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!
“Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 And the tempter came and said to him…” Matthew 4:1-3.
Jesus was hungry and led to be tempted by the devil.
1. He taught us a powerful lesson: never give up on God!
Your struggle might be financial, it might be in your marriage, it might be your health, it might be your children, do not give up on God. Do not accept the devil’s offer. Do not accept his bitterness. Whatever he is tempting you with, reject, like Jesus did.
2. The second thing Jesus taught is: we must strengthen ourselves in the Word of God! Keep speaking his word and relying on it.
One way we can strengthen ourselves in God’s Word today is by finding hope and tremendous joy in the following scripture:
“Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea
And a path through the mighty waters,” Isaiah 43:16
That is the scripture that inspires us to say: our God will make a way where there seems to be no way! He will. He is still the same God today.
I am just sitting somewhere eating with my 3 children now as I am writing part of this message. We often come here to eat and the waiter always makes jokes about how I do to manage with all these children. Once I was there with my friend and her 3 children so we had six children in total with us and he said to me that if it was him with so many children around, he would go “crazy” to use his words. I laughed telling him it is all about your mindset, if you think positive then everything will be fine.
Today he said laughing: “All your children you’re still with them, you haven’t sold them, no? I replied laughing: “I will never sell them, I told you, it’s all about your mindset.”
It is so healthy when we develop the habit to rebuke what the devil says and we speak the word of God instead. Then we get used to think God when we face struggles and challenges, that is the place where we find our everything.
Let us be more like Christ in our thoughts, words and deeds. Refuse to be driven and tossed about by the devil. Find your strength and your victory in the Word of God.
God will make a way where there seems to be no way my friend, that is what he is telling us today. Let’s keep praying. When we pray we generate fire!
Keep seeing your victory.
May God continue to strengthen you through his Word in Jesus name, amen!
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