paul set out from there and traveled from place to place throughout the region of Galatia and Phrygia, strengthening all the disciples.”

-Strengthening all the disciples- Paul wasn’t looking just to save people. He wanted true followers for Christ. He wanted people who would grow in the gospel and their walk with God for the kingdom. This made me examine my own walk. Am I growing and pursuing the Lord? Or am I just saved. Do I bank on my salvation as my work for the kingdom. No, works will not earn your place in heaven. Jesus Christ is the only way. But if you truly know Jesus you should have works. You should be growing for Christ. Are you? Today I’ll be so bring time in prayer regarding my walk. How can it grow? What else should I be doing for the kingdom? Join me!

{Day 19}

Good morning on day 19 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge Today I read Acts 19. The point my Bible made regarding lines 13-16 was wonderfully challenging. “Some Jews who went around driving out evil spirits tried to invoke the name of the Lord Jesus over those who were demon-possessed. They would say, “In the name of the Jesus whom Paul preaches, I command you to come out.” Seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, were doing this. One day the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know about, but who are you?” Then the man who had the evil spirit jumped on them and overpowered them all. He gave them such a beating that they ran out of the house naked and bleeding.”

‭‭And not wanting to take credit for this point I took a picture of the devotional reading! Very good word. Have you ever met someone that professed to know Jesus but they didn’t? Have you ever professed to know Jesus at a time you had not been intimate with Him or his word? What happened in these moments? I know I have called myself a Christian before when I wasn’t very acquainted with Christ. I think all people do at the beginning of there walk or maybe when life gets hard or easy? Hopefully we realize and draw closer so we are not just a name dropper. It didn’t go to well for the name droppers in this chapter. Be blessed friends and be a blessing.

{Day 20}

Good morning. It’s day 20 of my 30 day#butfirstjesuschallenge. Today is Acts 20. These lines stood out to me today. ““And now, compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”

‭‭Paul really does not care about his own well being. He cares about the Good News of the gospel. I don’t know about you but if I had been stoned, imprisoned and condemned by people I’d probably be overcome with anxiety setting out on another journey to meet new people again. My stomach would be in knots. Paul could just stay where he has friends and a growing church and settle down. Be safer and loved. But Paul had no interest in erecting himself an idol amount the people. No interest in keeping himself holy where it’s easier. He wanted to tell everyone about Christ. Do you spend all your time among other Christians? Do you stay away from friendship with people outside your faith? Do you worry about them making you unholy? Paul sure didn’t. He immersed himself every opportunity he had. He wasn’t worried about staying safe and holy he was consumed with growing and reaching and preaching. Don’t get comfortable Christian. This is not your home. There is work to do.

{Day 21}

Good morning. It’s day 21 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge. Today is Acts 21. We follow Paul as he travels to Jerusalem enters the city and once again is arrested. His reputation has proceeded him. Prior to Paul’s arrest a prophet foresaw Paul being bound in hands and feet and when all heard this they tried again to dissuade him from entering the city. Paul responded “Then Paul answered, “Why are you weeping and breaking my heart? I am ready not only to be bound, but also to die in Jerusalem for the name of the Lord Jesus.” When he would not be dissuaded, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.””

‭‭Paul was unmoved by fear. Now according to every description I’ve ever read about Paul he was not much to look at. Small, bald just overall not a hunk. But here again we see his power in the spirit. And as tensions rise and he faces his accusers to speak the chapter closes. And all I can think is WOW what an amazing man of God. He could not be moved by fear of death or suffering. This small unsightly man that started out his testimony condemning Christians is causing such an uproar for Christ. Maybe you haven’t had to best start or don’t think you are powerful enough to move mountains or even people. Here we see the power in the Holy Spirit and the power of trusting in God. God can make great what we may think is unremarkable.

{Day 22}

Good morning. It’s day 22 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge. Today I read #acts22. In this chapter Paul is speaking to an angry crowd. What he is saying to this crowd from the last chapter is his own testimony. The crowd becomes more and more upset as Paul speaks and he is taken away by the guard present. So…have you ever shared your testimony and this was the reaction you were fearful of? Rejection? Anger? Or maybe you are anxious and fearful of sharing your testimony because you didn’t think it would be well received. Look at Paul. He knows telling this crowd the truth of his life is gonna make them even angrier but he knows that to move in their hearts the truth is the only way. Don’t shrink when your opportunity comes. Stand bold for the Lord. Take your courage from our examples in the Bible.

{Day 23}

Good morning. It’s day 23 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge Today I read #acts23. I read it several hours ago actually but a #teethingtoddler has kept me busy all morning. And this reading today has been such a blessing to my attitude through it. In today’s chapter Paul is brought to talk in front several religious groups in Jerusalem. During so he accosted a high priest and this is what transpired after. “Those who were standing near Paul said, “How dare you insult God’s high priest!” Paul replied, “Brothers, I did not realize that he was the high priest; for it is written: ‘Do not speak evil about the ruler of your people.’ ””

‭‭So Paul here though in disagreement with theses people has responded in respect and without argue. He’s acknowledging the priests position not debating it and it made me think of Philippians 2:14-16 where Paul himself wrote “Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.”

‭‭He could have argued the priests position here or law or exalted his own salvation but he again showed his great sight for Christ and being Christ like in responding humbly so that he couldn’t be found at fault through his own words. So today take a lesson from Paul and do everything without arguing and grumbling so that you may shine like a star in the universe. Be blessed friends and be a blessing.

{Day 24}

Good morning. It’s day 24 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge. Today was #acts24. In this chapter Paul is brought before Governor Felix and his accusers. Can you imagine how weary Paul must have been? I mean it doesn’t say he is in this chapter but in a simple paragraph it says he was in prison for 2 years. This is a man that really suffered for his faith. I mean he suffered. And I haven’t read yet of his weariness. He must have been exhausted but all I’ve read is him saying his life means nothing to him. He’s ready to die for the kingdom. His eyes are on Jesus. Unlike Peter when he stepped out of the boat Paul has not taken his eyes off Christ. He hasn’t fallen into the water and gotten wet. He just keeps going and it’s as if he sees nothing of the brash sea surrounding him. Maybe you are walking through something. Maybe you are getting weary. You feel the heaviness and bigness of what you are against. Let me encourage you! Keep your eyes on Jesus. It’s not over until you meet. Until then walk towards him. Through it all. You can do this. Just as Paul did. Be blessed and be a blessing friends.

{Day 25}

Good morning on day 25 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge. Today I read #acts25 in my #bible. Last chapter we saw Paul in prison under Governor Felix for 2 years. He was in prison so long a new Governor has come on the scene. Now Festus is not sure what to do with Paul. He wants to appease the Jews who have brought accusations against him but Paul is also a Roman citizen as such he has certain rights. So after talk with some visiting royalty the governor decided to send Paul to Rome. And here we see the Lord fulfilling what he said several years ago. The Lord told Paul in Acts 23 take heart you will testify in Rome as you have in Jerusalem. And after 2 years of waiting in a prison cell Paul will hold an audience in Rome. Without any big effort on his part. Just waiting. What can you take away from this? The Lord’s promises are real! Maybe you are waiting and waiting and praying for your moment of answer from the Lord. Paul himself waited 2 years in prison for the Lord to perfectly arrange an audience for him. God is working for you now! You may be sitting in your prison cell but hold faith! The father remembers you. Waiting is not abandonment. Waiting is waiting and you can make it through. Have a wonderful day Christian.

{Day 26}

Good afternoon! It’s day 26 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge challenge. I read first thing this morning and have been contemplating it since but things have kept me from posting as is #momlife some days. Today I read #acts26 of my #bible In this chapter Paul is giving his testimony to the visiting King Agrippa. At the end of his testimony the King remarked privately that Paul could have left already if he hadn’t called on Caesar as he has done nothing worth prison. And again we see Paul intentionally putting himself last. Just as when he was stoned and got back up and went right back into the city, just as when he could have run from that prison but stayed to save the guard and just as he did when he entered Jerusalem when everyone pleaded he not. He has a goal of completing the Lords bidding and that is what he is going to do. Could you imagine if you were that type of Christian what you could accomplish for your Lord. When it comes to money people are willing to move mountains and everyone praises “look at this man’s success”. But Christians like Paul are not so praised. Or encouraged. We are to be like Paul. Pursuing the kingdom and yet we remain silent. Salvation is not a lukewarm topic. Don’t let it be. Be like Paul in your fevered pursuit of the Lord. I know I need to work harder as I delve deeper into Paul’s example. Be blessed and be a blessing.

{Day 27}

Good morning. It’s day 27 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge and today I read #acts27 of my #bible. In this chapter Paul is being transported by boat to Rome for his audience there. The ship has met a northeaster and the hurricane force wind have dragged the ship for several days. When all seems lost Paul gets up and tells the crew 1. Y’all should have listened to me about which way to go 2. God is gonna save you anyway take heart. So the sailors aboard listen to Paul’s instruction and then later when some try to escape by lifeboat Paul warns if they do all will perish so the lifeboats are cut at his word. And it just got me thinking. Paul is a prisoner. These people are all sailors. They probably have more time at sea under their belts than he does for sure. But when he talks people listen. And follow. He’s not a sailor. He’s not an expert boatsman. He’s Paul. But because he’s intimate with the Lord he has greater knowledge than all these men. And it made me think about what’s happened during my challenge. I’ve gotten to talk to the Lord and read his word first for 27 days now in succession and it’s given me sight for Christ in situations that would have caused me fear, anger or despair I wouldn’t have had before. Not because of my own knowledge or training or ability but for my eyes on Christ. When your eyes are on Christ you see in the storm. Or even in a little drizzle. Setting your heart on God before anything else is a focused way to love. I’m not claiming to have Paul’s divine intervention from the Lord or even have been an example anywhere near his caliber but all the wisdom I’ve needed for getting through my days well are in these pages. All I had to do was read it and follow. Are you reading Christian?

{Day 28}

Good morning it’s day 28 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge Today I read #Acts28 of my #bible. In this chapter Paul and the crew transporting him landed on an island and were greeted with kindness. Then they traveled to Rome on the way they met some brothers and sisters in Christ and Paul was glad and encouraged. Then Paul arrived at Rome and had many meetings there where he preached the Lord and challenged the local Jews beliefs. The chapter closes: “For two whole years Paul stayed there in his own rented house and welcomed all who came to see him. He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!”

‭‭The things I took away from this chapter are 1. Paul is not being treated as a criminal in transport. His entrance into Rome seems almost joyous. 2. It is a good reminder that brothers and sisters in Christ can reignite our passion and encourage! 3. God’s promises are real. God told Paul he would testify in Rome and look at him go. He’s been personally escorted to do his duty for God. When you work for God show up and do the work. Trust the rest to God. Trust God. Trust God. Trust God! And encourage your fellow Christians. Together we will do more work for the Lord than alone searching for the glory! These other Christians that showed up to greet Paul were excited for his arrival because they knew it was God moving. It’s all Him! Be blessed and be a blessing friends.
{Day 29}

Good morning. It’s day 29 of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge Today I read #romans1 in my #bible. My bible had a devotion for this chapter that was inspiring and not wanting to take credit for these words I took a picture of it. “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the gentile.” Romans 1:16

{Day 30}

Good morning! It’s the last day of my 30 day #butfirstjesuschallenge. Today I read #romans2 in my #bible. I would like to invite anyone else that wishes to do the challenge to do so now! You can pick any book of the Bible and share anything you find in your study that morning. Whether it be a verse or a whole sermon. I choose to share a picture of my Bible focused on throughout my home. You could share any subsequent picture that gave you inspiration! I want to say thank you to the dear people that supported and encouraged. I feel these days have been precious as my time with God has been strengthened. His word is amazing and I am blessed to read it freely everyday. God is so good and to Him all the glory. I leave you with these verses from Romans 2 “But because of your stubbornness and your unrepentant heart, you are storing up wrath against yourself for the day of God’s wrath, when his righteous judgment will be revealed. God “will repay each person according to what they have done.” To those who by persistence in doing good seek glory, honor and immortality, he will give eternal life.”

‭‭Romans‬ ‭2:5-7‬ Be blessed friends and be a blessing!


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