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21 Days of Prayer & Fasting - January 2017 - Week 3

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(Day 15) Sunday, January 22nd – Pastor Jereme Smith

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:20 (The Message Version)

 

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

 

Our God is able to do greater things in us, more than we are able to think or expect. He has great expectations for us. In Matthew 6:1-18, a portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lays out a message of great expectations for His followers. On the subject of fasting, he basically tells us not to make a big deal out of it but rather carry on with our daily life. Fasting is not intended to draw attention to our self, but for us to draw attention unto God.

Jesus teaches us that God sees us and will reward us for our fasting. It was common to fast twice a week back then. In the spirit of this teaching, Jesus is telling His followers to live a fasted life. Fasting is a spiritual discipline that God takes note of on our behalf and rewards.

  • Fasting causes us to relate to Jesus through the spirit by faith, not by sight (flesh)
  • Fasting removes us out of the way and allows God to minister to us in our spirit
  • Fasting builds our relationship with God

 

We encourage you to participate in the 21 days of prayer and fasting that we are currently doing as a church family (January 8-28). Wherever we are in this 21 days, start a fast of some type and finish strong together as a church family. Your faith will be built up, your relationship with Jesus will be closer, and your connection to the church will be stronger. Here are a few examples of what you can consider fasting during these 21 days:

  • Give up one item of food or drink such as caffeine, coffee, soft drinks or sweets
  • Give up one meal a day, one meal a week, etc.
  • Give up TV, Facebook, Twitter, video games, etc.
  • Fast for a specific number of days . . . one day, three days, so on

 

Make these 21 days set the stage for the year as you have GREAT EXPECTATIONS for God!!!

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(Day 16) Monday, January 23rd – Tyrone Tony Reed Jr.

This Kind

"And when they had come to the multitude, a man came to Him, kneeling down to Him and saying, Lord, have mercy on my son, for he is an epileptic and suffers severely; for he often falls into the fire and often into the water. So I brought him to Your disciples, but they could not cure him.”

"Then Jesus answered and said, 'O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I bear with you? Bring him here to Me.' And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour."

"Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, 'Why could we not cast it out?’"

"So Jesus said to them, 'Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.’”  -Matthew 17:14-21

The disciples saw many miracles performed by Jesus and naturally, they thought that they could perform them also since they were chosen by Jesus. But, after a man brought his son to them and ask for them to cure him, they found that they could not. Jesus seemed to be disappointed in their lack of faith and expected them to have grown in their travels together. Jesus believed that they could and should do miracles, just as he did, especially since he would soon be crucified. The disciples appeared to be ashamed and asked Jesus, in private, why they couldn’t cure the boy and he could. Jesus replied that if they had faith, just the tiniest bit, they could move mountains and nothing would be impossible for them. But, he also told them that certain things, like what the boy faced, were only overcome by prayer and fasting.

There are some things we face in life that we can only overcome through fasting and prayer. Those two things are tools of faith in action. When we pray, we are communicating with God, not about how difficult our lives are or the situations we face might be, but about how powerful He is and how we believe He can help and deliver us. We let Him know that we trust him by coming to Him and putting our faith and trust in Him. When we fast, we are showing God and reminding ourselves that He is our sustainer and that He is our everything. We can’t do life on our own. We need the Lord to help us. Through prayer and fasting, we are actively seeking the Lord and letting Him know that we are totally dependent on Him and Him alone. When we are truly in relationship with God and in His will, have total faith in Him and have prayed and fasted, we will be able to overcome “this kind” because our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ lives within us and we have grown in Him.

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(Day 17) Tuesday, January 24th – Pastor Haley Smith

Scripture Reading:

Philippians 4:6-7 The Message (MSG)

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

            We all know that worrying accomplishes nothing good, yet we all do it. It is destructive for our physical body, our mental health and our spirit. The thing about worry that really convicts me is that fretting makes God small in our minds and to the people around us. God help us! I love how the message puts it, “Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers”. God doesn’t want us walking around in la la land acting like everything is great when it’s not. He wants us to bring our burdens and needs to Him. He wants us to magnify His greatness above the circumstances in our lives. I truly believe that most of us don’t doubt our God. The problem is we doubt our worthiness of His divine intervention. That thought process does not line up with the Word. His intervention in our circumstances has nothing to do with our worthiness but everything to do with His sovereignty. Here’s a little acronym that I saw the other day:

F false sense of

R responsibility for

E every little

T thing

During this time of prayer and fasting let’s seek to magnify our almighty God and minimize our false sense of control over our circumstances. “Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Zachariah 4:6 b. Every good thing I have done, everything I’ve accomplished and everything that I hope to accomplish is because of Him in me. I fix my eyes on Him!

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(Day 18) Wednesday, January 25th – Pastor Lindsey Young

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.’ – 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

            “Demolish,” is not a casual or small word. It means to completely destroy or wipe out. And in this passage we see a very clear battle being set in motion against the strongholds that can control so much of our life. Beth Moore says this about what a stronghold is: “A stronghold is anything that exalts itself in our minds, “pretending” to be bigger or more powerful than our God. It steals much of our focus and causes us to feel overpowered.” The enemy works hard to establish strongholds in our life. They can look different each of our lives, but they are there. During a time of fasting we are focusing on strengthening our weapons: prayer, faith, the Word, an awareness of the Holy Spirit. This is why we often face times of testing and challenge during a fast. The enemy knows that the weapons we have can demolish his strongholds, and crush the lies of arguments and pretension that he has set up against the knowledge of God. During these last few days determine to push forward – to take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. You have the strength of the Holy Spirit, the power of the Word of God, the confidence of your faith, and an open line of communication between you and God. There is nothing casual about this battle for your mind and soul and spirit. Fight hard. You have the weapons to win!

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(Day 19) Thursday, January 26th – Pastor Lindsey Young

A passage from The Three Battlegrounds by Frances Frangipane

“In the battle of life, your peace is actually a weapon. Indeed, your confidence declares that you are not falling for the lie of the devil. You see, the first step toward having spiritual authority over the adversary is having peace in spite of our circumstances. When Jesus confronted the devil, He did not confront Satan with His emotions or in fear. Knowing the devil was a liar, He simply refused to be influenced by any other voice than God’s. His peace overwhelmed Satan, His authority then shattered the lie, which sent demons fleeing.”

27 Peace I leave with you; My [perfect] peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be afraid. [Let My perfect peace calm you in every circumstance and give you courage and strength for every challenge.] John 14:27

Peace as a weapon sounds a bit like an oxymoron. And if I’m honest, peace hasn’t been something I’ve had in abundance over the last few months. Here’s what is great about God though – I actually don’t have to create peace on my own. There’s not some magic formula. It’s a gift. In fact it’s a gift we’ve already been given. Peace is readily available to us, but when we take our time reading John 14:27 we find the key is to let his peace calm us and give us courage and strength. We have to make a choice to let the gift of peace open inside of our troubled hearts and take over.

Our time of fasting is nearing an end. My prayer for all of us is that this time of fasting will reveal to us the gifts of God, the weapons of God, that are readily available to us. May our time of prayer and seeking after God tune us so in to Him that we refuse to be influenced by any other voice. May this be a year of conquering in the battle for our hearts and minds. He has left his peace with you. Let it strengthen you this year!

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(Day 20) Friday, January 27th – Pastor Jereme Smith

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:20 (The Message Version)

 

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

 

Our God is able to do greater things in us, more than we are able to think or expect. He has great expectations for us. In Matthew 6:1-18, a portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lays out a message of great expectations for His followers. On the subject of prayer, he basically tells us not to make a religion out of it, but more of a relationship. Prayer is meant to be an honest, transparent, and intimate part of our relationship with God.

Jesus expounds and teaches with such humility and understanding saying that when we pray, we should pray like this:

  • Our Father --- talk to God like He’s bigger than anything for you, because He is; talk to God like He cares for you because He does.
  • Your Kingdom --- talk to God like He can do what’s right & best for you because He can.
  • Give us Today --- talk to God like He can provide for all your needs because He can.
  • Forgive Us --- talk to God like He can forgive anything you’ve done because He can.
  • Don’t Let Us Yield to Temptation --- talk to God like He’s able to give you the strength to overcome temptations because He can.

 

 

Praying with faith like this comes as we dig into the Word of God on a consistent basis. Continue to check into our website daily and avail yourself to these daily devotions and watch your prayer life grow. Have great expectations that God is able to do more in us than we can ask or think, because He can.

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(Day 21) Saturday, January 28th – Pastor Jereme Smith

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 3:20 (The Message Version)

 

“God can do anything, you know—far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us.”

 

Our God is able to do greater things in us, more than we are able to think or expect. He has great expectations for us. In Matthew 6:1-18, a portion of the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus lays out a message of great expectations for His followers. On the subject of giving, he teaches us to not draw attention to our self when we give. God sees everything we give and He will reward us according to the principle of sowing & reaping (whatever we sow, we shall also reap).

Later in Matthew 6, Jesus expounds on this subject of giving a little deeper by saying that wherever our treasure (money & possessions) is, there the desires of our heart will be also. He is trying to get across to His followers that giving is a heart issue not a dollar $ issue. He goes on to teach that we don’t have to worry about our everyday life regarding our needs being met. He reassures us that God our Father will be the one to add to our life everything we need.

When it comes to giving our tithe and offerings, it basically rests on three things:

  1. Honor God – put Him first by giving back to Him our tithe
  2. Obey God – obey His Word that teaches us to be good stewards and givers
  3. Trust God – trust that God sees our giving and will reward us accordingly to meet our needs
  4. Jesus ended this part of the teaching by saying, 31“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

May you have great expectations towards God and His faithfulness and may you experience God’s great expectations for your life this year.

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