Back to Course: 21-Day Challenge

Day 10

Instructor: Aliene Thompson

Class Notes

Today we continue our quest to cover the “why” behind the “what” : the last three questions of the IMPACT acronym. (Core identity in Christ to affirm. Action to take. Transgression to confess.) You are doing amazing! Keep going.

I hate shame, I hate what it does to women’s lives. I hate how shame has impacted my life.

For this reason, today’s video is so important to me. As you watch it, begin to let the power of God’s Word remove shame and free your feet to take action steps to do great things for God’s glory.

Today’s Assignment

Go back to Ephesians 1:1-11. Ask yourself the last three IMPACT questions of the Respond step.

  • Core identity in Christ to affirm.
  • Action to take.
  • Transgression to confess.

Record your answers in the space provided on the note pages of days 9 and 10 inside the 21-Day Challenge section of your notebook.

Today’s Connect Question

What is something new or interesting you learned from today’s assignment?

Listen to the audio from today’s video or download it for later below:

Day 9

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Action: God has predestined me. He has plans for me. I need to be ready for action when he calls me. Reading his word has been very important to me. Learning about God and the truths about Him. I started reading the Bible in February to read it straight through. I have never done it before. I have learned so much. I am near the end of Isaiah. I am not studying it, but it has made me appreciate what Jesus did.
Core Identity is I am a daughter of the King. A sister of Christ. He chose me and has blessed me with every blessing of the heavenly realms.
To Confess. I haven’t been feeling like a daughter of God. I have been shy in the past and afraid. I need to step out of my comfort zone.

Action- Holy Spirit wants me to take a Sabbath rest each week. Lay down the busy schedule, to rest in the Lord God, Worship Him, pray, listen to His voice and read His Word with Holy Spirit leading. Core Identity in Christ-What God thinks of me? I am His child. Adopted into His family. I am Blessed with every Spiritual Blessings. Christ Jesus is my elder brother. He is my anchor of my soul. He is my example to follow. As He is so are we in this world. I am to be a love gift to God and to others every day. Transgressions to confess- looking at the outer appearance of others… forgive me Lord, it’s the heart of an individual that counts in Christ Jesus. Cleanse me Lord Jesus from all unrighteousness. I plead the Blood of Jesus over in and through me.

Core identity in Christ to affirm- I am beloved, forgiven, and spiritually blessed
Action to take- Tell others about the goodness of God.
Transgression to confess- I am a stubborn person and that can hold me back from a lot.

It is absolutely amazing that God chose Me before the foundation of the world. It was easier to say that verse and believe it for everyone but me. The action step for me is continually stating That truth to myself as many times that the Holy Spirit brings it to my mind.

I agree. It is hard to grasp that God chose and loves US. It is much easier to accept His love for others. I am praying that you will grasp how high, wide, and deep His love for you is. When I am wanting to remember something the Lord is teaching me through His word I will write it down and post it several places I see often such as the bathroom mirror, my bedside table or my computer at work.That way I am remineded to meditate on that truth often.That is what the Anchor of Truth cards that came with your notebook are for.

I have issues with doubting myself, often. Verse 7b-8 “in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on (me) with all wisdom and understanding” This gives me confidence that I need to trust my first thought it response more often.

I think through the passage Ephesians 1: 1-11, I hear Paul say “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ” I see Praise as an action that we take. The Jewish prayers at Shabbat prayer at the woman lighting the candles, start off with: “Blessed are you, Lord God, King of the Universe…” I guess I see the tradition of praise at the beginning of prayers is a wonderful thing. So my action to take is to love and value and praise the Father through Jesus, Jesus for dying for me, the Holy Spirit for being with me even when I grieve Him! These passages are so amazing! In 11 verses there is so much content, Thank you!

Today what impacted me because I actually got it was that it’s not about answering all the questions, in previous bible studies I would rush through the questions to answer them all so that in Wednesday night class I had all the answers completed.
This study is showing and teaching it’s about the time I’m spending with the Lord and it’s ok if I don’t answer them all.
It feels good to linger with Him and ponder in my mind as I go

The biggest take away today is the fact that I am not content in my current circumstances. My gratitude is not bigger than my want. I desire for my gratefulness to be bigger than that extreme want of my desires. There is not a healthy balance.

Something I learned from today’s assignment – was to not be soooo caught up in the process of checking all of the boxes…to answer all of the IMPACT statement, just be open and listen to what God has for me. The biggest message I got is I am a daughter of God. He love me just the way I am – I need to be open and listen to his guidance to understand HIS purpose for me.

Core identity would be I belong to him. We were actually chosen before we were born. I have an inheritance. Action would be to share this with a friend that needs to know, or needs reminding.