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?

Whenever you need to draw closer to God. This can be done anytime of the year that you need to challenge yourself to become spiritually, mentally, and physically fit.


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 scripture daily (provided daily on Facebook or choose your own)

  • Fast by following the eating clean principles.

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 (10-30 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: (2 Peter 1: 3-11)

3 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

5 For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; 6 and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; 7 and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 8 For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins.

10 Therefore, my brothers and sisters,[a] make every effort to confirm your calling and election. For if you do these things, you will never stumble, 11 and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


Thought: What is God calling you to do?  Throughout this challenge pray that he opens the doors, or continues to bless you in this area.  


Day 2: Exodus 14:14

14 The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”


Thought:  What battle do you need Him to fight for you?


Day 3:  Exodus 20:8-10

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.


Thought:  How can you keep the sabbath?


Day 4:  Deuteronomy 6:5-7

5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.


Thought:  Do you talk to your children or family members about Jesus?


Day 5:  Deuteronomy 31:6

6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”


Thought:  He brought you to this place today, give thanks, and praise His name!


Day 6:  1 Samuel 16:7

7 But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


Thought:  What does the Lord see when He looks at you?


Day 7:  1 Kings 2:3

3 and observe what the Lord your God requires: Walk in obedience to him, and keep his decrees and commands, his laws and regulations, as written in the Law of Moses. Do this so that you may prosper in all you do and wherever you go


Thought:  What are the two most important commandments?


Day 8:  1 Chronicles 16:11

11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.


Thought:  When have you looked to the Lord for strength?  Reflect on this.  


Day 9:  Job 9:4

4 His wisdom is profound, his power is vast.Who has resisted him and come out unscathed?


Thought:  Has God ever told you to do something?  Did you do it, or deny it because it was risky or maybe you didn't recognize His voice.  Reflect on the outcome, or what could have been the outcome had you listened.


Day 10:  Psalm 19:14

14 May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,    Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.


Thought:  Are the things you say or think pleasing to God?


Day 11:  Psalm 34:10

10 The lions may grow weak and hungry,  but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.


Thought:  Are big houses, fast cars, and big trucks “good things”?  No, they are just nice to have.  What are the “good things” that God has provided?  


Day 12:  Psalm 47:2  

10 How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the earth.


Thought:  Reflect on His “awesomness”.


Day 13:  Psalm 103:12

12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.


Thought:  How comforting is this scripture to you?  No matter what you have done, you have been forgiven


Day 14:  Psalm 139:23-24

23 Search me, God, and know my heart;  test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.


Thought:  Trust God to give you what you need to eliminate anything offensive.  Give thanks for what he has already taken away.  


Day 15: Proverbs 3:5-6

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;

6 in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.[a]


Thought:  Do you fully trust him?  


Day 16: Proverbs 14:12

12 There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.


Thought:  When have you taken a wrong path?  How did he pull you out?


Day 17: Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor:

10 If either of them falls down,one can help the other up.

But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.


Thought:  Who is your helper?  Pray for that person.


Day 18: Isaiah 30:21

21 Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”


Thought:  Has he ever spoken to you providing direction?


Day 19: Matthew 5:43-45

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.


Thought:  Take time to pray for those who persecute you unfairly.  


Day 20: Mark 11:24

24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.


Thought:  How has He answered your prayers in the past?  Give thanks.


Day 21: Luke 6:31

Do to others as you would have them do to you.


Thought:  A simple message, teaching a simple lesson.  Have you treated anyone how you would NOT want to be treated yourself?  Pray for the person that comes to mind.


Day 22: John 6:35

Then Jesus declared “I am the bread of life”.  He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never go thirsty.


Thought:  Who in your life needs to hear this?


Day 23:  John 15:5-8

5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6 If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.7 If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


Thought:  Do you want to be kindling, or a tall Oak tree providing refuge and food to all the animals in the mountain?


Day 24:  Acts 17:24-25

24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.


Thought:  Where do you find God?


Day 25: Romans 6:14

14 For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.


Thought:  What area of your life do you need God's grace the most?


Day 26:  1 Corinthians 1:18

Christ Crucified Is God’s Power and Wisdom 18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing,but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.


Thought:  What does the cross mean to you?


Day 27:  2 Corinthians 4:18

18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.


Thought:  What are you fixed upon right now?  Is it eternal, or is it only temporary from this world?


Day 28:   Hebrews 4:12-13

12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account.


Thought:  Have you ever tried to hide anything from God?  


Day 29:  James 5:7-8

7 Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord’s coming is near.


Thought:  What area of your life do you need to be patient?  


Day 30:  Matthew 28:18-20

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:  We don't need to go far, we don't need to overcomplicate this and make it a big deal...we just need to go. Just go to work and be a good worker.  Go to school and help someone with an assignment.  Be the Good news and do a random act of kindness at the drive through by paying for the car behind you.  Whatever you do just GO and God will take care of the rest.  




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