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A 7-Day Challenge

A grape vineyard with the words, "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing." John 15:5 NKJV
by Beeda Speis for Peace In The Stillness blog

I’m home. Last week I attended Missions College which is a yearly conference, you guessed it, about missions. The first one I attended in 2020 right before the pandemic was the catalyst behind the book I’m writing. God met me there and made clear what He wanted me to do. This year, He gave me a 7-day challenge.

As we drove up the drive to the campus, my heart lifted and I said, “It feels like we’re home.” My traveling companion, a woman from my church, agreed. There’s just something about that place. Maybe it’s God’s presence, maybe it’s the gathering of His faithful children, meeting up with old friends, making new ones. It’s difficult to know for sure.

I didn’t expect it to be AS spiritually awakening and transformative as the first time, but I still kind of had that hope in the back of my mind. At the end of the first night, instead of finding myself crying and praying in brokenness, like the first night at the 2020 conference, I realized my heart was just full of peace and contentment. I realized that was the blessing of this time together. It kind of went with the theme of the sermon of night two.

The Challenge

The Pastor encouraged us…actually, he challenged us to pray for seven days and only ask God for a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit. He said not to ask for anything else. Go to God humbly and in desperation. Admit that you can’t do anything apart from Him. Prioritize Him. I would like to challenge you to do this with me.

Bible Verse of the Day

“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

John 15:5-8 NKJV

Prayer

Father, I humbly come before you and ask that you give me a fresh filling of the Holy Spirit. The world has changed so much in the past several years and I’m feeling confused and overwhelmed. Lord, I know that I can do nothing apart from You. I want to put all of my focus on You alone and only do Your will. I want to give everything up to You Lord and trust in You completely. Please guide me, Lord, and renew me with a fresh filling. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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