DAY 14: Radical Change

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DAY 14: Radical Change


Hey! My name is Jese Varu-Mark and I’m apart of the Schools Revolution Team.
When I was in school God did some pretty Radical things through me in order to change my peers, and to shake the status quo.

Now, I feel that it is important that you know, that before i wrote this I had already put together a devotion for this day. The devotion I would have shared with you included: a scripture, an analogy, a personal story, and a specific prayer- All of which are things that you would expect in a devotion. However, I am re-writing day 14 of our devotion in order to give you something that I feel will be much more beneficial for you, and something I pray will inspire you to Change your school for Jesus.

Isaiah 40:3-5 says,

‘ A voice cries,
In the wilderness prepare the way of the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway
For our God.
Every Valley shall be raised up, every mountain and hill made low;
The rough ground shall become level, the rugged places a plain.
And the Glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.’

This passage of scripture proclaims a great change that will take place. It proclaims that high things will be made low, and low things will be made high- that the terrain on which the Glory of the LORD will be revealed is an even surface.

Crazy fact about this scripture is that it refers to a common practice historically used by kings in the eastern part of the world. Historically, a monarch would send out a party of people to clear a path for their journey to foriegn lands. If there was a valley, the party would fill it in. If there was a forest, the party would cut through a path. If there was unleveled ground, the party would level it. Essentialy, the party sent out in advance of the king would: CHANGE the natural enviroment, to prepare a way for the king to reach the Planned destination.

Here’s what I want you to understand from this.
As Christians, we are apart of the party called to prepare the way for our king- Jesus. And His destination, is the hearts of the students in your school. You are Called to change the enviroment of your school, to bring the message of Jesus to your peers- so that God can reach their hearts and they can know LIFE.

God wants to use YOU, to make high places low, and low places high- to shake the status quo, to be a catalyst for a great CHANGE in your school. And the Glory of the LORD will be revealed through you.

Isn’t that Radical.

Thank you so much for joining us for the last 14 days! At schools revolution we believe that God is rasing a RADICAL generation! We are constantly praying that God will move through you in your school. You are the Radical change that you have been waiting for.

-Jese

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Day 13: Radical Ideas

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Day 13: Radical Ideas

Hey guys, My name is Evan and I’m from TCS Strathalbyn.

Romans 12:2 (NIV)
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Have you ever seen a gap somewhere? Maybe in your school, work place, home you feel like there is something missing. Maybe you notice that there is improvement to be made, then maybe you figure out what will fix this void. This is a radical idea, something that no one else has done before that will change everything around it is a radical idea. You see sometimes God gives us ideas that we may dismiss as random thoughts but if it is from God then it is a gift that you should not keep in your own head but we should turn that idea into a physical movement. When we are given an idea from God it is for the purpose that we create the idea. 

In Romans 12:2 it says “but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” After the Holy Spirit transforms our mind we can then discern what is and what is not good and pleasing to the Lord. I often second guess if a thought or idea of mine is from God or just something that I created in my strange brain. But when I renew my mind, pray and spend time with God, God helps me discern if it was for the Lord or not.

Prayer: 
Lord, I thank you that your will is perfect. God I ask that you can help me to not conform to the pattern of this world but let my mind be transformed by the Holy Spirit. I pray that you can use me to carry out your will God. I pray for guidance and discernment whenever I have an idea. I ask that you will give me strength and courage to execute the idea that you have gifted me. 

-Evan Wise, TCS Strathalbyn, SA

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Day 12: Radical Encounters

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Day 12: Radical Encounters

Hi! My name is Jess Saliba and I’m from Mountain Creek State College, Sunshine Coast

When God Moves Everything Changes.
God is never-changing, but when you encounter God, everything changes.

Luke 8:43-48 (NIV)43 And a woman was there who had been subject to bleeding for twelve years, but no one could heal her. 44 She came up behind him and touched the edge of his cloak, and immediately her bleeding stopped.45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the people are crowding and pressing against you.”46 But Jesus said, “Someone touched me; I know that power has gone out from me.”47 Then the woman, seeing that she could not go unnoticed, came trembling and fell at his feet. In the presence of all the people, she told why she had touched him and how she had been instantly healed. 48 Then he said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.”

Once you encounter God your life will be repositioned, realigned and redefined. Whether your encounter with God is at a youth camp, during a church service or possibly even in everyday life, I am convinced you’ll always walk out of the experience changed and renewed. At a youth camp two years ago, my youth leaders really encouraged me to come expectant for God to move. So that’s exactly what I did, I wrote down all the things I was expecting God to do in my life and He did just that. He moved in a way unlike anything I’ve ever experienced due to me coming expectant and eager.

The woman that we read about today, her faith alone, was sufficient enough for her to experience breakthrough in and through her life. This woman we read about in Luke 8:43-48, had an incurable blood condition for twelve years and after just touching the edge of Jesus’ garment she was completely healed and the bleeding immediately stopped. The woman had to press through the crowd, press through the barriers stopping her from reaching her promise. What are the barriers in your life stopping you from God’s promise? Is it the people you surround yourself with? Is it yourself putting limitations on what God can do through your own life?

When God moves everything changes.

Prayer:
Dear Jesus, allow me to always come to you the same way that the women did, full of faith and expectancy. Thank you for loving me and removing any ‘labels’ the world has placed on me. I pray that barriers preventing me from Your promises will be removed. In Jesus mighty name, Amen.


Written by Jess Saliba, Mountain Creek State College, Sunshine Coast.

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Day 11: Radical Faith

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Day 11: Radical Faith

Hey! My name is Jesse Price and I’m from Nambour Christian College, Sunshine Coast.

Isaiah 66:9
"I will not cause pain without allowing something new to be born, says the Lord."


If God is always there, then why don’t we act like it?

God is always there but we rarely call on Him for guidance. When our life is going well our relationship with God begins to diminish. However, when we need Him the most that's when our relationship with God begins to strengthen. No wonder we struggle with our faith, it’s because we don’t use it enough. The more something is used or trained the stronger it becomes. The same is with our faith, if we want our faith to grow in God we need to apply it to our everyday lives and not when it suits us best. Isaiah 66:9 is stating that God’s will, has a reason and we need to strengthen our faith in order to better understand His decision.


When I was 16 I lost my job for no reason. I later found a job that was right around the corner from my house and was than the last one. About 8 months later my old job went into liquidation and I would’ve lost my job when I needed it the most. At the time of losing my job, I saw it as a negative. However, God had a better plan and knew what was going to happen. He closed the doors that needed to be closed and opened the doors that needed to be opened.

All I needed was a little bit of faith and God figured out the rest. Just as Isaiah 66:9 says everything that God allows in your life is not without reason. We just need to faith that things will work out. If we continue to grow and strengthen our faith through the good and the bad times how we see things will dramatically change.


Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I thank You for everything you have done for me. Constantly showing your love for me. Each and every day I pray that we all continue to have limitless faith in you and trust you when we don’t want. Help us to better understand your reasoning and see the positives and not the negatives. We thank You for you have done and continue to do. Amen.


Written by Jesse Price, Nambour Christian College, Nambour Christian College.

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Day 10: Radical passion

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Day 10: Radical passion

Hey! My name is Ethan Wallis and I’m from Nambour Christian College, Sunshine Coast.

Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus replied, “Love the lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind” 

Mark 16:15
”He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”

Have you ever walked past someone who seems to be so happy and joyful? Have you ever meet someone that is so passionate in everything they do, that they don’t care if they stuff up? Imagine if we could be so bold and passionate in our faith that people would look at us and wonder why we are like this. No matter the environment, having a strong faith and acting in a way that honours God will inspire other people people, giving you the opportunity to tell them about how Jesus has transformed you. This therefore spreading the good news of Jesus. “Go into all the world.” How are we supposed to make a stand for Jesus and see change in our schools or work places if we only keep our faith to ourselves? As followers of Christ it is so important to have a public faith and to be able to stand up to what you believe and here are some key reasons why;

  • When you truly know God, you can’t help but tell others of his goodness.

  • A move of God never happens by people standing idle. It takes someone to step out in faith when God will use them. 

  • Actions will speak much louder then our words. 

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father thank you for everything you are doing in my life, please help me to become more passionate to read your word and deepen my relationship with you. Please help me to act in a way that honours you and brings glory to your kingdom. Lord let you will be done, please use me as a vessel for your kingdom. In your name we pray. Amen. 

Written by Ethan Wallis, Nambour Christian College, Sunshine Coast.

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Day 9: Radical Commitment

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Day 9: Radical Commitment


Hey! My Name is Ethan Smith, and I’m from Murray Bridge High School.

Matthew 16:24-25 (ESV)
Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Has there ever been a difficult time in your life where you have wanted to give up? Maybe you were in an uncomfortable situation or you were worried that you won’t succeed. For you, this may be something like a difficult exam or test that is hard to study for or a topic you lack knowledge in. Maybe even something a little more serious, such as attempting to sow back a relationship between a friend that just seems impossible. A familiar situation that you could have faced before or could be tackling currently could be that you’re trying to convince one of your friends to come to church and you want them so desperately to come to know Jesus and be saved, but they turn you down time and time again because they think ‘Jesus isn’t for them’. A lot of the time, we can get so frustrated that things just don’t work out and we can question God about why they don’t just fall into place, even when it feels like it’s for the best. However, a lot of the time we look past the fact that God is testing and challenging us, to build us and to become better versions of ourselves. 

In Matthew 16:24-25, Jesus tells His disciples that “if anyone would come after him, let them deny themselves and take up this cross and follow him.”(24)

Jesus is saying that when we chase after Him, we need to actually deny ourselves by leaving behind sin, shame, pride and other ungodliness. He also says to take up the cross, and this means that we have to be shameless and choose for Christ to be with us every day, even when it may feel uncomfortable and people will question you, and you might want to give up on God, but he is 100% worth taking a stand for. Then Jesus says “For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”(25) Jesus is indicating that whoever would rather live life their own way without God, will lose eternal life with the Father, but whoever would take any risk for God, even when it feels impossible/uncomfortable and live in the footsteps of Jesus trusting in His word, inviting friends to church and living a Godly way, our Heavenly Father will be pleased and grant us eternal life.

Prayer:
God, I pray that you will help me to be more committed to You, even in the times when I might feel like I want to give up, or feel uncomfortable, I know You are my rock. Thank you that you are always with me and although I may fail sometimes and trials might come my way, Your plans are far greater than mine.

Written by Ethan Smith, MBHS, SA.

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DAY 8: Radical Devotion

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DAY 8: Radical Devotion

Psalm 1:2-3 (The Passion Translation) 

“His pleasure and passion is remaining true to the Word of “I Am,” meditating day and night in the true revelation of light. He will be like a flourishing tree planted by God’s design, deeply rooted by the brooks of bliss, bearing fruit in every season of his life.” 

RADICAL devotion means we are committed to reading the word. 

I love these four words: “planted by God’s design.” Our lives aren’t established by doing things our own way. We bear lasting fruit by digging into God’s word and putting our roots down in His truth; by meditating day and night in His word. 

The idea of “meditating day and night” can seem like something just for super spiritual people, something inconvenient and dull. Here’s what changed it for me. I hadn’t read my bible in a few weeks, and I started to feel guilty. But God spoke to me and He changed my view of reading the bible from an OBLIGATION to an INVITATION. He said, “I have so much to show you.” 

Free from guilty thoughts like “I’m not a good Christian” and “I’m the only one who struggles to read the bible,” I began to understand what the Psalmist said in Psalm 119:162. 

“Your promises are the source of my bubbling joy; the revelation of Your word thrills me like one who has discovered hidden treasure.” Psalm 119:162 TPT 

If we want to radically influence our world in Jesus’ name, commitment to His word is a must. Brothers and sisters, I promise you that, when you make His word your priority, it’ll change the way you think and the way you live. You’ll begin to bear fruit no matter your surroundings. 

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your word. Give me a new hunger for more of You. I know You are close and You’re speaking to me. Give me ears to hear. Help me put You first and live a life of devotion. You have set me apart and You are equipping me, all for Your glory. Amen. 

More scripture:
John 15, Psalm 119, Matthew 4:4 

Written by Hannah Sharry, Nambour Christian College, Sunshine Coast

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DAY 7: Radical Obedience

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DAY 7: Radical Obedience

Hey! My name is Aaron, and I’m from Tyndale Christian School in South Australia.

John 14:15 says:
’Jesus said “If you love me, keep my commands.’

Has there ever been a time in your life where God asked you to do something that you really did not want to? Or has he ever asked you to lay down something that you really did not want to lay down? Maybe your parents asked you to take out the rubbish and you disobeyed them by not doing it because you were too busy playing video games or playing on your phone. But if we can get a bit serious, maybe God’s telling you to be more obedient to your parents and teachers. Or perhaps God is asking you to end the relationship you’re in with that girl or that boy. Maybe there’s an addiction holding you back from the plans God has for you and God is asking you to give it up and to give it to him. Often, God can ask us to obey him and to trust him with these things. And most of the time following Gods commands won’t be easy and it can hurt. But trusting God and obeying him will be so fruitful for your life.

In Genesis 22 1:2 (NIV) It talks about how God asked Abraham to go to the region of Moriah, with his son, and sacrifice him on the mount as a burnt offering. One can only imagine the pain Abraham must have felt when God told him to do this, but because of the relationship that he had with God he knew that he could trust God and that he had no other choice but to obey.

Now I’m not saying sacrifice someone as a burnt offering, but maybe there is something God is asking you to sacrifice and to give up. Maybe God sees that there is more for you then that addiction or that relationship, and is wanting you to obey him and to let go of it. Even though giving it to God may hurt and won’t be easy, it will honestly be such a freeing release for your circumstance.

Today, ask God to reveal those things to you that could be holding you back and give them to him. And ask him for guidance to be able to obey him in every circumstance you face throughout your life.

Prayer:
Dear God, I thank you for loving me unconditionally, and for showing me grace, even when I don’t deserve it. I thank you for the blessings you have given me, and for the plans that continuously prosper in my life because of you. Father I pray that You would put me in a place of acceptance of what You would like to reveal to me. It may not be what I want, but it will surely be what I need in order to live a life fully invested in You. I thank you for the decisions you have already made for me. Even though following them may hurt, I pray that I would know that they’re the right choices for my life and that I would follow through with them in obedience. Amen.

Written by Aaron Mark, Tyndale Christian School, SA.

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DAY 6: RADICAL purity

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DAY 6: RADICAL purity

Hi There! My name is Charlotte, and I go to Murray Bridge High School in SA!

Today, We’re talking about Purity.

In the Dictionary, Purity is defined as ‘not mixed or adulterated with any other substance or material.’ And as Christians, I believe the same should be for us. If we want to be a standing presence for Jesus in our schools, then we better be on fire for him 100%. Our Passion should be PURELY towards him, not mixed with wanting recognition, being cool or anything else we might want. Not only our passion, but our actions, our words, and our hearts should belong purely to God, not doing what WE want, rather submitting everything to God and his plan for us.

That means letting God take control over 100% of our lives, from in our quiet time with him, to in our schools, to at church, we are called to live only for God and lay our lives down for him, doing what HE wants us to do and not what we want. If we really want to see our schools saved, if we want to see our friends living in the joy of christ then we need to declare our lives as PURELY for God, not for our friends, not for ourselves, only for God.

This is hard and even impossible unless we are in God’s strength, unless we are praying daily and reading the bible.

But it’s worth it, your friends will notice you not swearing, your teacher will realise you are different, the students will see that what you are sharing about Jesus isn’t just words, it will set you apart for Jesus, it will turn heads, it will turn hearts, and maybe even see your school saved.

In our world, in our ‘live for yourself’ culture, being ‘Pure in God’ is unheard of, it sounds boring, like it’s not worth it, it sounds crazy, some may even call it Radical.

1 Peter 2:11-12 says:
Dear friends, you are foreigners and strangers on this earth. So I beg you not to surrender to those desires that fight against you. Always let others see you behaving properly, even though they may still accuse you of doing wrong. Then on the day of judgment, they will honor God by telling the good things they saw you do.

Prayer:
God, Today I give you everything, I give you my words, my actions and my whole heart. Take my life, I want to be Radically Pure in you. I don’t want to be filled with the stuff of this world, I want to be filled with you and you only. I pray that this sacrifice will make a difference in my school, that my friends will see the actions to the words i’m speaking, and they will see you in me.

Written by Charlotte Bormann, Murray Bridge High School, SA.

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Day 5: Radical Love

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Day 5: Radical Love

Hi! My name is Sarah, and I’m from, Vermont Secondary School in Melbourne.
AGAPE:

Agape is a Greek word used in The Bible, IT MEANS LOVE, but not just any kind of love, It’s God’s unconditional, RADICAL love for us! (Romans 5:8) It’s used to describe love shown through ACTION, just as God showed us through Jesus! God loves because that is who He is, His nature— not because we deserve it.

It’s so often we hear “I’ve got fake people showing fake love to me, straight up to my face”. Fake love is shown when our talk doesn’t match 100% of our actions. Let’s not only tell of God’s love, but genuinely show God’s RADICAL love.

GOD’S RADICAL, GENUINE, AUTHENTIC LOVE IS SHOWN THROUGH RADICAL ACTIONS THAT FOLLOW YOUR WORDS.

“Do my actions reflect God’s love that I talk to my friends about?"
1 John 4:9
“God SHOWED how much he loved us by sending his one and only son into the world so that we might have eternal life through him.”

God showed His love for us through SACRIFICE. Because we have received what Christ has done for us, let's be totally compelled to radically love others, the same way God has shown us. Keep RADICALLY LOVING, even when it costs you something. Even when it means being out of your comfort zone, putting aside your status, sacrificing today's lunch money and tomorrow's precious time just so that radical agape love can be shown and eternities will be changed.

1 John 4:11-12
“Since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.”

As we take a stand for Jesus in our schools, the biggest way to reach out to others is to LOVE them RADICALLY so that God’s love is “brought to full expression in us". Radically love others, not only when they come into our Schools Revolution lunchtime groups or in church/youth, but all around, in that biology class, at the lockers, in the toilet line, when you send your streaks and even getting groceries with your mom!!


HOW can we show the RADICAL LOVE that LIVES IN US?
What is a RADICAL ACTION you will take TODAY to show God lives in us?


Prayer:
God, I thank you for the love you have first given me, shown through Jesus’ sacrifice on The Cross. I pray that you’ll help me to be genuine in the way I love others and my actions will show others who you are and how you love us all. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.


Devotional by Sarah Phun, Vermont Secondary College, Melbourne


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Day 4: Radical Leadership

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Day 4: Radical Leadership

John 15 : 18-19 NIV “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. But you do not belong to the world, for I have chosen you out of the world.”

Ever heard that popular Christian catch phrase “in the world but not of world”?. Well this verse is where it all came from! I believe as young people trying to live RADICAL lives for Jesus we are called to be leaders.

This will look different for everyone but this verse tells us that we do not belong to the world— we should not look like we belong to the world, there should be something RADICAL about us! We are called to be different, to live lives that are SET APART.

In 1 Peter 2 verse 9 it says “You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. You were once not a people, but now you are the people of God”

You are CHOSEN! Gods SPECIAL possession, with a mantle on your life to be light in the darkness. In a society that is only straying further and further from the way God calls us to live, our lives should stand out! A leader knows WHO they are because they know WHOSE they are; they KNOW the word of God and live it out! When others choose to compromise a leader stands firm. When others are self-seeking a leader serves and is selfless. When others cave to peer pressure a leader holds to their convictions. But being different is scary– isn’t it? Our human nature craves acceptance; to just go with the flow, do what everyone else is doing. And sometimes living the Christian life isn’t always popular, in fact in John 15 Jesus warns us that the world will hate us! However, be encouraged that you can hold to the truth that as you honour God with your decisions, He will honour you (1 Samuel 2:30). That when you face opposition that no weapon formed against you shall prosper (Isaiah 57:17), and that where the light is, darkness cannot win (John 1:5). Let your life lead by example, because if not you, then who? And if not now, then when?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, set me apart and give me a heart after your own heart. I pray against any and every lie that the enemy tries to tell me to keep me from living all out for you. Give me strength to stand firm and lead when others choose to follow, and I thank you that I already have victory because of what Jesus did on the cross.

Written by Chloe Van-Uietert, Cedar College, Adelaide SA

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Day 3: Radical Prayer

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Day 3: Radical Prayer

Hey! My Name is Ella, and I’m from Nambour Christian College, Sunshine Coast

Matthew 21:21: “Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done.”

The idea that mountains can be thrown into the sea sounds impossible. Mountains are so big that your words would just rebound off the surface. Yet, Jesus tells us that by having faith and not doubting, that mountain will throw itself into the sea. Words by themselves can’t do the impossible, they can hit the mountain but won’t cause it to be in the sea. However, with faith attached, those words can do the impossible. Powerful prayers aren’t prayers that use big words rather, they are prayers with faith attached to them. I’m not sure what your “mountain” is, maybe it’s your friend who you’ve deemed too far away from God, but start praying powerful prayers over your situation. Pray with words of faith, confidence and without doubt. Matthew 21:21 is a promise from God, that with faith, the impossible can be done. 

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I thank you for knowing my heart. Help me to never speak void words that echo, but faith filled words that can do the impossible. I thank you that when I am faced with the impossible, I will pray faith filled words over my situation or mountain that’s in front of me. Amen. 


Devotional by Ella Spicer Nambour Christian College, Sunshine Coast

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Day 2: Radical Courage

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Day 2: Radical Courage

Hi! My name is Gabe and I’m from Torrens Valley Christian School in Adelaide, SA.

Have you ever found it difficult to speak up when all that runs through your mind is the criticism that may follow? Do you ever want to speak up but you feel it might impact your friendships, relationships or the way that people see you? When the enemy comes against us and places that fear into us, it stops us from doing what God has planned for our lives— to stand up for what is right.

As Christians, it is our calling to stand up and to stand courageous for the calling God has put on our lives.

In Joshua 1:9 (NIV) it says, “Have I not commanded 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.”

As Christians we are called to stand up with RADICAL courage to pursue the will of God. When fear comes against us, we know that God has got us. We can stand courageous because we know that God is greater than anything the enemy has planned. Next time you are faced with fear, you can stand with radical courage because God is with you.

Prayer:

Dear God, I pray that you would be with me wherever I go, that when the enemy comes against me, you will overcome. I thank you that I can stand with RADICAL courage to pursue the calling you have put on my life and I pray that you would use me to impact the lives of those around me. Amen.

Devotional by Gabriel Trainor, Torrens Valley Christian School, Adelaide


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