Monday, January 20th, 2014
Don’t Stop Now!
Today I want to give you a flashback entry from 2013. You are 1 week away from completion so here’s some encouragement!
January 18, 2013
Do a search for fasting in the Bible and you might be surprised by how many times it comes up—not just in the Old Testament, but in the New Testament as well.
King David fasted and prayed for his son to be healed. Esther, together with all the other Jews, fasted for their lives after a decree was issued ordering them all to be hung. Many, many prophets fasted and prayed. Even Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights before he began his ministry. The early church fasted and prayed as they anointed leaders and sent them off to preach the gospel. Many times God’s people fasted for a specific prayer request or wisdom in a particular situation. On other occasions it was a time to focus on listening to God.
By denying ourselves of our needs and wants, we quiet the chaos around us and leave room for God to move. In truth, God sacrificed so much more for our relationship than we ever could. The Father gave up his one and only, perfect Son and ultimately allowed him to take the punishment for sins of the entire world. Jesus Christ, the Son, was beaten and crucified and cut off from the Father so that we would never have to be. What we give up in honor of God is a small acknowledgement of what he willingly gave up for us.
Last night I listened to a mom’s tremendous story about her daughter who was told by doctors when she was a pre-teen that they would need to remove one of her kidneys and place her on dialysis. Mom called her church and they all went into fasting and prayer for an entire day and night. The next morning the doctors did their pre-surgery testing and found NOTHING WRONG with her daughter’s kidney!
I ENCOURAGE YOU; PUSH THROUGH….COMPLETE YOUR FAST!
God responds to us when we place our complete trust and faith in Him. That’s what fasting is–a display of our total dependence on our Lord.
I gotta admit, sometimes when my daughter, Mallory, encourages and even demands that we push ourselves in the Faith and Fitness class–I’m thinking, can you just look the other way and let me quit? Almost every time I start thinking about quitting or easing up–she’s right there saying, “Good job Dad, keep it up–you can make it, push through!
We have this same encouragement by the Holy Ghost and through the Word of God. The Bible says, “Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;” (Ephesians 6:13-18 KJV)
Can you hear the words, Push Through in this passage? This is what I hear:
When you’ve done everything you can, then don’t sit down and quit. Keep standing…and put on the entire armor….and pray in the Spirit with more intensity than you ever have……and you stay on the lookout, stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all other believers!
YOU CAN MAKE IT–GREAT JOB FASTERS! Every moment you fast, every thing you deprive yourself of, every hunger pain is worth it. You break-through is not a dream; with you and God it’s a reality!
Keep On Fasting and Praying!
– Pastor Steve
TODAY’S PERSONAL PURSUIT
Born June 8, 1859 in Menston, Yorkshire, England Smith died March 12, 1947. His occupation was a Plumber and Evangelist. He married Mary Jane Featherstone (she was a preacher with the Salvation Army) They had 5 children: Alice, Seth, Harold, Ernest & George. He didn’t learn to read until after he was married as his wife taught him using the Bible-the only book he said he ever read. He was considered on of the most influential evangelists in the early history of Pentecostalism.
When I was in Sweden, the Lord worked mightily. After one or two addresses the leaders called me and said, “We have heard very strange things about you, and we would like to know if they are true. We can see that God is with you, and that God is moving, and we know that it will be a great blessing to Sweden.”
“Well,” I said, “what is it?”
“Well,” they said, “we have heard from good authority that you preach that you have the resurrection body.” When I was in France I had an interpreter that believed this thing, and I found out, after I had preached once or twice through the interpreter, that she gave out her own ideas. And of course I did not know. I said to these brethren, “I tell you what my personal convictions are. I believe that if I had the testimony of Enoch I should be off. I believe that the moment Enoch had the testimony that he pleased God, off he went.”
I pray that God will so quicken our faith, for translation is in the mind of God; but remember that translation comes on the line of holy obedience and a walk that is pleasing to God. This was true of Enoch. And I believe that we must have a like walk with God in the Spirit, having communion with him, living under his divine smile, and I pray that God by His Spirit may so move us that we will be where Enoch was when he walked with God.
– Smith Wigglesworth