Have you ever noticed the significance of the number forty in Scripture? Moses worked as a shepherd forty years before God called him to lead the Israelites from captivity. Moses was atop Mount Sinai forty days receiving the covenant God made with the Israelites after redeeming them from bondage. God led His people in the wilderness for forty years of testing before entering the Promised Land. And Jesus was tested in the wilderness forty days before beginning His public ministry.
As you can see, it’s not only the number forty that’s significant, but the events that this number helped to define. Each event is a period of passage and transition—in the unfolding of God’s gracious and redemptive activity.
Are you in a period of passage? We’re all living through seasons of life if not specific, shorter transitional phrases in life. It’s the way God designed it. Every end is a new beginning. Make the most of it.
My 40-Day Challenge To You
Excerpted from "Healing Is A Choice" by Steve Arterburn
If you accept this challenge, I believe it could change your life forever. I believe it will implant in your heart and soul the words you need to persevere on the path to healing. I believe it can change the way you think about yourself and the way you think about life. It will take less than five minutes a day, but it could change the rest of your day. Throughout Scripture forty days pops up over and over again. It is significant to me that Jesus fasted and prayed for forty days and forty nights. So I am going to ask you to start your day, each day, for forty days by reading the following words out loud in some quiet corner of your world:
Lord, I am broken and hurting due to the brokenness of others and mistakes of my own. Please use Your powers to heal me and give me courage to make the choices I need to make to allow Your healing in my life. Forgive me for standing in Your way of healing for me. Thank You for putting to an end my past’s hold upon my life, and for allowing my future to begin right now in this moment with You.
- Today I choose to heal.
- My healing begins right now, in this moment.
- I am no longer bound by my sick past.
- There is healing in my future.
- For the next twenty-four hours, I choose to live free and heal.
- I choose to let go of past hurts that I cannot undo.
- I choose to forgive myself for wrong choices in the past.
- Today I will dwell on what is good and right, not on the darkness I have experienced or the darkness others invite me to live.
- Today I will live beyond myself and live for God.
- On this day I will choose to feel my life rather than live in denial.
- I will not medicate away my pain, sorrow, or anxiety.
- I will allow each negative feeling to lead me to greater depths of healing.
- I will not drown out or ignore my negative emotions.
- I will work through these feelings and move out of them.
- I will not project them onto those around me.
- When I am unaware of what choice to make next, I will choose to do the next right thing.
- Today I will not hide or run away.
- I will connect with those who love me and with those who need my love.
- Throughout this day I will stay connected to God and ask Him to guide me and lead me.
- Today will be an adventure for me that I will approach in faith.
- I will take a risk and enjoy the unpredictable.
- I will feel and acknowledge my fears; but I refuse to be governed by them.
- I will choose to do something uncomfortable that might lead me to know the truth about myself or live life to the fullest.
- I will not lie to myself today.
- I will seek the truth and will ask for help when I need it.
- Today I will reestablish some boundaries that will protect me from unhealthy people and unhealthy situations.
- I will tear down some walls that are keeping some wonderful people from knowing me and loving me.
- If there is some ungrieved loss, I will grieve it as much as I can today, and then put it away.
- Today I will choose reality and embrace it.
- I will accept my life as it is, and life truthfully and dependently upon God right where I am.
- I refuse to wallow in self-pity.
- I will not focus on what I do not have or what might have been.
- On this day I will not give up.
- No matter how difficult the struggle, I choose to persevere.
- I will not let any excuse be strong enough to derail my path to healing.
- I will never give up or give in to an old life that neither benefited me nor glorified God.
- I will allow no one to discourage me.
- Today I will heal and rely on God to deliver me through the choices I make.
- Today I will allow God to govern my life, and each choice I make, I will make with God in mind and love in my heart.
- On this day, I choose healing.
- I will do what I can to heal and to accept the limitations God has placed before me.
- I will see every limitation I encounter as an invitation by God to do for me what I cannot do for myself.
- I will accept that healing is sometimes slow and delayed, and accept this as God’s invitation to grow in character as a result.
- Today I will step outside of myself and serve others.
- I will find a need and fill it.
- I will find the hurt of another and help heal it.
- I will not become self-absorbed or filled with self-obsession.
- I will reach out to someone in need and do what I can to meet that need.
- Today I will ask for God’s help to live out His purpose.
- Today I will live for God and not myself.
- Today I choose to live.
- Today I choose to love.
- Today I choose to heal.
Taken from The Life Recovery Devotional: Thirty Meditations from Scripture for Each Step in Recovery by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Copyright © 1991 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.