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Day 19 of 21 Days of Fasting of Prayer

The last few days I have been reminding you that according to Isaiah 58 when you Fast and pray your light will shine brighter than ever in a dark world also your health will spring forth speedily!!! This morning I want to remind you that when you fast and pray Isaiah 58:8 says your righteousness shall go before you!! There is nothing like walking in a right standing with God almighty!! There is nothing like the feeling of righteousness in our lives! Though Christ is our righteousness we have a duty to put on the breastplate of righteousness!! Fasting and prayer will empower you to do the right things with the right heart before God! Nothing is more spiritually counterproductive than to do the right thing with the wrong heart!! Righteousness puts a focus in our hearts to honor God in all that we do!! I charge you in the name of Jesus as you fast and pray to allow the Holy Spirit to bring conviction in areas of our hearts where righteousness must prevail!! God Bless!!!


Day 18 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

The adults and students are beating their bodies into submission by resisting those things that their flesh wants to devour! I watched teenagers and adults say no to a a juicy bacon cheeseburger last night!! That was awesome Don't give up because God rewards Fasting and Prayer!!! Yesterday I told you according to Isaiah 58:8 that your light will break forth like the morning! Well Isaiah 58:9 says that as we fast and pray that our health would spring forth speedily! There are countless stories recorded in the earth of people who have fasted and prayed who have been sick in their bodies and then all of sudden they wake up one morning during a fast and they are completely healed! The promise is that your health will spring forth speedily. I pray this morning that if you are sick in your body whether it be diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, asthma, fibromyalgia, joint pain, muscle pain, blindness, deafness, lameness or any other issue with your body that as you fast and pray the power of that thing would be broken! Jesus let testimonies of healing begin to break out speedily in this moment of the fast! We plead the blood of Jesus Christ against any type of sickness and we thank you Jesus that you are the God who heals!!! If you are sick in your body I charge you to lift your hands to heaven and receive the Healing power of Gods Word in your life!! God bless!!!! Today is your day for a miracle!!!!


Day 17 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

It felt good to empty ourselves before God in prayer as a church last night! Asking God to search the hearts of the church and purify us!! This morning I want to remind you of Isaiah 58:8-9 that says when we Fast "Then your light shall break forth like the morning!" There is nothing like seeing a believer in Jesus Christ shining with the brilliance that God has called us to! We live in a dark world and a dark nation! Fasting and Prayer causes the light of Jesus to break forth in the earth like the morning!! Jesus said that you are the light of the World a city in a hill!! In context of Isaiah 58 God wanted Israel to be the light that shined in the face of dark nations!! The darker America gets in the last days the brighter the church must become!! Can you imagine Gods people in the last days shining brighter then they ever have in the face of sin and darkness! Fasting and prayer will cause your life to look like a beautiful morning in the eyes of the lost that are consumed by a dark world. The world will never be able to see in the dark unless the light of the believer illuminates their path!!! Fast and pray and let the brightness of Gods glory break out everywhere you go as we lead people out of darkness into the marvelous light of Jesus!!!God Bless!!!


Day 16 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

So proud of our church as you continue to Fast and pray. This morning I want to draw your attention to "FASTING UNTIL YOUR SPIRITUAL ARMOR FITS" Ephesians 6-10-17 says Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14 Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16 above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. It is an interesting concept to consider that a retired soldiers that does not keep his body fit will struggle to fit in his military uniform 25 years later. Do not forget that you are a solider in the army of God and you have been enlisted by the Commander in Chief of the armies of Heaven "Jesus Christ!" There is no retirement from the Army of Heaven until you leave this earth by way of the grave or the trumpet blast!! Therefore you are called to always be able to fit in your armor!!!We have spiritual armor that we must put on every single day that we might be able to stand against the wiles of the devil!!!! We could spend hours on this topic but here is the short version!!The belt of truth buckles easier in your life when you fast and pray and cut away the flesh and dismantle the lies of the enemy. You can not afford to be weighted down by the things of this world!! Your breastplate of righteousness comes over your chest easier when you fast and pray and stay in a right standing with God!! Your spiritual shoes fit your spiritual feet easier when you push the plate away through fasting and prayer!!! Your ability to hold up your shield of faith is easier when you starve out your unbelief through fasting and prayer!! Your helmet of Salvation covers your spiritual mind easier when your focus is on Jesus through fasting and prayer instead of on the things of this world! Lastly Fasting and prayer give you the spiritual strength to swing your Sword of the Spirit with authority and power!! Declaring the truth of Gods word becomes extremely heavy and difficult in a culture that seeks to defy it when the church does not fast and pray!! I'm afraid the message of Repentance is dying in America because God's people are failing to fast and pray!!!!! Fasting and prayer becomes that time you set aside that reassures you are still spiritually fit enough to fit in the spiritual armor that God has given you!!!!!! We could elaborate more on each piece of armor and how it relates. But my prayer today is that we catch the revelation that cutting way the flesh positions us to receive what God said we can have!!!!! Remember prayer tonight at 6:30pm!! Students receive an extra 25 points if you come to prayer tonight!!!:) God bless!!!!


Day 15 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

It feels good to tell your body NO and deny the flesh! Most of you by this point in the fast have realized that though the appetite is a powerful thing it should never have complete control over you! YOUR SPIRIT MAN IS IN THE DRIVERS SEAT AND IT FEELS GOOD. This morning I'm thinking about he Power of Fasting and prayer as it relates to Ezra 8:21 that says There, by the Ahava Canal, I proclaimed a fast, so that we might humble ourselves before our God and ask him for a safe journey for us and our children, with all our possessions. 3 things I notice that occurs during fasting according to this verse. Fasting will push you to a place of humility in the Spirit! Instead of eating what you want when you want you are telling your flesh no, as this occurs it spills over into your spiritual life and begins to dethrone pride and cultivate a heart of humility. Pride has a voice that says you can do what you want, humility has a voice that says whatever God wants from me is what I will do. The lifestyle of fasting prepares your heart to walk in humility. Secondly Ezra called a fast asking God for safety on a journey for him and his children. As your praying on this fast I charge you to pray for the safety of your family while your on this journey called life! Do not underestimate the power of prayer for protection. Thirdly Ezra called this fast for the protection not only for his family but for his possessions. We know that the enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy! On this fast Pray for the protection of everything that God has given you! Refuse to allow the enemy to come and rob you of why God has given you!!! Plead the blood of Jesus over your heart, your home and your possessions on this Fast!! God bless!!!!!


Day 12 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

Wow over half way there! We have over 25 people that I know of that are doing the 21 days of fasting and praying in our church this year!! And more that have joined us on Facebook!! God you are so good! I want to draw your attention to 2 Chronicles 20! I believe that Fasting breaks off a garment of heaviness and empowers you to wear the garment of Praise!! Heaviness is that thing that comes when you feel down, depressed, fearful or spiritually dehydrated!! It's interesting that when we feel that way the first thing many of us want to do is EAT FOOD!!! When we get done eating we feel just as heavy in the natural as we do in the spirit. What a tactic of the enemy to make you feel heavy spiritually and physically and unable to fight on the spiritual battlefield!! In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat is told that a multitude was coming against him, that this army was coming to defeat them. And heaviness came on him, his heart was filled with fear. Has that ever happen to you where you get some bad news about something and you get spiritually heavy!!!!???? I love King Jehoshaphat's response! The Bible says in verse 2 that he called a FAST THROUGHOUT ALL OF JUDAH!!!!! They fasted and prayed and began to praise God!!! Then the SPIRIT OF THE LORD SHOWED UP!!! God told them where the enemy would be and that this battle is not theirs this BATTLE BELONGED TO THE LORD!!!!!! God said position yourself for the salvation of the Lord!!!! As they FASTED, PRAYED AND PRAISED GOD, the lord set an ambush against the enemy! They exchanged their garments of heaviness for a garment of praise, but FASTING AND PRAYER EMPOWERED THEM TO DO THAT!!!!!!! Remember as you fast and pray your physical and spiritual heaviness will be broken and a garment praise will be placed on your Spirit man to wage war against the enemy! THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS IT BELONGS TO THE LORD!! GOD BLESS!!!


Day 11 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

 

     It is exciting to see how excited God's people are about fasting and praying including the students in our youth group. Their is Power in pushing the plate away and talking to Jesus!! Fasting and prayer prepares you for what is to come. "Fasting Prepares Your Faith to Stand Trial" My heart goes to Daniel 1 where we find where Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego joined Daniel in his initial fast from the King's delicacies. The bible says in Daniel 1:15-17 and at the end of ten days their features appeared better and fatter in flesh than all the young men who ate the portion of the king’s delicacies. 16 Thus the steward took away their portion of delicacies and the wine that they were to drink, and gave them vegetables. 17 As for these four young men, God gave them knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom; and Daniel had understanding in all visions and dreams. I love that when they fasted and prayed they looked better and had knowledge and skill in all literature and wisdom. And for Daniel visions and dreams became more intense!!!!! They were more prepared physically and spiritually for that moment when the their faith would be on trial in Daniel 3. When they were placed in a fiery furnace!! Fasting prepared them to look at that furnace with great faith and believe that their God would deliver them! You know the story the furnace was turned 7 times hotter and it killed the guards standing by the door. But the 3 Hebrews boys were perfectly safe in Fire because their was fourth in the furnace with the form of the Son of God!! We must become a Fasting and Praying generation for when that moment comes where our faith is on trial our hearts are prepared to walk through it believing our God is greater!!!!!!!!!


Day 10 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

 

You are about half way there and you are noticing that your spiritual appetite has increased!! You are having cravings and longings for the presence of God. Back to Mathew 4:4 that says Man cannot live on bread alone but every Word that proceeds out of the mouth of the Father. Fasting and prayer will empower you to distinguish between what you need and what you want. A lot of of times our hunger pains try to tell us what we need when in reality it is just a want. Telling your natural appetite no through fasting will begin to bring clarity between need and wants. This discipline will spill over into your spiritual life you!! You may not want to read your Bible but your Bible but the voice of the Holy Spirit is clearly saying but you need to read your Bible. You may not want to spend time in prayer but when your spirit man is in tune you hear that clear voice saying it's not about your want it is about the fact you need to spend time with Jesus! You may not want to go to church on a Sunday but we all know you need to go on Sunday! Prayer and Fasting will clearly separate wants from needs. You don't need a piece of pie to live but you may want a piece of pie during this Fast!! Your appetite will produce a craving that lies to you and makes a want feel like a need! Fasting reveals the true wants and the true needs and empowers your walk with God to be driven by a need for His presence not whether or not you want it! Keep up the good work you are doing awesome!! GOD BLESS!!


Day 9 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer!

     The hunger for fasting is intensifying. For 9 days we have been denying the flesh and it feels good! Galatians 5:17 says the flesh wars against the Spirit and the Spirit wars against the flesh and they are so contrary to one another that you don’t always do what you will to do! Paul says what I will to do, I do not and I will not to do, I do !! Fasting becomes that spiritual generator that pushes your spirit man to take control and deny the flesh! Remember Jesus began his ministry denying the flesh with 40days Of Fasting! He started his ministry defying his natural appetite and embracing His spiritual appetite! He started his ministry hungry and he finished his ministry thirsty as he hung on Calvary’s cross! John 19:28 reveals that the last thing he felt was thirst as he said ” I thirst!” As a believer it is our hearts cry to be like Jesus!! I challenge you, when you get hungry or thirsty for something you cannot have during this fast remember that Jesus expressed His love towards you as he started his ministry hungry and finished it thirsty!! What a mighty God we serve!! Keep pressing toward the mark of the high calling that is in Christ Jesus!!!!


Day 8 of 21 Days of Fasting and Prayer

 Can’t you feel the voice of your appetite being shut down and the expectation for a move of God in your life beginning to arise!! There is that point during fasting and prayer where there is a shift from thinking about what you can’t eat to moving to a place where you have a “HUNGER FOR FASTING” can you feel it!? I like that hungry feeling as the Holy Spirit empowers us to redirect that appetite to the things of God! Isaiah 58:8 makes us this promise as we fast and pray: “Then your light shall break forth like the morning,Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you;The glory of the Lord shall be your rear guard. You may feel like a whole lot has not happened yet, but the truth is that healing is on the way speedily in your body, righteousness will go before you and the Glory of God desires to guard you! The lord sees your heart! Prayer and Fasting gets us out of the way so that God can step in do what His Word says he will do!! Fast and pray!! Fast and Pray!! Fast and Pray!! Your faith is rising!! Remember battles are won in private as you get alone with God but God will make your victory known in public! Fast and pray!!!!