The Mary Challenge Daily #1: Making Jesus The Rock I Build On

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Hey Mary!!! The next 10 days are going to be so significant. We are going to lock arms and fight back against the trap of busyness that keeps us standing when we should be seeking the good portion seated at the feet of Jesus. We are going to walk through some busy areas of our life with a fine tooth comb so that we may put Jesus right at the head of those areas. So make sure you have all your tools (Bible, journal, pens, tissue, listening ears, and full armor of God) ready for this battle. It’s not going to be easy, but it will be worth more than we can ever conceive. Here we go!!!!

Our busyness is generally based on a thought that we are building or achieving something. When the actuality is that we may actually be tearing down something instead. “The wisest of women builds her house, but folly with her own hands tears it down.” Proverbs 14:1 ESV. Busyness wraps itself in false obligation. We buy the lie that we are obligated to do certain things, or that if we don’t do them that they will never get done. The truth is, we create expectations that aren’t necessary. Soon, the expectations we have of ourselves or believe others have of us, outweigh the expectation and desire of the Father, making us busy bodies building on sand. If we are building a life with false obligation or unnecessary expectation as the starting foundation, when the strong winds blow what we have built will surely crumble to the ground.

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like  a wise man who built his house on the rock.  And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.”   Matthew 7:24-25 ESV

Our challenge for today is Making Jesus The Rock I Build On. For this challenge we are going to stop at the beginning of every task to just breath and communicate with Jesus. Asking Him “Is this building or tearing down?” , “Is this busyness or necessary contribution?”, “Jesus, what would you have me to do?”, “Will this bring glory to You or to me?”, “Am I missing an opportunity to be Christ?”. Think about these questions. Bring them before the Lord as we seek His foundation today. This is going to be a tough one for us, creating uncomfortable halts to our normal day. However, this practice will allow God to weed out the unnecessary, while we build intimacy with Jesus and be filled with His wisdom in the process. The foundation of Jesus will keep us firmly placed where we need to be rather than where busyness drifts us.

Let today be the start of a constant seat at Jesus’ feet!

Prayer #1:

Lord Jesus, You are so holy! Thank you for willingness to teach me and walk with me. Help me to see where I have picked up what you have not given to me. Give me the wisdom to know the difference. Lord woo me to you throughout the day and help me to hear Your voice. Show me your ways and help me to build upon You only. I surrender every obligation and every expectation to you God. Bring me to your feet! In Jesus name AMEN!

Memory Verse: “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”        Philippians 4:6

Walking the Journey:

  • Pray Often
  • Memorize Scripture (write them down and put them places you will see them)
  • Journal your experience (thoughts, Scripture, prayers, etc.)
  • Share with someone (invite a friend to join, share your journey)

-J.E. Berry

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