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Forgiveness is a Practice

Here is a CHALLENGE if you're up for it! It's called the 70 x 7 Challenge. It is modeled after the 75 Hard Challenge structurally and God's Word Spiritually.

Explanation & Instructions

This challenge has a three-fold REWARD

1. To help you put on the Whole Armor of God daily

2. To grow your faith from a “to do” into a “lifestyle” of obedience in Christ

3. Develop a Mind/Body/Soul & Spirit Connection.

The goal is to accomplish all 7 items for 7 days and repeat each week. Just focus on 7 days at a time. Proverbs 24:16 says, “For a just man falls 7 times; and rises up again.” Therefore, imagine week after week you have 7 Forgiveness/Mercy mulligans to learn how to forgive yourself & start again on this journey. The goal here is NOT to set you up for failure, rather instead, set you up to develop a “lifestyle” of obedience in Christ by “seeking first the Kingdom of Heaven and putting on the whole armor of God daily,” so that you may be spiritually equipped to win your day. This is about accepting you're gonna fall down, so learn how to forgive yourself and get back up. Winners never quit & quitters never win.

1. Prayer/Meditation: Start your day off in prayer 1st thing in the morning (1 Thess 5:16-18, Matt 6:9-13; Psalm 63:1a; Isaiah 50:4-5; Psalm 143:8). Prayer is how we talk to God by allowing us to surrender, submit and sacrifice our will to Him (Belt of Truth, Sword of the Spirit, andShield of Faith.

Dear Lord, help me remember what a difference it makes when I make time with You a priority in my morning and throughout my day. Awaken me in body and spirit each day with a desire to meet with You and to hear You speak words of affirmation, assurance, and wisdom over my life as I prepare to go into and during my day. In Jesus' Name, Amen

2. Read Bible & Memorize a Scripture: Reading the Bible is how God talks to us and develops intimacy with Him and his instructions for our life (Hebrews 4:12, 2 Cor 10:5). It is how we draw closer to Him. Reading the Bible helps us to understand the things of God because His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are deeper than our thoughts. Consequently, putting to memory God’s word is how we can offensively discern the “truth” from Satan’s “lies.” When we are tempted to believe a lie, it is this truth that sets us free and equips us for the spiritual battle of the mind. This is how we can destroy arguments & opinions against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive which influences our testimony & walk with Christ (Belt of Truth, Sword of the Spirit, Shield of Faith, and Helmet of Salvation.

3. Journal: Journal daily to pour out what God has poured into us. Out of the heart are the issues of life (Proverbs 4:23-27). It allows us to connect our head to our heart to better understand what God is doing in and through us. It is our way of giving an account. It is also a way for us to renew our minds in the things of God (Romans 12:1-2) all while holding to the truth of God’s word (Helmet of Salvation, Belt of Truth, and Breastplate of Righteousness).

4. Exercise/Drink Water: The body is the Holy Temple and exercise helps to preserve & prolong the body (1 Cor 3:17; 6-19-20; 9:27; Isaiah 40:29-31, Eph 6:15 & Romans 8:28). Water represents “rivers of living water” the Holy Spirit's presence and power poured out on Jesus' followers. Water keeps your body cool as part of your body's temperature regulating system. Water cushions your joints and protects your tissues and organs from shock and damage. Water acts as a lubricant for your joints, your mouth and digestive system in saliva, and in your nose, throat, eyes, and stomach as part of mucus. Therefore, the body is the Holy Spirit’s dwelling place and maintaining good health and vitality allows us to become greater mobile missionaries for Christ (Breastplate of Righteousness, Shield of Faith, and Feet of Peace).

5. Sacrifice / Fast: Choose 1 thing to give up (fasting from) such as alcohol, social media, dessert, sugar, etc. that doesn’t serve you. We are to identify activities in our life that strengthens us and blesses others. Therefore, put away what weakens us. Be light and salt to others (Breastplate of Righteousness and Feet of Peace).

6. Act of Kindness: Choose to serve instead of being served (Matt 20:28). Choose to pay someone’s meal, mow a neighbor’s lawn, pay a compliment to someone you don’t like, open a door, etc.(Breastplate of Righteousness, Belt of Truth, and Feet of Peace).

7. Forgive Yourself & Others: Healing comes through forgiveness (Eph 4:31-32, Matt 6:14 & Colossians 3:13). To forgive is not ignoring the reality of pain or wrongdoing, quite the opposite, forgiveness is wound care, it is the cleaning and bandaging of our emotional injuries because negative emotions become stored toxins of energy trapped in the body which is not healthy for us (Belt of Truth, Breastplate of Righteousness and Feet of Peace).

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