Here we are in day 15 of our 21 days fast. I continually pray that this fast has been beneficial for each of you and that God is pulling you in closer to His side and speaking to you and revealing to you things as never before. I pray that you now have clarity and vision that you did not have before. I pray that God is speaking to you about your life and your future. Finally, I pray that you are continually being encouraged with each passing day that this year will be different. This year will be like no other year before it and that you are excited about the future both on an individual level and for Hope Church.
I thank each of you for your willingness to embark on this journey with Hope Church and I applaud your desire for more. More of God in your life and more of His presence with you everywhere you go. I believe in the “first fruit” principle. I give the first of my time, talent and resources to God, so He can use the gifts, talents and resources He has given me for the kingdom. I believe that we are in the process of setting the course for 2018. We have started out giving God ourselves in order to see spiritual breakthrough and blessings in our lives and the lives of those within our own communities and the community where Hope Church resides. God sees this, and God will honor it and reward those who diligently seek Him.
Today I want us to consider the word legacy. What do you picture when this word come before your mind? Do you think of great sports players of the past or past leaders and presidents? Do you think of some hero figure you had when you were growing up? What does this word incite when you think of legacy?
For many of us we think of great legends and men and women of renowned status and character who made a mark on this earth. While this is true I want you to think about legacy being more simple than that. Oftentimes we see leaving a legacy as monetary or heroic and they can be but that ideal often forces us to give up on being legendary and leaving a legacy.
Legacy means anything handed down from the past; from our predecessor or ancestors. It can be money or fame or character. I could leave a legacy for my children such as an inheritance. I could also leave a legacy of character for my children.
God has left us a legacy both in spirit and in truth. He has left us the Holy Spirit as a reminder and legacy of who He is, our loving father that did not want to leave us as orphans (John 14:18). God has also left us a legacy in His inheritance. We are no longer orphans but children of God (Galatians 4:7). We are able to take part in His inheritance (Ephesians 1:1-18/Colossians 3:24 and Hebrews 9:15). First Peter 1:3,4 describes this inheritance “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”
As children of God we have been left a legacy something given to us, passed down to us from generation to generation. It is these legacies that we are to build our lives upon. It is the legacy that was passed down from Abraham to Isaac, Isaac to Jacob, David to Solomon, Jesus to us. The legacy came from the father and has been given to us to pass down to our succeeding generations. The legacy of truth and the inheritance of all things and everlasting life. From the outset of creation God has given us all things and we are to have dominion over them. Ever since Jesus was resurrected we have been given all authority and we are to use that authority to live out the legacy that has been passed down to us.
So how about us this morning? Are we living in such a way that there will be a legacy of us when we leave this earth? A legacy as I am speaking of it today, is simply a foundation of truth for the next generation to build their lives upon. I know you are saying “I am not legendary and I have nothing to leave them in the money department,” oh but you are and you do. You are legendary because God made you special and unique and there is no one else like you on planet earth. No one before you and no one after you has left or will leave the mark on this generation and this earth that you will leave. According to your heavenly father and all He has said about you in His word you are legendary (Psalm 139). According to your heavenly father you are His child and as His children you have what He has. You may not have money or things of monetary value at the moment but that does not mean this will always be the case. Our Father owns it all and will bless you as you begin to switch the focus from yourself to others. As you begin to change the focus of your life from survival mode to legendary mode God will bless that and use that to help you begin the foundation for the next generation.
Just as those who have gone before us you will pass something on for the next generation. The mark you leave on this earth will affect the next generation. So what legacy will you leave? Its not about fame or money its about leaving a foundation for the next generation to build on. Have you begun your foundation yet? If not, there is still time. If you are reading this then that means you are still alive and able to begin to form a foundation for the next generation to build their lives upon. Our heavenly father has left a legacy and inheritance for us and we are to reciprocate by leaving one for the ones will come behind us. Begin your legacy today.
As you meditate on that word today through prayer and fasting ask God to show you how He wants you to build a legacy for the next generation. You may be shocked at His answer.
Blessings to Each of You,
Today is the 14th day of our 21 day fast. Only 7 more days to go. I pray that God is strengthening you, renewing you, restoring you and blessing you during this time of prayer and fasting. We all have taken this step to deny our flesh for a spiritual purpose and I cannot wait to hear the testimonies of 2018 that will come from this act of obedience to God and desire to be closer to Him.
I don’t know about you but each day of this fast has brought different challenges. The enemy has attacked me in different ways and some were stronger than others. I have been attacked in the body, mind and soul while on this journey of seeking God. Some days were really tough just to make it to the next. Through it all I can truly say God has been faithful and I have learned to trust Him more and more knowing that He has my future in His hands and my best interest in His heart.
Today I want us to focus on the fact that Jesus is longsuffering. Longsuffering is an old word that simply means patient. I am so thankful that we serve a God who is patient. I am reminded of the many times when Jesus was on this earth and how He ministered to people. Many times the disciples did not understand what He was saying or doing and it often caused confusion among them. Jesus would say to them things like “o ye of little faith” (Matthew 8:26), “How long shall I be with you” (Matthew 17:17), “because of your unbelief” (Matthew 17:20), “do you still not understand” (Matthew 15:16), “do you not understand or remember” (Matthew 16:9) and many, many more.
Jesus was longsuffering with those to whom He ministered and especially with those within His inner circle, the disciples. Jesus could have at any point walked away from them. He could have said I have made a mistake. I thought you guys were smarter or more talented than this. I thought you would learn quickly or I misjudged your character, but He never said any of those things. I believe Jesus got frustrated and maybe even annoyed at times, but He never gave up on them, always encouraging them and loving them. Yes, Jesus constantly challenged their belief system and their fleshly nature but He never gave up on them.
I am so thankful that we serve a God who is patient. I know I need His patience in my own life. 2 Peter 3:9 says that God is longsuffering or patient not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance. God’s mercy is renewed every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23) and His grace is sufficient for us (2 Corinthians 12:9). God does not give up on me simply because I still don’t get it or my faith is not there yet or I sinned yet again. Our God is patient, His mercy endures forever, and His grace is sufficient to see you through any situation. That does not mean that I keep sinning because of this grace and patience but I love more because of it. It is simple really: love more and sin less.
Blessings to Each of You,
I pray that today is going well for you on this chilly Monday morning. We have been in a season of fasting and prayer and I pray that God is speaking to you and you are drawing closer to Him. Today I want us to focus on the lasting joy of Jesus in our lives. Many times we can have joy for a moment or two but life quickly can sap that joy from our lives. There is however a lasting joy that only comes from a relationship of compete surrender to Jesus.
Joy is found in nothing else but Jesus. We can have joy if all is well, if the bills are paid, if the job is going well, if the family is thriving but what happens when any one of those things change? Often times we place our joy in people or things and when those people or things let us down we lose our joy. It is common in a society that places value on material things and their “happiness”. When we do that we have moments of joy but never lasting joy.
Romans 14:17 tells us that “17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” In other words, in God’s kingdom joy is not found in things but in righteousness peace and JOY in the Holy Spirit. You wont find lasting joy in food, clothing or material things. It is only found in Christ Jesus through His Holy Spirit living in you. Joy is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22). If we are children of God and Jesus is our Savior then He has given us the Holy Spirit to live within us. If He has given the Holy Spirit to us then we have His character traits one of which is joy.
This lasting joy is a testament to those who do not know Christ. It is a testament because even in hard times and tribulations we can have the lasting joy that comes through the Holy Spirit living and working within us. That gives those who do not know Christ hope and our lasting joy can bring others to Jesus.
What about you today? Do you have this lasting joy or is joy constantly eluding you? This joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10). It is the joy of the Lord that gives us strength to carry on even in the midst of trials and tribulations. I pray today that you will seek the Lord to restore the joy in your life and you will be able to say through whatever you are dealing with “it is well with my soul.”
Blessings to Each of You,
Today is the tenth day of our 21 day fast. For those of you who missed it we had an amazing time in the presence of God last night at our worship night. Let me encourage you to make every effort to come out next Friday night at 7pm. I promise you that you will be blessed. It is a time of prayer and worship together as we seek the Lord for 2018 individually and as the people of Hope Church. There was a sweet presence of God in the room last night. We had some powerful prayers and prophecies come forth last night and I am looking forward to next Friday. The time is from 7pm to 9pm but the time really flew by. When 9pm came no one wanted to leave. I wish we could have stayed all night and that is something that we will be looking into in the near future. God is good and I am so grateful for all of you who came to spend time in the presence of Almighty God.
This is the second week of our fast and we have focused on God’s love, Jesus as a loving savior, Jesus as the life giver and today I want you to focus on Jesus as the Light of the World. John 8:12 “12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” Jesus is the light. If we are following Him, we will not walk in darkness. That is very encouraging to me. However, many times we find ourselves in dark places and I cannot help but wonder if that’s because maybe I am not following Jesus closely enough? I know I am His child and I am sure of my salvation and I desire to follow Him in every area of my life but sometimes darkness appears. I believe that is because somewhere along the way I let myself slip and stopped following Jesus closely. The pressures of work, life, family etc. can get us to a place where we are out of sync with Jesus and not following Him closely enough.
Just as Jesus is the light we are called to be the light to the world because of Jesus in us. It is hard to be the light of the world or bring light into darkness when we ourselves are walking in darkness. Now I am not saying that I or you are living a sinful life and are not repentant etc. I am just saying that we can have the light but because of situations in our lives the light is dimmed or hidden. It happens to all of us and I believe it is because we have gotten away from the light of the world.
If you light a candle in the room and walk away from it, the further you get away from it the darker the room becomes. You can still see the light, but it does not permeate through the whole room as it does when you are close to it. That is the same way that Jesus’ light works in and through us. If we are in close proximity to His light, the light shines on us and we can see clearly. If we move away from His light, the light in our lives dims and it becomes harder to see.
I challenge you today to check your light. Lights in your vehicle come on to alert you to a problem. If the light never comes on then you are not aware of the problem, all you notice is darkness and unaware that there is an issue. It is the same way in our spiritual lives. Jesus is saying in this verse that if there is no light in your life you will never be aware of issues or problems and therefore you will continue in darkness unaware. The light of Christ has come to shine on you and illuminate to you the areas where darkness has come and set up shop. This is so you can become aware and move closer to His perfect light that casts off all darkness.
Get close to the light of Jesus today and stay there. There is no life outside of His light, only darkness and voids that can never be filled. As you are fasting and praying today focus on His light and check your light and see if you need to reposition yourself closer to Him. There is no light apart from Jesus and you cannot shine light into the darkness of this world if the light in you has gone out or dimmed.
Blessings to Each of You,
I pray that each of you are doing well. We are moving right along on this 21 day fast and each day seems to bring with it victories and challenges for many of us. Let me encourage you to continue in this fast and do not give up or quit. God always has and always will honor anything we do that puts Him front and center of our lives. May God grant you peace, strength, willpower, endurance to continue and finish strong.
Today is day number 9 of our 21 days. Yesterday we focused on God’s love and Jesus as a loving Savior. Today I want you to focus on Jesus as the Life Giver. John 14:6 Jesus says “I am the way, the truth and the life.” He is the way to eternal life, He is the only truth and He is the one who gives life. In Him we have life. Jesus says in John10:10 “10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” The enemy wants to steal your joy, your peace and your freedom. The enemy desires to kill your relationships, marriage, family ties, your desire and fire of the Holy Spirit within you. The enemy wants to destroy your life both physically and spiritually (often one affects the other). There is good news however because Jesus says the enemy wants to harm you and destroy you but I come that you my have life and not just any old life but life more abundantly.
I don’t know about you today, but I desire the abundant life. I do not want to live out a meager existence in this world or just scrape by or just exist. Too often however, I find myself doing just that. I desire abundance in every area of my life and Jesus is the only one who can give me that. When I find myself living out a meager existence I hit the reset button and realize that I have been running after the abundance instead of the one who gives the abundance. So my drive has to be not for abundant finances or abundant work or abundant gifts or talents etc. My desire must be for the one who gives the abundance. It all goes back to Matthew 6:33 as I seek first God’s kingdom then the abundance happens. It’s the adage of “seeking the giver not the gifts.”
Paul says it life this in Romans 8:11 “11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who dwells in you.” That is a powerful statement. First the Spirit of God (which raised Jesus from the dead) lives in each of us who have made Jesus our Savior and Lord. Many times, we do not live like the Spirit of God lives within us because we often pass over that statement. We don’t see it or feel the Spirit of God therefore we disregard that statement and I believe we live defeated lives because of it. Do not let that statement pass you by. Think on that for a moment. Let it sink in, really sink in. We have the power to overcome anything the enemy throws at us already living inside us. We do not need to ask for it, beg for it etc. We just need to use it and stand up to the enemy in Jesus name through the Power of Holy Spirit.
Jesus is the life giver because He gave us Holy Spirit to live within us and Holy Spirit is the same Spirit that raised Christ from the dead that Paul is talking about. How amazing is that?
Let me challenge you today as you are praying and fasting to ask God to renew your spirit today and give you a fresh vision of who you are in Christ and of the power He has given you through Holy Spirit to break down walls, tear off shackles and rip through barriers that have kept you or someone you know bound for so long.
Jesus, I thank you that you are the life giver and that you don’t give anything half-way. You said you give abundant life. Jesus, I pray for everyone who is reading this that you would begin to show them what your abundant life looks like and begin to lead them and guide them into all truth. May today be a breakthrough day for all who are fasting and praying for breakthrough and all those who desire to live abundantly in you. Amen
Blessings to Each of You,
Welcome to week two, day eight of our 21 day fast. Prayerfully we are all making strides in our pursuit of God and His will for our lives for 2018. Prayerfully we have now come into a place where we are hearing God more clearly and beginning to experience His presence like never before. I myself am having dreams for the first time in a very long time and they are not “pizza dreams” but real vivid dreams. God is speaking to me and pursuing me even as I pursue Him. It is a wonderful place to be and one that I desire to be in at every place in my life, not just when I am fasting and praying.
For the last week we have been concentrating on God’s presence, power, provision, purpose, plan, past victories and our need for purity. Today I am asking you to meditate on God’s love for us and on Jesus as our Loving Savior.
First and foremost, God loves you. That is made apparent by the words we read in John 3:16. God loves you so much that He sent His own Son to this earth in order that you might believe in Him. In 1 John chapter 4 we see the love of God.
7 Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another…16 And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.19 We love him, because he first loved us…
The evidence is clear, God is love. Paul says it like this “Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing,shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).
That is amazing news! Nothing, nothing can separate you from the love of God. He is love and He loves you. There is nothing that you can do to make Him love you more and there is nothing that you have done that will make Him love you less. He just loves you. Let that sink in today and every day that you wake up. God loves you and nothing can ever change that.
Now focus on Jesus as a loving savior. God loves you so much that He sent Jesus to pay the price for your sins. Jesus loves you so much that he took on the cross and death and defeated them on your behalf. Romans 5:8 says “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”. Jesus laid down His life so that we could be reconciled back to God. In His death we have life.
Paul states the importance of this decision by Jesus to lay down His life for us. I just stated Romans 5:8 but let’s look in context at this section.
Romans 5:7-11 says 7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. 10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Paul says that most people would not die for a righteous man. He says maybe someone would think about dying for a good man. However we were considered enemies of God and Jesus still died for us. We were not righteous or good but enemies of God. While we were yet sinners, enemies of God Jesus died for us. Do you see the powerful love Paul is trying to explain here? If that is not love, perfect love then I do not know what is.
Know today that God loves you even in while you were far away from Him he still sent Jesus to pay for your sins and bring you back to Him. Jesus loves you so much that while you were in sin (enemies of God Paul says) Jesus accepted the cross and paid the price. Jesus loved you so much that He even sent Holy Spirit to be with us after He ascended to heaven. Holy Spirit loves you so much that He is will to guide you, speak to you and through you, convict you and lead you to repentance.
You are loved today and every day. Take time today to just meditate on this awesome, wonderful earth shaking love the Father has for you. Do not give place to the enemy who will try to tell you that you are too messed up or have strayed too far. Do not let the enemy bring you to a place where you question God’s love. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. The Bible is full of the demonstration of God’s love for you. When the enemy tries to tell you otherwise you can as Jesus said, “it is written John 3:16. It is written Romans 5:8. It is written Romans 8:37-39. It is written 1 John 4:7-19”. The word of God is true and it is your weapon of choice to fight those spiritual battles.
Let Jesus love on you today and just sit at His feet and receive His love today. YOU ARE LOVED!!!!!!
Blessings to Each of You,
Today I would like us to focus on purity and how we can make purity a part of our daily lives. We often hear this phrase when it comes to young people and marriage, but purity is far more than abstaining from sex until marriage. Purity is about the state of your heart before an almighty God. Today I want you to meditate on purity and the state of your heart before God.
The Psalmist states in Psalm 24:1-6 “The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.2 For He has founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the waters.3 Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? 4 He who has clean handsand a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor sworn deceitfully…
Those who may stand in God’s holy place or as the writer of Hebrews states those who will go boldly before the throne of grace are those who are children of God. Those who have clean hands and a pure heart. Paul tells us in 1 Corinthians 11 concerning taking the Lords Supper that we should examine ourselves because we should not take the Lord’s Supper with impurities in our lives. Jesus himself says in Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” When we go before the Lord in prayer and in fasting it is important that we have a pure heart. It is important that our lives are free of all the junk that gets in the way of us and God.
We find other scriptures that speak of the importance of purity. 2 Timothy 2:19-21 19 Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ[a] depart from iniquity.”20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.21 Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
God knows who are His children by the state of their heart. Proverbs 21:2 “every way of man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart.” God wants our hearts and he wants them pure. David in Psalm 51 asked God for a clean heart, other translation say pure heart, after his sin with Bathsheba. We are to keep ourselves from iniquity and therefore be a vessel of honor, useful for God and prepared for every good work. Keeping our hearts pure allows us to be used by God in big and powerful ways and it prepares us for what God wants to do in our lives. James 4:8 tells us that we are to draw near to God and he will draw near to us and immediately after that statement he says that we are to cleanse our hands (you sinners) and purify our hearts (you double-minded). We cannot draw near to God nor can He draw near to us with sin our hearts or if we are double-minded (unstable, wavering, indecisive). Sin separates us from God. That is why the bible talks so much about purity because it is the only way to keep the relationship between God and us open and vibrant. Purity is of utmost importance if we are to see Jesus revealed in our lives and see God’s purpose and plan revealed to us.
I want to be clear on this however and make the distinction that purity does not mean perfect. Usually we hear this word and say well God knows my heart and I can never be perfect etc. You are right that God knows our heart. Jeremiah says that the heart is “deceitfully wicked above all things, and desperately sick…” This is the state of our hearts. Meaning without Jesus in our lives the heart is full of sin and wickedness, that is the state of the flesh and we have to constantly kill the flesh because of its propensity towards wickedness.
So saying “God knows my heart” is often a copout for not wanting to change or it’s a copout because you see purity as being perfect and you can’t be perfect. Again, you are right no one can ever be perfect, but the beauty is that God is not asking us to. God is not saying we must be perfect or without sin. We are human, and we will make mistakes, fall, sin and get it wrong. God is saying however, that when we pray and when we fast and when we make decisions to draw closer to God, to seek first the kingdom of God, then we are to first purify our hearts. We are to cleanse our minds and our hearts from any known sin. God desires purity in our lives and it is Him who gives it to us through forgiveness, mercy and grace.
I want to encourage you on this 7th day of fasting and prayer to continually purify your hearts every day before the Lord. His mercy is renewed every morning. Each day He allows us to wake up is a day to cleanse our lives and purify our hearts through His forgiveness, mercy and grace. As you pray today, ask God to purify your heart and give you the strength to live a life that is pleasing to Him. Ask Holy Spirit to guide you and be sensitive to His leading as He will help you continually live a life of purity for Him.
Previously we have focused on God’s Presence, Power, Provision and Purpose. I will quickly share with you what yesterday was supposed to be. I wanted Monday to focus on God’s Plan for your life. You may say, isn’t purpose and plan somewhat the same thing? No. God’s purpose is His will for your life. His plan is how He will get you to fulfill your purpose. Think of it like this, purpose is the ultimate goal and plan is the strategy given to reach the ultimate goal. God has a purpose for you and He has a perfect plan that will lead you to achieve that purpose in your life.
Today, I want us to focus on God’s previous victories in your life. Can you look back on your life and see the hand of God? I want you to think about those previous victories in your life where God came through in a mighty way. What did it do for you? Was your faith strengthened? Did your confidence increase? Did you have more courage and strength for the next trial that came your way?
When I think about previous victories I am always drawn to the story of David and Goliath. The showdown with Goliath was not the first time David had faced adversity. It was not the first time he had faced something that could have killed him. The Bible tells us about a shepherd who was just a teenager with a big responsibility. David had heard about this giant who was defiling the army of God.
David goes before King Saul and in 1 Samuel 17:34-37 “34 And David said unto Saul, Thy servant kept his father's sheep, and there came a lion, and a bear, and took a lamb out of the flock:35 And I went out after him, and smote him, and delivered it out of his mouth: and when he arose against me, I caught him by his beard, and smote him, and slew him.36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.”
The reason David had the strength, faith and courage to face Goliath is because he had experienced previous victories. God had granted him the strength to kill the lion and the bear. David says the Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion and out of the paw of the bear, He will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine.
Now, think of those deliverance moments in your life. Often times, we get in moments that are too big for us and that challenge us and stretch us to the breaking point. Many times, we lose the fight with the enemy simply because we forget the previous victories that the Lord has given us. We look at our situation that is too big for us or the mountain that seems too high to climb and we do not take time to stop and remember the previous victories.
Just like David its those previous victories in your life that will give you the renewed strength, faith and courage to keep moving forward. David knew he could defeat Goliath not because he was the biggest or the strongest or had the best armor or weapons. He knew he could defeat Goliath because of the past victories in his life. It was because of those victories that David could go into battle with the enemy in faith that God would deliver him once again.
How about you today? As you continue on this fast you are setting yourself up for another victory in your life. You have the past victories in your life, the things God has delivered you from to anchor your faith on. Spend time in prayer today and thank God for those past victories and look to God to continue to give you victories today and in the future as you position yourself through prayer and fasting to be victorious. Our past victories allow us to stand in the present and move forward into the future with confidence, faith, and courage.
Blessings to Each of You,
This is our 4th day of the 21 day fast. Prayerfully by now, you have settled in to fasting and have been experiencing God in a new and powerful way. As the days progress, you will notice that you have more clarity. You will become more sensitive to the things of the Spirit. You will begin to hear God’s voice more clearly and even nature around you will become more vivid and you will be more in tune to your spiritual life. The Word of God will fill you like never before and the Holy Spirit will illuminate scripture to you as you read and study.
I want to encourage you to spend quality time each day before the Lord. To sit at Jesus’ feet and allow Him to minister to you, love on you and speak to you. Don’t let this time of prayer become routine or a time to just lay your petitions before Him and walk away. Allow time and room for God to speak with you. God always desires to speak to you each and every day. The truth is that, most of us are too busy to stop and listen. So, during this time of consecration, please take the time to be still before God and truly listen for Him to speak to you.
So far, we have concentrated on His presence, His power, and His provision. Today, I would like you to meditate on His purpose for you. Each and everyone of us has a purpose. We are not here at this day and this time in history by accident. God created us and placed us here for a purpose. There is something that needs to be done for the kingdom of God that God only wants you to do. He has created you and gave you the necessary skills, gifts, talents and resources to accomplish it. The struggle for most of us is finding out what that purpose exactly is. Do I serve a purpose? Can I be used for something greater than my current meager existence? YES!
I want you to concentrate on His purpose today during this time of fasting and prayer. If you do not know or are not sure of your purpose, this is a perfect time to allow God to speak to you. In times of prayer and fasting you can go before God and ask Him to show you who you are and what you are here for. It’s a perfect time because through fasting you are denying the flesh for a spiritual purpose. That is to become closer to God and know Him more intimately. Spend time at the feet of Jesus today and let Him show you who you really are and what He has called you to do.
The Bible has much to say about purpose. Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Now we know that in context this scripture was not written for us, it was specifically stated to the children of Israel. However, this does not discount the truth stated in this scripture. The truth is that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. The mission of God has not changed nor has the heart of God changed towards His creation. The truth in this scripture is that God loves us and thinks about us more than the sands of the seas, the Psalmist says (Psalm 139:18). He knitted us together for a purpose in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13-16). He created us for a purpose and had us in mind at creation. And Jesus had us on His mind at the cross. You are important and have a purpose. God still thinks of us and His desire is to give you and me an expected end as the KJV states. That is a great statement because you cannot have an expected end if you do not have a purpose. If you are not here for a reason, then there is no expected end…but God has an expected end for you and me. He has a plan for us and a purpose for us that will lead us to His expected end and our purpose.
John 15:16 Jesus says that we did not choose Him, but He chose us and appointed us to go and bear fruit and abide in Him. You cannot be chosen by someone if you have no purpose. The very fact that someone chooses you (spouse, boss, friends etc.) means that you have a purpose.
Spend time today meditating on your purpose. You have been called by God, chosen by Jesus and the Holy Spirit abides within you. WOW! No one would spend that much time on creating us, or send His Son to die for us, or send His Spirit to abide in us, if we did not have a purpose in this world. You have purpose today. Take time to thank God and worship Him because He has given you purpose and has a plan for your life. If you know your purpose reaffirm and solidify it with Christ today. If you do not truly know your purpose, then sit before the Lord and allow Him to show you.
Blessings to Each of You,