30 DAY CHALLENGE


Why the 30 Day Challenge?

To spiritually fatten us up and physically trim us down. To help us find direction from God through prayer, perseverance, and self control.


When?

This challenge can be done at anytime of the year. U can do it!


Why is this different?

Because this isn't a diet, or another study plan, and it surely isn't about what you can't do.  This challenge is all about what U CAN DO!  U CAN read your Bible.  U CAN begin every day with prayer.  U CAN eat better and exercise regularly.  U can turn towards God.

It’s about making a positive change in several areas for 30 days. Anyone can do something for 30 days - even U!  

Who's it for?

Is this just for guys?  NO - this is for everyone including U.  However, we encourage men to step up and lead their families.

If you choose to accept this challenge, take aim at the following targets:

Target 1:  Spiritual growth

  • Pray daily (before you begin each day, ask God what He wants you to do for Him)

  • Read the below scripture daily

  • Fast according to the Bible, or follow the eating clean principles (below).

Target 2:  Physical Growth

  • “Eat clean” by following the guidelines below.  What you choose to eat/drink or not to eat/drink is entirely up to you.  Use common sense because only you know what will work for you.

  • Exercise (7-30 minutes per day, every day, for 30 days straight).  If lifting weights isn't your thing, then simply go for a brisk walk to get your heart rate up.


Don’t worry, if you miss a target, just try harder the next day.  Remember - anyone can do something for 30 days - even U!  


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Eating and Drinking Clean Principles

  • Eat five or six small meals a day. By eating smaller meals throughout the day, you can help rev up your metabolism and reduce the chance that you’ll snack on chips or crackers.

  • Cook your own meals. Instead of buying meals in a box or at a drive through, cook meals from scratch. Clean, whole foods only need a little preparation to make satisfying, good tasting meals that your family will love.

  • Eat good carbs. Do your best to lower your bad carbs (white flowers, sugars) and replace them with good carbs (fruits, veggies, nuts, sweet potatoes, etc).

  • Eat whole foods when possible: Whole foods are foods that haven’t been tampered with in a lab or manufacturing plant. These foods are straight from the farm: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, grass-fed and free-range meats, low fat dairy products, unsalted nuts, and seeds.  If the food has a label and you can’t pronounce the ingredients, then you shouldn't eat it.

  • It's OK to eat dessert.  Yes, that's right, you can eat dessert, but ensure that dessert does not contain refined sugars and heavy, fatty dairy products.  Try fruit for dessert, or look for other healthy options as listed here.  Dessert after lunch is way better than late at night - or skip it altogether.

  • Drink lots of water.  Generally, you can drink as much water as you want...Wahoo!  Feel free to flavor it with fresh fruits.  Water intake guidance can be found at the Mayoclinic.  Eliminate soda and other carbonated drinks with ingredients that you cannot pronounce.  

------DAILY SCRIPTURE--------------


Day 1:  Psalm 91: 1-16

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.  If you say, “The LORD is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.  You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the LORD, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.  He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Thought:  Let’s pray for each and every one of us to live in the safety and security that is described, Praise God.

Day 2: Ephesians 6:10-20

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Pray also for me, that whenever I speak, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in chains. Pray that I may declare it fearlessly, as I should.

Thought:  We are called to be strong in the Lord and His mighty power and to take on the full armor of God. It is His armor, not ours.  Are you missing a component of the shield?  Is there an area that you can improve on?  Pray for direction.


Day 3:  Romans 8:31

More Than Conquerors, what, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Thought:  What mountain of challenge are you facing that you need God to stand in the way?

Day 4: Matthew 6:5-14

“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

“This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation,  but deliver us from the evil one.’

For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Thought:  Jesus tells us that if we develop a secret, intimate prayer life with our Father, then God will reward us openly.  Are you experiencing a full prayer life with the creator of everything?

Day 5:  Isaiah 26:3

You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Thought:  May the love of God convince us more today that He is worthy of our trust!  

Day 6:  Psalm 62:1-2

Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.

Thought:  May we stop looking to other things to provide the safety and security that can only come from God and God alone, for He is a fortress that cannot be shaken.

Day 7: Jeremiah 32:40

I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me.

Thought:  The enemy of our souls would want you to think that God is not good and that He doesn't want good things for His children.  Is the enemy attacking you in any way?  Begin to pray specifically for Good to intervene, and ask a friend to pray for you in this area.  

Day 8:  James 1:17

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Thought:  God is good and His mercy endures forever.

Day 9:  Matthew 7:7-8

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Thought:  Pray to The Lord, He is always there and the door to heaven will be open.  What door do you need to be opened?  

Day 10:  1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

Perfect love casts out fear.  Draw near to Him and do not be afraid.

Day 11: 1 Corinthians 13:8

Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Thought:  Every morning is a new opportunity for God to convince us that He really loves us.  The trick is to actually give him the time to speak to us, and for us to listen.  Give him 10 minutes today on your knees in a private location and listen for his whisper.  

Day 12:  Psalm 121

I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from?  My help comes from the Lord,  the Maker of heaven and earth.  He will not let your foot slip— he who watches over you will not slumber;  indeed, he who watches over Israel  will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord watches over you— the Lord is your shade at your right hand;  the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night.  The Lord will keep you from all harm— he will watch over your life;  the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Thought:  Does the idea that the creator of everything is keeping his eye on you - is that comforting or scary?  If it's scary, then why?  What are you hiding?  He already knows everything that you do in public and secret.   

Day 13:  Ephesians 1:17

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.

Thought:  Pray that God will give you the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation.

Day 14:  Psalm 139:14

I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Thought:  Have you ever created something - a painting, a building, a vehicle or even a child?  God must see each one of us as His work of art!  Created with care, love and compassion.  

Day 15:  John 8:35-36

Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.

Thought:  Is there anything that is keeping you a slave to this world?

Day 16:  Acts 17:28

For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.

Thought:  Be encouraged to know that there is one God and Father over all creation and He loves for you.  

Day 17:  1 John 1:5

Light and Darkness, Sin and Forgiveness.  This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.

Thought:  We will rule and reign with Him in the brightness of His glory forever!  Gods light shines within you.  How far does it iluminate?  Will it reach the other hillside or does it just create a glow around you?  Let your light shine far and wide.  

Day 18:  1 Corinthians 1:26-29

Brothers and sisters, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him.

Thought:  Being poor in spirit is just acknowledging that we need God to do for us what we can't do for ourselves.

Day 19:  Revelation 3:14-22

“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth. You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so you can see.

Those whom I love I rebuke and discipline. So be earnest and repent. Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me. To the one who is victorious, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious and sat down with my Father on his throne. Whoever has ears, let them hear what the Spirit says to the churches.”

Thought:  If you are feeling hungry today for His presence, dependent for God to be your very life source, then you are in the best place that you could possibly be!

Day 20:  1 John 5:3-4

In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.

Thought:  His strength and His power has already secured our victory for eternity.

Day 21:  Nahum 1:7

The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him,

Thought:  Be comforted by this promise and take up residence in the secret place of the Most High.  That residence is where you feel close to him.  Maybe it is in the woods on top of a mountain, a stream, a trail...or maybe it's in church, your home, or in a Bible study with a group of believers.  Wherever it may be go there quickly.  

Day 22:  Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Thought:  May the tangible reality of feeling God's gaze become more and more real so that we might find the strength we need to live today.

Day 23:  Philippians 2:12-13

Do Everything Without Grumbling.  Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.

Thought:  The more we get in touch with our heart's desires, the easier it will be to live a life flowing from our heart instead of our head, according to our own desires.  

Day 24:   2 Thessalonians 2:16-17

May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.

Thought:  He has no self-interest, but is whole-heartedly for us in every way.

Day 25: 1 Corinthians 13:4-5

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.

Thought::  Open your heart up to His unconditional, eternal love and ask that you may  know the vastness of His immeasurable love.

Day 26: Ephesians 3:14-19

For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family[a] in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Thought:  Pray to be rooted and grounded in His love.   Standing firm on the mountain that He created, strong under the sky that He painted.  

Day 27:  James 1:12

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.

Thought:  Don't give up, keep on going, for one day we will all be wearing a crown of life created for us by our loving Father.

Day 28:   Hebrews 12:28-29

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.”

Thought:  May the awe of the Lord fill us with an ever increasing awareness of this unshakeable kingdom that we are receiving.  May it allow us to shout and jump with joy.

Day 29:  1 Peter 5:10

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Thought:  Though we may suffer now, we can take great comfort in knowing that our future is secure.  We don't know why He allows us to suffer, but have confidence that it is to glorify His kingdom.  

Day 30:  Matthew 28:16-20

16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Thought:  Where does He want you to - “GO”?  Most likely its exactly where you are.  No matter where that is, at work, in the woods,  school, retirement, or even on your deathbed there are those who still need to hear the Truth.  And the best way that you can do that is to simply tell them what He has done in your life.  You may be the only Jesus that someone sees.  Now go...


The scripture and thoughts for the 2018 30-day Challenge was developed by Tom Kelly.  Tom has been serving with AMEN for over a year and is in charge of business relations and marketing.  If you have a comment or encouraging word please send them to trkelly1201@gmail.com


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