21 Day Spiritual Challenge


Welcome to Week 1 of our 21-Day Spiritual Workout

What you will need:

  • A Bible (or Bible app)  Here is a link if you want an online Bible
  • A Notebook
  • A Pen
  • Speakers or headphones
  • A pink headband (optional)

Monday, 2/6 – PRAY DAY

Warm-Up: Read Psalm 119:1-8
Main Exercise: Read Colossians 1:9-12.  Read it at least twice.  Then, write down in your notebook all the different aspects of this prayer (note that there are at least 5).  Look over what you’ve written and feel the weight of what is being asked of God.  Then, starting with yourself, write down who you want to pray this prayer for.  Come up with as many people as you can.  Now, bring all that you’ve written before God in prayer.  Ask Him for the things you’ve written down from His Word, for you and for everyone you wrote down.  Pray these things with longing and excitement.  Make sure you spend time focusing on each point you’ve written down.  Once you’re done, go back to your Bible and read Colossians 1:9-12 one more time, as a prayer and not just words.
Cool Down: Open the Eyes of My Heart (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wutmEjdbedE)  Listen to and praise and seek God through this song.

Tuesday,  2/7 – CARDIO/ENDURANCE

Warm-Up: Read Psalm 119:9-16
Main Exercise: Read the entire book of Colossians in one sitting.  There are 4 chapters.  I would recommend a reader-friendly translation of the Bible, such as the NLT, NCV or Message.  But of course, use whatever version you are comfortable with.  Read this as it was originally written – as a letter to a church of people that the apostle Paul loved.  It wasn’t originally written with chapter numbers or verse numbers.  It’s a continuous chain of thought, written with a purpose.  If you don’t have a Bible without chapter and verse numbers, try to fight the urge to focus on chapter numbers, verse numbers, or sub-headings.  Don’t stop for a break after each chapter.  Just keep reading from start to finish!  Write in your notebook any verses, themes, or messages that stuck out to you.  Write down anything that didn’t make sense.  Write down things that challenged you.  And write down things you need to work on in your life.
Cool Down: To Know Your Name (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnvlpNVQocw) Listen to and praise and seek God through this song.

Wednesday, 2/8 – POWER-LIFTING

Warm-Up: Read Psalm 119:17-24
Main Exercise: Read Ephesians 1:3-14.  I call this my Jesus mirror – this passage tells me WHO I AM in Christ.  I wouldn’t recommend using the Message translation for this particular exercise.  You’re going to read through this passage at least 3 times, each time doing something different.  The first read-through is just to get the big picture.  The second time you read through it, circle every occurrence you find of “in Christ,” “in him,” or any other phrase about being “in Christ.”  The third time you read through it, underline in your Bible and/or write down in your notebook all of the things that this passage says we are, in Christ.  I’ll give you the first 2 that I find… in verse 3 it says we are blessed with every spiritual blessing (or given every heavenly blessing), and in verse 4 it says we were chosen before the foundation of the world.  So write down “blessed” and “chosen”.  Then keep going.  I’ve found at least 7 things.  When you’re done, write in your notebook, “This is who I am in Christ!”  Then take some time to go through each one and really ponder on it; bathe in it; let these truths overtake your heart and mind.
Cool Down: In Christ Alone (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENtL_li4GbE) Listen to and praise and seek God through this song. “And as he stands in victory, sin’s curse has lost its grip on me. For I am his, and he is mine, bought with the precious blood of Christ!”

Thursday, 2/9 – PRAY-DAY

Warm-Up: Read Psalm 119:25-40
Main Exercise: Read Ephesians 3:16-19 (note: if verse 16 is in the middle of a sentence, back up and start from the beginning of the sentence – some translations have it starting at verse 14).  Read this prayer at least twice.  Then, write down in your notebook all the different aspects of this prayer (note that there are at least 5).  Look over what you’ve written and feel the weight of what is being asked of God.  Then, starting with yourself, write down who you want to pray this prayer for.  Come up with as many people as you can.  Now, bring all that you’ve written before God in prayer.  Ask Him for the things you’ve written down from His Word, for you and for everyone you wrote down.  Pray these things with longing and excitement.  Make sure you spend time focusing on each point you’ve written down.  Once you’re done, go back to your Bible and read Ephesians 3:16-19 one more time, as a prayer and not just words.
Cool Down: Jesus Lord of Heaven (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cZ6agCPNee0) Listen to and praise and seek God through this song. “Your love is deeper than any ocean, higher than the heavens, reaches beyond the stars in the skies!”

Friday, 2/10 – CARDIO/ENDURANCE

Warm-Up: Read Psalm 119:41-48
Main Exercise: Read the entire book of Philippians in one sitting.  There are 4 chapters.  I would recommend a reader-friendly translation of the Bible, such as the NLT, NCV or Message.  But of course, use whatever version you are comfortable with.  Read this as it was originally written – as a letter to a church of people that the apostle Paul loved.  It wasn’t originally written with chapter numbers or verse numbers.  It’s a continuous chain of thought, written with a purpose.  If you don’t have a Bible without chapter and verse numbers, try to fight the urge to focus on chapter numbers, verse numbers, or sub-headings.  Don’t stop for a break after each chapter.  Just keep reading from start to finish!  Write in your notebook any verses, themes, or messages that stuck out to you.  Write down anything that didn’t make sense.  Write down things that challenged you.  And write down things you need to work on in your life.
Cool Down: Trading My Sorrows (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXi5iq1zAl4) Listen to and praise and seek God through this song.  “I’m laying it down for the joy of the Lord!”

Saturday, 2/11 – POWER-LIFTING

Warm-Up: Read Psalm 119:49-56
Main Exercise: Read Acts 16:16-34.  This passage documents injustice, miracles and salvation.  You’re going to read through this passage at least 3 times, each time doing something different.  The first read-through is just to get the big picture.  The second time you read through it, pay special attention to Paul and Silas – why were they thrown in jail?  What were they doing while in jail?  What happened as a result of this?  What did they do once they were miraculously set free?  Can you relate to them?  Would you like to be able to relate to them more?  Where does their example fit into your life right now?  Write all of this down.  The third time you read through it, pay special attention to all the other people involved in this incident.  What happened to the slave girl?  What about her owner?  The other prisoners?  The prison guard and his family?  Write this down too.  Think about how Jesus affected all of their lives that day – some for better, some for worse.  How many people could Jesus affect in your life, even if it means unfortunate circumstances for you?
Cool Down: I’m Going Free (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APrxBVXF_Tw) Listen to and praise and seek God through this song. “Glory glory, hallelujah, you threw my shackles in the sea!”

Sunday, 2/12 – REST

Come worship our great God together with us at Calvary Community Church of Riva at 9am or 10:30am!