Devotion, Fasting, Inspiration, Uncategorized

Day 5: “Everyone Experiences Sadness.”

sow-tears-reap-songs-of-joyGod knows your most intimate thoughts, fears, and desires. He loves you with an everlasting love and he never likes to see you suffer. Unfortunately, until you get to heaven, this world includes hardship. Sorrow over a death brings a time of bereavement. You grieve when you lose relationships due to disagreements or distance. When marriages break up, hearts are broken.

What makes you melancholy? Everyone experiences sadness. The pain of regret causes remorse. Maybe you bury your pain so much, you can hardly admit it’s there. As you continue to fast and seek the Lord more intimately, don’t be surprised if these emotions come to the surface. Sow your tears before the Lord and watch him turn them into joy.

This miracle is hardly logical. But you serve a supernatural God.

Only your Heavenly Father can come through on a promise to bring laughter to you who weep. Isaiah prophesies a phenomenon to those who grieve – you will receive the oil of joy instead of mourning. Even in your darkest hour, God hasn’t forgotten you. Continue to seek him with every part of you and watch him come through.

“And now, God, do it again—
    bring rains to our drought-stricken lives
So those who planted their crops in despair
    will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
So those who went off with heavy hearts
    will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing” (Psalm 126:4-6).

Devotion, Fasting, Personal Growth, Uncategorized

Day 4: “Forgiveness Matters.”

forgive-one-anotherForgiveness is the platform on which our faith stands. Seeking God’s forgiveness for our own sin by accepting Jesus as our Saviour is our first step in relationship with him. But it doesn’t stop there.

One barrier to intimacy with Christ is un-forgiveness towards others. The Bible is clear that we must forgive in order to be forgiven (Luke 6:37, Colossians 3:13, Matthew 6:14). As you seek to have deeper intimacy with Jesus during your time of fasting, your attitude towards others matters. Forgiveness doesn’t mean forgetting what someone did to cause you pain. It doesn’t mean allowing yourself to be walked on as a victim. It means you purpose to release those who have hurt you from having any hold on you. CHOOSE forgiveness. It’s not a feeling. Hand your heartbreak over to God and allow him to be your advocate in impossible situations.

When you make this a practice in your life, the enemy will not be allowed a foothold. No root of bitterness can implant in your heart. You will walk in another level of freedom and your pathway to hearing the voice of God will become clearer.

“Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:32 MSG)

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Fasting Devotion, Day Thirteen

2 Corinthians 1:20-24 Isaiah 61:1-7

The word “anoint” is a spiritual sounding word that means we are covered with the Holy Spirit to carry out a specific purpose. In the OT, kings and priests were anointed, and they were considered God’s “chosen” ones, consecrated to fulfill important roles on his behalf.

Despite what we might hear in our Christian circles, the anointing doesn’t just rest upon pastors and worship leaders! We must remember that by the power of the Holy Spirit, each of us carries authority to do things outside of what our natural flesh is capable of doing.

We are anointed when we are full of the Holy Spirit and on a mission for God.

Isaiah prophesied a day when each of us would preach good news to the poor, comfort the brokenhearted, proclaim freedom for captives, to heal the sick, and more. What’s exciting for you and me as believers, is that we are co-heirs with Christ and we too carry a special authority. Jesus came first to fulfill this prophecy and by believing in Him, we too, can tap into the same power that raised Christ from the dead.

What is that God has called you to do? As we continue to draw near to God during this fast, let’s seek him for powerful tasks we have ahead of us. God receives glory and honour when we walk in our anointing, realising we are set apart for his glory.

Lord, thank you for putting your “yes” within me. By your Spirit, you have started a powerful work in and through me. I am called and anointed to do your good works on this earth. You have chosen ME and I accept the challenge to walk in the authority and confidence that comes with this anointing. In Jesus’ name, Amen.