Devotion, Fasting, Inspiration, Personal Growth, Prayer, Uncategorized

Day 16: “A Worthy Foundation.”

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Our pop culture can easily package up your faith in handy Instagram images, retweets, or reposts. On the outside, you seem all deep and meaningful, perhaps even well-read. You scroll through articles and images “liking” and looking. “Amen” to that. Another one minute snappy sermon, tick.

You normally spend time skimming the latest news and most popular trends. However, this time of fasting has taken your microwave content and slow cooked it. The YouVersion “verse of the day” has come alive and God is revealing truths to you beyond the Christian-ese some around you are speaking. This will sustain you beyond your snack packet, low cal, fillers into a wholesome, healthy base upon which you will continue to build.

What truths have resonated with you most? Are you easing into that place of peace you find when you tuck into Jesus and his Word?

You are satiated and satisfied when revelation makes it’s way inside your spirit.

You’re strengthening the foundation of your faith. Like insurance that pays out upon unexpected tragedy, you’re putting your policy in place, depositing extra moments of God time into your spiritual account. When winds come and the Earth shakes beneath your feet, you can cash in because Jesus’ words are ready for redeeming. You stocked up on truth. You’re freezing his words, ready to thaw under the heat of life which is sure to manifest one day.

Keep setting aside time. Keep journaling, reading, asking, praying. Fill yourself with more and more of your Heavenly Father’s words in place of that meal or social media. Whatever you gave up is an empty space waiting to hold your deepest, most desperate cries.

Let your vulnerability before God break open something worth spilling out. Your life is more stable than ever because you know your foundation is secure.

“That’s plain enough, isn’t it? You’re no longer wandering exiles. This kingdom of faith is now your home country. You’re no longer strangers or outsiders. You belong here, with as much right to the name Christian as anyone. God is building a home. He’s using us all—irrespective of how we got here—in what he is building. He used the apostles and prophets for the foundation. Now he’s using you, fitting you in brick by brick, stone by stone, with Christ Jesus as the cornerstone that holds all the parts together. We see it taking shape day after day—a holy temple built by God, all of us built into it, a temple in which God is quite at home.”

Ephesians 2:19-22 (MSG)
Fasting, Lift Church, Uncategorized

2013 Foundation

foundation

Any building that’s going to be tall or considerable has a significant foundation.  Building a foundation is boring, though.  I remember when our house in Texas was being built: the gray, drab concrete gave no indication of how beautiful the house was going to be once finished.  The slab wasn’t interesting to look at.  When the framing went up, we actually got excited to look and walk through the property.

What if we had rushed the foundation or tried to short cut it because it was boring?  What if the six feet of concrete needed for construction ended up only 2 feet because we decided the cost was too high?  How would things look today if we decided the plans weren’t necessary and we could just skip that step?

It sounds ridiculous yet that’s exactly how we treat our lives.  We all would love a “get rich quick” scheme.  No one gets excited about starting at the bottom and working her way up the corporate ladder.  We want the platform without the paying a price.  We all want God to bless us but we oftentimes aren’t willing to get messy and do the behind-the-scenes preparation that’s needed.  He wants to build a foundation in us that can withstand the test of time.  He wants to do something significant in us but there’s work to be done first.

As we kick off 2013, Lift Church is doing a corporate 21 day fast.  We are building a foundation for our year by pressing into God in a deeper way.  I was led to a scripture that says, “When we sow to please the flesh, we reap destruction.  When we sow to please the spirit, we reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:8).  I’m good at sowing into my flesh.  I spend a lot of time doing what pleases ME.  Over the next 21 days, I’m going to focus more on pleasing my spirit and laying the groundwork for my year.

2013 is a year to be strong and mighty in Christ.  Powerful in breakthrough for Lift Church.  Deep and wide in our family and relationships.  Far-reaching in our community.  As we press in to hear God’s voice for our lives, we must sow into our Spirits.

We all know life is a journey, not a destination.  And, we’ve heard all the cliches about it being a marathon, not a sprint.  I want to live life to the fullest and I want to grow as a leader year after year.  I want to know God more intimately and enlarge my capacity so I can make the largest impact possible.  Whatever it takes, I’m going to press into His word, pray more, listen more, and break through to a new level in 2013.  Will you join me?

All that he makes and does is honest and true: He paid the ransom for his people, He ordered his Covenant kept forever. He’s so personal and holy, worthy of our respect. The good life begins in the fear of God— Do that and you’ll know the blessing of God. His Hallelujah lasts forever! (Psalm 111:8-11 MSG)