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Week 2: The First Circle – Dream Big (Chapters 5-7)

Song of the Week: “"Something Big" by John Waller


Mon. Oct. 7, 2013 – Becoming a Risk Taker

Quote: “You cannot build God’s reputation if you aren’t willing to risk yours. There comes a moment when you need to make the call or make the move. Circle makers are risk takers.”

Prayer: “Lord, I want to be as bold as others who have risked everything to follow you. Noah, Abraham, Daniel, Esther, Elijah, the disciples, Paul, and many others in Scripture inspire me. As I risk my reputation, let it be known that you are God and that I have done these things at your command so that people will turn their hearts back to you. I choose this day whom I will serve: As for me and my family, we will serve you, Lord.”

(See 1 Kings 18:36-38, Joshua 25:15)

Tues. Oct. 8, 2013 – Seeking God

Quote: “If you seek answers you won’t find them, but if you seek God, the answers will find you. There comes a point after you have prayed through that you need to let go and let God.”

Prayer: “Lord, you have promised in your Word, that if I seek you, I will find you, if I seek you with all of my heart and with all of my soul. I must come to you believing that you exist and that you reward those who earnestly seek you. Therefore, I will ask, and it will be given to me. I will seek, and I will find. I will knock, and the door will be opened to me. Those who seek the you, Lord, lack no good thing. How I praise you for your goodness!”

(See Deuteronomy 4:29, Psalm 34:10, Hebrews 11:6, Matthew 7:7)

Wed. Oct. 9, 2013 – Planning and Praying

Quote: “I believe in planning. In fact, failing to plan is planning to fail. But I also believe this: One bold prayer can accomplish more than a thousand well-laid plans. So go ahead and plan, but make sure you circle your plans in prayer. If your plans aren’t birthed in prayer and bathed in prayer, they won’t succeed.”

Prayer: “Lord, it is written, ‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.’ Although my ways may seem pure to me, I know that my motives are weighed by you, my God. Therefore, I commit to you in prayer whatever I do so that you will establish my plans. I plan my course in my heart, but you, oh God, will establish my steps. I can trust that you will lead me where I need to go.“

(See Proverbs 19:21, Proverbs 16:2-3, 9)

Thurs. Oct. 10, 2013 – The Power of God

Quote: “I often second-guess the will of God, but I don’t doubt the power of God. God is able. I don’t always know if He will, but I always know that He can.”

Prayer: “Lord, I see the courage that you gave to Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego when they refused to worship King Nebuchadnezzar’s idol. ‘If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand. But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’ And you not only delivered them but also were in the fire with them! Not even the smell of fire was on them when they were released! Now to you who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to your power that is at work within us, to you be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! ”

(See Daniel 3:16-18, 24, Ephesians 3:20-21)

Fri. Oct. 11, 2013 – The Called and Qualified

Quote: “But God doesn’t call the qualified; God qualifies the called.” “The issue is never, ‘Are you qualified?’ The issue is always, ‘Are you called?’”

Prayer: “Lord, not many of us were wise by human standards when we were called; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But you chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise. You chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. You chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before you. With this in mind, I constantly pray that you will make me worthy of your calling, and that by your power, you will bring to fruition my every desire for goodness and my every deed prompted by faith. I ask this so that the Lord Jesus may be glorified in me, and me in Him. And I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

(See 1 Corinthians 1:26-29, 2 Thessalonians 1:11-12, Philippians 3:14)