Today is the 3rd day of our fast. I pray that you are truly pressing in and seeking God during this time of consecration. I pray that by now you are getting adjusted to fasting. For me, it is always the first three or four days that are the most difficult. Getting rid of the things I love to eat and do are very difficult and my body craves them especially for the first three days. However, I am very excited to be on this fast because I look forward to the afterward. In Joel chapter 2, God tells the people of Israel to fast and get their hearts right with God. He then says afterwards I will pour out my spirit on all flesh. It was only after they had turned back to God, got their hearts right and fasted and prayed that God would do this. I am so looking forward to the afterward for me, you and Hope Church.
Each day, I want to give you something to focus on for that day. We have focused on the presence of God and the power of God. Today I would like you to focus on the provision of God. Psalm 34:10 “the young lions lack and suffer hunger; but those who seek the Lord shall not lack any good thing.” If we seek the Lord, we will lack nothing. God is our provider. Psalm 37:25 “I have been young, and now I am old; (I can relate) yet I have not see the righteous forsaken, nor his descendants begging bread.” The Psalmist is saying that those who are righteous (our hearts right with God) will not have to beg or worry because God is our provider.
“Matthew echo’s these verses in Psalms in Matthew 6:33 “but seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” “All these things” are what Jesus speaks about in chapter 6. What we eat, drink or wear i.e. our daily provisions will all be taken care of if we would just put God first and continually seek Him.
2 Corinthians 9:8 “and God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.” (bold and italics added) I love this verse because Paul is saying that through the grace of God given to us in Christ Jesus, as His children, we will be sufficient in all things and have what we need to live for Christ and do the work He has called us to do. That is encouraging to me and I pray it is to you. Paul echo’s this verse in Philippians 4:19 “and my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory.” He is our provider and need supplier. We do not have to worry about things we just need to live in posture of thanksgiving and praise seeking Him first and He will constantly provide. That does not mean we have everything we want or think we should have but we will always have what we need and have it in abundance.
Finally, I know that during this fast we can get weary and life itself has made many of us weary. Let me encourage you to continue in this fast and give God your best. I know it can be hard and I know it is a sacrifice (remember Romans 12:1) but God will honor it I promise. Some of you may experience answers to prayer immediately, or open doors a month after the fast still some may not get answers for a year. It’s God’s perfect timing not ours. I am just encouraging you to not get weary and to keep your eyes focused on Jesus during this fast and beyond. Galatians 6:9 “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Do not lose heart, do not give up, do not stop living for Christ. Press into Him during this time of fasting and praying. As the Lord tells the people of Israel in 2 Chronicles 20:17 “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you…”
The battles are not yours. You do not need to fight them. Just position yourself (through prayer and fasting) and stand still and see the salvation of the Lord who is with you and for you. Your victories are near!!!!!! Press in today.
Blessings to Each of You,
HOPE CHURCH NEWPORT NEWS
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Newport News, Virginia 23603