Every Day Counts: Girls Who Step Out In Faith
Each day is an opportunity: so let’s step out for Jesus with all that we have and all that we are.
We all face challenges every day, big and small. Tests at school, sports matches, challenging situations with our friends, trying to juggle all our activities and everything on our to do lists – sometimes just getting out of bed on a cold, dark Monday morning is a challenge! So how can we keep smiling and live how God wants us when we feel overwhelmed by what lies ahead?
In the book of Joshua, we see a great example of God calling Joshua to take on a huge challenge. God asked Joshua to lead God’s people into the Promised Land – a task that was to involve crossing the river Jordan, the battle of Jericho, conquering the land, dividing it up among the tribes and settling the people there. It was a huge challenge!
When God called Joshua to take all this on, He reminded Joshua about who God is. In Joshua 1, God says:
“No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses [Joshua’s predecessor], so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. Be strong and courageous … Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
This promise is as true for us today as it was for Joshua back then. Whatever situation we end up in, nothing is beyond God’s control. Whatever struggles come our way, his perfect love can conquer every fear. No challenge is impossible for God. Nothing is too much for Him to handle. And He calls us to step out in faith each and every day of our lives.
No matter how old or young we are, we can step out in faith because we trust in a God who is all-powerful, all-loving, and always with us. Each day is an opportunity to use the gifts that He has given us to help those around us, to love our families and friends well, and give God our all.
When our friends ask us why we go to church, we can step out in faith and invite them to come with us one week to see what it’s like. When we see a girl at school being made fun of, we can leave the conversation and go and spend time with her. When our youth group leader asks us to serve at church in the band or by taking looking out for a younger girl, we can embrace the opportunity to use the gifts God has given us. When we’re not sure what subjects to pick, or what to do when we leave school, we can dream big in the security that God has great plans for our life.
When we step out 100% for Him, he wont abandon us: He is our greatest protector.
God promises that he will give us all that we need to do what he calls us to do.
Recommendation: Set Apart – Tim Hughes
Challenge from IJM
Just as every day counts, every prayer counts, too.
When IJM teams go with police to rescue people trapped in slavery, they often face uncertainty and danger. Time after time, the investigators and social workers on these rescue operations have testified to the power of prayer. The everyday prayers of everyday people can sometimes mean the difference between freedom and bondage - or even life and death.
So our first challenge is this: Pray.
You could save these prayer points as a note on your phone and pray for one each day, or you could take a moment to pray for each of them right now. Whatever you do, know: God hears your prayers, and that means that they make a difference.
Pray for police. When police are well trained and well resourced, they end slavery in their communities. Pray for wisdom and protection for the Anti-Human-Trafficking Units around the world.
Pray for governments. Thank God for the governments around the world that are taking action against slavery in their countries, and pray that this would become an urgent priority on national to-do lists. Pray for creativity and determination as lawmakers come up with solutions.
Pray for businesses. Pray that business can use their power for good, and that they make choices to honour their workers and bring change to their industries so that #slavefree becomes normal on our shop shelves.
Pray for IJM. We’d love your prayers! Pray safety over our investigators, and favour in our relationships with police and governments. Pray not only that we can rescue people, but that we can stop slavery from happening in the first place.
Pray for the church. Pray that God sets his people on fire for justice! Thank God for all his people who are fighting to change the world, and pray for a fresh wave of determination to see God’s kingdom come!
Emma grew up in Bath, before moving to Cambridge as a teenager and then studied Law there at university. Since graduating, Emma has worked in finance, and heads up More Precious Establish, as well as managing our busy events programme. Emma is so loving seeing God use More Precious to grow his kingdom, and her prayer is that He would continue to use it for His glory. Emma is married to Luke, Mum to baby Mia and they go to church at HTB in London.