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Day 23: Fire Up Your Faith! Got Power?

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Hey Friends –

Welcome! If this is your first visit — hello, friend! You can begin the 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith here. Thanks for joining us on this power-filled faith journey!

I love this comment I received this morning from one fired-up friend in Canada.

She shared, “… I’m loving this week’s key of receiving God’s Power! I had a moment with Him this week that unlike anything I’ve ever experienced with Him before… Since I watched the video you posted from Bill Hybels I’ve been getting up earlier in the morning to spend time with God. Today marks 18 days! (In a row!) Which I have to admit is the longest stretch I’ve ever had of being in relationship with God…”

Isn’t that awesome?! Woo Hoo!

If you have comments/stories/photos to share, please send them my way to cindy@cindybultema.com.  

Maybe I should add 2 more “P’s” to our 5 P’s — personal testimonies and photos! They sure fire up my faith — how about you?! :)

As our dear Canadian friend mentioned, this week we’ve been talking about

  • Key # 4 — Power

Sweet friends, here’s the bottom line:

As followers of Christ, we were meant to experience power-filled, effective lives.

Am I saying a life without problems? NO.

Am I saying a life of ease and comfort? NO.

Personally, I’m wrestling with my own “faith challenges” these days.

  • Hard conversations.
  • Wounds re-opened.
  • Overwhelming To-Do lists.
  • Close friends who are going through significantly hard times.

In many ways, this season just doesn’t look like I had hoped that it would. I wonder if you can relate.

Life can be hard sometimes, huh?
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And so I turn to God’s Promises. Remember Jeremiah 23:29 — “Is not My Word…like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”

When we need a breakthrough, let’s grab the hammer of God’s Word and let the His Promises do their powerful, life-changing work!

A verse I pray nearly every single day is Phillipians 4:13.

Read it aloud  in the Amplified Bible below —

I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me – I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses inner strength into me…

That’s what I need, friends — an infusion of His inner strength and power into me!

Y‘all know I’m a visual learner.

I literally picture myself every day —with my arms stretched out, palms facing upward —hooking up to the Divine IV, and allowing God’s power and strength to slowly start infusing right into my weary soul.

And I pray….

  • Infuse me with Your POWER, O Lord—and I think about how POWERFUL and STRONG and MIGHTY He is!
  • Infuse me with Your PEACE— and I reflect on His peace, His perfect peace (shalom shalom), that surpasses all understanding…even in the midst of disappointment and despair
  • Infuse me with Your PATIENCE, O God— and I think about how patient He has been with me. Always. Even when I didn’t deserve it…one bit. (May I extend that same patience to my kids —and my naught overweight dog — today!)
  • Infuse me with Your GRACE— and I am overwhelmed as I ponder His amazing grace. His grace that saved a wretch like me. May my life (and my thoughts and actions) reflect His grace to all who encounter me today.

Let’s be honest. Our circumstances and faith challenges do not change when we hook up to the Divine IV.

Personally, my heart still needs healing. Relationships still need mending. My To-Do list is still overwhelmingly long.

But by asking God for an infusion of His power, strength, peace, patience, and grace — we can now face our day equipped and empowered by the One True God to face any and all circumstances life will throw at us today.

What about for you, friend? Could you use an infusion today? An infusion of God’s power? His patience? An extra dose of His peace?

May I encourage you to sit back, spend a few minutes resting in Him, and allow God to infuse you with everything that you need.

He is able….of this I am sure.

 Today’s Challenge: Day 23 of our 31 Days.

1. Grab your Fire Up My Faith notebook and head to “your chair.” Jot down today’s date, and then spend time in prayer asking God to open your eyes, ears, and heart to all He has for you. Write out Phil 4:13 AMP in your notebook. What does this verse mean to you? Could you use an infusion today? An infusion of God’s power? His patience? An extra dose of His peace? Spend time journaling your responses, feelings, and reflections.

2. I love this quote by D.M. Dawson,Without the power of the Holy Spirit all human efforts, methods, and plans are as futile as attempting to propel a boat by puffing at the sail with our own strength.”  What does this quote mean to you? Have you ever experienced this to be true in your own life?

3. Who do you know who lives a power-filled life in Christ? What are their habits? Disciplines? Share with us (not their name necessarily) but what characterizes their life as power-filled. What can you learn from following their example of fatih? (1 Cor 11:1)

Thanks for stopping by 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith. I thank God for you! May you experience His divine power today!

Sweet blessings
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Day 22: Fire Up Your Faith (& must-see Beth Moore video)

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Welcome, friend!

If this is your first visit — you can start from the beginning here. Feel free to join anytime!  May God rekindle your faith and ignite you with fresh purpose and power!

Speaking of “power” — that’s Key # 4 as we seek to answer the question

How do we allow God to fire up our faith so that we can shine bright for Him?

Key # 4 — Receive God’s Power

As I shared earlier, the Bible reminds us in Acts 1:8 — you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and THEN you will be my witnesses.

Jesus shared these words with His disciples right after they had been with Him (in His presence), but He knew they would need something else to fulfill their purpose….Holy Spirit power!

Charles Stanley shares, “The supernatural dynamic of the Spirit operates through prayer, faith, and obedience. We have been so busy depending on our own natural strengths, our good training, and our busyness for God that we are near spiritual bankruptcy.”

Yikes! I don’t want to live near spiritual bankruptcy — and my sense is you don’t either, friend!

Bottom line: if we want to live with a fired up faith, we must be empowered by God’s Holy Spirit. Because rememberthe Holy Spirit gives a person the effectiveness for God’s will and God’s work to be done through Him.”

Here’s the good news: we do NOT have to live our faith lives in our own strength — trying to muster up fresh faith  — but instead, we can be filled to the measure with God’s dynamic power…even in the midst of our everyday, ordinary lives.

Don’t believe me? Listen to what Bible teacher Beth Moore shares —

Sweet friend, we are meant to live our lives filled to the measure with God’s dynamic, effective, resurrection power!

And as we do — our faith lives will be fired up and burn brighter than ever so that we can make a difference in this lost and hurting world!

Sweet friend, let’s say NO MORE to lackluster, lukewarm living, and instead ask God to rekindle our faith and use us as we live power-filled lives!

Today’s Challenge: Day 22 of our 31 Days.

1. Grab your notebook, jot today’s date, and then, write out a prayer to God asking Him to infuse you with fresh power for ministry. Reflect on today’s post, including Beth Moore’s powerful video. Any new insights? Thoughts? Share with us in the comments section please!

2. What do you think gets in the way from women living power-filled lives? Are you experiencing a fullness of God’s power and strength? Why or why not?

3. How might God want to use you — just like He used Beth Moore at the airport — in the life of someone in your everyday life — today? Are your eyes and ears open to how He might be speaking to you?

Thanks so much for stopping by 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith! Can you believe we are nearing the finish line? May God remind you in a fresh, specific way of the dynamic power He has available for you!

Sweet blessings
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P.S. Don’t forget my Bible study — Red Hot Faith: Lessons from a Lukewarm Churchis going to be offered as an on-line study this fall! Woo Hoo!

Starting October 29th, you can participate in Red Hot Faith (including watching the DVD teaching sessions) from the luxury of your own home through Ignite Women. My super passionate friend Paulette Stafford Stamper & her team will be facilitating the online study each Wednesday night. And guess what else? In honor of Ignite Women’s national launch, they are offering free membership through November 30th.

If you know anyone who might benefit from this amazing opportunity, please feel free to share. For more info go to www.IgniteWomen.com. ignite ad

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Day 21: Fire Up Your Faith (We Got Da Power!)

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Hey Friends –

Welcome! If this is your first visit — hello, friend! You can begin the 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith here. Thanks for joining us on this power-filled faith journey!

Let’s start with a quick review of the 4 Keys we’ve learned so far to Fire Up our Faith!  (If you’ve been following along, see if you can recite the keys without looking)

  • Key # 1 — Presence

  • Key # 2 — Promises

  • Key # 3 — Purpose

  • Key # 4 — Power

Sweet friends, here’s the bottom line:

As followers of Christ, we were meant to experience power-filled, effective lives.

Am I saying a life without problems? NO.

A journey without grief or sorrow? NO.

A life of ease and comfort? Good golly, NO.

But we do NOT have to live our faith lives in our own power — trying to muster up fresh faith and passion — but instead, plugged in to God’s dynamic power.

As I shared yesterdaythe Holy Spirit gives a person the effectiveness for God’s will and God’s work to be done through Him.”

Are you experiencing a power-filled, highly effective, dynamic faith-life, friend?

Now please know, I am a fellow sojourner with you.  You remember that, right?

But of this I am sure —

When I am weak —which is daily — I remind myself — with a fresh infusion of Holy Spirit power, I can be strong and mighty and full of His dynamic power!

I have tried to live life on my own before, and failed miserably.

Lord willing, I won’t go back. 

And I don’t want you to either.

That’s why I get so fired up about women living a power-filled life!

Sometimes I just want to scream from a mountain top, “Where is the POWER??!!”

To watch beautiful Christian women living defeated, empty lives — or even lukewarm mediocre lives — thinking that’s all there is to the Christian life — breaks my heart!

Jesus desires for us to live full, abundant, effective, useful, glorious lives in Him! (John 10:10)

Oh friend, I’m not sure when this post finds you today.

  • Weary and exhausted? 
  • Feeling guilty with a full schedule and feeling like no one is getting your best?
  • Overwhelmed?
  • In the midst of relationship challenges?
  • Job concerns?
  • Financial pressures?

God’s dynamic, great POWER is available to YOU — but you must stay plugged in, connected, surrendered to Him — and then have the FAITH to receive ALL the power that He has for YOU!

You know what I think our “theme song” should be as we live full, powerful, effective, useful lives in the Kingdom?

Take a listen —

Let’s declare “He’s Got All the Power We Need” and live today like the Powerful, Fired Up women that God has created us to be!

Today’s Challenge: Day 21 of our 31 Days.

1. Grab your Fire Up My Faith notebook and head to “your chair.” Jot down today’s date and then use this “Confession for Today” by Rick Renner (one of my all-time favorite teachers!) to prepare your heart to spend time in His presence.

“I confess that the only way I can remain effective is to spend time with the Lord. I will therefore quiet myself from the commotion of life and get into the Presence of Jesus. I will settle down and plan to stay there long enough to get everything I need from Him. Staying in His Presence is not an option! It is my key to remaining steadfast and strong enough to keep on schedule and to stay on track with everything I need to do. The Holy Spirit will release His resurrection power in me, and I will be strengthened, refreshed, recharged, and empowered by God. Then I can get back out there with a fresh perspective and new energy to finish what I’ve started! I declare this by faith in Jesus’ Name!”

—Renner, Rick. Sparkling Gems from the Greek: 365 Greek Word Studies for Every Day of the Year to Sharpen Your Understanding of God’s Word. Tulsa, OK: Teach All Nations, 2003. page 995. Print.

You may even want to jot this confession on an index card, and pray it daily as you spend time in “your chair.”

2. What are the greatest obstacles as you seek to live a “power-filled” life? Share with us please!

It is a joy to journey with you, sweet sister! Remember, you go “da power!” May God use you in a special and significant way in the life of others today!

Sweet blessings
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Day 20: Fire Up Your Faith

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Hey Friends –

Welcome! If this is your first visit — hello, friend! You can start from the beginning here. Thanks for joining us on this red-hot faith-filled journey!

Hopefully by now you have a “Fire Up Your Faith” notebook,  a pen, and you are ready to prayerfully get to work!

Let’s dig in to Key # 4 —

Plug into Power!

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We spent last week discussing our purpose as Christ followers — including being His witness, even in the midst of our everyday life. (Remember my Margo story?)

I wonder if anyone — like me — sometimes thinks, “I’m just not always comfortable sharing my faith about Jesus. I don’t know what to say. I don’t want to be offensive. I wouldn’t be a very good witness. It  makes me uncomfortable.”

Can anyone relate?

You want to hear some really good news, friend?

Look at Acts 1:8 —

“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  (Acts 1:8 NIV)

Did you catch that? You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and THEN you will be my witnesses.

Jesus shared these words with His disciples right after they had been with Him (in His presence), but He knew they would need something else to fulfill their purpose….Holy Spirit power!

I love that word power.

In the original Greek language, it is the word ‘dunamis‘ —

“power” – “dunamis” – explosive strength, ability, the enabling power of a miracle!

It’s where we get the word ‘dynamite.’  Dynamic power!

It is the power of transformation, and — amazingly  — it was released for us when Jesus was raised from the dead! Woo Hoo!

Y’all, I want this POWER in my life!

How about you?

Sweet friends, we do have to live our faith lives in our own power — trying to muster up fresh faith and passion — but in God’s dynamic power.  One commentary sharesthe Holy Spirit gives a person the effectiveness for God’s will and God’s work to be done through Him.”

It is His ability that empowers us to accomplish anything of Kingdom significance and value! We just need the faith to plug into and receive this dynamic power in our lives!

Dynamic power! Now that’s how we really get some fired up faith, don’t ya think?!

We’ll be talking this week about experiencing God’s power in fresh new ways! Let’s begin with prayer —

Dear God, We acknowledge You as our All-Powerful God! Lord, today we may feel ___________, but the Truth is that in You — we are strong, and able, mighty, and powerful! Please release Your dynamic power in our lives. We invite You to go to work! Use us, O Lord, for Your Kingdom purposes! For Your Glory alone! Amen.

Today let’s spend time putting everything we’ve learned together and spend time in His Presence praying His promises and reflecting on our purpose!

Today’s Challenge: Day 20 of our 31 Days.

1. Grab your Fire Up My Faith notebook and head to “your chair.” Jot down today’s date and then use this song (one of my favorites!) to prepare your heart to spend time in His presence.

You may even want to write some of the song lyrics in your notebook to use during your prayer time.

2. Read the following verses and note what you discover about God’s dynamic power —

Luke 1:35: “The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.’“

Luke 4:36: “All the people were amazed and said to each other, ‘What words these are! With authority and power he gives orders to impure spirits and they come out!’“

Second Corinthians 4:7: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.”

Second Corinthians 12:9: “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”

Ephesians 3:20–21: “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Second Timothy 1:7: “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

Second Peter 1:3: “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.”

3. How are you doing this week, really? Have you taken the time to jot down in your journal any personal circumstances or obstacles that are getting in the way of your faith life. In what areas of your life could you use some fresh “power?”

Spend time writing out your challenges, and then prayerfully inviting God to work in your circumstances, your faith life, and your heart. Ask God to reveal specific promises from His Word to encourage you on your faith journey. Remember, pray God’s promises, not just your problems!

It is a joy to journey with you, dear friend! May God fire up our faith and infuse you with fresh dynamic power for His Kingdom purposes today!

Sweet blessings
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Day 19: Fire Up Your Faith! (& Meet Gwendolyn Strand)

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Shhh! I’m a day behind. Oops! Remember our goal is “progress not perfection” — smile! I spent the weekend with an AMAZING group of women from Woodside Bible Church White Lake Campus in Bay Harbor, MI. Check out my pics here for a fun retreat recap! TY for your grace!  

Hey Friends –

Welcome to Day 20 of 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith!

If this is your first visit, start from the beginning here. Thanks for joining us! I am glad YOU are here!

So far we’ve started a Fire Up Your Faith notebook and we’re praying God starts a fire in our soul like never before!

Chili pepperWe’ve reflected on our faith journeys, and I disclosed my personal story from addict to overcomer. If God can do a miracle in my life — He can do it for you (or any of your loved ones) too!

Wherever you are on your faith journey, God can ignite you with fresh faith, passion and purpose.

But, how? How do we allow God to rekindle fresh passion and purpose and fire up our faith?

Over the past 19 days, I’ve been sharing 3 (out of 5) Keys to living with Fired Up Faith. Let’s review what we’ve learned so far.

Blog Button600 IN HIS PRESENCEKey # 1 – Presence

It’s in His presence that our faith becomes red-hot!

Key # 2 – Promises

If we want God to Fire Up our Faith, we must cling to His powerful promises — memorizing, meditating, studying, sharing, praying His promises, and letting the Word of God dwell richly in us.

Key # 3 – Purpose

God can take our past, our present day circumstances, and even the most painful parts of our lives and use it for His Kingdom purposes. And let me tell you, friend — nothing fires up your faith like seeing God at work and bringing purpose from your past!

During this 31 Days journey, we’ve also been watching the powerful stories of some amazing, fired-up women!

Today I’m super excited for you to hear Gwendolyn Briley-Strand’s story.

As you view Gwen’s story, reflect on what we’ve discussed so far on this 31 Day journey. Be listening to how God’s Presence and promises helped encourage her in a very challenging season, and note some of the purpose revealed in the midst of her pain.

Here’s Gwen —

I wish we could gather as a group and discuss Gwen’s story together! What stood out to you from her sharing? Any new insights?

When have you cried out, “God, it’s You and me in this?!”

In the comments section, I’d love to hear your thoughts and insights. Share with us please!

Today’s Challenge : Day 19 of our 31 Days.

1. Grab your Fire Up My Faith notebook. Jot down today’s date, and then, spend time praying, asking God to help you, like Gwen, “truly learn to give everything to God — the physical, the emotional, and the financial.”

2. Gwen discovered in the midst of her hard time that God was the only One she should look to — not her husband, her family, or her friends. When was the last time you were in a hard season? Are you in a hard season now? How did/do you see God growing your faith in your challenges? How might James 1:2-4 might encourage you?

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3. What Scripture promise are you memorizing this week? How is it coming? Do you almost have it?

Don’t forget: If you need a verse, print off the Red Hot verse cards, and then pick one to memorize.

In the comments section, say “I’m in!” so we know you’re join us in memorizing one of God’s promises this week!

Bonus challenge: take a picture of where you are memorizing your verse and post it on my FB page here. Yay!

4. If you haven’t already, print off this free downloadable/printable bookmark Praying God’s Promises Bookmark and then “go up the mountain” and spend time in His Presence praying God’s Word. Remember:

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Sweet friend, thanks so much for stopping by 31 Days to Fire Up Your Faith! I’m sure enjoying meeting together each day — and I hope that you are too!

Please remember: don’t let the trials change the way you see God, let God change the way you see your trials — through eyes with a fired up faith!

Sweet blessings
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P.S. Want to learn more about having a fired up faith?! My Bible study — Red Hot Faith: Lessons from a Lukewarm Churchis going to be offered as an on-line study this fall! Woo Hoo!

Starting October 29th, you can participate in Red Hot Faith (including watching the DVD teaching sessions) from the luxury of your own home through Ignite Women. My super passionate friend Paulette Stafford Stamper & her team will be facilitating the online study each Wednesday night. And guess what else? In honor of Ignite Women’s national launch, they are offering free If you know anyone who might benefit from this amazing opportunity, please feel free to share. For more info membership through November 30th. Go to www.IgniteWomen.com for more details! ignite ad

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