21 Day Challenge – Day 1

Today's reading for the 21-Day Challenge is Matthew 1-14

Matthew 1:17-18 (NIV), "Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ. This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit."

As we begin this 21-Day Challenge and reading through the gospels take some time to really process and think through the words you're reading. Clear your mind of all distractions and focus on the birth of Jesus Christ, how it came to be, and how his ministry began as it is described in Matthew. Take special notice of the words written in red where Jesus is speaking directly to his disciples or the crowds that came to hear him teach. These are our same instructions for living our lives today.

Prayer: Lord, I pray as I read through the gospel of Matthew that your word would come alive like never before. I pray you would give me a supernatural sense of understanding of your word and how to apply it to my life. I pray that you would help me to abide in the word during this 21-Day Challenge and in the days and weeks to follow.
  • Chad West

    My favorite scripture in Matthew 1-14 is below. This scripture helped me get through a year of challenges I faced at work. Means nothing if you just read it, means everything if you believe it!
    Do Not Worry – Matthew 6:25-34
    “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
    And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.