Everything You Need: Stumble–Proof Living Challenge

Join as we travel to eight outlooks on the path to a life of confidence in the promises of God. Each outlook offers Scripture, a brief exploration of the topic, action steps, and a prayer. Spiritual growth is the ultimate reward, but you can also earn badges and prizes along the way!

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Earn badges as you complete each of these 8 challenges by November 24:

Earn badges as you complete these 8 challenges by November 24

Outlook One: Diligence
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Outlook Two: Virtue
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Outlook Three: Knowledge
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Outlook Four: Self-Control
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Outlook Five: Perseverance
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Outlook Six: Godliness
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Outlook Seven: Brotherly Kindness
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Outlook Eight: Love
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Outlook One: Diligence
Completed

“Muscular Faith”

Exploring the Challenge

Complete Today’s Action Steps

Read “Accessing GPS”

Read “Navigating the Terrain”

Pray today’s “Checking Your Compass” prayer

Go to Outlook #2

Accessing GPS

What the Bible Says About Diligence

The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; but the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. Proverbs 13:4

And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. 1 Corinthians 9:25

Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. Philippians 2:12–13

And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men. Colossians 3:23

Navigating the Terrain

Understanding the Heart of Diligence

In the language of the New Testament, diligence means ”to strenuously give yourself to something.“ If we want to grow spiritually, we need to give it all we’ve got. In his final days on earth, the apostle Paul wrote to a young pastor named Timothy, who was like a son to him. The letter contains Paul’s final instructions to Timothy, and it includes this solemn charge: “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).

Paul’s instructions apply to us as well. Our life’s work is to rigorously study and apply God’s Word to every circumstance while eagerly pursuing spiritual growth. If that seems daunting, just commit to doing the next right thing. When you’ve accomplished that task, move on to the next. Diligence is accomplished one step at a time.

Checking Your Compass

A Prayer for the Journey Ahead

Lord, nothing is hidden from You. You know my heart and my thoughts. You know me better than anyone—better than I know myself! Even so, You love me just as I am. Lord, I can’t do anything to deserve Your love, but I want to please You with my life and my choices. Will You guide me as I work to honor You? Show me how to serve You each day. Reveal any wrong motives in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24)

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Outlook Two: Virtue
Completed

“Moral Excellence”

Exploring the Challenge

Complete Today’s Action Steps

Write down Colossians 1:10 and place it on your bathroom mirror, refrigerator door, or some other place where you will see it often.

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What the Bible Says About Virtue

Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. 2 Corinthians 5:9

That you may walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing Him, being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. Colossians 1:10

Finally then, brethren, we urge and exhort in the Lord Jesus that you should abound more and more, just as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God. 1 Thessalonians 4:1

You also aspire to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business, and to work with your own hands, as we commanded you, that you may walk properly toward those who are outside, and that you may lack nothing. 1 Thessalonians 4:11–12

Navigating the Terrain

Understanding the Heart of Knowledge

Have you ever had a terrific boss? Working for someone who inspires you is often the catalyst for achieving and producing quality work. And that’s why you are called to pursue virtue. God is the best Boss anyone could hope for. He created you for a purpose. He sent His Son to die for you because He loves you. When you understand that, you will naturally want to please Him.

Virtue is the New Testament word for moral goodness: doing the right thing no matter what the circumstances might dictate. It’s maintaining a consistent standard of integrity from one situation to another. As God’s people, our decisions are driven by His standards, not popular opinion. Centering our thoughts on things that are morally good enables us to enjoy His peace (Philippians 4:8).

Filling your mind with Scripture is one of the best ways to live the kind of virtuous life that delights God.

Checking Your Compass

A Prayer for the Journey Ahead

Lord, You promise to forgive me and to cleanse me from unrighteousness if I confess my sins to You. You are always faithful to forgive—no matter what I’ve done. Thank You for accepting my repentance. I confess my sins, and I trust You to forgive them. Help me to grow in virtue. Thank You for allowing me to walk in the freedom of Your forgiveness.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Outlook Three: Knowledge
Completed

“Mental Focus”

Exploring the Challenge

Complete Today’s Action Steps

Establish a dedicated space for daily Bible study. If you already have one, today’s activity will be easy for you. Just tidy up your space and remove any clutter.

Stock your Bible study area with a few essentials: a Bible, a notebook or journal, and pens. Other helpful items might include a daily Bible reading plan or devotional book, study guides, a concordance, a Bible commentary, a Bible dictionary, and wax-based highlighters.

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What the Bible Says About Knowledge

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent. John 17:3

And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in knowledge and all discernment. Philippians 1:9

Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby. 1 Peter 2:2

Navigating the Terrain

Understanding the Heart of Knowledge

Our minds are like computers that are constantly processing data. What we put into them programs our decisions, which is why it is so important to spend time in God’s Word on a continual basis. When a missionary named Geoffrey Bull was taken prisoner by communists in China in 1950, he drew strength from the impressive portions of Scripture he had committed to memory. His storehouse of Bible knowledge provided a mental stronghold that his captors could not penetrate during his three–year imprisonment.

Jesus Christ is the living Word (John 1:14). When we study our Bibles, we study Him—His passions, His expectations, His very nature. Commit to growing in knowledge by studying the Word. One of the best ways to maintain a routine of daily Bible study is to establish a designated study area. It doesn’t need to be large or elaborate, but it should be as free from clutter and distractions as possible. You may find your car or a large closet is the perfect place!

Checking Your Compass

A Prayer for the Journey Ahead

Lord, You promise to supply wisdom—all I must do is ask. So now, Lord, I ask for Your wisdom, knowing that You will provide it. Thank You for revealing Yourself to me through Your Word, which is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Thank You for giving out of Your abundance, and not according to what I deserve. Thank You, Lord, for Your unfailing promises!

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Outlook Four: Self-Control
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“Personal Discipline”

Exploring the Challenge

Complete Today’s Action Steps

For the next five days, set an alarm to go off at 1:06 p.m. (for 2 Peter 1:6). When the alarm rings, read 2 Peter 1:5–6 and pray for a challenging situation or person in your life.

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What the Bible Says About Self–Control

The highway of the upright is to depart from evil; he who keeps his way preserves his soul. Proverbs 16:17

For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. Romans 8:5

Put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. Romans 13:14

For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age. Titus 2:11–12

Navigating the Terrain

Understanding the Heart of Self–Control

Our emotions are powerful. When we give in to them, we begin to feel powerless to change. But God has given us the authority to choose our thoughts, our words, and our actions. Anything worth achieving in life is the result of diligently exercising self–control by bending our comfort to our convictions. Proverbs teaches that it is “better to have self–control than to conquer a city” (16:32, NLT).

To be self–controlled means to evaluate choices biblically. If we fail to consider the counsel of Scripture and the Holy Spirit in our decision–making, we will soon find ourself indulging in some form of temptation. This looks different for each of us. For Moses, it manifested in angry outbursts. For David, it took the form of adultery and murder. For Saul of Tarsus (before he became Paul), it looked like hypocrisy and hatred. Withstanding temptation requires careful discipline and restraint because unchecked emotions are a precursor to sin.

Jesus is the only person who maintained perfect self–discipline. How did He do it? He defeated temptation with Scripture and prayer. One of His favorite expressions was, “It is written,” meaning that what He was about to say was from Scripture.

Checking Your Compass

A Prayer for the Journey Ahead

Lord, You promise to fight for me. I stand still before You, acknowledging that You are God, You are in control, and You are all powerful. Your ways are higher than my ways, and Your thoughts are higher than my thoughts. As I yield to Your authority, guide me by Your Holy Spirit. Thank You for Your grace that teaches me how to live. Thank You for upholding Your promises.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Outlook Five: Perseverance
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“Relentless Determination”

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What the Bible Says About Perseverance

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world. John 16:33

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

Indeed we count them blessed who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful. James 5:11

Navigating the Terrain

Understand the Heart of Perseverance

Perseverance is a commitment to moving forward when circumstances are conspiring to hold you back. It gives us the opportunity to outlast our hardships and to demonstrate God’s grace in all the seasons of life. Thankfully we don’t have to muster up this kind of determination on our own. Robert Morgan, my friend and fellow pastor, has said, “We’ll never awaken to a morning in which the Lord has given us work to do or burdens to bear without providing the strength we need.”1

There is a formula for spiritual perseverance, and it begins with perspective. When we frame our trials in the context of eternity, they lose their power over us. Shortly before he was martyred as a missionary in Ecuador, Jim Elliot wrote these words in his journal, “He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.” Jim was someone who had an eternal perspective. He was prepared to face death because he knew it could not interfere with the “everlasting habitations” that awaited him (Luke 16:9, KJV).

Beyond maintaining a heavenly perspective, there are several practical steps we can take to approach our challenges with relentless determination. Today’s Stepping Out activities will walk you through each of these steps.

1Robert J. Morgan, The Strength You Need (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 2016) 12.

Checking Your Compass

A Prayer for the Journey Ahead

Lord, You have promised to prepare an eternal home for me in heaven where sin and sickness and sorrow don’t exist. I can’t wait to be there, Lord! Thank You for my future hope. Thank You that I can rejoice despite the circumstances in this world. Because I know it is just the beginning, I can look beyond this life. Thank You for trusting me with these momentary afflictions on earth, which are preparing for me an eternal weight of glory. Thank You for the hope I have in Jesus.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Outlook Six: Godliness
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“Christlike Character”

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