Fasting Devotion, Day Nineteen

(Post submitted by Pastor Greg)

Matthew 5:13-16

As our devotions and fast draw to a close, let’s not lose sight of what God is doing “in” us while also working “through” us. Jesus reminds us that we are to be salt and light to our world.

Salt flavours, enhances, and makes palatable the foods we eat. It is not intended to stay in the shaker; in the same way, we aren’t to keep what God is doing to ourselves. Rather, we are to influence the world around us.

Bland, tasteless living can turn into purpose, hope and freedom in Christ once our zest is spread around!

The warmth of light is soothing and comforting. It illuminates dark spaces and brings forth life. Jesus reminds us to let the light within us shine out so that others can find comfort, peace, and direction through Christ.

The more we grow in Christ and allow him to work in us, means Christ can be revealed through us to influence others. Imagine living in such a way that a beautiful, loving, gracious Saviour’s reflection outshines our fleshly tendencies to fall short.  Our kids will see Jesus through our marriages.  Our coworkers and colleagues will testify about Jesus because of the way we carry ourselves at work.  Imagine reaching people for Christ without “saying” a word!

Thank you, dear Jesus, for putting the challenge before me to live as salt and light to this world. Our world SO NEEDS you. May my life be a reflection of your pure light; and, please help me to add flavour and spice to my world for you! I pray for everyone in my world who doesn’t know you personally. Use me to influence them for you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Fasting Devotion, Day Six

Romans 13:1-6

We all have leaders in our life. Whether our parents, a boss, a teacher, a pastor, they play important roles in guiding us, educating us, and overseeing our progress and work. Leaders have the ability to influence us greatly. We can all remember the coach who believed in us and pushed us to do something we didn’t think possible on the field. I can remember a teacher who told me I was something special and that I could achieve anything I put my mind to. For years, it was her voice that caused me to push through hard times.

Sometimes, we don’t like to listen to authority figures. They can tell us something we may not want to hear. Our pridefulness can avoid input into our lives for fear of feeling weak, needy or ignorant.

God has established all authority figures in their places. Whether good or bad, right or wrong; decisions we like or ones we deem unfair. The great news is that as Christians, we are ultimately submitted to the most competent and absolutely perfect leader, Jesus Christ. If we truly trust him and totally rely on him, then we can handle whatever comes our way in this life.

As we continue our 21 day fast, let us remember and pray for the leaders in our lives. Their jobs aren’t easy. Sometimes they have very heavy burdens and they aren’t able to share publicly the struggles they face. May we always have compassion and grace towards our leaders, respecting and honouring them while trusting God. He ultimately helps us fulfill the plan and purpose for our lives no matter what life brings us.

Dear God, thank you for placing leaders in my life to help guide me. I pray for each of them to know you and to follow your voice as they lead. Strengthen our governmental leadership, civic leaders, bosses, teachers, and pastors. Give them wisdom to make tough decisions and encourage them through the people they lead. May it be a joy and not a burden to fulfill their roles. In Jesus’ name, Amen.