Devotion, Fasting, Lift Church, Uncategorized

Day 15: “Don’t Give Up.”

no-condemnationIf you’re traveling with LIFT Church for the 21 Day corporate fast, you’re starting the home stretch today – Week 3! Some of you have not wavered in your ability to deny yourselves whatever you’re fasting. Others have struggled and maybe even given up or given in to your desires. It’s OKAY!

Don’t treat fasting like a religious law from the Old Testament. If you do, you may be setting yourself up for failure. Start fresh and remember, your sacrifice is met with more time in God’s presence. You superimpose a desire to know God more intimately with your desire for certain foods. The time you might have spent watching TV or checking social media is spent in prayer. Yielding your fleshly reliance reminds you of an almighty God. Nothing on this earth holds more power over you than HIM. Your God fills every gap.

So, if you’re thinking of giving up, don’t. Your heart before the Lord is what matters most and there’s something powerful awaiting you this week.

“With the arrival of Jesus, the Messiah, that fateful dilemma is resolved. Those who enter into Christ’s being-here-for-us no longer have to live under a continuous, low-lying black cloud. A new power is in operation. The Spirit of life in Christ, like a strong wind, has magnificently cleared the air, freeing you from a fated lifetime of brutal tyranny at the hands of sin and death.” (Romans 8:1-2, MSG)

Fasting, Series, Uncategorized

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.