Good Monday Morning!
I hope that everyone of you had a great Sunday and a great nights rest! This past year for a lot of folks was an extremely rough year. Many people in our country suffered greatly at the hands of this global pandemic. Many people began looking to the believers of Jesus for answers early on for answers and hope. Church online became a “thing”…This was good and bad….good because it got the gospel into the hands of many people, who normally would not come to church…bad because it caused a laziness to emerge in many churches….but I can say with 100% confidence that is not the case at Living Water Christian Outreach! In the midst of a pandemic…we actually grew and increased….in the midst of the horrific scenarios that many faced…we remained in God’s hand…and this should cause all of the believers to shout! God always honors His word…and whatever promises he gave…He fully intends to keep them. It is up to you to stand in Faith
(2 Corinthians 5:7) and receive, without staggering what God has promised…
A model to use as an example is Abraham! God asked him to leave His comforts…to leave his secure place at home….and set out on a journey of Faith…and God would reveal the land He was to occupy by Faith when he got there…and to make things better God promised to make Abraham a father of many nations…And Abraham…against ALL hope……against all odds…against what was considered logical reality…..decided to believe God rather than what made sense in the natural….and it says he staggered not at what God promised him…he was fully persuaded that what God has promised…he was able to perform!!.(Romans 4:13-25)
Numbers 23:19-20 God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot change it.
Balaam was asked to curse the people of Israel…they were an enemy to Balak the son of Zippor of Moab…and he summoned Balaam and asked Him to curse all of Balak’s enemies and Israel had become a great and mighty people and intimidated the people of Moab…..but what is interesting is Balaam’s answer to the request….God is not a man who should lie…and he certainly will not fail to act upon His promises….God has blessed, and NO ONE can change what God’s Word says….If people would only believe that!! That’s why we need to have the resolve of Abraham!! I WILL NOT BACK DOWN IN THE MIDST OF A STRUGGLE, HARDSHIP, OR ATTACK OF THE ENEMEY!! God has made a promise to me….and I receive it…PERIOD!
If you approach every situation like that…with that kind of vigorous faith…you cannot be overtaken, or defeated!! Possess it by faith! According to your mouth (confession) and your stubbornness to receive only what God intends for you will you be granted the promises of God’s Word!
So Yesterday, I made mention of another fast….and almost immediately I got a few questions about fasting…..so I wanted to try and explain this in further detail…..I do not fast according to a religious practice…It is a traditional thing for many churches to declare a fast in January. This practice will only be a religious tradition if you make it one. Purpose in your heart, that you will not be “religious”…. And that this is about resetting priorities, regaining focus, and drawing closer to God. During this time, if you are joining us in this fast, you should pray for your families, pray for your community, pray for your church, pray for the work of the gospel that is going forth in this nation and other nations, pray for persecuted believers, pray for our missionaries, pray for the leadership at LWCO, pray for our president…whomever it may be….pray for yourselves….the prayer list is endless….the point is…involve God in all of it….involve His word in everything…know it…pray it…know His promises and pray them into existence….Most people do New Years resolutions….if you want…go for it…but this is not a New Years resolution…this is much more!!
So the first question I received….Am I going to eat during these 21 days of fasting….the answer is yes! I am choosing to exclude ALL caffeine, sweets, junk food, bread, yeast, meat and animal products, sodas, and all processed and prepared foods. My diet will consist of water, juice, fruits and vegetables, fresh and cooked….This is known as the Daniel fast. But here is the important thing….you set the terms of your own fast!
Some people have to have certain foods because of Health reasons….that is perfectly OK! There is no exact formula for fasting, except whatever you commit to doing….do not go back on your word! Be committed to whatever you tell God! If you cannot make major changes to your diet…then give up something...like give up all candy and caffeine for 21 days…I do not know anyone who needs caffeine to survive…although some may argue that….no doctor that I know of has ever prescribed caffeine…. The point is…whatever you give up make it something that will require a sacrifice….if it is easy to give up….then find something that is hard! This is important to know….You set your terms…if you absolutely need 3 meals a day….then eat ONLY what you need….if your diet looks like mine currently ( nothing off limits) begin putting restraints on it….what you give up isn’t nearly as important as your commitment to what you tell God. But this week begin to prepare yourself…for example, I am slowly starting to wein off coffee as the week goes on…I am slowly cutting out my dependency on meats and sweets this week…preparing my body for a reset….but understand….there are many types of fasting…I will be going over these this week….pick one that suits your lifestyle and commit to it.
Some people fast entertainment…I think this is good…but I do not agree that this is a biblical fast…it is very easy to shut off the television and occupy your mind with something else…but it is much harder to rearrange my diet…but I personally believe that fasting social media, entertainment, television, and other electronics is a wonderful thing to add to your fast. It is a great feeling to cleanse your mind of all the rubbish the world offers…and replace it with daily scripture reading and worship. This will make your walk with God much, much closer and make your more sensitive to the Holy Spirit.
So as this week goes on…I will be sending out more emails with information about fasting….this will enrich your knowledge of its purpose and how to best approach this! The first thing you should do…if you are joining us is….prepare your heart and mind to fast. Begin thinking about what you would want God to do for you in 2021…for your family, for your nation, for your local church and the global church, begin to cultivate a desire!! Write down on a piece of paper what you are fasting for…and keep it with your bible.
Mat 9:14 Then the disciples of John came to him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?”
Mat 9:15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the wedding guests mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.
Mar 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
Mar 9:26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
Mar 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
Mar 9:28 And when he was come into the house, his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out?
Mar 9:29 And he said unto them, This kind can come forth by nothing, but by prayer and fasting.
May the Lord Bless you and Keep you!! I pray the peace of God to overtake your life today!
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