My dear friend, welcome on board. This fast is about abstaining from doing the thing (s) God has put on your heart for 40 days. Some people are not going to watch TV, some people are shutting down their What’s App, some people are not eating a particular food item as we pray every single day seeking God’s face.
Organize time to pray in the morning and in the evening and make each prayer session at least 45 mins long. It is a time of sacrifice, let’s aim to spend much more time with God than we usually do. Let the Holy Spirit push you, it will not be in vain. If you can spend 1 hour to pray and worship in the morning, 1 hour in the evening or at night that will be awesome.
Time to appropriate God’s Word. 2018 is a Year of Victories!
Romans 6:4 teaches us: “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (NKJV)
The NIV translation says:
“We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life.”
We weren’t raised from the dead to continue living an old life! We were raised from the dead with Christ so that we may walk into a new life and live that new life, you and I.
The question today is: Have you accepted Jesus and are still living an old life?
If the answer is yes, then you need a victory and you need it now! We are in the end times and therefore shouldn’t be wasting time.
When Paul was transformed by God, he was now a person who sought to live a transformed life. He wrote that we must now that we have been made new present our bodies as a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God in Romans 12:1-2. Christ has already paid the price for us, we are not the sacrifice, what he meant is that as we come to Christ our bodily behavior must change and we must become doers of things that honor God.
A range of things are no longer acceptable before God once we accept Jesus.
I would like to share an element of my story here, this was before I became an ordained minister. When I got baptized on 30th January 2011 there were a range of ungodly things God had already removed from my life, yet I was still struggling with quitting smoking. The pastor leading the church branch I was attending at the time was always preaching about baptism (by full immersion) being a life-changing step and so when God encouraged me to take that step I sincerely thought that my smoking habit would just get out of my life when I come out of that water. It didn’t. I believe the pastor and the church assistants were also expecting that I would have that strength not to continue smoking after getting baptized. I was disappointed that the miracle I was expecting hadn’t happened. I was still a very new born-again believer who is getting to understand a lot of new things. The good news is I really wanted to overcome smoking but that strength not to smoke wasn’t there. Though I didn’t want to do it, I couldn’t stop, I was still going back to it. And I knew I got baptized to live a new and changed life with Jesus. That is the reason I took that step. That is what I was telling myself as I signed my baptism certificate. So what now?
The assistants working in the church really encouraged me not to give up praying about it, to continue asking God to remove it from my life. We were given anointing oil at the church and one assistant gave me the idea to anoint my tongue with the oil every day until the smoking is gone.
God confirmed in my heart that it was an excellent idea. So I did it, I was putting the oil on my tongue every day if I remember well and declaring that the cigarette will not enter my mouth again. Finally the breakthrough happened in June, the strength I had been waiting for came upon me, I gave up smoking! Glory to God. It was evening time and I just came back from the gym, I was smoking outside and a strange fear came upon me all of a sudden and in that moment I was so scared that I thought whatever is happening: what if God doesn’t protect me because I am doing something that is against his will? When I threw that cigarette away, it was there I said in my heart that no matter what I will not smoke again. The next day when I felt the urge for a cigarette I would eat popcorn instead. I did that until I no longer felt the urge to smoke and that strength not to do it was there all the time! Then I no longer needed popcorn, the hold that smoking had on me was gone, finished… That was my victory.
The point is the miracle I was expecting to happen when I came out of the water didn’t happen but my only option was to pursue my miracle then and not to settle for the sin. Smoking didn’t honor God.
In Christ you and I are called to rise and “walk in the newness of life”. If we seek to live a transformed life, we also must break the ungodly patterns once we become aware of them. God isn’t honored when we are not taking any steps for change to happen in our lives. He is ignored then.
One more passage illustrating that is Ephesians 4:22-32: “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
Perhaps you hoped for an instant miracle that didn’t happen and after that you just settled for what doesn’t honor God? It might be in any area of your life. Let’s claim your victory. God loves you and is willing to help you. 2 Peter 3:9 tells us that “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” His love is wonderful! God knows you cannot do it alone. If you accept his help, he will give you the victory over that thing. It is still time for you to come and receive his help my friend.
Let’s chase the blessed life! Time to live the new life we have freely been given. Why choose the old life?
Lord I repent for continuing to do what doesn’t honor you and for giving up on seeking your help. I ask for your forgiveness Father and as I receive it I pray that you help me overcome and you break that ungodly pattern. Remove it from my life Lord! Let me receive the victory through this fast in the name of Jesus. I am desperate for a change to come, break through Lord in Jesus name, amen.
Make a list of anything that is ungodly that you are still struggling with. It might be in any area of your life including your sexual life. Read everything out loud to God and start declaring that Jesus is breaking your chains! Proclaim your freedom.
Songs to sing to God:
Please do discover those songs if you don’t know them yet, singing them will highly bless your life.
God bless you!
This message was also posted on the church website at lkc.life