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The Road to Compromise
Theme of the Week: The Call to Courageous Faith
Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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Key Bible Verse: "Staying with it—that's what God requires. Stay with it to the end. You won't be sorry, and you'll be saved." (Matthew 24:13, The Message)

Dig Deeper: Matthew 24:1-13

Each of us can perhaps remember a time when our faith thrived. Maybe we were in a great church, or around really strong Christian friends. We had Bible study seemingly around the clock; we prayed what now seems like all the time. Our faith was soaring.

But seasons like this do not always last. When they subside, when we see our vitality slip, a switch flips. We stop working at the daily discipline of godliness. We're building a young career in a fast-paced city, and that consumes us. We go days without reading God's Word. We're finishing a tough degree program, and without knowing what's happening, we end up buried in our books, barely coming up for air. We're not seeking to avoid the Bible or prayer or church. It just happens. And we begin compromising morally, watching stuff we shouldn't, doing stuff we shouldn't, talking about unedifying things. We lose our nerve to witness because deep down we know that we're not backing up our talk. We may continue to be aggressive about certain things—careers or the pursuit of money or degrees or friends or having fun—but not about what matters most: the Lord. Worshiping our triune God. Delighting ourselves in him.

We stop living boldly for God.

—Owen Strachan in Risky Gospel

My Response: Is my faith growing and deepening or am I stuck in the spiritual shallows?

Thought to Apply: Endurance is a key indicator of spiritual fitness.—Alistair Begg (Scottish pastor, writer)

Adapted from Risky Gospel by Owen Strachan (Thomas Nelson, 2013; thomasnelson.com). All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, forgive me for times I've been ashamed of my faith or fearful about taking a stand for you. Fill me with your Spirit so that I will boldly follow you wherever you may lead.

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Dean Shackles

September 03, 2014  11:11am

This is so true. Once again I don't think there is anyone that has not experienced this self induced "drought" in our relationship with The Lord. Whatever the reason for our lack of endurance I am a witness to the fact that it doesn't work, life just becomes unbearable. It has taken me years and many falls to realize this and now even during my busiest times, trials, and tribulations I have found that The Lord is always there to take me through it. All I have to do is open the door, invite Him in and He will sit down to dinner with me (REV 3:20). Our endurance comes from God.

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Curt Schleicher

September 03, 2014  9:34am

My faith is in a holding pattern right now. i do not sense growth….but a stagnant period. i want with all my heart to move from here.

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