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There is no greater generosity than investing in the only thing Jesus ever built, the local church. With God’s favor and your faithful support, Fellowship Church has had an incredible impact by offering the hope and purpose found in Jesus Christ.

Together we will equip families and leaders, empower the next generation, and help those who can’t help themselves. We are extending the reach. We are building the church. And by God’s grace we will expand the borders of His Church and reach one life at a time.

 

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During our most recent series “The Tipping Point” – a series Pastor Ed called “the most provocative series of the year” - we learned what it takes to tip the scales in our lives. We also discovered how one small change can cause an unbelievable momentum shift that could change us forever. Learn more about the series and the 90-Day Challenge by watching the videos below.

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Each of us has a unique opportunity to be a part of the incredible life change happening around us at Fellowship Church by bringing our tithes and offerings to the House. If you are not tithing already, the 90-Day Challenge is the best place to start. We commit to you that if you tithe for 90 days and God doesn’t hold true to his promise of blessings, we will refund 100% of your tithe.

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90 Day Challenge Devotionals

Thank you for taking the 90 Day Challenge! We know that God is going to do incredible things over the next three months as you step out in obedience. To encourage you through this journey, we’ve created devotionals to inspire you as you remain steadfast in your pledge. Devotionals will be posted below every other day.

1. Favor

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“Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my temple. If you do," says the Lord of Heaven’s armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have room enough to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test!” Malachi 3:10

THINK

Now that you have begun your first and second week of the 90 Day Challenge, God’s promise to bless your life has begun as well. But you might be saying, “What blessing? I don’t see any blessing!”

To be blessed means to be on the receiving end of the tangible and intangible favor of God. When we bring the tithe, God promises to bless us. So take a close look at your life. Can you see His favor? Look closer. His favor is there because God promises are true. God says what He means.

PRAY

Ask God to open your eyes to His tangible and intangible favor in your life and then give Him thanks for every act of favor you see.

ACT

It is always good to share what God is doing in your life. Tell someone about God’s acts of favor in your life. Tell Fellowship Church about it.

2. Honor

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“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops.” Proverbs 3:9

Think

The 90 Day Challenge is more than just money. It is about honoring God. To honor is to give worth to another by doing something. The Bible tells us to honor God with the tithe, the first ten percent of our income. By bringing the tithe to Fellowship Church, we give God the worth He is due.
Honor is also about promoting or making someone known. When the tithe is brought to Fellowship Church, it is the financial provision for the ministries that God uses to bring life-change. Every time a life is changed through Jesus Christ, God is honored. His name is made known and promoted! So honor the Lord with the first of all your income.

Pray

Pray the high-risk prayer. Ask God to give you specific opportunities to invite people who are far from God to come to church this weekend.

Act

Throughout your day, expect God to give you opportunities to invite people to church this weekend. Be on the lookout and when you see that person, don’t hesitate. Invite them!

3. Generosity

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For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16

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The very essence of God is generosity. “For God so loved the world that he gave ….” Giving is what our Heavenly Father is all about. He delights in giving us good things because that is His nature. Generosity is who He is. God is a giver not a taker.

Unfortunately, generosity is not inherent with humanity. We are all natural born takers. Our fallen nature is bent toward what I can get and not what I can give. But when we receive Christ, we receive His nature, the nature of God. In Christ we are now wired to give generously. The 90 Day Challenge is a perfect opportunity to begin tapping into this new nature we have received from God. Now is the time to be who we truly are, so give and give generously!

Pray

Thank God for the gift of eternal life found in Christ and ask God to open your eyes to opportunities to give.

Act

It is always good to share what God is doing in your life. Tell There are many ways to give. We can give with our words, our actions, our finances and our possessions. Be quick today to compliment with your words, to be kind with your actions, to be generous with your finances, and to bless with your possessions. Give and give generously.

4. Stewardship, Part 1

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“The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein” Psalms 24:1

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The truth about stewardship begins with creation. The Bible declares that God is the owner of the universe. He alone is the author, the Creator of all things. Whatever God makes, He owns. What you and I own, we own as stewards who have been given all things from God Himself.

God has the ultimate ownership of all of our “possessions.” He has loaned these things to us and expects us to manage them in a way that will honor and glorify Him. The 90 Day Challenge will help crystalize the truth of stewardship as you develop the habit of bringing the tithe to God.

Pray

Thank God for His blessings in your life and ask Him to give you wisdom as to how to be a good and faithful manager of the stuff He has entrusted to you.

Act

Walk through your home and take a visual survey of all your possessions. As you do, remind yourself that everything you have belongs to God and your responsibility is to be a wise manager of all that you have.

5. Stewardship, Part 2

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Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Genesis 1:26

Think

Mankind’s stewardship began in the Garden of Eden, where God gave Adam and Eve dominion over the entire creation. Note, Adam and Eve were not given ownership of the world; they were given the responsibility of managing it. They were to care for the garden and all the living things in it. Their job was to see that nothing was abused or exploited, and that the goods God provided were neither spoiled nor wasted.

Biblical stewardship, fundamentally, is the responsibility for managing or allocating resources that do not belong to us. They belong, ultimately, to God. When we bring the tithe to Fellowship Church, the act of bringing is an emphatic reminder that God is the owner and we are the managers.

Pray

Ask God to show you any area of your life that is not submitted to Him. Specifically, think about your possessions and then ask God to reveal any selfishness or greed on your part regarding anything you have.

Act

Find something you possess and give it away to someone who needs it or might want it.

6. In the Zone

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Trust in the Lord with all your heart. Never rely on what you think you know. Remember the Lord in everything you do, and he will show you the right way. Proverbs 3:5-6

Think

Our pastor, Ed Young, talks about living life “in the zone.” He defines the zone as “an area that is set apart, or is distinguished in some respect, from its adjoining areas. It’s an area that stands in marked contrast to others around it. In short, it’s the sweet spot of life.”

Here is the all-important question: Do you want to live a life in marked contrast to those around you? If you do, then that life is found in the zone, God’s sweet spot of success. Life in the zone is a life lived not relying on what you think you know but rather trusting God and his word. As you continue in the 90 Day Challenge, know that you are obeying God’s word and thus “in the zone.”

Pray

Thank God for the ability that is found in Christ to live in obedience to God’s word.

Act

Read out loud at least three times the verse for the day, Proverbs 3:5-6. As you hear yourself read these verses out loud, think “90 Day Challenge – life in the zone.”

7. In the Zone, Part 2

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Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands – all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you. Luke 6:38

Think

The Bible reveals that every Christ-follower can live “in the zone” of God’s favor, the sweet spot of success. How? Living in the zone is first and foremost about seeing God as He really is and mimicking His character in our lives! One essential part of God’s character is giving. God is a giver not a taker. He is generous beyond measure.

Jesus shows us that when we reflect God’s generosity by giving, we get in the zone, which opens the door for God to bless us both tangibly and intangibly. Jesus said, “Give to others, and God will give to you.” Could it be any clearer? Let the 90 Day Challenge be a starting point for you to reflect God’s generous character daily. Give and give some more!

Pray

Ask God not to take you further not deeper in your personal understanding of today’s verse, Luke 6:38. Ask Him to show you specifically how generosity can become a regular part of your daily life.

Act

This weekend when you bring the tithe to Fellowship Church, give a financial contribution as well that is in addition to your tithe. Put your generosity into action.

8. In the Zone, Part 3

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Bring the full amount of your tithes to the Temple, so that there will be plenty of food there. Put me to the test and you will see that I will open the windows of heaven and pour out on you in abundance all kinds of good things. Malachi 3:10

Think

During the 90 Day Challenge we are learning a very important principle – tithing is bringing back to God what is already his. We set the tithe aside first because it already belongs to God. By bringing the full amount (gross not net), we declare that God is the owner of everything and He is our provider for every aspect of our life. We are now aligned with God and in the zone, the sweet spot of God’s success.

The tithe, the first 10% of our income, is set apart for God and brought to the local church. In our case the tithe is brought to Fellowship Church to provide for the ministries that bring life-change. When we all bring the tithe, there will be plenty of food or financial resources to provide for the church.

Pray

Ask God to multiply your tithe many times over as you bring it to Fellowship Church and thank Him for the ways in which He will multiply it back to you.

Act

If you are not already serving at Fellowship Church, contact the church and tell them you want to serve. In this way you will be providing financially and physically for the ministries of Fellowship Church.

9. Commitment

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Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33

Think

Our pastor, Ed Young, asks a very critical question: do your commitments line up with your God-given priorities? Now that is a game-changing question. Our verse today underscores the foundation of those priorities, namely to seek God’s rule or reign in every part of my life. Put God first in my marriage, my family, my church, my job – you get the picture!

Now here is where the rubber meets the road. Look carefully at your commitments. Do they line up and reflect your priorities? For example, you say you put God first in your church, but does your attendance, service, and giving reflect that priority? You say you put God first in your marriage, but do you truly love your spouse and put him/her above every other human relationship? During the 90 Day Challenge, you will have many opportunities to look carefully at your commitments versus your God-given priorities.

Pray

Ask God to make very clear to you where your commitments are falling short of your priorities.

Act

When you discover a commitment that does not line up with your God-given priorities, make the necessary change and make it decisively!

10. Commitment, Part 2

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But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourself. James 1:22

Think

If you are going to have success in life, it is mandatory that your commitments line up with your God-given priorities. In other words, do what God says, not just give ear to it. When God says bring the tithe to the Fellowship Church (priority), I bring it faithfully every time I am paid (commitment).

Here is a tip that will serve you well: once you have lined up your commitments with God’s priorities, make a commitment to your commitments. By making a commitment to your commitments, you will, in time, establish a habit, a life-giving habit. This fact is especially true with the tithe. When you faithfully bring it again and again, you will establish a habit that will reap untold blessings throughout your life.

Pray

Thank God for the strength and endurance you have in Christ. Declare the truth to your Heavenly Father that in Christ you can stay committed to your commitments.

Act

One way to stay committed to your commitment with the tithe is to establish an automatic withdrawal of your tithe from your bank account to Fellowship Church. For more information in setting up an automatic withdrawal, contact Fellowship Church at 972-471-5700 and ask for the finance office or set up an account online.

11. Commitment, Part 3

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Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. Philippians 3:17

Think

Line up your commitments with God’s priorities. Stay committed to those commitments so as to establish a life-giving habit. Sounds great but sometimes it is hard to stay committed to what I know I should. We all tend to drift in life and soon find ourselves far from where we started.

One action that will help you stay committed to your commitments is to seek out people with like commitments. Take a step closer to individuals who show by their lives that they practice what they preach. These are players not pretenders. These individuals can encourage you by their words and their actions, which will be a huge help in keeping you committed to your commitments.

Pray

Ask God to open your eyes to see the players as well as the pretenders. Ask him to give you opportunities to connect with the players.

Act

During the 90 Day Challenge, actively connect with the players who have been bringing the tithe for years. Ask them to share with you their experiences of God’s blessing and be prepared to hear some amazing stories!

12. The Love of Money

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No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money. Matthew 6:24

Think

Money is a powerful thing largely because it represents who we are. We spend a great deal of our time and energy trying to earn it and spend it. Money becomes so much a part of us that it can dominate and control us. Without even realizing it we become its worshipper and it becomes our god. Money becomes the master we serve!

Keep in mind that money always over-promises and under-delivers. It promises us those things that only our Heavenly Father can give – importance, security, confidence, and freedom. When money becomes the boss, we almost always find ourselves empty and wanting more. You cannot serve both God and money.

Pray

Tell God that He and He alone is your master and you will look to Him for everything in your life.

Act

During the 90 Day Challenge let the act of bringing the tithe to Fellowship Church be a strong reminder that you serve God and not money.

13. The Love of Money, Part 2

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Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have. Hebrews 13:5

Think

Be content with what you have! What is contentment? It is the ability to admire without the need to acquire. It is the capacity to look at something and compliment it without having to own it. What really energizes the lack of contentment is envy. You see someone who possesses what you wish you had. You hear someone share how their life has been blessed in ways yours has not been blessed. Envy blows in and contentment flies out!

Contentment is a developed character trait. As you learn to keep your life free from the love of money, you will begin to cultivate contentment. When the craving for more “stuff” becomes gratitude for what you already have, the love of money takes a backseat to contentment, allowing you to see the God’s love and His many blessings in your life.

Pray

Thank God for all the many ways He has blessed you.

Act

Take a moment today to go out of your way to compliment someone who has something that you do not.

14. Dealing with Debt

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And everyone who was in distress, and everyone who was in debt, and everyone who was discontented, gathered to David. And he became captain over them. 1 Samuel 22:2

Think

Everyone who was in distress, debt and discontent - sounds like a lot of people we all know. Maybe even you. More often than not, that distress and discontent are conditions that really come from debt. And, debt that cannot be paid will keep you in distress. If everything you earn is going pay down debt, you will be discontented. Moral of this story – stay out of debt!

The average American family spends more money than it earns; we are buying things with money we don’t have. And since you have begun the 90 Day Challenge, there is no doubt you have started taking a serious look at where your money goes. If you have discovered that you are spending more than you are earning, now is the time to make some serious course corrections.

Pray

Ask God to give to open your eyes to any debt problems you may have and then earnestly ask Him for the wisdom to make the necessary corrections in your finances.

Act

When you see a necessary course correction in your spending or money management, do not hesitate to make the changes. In the words of Nike, “Just Do It.”

15. Dealing with Debt, Part 2

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Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender. Proverbs 22:7

Think

Read the text again. Note that it is not saying that you should never borrow money. It is often said by well-meaning Christians that the Bible tells us not to borrow money. That is not true. Jesus himself said in Matthew 5:42 that we are to give to anyone who asks and not to turn away anyone who wants to borrow from you.

Throughout the Bible you find instances where money is borrowed. Borrowing is not the issue. The problem for many lies in the fact that they have borrowed more than they can pay back. What is needed is discipline – the discipline to borrow only what you can afford to pay back. Otherwise, you will put yourself under the power of the lender.

Pray

Ask God to reveal any instances of ego spending, buying stuff to soothe our self-esteem. Ego spending is often the basis for borrowing (think credit cards) more than we can afford to pay back.

Act

Credit cards can be the source of where we “borrow” more than we can pay back. Discipline yourself to always pay off the balance every month. If that is difficult for you, then take out a pair of scissors and cut the card in half!

16. Dealing with Debt, Part 3

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Know well the conditions of your flocks, and give attention to your herds, for riches do not last forever. Proverbs 27:23-24

Think

Keep track of your spending. I’ll say it again. Keep track of your spending. Do you know the condition of your checking account? Does it always seem to come up short forcing you to move money from your savings account? Are you spending away whatever savings you have in order to maintain a lifestyle you cannot afford?

Riches do not last forever. Money management is essential to your overall financial health. To be a good money tracker you need to know what comes in and what goes out. You need to have certain knowledge that what goes out is not exceeding what comes in. Riches do not last forever!

Pray

Give God thanks for all that He has shown you during this 90 Day Challenge. Get specific. Write them all down and read them back with a voice of thanksgiving.

Act

Take time today to look carefully at your financial state. Note what is coming in and compare it with what is going out. If the going out exceeds the coming in, make the necessary changes. Do it today!

17. Giving

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Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion – packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing – will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return. Luke 6:38

Think

Could Jesus have made it any clearer? Give and it will be given to you. In God’s economy when you give, it is coming back to you. But take note – this reciprocal movement is initiated by the act of giving. Nothing happens until generosity is turned on. You have to give and then the truth of this verse becomes a reality. Give and it will be given to you!

God wants us to be openhanded, willing to give whenever the opportunity presents itself. Now don’t miss this. Giving or generosity is not just about money. Being generous is about every aspect of your life. It’s giving complements. It’s giving personal possessions. It’s giving time. Generosity knows no bounds. Give, give and give again.

Pray

Ask God to reveal any areas in your life that resist being generous. Then thank him for the “generous” gift of salvation found in Christ.

Act

When you see those areas in your life that are resistant to generosity, counter the stinginess with an act of giving. For example, if you see that you rarely or never compliment people around you, deliberately go out of your way today to give away some very generous compliments.

18. Giving, Part 2

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Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion – packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing – will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return. Luke 6:38

Think

Give and it will be given to you. In God’s economy there is a spiritual law of generosity. You give something and you will receive something. It’s like the natural law of gravity. Jump off a ladder and you will hit the ground every time. Why? Gravity! Give and you will receive every time. Why? Generosity! Whether it is a natural law or a spiritual law, the outcome is always the same.

No doubt that during this 90 Day Challenge you have seen God do some amazing things in your life. When it comes to the tithe, God said test Him and see if He would not bless you. This is another spiritual law. Tithe and you will be blessed. Give and you will receive. Are you starting to see something? Whether it is a natural law that God built into our world or a spiritual law, His word is always true. Now go give something!

Pray

Ask God to quicken your expectancy and to open your eyes regarding the returns on your generosity. We often miss them because we are not expecting nor looking.

Act

Continue to find as many ways as possible to give. Do not limit your giving to money only. Be creative and have fun.

19. Giving, Part 3

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Give, and it will be given to you. A good portion – packed down, firmly shaken, and overflowing – will fall into your lap. The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return. Luke 6:38

Think

We have seen that God wants us to be generous and to understand that when we do give, He will give back. Give and it will be given to you. But note how God will give back. He states that it will be a good portion. Unlike a box of cereal that is only half full when you first open it because of settled contents, in God’s economy the contents are not allowed to settle. When God pours back into your cereal box, He pushes it down, shakes it firmly so more can be poured in causing the box to overflow!

Now let’s drop some more truth into this thought. You get to determine how much you receive back. Jesus said, “The portion you give will determine the portion you receive in return.” Paul writing in 2nd Corinthians put it this way. “Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” You get to decide. Give a little, receive a little. Give generously, receive generously. This is not rocket science!

Pray

Often when it comes to generosity, we have a stingy button that gets pushed when we attempt to give and give generously. Ask God to show you your stingy button and its root causes. Repent of those causes and let God know that you are giver.

Act

Today, find something of value in your household and give it away.

20. God's Supply

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And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Think

What a wonderful verse! God will provide the resources for every situation of lack and shortage. That is incredible. But before you start jumping up and down shouting with joy, you need to ask yourself, “Do I qualify for the benefits of Philippians 4:19?” There are many Christ-followers who know this verse but are not experiencing its benefit. Why? There is a context to which Philippians 4:19 is the conclusion.

Paul makes clear to the Philippians that God will supply their needs because they were a generous people. He tells them that “no church entered into partnership with him in giving and receiving” for the sake of the gospel. The Philippians gave generously to the cause of Christ and as a result Paul declared that God would provide the resources for every situation of lack and shortage. How about you? Are you giving generously to the cause of Christ?

Pray

During this 90 Day Challenge ask God to multiply many times over the tithe you are bringing to the ministry of Fellowship Church.

Act

Read Philippians 4:15-20 which is the context for Philippians 4:19. Note how many times Paul references the act of giving and generosity on the part of the church at Philippi. Now take a good look at your generosity toward Fellowship Church and then reread Philippians 4:19.

21. God's Supply, Part 2

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And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Think

Context is everything and Philippians 4:19 must be understood in it context. The Philippians gave generously to the cause of Christ and as a result Paul declared that God would provide the resources for every situation of lack and shortage. Generosity toward Christ’s church and the gospel is the key that unlocks the supply of God.

How many needs will God’s supply meet? Paul puts it plainly – every need! When we are faithful to provide financially for the church and its mission, God promises to meet our every need. Note that Paul writes “and my God will supply.” He does not say “our” God, but “my” God. Why? Paul is writing from personal experience. He has seen God provide again and again. As a result, he encourages us all to be generous toward the church and then watch God provide.

Pray

Thank God for the 90 Day Challenge as it reinforces your commitment to God and His church. Also, thank him for the fact that he will supply all your needs as you continue to bring the tithe.

Act

List out every need you can think of that God has met in your life. Now write down any current needs that have yet to be met. Look at the list of met needs and let them be a reminder that as you continue in the 90 Day Challenge, God will be faithful to meet those outstanding needs.

22. God's Supply, Part 3

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And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19

Think

As we have seen this week, there is a context to which Philippians 4:19 is the conclusion. When we are faithful to provide financially for the church and its mission, God promises to meet our every need. How is God able to meet our every need? He does so according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus!

God will supply every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. What that means is that God has an unlimited supply. Regardless the need, be it personal, be it business, or be it employment, God’s supply is limitless. When we operate within his guidelines, we tap into glory and glory has no end. When we continue to be faithful to give generously to the church, God will provide!

Pray

Take this moment to thank God for His ultimate provision, the gift of salvation you have in Christ. Remind yourself that as a Christ-follower, it is Christ who lives in you and enables you to live a life that trusts God to provide for your every need!

Act

This weekend bring something extra to give into Fellowship Church and as you do, remind yourself that God’s promises are true.

23. Treasures in Heaven

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Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:19-21

Think

It is the ultimate treasure test. Do you stockpile wealth for you and only you or do you invest your wealth into something greater than you? In these verses Jesus is not saying to never save. What He is saying is to examine your heart. What are your motives with the treasures, the wealth that God has entrusted to you? Are your motives earthly or heavenly? Is it all about you or something greater than you?

To store treasures in heaven is to invest your wealth into something that is eternal. For Christ-followers, that means to invest your money into the only thing that Jesus built – the local church! Why? It is in and through the local church where people find eternal life in Christ Jesus. The 90 Day Challenge is your opportunity to begin a life-time commitment to lay up treasures in heaven.

Pray

Make it a commitment to pray that the tithe you bring is multiplied many times over into the ministry of Fellowship Church in order to bring thousands to faith in Christ.

Act

There is a certain someone that the Holy Spirit has been prompting you to invite to Fellowship Church. Make the invite today!

24. Treasures in Heaven, Part 2

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Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, you whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness! Matthew 6:19-23

Think

Jesus said to store treasures in heaven, meaning to invest your wealth into that which is eternal. That means to invest your money into the local church where life change happens. Immediately following this exhortation, Jesus talks about good and bad eyes. In the first century a “good eye” was one who was single minded resulting in generosity, while a “bad eye” was one who had mixed motives resulting in stinginess.

As you continue with the 90 Day Challenge, a positive by-product is a “good eye.” You are becoming single minded, focused on the one thing that matters most - building Christ’s church one life at a time. You see what counts and are willing to give generously to it. Changed lives in Christ become the consuming passion of your life. Your eye is heathy and your whole body is full of light!

Pray

Ask God to let you see with clarity what moves His heart and then pray that would move your heart as well.

Act

Reread Matthew 6:19-23. Continue to pray for those you know far from God and ask God to give you opportunities to invite them to Fellowship Church.

25. Treasures in Heaven, Part 3

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Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, you whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. Matthew 6:19-24

Think

When we lay up treasures in heaven by investing in the local church, we develop a healthy eye or the ability to see what matters most – changed lives in Jesus Christ. A healthy eye will then enable us to put God first as the one and only true master. God will reign and money will serve.

Caught in the trap of trying to serve two masters is a no-win situation. You will forever waver between being loyal to one and have contempt for the other. In a word, you will be double-minded. This is precisely why the 90 Day Challenge is so important. It is giving you the opportunity to lay up treasures in heaven resulting in a healthy eye that sees only one Master, God!

Pray

Thank God for a healthy eye that sees only one Master, God. Declare to God that He alone is your master and provider.

Act

Reread Matthew 6:19-24. Continue to invite to Fellowship Church those individuals you know that are far from God.

26. Excel in Giving

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Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will … since you (Corinthians) excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, 7

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It is interesting that Paul chose the churches in Macedonia to be an example of generous giving to the Corinthians. The Macedonian churches were not known for their wealth. In fact they were very poor compared to other churches in the region. Yet they stood out as an example of overflowing generosity! Why? They excelled in giving even though they had very little.

Abundant generosity is never determined by the amount but by the heart. Jesus commended the widow who only gave two copper coins as opposed to the rich who gave infinitely more. Why was she commended and not they? Because she gave out of her poverty, everything she had, while the rich gave out of their abundance, which relatively speaking amounted to a drop in the bucket. How about you? Relative to your net worth how is your generosity?

Pray

Continue to pray that the tithe you bring is multiplied many times over into the ministry of Fellowship Church. Thank God for the opportunity to be able to provide for the ministries of life change.

Act

This week give to Fellowship Church something above and beyond the tithe you bring.

27. Excel in Giving, Part 2

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Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will … since you (Corinthians) excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, 7

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Note that the Macedonian churches overflowed in rich generosity even though they were tested by severe persecution. How could this be? Most people, when facing hardship and trials, do not pull the generosity lever. What made the Macedonian churches different? They were filled with abundant joy!

Joy, unlike happiness, is not dependent on circumstances. Joy is the God-given ability to see beyond the circumstances to the bigger purpose. Jesus endured the cross because of the joy set before him. Jesus saw beyond the cross to the millions who would know God due to his death on that cross. Likewise, the Macedonians could see beyond the present persecution to the larger purpose of their giving.

Pray

God tells us to give thanks in all circumstances. If you are suffering, give thanks not for the suffering but for the fact that God is the one who sustains you even in the darkest of moments!

Act

Don’t let hardship rob you of generosity. This is the time to excel in giving. Today find ways to give to others in spite of your difficulties. As you give, look beyond your hardship to the larger purpose of your generosity. You just blessed another by your act of giving. What joy!

28. Excel in Giving, Part 3

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Now I want you to know, dear brothers and sisters, what God in his kindness has done through the churches in Macedonia. They are being tested by many troubles, and they are very poor. But they are also filled with abundant joy, which has overflowed in rich generosity. For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford, but far more. And they did it of their own free will … since you (Corinthians) excel in so many ways—in your faith, your gifted speakers, your knowledge, your enthusiasm, and your love from us —I want you to excel also in this gracious act of giving. 2 Corinthians 8:1-3, 7

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We all need examples or people who model Godly behaviors for us to observe and copy. This is what the churches of Macedonia did for the Corinthian church. They modeled generosity on a “whole nutha level.” They were an example for the Corinthians to observe and copy.

You may not know this, but your friends are watching you. As you continue in the 90-Day Challenge, not only are you learning how to be obedient with the financial resources God brings into your household, you are also becoming an example of the very same to those in your circle of friendships. Some of your friends have yet to take up this challenge and as such are watching you to see what happens. They will not be disappointed.

Pray

Thank God for the blessings that you are seeing as a result of bringing the tithe. Ask God to make those blessings obvious to those who are watching your life.

Act

Be prepared to share with any, especially your friends, who ask how God has blessed your life as a result of the 90-Day Challenge. Choose one friend you know that is not tithing and share with them your experience.

29. Live Within Your Mean

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For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Luke 12:34

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How can we live within our means? How do we overcome the urge to have more than our income can afford? Follow three steps: Look inside, look back, and look forward. Let’s begin with “look inside” by asking the question, “Why do we spend more than we make?” If we take this question seriously, we will discover that there is something we value more than God.

What can reign in our hearts is what the experts call SPAMStatus, Performance, Appearance and Money. All too often we define our value by how others approve our position in life, our job title, our looks, and our pile of stuff. If SPAM is the treasure of our heart, it is no surprise that we spend more than we make!

Pray

Ask the Holy Spirit to sniff out any traces of SPAM in your heart and repent of it. Declare to God that He alone is your treasure.

Act

As you go about your daily activities today, pay attention to both yourself and those you come in contact with. Look carefully and listen closely to see how SPAM can be the driving force in all of our lives.

30. Live Within Your Mean, Part 2

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As a dog returns to his own vomit, so a fool repeats his folly. Proverbs 26:11

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How can we live within our means? How do we overcome the urge to have more than our income can afford? Follow three steps: Look inside, look back, and look forward. Today, let’s examine “look back.” When we look backward, we can see that overspending and borrowing to finance what we thought would make us happier and freer did not work. It did just the opposite. It put us in bondage and created pressure that nearly suffocated us.

We need to look backward to learn from the destructive patterns of the past. Too often many get to the end of a paycheck and wonder, where did it all go? Money patterns will not change unless we are willing to make them change. If no change, we will do the same thing over and over while expecting a different result. We will be like the proverbial dog that keeps returning to its vomit.

Pray

If you have been overspending, be willing to admit it to yourself and your Heavenly Father. Thank God for the strength to overcome this destructive pattern. Ask God for the wisdom, the necessary steps to set your financial house in order.

Act

This week go back and look carefully at your spending habits for the past several months. If this is difficult to do, set up a system that will allow you to track spending. Make the necessary changes so you will not be spending tomorrow’s dollars on today’s expenses.

31. Live Within Your Mean, Part 3

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The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage, but everyone who is hasty comes surely to poverty. Proverbs 21:5

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How can we live within our means? How do we overcome the urge to have more than our income can afford? Follow three steps: Look inside, look back, and look forward. Today, we “look forward” by understanding the term margin. Margin is the space in various areas of our lives - physical, emotional, time, financial - that can protect us from overload. When margin decreases, stress increases and burn-out is the end result.

We don't have margin because we overwork, overcommit, and overspend. We spend too many hours at the office, accumulate too much debt, spend too little time in exercise and rest, and fail to nurture important relationships. What we need are lifestyle changes which will help us cultivate margin in our bodies, our souls, our calendars, and our budgets. This calls for discipline and intentionality.

Pray

Ask God to show you where you overwork, overcommit, and overspend. Now ask God to give you some clear strategies as to how to create margin in those overcommitted areas of your life.

Act

As the strategies for creating margin become clear, do it! Don’t continue to think about it. Just do it.

32. Cheerful Giver

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Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

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These verses from the letter to the Corinthians give us a rule, an attitude and an outcome in relationship to giving. The rule – you get to determine the return on your giving. The attitude – hilarious giving is what God loves. The outcome – God will take care of you abundantly in response to generous giving.

Today we look at the rule – you get to determine the return on your giving. This rule is not hard to grasp. Using the analogy of a farmer, plant little and receive little or plant much and receive much. To put it in practical terms be stingy with your giving and expect little in return. But be generous in your giving and expect a lavish return. This is not complicated!

Pray

Thank God for the truth of his word. Be honest with God about the state of your giving. If stingy, confess it and let Him know that this will change. If generous, thank him for the opportunities and ask Him to open your eyes to see the returns.

Act

Create a list of ways that you can increase your opportunities to give generously. Remember that giving comes in many forms – money, words, deeds, time, and things, just to name a few.

33. Cheerful Giver, Part 2

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Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

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These verses from the letter to the Corinthians give us a rule, an attitude and an outcome in relationship to giving. The rule – you get to determine the return on your giving. The attitude – hilarious giving is what God loves. The outcome – God will take care of you abundantly in response to generous giving.

Today we look at the attitude – hilarious giving is what God loves. God loves a cheerful giver! The Greek word for cheerful is hilaros from which we get the English word hilarious. God wants us to be jubilant, riotous, exuberant, boisterous, exhilarated, noisy givers. God loves those who cannot wait for the next opportunity to give.

Pray

Ask God to reveal the condition of your heart when it comes to giving. If you are not seeing hilarity, then ask God to show you why not.

Act

Continue to work on your list of ways to increase your opportunities to give generously. For each opportunity add names of an individuals you know to whom you can carry out the opportunity to give hilariously!

34. Cheerful Giver, Part 3

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Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8

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In chapter nine of the second letter to the Corinthians we find a rule, an attitude and an outcome in relationship to giving. The rule – you get to determine the return on your giving. The attitude – hilarious giving is what God loves. The outcome – God will take care of you abundantly in response to generous giving.

Today we look at the outcome – God will take care of you abundantly in response to generous giving. We cannot out give God. When we plant extravagant seeds of generosity into the church and the lives of those around us, God promises that we will reap extravagantly. In fact the return will be so great that our needs will be met with enough leftovers to give more the next time around.

Pray

Continue to thank God for being your provider. Tell him that you know that he is your source for everything in life.

Act

Continue to work your list of giving opportunities.