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Faith, the Means to Life Without Limits {With August Faith Challenge}

 

 

 

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“Everyone longs to believe two things. One, that you are loved. Two, that everything is going to be okay. I wanted to believe that everything was going to be okay… but how could it be?”

This coming from Nick Vujicic, a man who has known difficulty. A little boy who wondered how he could trust a God who didn’t give him limbs. No arms. No legs. No normal life.

Nick would go to Sunday School and read Jeremiah 29:11, you know the verse that says the Lord’s plans are good? And Nick would think “that can be true for other people, but it isn’t true for me. Look at everything I can’t do.”

And one wonders, how does a person move from that place of despondency to writing a book not entitled “Life without Limbs” but Life Without Limits”

Pastor asks Nick the question: “So what was the turning point for you?”

Nick, he says there came a time at fifteen years of age when he choose to trust. “It was when I read John 9. It is the story of Jesus healing the blind man and I realized that God knows. God knows what He is doing. God understands. God, who is bigger than my circumstance, is letting this happen for a reason. I prayed, “God, I don’t understand this circumstance. But I trust You.”

And Nick said it straight out, the pathway he walked to trust: “The gospel of John has changed my life.”

No matter where we are, no matter how far we have fallen….no matter the pit we are in…regardless of how beaten down and wearied out, how despondent, how full of doubt… we can begin to trust by taking in Scripture.

The gospel of John in particular was written “so that you might believe and in believing, you may have life in His name.” (John 20:31) 

So this month, we invite you to watch Nick’s interview (around 15 minutes long) and then join us in reading through the book of John.

 

August Faith Challenge: Read through the Gospel of John

Plan 1: The Regular Reading Plan~ Beginning today, read one chapter a day each weekday (Monday through Friday). You will finish the book of John on August 30th.

Plan 2: The Speed Reading Plan~  Today, read John chapters one and two. Then, daily read the chapter each date coincides with (tomorrow will be August 3, so you read John 3, etc). You will finish the book on August 21st.

Faith Building Interaction with the Text:

As you read, ask and answer the following questions:

1. What does this passage say about the character of God? {Give this some prayerful thought and see what He reveals!}

2. Based on this, why should I trust God?

3. If this is really true about God’s nature, how should my life look? What would my life look like if I decided to trust God?

 

If you are doing the challenge, please let me know in the comments or via email so I can check in on you during the month! I’m reading along with you! Perhaps we can encourage each other?

 

 

 

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Comments

  1. Cross Moms says:

    Oh, friend, I will be right here with you. The timing of this is God-given. Thank you. I hope you are doing well. You are in my prayers.
    Love,
    Christy

  2. DAWN says:

    Do I dare say…you thrive under pressure, or maybe the LORD does the most through you when you are being challenged.

    • Arabah says:

      Dawn, how right you are. Thanks for this encouraging reminder, I needed it today as we start a very “pressure cooker” kind of day~

  3. Dianne says:

    I would also have to say that the timing of this is God-given, and I will be joining you. I won’t go into detail but I am overwhelmed at the moment with God’s timing and provision. I also want you to know that ever since 7/28 when you were praying for me at 3 am, the LORD has continued to wake me at 3-something, I pray for you and go back to sleep. We serve an awesome God and HE IS OUR MIGHTY WARRIOR TODAY! The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Ex 15:3

    • Arabah says:

      Dianne, what a blessed gift! I have continued to pray for you as well, sometimes at 3am and sometimes not :) But isn’t it something to know that while each of us is sleeping, someone else is praying! Thank you so much for each prayer and for sharing…will keep praying!

      • Dianne says:

        BTW, thank you for the video link of Nick. That was astounding, and a real encouragement that I needed! I will be watching that again for sure!

  4. Rikki says:

    I’m slow to get to this post since I’ve been unreachable but I am SO doing this. It’s just what I’m mulling through my own head so it will be awesome to do that with some direction. :)

  5. Anita Kay says:

    I’m joining in…a day late. I read the book of John through a couple of years ago for just this purpose but wasn’t sure I heard everything it was saying…your posted questions may help! Thanks!

  6. Lynne Huff says:

    Wow, the Lord brought me to your page today as a first time visitior hear your message, one that I know in my heart but need to be reminded of. I was feeling discouraged, out of work for 1 1/2 years and just returned from another interview without much hope of a placement. Rather than go on about all the woes of it all, I want to say thank you for reminding me how absolutely blessed I am and to remain focus on believing and trusting in God. To know that if things don’t change it is because I am right where God wants me to be to do His work. Thank you for being here today to help me get back on track. Peace and Blessings.

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