Day 21

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Pastor Terry Morehouse

Congratulations!

This is day 21!

You have accomplished a very important and life changing time of prayer and fasting!

Fasting has great rewards. Consider fasting at various times this year, make it a regular part of your lives. Of course, it’s even more important to make prayer a daily conviction.

“But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” ‭Matthew‬ ‭6:17-18‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

He will be faithful to reward you openly for the prayer and fasting you have done in secret. And also, that He would reward those who “diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).

By making prayer and fasting a priority in your life God takes notice. I know this year is a very significant year in so many ways. The God we serve wants breakthrough in your life. By making Him your main focus this year you will see breakthrough!

We are held back in so many ways. The enemy wants you to believe prayer and fasting are a waste of time. Just remember, Satan lost and is completely defeated. And keep in mind,

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

You can and you will,

So proud of all of you!

God bless!


Breakthrough - Eddie James


Day 20

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This fast is almost over and we want to encourage you today, hang in there! Stay Strong!

Sometimes in life we have to do something unusual, extraordinary and beyond the norm to see breakthrough. Normal Christianity, normal praying while all important aren’t always enough to get the job done. Religion won’t get it done. It’s going to take anointing that destroys the yoke (Isaiah 58). When you fast, the anointing increases in your life because you are so into the Spirit. The authority of God, power of God, and faith of God comes alive when you lay aside some things and fast. You will find yourself getting stronger and stronger. Shouting doesn’t do it, the anointing does it. Through this fast we have been praying with you, believing with you, believing we will see victories we haven’t seen before, breakthrough’s we haven’t seen before, miracles we haven’t seen before. We believe we have experienced curses broken, generational stuff uprooted, change!

Don’t give up if you haven’t seen what you are believing for, keep going one more day. Be determined that no demon is going to control my life. I am a child of God, and who the Son sets free indeed! We stand with a faith that is unshakable and a resolve that fasting will build strength in our lives like we’ve never had before, that we will see deliverance in every area that the enemy has tried to control!

Please share with us testimonies of things that God has done during this time of fasting, your testimony is powerful and encourages others. Today we encourage you to take some time and really look at some of the things that God has done during this fast, ask Him to reveal them to you and write them down so you can be reminded throughout the year. We are excited to see what God has in store for us in 2019… stay strong for 1 more day!

Your Great Name - Todd Dulaney

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Day 19

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Pastor Rachel Morehouse

Proverbs 3:5-6

  “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding: In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. 


I think in today’s culture truly trusting in God with all of our hearts can be difficult. We have constant access to information, to opinions. There was an article written that claims the internet has changed our brains. We have 24/7 access to near limitless information and it’s actually making us worse at remembering things. Our brains are primed to think about the internet as soon as we start trying to recall the answer to a tough trivia question or information we can’t remember. It has in a way become a mental crutch. There are times this information is definitely a benefit and there are times that it gets us sidetracked and off course. 


I love how in Proverbs this verse applies today now more than ever. What or who do you look to for answers in your life? 

This passage starts with the word “trust”, which is defined in the dictionary as, 1. “Assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” 2. “Dependance on something.”

My favorite is the Hebrew definition of this word which is, batach. This means, be confident, to be bold, make secure, to feel safe, and to literally throw your cares at someone. 

This has changed this verse for me from dependance on someone in a way that says i’m too weak to do it myself,  to a bold confidence that says, My God has my back, it doesn’t matter what I see i throw my cares at His feet and He will direct me!

During this fast a friend of mine had a job offer they went and interviewed for, they also have been fasting. This job was a slight step back from their current position but decided it never hurts to try. As this person sat in the interview with a very powerful person in this company the entire interview changed midway through and he said, what if I offered you an executive position? As I have been talking to you I think what I originally was going to offer isn’t enough. God was directing this person’s path! 

As we come to final days of our fast would you spend some time checking your trust levels? Where is your trust? Is it in your job? Your spouse? Maybe in your skills? That can all change in an instant. But God is never changing, always faithful. That’s the best place your trust can be. 


Prayer for today. 

Jesus,

Help me to see the areas where I need to put my trust fully in You, and give me wisdom on how to do that. When I start to waiver or lose my trust, bring it to my attention so my focus is always on You. I thank You that You have said that if I am bold and confident in You that You will direct my paths. I acknowledge You today and place my trust you in You.
 Amen

I Will Trust In You - Gary Oliver

Day 18

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Just Say Yes

Pastor TJ (Tyron) Robinson

Have you ever felt like your prayers are unanswered? You are not alone. The prophet Daniel in the Bible is a great example. Daniel had a disciplined prayer life. Although, he was forced to be under new religious ways and thrown into a lions den, he never ceased praying. 
We have to remember to pray without ceasing. (I Thessalonians 5:17) An angel told Daniel, Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.” “But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”
‭‭Daniel‬ ‭10:12-13 NIV‬‬

Daniel had prayed and fasted for 3 weeks before he got his answer. Your persistence will pay off.  

Scripture tells us that fasting is not an option. 

“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:16‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Jesus, says “When” not if. Fasting draws us closer to God. 
Scripture contains examples where Jesus fasted to build intimacy with God. Fasting is a way to redirect your attention to what is important, your relationship with God. God desires to be with you. Spending time with Him while fasting 
‭is a perfect way to build an intimate relationship with the Father. 
Fasting is more than an act of obedience, it’s a gift to cultivate better habits and find peace in the presence of God. 

So from today moving forward, we will say yes to the things of God and make fasting apart of your life. 

Prayer
Father, This year is a new beginning of me saying yes to whatever you have for my life. I know there is peace when I say yes. I want a prayer life that is pleasing to You. I realize that my life is better when I pray and fast. Therefore I am making fasting apart of my life. You’re will be done in my life. I thank you for life in abundance. I thank you that you not only hear my prayers but you have answered them. In Jesus name, Amen!

Brian Courtney Wilson - I’ll Just Say Yes

Day 17

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    STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND

Pastor Thema Robinson

“I have given them your word.  And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world.  I’m not asking you to take the out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one.  They do not belong to this world any more than I do.  Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.  Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.  And I give myself as a holy sacrifice for them so they can be made holy by your truth.”

                        John 17:14-18(NLT)


In this season of fasting I want to put us in remembrance of John 17:14-18.  The reason people of God enter into a time of fasting is to reconnect with the Spirit and presence of God Almighty so that we can hear direction for our lives. And that we can put on the courage we need to live according to God’s law.  It’s a season of remembering the extreme importance of our obedience to the Word and Will of God; remembering that we were put on this earth for a specific and divine purpose.

I am a strong believer that we see the hand and message of God all around us, including movies!  Recently I watched the Netflix Original version of the Jungle Book called Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle.  From the very start I saw how this story parallels our lives as believers, strangers in the world.  We all know the story.  The ruthless and evil tiger Shere Khan kills Mowgli’s parents BUT he is rescued by the gentle black panther Bagheera.  Bagheera takes Mowgli and leaves him at the door step of a family of wolves that he knows will take the “man-cub” in.  In the Netflix version that’s Nisha and Vihaan.  While Nisha and Vihaan are still trying to figure out where the man-cub came from and what they are going to do with him Tabaqui, Shere Khan’s cronies hyena, shows up in search of the man-cub.  This next part is powerful to me because it reminds me how ferociously God protects His children.  Nisha, Vihaan and their wolf cubs literally just discovered the boy minutes earlier but they all immediately stand in defense of the child against Tabaqui, whose eyes light up like a Christmas tree when he sees Mowgli.  Once they run him off Nisha springs into action and without haste goes to the leader of the pack, Akela, to ask permission to raise the man-cub.  While the council is still deliberating Khan and Tabaqui show up.  Khan demands the child be handed over to him but Akela has had a revelation about the man-cub which he will reveal a little later in the movie.  Shere Khan is trying to intimidate Akela but Akela rises up in the authority he has as leader and rallies the pack against Khan declaring that the child is under the protection of the pack and if Khan wants to challenge him he will be challenging the entire pack. 

A lot happened in just that first 10 minutes!  It made me want to preach it!  Let’s step back and draw out the comparisons.  I am always puzzled by people that blame God for any bad thing that happens in their lives because God has given us power and authority to stand our ground when the enemy attacks and He gives peace that surpasses understanding when we are grieved.  Jesus told us in John 16:33b “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows.  But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”  Why then are we so surprised when bad things, trials and sorrows happen in our lives?  I will tell you why, it’s because we don’t have the word of God hidden in our hearts (Psalms 119:11 “I have hidden your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.”) we so easily forget the second part of John 16:33 when Jesus promises that He has overcome the world.  Jesus also commands us in Philippians 4:6,7:   “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”  

From the very beginning Mowgli’s life was marred by trials and sorrows “But God” showed the child favor and sent a panther to rescue him. But that isn’t the end of the story.  Even though Mowgli was under the protection of the pack he was not and could never be a true member of the pack and was teased and ridiculed by some in the pack for this reason.  Not only that, Shere Khan didn’t go away for good he simply laid in wait for an opportune time to strike.  That opportunity came when Mowgli became utterly distraught after failing a running test that would determine if he could become an official member of the pack.  After that failure he lost his way.  He turned on another unique member of the pack that had been his only friend and he disobeyed the warning of Baloo to stay away from the monkey people.   This all worked together to provide the prime opportunity for Shere Khan to strike.


This is exactly what happens in the lives of believers.  Tragic things occur, major failures and disappointments slam into our lives at times and many allow these temporary events to make them lose hope and faith in God, to lose their way.   These trials and sorrows are not supposed to derail God’s plans for our life.  They are meant to make us stronger as we continue to move toward the high calling of Jesus Christ in our lives. The revelation that Akela had was that one day Mowgli would rise up and save the jungle from human intruders.  In the end however he did not only that but he also rid the jungle of the evil that was Shere Khan but he didn’t do either without having to endure major difficulty and disappointment in life.  Mowgli was different from the very beginning, his entire life was plagued by an evil trying to take him out, trying to snuff out his purpose.  The jungle however provided many protectors starting with Bagheera, then the pack, Baloo, the elephants, and even the python Kaa.  Our Heavenly Father does the exact same thing for us.  In the midst of every trial we see the favor and protection of God if we will open our eyes and hearts to it.  Just as Mowgli had a specific purpose so do we all.  In this world there will be trials and sorrows but God has given us everything we need to overcome.  We have to overcome people ridiculing us for being different.  When we adhere to the standards of God we are called out dated, and even intolerant but we must remember that we must not ever be in league with this sinful world.  We must overcome in His name because our families, communities, and world are all watching and waiting to see if we will take up this call or if we will be defeated by the hardships in life.  

“This command I am giving you today is not too difficult for you, and it is not beyond your reach.  It is not kept in heaven, so distant that you must ask, ‘Who will go up to heaven and bring it down so we can hear it and obey?’  It is not kept beyond the sea, so far away that you must ask, ‘Who will cross the sea to bring it to us so we can hear it and obey?’  No, the message is very close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart so that you can obey it.  “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster.  For I command you this day to love the Lord your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways.  If you do this, you will live and multiply and the Lord your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.  “But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods, then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed.  You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy. “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses.  Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make.  Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!  You can make this choice by loving the Lord your God, obeying him, and committing yourself firmly to him.  This is the key to your life.  And if you love and obey the Lord, you will live long in the land the Lord swore to give your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob ~ Deuteronomy 30: 11-20


MY PRAYER FOR TODAY:

Father I thank you that you are always with me, protecting me and ever leading me toward your plan for my life.  Even when I don’t recognize your favor on my life you are always sending me the help I need to weather every storm that comes my way.  Forgive me Lord God for the times I have forgotten your word and I have allowed the cares and troubles of this life to hardened my heart toward you; the times I have allowed fear and the intimidation tactics of the enemy to make me forget that you do indeed have a plan for me and that I am not alone and that everything that I must face, though not of your doing, will all work together to help me accomplish your will for my life.  Holy Spirit please give me the strength of heart and mind to remember that I was not called to fit in with this culture, that you have called me to be different on purpose so that I can be a light in the world.  Give me the tenacity I must have so that I will hold firmly to your promises when life has thrown me situations that seem to hard or painful to bear.  I reject the spirits of conformity, fear, depression, rage, loneliness, sickness, lust, compromise and suicide now in the name of Jesus and I accept with all my heart, mind, and soul the sweet powerful work of the Holy Spirit of God in my life.  I declare that I am made holy and righteous by your word.  Let the world watch and follow me as I follow you Lord.

    In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.


Song:  William McDowell - Through Christ

Day 16

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Pastor Colleen Knilans

Why 21 days?

The principle of Daniel 10 was praying for 21 days to remove a principality that was blocking future revelation. When David gained access the Lord showed him the future and gave him revelation that is pertinent for today.

Daniel 10:12

“Do not fear, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart to understand, and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard…”

The Lord then sent and visited Daniel with angelic help. Access is - the permission, liberty or ability to enter, approach, or pass to and from a place; or to approach or communicate with a person thing. So, even though you may not “see” in the natural what you are praying and fasting for, just know that God hears you. Don’t quit or give up. Romans 8:31 tells us, “If God be for us who can be against us?”

Prayer for today

Forever, O Lord, Your Word stands firm in heaven. Your faithfulness extends to every generation, like the earth You created; it endures by Your decree, for everything serves Your plans.

In Jesus’ Name

Song of Intercession

Day 15

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Joy

Pastor Kyhan Reid

Have you ever been in a situation or received some news that just cut you to your soul and you cried until you had no more physical strength? You cried until your tear ducts swelled and you didn’t even have any more tears coming from your eyes? You go through things in life that leaves you devasted, things that happen beyond your control.  You would never had predicted it or cannot explain or justify what has happened.  I am there right now. My family recently experienced the loss of my mother-in- law.  It was unexpected. Never in our wildest dreams did we think that my mother-in-law would be gone.  Her death has left our family devastated.  We find ourselves asking God, why her, why now? Why couldn’t things have been different?  

You might be in a situation or heavy trial that is weighing you down right now.  Can I give you some bad news that has the twist to some good news?  Psalm 30:5 says for his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: Weeping may endure for a night but joy cometh in the morning. The bad news is, you may have to cry sometimes, or feel hurt, sorrow, or pain. The good news is joy comes in the morning. In other words, it’s ok to cry and let it out, but in the midst of your hurt, sorrow or pain, look ahead, a new and brighter day is coming.  

You may be wondering; how can I possibly endure horrible situations and consider it joy?  Just know that God is with you. God promises to never leave or abandon you.  All you have to do is draw close to God and ask Him for help.  God loves you and is ultimately in control of your circumstances. Jesus says in John 15:11 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full”.  

As we enter into this new year, the reality is, you may have to endure some things, and may be faced with some difficult situations. Trying to balance feelings of hurt, sorrow, or pain while moving forward with your everyday life may be a challenge that you have to face. Just know that God will be with you even in the darkest days, when devastation, hurt, sadness, and grief may overwhelm you. God will be there to help you get through your tough situations.  Your tough situations will not last forever.  Don’t give up.  Keep looking forward to that new morning of joy.  James 1:2-4 says “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing”.


PRAYER FOR TODAY

God,  

I Thank You for being the God that you are and for keeping your promises.  Thank you for never leaving me and being there for me even in the midst of my difficult situations.  I am grateful to know that no matter what I may go through in this life, that weeping will be replaced with laughter, and pain with joy. I praise you and thank you for being the joy in my life.  Amen 

Jonny Diaz - Joy

Day 14

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Continue In Watchful Prayer

Pastor Matt Knilans

~Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving… Colossians 4:2

Have you ever gone through a period in your life when you were tempted to give up on something you were praying for because the answer seemed too long in coming?

The truth is, we’ve all experienced times when we prayed in faith, but the answer to our prayers seemed to come far too slowly. In Colossians 4:2 Paul outlined the kind of attitude we must maintain as we wait for the answers to our prayers. Several words are very important in this verse. First, Paul began by saying, “Continue in prayer..” This word “continue” is translated from the Greek word, proskartereo, which is a compund of the words pros and kertereo. The word pros is the preposition to or toward, and it carries the idea of close, upfront, intimate contact with someone else. A good example of this word pros is found in Ephesians 6:12, where it is used to describe our close contact with unseen, demonic spirits that have been marshaled against us. The second word kartereo means to be strong, to be stout, to bear up, to have fortitude, or to be steadfast. strong, robust, tough, solid, or heavy duty.

When these two words are compounded, as they are in Colossians 4:2, the new word depicts a strong, solid, “never give up type” of leaning toward an object. It pictures a person who wants something so fiercely that he is leaning forward toward that object - pressing toward it, devoted to the goal of obtaining it, and busily engaged in activities that will bring the object of his desire toward him.

By using this word, proskartereo, Paul was emphatically urging us to do three things as we wait for God to answer our prayers

  • Stay forward-directed and focused in prayer

  • Keep pressing into the Spirit

  • Resolutely refuse to give up until we have obtained what we are believing for in prayer

There will undoubtedly be times in life when the answers to your prayers won’t come quickly. However, God wants us to stay strong and continue to pray.

God wants you to meet Him face to face and surrender every area of your life to Him. In return, He promises that you will receive the answers you seek.

So what should you do if you are praying in faith and the answer still hasn’t come? It’s time for you to dig in and press in the Spirit toward the answer. Be willing to make whatever changes God may require of you, and keep your eyes open for the answer. Finally, lift up your voice, and start thanking Him now for the answer even before it comes!

My prayer for today

Lord, I am making the decision to turn up my fervency in prayer! You are telling me to pray consistently and persistently and to press in harder than eery before, so that is what I am going to do. If there are issues in my life that are blocking the answers to my prayers, please reveal them to me and I will surrender them to You. With the help of Your Spirit, I will stay in faith with a watchful eye for the answer I have sought from You. Right now by faith, I thank You in advance for the answer I am seeking.

I pray this by faith in Jesus’ name!

Julie True - Healing In Your Presence

*Sparkling Gems From the Greek - Rick Renner

Day 13

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Life

Pastor Jason Reid

September 16, 2018 was one of the greatest moments of my life. That was the day my wife and I officially joined the pastoral team at BLC and were installed as Family Ministries pastors. That day will forever be engraved in my heart because that was the beginning of a new chapter of ministry for me and my family. I have to be honest, as I excited as I was, I was somewhat nervous as well. A lot of thoughts ran through my mind because here we are stepping into a pastoral role at a new ministry, under a new lead pastor, working with a new staff and serving in a ministry where the people barely know us and we barely know them, but on that day September 16, 2018 when Pastor Terry invited my wife and I up to the stage to announce our calling and when the pastoral team laid hands on us, I felt such a peace come over me. I believe it was God saying I am with you. I was so excited about the season we were entering into.

In that same month of September 2018, I had no idea that I would also experience one of the most difficult seasons of my life. On September 26, 2018 just ten days after experiencing one of the greatest moments of my life, I received news that my mother was in the hospital and I needed to rush back to Michigan. That day will forever be engraved into my heart as well. That morning I had just spoken to my mother on the phone. I had an upcoming business trip scheduled for that following week in Michigan and we talked about how good it was going to be to see each other. That night my brother and I were on the highway heading back to Michigan. When we finally got to her room in the hospital, I saw my mother laying in a bed hooked up to tubes and medical equipment. As strong as I was trying to be, it hurt so much to see my mother like that. On November 12, 2018 my mother passed away. 

As we made plans for mom’s homegoing celebration guess who was asked to do the eulogy? You got it, me. I had those same nervous feelings and random thoughts that I felt the day my wife and I were installed as pastors. 

On Monday November 19, 2018 we had mom’s homegoing celebration. As I stood behind the podium I felt that same peace I did the day when Pastor Terry invited my wife and I up to the stage to announce our calling and the pastoral team laid hands on us. I believe it was God saying I am with you. 

My subject for the eulogy was “An Unknown Season” and my scripture reference was Ecclesiastes 3:1-4. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; 3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”

If you notice in these verses there are a lot of season changes going on but there is one thing that the writer never mentions about changing and that’s God the father.

I have to be honest with you, it has been really hard for me to even wrap my head around everything that has transpired in the last couple of months. How did I go from experiencing one of the greatest days of my life to one of the most difficult days of my life all in the same month?

As I entered the exciting season of being installed as a Pastor as well as going through the tough season of loosing my mother, I had to realize regardless of whatever season I am in, I still serve a God that does not change, and because I have a relationship with God, my experience has taught me that if he has brought me through that, he will bring me through this. (Hebrews 13:8, Deuteronomy 31:6, Philippians 4:12-13)

I think you get what I am trying to say! 

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, I come before you, thanking you for who you are. Help me to rely solely in you and realize regardless of whatever season I am in, you are God and you do not change. I am so grateful to have a relationship with you and because of this I know that you are with me in every season that I may face. In Jesus name, Amen!

Richard Smallwood - Trust Me

Day 12

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PUT HIM FIRST

PASTOR THEMA ROBINSON

~ 2Corinthians 5:14-17
”Either way, Christ’s love controls us.  Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.  He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves.  Instead they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them.  So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view.  At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view.  How differently we know him now!  This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person.  The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

If you have been around me for any length of time you have likely heard me say, “life is like a wheel and Jesus is the center of that wheel.  Everything in life revolves around Him, not the other way around.” Many people however consider that Jesus Christ is merely a spoke on the wheel.  When they feel like it they come to church, pray, or read His Word.  Jesus said,

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.  You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.  Remain in me, as I also remain in you.  No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine.  Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.  I am the vine; you are the branches.  If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.  If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.  If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” John 15:1-7 NIV.

I absolutely love this passage of scripture!  The King James Version of the Bible uses the word Abide, instead of remain, let me tell you why I love that word in this verse.  Abide means:  to accept, to comply, to obey, to follow, to acknowledge, to respect, to uphold, and to act in accordance with.  When I treat Jesus Christ in my life like He IS my life rather than treating Him like a spoke on the wheel of my life I am acting in accordance with His Word.  Now he can bless my life.  Now all the promises held in the Word apply to me!  God wants the very best for you and me but he can only give it when we first give all of ourselves to Him in obedience and intimate relationship with Jesus Christ our King.  I’m reminded of a song I learned in Sunday school as a child.  “O-B-E-D-I-E-N-C-E, obedience is the very best way to show that you believe.”

During this season of fasting let’s ask the Holy Spirit to teach us to remain in the vine which is Jesus Christ and His words to remain in us so that we can produce much fruit and be called true disciples!


MY PRAYER:

FATHER, I want to bring great glory to your name by being a true disciple of Jesus Christ.  I acknowledge that apart from the vine that is Jesus I am nothing and my life is on a destructive path.  If I put you first in my life Jesus, God will prune me and cause me to grow and bear much fruit.  Holy Spirit I need power that only you give to withstand the temptations of this world that pull me away from the very reason I exist.  I cannot do life on my own, I surrender every part of my life to you Jesus my Lord, and King.  I love you Lord and commit my will to you today and for the rest of my life. 


Joshua 24:15b  


Donnie McClurkin - Create In Me a Clean Heart

Day 11

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Listen

Pastor Rachel Morehouse


As with any relationship communication is vital. Our relationship with God is really no different, He loves to hear from us… but, He also wants to speak to us.

I love the story of Samuel when he is just a child and hears God call his name and he assumes it’s the priest, Eli (1 Samuel 3). After 3 times of hearing his name being called and running to Eli the Bible says, “Then Eli understood it was the Lord who was calling the boy. So Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down, and it shall be that if He calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.’” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.”

The story goes on to say how the Lord then came again and spoke to Samuel. The point of the story is, Samuel was hearing God before he even recognized the voice, the last time he went back to lie down and I imagine that probably included some waiting before he heard the voice of the Lord that last time.

You probably already have heard the voice of God but maybe didn’t recognize it. I was praying one day and asking God to just give me one word, a single word from Him, anything He wanted to say and I heard God say back to me, “Why ask me for just one word when I have many I want to tell you?” I was limiting the conversation by what I was expecting. God wants to speak to you.

1 Kings 19:11-13 (NKJV)

11 Then He said, “Go out, and stand on the mountain before the Lord.” And behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind tore into the mountains and broke the rocks in pieces before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake; 12 and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

Start listening for that still small voice, that word still means - quiet, calm, gentle.

I want to encourage you today to spend some time listening. Write down what you hear, feel or sense God is saying to you.

PRAYER FOR TODAY

God,

Today I take some time to listen, open my ears and my heart to know and to hear Your voice. I know you are a God that speaks, make me sensitive to hear You. In Jesus’ Name!


The Call - Isabel Davis

Day 10

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Desiring The Presence Of God

Pastor TJ (Tyron) Robinson


“Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead, nor will you let your faithful one see decay. You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭16:5-11‬ ‭NIV‬‬

It is also important to know that God Loves us and that He is no respecter of person. 

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Gods Love for us is deep. As we see in John 10:10-11 NIV
“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
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Let Him see that you are grateful and that your love for him is deep. This is shown by spending time with Him and obeying His Word. Remember, God Loves you. Let me leave you with this last verse:
“I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭37:25‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Forever at Your Feet - Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Day 9

Pastor Terry Morehouse

“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” Colossians 3:2

 

I encourage you today to not quit!

 

Don’t give up on what you are focused on this year! 80% of us will quit a New Year’s resolution by January 12. That’s 12 days into the new year! Only 12 days!

 

The enemy wants you to quit:
Quit believing things can and will change for you
Quit praying
Quit fasting
Quit on God
Quit on yourself

 

When you start thinking about quitting, you start talking about quitting! When you start talking about quitting, you can be certain you will end up quitting!

 When you talk faith, you empower faith. 
When you talk doubt, you empower doubt.

 We tend to only trust ourselves and not trust God.

 “Therefore, do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.  For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:” Hebrews 10:35-36

 A made-up mind is very powerful! You can, and you will!

 

“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9

You Did Not Create Me To Worry - Anthony Brown

Day 8

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Overwhelmed

Pastor Kyhan Reid


Psalms 105: 1-5 (ESV)

Oh, give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

Seek the Lord and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!
 Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,


Do you feel overwhelmed, stressed, tired, or just plain “worn out”? Many have at one point in time. I know I have.  I have taken on so many responsibilities that requires a lot of my time: from being in school, having to meet the needs and the demands of the family and the home, serving in ministry at my church, and working a job. Sometimes I feel as though there are just not enough hours in the day to get it all done. This leaves me feeling a bit overwhelmed, tired, stressed, and just plain worn out.  By no means does God want us to live this way.  He wants us to know that He is with us to help us get through those long to-do lists that seems like they will never end.  He wants to help us get us through those tough situations where we may feel that we can’t make it, where we’re ready to throw in the towel.  So, if you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired, or just plain worn out, now is probably a good time to examine your priorities, so that you can get back on track and begin to live the victorious life God plans for you.

One way that we can overcome or cope with being overwhelmed, stressed, tired or just plain “worn out” is to rest.  Matthew 11: 28-30 Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light".  It is important for us to take time for ourselves and rest. You may have to remove yourself from your daily routine or walk away from your long to-do lists and find a place where you can rest in Him, even if it’s just for five or ten minutes.  Taking a break from the cares of this world that have you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, tired or just plain worn out is a must. It’s ok to leave the house untidy for a day to catch up on some sleep. It’s ok to cut long phone calls short or allow your cell phones to go to voicemail so that you can have some quiet time.  We must give our mind, body, and soul time to refuel and recharge.  God wants us to trust Him to take care of things for us.   

Another way that we can overcome or cope with being overwhelmed, stressed, tired or just plain “worn out” is to spend time with God.  We try to do everything in our own strength, leaving God out of what we do.  Spiritually we find ourselves headed down a slippery slope of hopelessness, ready to give up on God.  Now is not the time to lose sight of His plans that He has for our lives. We need to reflect on all of the good things God had done for us, so that we don’t forget about what He is capable of doing in our lives right now.  The Psalmist tells us in Psalms 105:5 to “remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he uttered.”  

One more way that we can overcome or cope with being overwhelmed, stressed, tired or just plain “worn out” is praise. The Psalmist used praise as a coping mechanism.  He sang praises to God and gave thanks for all the things he had been through.   In Psalms 105: 2-3 it says Oh, give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!  In the midst of our circumstances, challenges, or struggles, we should give God praise because we know that He has promised to be with us and that He will help us. 

So, in this new year, I challenge you to follow these three strategies: find time to rest, remember the good things God had done in your life, and praise and thank God for all that you’ve been through to get to where you are now.  With me, I know that I, by no ways, am done with being faced with tough situations. However, it is important for me to remember that when things get busy and stressful in life, I can always go to God and ask for His help, knowing that He will be there for me.


PRAYER FOR TODAY

God,

I know that I have been consumed with many things that have knocked me off track from resting and taking time to just reflect on and remember how good you have been to me.  Please forgive me.  Help me to have the strength to seek you daily, remembering the good things that you have done for me, and knowing that you will equip me with what I need to get through each day.  I praise your name because you are Holy, your name is great and greatly to be praised!  Thank you for being there for me when I needed you.  

Amen 

Song - 

Praise You In This Storm - Casting Crowns



Day 7

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Fasting

PASTOR COLLEEN KNILANS

~Isaiah 58:6 AMP
”[Rather] is not this the fast I have chosen: to loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the bands of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free and that you break every [enslavement] yoke.”

The benefits of fasting for breakthrough

  • Helps you overcome unbelief and build strong faith for breakthrough

  • Anointing increases in your life

  • The authority of God, power of God, and the faith of God come alive

  • Breaks bondages

  • Is a constant means of renewing yourself spiritually

Brings great rewards

  • Releases the “breaker anointing”

    • The Lord is the breaker. He is able to breakthrough any obstacle or opposition on behalf of his Covenant People

  • Can break generational strongholds

    • These include poverty, sickness, witchcraft, sexual impurity, pride, fear, confusion and marital problems

  • Humbles the Soul

  • Releases Grace and Favor

    • Takes limitations off your life

    • Lifts discouragement

Fasting is renouncing the natural to INVOKE the supernatural, this has deep significance.


My Prayer

Father, I consecrate this fast to You and set my mind to gain understanding in these matters for which I am concerned. (write your concerns out and keep them before your eyes, do not lose sight of the reason for your fast) I humble myself before You, Most High God, In accordance with Daniel 10:1-3, I will eat no_______ for a period of ____________. I choose the fast that You have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and to break every yoke. My light shall break forth like the dawn and my healing will quickly appear; then my righteousness will go before me, and Your glory, Lord, will be my rear guard.

Father, Thank you for cleansing me - spirit, soul and body. I commit this fast to You, Your faithfulness extends to every generation, like the earth You created; it endures by Your decree, for everything serves Your plans.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.



Day 6

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Trust

Pastor Jason Reid


Jeremiah 29:11 NIV  “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

The prophet Jeremiah pens a letter to those who were taken into captivity from Judah to Babylon. In his letter he instructs them to basically get comfortable in the land that they are in. Build houses, plant gardens, get married, have sons and daughters, and lastly to seek peace and prosperity in the city they are in.

He also tells them in his letter not to allow those people of influence such as the prophets around them to lie to them and tell them that they will not be in that land long, because they actually will be where they are for seventy years. (Jeremiah 29: 1-10)

And he lets them know that God says: For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Unfortunately, the reason why Judah was in captivity in Babylon was because of poor decisions (Jeremiah 25: 1-14), but because of God’s unconditional love he lets them know, in spite of what has happened and where you are at right now, I still have plans for you. My plans are to prosper you and not to harm you, my plans are to give you hope and a future. 

This is one of my most favorite bible scriptures because to me, it shows the very nature of God. This scripture shows us that:

1. God loves us

2. God does not forget about us

3. God has big plans for us

As we go through this Christian walk, I believe it is important that we learn to trust God in everything. I am not saying that will always be easy, especially during life’s dark and difficult times, but if there is one thing we can be assured of, is if/when we face those dark and difficult times, in God’s time he has a way of orchestrating things to work toward a proper conclusion. (Romans 8:28, Genesis 37, 38-48) 

Remember believer, God has a plan for you, and his plan is huge for you. His plan is to give you hope and a future. In this new year I just want to encourage you. In spite of what you may go through, keep believing and trusting in the God of the bible every step of the way. 


PRAYER FOR TODAY

Father God, I come before you, thanking you for who you are and for what you are doing and will do in my life. Because I am your child in spite of what I may go through, I thank you that you have a hope and a future for my life. Help me to walk in obedience to you and to trust you. I give your name praise! In Jesus name, Amen!

Song -

Cornerstone - Hillsong Worship

Day 5

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Fasting

Pastor Matt Knilans


Ephesians 3:14-21 TPT (The Passion Translation)

(14) So I kneel humbly in awe before the Father of our Lord Jesus, the Messiah, (15) the perfect Father of every father and child in heaven and on the earth. (16) And I pray that he would unveil within you the unlimited riches of his glory and favor until supernatural strength floods your innermost being with his divine might and explosive power. (17) Then, by constantly using your faith, the life of Christ will be released deep inside you, and the resting place of his love will become the very source and root of your life. (18-19) Then you will be empowered to discover what every holy one experiences—the great magnitude of the astonishing love of Christ in all its dimensions. How deeply intimate and far-reaching is his love! How enduring and inclusive it is! Endless love beyond measurement that transcends our understanding—this extravagant love pours into you until you are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God! (20) Never doubt God’s mighty power to work in you and accomplish all this. He will achieve infinitely more than your greatest request, your most unbelievable dream, and exceed your wildest imagination! He will outdo them all, for his miraculous power constantly energizes you. (21) Now we offer up to God all the glorious praise that rises from every church in every generation through Jesus Christ—and all that will yet be manifest through time and eternity. Amen!

This is an awesome prayer that Paul prays for the church. Here are just a few things,

  1. The unlimited riches of His glory and favor!

  2. Supernatural Strength to flood your innermost being with, Divine Might and Explosive Power!

  3. By constantly Using your faith the, life of Christ will be released deep inside of you. And, His love will rest, root and be released inside of you.


    Read the above passage out loud today as your prayer and make it personal. Insert me, my or I where it says, you, your.

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Paint Your Picture - Julie Meyer

Day 4

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A New Year of Intimacy With God (Deeper Relationship)

Pastor TJ (Tyron) Robinson


As we walk in the faith of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, we must seek to have a deeper relationship. This relationship only comes from spending time with Him. Time in prayer, worship and meditating on the Word.  An intimate relationship comes from spending time with someone.
Psalm 1:1-3NIV
“Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers.”
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A deeper relationship makes it easier to walk by faith.
“For we live by faith, not by sight.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

We are able to be at peace in any troubled situation. Making time to spend with God is vital for our lives. This is why it can be hard to do. The enemy (devil) will cause so many other things to come up to where you feel that you don’t have time to spend with God. I say, you can’t afford not to spend time with Him. Your life depends on it. 
“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7:24-27‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Here is a passage that’s good to read out loud

“Praise the Lord, my soul. Lord my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. The Lord wraps himself in light as with a garment; he stretches out the heavens like a tent and lays the beams of his upper chambers on their waters. He makes the clouds his chariot and rides on the wings of the wind. He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants. He set the earth on its foundations; it can never be moved. You covered it with the watery depths as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains. But at your rebuke the waters fled, at the sound of your thunder they took to flight; they flowed over the mountains, they went down into the valleys, to the place you assigned for them. You set a boundary they cannot cross; never again will they cover the earth. He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the sky nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the land is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for people to cultivate— bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts. The trees of the Lord are well watered, the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. There the birds make their nests; the stork has its home in the junipers. The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax. He made the moon to mark the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. You bring darkness, it becomes night, and all the beasts of the forest prowl. The lions roar for their prey and seek their food from God. The sun rises, and they steal away; they return and lie down in their dens. Then people go out to their work, to their labor until evening. How many are your works, Lord! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures. There is the sea, vast and spacious, teeming with creatures beyond number— living things both large and small. There the ships go to and fro, and Leviathan, which you formed to frolic there. All creatures look to you to give them their food at the proper time. When you give it to them, they gather it up; when you open your hand, they are satisfied with good things. When you hide your face, they are terrified; when you take away their breath, they die and return to the dust. When you send your Spirit, they are created, and you renew the face of the ground. May the glory of the Lord endure forever; may the Lord rejoice in his works— he who looks at the earth, and it trembles, who touches the mountains, and they smoke. I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to him, as I rejoice in the Lord. But may sinners vanish from the earth and the wicked be no more. Praise the Lord, my soul. Praise the Lord.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭104:1-35‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Withholding Nothing - William McDowell

Day3

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DON’T BE DECEIVED

Pastor Thema Robinson

~2Timothy 4:2-4NLT

“Preach the word of God.  Be prepared, whether the time is favourable or not.  Patiently correct, rebuke, and encourage your people with good teaching. For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching.  They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  They will reject the truth and chase after myths.”

Our culture tells us that if it feels good it is good.  If we think it’s truth, then it is.  There are many ways to God.  We only have one life so we should do what makes us happy.  Paul told Timothy, “a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching.”  We are living in that time.

The Holy Spirit foretold, through Paul a time where obedience to holiness and wholesomeness would be considered outdated.  A time where people would come to church only to hear motivational messages.  These are the people with “itching ears.”  Itching- ear syndrome is when people want to hear something new and exciting, something that tells them however they have chosen to live life if fine by God.  They want to be entertained by the worship team and for the preacher to deliver a word that makes them feel warm and fuzzy inside.  The great deception that Paul warned Timothy about is that in the last days a great many leaders would compromise the word of God, and restyle the message of Jesus Christ to satisfy sinful desires.  In this day and age there is an accommodating attitude toward the world that produces a brand of Christianity that melds into the environment around us.This group of teachers and preachers say that God understands the times we live in; they shy away from talking about sin or the need for repentance in order to not offend.  They reject the fixed truth of the Word of God and substitute it for myths and societal tolerance.  This mix of truth and falsehood will eventually lead even larger numbers of Christians into a distorted perception of who the Christ of Christianity really is. The Holy Spirit warned of this impeding deception so that we can be watchful of these kinds of preachers but also so that we will examine our own hearts and make sure that we have not developed a distaste for the truth of the Word, that we are not following our own sinful lusts and desires, and that our ears are not itching to hear only that which condones a lifestyle of sin. As Children of God we must not reject the truth of God’s word in our lives.  We must understand deep in our beings that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  So do not be attracted by strange, new ideas” (Hebrews 13:8,9 NLT) 

The good news however is that in the last days God will raise up another group of spiritual leaders.  Paul wrote about these leaders, calling them “….blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation among whom ye shine as light in the world.” (Philippians 2:15).   This is the group you want to be a part of in the last days!

My Prayer for Today:

Father, please help me to desire you and your ways more than anything this world has to offer.  Purify my heart before you, cleanse me Lord I pray, remove from me ever sin, every erroneous way of thinking, every lie that I have ever believed about you so that I can live the life you have called me to live.   Give me the gift of discernment so that I recognize lies and half-truths when I hear them.  Help me to allow the Holy Spirit full access to my life so that I won’t be led astray. 

 In Jesus’ name I pray. 

Song

One Pure and Holy Passion - Tasha Cobbs Leonard

Day 2

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STRENGTH

Pastor Rachel Morehouse

Fasting holds a special place in my heart, it’s a love/dislike type of a relationship for me. My flesh gets hungry and I seem to crave everything that I have decided to fast, but my spirit LOVES the intimacy that I feel with Jesus during these seasons of sacrifice. 

Is this going to be easy? Probably not. Is there going to be temptation to quit? Definitely! Is it worth it? YES!

As a child I remember my Dad fasting, He would sit at the table with us while we ate dinner and he would have his cup of orange juice. I never heard him complain or say he was hungry, I do remember him getting up earlier than the rest of us, he would have his mug of coffee, his Bible, his journal and his colored pens for marking his Bible. And now that I am a parent I pray that my children will follow the example I set in my life. 

This isn’t for nothing, there will be days that you feel like “it isn’t working” or “nothing is changing” but  it says in  2 Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 

Can I challenge you to fast something bigger and harder than you ever have? Can I challenge you to fight harder than you have ever fought, pray harder than you have ever prayed and worship deeper than before? 

Strength is developed  under pressure and I believe that the things that we go through are always to create a solution to someone else’s problem. What you have been through or are going through is meant to either help someone along the way or when you come through it to help someone else walk through that same thing. Do you know where roots grow? In the dark, in the places that don’t seem beautiful, the places where life can be messy and dirty. My deepest roots in my faith have grown in the tough seasons, and even though they were not fun to walk through I am who I am today because of the battles I have fought. 

Every fast I seem to find an anthem song that plays over and over, I get up earlier than I usually would to meet with Jesus consistently every day, and I think that Jesus loves that because I don’t love to get up early! Ha! So here is my list of “must have’s” for my fast

  1. A place that I go to every day at the same time to pray and worship

  2. Worship Music

  3. Journal

  4. My Bible

God will show you things during this time if you are consistent and seeking.  

James 4:7-8 TPT (The Passion Translation) “So then, surrender to God. Stand up to the devil and resist him and he will turn and run away from you. Move your heart closer and closer to God,  and He will come even closer to you. But make sure you cleanse your life, you sinners, and keep your heart pure and stop doubting.”

That verse is packed with so much goodness that I could probably speak a whole message on! As we are in the beginning of this fast let us start by cleansing our hearts from sin and doubt, so as we draw closer to God during this fast “He will come even closer to us.”

PRAYER FOR TODAY

Jesus, 

As I embark on this journey of fasting for these next few weeks my prayer is that you will cleanse me. Cleanse my heart, my mind, my spirit. I surrender to You, I commit myself to prayer and worship during this time of sacrifice. Give me strength on the days I feel weak and speak to me during this time. I want to draw closer to you, I want to hear your voice, I want to walk in your ways. I worship you with all that I have and declare that I will never be the same again! 

In Jesus’ Name! Amen!

For Your Glory - Tasha Cobbs Leanord