Fasting with Significance

He who dwells in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91 (NKJV) Congratulations! If you are still reading at this point you have stuck with the fast. May God bless your faithfulness. Take time today to reflect on your journey. I am sure there were ups and downs. There always will be when we embark on a journey to draw close to God. Satan will bring down all he can to try and stop you from firmly being rooted and planted in God. All he has to do is get you to change one thought or make one comment and he can derail your intentions. Good news! God is faithful. The purpose of this fast was to be significant in our intentions. Don’t e

When You Fast God Moves Heaven

Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. Then they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them to their desired haven. Psalm 107:28-30 (NKJV) We have studied Hannah and the results from her fast, children, a prophet and a changed nation. There are many examples in the Bible of others and the great move of God because of a fast. Take time and read their stories. Esther, Daniel and even Jesus used a fast to start His ministry. The results of Esther’s fast again saved a nation and Daniel’s fast gave him the strength to kneel and pray even when it meant his death. Daniel’s fasting a

Same Today as Yesterday

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8 (NASB) Have you ever heard, “the only constant is change”? Look around you. Things change. Seasons change, events in our lives change, our age changes, our feelings change and sometimes the world around us changes so much it seems life is spinning out of control. We can count on change but we can also count on a God that is constant and unchanging. When all you see around you is change, look up, God is still there. God gave Moses commands for His people to follow. In Deuteronomy 6 He tells them the most important commandment, Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is one! You shall love the Lord your God wit

Attitude is Everything

Only conduct yourselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Philippians 1:27 (NASB) We have often heard it said, “Attitude is everything”. I agree. Our attitude is directly related to our thoughts. Our attitude is a mental position or feeling toward something. Billy Graham said, “It is not the body’s posture, but the heart’s attitude that counts when we pray.” God sees our heart. Our intentions may be lost or hidden from others but not from God. In the book of Joel, Judah is warned that they must repent or be destroyed. The people were to lament and the priest to call a fast. Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the h

But God

I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord, the deeds for which he is to be praised, according to all the Lord has done for us. Isaiah 63:7 (NIV) I think the anthem that rings the loudest in our church family is the words, “But God”. We are all a witness to a time when God intervened on our behalf. When things looked hopeless and God stepped in. When we couldn’t understand or see what was ahead God revealed it to us. Let’s never lose our anthem song, “But God”. For God is all in all, He is the great I AM, He is our provider and deliverer. He is our salvation and hope. By Him and through Him come all good things in our life. Praise Him for He is greatly to be praised. Worship Him wit

Be a Warrior

Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the Lord do what is good in His sight. 2 Samuel 10:12 (NSB) Our life is a battleground. Daily we are in the heat of the battle both physically and spiritually. As Christians, our fight is against powers of this world that call us away from God. But putting on the whole armor of God we can face and defeat every enemy. The dictionary will tell you that a warrior is someone who shows or has shown great courage or aggressiveness in warfare. We are not to be passive in facing our adversary the devil. He is walking around looking to devour us. We must fight aggressively armed in

Gain Control

Our flesh is weak. Oh, we have good intentions but those can be changed in a moment. Over sleeping, running late, kids fighting, spilled coffee, a button off the shirt you planned to wear and all things change. The disciples showed their weakness when they slept through a life and death situation. Jesus was in the garden praying before his crucifixion. He had asked the disciples to pray too. Jesus told them his soul was overwhelmed or exceedingly sorrowful even to the point of death. He even warned them that the flesh was weak but when he returned he found them sleeping. Jesus was agonizing over what he was going to face and the disciples slept. I like the way Asbury Bible Commentary

God Uses a Fast to Bring Lasting Results

The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The ordinances of the Lord are sure, and all of them are righteous. Psalm 19:9 (NIV) When Brandon was young, he loved to participate in sports. It didn’t really matter what sport, he loved them all. The years passed and he began to specialize. As he grew closer to graduation from High School he realized that he needed to dedicate time to one sport in order to, develop the skills necessary to play at the college level. This dedication brought the results he desired. He was able to play baseball in college and extend his athletic career. Dedication, hard work and time spent paid off. It is the same with our Christian walk. Dedication to

God Uses a Fast to Affect Your Future

How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them! Psalm 139:17 (KJV) God is omniscient. He is all knowing, He knows everything. The Psalmist tells us that God knows when we sit down and when we get up. He knows our thoughts, He saw us in the womb and even knows the number of hairs on our head. Since He knows all, he sees what is ahead for us. I want to borrow a story from my mother-in-law. She tells about a time when she was impressed to fast. She had no idea why but she was obedient. She fasted and prayed for a week. Later in the week her brother, who pastored a church in Oklahoma, asked her to accompany him to pray for a young girl. When they arrive

God Uses a Fast to Reveal Himself

Oh Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! Psalm 8:1 (NASB) God will use this fast to reveal Himself and His will to you. Oh, we can see Him in our surroundings. The mountains and valleys He created. We can see Him in the shadow of the cross. We can see Him in the vastness of the heavens and the depth of the stars. We can even see Him in the smiles on the faces of children and loved ones. But what about the very recess of our life. In our private places and thoughts? In the Old Testament, God revealed Himself through prophets. Today, He reveals Himself and his love for us through His Son. We are comforted and g

God Uses a Fast to Increase Your Faith

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 (KJV) Matthew and Mark both record Jesus casting the devil from a child. It is a heartbreaking story. Since birth the child had been vexed. The evil spirit would throw the child on the ground, into the fire and in the water. The child gnashed his teeth, foamed at the mouth and couldn’t speak. Oh, the anguish of the child’s father who seemed helpless. The disciples had not even been able to cast the devil out of the child. When Jesus approached, the scribes were questioning them about it and there was a crowd of people. Jesus basically rebuked the disc

God Uses a Fast to Break Strongholds

My lovingkindness and my fortress, My stronghold and my deliverer, My shield and He in whom I take refuge, who subdues my people under me. Psalm 144:2 A stronghold is a place that is strongly defended. Psalm 9:9 (KJV) tells us, The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Yes, the Lord is our fortress! He is our place of protection against an attack. However, our fight is not physical but spiritual. If the devil can control our thoughts, he can control our actions. I think, this is why God tells us in His Word to be careful what we set before our eyes and to shun the very appearance of evil. We can have a stronghold in the Lord but we can also be held in a

Gods Uses a Fast to Establish You

Therefore as you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him, having been firmly rooted and now being built up in Him and established in your faith, just as you were instructed, and overflowing with gratitude. Colossians 2:6-7 (NASB) If you are a Christian, you know how the story is going to end. You have read about Joseph and Daniel and know that God delivers them. It is important that we don’t let knowing the end of the story keep us from seriously considering what they went through. They were people just like us with fears, doubts, hurt feelings and their own plans. Tests in life are critical in order for us to be positioned to have the kind of faith that will establish us in

God Uses a Fast to Make You a Conqueror

But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37 (NASB) Everybody has problems. The only ones who don’t have already made heaven. More often than not, we try to solve our problems with our own power. That’s the reason you are tired all the time! The weight of the world is like being held down under a pillow. You will suffocate if you stay underneath. But the above scripture tells us we not only conquer but we “overwhelmingly” conquer. Not by anything we do but by God’s love and grace. I read a daily devotion one time that said, to be more than a conqueror means to win a battle without having to fight. Jesus fights on your behalf. God will use

God Uses a Fast for Repentance

You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then God will show mercy to you. Proverbs 28:13 Repentance is the central them in the life of a Christian and it is the very foundation of fasting and prayer. As you begin to fast, God will open your eyes to areas of your life that require repentance. Ask God to bring these things to your awareness and when He does, confess them and seek forgiveness. Never underestimate the spiritual opposition that you will face when making this request. Satan doesn’t want you to have a “right” relationship with God. He prefers that your unconfessed sin continues to hinder your prayers. But a repentant heart

Don’t Minimize Your Fast

Your Kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 (NASB) Never underestimate the power or significance of your fast. During the following few days we will spend time studying how God can use your fast. But before we begin take note of the importance of your fast. Yielding your life to God, allows Him to take control. When God is in control it is beyond our comprehension what can be accomplished. In Hannah’s case, she wanted a son. A child for an inheritance or legacy of faith. But God wanted more. He sees us not as we are but as what we can be for Him. God was willing to answer Hannah’s prayer. She wanted a child but God wanted a Prophet. God wanted

Lord Speak, Thy Servant Hears

My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. John 10:27 (NASB) For your Bible reading today, spend time reading the scripture where God calls Samuel. It was an ordinary day. Samuel was going about his duties consistently as he had every day. But today would be different. God was speaking directly to Him. God had seen Samuel’s dedicated service and knew Samuel’s heart desired to please God. Samuel was devoted to service and now it was time for more. It was God’s time to move into something deeper. If Samuel had not been about God’s business that day, he might have missed the call. Frances R. Havergal wrote a song in 1869 called, Master, Speak! Thy Servant Heareth. Fr

Be Constant and Consistent

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. 1 Corinthians 15:58 We have learned a lot from Hannah during this fast. Today I want us to look at Samuel’s life as an example for constant and consistent service. Hannah took Samuel to the temple at a young age. Possibly around age 6. Even at a young age, Samuel understood the importance of his service in the temple. Samuel’s job was to keep the lamp of God from going out. Day after day, year after year, working days, weekends and holidays, Samuel tended to the lamp. I would venture to say it would be easy for us to become bored and co

Revive and Be Used

Therefore repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord. Acts 3:19 (NASB) If we are wanting revival the first step is to give renewed attention or interest to our relationship with God. One of the purposes of this fast is to awaken a new and greater hunger for the things of God. Spending time in His presence instead of the table will touch our hearts and deepen our understanding of His grace. Revival is the improvement in the condition of something (our walk with God). I read one time that if you want revival draw a circle around where you are standing. Inside this circle is where revival begins. We must

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