LFC 21 Day Fast 2013
January 13, 2013
Tonight will wrap up our first full week of this year’s fast. I’m sure your stomach has wondered what you’re doing and your mind has questioned if you can actually keep this fast for 21 days. But that’s when the Bible is a great ally against the enemy who is even now, tempting you to “quit”.
The apostle Paul was going through quite a struggle and even asked God to remove what was causing him trouble. God didn’t give Paul the answer he wanted, He gave him the answer he needed! Listen to the scripture: “And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. (2 Corinthians 12:9-a KJV)
God uses our weakness to show how complete His strength is!
It is God’s grace that enables us to make it through trials and be victorious. Throughout the next 14 days you will go through many stages and you will be a much stronger Christian when you finish it.
A month from now you will be able to see your process, your progress, your victory and God’s glory. It will go something like this. Not sure I want to, Don’t know if I will, I can’t, I might, I will, I did, NO, God did it through me!
He is using your weakness to display His strength…all He needs is for you to stay submissive and do what He has told you during this fast and you WILL get it done.
Your fast is not supposed to make you feel empty and starved. God commands us to fast so we can be full of His Spirit and His power.
Look at Jesus’ reply to satan at one point during His 40-day fast. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. (Matthew 4:4 KJV)
We learn through our fast that we don’t “need” everything we think we do. But that’s not all we learn nor is it the most important. We realize we really cannot live without Him and that all the things we have and enjoy are simply not enough without Him!
Jesus made this point clear when His disciples left Him at the well to go into Samaria and get food. When they returned they asked Him to eat something. He said, “I have meat that you guys don’t know anything about.” (John 4) People may think your missing out because you have deprived yourself of various “comfort foods” or modes of entertainment. What they don’t know is that you’re still enjoying great food—it’s just that you’ve replaced the physical buffet with a more satisfying Spiritual buffet.
Jesus further explained, “My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.” (John 4:34 KJV)
C’mon! You and God are a majority. You can do this. Satan is a liar. If you keep yourself under subjection you will not only finish the fast–you will finish strong!
O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (Psalms 34:8 KJV)
See you at church! Be ready for a spiritual feast!
PRAYER REQUEST: Eva Thomas’s mother passed away today. Please pray for Eva and Mark and all their family.