LFC 21 DAY FAST
Tuesday, January 7th, 2014
CHOOSE TO PURSUE GOD!
1 KINGS 18:20-39
One of the most powerful scenes in the Bible is God’s prophet Elijah going against the prophets of the
false god Baal. Elijah prepares his altar – soaks it down 3 times, and then prays to God — and God sends down fire that not only burns up the sacrifice but also burns up the wood, the stone, the soil and even licked up the water in the trench.
It was a powerful display of God’s power!
Now, read again the prayer that Elijah prayed in verses 36-37:
“LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known this day that You are God in Israel and I am Your servant, and that I have done all these things at Your word. 37 Hear me, O LORD, hear me, that this people may know that You are the LORD God, and that You have turned their hearts back to You again.”
There is a statement in that prayer that intrigues me. What does Elijah mean when he says, “SO THESE PEOPLE WILL KNOW THAT YOU, O LORD ARE GOD”?
Didn’t the people of Israel know God? After all they are God’s people and they bear His name. They had been God’s people for over one thousand years. Israel had first-hand experience of God’s power; He delivered from bondage in Egypt. God personally lead them in the wilderness with a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire in the night…..and never left them! (Read Exodus 13:21-22). How could it be they didn’t know God anymore?
The root of this problem was that the children of Israel had become divided between two forms of worship: Jehovah (God) worship and Baal (idol) Worship. Some of God’s chosen people were worshipping The True God and others were worshipping a false god.
Friends, let this be a stern example of what can happen when we try to mix true worship of the only true God with idol worship. We must be careful to have an AUTHENTIC WORSHIP TO GOD. We cannot allow ourselves to be led astray by every wind of doctrine that sweeps in that would take our focus off our Pursuit of The One True God!
Let’s use this 21-day fast to join together as one body of God-chasers who will stay in a Passionate Pursuit of Jesus Christ! Let’s take the stand that Joshua took in Joshua 24:14-15:
14Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD.
15And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Day 2 – Tues, 7 Jan – Key Verses: Psalm 51:1-13
Prayer Point: Purify my heart and motives
Use these scriptures for today’s devotion. Let it speak to your heart.
Meditate on the Word of God and listen to God for what action He wants you to take.
Today’s Personal Perspective:
Tammie is the wife of Randy McKinney and they together teach LFC’s Young Adult Sunday School class. They also have written and taught on spiritual warfare and created a personal accountability and study curriculum called WARRIORS. They reside in Bella Vista, Arkansas.
There is a place, an ever increasing level, where we can walk with
God that far exceeds the norm. Notable men of God, like Moses and David, knew this place. It is a relationship achieved through sacrifice, passion, and hunger. It is a place where we have intentionally positioned ourselves for the purpose of knowing God rather than just seeking Him for answers to our needs.
Scripture says, “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled.” (Matthew 5:6) A craving to be in “right standing” with God so powerful we are willing to fast and pray. It is through fasting a heightened sensitivity to the Holy Spirit is developed. Sin and compromise are revealed. A greater ability to recognize and to know His voice is realized. This intensified walk provides clarity, direction, and purpose. It feeds the “famished” soul. This relationship satisfies a hunger that no food could ever satisfy. Fasting is the ultimate pursuit of God.
Simply put, if you are hungry…FAST!
God bless you today. Remember: Joy comes both in the journey and in the destination.
Lead Pastor, Living Faith Church