Thursday, May 1, 2014

40 Day Challenge - Draw Closer to God & Your Hubby (Day 4: Using Music to Focus Our Hearts & Minds on God)

Day 1's challenge was to recognize the power of Jesus Christ and what He accomplished on the cross. There is absolutely nothing more powerful than this to get us through our darkest hours.

Day 2's challenge was to simply stop and consider the wondrous works of God, like Job (Job 37:14). Instead of complaining and letting bitterness seep into our soul, praise God for His greatness, letting Him seep into our very heart, soul, and mind. You were also told to read Job 38-41 and list all the attributes that told of God's greatness. 

Day 3's challenge was recognizing God's sovereignty in your life. By doing so you are truly able to trust Him and let Him work in your life. Now you can accept your trials and tribulations as joy because you will benefit from them, although His plan maybe unknown to you, it will be for His Name and His glory. Because He loves you... because He is unchanging... because He keeps His Word... because He is sovereign... because we constantly stand in the saving grace of Jesus Christ... we can truly rest in Him. You were told to read Job 38-41 again and highlight all the verses that spoke of God's sovereignty. Here's a few of my favorites:
  • "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?" (38:22-23)
  • Can you send forth lightenings, that they may go and say to you, 'Here we are'?" (38:35)
  • "Can you hunt the prey for the lion, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions, when they crouch in their dens or lie in wait in their thicket? Who provides for the raven its prey, when its young ones cry to God for help, and wander about for lack of food?" (38:39-41)
  • "Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the does? Can you number the months that they fulfill, and do you know the time when they give birth...?" (39:2)
  • "Who has let the wild donkey go free?" (39:5)
  • "Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up and makes his nest on high?" (39:27)
  • "Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked where they stand." (40:12) He was challenging Job to do as He does, which of course, He can't.
  • "Whatever is under the whole heaven is mine." (41:11)
Day 4
Music is one of the most important tools I use to redirect my thoughts. So today I'm going to listen to the song Sovereign Over Us by Aaron Keys over and over again. Join me. Let the words seep into your soul. Worship Him with this beautiful song that will concrete everything we've been talking about these last few days. Next, write down your favorite lyrics in your journal.
Do you have a song that reminds you of God's sovereignty? If so, add it to your "listening-to-over-and-over-again-list" for the day (oh, and please share)! 

If you just joined us, and I'm so glad you did, go back to...
  • Day 1 - The Gospel
  • Day 2 - Stop & Consider the Wondrous Works of God
  • Day 3 - Trust in God's Sovereignty

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